The Debian Project is pleased to announce that in the next few months Bug Squashing Parties ( “BSP”s) will take place in several countries. The main focus of a Bug Squashing Party is to triage and fix bugs, but it is also an opportunity for users less familiar with the BTS to make other contributions to the Debian project, such as translating package descriptions or improving the wiki. Debian developers will be present to help contributors understand how the project works and to help get
fixes into Debian.
During the coming weekend, 17-19 February, a BSP will be held at the
 IRILL offices in Paris, France. This event will also be an opportunity
for potential contributors to meet Debian Developers or Maintainers.
Numerous regular contributors will attend this BSP and can help
newcomers to fix their first bugs. For organizational reasons,
registering on the  Debian wiki is mandatory.
On 2-4 March, a BSP will be held in Cambridge, UK: people interested in
attending it are invited to add their names to its  wiki page.
During the same weekend, 2-4 March, a BSP will also be held at  Credativ
offices in Mönchengladbach, Germany: more information is available on
the  Debian wiki.
The following weekend another BSP will take place, on 10-11 March:
 Perth Linux Users Group is organizing a Debian Bug Squashing Party at
the  University Computer Club in Perth, Western Australia. For more
information, visit its  wiki page.
Over 11-13 May, another Debian BSP will be held in the UK, at York. For
this BSP, however, there is an upper limit of ten to twelve attendees,
for logistical reasons. For more information visit the  wiki page.
If you want to organize a BSP, you can find all the necessary
information on this  wiki page. The Debian Project invites all users
and contributors to attend these events and make “Wheezy” ready for
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