About 250 people from over 35 countries attended this year’s Debian conference, DebConf9, which took place from July 24th to 30th in Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. About 80 of them also attended the Debianworking camp, DebCamp, which preceded the conference from July 16th to23rd. DebCamp is mostly used for face to face meetings by teams withinDebian, but also by groups of Debian contributors working on ad-hoc projects that require closer collaboration.
Thanks to strong sponsorship from HP, Junta de Extrematura, Telefonica,
Linux Magazine, Google, Collabora, Canonical, Qt, maemo.org, Comparex,
Intel, Ayuntamiento de Cáceres and others, the conference’s catering,
facilities, accomodation as well as abundant computing power were free
of charge to all early registrants and inexpensive to other attendees.
Additionally, this allowed many active Debian contributors from both
inside and outside Europe to receive travel subsidies to make their
attendance possible. The Junta de Extrematura’s support in planning and
organising the conference helped to make the event go smoothly and leave
a professional and hospitable impression.
Much like the Debian project itself, the conference organisation team
consists only of volunteers. The combination of their hard work and
support from the sponsors helped DebConf9 to be highly productive,
achieving several seminal results. Debian Project Leader Steve McIntyre
concluded: “This has been one of the most productive conferences we have
ever held. Our developers and teams achieved a great deal during this
short period, and this will surely have a big impact on the upcoming
release of ‘Squeeze’.”
Among the many notable talks were the release team’s keynote, presenting
the release goals and further plans for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 “Squeeze”
as well as the new timed freezes release policy, and the Project
Leader’s keynote, which prompted discussions about motivating the
project’s developer base in the future to work further towards Debian’s
motto of being the “universal operating system”.
In all, over 130 different sessions took place during the conference,
ranging from formal talks to numerous spontaneously scheduled meetings.
For most of these sessions, live video streams were made available over
the internet. This allowed participation of non attending Debian
contributors, who could additionally participate in discussions via
special chat channels. As with recordings of previous Debian
conferences, the videos will be made public at
http://debconf9.debconf.org/video once they have been processed and
The next Debian Conference  will take place in 2010 in New York City,
USA. The DebConf website contains much more information about DebConf
, as well as several pictures  from this year’s conference.
Debian GNU/Linux is a free computer operating system. Over three
thousand volunteers from all over the world work together to create and
maintain Debian software. Translated into 27 languages, and supporting a
huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal
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
For further information, please visit the DebConf web pages at
http://www.debconf.org/ or send mail to
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