published on Mon Feb 26 20:28:19 2007 in event-report
The continuous drizzle and cold weather only marginally tarnished the experience of FOSDEM 2007, which took place on 24/25 February on the campus of the Université Libré in Brussels, Belgium. Around 50 active Debian contributors had made sure not to miss the event, and mingled with the hundreds of other Free software enthusiasts.
As in the previous years, the Debian booth was a popular space for discussions and meeting people, and the presentations on Debian-related topics, which took place in the Debian DevRoom, attracted a large crowd who seldom left any empty seats. Topics included the testing migration, APT improvements, data mining within the project, a new network configuration management system, and automated installations.
In the evenings, groups of all sizes could be found in the various bars and pubs of Brussels, sampling the local beer, planning total world domination by Free software, or submitting themselves to cross-cultural exchange with fellow colleagues.
The Debian project would like to thank the organisers of FOSDEM, as well as all volunteers who made the event possible and who represented Debian at the booth or in talks. We are looking forward to next year.
published on Mon Oct 23 09:41:59 2006 in event-report
On Saturday we were in Gießen to represent the Debian and Skolelinux projects at this year's Practical Linux event, http://www.debian.org/events/2006/1021-plgiessen. This went quite nice. Both talks I delivered and the Skolelinux talk were well received. About 40-50 people were sitting in the audience. This seems to be quite good for such a small event. Basically the auditorium looked properly filled.
Debian and Skolelinux maintained a shared booth so we could join our efforts. With three people including two giving talks during the day the booth was maintained well. There were visitors at the booth most of the time so we didn't have a lot possibilities to discuss inner project issues.
The event itself gave a familiar feeling. The exhibition room and both lecture rooms were locate next to each other, combined with a small catering area where rolls, cakes, coffee and other beverages were sold to visitors and exhibitors.
Even though I already delivered two talks Kurt and I filled in for another speaker who didn't arrive for whatever reason. In this improvised talk we were able to discuss some issues more detailed like using stable and testing, mixing them, took a look into dependencies, discussed coordination within the projects and were able to discuss the reduction of private rights with regards to the demonstration and the the Big Brother Awards, http://www.bigbrotherawards.de/.
(Contributed by Joey Schulze, http://www.infodrom.org/~joey/log/?200610231043)
published on Sun Oct 22 18:17:36 2006 in event-report, news
The first Debian Internationalisation meeting took place from September 7th, 2006 to September 9th 2006 in Casar de Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. During this meeting, a server, dedicated for the Debian internationalisation activities, was setup. It is now publicly available on:i18n.debian.net
The server is hosted by the Junta de Extremadura datacenter, in Badajoz, Spain. Felipe Augusto van de Wiel is the main server administrator, helped by CÃsar GÃmez MartÃn as local contact. This server will be used to build the Debian internationalisation infrastructure.
It currently runs a Pootle server for test purpose only, and chrooted environments for alternative or complementary software (for instance, Eddy PetriÅor began working on setting up an implementation of transdict).
It is also used to extract the localisation material of the Debian packages. This service used to be hosted on http://merkel.debian.org/~barbier/l10n/material/ or http://people.debian.org/~pmachard/l10n/material/ and is now available on http://i18n.debian.net/material/
You can also ask the admin team for the inclusion of other Debian internationalisation services (robots, etc.).
published on Sun Oct 22 08:04:21 2006 in event-report, news
The DebConf6 video team announced the availability of DebConf6 DVDs!
They include all formal sessions from Debian Day and DebConf, plus the group photos, the video team BoF, and some documentary videos made by Gabriella Coleman. They are divided into
- 2 discs with all English sessions, DebConf sessions, and extras http://womble.decadent.org.uk/software/debconf6-dvd/menus/en-1/main.html http://womble.decadent.org.uk/software/debconf6-dvd/menus/en-2/main.html
- 1 disc with all Spanish sessions and all Debian Day sessions (there is a small overlap between these). http://womble.decadent.org.uk/software/debconf6-dvd/menus/es/main.html
The DVD images are now available for download at http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2006/debconf6/ along with the source videos, as are the software and menu design used for them at http://womble.decadent.org.uk/software/debconf6-dvd/. You can also order DVDs to be shipped to you in a nice box http://www.decadent.org.uk/cgi-bin/debconf-dvd-order.py.
published on Wed Sep 13 08:38:46 2006 in event-report
The impression of the Come2Linux (http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0909-come2linux) exhibition and conference is pretty positive. Even though there was some trouble with getting the booth and talks accepted and it wasn't as obvious as thought finding the proper university building in Essen, the event itself went pretty well.
The exhibition areas were quite familial and all projects had similar booths consisting of only tables, chairs and a wall in the back. For such an event that was totally sufficient. In addition to that one woman backed tasty waffles, the organisers sold some coffee and rolls, and in the outside there was a trailer with a mobile kitchen providing hot lunch.
Both of Debian talks were well received. Of course, the introductory talk had a few more people listening than the more detailed talk about Debian packages and stuff. However, 40-50 people are ok for this kind of event.
(Contributed by Joey Schulze, http://www.infodrom.org/~joey/log/?200609122039)
published on Fri Sep 8 09:54:34 2006 in event-report
As announced on http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00002.html, we had the first Colombian Mini-DebConf on August 19th and 20th 2006, http://wiki.debian.org/DebianColombia/MiniDebconf2006.
14 Debian enthusiasts from all over the country joined the event, and we even got the help from Luciano Bello from Argentina, who was invited to the related event "Jornadas de Software Libre", http://jsl.unicauca.edu.co that was held in parallel.
Colombian Debian community is just starting to get into the work and we couldn't manage to do any BSP, but we did an on-hands workshop on general Debian tasks and package maintainance. At the end, we also had a KSP, organized by Santiago Ruano Rincon, http://afrodita.unicauca.edu.co/~santiago/ksp-jsl2006/. At least 4 of the 14 assistants have continued the work that was started that day.
Santiago was the only DD present, and only Luciano and Alejandro Rios have had any previous and continued experience at the NMP, so the three made the talking and helped the assistants on their work.
A more detailed report can be found in Spanish at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianColombia/MiniDebconf2006/Informe
(Article contributed by Alejandro Ríos Peña)