On March 22, 2011, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf12, the Debian developer conference of 2012, will take place in Managua,
Nicaragua. This will be the first time DebConf takes place in Central
America. The exact dates have yet to be determined. More details may be found on the organizers’ wiki: http://wiki.debconf.org wiki/DebConf12
In a two-and-a-half hour meeting on Tuesday evening, the Managua bid
narrowly won over the bid from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Teams had been
preparing their bids since mid-2010, seeking venues and local sponsors
in their respective cities and countries.
In thirteen years of DebConf history, this will be the first time that
the Debian developer conference takes place in the Central American
region, it is also the first time that the DebConf Team received a
proposal from a Central American country. Both teams did great work in
The DebConf organizers congratulate the future organizers of
DebConf12, and thank both teams for their efforts.
The venue decision for DebConf13 will be made in twelve months.
Proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2011 to be eligible for
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 Spain, Argentina, and the
This year, DebConf11 starts on Sunday 24 July, and ends Saturday 30
July 2011. The conference will be held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and
DebConf will be preceded by DebCamp, from Sunday 17 July to Saturday 23
July 2009. DebCamp is a smaller, less formal event giving an
opportunity for group work on Debian projects.
On Sunday 24 July 2011, DebConf Open Day will take place at the site.
The Open Day is a short conference aimed at Debian users, and others
interested in learning more about free software.
More information about DebConf11 can be found on the conference
The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free
community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the
largest and most influential open source projects. Over three thousand
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Translated into over 70 languages, and supporting a
huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal
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