DebConf Organizers blog
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
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.
Thanks to the work of the Alioth admins and the DSA team, single sign-on services are back online. Everyone will again be able to register for DebConf14 according to the steps described on this page.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Administrators are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible; we will update this blog once the problem has been resolved.
In the meantime, Debian developers can continue to register using their debian.org SSO credentials.
To request food, accommodation, or travel sponsorship, you must be registered by Thursday, May 15, 2014. After this date, registrations will still be accepted in any of the basic, professional, and corporate categories, but requests for sponsorship will no longer be accepted.
Note that, as for previous years, you will be asked to confirm your registration later once sponsorship has been finalized. If you are not certain you will attend but are considering it, we encourage you to register now.
If you want to attend DebConf14, please fill out the registration form.
This year, conference registration is integrated with the new Debian SSO system. If you are a Debian developer and have not previously used the Debian SSO system, you will need to configure an SSO password on db.debian.org. If you are not a Debian developer, you will have an opportunity to create an alioth account as part of the registration process. For more information about Debian single sign-on, see the Debian wiki.
In past years, DebConf has been preceded by a separate DebCamp event, for developers to gather before the conference and collaborate in person on Debian. This year the team is trying a different approach, with a longer conference period allowing for blocks of talks to be mixed with blocks of coding time throughout the week. More information about the schedule will be made available when the Call for Papers is posted in the near future.
The DebConf14 team would like to thank all of our sponsors who have made this event possible - a full list of whom can be found here.
We are still seeking sponsors to help us make DebConf14 a success. If you or your company would like to give back to Debian, please consider becoming a sponsor.
We look forward to seeing you in Portland in August!
The DebConf team
With DebConf13 behind us, the team is looking forward to DebConf14 this August in Portland, Oregon, USA.
As a community-oriented conference, DebConf relies on its network of generous sponsors for funding. Please help us make DebConf14 a success - Become a sponsor today!