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10:10:02 15 Mar 2014
(Posted by: Martín Ferrari and the DebConf videoteam)

Barcelona MiniDebConf 2014 video streams

This is just a quick note to tell you that the video stream of the Barcelona MiniDebConf will be available at the following URL:

If you were not able to make it to Barcelona, now you can still follow from home!

May you have a productive and joyful MiniDebConf - and thanks for volunteering and talking if you do so! The MiniDebConf is what you make it.

Sun, 18 Nov 2012

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Joerg Jaspert)

DebConf Blog - It’s back

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:

  • The blog lives in svn, everything has to go through it. Updates are done every 10 minutes.
  • There are various “categories” available, those are simply subdirectories in the blog dir, currently we have debconf6/, debconf7/ and general. Where debconf6 contains the items we had in the DC6 blog, debconf7 will hold those that fit DC7, general is of interest for all. Feel free to create debconf8 when you have something to blog about DC8 stuff. Also feel free to create subdirectories in those categories if needed.
  • Ignore flavours/, thats our template. Talk to our webadmin(s) if you want changes there.

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:

  • Every empty line between two paragraphs gets a plugin to add <p></p> around those paragraphs.
  • SmartyPants does a few replacements:
    • Straight quotes ( <”> and <’> ) into “curly” quote HTML entities
    • Backticks-style quotes (<“>like this<”>) into “curly” quote HTML entities
    • Dashes (<—> and <–>) into en- and em-dash entities
    • Three consecutive dots (<…>) into an ellipsis entity…

All blog files are put into the debconf-blog svn on

Now, have fun with it!

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Joerg Jaspert)

DebConf maintenance

In the last few days we (as in DebConf admins Steve Gran, Mark Hymers and myself) have been doing some DebConf maintenance work.

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: 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, so that it is back up again. Feel free to use both of them! 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. 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.

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Joerg Jaspert)

DebConf Resources

I just setup a DNS entry for, on request of David Moreno Garza. He also got a mailing-list for that upcoming mini Debian Conference.

Which reminded me to blog about 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 resource you need for it. This currently means:

DNSa name within Either pointing to your host, if you have one, or see below for hosting.
Current style seems to be $, but we also have some entries, so are pretty open. And in case it doesn’t fit into - there is always without restrictions (as its not really used currently).
Mailing-ListWant a mailing-list?
HostingDon’t have an own server for it? possibly has space for you.
You would manage the content via a svn repository.
CMSConference 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. :)
GalleryUse 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 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. :)