DebConf Organizers blog
The Debian Project will celebrate its 22nd birthday during DebConf15 in Heidelberg in August 2015. At this age, it’s unsurprising that children of Debian contributors have attended our developer conference for several years.
Going with the times, we would like to work further towards making DebConf15 a child-friendly (parents-friendly) conference. The conference venue is far away from traffic, self-contained, and there is a dedicated children’s play room. There are green areas around, and the Heidelberg Zoo is literally within sight of the venue. We haven’t yet discussed deals with them, but we could.
In short: if you’d like to attend DebConf, but you are yet unsure what to do with your children… bring your kids along!
The hostel has a number of 3 and 4 bed-rooms with en-suite bathrooms, plus a good supply of cots available for the very little ones. We will allocate such rooms to families exclusively for your privacy (subject to availability, so please register yourself ASAP, and include a note about your kids).
We are maintaining answers to commonly-asked questions on the wiki. Please let us know if anything is missing, and feel free to update the page yourself.
We would also like to explore additional possibilities to make it easier for parents to participate in the conference. At the moment, we’re still scouting for ideas and there are already a number of promising leads.
To help us figure out what we’d best offer, we need to know about the demand. If you are planning to bring your children, or if you’re thinking about it, please drop a short note with number and ages and any other relevant information to email@example.com. Your mail will be read by a few parents involved in the organisation of DebConf15 and we will obviously keep your data private.
We also created a (publicly archived) mailing list to discuss options and keep people updated on our plans. Please subscribe yourself to the list, if interested, and feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or ideas you might have.
The DebConf Content Team will decide on a first round of submissions in May, so be sure to submit your proposal soon if you need it to be accepted by then, e.g. for sponsorship requests.
The current, non-exhaustive list of proposed topics is:
For all further information, please see the Proposals page of the DebConf15 website.
Last year for the DebConf edition that took place in Portland, we had some invited speakers that helped bring a different point of view to the matters discussed during the conference. This year we would like to do this again.
If you would like to suggest inviting someone that would not regularly attend DebConf, the DebConf Content Team encourages you to do that now. We will stop accepting new suggestions on 10 March 2015.
You can follow the simple procedure described on the Inviting Speakers page in the DebConf’s Wiki
Please keep in mind that we don’t promise to bring to Heidelberg everyone that is suggested. The final list of invited speakers will depend on the speakers’ availability and our limited budget.
Happy New Year! 2015 is the year of DebConf15 in Heidelberg. We are working hard on another awesome Debian Conference. How about making a new year’s resolution to join us?
You can think about giving a talk: expect the call for papers soon! Or convince somebody to present one (it’s always nice to see new speakers!). What about joining any of the DebConf teams for the preparation? Or support your Debian friends that are already in some team and helping them a little… Another way of contributing is to talk with some of the companies or institutions around you and ask them to become sponsors, or making a donation yourself. And of course, we also appreciate the promotion of the conference in your networks, or any other contribution or idea you can share :)
We wish that your 2015 is full of good times, and we hope we share some of them together at DebConf15! Happy hacking!
The Debian project recently welcomed the first nine sponsors for Debconf15: credativ and sipgate as Gold sponsors, Google, Farsight Security, Inc., Martin Alfke / Buero 2.0 and Ubuntu as silver sponsors, and Logilab, Netways and Hetzner as Bronze-level.
But things have kept moving! The Matanel Foundation just committed to support DebConf15 as Gold-level sponsor, and Mirantis as Silver-level. So, at the time of writing this, we have 11 sponsors. We are very thankful for that!
The DebConf team aims to organize the Debian Conference as a self-sustaining event, despite its size and complexity (the Final Report for DebConf14 gives a good indication). The financial contributions by individuals, companies and organizations, as well as the support by our infrastructure sponsors, media partners, and volunteers, are pivotal to our success.
There are many different possibilities to support DebConf. If you know any company or organization that could be interested, don’t hesitate to point them at our sponsorship brochure (also available in German) or tell us about any leads.
The Final Report for DebConf14 is complete and the DebConf team proudly presents it to the world.
DebConf14, which was held in Portland, Oregon, USA, in August 2014, was a big success. Our final report captures the essence of this year’s conference in pictures and words:
And of course there are numbers, budget, and statistics.
Read, enjoy, and share!
The DebConf team
The annual Debian developer meeting took place in Portland, Oregon, 23 to 31 August 2014. DebConf14 attendees participated in talks, discussions, workshops and programming sessions. Video teams captured a lot of the main talks and discussions for streaming for interactive attendees and for the Debian video archive.
Between the video, presentations, and handouts the coverage came from the attendees in blogs, posts, and project updates. We’ve gathered a few articles for your reading pleasure:
Gregor Herrmann and a few members of the Debian Perl group had an informal unofficial pkg-perl micro-sprint and were very productive.
Vincent Sanders shared an inspired gift in the form of a plaque given to Russ Allbery in thanks for his tireless work of keeping sanity in the Debian mailing lists. Pictures of the plaque and design scheme are linked in the post. Vincent also shared his experiences of the conference and hopes the organisers have recovered.
Noah Meyerhans’ adventuring to Debian by train, (Inter)netted some interesting IPv6 data for future road and railwarriors.
Hideki Yamane sent a gentle reminder for English speakers to speak more slowly.
Daniel Pocock posted of GSoC talks at DebConf14, highlights include the Java Project Dependency Builder and the WebRTC JSCommunicator.
Thomas Goirand gives us some insight into a working task list of accomplishments and projects he was able to complete at DebConf14, from the OpenStack discussion to tasksel talks, and completion of some things started last year at DebConf13.
Antonio Terceiro blogged about debci and the Debian Continuous Integration project, Ruby, Redmine, and Noosfero. His post also shares the atmosphere of being able to interact directly with peers once a year.
Juliana Louback penned: DebConf 2014 and How I Became a Debian Contributor.
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph’s in-depth summary of DebConf14 is a great read. She discussed Debian Validation & CI, debci and the Continuous Integration project, Automated Validation in Debian using LAVA, and Outsourcing webapp maintenance.
Lucas Nussbaum by way of a blog post releases the very first version of Debian Trivia modelled after the TCP/IP Drinking Game.
François Marier’s shares additional information and further discussion on Outsourcing your webapp maintenance to Debian.Joachim Breitner gave a talk on Haskell and Debian, created a new tool for binNMUs for Haskell packages which runs via cron job. The output is available for Haskell and for OCaml, and he still had a small amount of time to go dancing.
Jaldhar Harshad Vyas was not able to attend DebConf this year, but he did tune in to the videos made available by the video team and gives an insightful viewpoint to what was being seen.
Jérémy Bobbio posted about Reproducible builds in Debian in his recap of DebConf14. One of the topics at hand involved defining a canonical path where packages must be built and a BOF discussion on reproducible builds from where the conversation moved to discussions in both Octave and Groff. New helpers dh_fixmtimes and dh_genbuildinfo were added to BTS. The .buildinfo format has been specified on the wiki and reviewed. Lots of work is being done in the project, interested parties can help with the TODO list or join the new IRC channel #debian-reproducible on irc.debian.org.
Steve McIntyre posted a Summary from the d-i / debian-cd BoF at DC14, with some of the session video available online. Current jessie D-I needs some help with the testing on less common architectures and languages, and release scheduling could be improved. Future plans: Switching to a GUI by default for jessie, a default desktop and desktop choice, artwork, bug fixes and new architecture support. debian-cd: Things are working well. Improvement discussions are on selecting which images to make I.E. netinst, DVD, et al., debian-cd in progress with http download support, Regular live test builds, Other discussions and questions revolve around which ARM platforms to support, specially-designed images, multi-arch CDs, and cloud-init based images. There is also a call for help as the team needs help with testing, bug-handling, and translations.
Holger Levsen reports on feedback about the feedback from his LTS talk at DebConf14. LTS has been perceived well, fits a demand, and people are expecting it to continue; however, this is not without a few issues as Holger explains in greater detail the lacking gatekeeper mechanisms, and how contributions are needed from finance to uploads. In other news the security-tracker is now fixed to know about old stable. Time is short for that fix as once jessie is released the tracker will need to support stable, oldstable which will be wheezy, and oldoldstable.
Jonathan McDowell’s summary of DebConf14 includes a fair perspective of the host city and the benefits of planning of a good DebConf14 location. He also talks about the need for facetime in the Debian project as it correlates with and improves everyone’s ability to work together. DebConf14 also provided the chance to set up a hard time frame for removing older 1024 bit keys from Debian keyrings.
Steve McIntyre posted a Summary from the “State of the ARM” BoF at DebConf14 with updates on the 3 current ports armel, armhf and arm64. armel which targets the ARM EABI soft-float ARMv4t processor may eventually be going away, while armhf which targets the ARM EABI hard-float ARMv7 is doing well as the cross-distro standard. Debian is has moved to a single armmp kernel flavour using Device Tree Blobs and should be able to run on a large range of ARMv7 hardware. The arm64 port recently entered the main archive and it is hoped to release with jessie with 2 official builds hosted at ARM. There is talk of laptop development with an arm64 CPU. Buildds and hardware are mentioned with acknowledgements for donated new machines, Banana Pi boards, and software by way of ARM’s DS-5 Development Studio - free for all Debian Developers. Help is needed! Join #debian-arm on irc.debian.org and/or the debian-arm mailing list. There is an upcoming Mini-DebConf in November 2014 hosted by ARM in Cambridge, UK.
Tianon Gravi posted about the atmosphere and contrast between an average conference and a DebConf.
Joseph Bisch posted about meeting his GSOC mentors, attending and contributing to a keysigning event and did some work on debmetrics which is powering metrics.debian.net. Debmetrics provides a uniform interface for adding, updating, and viewing various metrics concerning Debian.
Ana Guerrero López reflected on Ten years contributing to Debian.
We are happy to announce that live video streams will be available for talks and discussion meetings in DebConf14. Recordings will be posted soon after the events. You can also interact with other local and remote attendees by joining the IRC channels which are listed at the streams page.
For people who want to view the streams outside a webbrowser, the page for each room lists direct links to the streams.
More information on the streams and the various possibilities offered is available at DebConf Videostreams.
The schedule of talks is available at DebConf 14 Schedule.
Thanks to our amazing video volunteers for making it possible. If you like the video coverage, please add a thank you note to VideoTeam Thanks
Welcome to Portland, the City of Roses! You may find it helpful to grab a copy of the Campus Map. A few key locations:
Today we finished the talk selection process. We are very grateful to everyone who decided to submit talks and events for DebConf14.
If you have submitted an event, please check your email :). If you have not received any confirmation regarding your talk status, please contact us on email@example.com
During the selection process, we bore in mind the number of talk slots during the conference, as well as maintaining a balance among the different submitted topics. We are pleased to announce that we have received a total of 115 events, of which 80 have been approved (69%). Approval means your event will be scheduled during the conference and you will have video coverage.
The list of approved talks can be found on the following link: https://summit.debconf.org/debconf14/all/
If you got an email telling your talk have being approved, and your talk is not listed, don’t panic. Check the status on summit, and make sure to select a track, if you have some track suggestions please mail us and tell us about it.
This year, we expect to also have a sort of “unconference” schedule. This will take place during the designated “hacking time”. During that time the talks rooms will be empty, and ad hoc meetings can be scheduled on-site while we are in the Conference. The method for booking a room for your ad hoc meeting will be decided and announced later, but is expected to be flexible (i.e: open scheduling board / 1 day or less in advance booking), Please don’t abuse the system: bear in mind the space will be limited, and only book your event if you gather enough people to work on your idea.
Please make sure to read the email regarding your talk. :) and prepare yourself.
Time is ticking and we will be happy to meet you in Portland.
There are only left 3 days to submit your talk. Submit yours before it’s too late. From the submissions from the last week, we have accepted a second batch of talks:
If your talk is not on the list, it doesn’t mean that it is not accepted. The talks team will go through the list of talks again, and will publish the final list of talks towards the end of the month.
We’ll keep the submission of talks open after the deadline. Talks submitted after the deadline still have the possibility of being scheduled as ad-hoc talks. We’ll publish more information about this closer to the conference.
We’re now in the middle of the talk submission period. Our new web interface doesn’t allow to show all the proposals and we decided to start accepting some talks in order to inspire you to propose your own talks.
If your talk is not on the list doesn’t mean is not accepted, don’t panic!
And now, we’re calling you all to bring up your best Debian-related ideas, proposals, stories. To think about what you want to organize a discussion on. Which tracks would you like to coordinate or see populated with interesting talks.
Talks are the main ingredient for a successful, interesting, discussion-sparking DebConf. Don’t be shy, and read how to submit your talk
In May, the DebConf15 Team held a competition to design the logo for DebConf15, which will take place in Heidelberg, Germany. We received many great entries, and after a week-long voting period, this logo by Valessio Brito was selected:
The lion depicted is the “Kurpfälzer Löwe”, which makes up Heidelberg’s coat of arms.
Valessio is Brazilian, graduated in Communication and Advertising, and specialised in Free Software Development. He is currently a consultant to UI Design of the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, living in Brasilia, Brazil. He has been a Debian user since 2000, contributing to local communities, Inkscape and the Debian project.
Valessio has a tattoo of the red spiral!
His personal website is valessiobrito.com.br (pt_BR).
He invites you to visit www.DebianArt.org to discover the work of other artists and designs that contribute to the Debian project.
Thanks very much Valessio for your great contribution!
Remember that if you would like to request sponsorship to attend DebConf14, the deadline for registration is today, Thursday, May 15. To be considered for sponsored attendance, your registration and sponsorship request must be received by the end of the day. For travel sponsorship requests, this includes complete information about the funding amount requested. We will happily approve travel sponsorship requests in the amount of $0, but after today you will not be able to change the amount of travel sponsorship you are requesting!
Registrations will still be accepted after today in any of the basic, professional, and corporate categories, but requests for sponsorship will no longer be accepted.
The DC15 team met Saturday at the Heidelberg International Youth Hostel to kick off the organisation of DebConf15. While a handful of team members unfortunately had to excuse themselves, 18 people showed up, and the spirit level was high.
The youth hostel is the expected venue for DebConf15, which is slated to take place in August 2015. It sleeps more than 400 people, and it features two large conference rooms. Several smaller rooms can be used for team meetings and impromptu “birds-of-a-feather” sessions.
The venue is located a little bit outside of Heidelberg’s centre, right on the side of the Neckar river, north of the Heidelberg Zoo, west of a university campus, and south of a sports field.
The large cafeteria and the plentiful outside space usable for eating, working, chatting and playing make it a fantastic venue for DebConf. And far away from traffic, with a play area, space to run around, and the zoo next door, it’s very suitable to families with children, too.
If you are interested in being part of the organisation of our conference, we welcome you on our mailing list and look forward to your contributions! There is also the #debconf15-germany IRC channel on irc.debian.org, and we have a list of DC15 sub-teams to give you an overview. Feel free to add yourself, or just help out and someone will add you.(Photos by Michael Banck and Richard Hartmann, used under the terms of the CC by-sa licence 3.0)