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Sun, 09 Aug 2015

15:08:16 9 Aug 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Team)

TecKids @ DebConf: Register Until Tuesday

We are happy to announce that TecKids, a non-profit specialising in working with kids, teaching them technonology, and fostering self-sustaining communities amongst them, will be holding a workshop from 15.08. to 18.08.

The focus is on kids aged 10-15 years old, but kids aged 8-16 years old are welcome to attend if they can follow the course without supervision of theirs parents.

Admission is free of charge, but registration through TecKids’ web form is mandatory. Registration is open until Tuesday, 11 August.

The rough schedule for now is:

  • robotics
  • game programming
  • Arduino

You will be kept up to date on any changes to the schedule and other details by the TecKids team after registration. It is important that you check mail before heading to DebConf in order to receive any last-minute informations.

Wed, 05 Aug 2015

09:24:09 5 Aug 2015
(Posted by: Martin Krafft)

DebConf15 registrations temporarily closed due to immense popularity

The interest to participate in DebConf15, which will start in 10 days, has been overwhelming. Thank you so much!

We planned the conference for 350 people and we now expect more than 570. This is fantastic and a wonderful support and encouragement for Debian and its contributors. But we are getting to the point where we have to prioritise considerations about the capacity of the venue and the safety of our attendees.

We’ve therefore had to close registrations until we have evaluated further options for accomodating even more attendees. For those of you who did not register for DebConf on time, but still want to participate, please bear with us and make sure to check back soon.

Thu, 30 Jul 2015

19:09:07 30 Jul 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Content Team)

DebConf15 Schedule Published and Additional Featured Speakers Announced

DebConf15 Schedule

The DebConf content team is pleased to announce the schedule of DebConf15, the forthcoming Debian Developers Conference. From a total of nearly 100 talk submissions, the team selected 75 talks. Due to the high number of submissions, several talks had to be shortened to 20 minute slots, of which a total of 30 talks have made it to the schedule.

In addition, around 50 meetings and discussions (BoFs) have been submitted so far, as well as several other events like lightning talk sessions, live demos, a movie screening, a poetry night or stand-up comedy.

The Schedule is available online at the DebConf15 conference site.

Further changes to the schedule can and will be made, but today’s announcement represents the first stable version.

Featured Speakers

In addition to the previously announced invited speakers, the content team also announces the following list of additional featured speakers:

The full list of invited and featured speakers, including the invited speakers profiles and the titles of their talks is available here.

Wed, 17 Jun 2015

10:09:38 17 Jun 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Team)

Striving for more diversity at DebConf15

DebConf is not just for Debian Developers, we welcome all members of our community active in different areas, like translation, documentation, artwork, testing, specialized derivatives, and many other ways that help make Debian better.

In fact, we would like to open DebConf to an even broader audience, and we strongly believe that more diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will significantly help us towards our goal of becoming the Universal Operating System.

The DebConf team is proud to announce that we have started designing a specific diversity sponsorship programme to attract people to DebConf that would otherwise not consider attending our conference or not be able to join us.

In order to apply for this special sponsorship, please write an email to, before July 6th, about your interest in Debian and your sponsorship needs (accomodation, travel). Please include a sentence or two about why you are applying for a Diversity Sponsorship. You can also nominate people you think should be considered for this sponsorship programme.

Please feel free to send this announcement on to groups or individuals that could be interested in this sponsorship programme.

And we’re also looking forward to your feedback. We’re just getting started and you can help shape these efforts.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015

21:41:07 10 Jun 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Team)

DebConf15 Invited speakers

This year, on top of the many excellent contributed talks, BoFs, and other events always part of DebConf (some of which have already been announced) we are excited to have confirmed the following keynote speakers.

During the Open Weekend (Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th), we will have keynotes delivered by:

  • Bradley M. Kuhn, President, Software Freedom Conservancy / Board of Directors, Free Software Foundation (Wikipedia page)
  • Werner Koch, Creator and Lead Developer, GnuPG Project / g10 Code GmbH (Wikipedia page)
  • Bdale Garbee, Chief Technologist Open Source and Linux, HP / Debian Project (Wikipedia page)

On the last day of DebConf, we look forward to the closing keynote by:

  • Jacob Appelbaum, Security Researcher and Journalist / Tor Project (Wikipedia page)

For more information about our invited speakers, please see

Citizenfour Screening

Additionally, there will be a screening of the Citizenfour movie, winner of the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award on the evening of Friday, August 21st.

You still have time to submit your talk

There are only a few days left before the end of the Call for Proposals on June 15th. Events submitted after that date might not be part of the official DebConf schedule. So, please, hurry, check out the proposal submission guide and submit your event.

Regards from the DebConf Team

Wed, 03 Jun 2015

17:00:14 3 Jun 2015
(Posted by: Michael Banck)

Final Call for DebConf15 Proposals

Call for Proposals Deadline

The deadline for submitting proposals is approaching, with only 12 days left to submit your event by June 15th. Events submitted after that date might not be part of the official DebConf schedule.

We are very excited about the upcoming conference, and we would like to encourage you to send your proposals. It’s an important part of the conference to hear and discuss new ideas. If you have something that you’d like to present but you have not submitted your event yet, please don’t wait until the last minute! Check out the proposal submission guide and submit your event.

If you have already submitted your event, do take this opportunity to login to summit and review it, expanding the event description to be more descriptive and appealing to the attendees if necessary.

Second Batch of Approved talks

We are happy to announce the following talks that are already approved:

Please hurry up and share your ideas with us. Propose your event before the deadline is reached.

Looking forward to see you on Heidelberg,

The DebConf content Team

Sat, 23 May 2015

14:36:14 23 May 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Content Team)

Second Call for Proposals and Approved Talks for DebConf15

DebConf15 will be held in Heidelberg, Germany from the 15th to the 22nd of August, 2015. The clock is ticking and our annual conference is approaching. There are less than three months to go, and the Call for Proposals period closes in only a few weeks.

This year, we are encouraging people to submit “half-length” 20-minute events, to allow attendees to have a broader view of the many things that go on in the project in the limited amount of time that we have.

To make sure that your proposal is part of the official DebConf schedule you should submit it before June 15th.

If you have already sent your proposal, please log in to summit and make sure to improve your description and title. This will help us fit the talks into tracks, and devise a cohesive schedule.

For more details on how to submit a proposal see:

Approved Talks

We have processed the proposals submitted up to now, and we are proud to announce the first batch of approved talks. Some of them:

  • This APT has Super Cow Powers (David Kalnischkies)
  • AppStream, Limba, XdgApp: Past, present and future (Matthias Klumpp)
  • Onwards to Stretch (and other items from the Release Team) (Niels Thykier for the Release Team)
  • GnuPG in Debian report (Daniel Kahn Gillmor)
  • Stretching out for trustworthy reproducible builds - creating bit by bit identical binaries (Holger Levsen & Lunar)
  • Debian sysadmin (and infrastructure) from an outsider/newcomer perspective (Donald Norwood)
  • The Debian Long Term Support Team: Past, Present and Future (Raphaël Hertzog & Holger Levsen)

If you have already submitted your event and haven’t heard from us yet, don’t panic! We will contact you shortly.

We would really like to hear about new ideas, teams and projects related to Debian, so do not hesitate to submit yours.

See you in Heidelberg,
DebConf Team

Fri, 15 May 2015

05:35:10 15 May 2015
(Posted by: DebConf Content Team )

DebConf Open Weekend

The first two days of this year’s DebConf (August 15th and 16th) will constitute the Open Weekend. On these days, we are planning to have the Debian 22nd Birthday party, a Job Fair, and more than 20 hours of events and presentations, including some special invited speakers.

Given that we expect to have a broader and larger audience during the weekend, our goal is to have talks that are equally interesting for both Debian contributors and users.

If you want to present something that might be interesting to the larger Debian community, please go ahead and submit it. It can be for a talk of either 45 or 20 minutes; if you don’t have content for a full length talk, we encourage you to go for the half length one. If you consider that the event is better suited for either the OpenWeekend or the regular DebConf days, you may say so in the comment field. But keep in mind that all events might be rearranged by the content team to make sure they fit together nicely.

Call for proposals

The deadline to submit proposals is June 15th. Please submit your talk early with a good description and a catchy title. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

If you want to submit an event please go ahead and read the original CfP on DebConf15

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

13:35:11 24 Mar 2015
(Posted by: Martin Krafft)

Working towards a child-friendly DebConf

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 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 with any questions or ideas you might have.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015

11:00:19 18 Mar 2015
(Posted by: Michael Banck)

DebConf15 Call for Proposals

We’re now calling for proposals for DebConf15. Proposals are accepted from now until 15 June 2015. To submit an event, go to the Propose an Event page once you are registered for the conference.

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:

  • Debian Packaging, Policy, and Infrastructure
  • Security, Safety, and Hacking
  • Debian System Administration, Automation and Orchestration
  • Containers and Cloud Computing with Debian
  • Debian Success Stories
  • Debian in the Social, Ethical, Legal, and Political Context
  • Blends, Subprojects, Derivatives, and Projects using Debian
  • Embedded Debian and Hardware-Level Systems

For all further information, please see the Proposals page of the DebConf15 website.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015

12:34:56 2 Mar 2015
(Posted by: René Mayorga)

Inviting speakers to DebConf15

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.

Fri, 02 Jan 2015

12:34:56 2 Jan 2015
(Posted by: Laura Arjona Reina)

Happy New DebConf15 Year!

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!

Mon, 01 Dec 2014

12:34:56 1 Dec 2014
(Posted by: Laura Arjona Reina)

Sponsors for DebConf15

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.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014

08:48:27 25 Nov 2014
(Posted by: Uli Scholler, and the DebConf Team)

DebConf14 final report

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:

  • talks and how we selected them
  • face-to-face meetings and their effect on building trust
  • events such as the day trip or the infamous cheese & wine party
  • the university venue
  • a selection of attendee’s impressions

And of course there are numbers, budget, and statistics.

Read, enjoy, and share!

The DebConf team

Sat, 27 Sep 2014

19:40:02 27 Sep 2014
(Posted by: Paul Wise, Donald Norwood)

Wrapping up DebConf14

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.

Stefano Zacchiroli blogged about a talk he did on debsources which now has its own HACKING file.

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

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 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 Debmetrics provides a uniform interface for adding, updating, and viewing various metrics concerning Debian.

Harlan Lieberman-Berg’s DebConf Retrospective shared the feel of DebConf, and detailed some of the work on debugging a build failure, work with the pkg-perl team on a few uploads, and work on a javascript slowdown issue on codeeditor.

Ana Guerrero López reflected on Ten years contributing to Debian.