DebConf Organizers blog
The DebConf blog is back. This time not limited to a running DebConf, but should stay alive forever. (Well, as long as someone feeds it new entries).
There are a few differences compared to our last instance, so lets write a bit about it here:
What should be blogged here, and not in your personal blog? Well, everything, forget your own blog. :) Oh well, no, interesting parts around the whole conference, how’s live at DebConf, including images (small ones - put them into images/. That will appear as /blosxom/ at the blog site. Large ones - consider to put them into the gallery and link them from there). Basically anything thats interesting for DebConf attendees / future attendees. And if it doesnt fit a debconfX/ category, then take general/.
How to blog is also easy. A blog entry is a pure textfile, with two exceptions: The very first line is the title of the entry and the second-line is special and needs to start with “meta-author: ” followed by your name, eg “meta-author: Joerg Jaspert”. That name will then be included in the blog-post, so it is clear who wrote it. Then its basically text, with a few things replaced by helpful plugins:
All blog files are put into the debconf-blog svn on svn.debconf.org.
Now, have fun with it!
Some time ago one of DebConf’s permanent sponsors, ByteMark sponsored a new machine, krabappel, which we use as a replacement for the older machine we have from them, cmburns. It was neccessary, as good old cmburns had a lot of stuff running and so was always pretty loaded. Imagine it running most of our websites, main mail and dns server and then also having 4 vserver instances on it. Those vserver itself where also running things that do use some resources, like our wiki and the main DebConf7 site, the PentaBarf test-host and our LedgerSMB instance.
While it was long decided to move stuff our - we just had to find time to do it. This weekend seems to be it, everything is migrated except cmburns itself, as that needs a fix in the reverse dns entries for the new /28 we got.
We are using xen-tools to make installation of new images easy. For that I wrote a script that is used as a role script, automating all that various setup tasks that one can automate easily. Which means that it takes about 5 minutes to get a complete new XEN domain up and running. (Add some minutes to add it to nagios2, munin, our mail setup and to sync the userdatabase.)
Mark and Steve also did another migration: gallery.debconf.org is now using gallery2. Still needs a nice layout designed looking similar to our normal DebConf website, but that shouldn’t be too hard to get. While they have been on it they also integrated gallery.debian.net, so that it is back up again. Feel free to use both of them!
gallery.debconf.org offers space for all DebConf related pictures, be it the main yearly DebConf (and related) or regional DebConfs, like the one planned for Panama soon.
gallery.debian.net is a place where pictures from all Debian related events/parties/whatever can be put. Basically - whenever people working on Debian meet (like a BSP, a work meeting, etc) - feel free to put pictures up there. Just put them into a folder matching the year it happened in… Basic goal is to get a huge set of pictures from people involved in Debian.
Which reminded me to blog about debconf.org resources again, so that more people know/remember that there is something they can use whenever they organize a Debian meeting.
If you happen to organize a meeting of Debian Developers / interested Debian people you can chose to use any debconf.org resource you need for it. This currently means:
|DNS||a name within .debconf.org. Either pointing to your host, if you have one, or see below for hosting.|
|Current style seems to be $something.mini.debconf.org, but we also have some miniconfX.debconf.org entries, so are pretty open. And in case it doesn’t fit into .debconf.org - there is always .debconf.net without restrictions (as its not really used currently).|
|Mailing-List||Want a mailing-list?|
|Hosting||Don’t have an own server for it? .debconf.org possibly has space for you.|
|You would manage the content via a svn repository.|
|CMS||Conference Management System - AKA pentabarf. Available in future, more info on that point when we finally switched to a version that let’s us easily give access to other people without giving out all personal data. :)|
|Gallery||Use our gallery. Actually - don’t bother asking, just use it, as long as you use it for Debian related event pictures.|
Want more? We have a page listing most of our resources, maybe you find something you need.
Want something? Mail email@example.com and describe what you want, most possibly we will make it happen. Or try to get one of us admins on IRC, you are looking for one of the nicks Ganneff, mhy, sgran, gwolf or h01ger. No, we do not bite … usually. :)