DebConf 11, the annual Debian conference opened its doors today in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. As with previous conferences streams of most sessions will be made available, allowing contributors who couldn’t attend the conference to still participate and send in questions and comments via specific IRC channels. The easiest way to do so is via the DebConf Watch  website, which also contains several useful other tabs.
Yesterday the conference already commenced with the DebianDay, a
conference day aimed at a wider, local audience. It featured talks on
“Understanding Debian”, “Debian in Enterprise: A Google Case Study” and
“How to contribute and get involved”. It was a great success, not only
bringing the Debian Community nearer to local contributors, but also by
catching the interest of the wider society as has never happened before.
So the opening ceremony was not only attended by Culibrk Predrag,
General Manager of m:tel, the biggest local internet and phone provider,
but also by Jasmin Komic, the Minister of Science and Technology and
Aleksandar Džombic, the Prime Minister. In a moving speech Milorad
Dodik, the President of Republika Srpska, who supported the idea of
DebConf11 in Banja Luka for the last two years, told the audience that
he is proud to see that Banja Luka and Republika Srpska succeeded to
have DebConf11 here, even though there was some fierce competition.
Adnan Hodzic, local organizer, is hoping that DebConf will attract the
public’s attention in Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina about
what GNU/Linux and Debian systems are.
DebConf will last until July 31 and feature a 78 session program (not
including spontaneous “adhoc” sessions) which will include talks and
workshops on Multiarch, Ports to new architectures, and better
collaboration with derivative distributions, as well as an extensive
social program. This year’s conference is attended by over 400
participants from 50 countries.
The Debian Project would also like to thank the sponsors who made this
The Government of the Republika Srpska 
Thomas Krenn AG 
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. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal operating system”.
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. More information about DebConf is available from
More information about DebConf11 can be found on the conference website
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