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Sun, 18 Nov 2012

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Alexander Reichle-Schmehl)

Participate remotely with your Web Browser

Thanks to Valessio Brito you can also participate on many sessions by simply opening in your browser. You’ll see a stream, the schedule, and twitter posts and can join the irc channels used to comment / discussion during the sessions.

You’ll either need a HTML5 compliant Web Browser or java.

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: DebConf10 Videoteam)

DebConf10: you can has videos

Just (on) a very short notice: the streams are up! See the DebConf10 webpage for URLs and schedule. Enjoy! (We are using GeoIP and you might want to try different browsers…)

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Tiago Bortoletto Vaz)

DebConf10 Final Report released!

After numerous contributions from many of you, the DebConf team has finally released the DebConf10 Final Report. It’s a 46-page document which gives the reader an idea about the conference as a whole. It includes descriptions of talks, DebCamp and Debian Day activities, personal impressions, attendee and budgeting numbers, the work of various teams, social events, funny pictures and so on. If you attended Debconf10, the report will refresh some of your remarkable memories and bring you closer to the organization team work. If not, it will certainly encourage you to be part of future Debian events :)

The report is available in two PDF sizes and can be downloaded from Debconf media website. Enjoy!

— the DebConf team

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Michael Schultheiss)

Debian Day at DebConf10

Debian Day will take place on the first day of DebConf10, Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 6:40 PM at Columbia University, New York City, New York.

We would love to see you join us at Debian Day. Registration is required but is free. If you are not already registered for DebConf10, please send an e-mail with your intent to attend to

Debian Day and DebConf10 are going to be great. We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York on August 1! More information on Debian Day is available at

— the DebConf team

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Jimmy Kaplowitz)

Registration now open for DebConf10

Registration is now open for DebConf10. The dates of the conference are August 1-7, 2010, with arrivals at our group lodging permitted as of 3 PM on July 31 and departures required by 11 AM on August 8. The conference is preceded by DebCamp from July 25-31 including the arrival day. To receive announcements regarding DebConf and DebCamp, please subscribe to the debconf-announce mailing list.

In order to avoid spamming Planet Debian with a long post detailing registration procedure, travel sponsorship, DebCamp info, and cost of attendance, please instead see the DebConf10 website’s registration page to answer all your questions. As always, feel free to contact the DebConf team via email or IRC for answers not provided by the website.

DebConf10 is going to be great. We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York in August!

— the DebConf team

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Jimmy Kaplowitz)

DebConf10 visa information available


The DebConf10 local team would like to announce availability of visa information at

Full information is contained at that page, provided by our lawyer; however some important points are indicated below.

- The United States depends on its tens of millions of visitors annually for its economy to function. Getting approved for a visa is not a rare exception, and it is even easier given our generous free help from an immigration lawyer.

- If you are from a Visa Waiver Program country (see visa page), fill out the ESTA web form to apply for your travel authorization now. You don’t need any information about the conference itself or your means of travel.

- If you will need to apply for a visa, check the visa information page for information on what to do. Carefully check the wait times for your country’s embassy. For most countries there is no *immediate* urgency, but plan to get an appointment well in advance of May 2010.

- Make sure you will have a passport that will expire in February 2011 or later (6 months after the latest possible DebConf date). If not, apply for a new passport.

Special note to Venezuelans: Since the wait time for a visa appointment in Caracas is so long, we have been paying special attention to its visa application process. We have reports that the dates for visa appointments are moving quickly, getting later and later. If you are are applying for a visa in Caracas, you need to make an appointment immediately. You just need to make an appointment now, supporting materials can be assembled later. Also consider applying for a visa in a different US embassy such as the Quito, Ecuador one with a significantly shorter wait time. Consult with our lawyer for advice on the advantages and disadvantages of doing this.

The local team hopes that everyone interested can meet us in New York City and have a great DebConf10 experience! Feel free to email us (publicly archived list) or ask in #debconf-team or #debconf-nyc on OFTC with your questions or ideas.

- The DebConf10 Local Team

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Michael Schultheiss)

Last Call for keys for keysigningat DebConf10

As part of the 11th Debian Conference in New York City, USA, there will be OpenPGP (pgp/gpg) keysignings. If you intend to participate in the DebConf10 keysignings, please send your ascii armored public key as explained no later than Tuesday 20th of July, 2010 at 23:59 UTC.

If your mail to cannot get through, send it to anibal at v7w dot com but first try the email address, please.

More (and up-to-date) information is available so keep watching that page.

— Aníbal Monsalve Salazar and the DebConf team

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Jimmy Kaplowitz)

DebConf10 dates and venue announced

The DebConf10 team just sent out a press release announcing the dates and venue for DebConf10 in New York City. Most of the readers of this blog already saw it through some other list, so I’ll just put the dates here and provide the full text plus other relevant info via links.

We hope to see many of you there!

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: DebConf10 Videoteam)

DebConf10: beta versions of the recordings are up

For your enjoyment and enlightment, 85 videos in low and high encoding quality are available at the usual location already, which I think is totally superimpressive, even though the videos are relased as betas (or maybe alphas?) - so you might find issues. We will continue to work on them the next days and^w^w weeks, if you’re on the team you can use the reviewing interface in penta like you did in NYC. More information about the work still to be done should be available on our mailing list in a few days…
As previously said, please leave a thanks-message in our wiki. We truely love to hear your stories, where, what, how and why you watched our videos and how you benefit from our work. Your feedback is truely very important to us!
It is important to leave your thanks mesaage on the wiki, as our team consisted of about 40 wonderful people this year, so if you “just” say thanks to a few members, your message will not be as powerful and motivating as it could be :-)
So much for now, big thanks to everyone who help make DebConf10 a wonderful experience and great conference! You rock!

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: DebConf10 Talks Team)

DebConf10 call for contributions

The Debconf team is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for contributions to this year’s Debian conference! We invite you to submit proposals for how you would contribute until the deadline: May 1st, 2010, 23h59 UTC.

There are many ways you can contribute, you could present a technical paper, host a panel discussion, put on a tutorial, do a performance, an art installation, a debate, host a meeting (BoFs, or Birds of a Feather Session), or other possibilities that you devise. This year we are also accepting proposals for tracks—a thematic grouping around a particular subject, and people to coordinate those tracks. If you are looking for ideas of things that you could contribute, or have ideas for things that you would like to see happen at Debconf, have a look at the Contribution Brainstorm page.

DebConf talks will be broadcast live on the Internet where possible, unless otherwise requested. Videos of the talks will be published on the web along with the presentation slides and papers.

Step 1. Submit Proposal

Proposals should provide an overview of your proposed contribution, similar to an abstract, and be no more than 600 words. Since contributions can cover a range of issues, please describe what your proposal covers, be it political (Free Software, law, advocacy, access, etc.), technical (d-i, OpenPGP, etc.), social (Debian structures and groups). It’s okay to hit all three of these. Your proposal should also include some information on why you’re qualified to present, or coordinate this topic. For example, you can include links to posts you have made to Debian mailing lists or other material that indicates your qualifications. Proposals and their abstracts will be accepted until May 1st, 2010, 23h59 UTC.

To submit your proposal, go to and register as an attendee. Once you are registered, there is a “Submit a proposal” link. You will see your proposal on the site. You can choose between different presentation types. If you are unsure what type you should use, please read our definitions first. If it’s not there for some reason, or you have questions, please contact us immediately.

Step 2. Committee Review

The review committee for this year will make its decision by May 1st, 2010. All correspondence will be done by email.

Step 3. Paper Submission

Like last year, we are asking for papers to be submitted along with the presentations. A full paper is optional, however we strongly encourage you to submit one if possible as we intend to provide written information along with transcripts of the sessions for later viewing. Having written papers in advance will allow us to get translations done to help non-native-English speakers feel more comfortable with the topics presented. Papers are due by July 1st, 2010, and should cover the topic in reasonable depth (3 pages A4 text, plus pictures and diagrams). We will use LaTeX to typeset the proceedings. Please submit your paper formatted in LaTeX. Should you be unfamiliar with LaTeX earlier submission in plain text is also fine.

Step 4. Live Presentation

Longer presentations may have a break in the middle and should include workshop items that directly involve the participants. If using slides or any other presentation, please consider that your audience will consist of people who use free software, and your choice of application to prepare and display the slides should reflect this if at all possible.

Fine Print Publication Rights

Debconf requires non-exclusive publication rights to papers, presentations, and any additional handouts or audio/visual materials used in conjunction with the presentation. The authors have the freedom to pick a DFSG-free license for the papers themselves and retain all copyrights. The presentations will be recorded, and may be broadcast over the Internet. Any copies of the presentation will be made available under a license like the MIT/X11 license.

Failure to Submit

In the event that a deadline is missed we reserve the right to revoke any offer to present.

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: DebConf10 Videoteam)

DebConf10: please say thank you to the whole team

If you appreciate the videoteams work, please leave a message in our wiki. We truely love to her your stories, where, what, how and why you watched our videos and how you benefit from our work. Your feedback is truely very important to us! :-)