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Planning and coordination for DebConf17 Open Day.

There are three projects planned for Open Day:

  • A Debian install-fest
  • Free software workshops
  • Talks and presentations about Debian and FOSS projects (software and groups)

Additionally, we should offer non-commercial projects to have booths in the Foyer during the day.


[edit] Debian Install-fest

Coordinator: <sign-up here>

Invite the community and public to bring their devices and get help to install Debian on them. We can use the Vivoir (large open space) for this. The videoteam should be able to setup video for DebConf at the same time.


  • Draft a release form saying that we are not reponsible for any loss of data or hardware malfunction
  • Find at least 2-3 Debian geeks to be there as ressources

[edit] Workshops

Coordinator: <sign-up here>

The idea being to offer workshops teaching people to use popular free software tools.

Ideas (and potential facilitators):

  • Libreoffice Collabora?
  • FOSS graphics (Inkscape / GIMP) Pollo?
  • FOSS publishing (Scribus) Pollo?
  • GnuCash ?
  • Privacy (Tails, Tor, Bitmask, etc.) ?
  • Intro to programming abdelq?
  • Intro to git

[edit] Talks and presentations

Coordinator: <sign-up here>

Talks aimed at the general public and/or newcomers to the Debian project.

  • Introduction to Debian
  • Contributing 101
  • Topic: Privacy / surveillance
  • Topic: Promoting FOSS at work
  • Topic: IoT security best practices

Proposals should be submitted through the regular submission form on the website.

Please directly contact people who may be interested by forwarding the CfP (once it's done).

[edit] Call for proposals

An Open Day-specific CfP should be sent out to invite people to submit their proposals for workshops and talks.

The text draft in English and French is here:

We should send the CfP to:

Please indicate (done) when the message has been sent out to a group/list.

[edit] Announce OD Schedule

An announcement of the newly published Open Day schedule should be sent to the following correspondents/organisations. Please mark the person/orga as done once the message has been sent to them.

French and English versions of the form email follow the list of places to which to send.

Organisation Contact (To:) Date Sent Comments/Notes
UdeM V. Sage <>, 20:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC) Absent. Will not be back until August 14th. Sent to the student association instead. Can confirm it was sent to all students.
UQÀM 20:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Concordia 20:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
McGill Ann Jack <>, Diti Anastasopoulos <> 23:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
UQTR 20:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC) Did not find email. However, there is a form available.
UdeS 20:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Bois-de-Boulogne, Talel.Zid@bdeb, Soraya.Ferdenache@bdeb, Anis.Boubaker@bdeb,, jean-joseph.thomas@bdeb, hafed.benteftifa@bdeb, forum des étudiants du groupe 217 15:34, 18 July 2017 (UTC) Couldn't find a central address to reach all Computer Science students and staff, so I sent to all my profs and to the students in my group.
LUGs, etc
Agenda du Libre 17:59, 16 July 2017 (UTC) Updated event on the AdL calendar
FACIL 00:27, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
00:40, 17 July 2017 (UTC) Wasn't sure of the domain for the list, so I sent to both
debian-quebec 00:40, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
LinuQ 12:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC) Free software org in Quebec City
Montreal LUG 12:17, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Club Linux Atomic 12:37, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
AESSUQAM, comité du logiciel libre, 13:08, 17 July 2017 (UTC) info@communautique.quebed 13:22, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

----- begin French version of email announcing Open Day ------
Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir announcer que l'horaire de la Journée Portes Ouvertes de la DebConf17 est maintenant disponible à

Comme exemples d'activités planifiées pour la journée, citons, entre autres:

  • A Newbie's Newbie Guide to Debian
  • Tout savoir sur Debian
  • Debian Packaging 101, et
  • séance d'aide pour installer Debian sur vos appareils

La Journée portes ouvertes aura lieu au Collège Maisonneuve le samedi 5 août. Le Collège se trouve à 3800, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Québec) H1X 2A2. Tout le monde est bienvenu!

DebConf est la réunion annuelle des développeurs du projet Debian. Comprenant non seulement des conférences sur des sujets techniques, sociaux et politiques, DebConf présente aussi l'opportunité pour les développeurs, contributeurs et autres gens interessés de se rencontrer et de travailler ensemble. La conférence est tenue sur une base annuelle depuis 2000 dans des endroits variant à chaque année tel que l'Afrique du Sud, la Finlande, le Nicaragua et la Bosnie-Herzégovine.

Les DebConfs précédentes ont eu des présentateurs d'un peu partout autour du monde. Elles se sont montrées très utiles pour le déroulement de plusieurs composantes très importantes du logiciel Debian, comme le nouvel installateur, et aussi pour l'amélioration des traductions de différentes parties de Debian.

Pour en savoir plus à propos du projet Debian, visitez
----- end French version of email announcing Open Day ------

----- begin English version of email announcing Open Day ------
We are delighted to announce that the schedule for DebConf's Open Day, which will take place on Saturday, August 5th at Collège Maisonneuve, has been published. It is now available at

Events scheduled for the day include, amonst others:

  • A Newbie's Newbie Guide to Debian
  • Ask Anything About Debian
  • Debian Packaging 101, and
  • Debian InstallFest

Everyone is welcome! Collège Maisonneuve is located at 3800 Sherbrooke Street E, Montreal (Quebec) H1X 2A2.

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 South Africa, Finland, Nicaragua and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previous Debian Conferences have featured speakers from around the world. They have also been extremely beneficial for developing key Debian software components, including the new Debian Installer, and for improving Debian's internationalization.

To find out more about the Debian Project, please visit
----- end English version of email announcing Open Day ------

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