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[edit] Schedule of Events for Debian Day

July 9th is Debian Day, a chance for the general public to learn more about Debian GNU/Linux. Participants will be introduced to the philosophical, and technical aspects of the distribution and shown some of the variety of real world applications for which Debian is used.

This page is a coordination page for confirming and scheduling the talks.

[edit] Timeslots and outline schedule

Local (Finnish) times.

Morning Talks 09:00
Lunch Break 13:00
Afternoon Talks 14:00
End of Debian Day 18:00

The final Debian Day schedule is published at

[edit] Morning

[edit] Greetings (q-funk, Andreas Schuldei, Branden Robinson)

  • Synopsis:
    • Hello everyone, glad to welcome you on L-A and PR team's behalf. Here's an outline of the day. If you are business, government or sponsor and require assistance, please don't hesitate to talk to me or Fabbe.
    • Hello everyone, glad to welcome you on Debconf5 organizer's behalf. If you have an urgent request regarding this event's organization, please don't hesitate to talk to me.
    • Hello everyone, I'm Branden Robinson, the DPL for this year. Welcome to Debian Day, I hope you'll enjoy it. I'll now hand the microphone over to Jaldhar Vyas, who will be our moderator for this morning's sessions.
  • Duration: 15 minutes max.
  • Confirmed: yes (stockholm)

[edit] What is Debian? (Jaldhar Vyas)

  • Synopsis: Debians place in the Linux and Free Software world. The people who develop Debian. etc.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (jaldhar)

[edit] What is Free Software? (Gunnar Wolf)

  • Synopsis: Difference between open source, free software, public domain, proprietary etc.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Custom Debian Distros and Derivatives (Aigars Mahinovs)

  • Synopsis: Explanation of why there are Debian derivatives and overview of most visible offerings e.g. Knoppix, Ubuntu.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] From Pigs to Stripes: A travel through Debian (Juan Jose Amor)

  • Synopsis: A presentation of various studies: Debian growth in terms of code and developers; evolution on distribution of programming languages and the TOP-10 largest packages; effort estimations for several releases.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (fabbe)

[edit] Debian release processes: a retrospective of Sarge (Andreas Barth)

  • Synopsis: an overview of Debian release processes, with emphasis on what exactly delayed the Sarge release for so long and what has already been improved to ensure that Etch will release more smoothly and quicker.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Afternoon

[edit] Government case: Extremadura county's 70,000 Debian workstations (Dario Rapisardi and Pedro Pérez)

  • Synopsis: How Debian is being used in Spanish Schools.
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Helping Debian: getting involved as an end-user (Alexander Schmehl)

  • Synopsis: Reporting bugs, documentation, proofreading, donations, popcon, saying "Thanks" etc.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Helping Debian: developing software for Debian (Martin-Éric Racine)

  • Synopsis:
    • Introduction to the Debian Policy.
    • Introduction to packaging using CDBS and pbuilder.
    • Package release strategies:
      • Own Debian repository.
      • Commercial Debian packages.
      • Submitting packages to Debian:
        • Sponsors, Mentors and NM process ... towards DD status.
    • Participating in the development and promotion of Debian is the only meaningfull goal to focus on;
      • Keeping a positive attitude and remembering that mistakes DO happen but CAN always be fixed is the key.
      • Flamewars are best left to flamers, Overfiend and Debating Society members!
    • Reiterate emphasis on strict Policy compliance for debian/ changelog, control, copyright, rules.
    • Encourage patience and tolerance towards free software zealots if offering commercial (non-free) packages.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Business case: How Hewlett-Packard benefits from Debian (Bdale Garbee)

  • Synopsis: How to leverage Debian in a business environment. How to interact with the community and your obligations to it.
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Confirmed: yes (q-funk)

[edit] Debian Project goals for 2005-2006 (key Debian Project members)

  • Synopsis: DPL, RM, etc. explain what goals the project is aiming to reach this year, especially how they plan to avoid the traditional pitfalls Debian is known for. They also answer the audience's questions.
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Confirmed: yes (jaldhar)
  • Moderator: jaldhar

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