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Mar Del Plata to host 9th Debian conference

Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 8 August 2008 – The Debian Project is inviting membersof the public and the press to its annual conference, DebConf 8, which takes place from 10 August to 16 August at the Hotel Dorá in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

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The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/
Mar Del Plata to host 9th Debian conference press@debconf.org
August 8th, 2008 http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20080808
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Mar Del Plata to host 9th Debian conference

* 250 developers from 37 countries to come together at Hotel Dorá,
Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 10-16 August 2008.
* 100 talks and tutorial sessions scheduled.
* Attendance is free of charge, on-site registration required.
* Debian Project to turn 15 years of age.

Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 8 August 2008 – The Debian Project, the team
behind the free Debian GNU/Linux operating system, is inviting members
of the public and the press to its annual conference, DebConf 8, which
takes place from 10 August to 16 August at the Hotel Dorá in Mar Del
Plata, Argentina.

Over 100 events have been scheduled with speakers from all parts of
the world, such as Debian Project leader Steve McIntyre and Hewlett
Packard's Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist, Bdale Garbee. The
topics include global team organisation, internationalisation,
development internals and policy, virtualisation, and systems &
network adminisatration. In tutorial sessions, attendants can gain
hands-on experience in various subjects. Development and brainstorming
takes place in the two “hack labs”, and peripheral events, such as a
world cheese party, allow for extensive networking.

The full schedule is available on the conference website:
https://penta.debconf.org/dc8_schedule/

Celebrations will be in order on Saturday, 16 August, when the Debian
Project turns 15 years of age. Founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a
truly Free, community project, the project has grown to one of the
largest and most influential open source projects.

Jörg Jaspert, one of the conference organisers, is excited: “Of all
the Debian conferences I have experienced, this is the best prepared.
Thank you to the local team for all their work!” The local organiser
team — 40 volunteers from all over the country — have dedicated almost
an entire year of their time to make this event happen.

Attending the conference is free of charge, although visitors are
required to register on-site. More information is available from the
conference website: http://debconf8.debconf.org .

The language of presentation is English, although many Spanish
speakers are available to help and answer questions.

All events are recorded and streamed over the Internet. More
information is available at:
http://debconf8.debconf.org/video

On Wednesday, 13 August, no events will take place as conference
attendees take a day off to experience local sites and culture.

Following DebConf 8, Debian Day will take place on 18 August in Buenos
Aires. Debian Day is a free-of-charge, one-day software users'
conference. The event provides a friendly, personal atmosphere for
individuals who are interested in free and open-source software to
meet the people behind the project and obtain free advice.

About Debian
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The Debian Project is an association of Free Software developers who
volunteer their time and effort in order to produce the completely
free operating system Debian GNU/Linux.

About DebConf
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DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition to a
full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf provides
an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested
people to meet in person and work together more closely. It has taken
place annually since 2000 in locations as varied as Canada, Finland
and Mexico.

Contact Information
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For further information, please visit the DebConf web pages at
<http://www.debconf.org/> or send mail to press@debconf.org.


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