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Mon, 16 Jun 2014

12:34:56 16 Jun 2014
(Posted by: Penny Leach)

Valessio Brito wins DebConf15 logo contest

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:

DebConf15 logo (by Valessio Brito)

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 (pt_BR).

He invites you to visit to discover the work of other artists and designs that contribute to the Debian project.

Thanks very much Valessio for your great contribution!

Fri, 09 May 2014

12:34:56 9 May 2014
(Posted by: Martin Krafft)

DebConf15 organisation kicked off in Heidelberg

The lobby of the youth hostel Heidelberg (by Richard Hartmann)

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.

Self-contained in beautiful surroundings

The youth hostel Heidelberg from the outside view (by Richard Hartmann)

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.

A panoramic view of the city of Heidelberg (by Michael Banck)

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.

Fantastic, child-friendly DebConf venue

The courtyard of the youth hostel, used for eating and socialising (by Richard Hartmann)

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.

Become part of the team!

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, 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)

Sun, 09 Mar 2014

12:34:56 9 Mar 2014
(Posted by: Richard ‘RichiH’ Hartmann)

DebConf15 Location and DebConf13 Final Report

DebConf15 to be hosted in Germany

In their last meeting, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf15, the 16th annual Debian Conference, will be hosted in Germany.

Thanks to the Belgian and Swedish teams; we are looking forward to their renewed bids for future DebConfs!

The German team expects to announce details about location and date in the coming months.

A dedicated (English-language) mailing list has been created for the organization and interested people are welcome to subscribe and join the discussion.

DebConf13 Final Report available

Furthermore, the 32-page final report for last year’s DebConf in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, is now available here. Many thanks to all the authors who contributed to the report!