New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2018)On Sun 04 March 2018 with tags project
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud
The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:
- Alexandre Mestiashvili (mestia)
- Tomasz Rybak (serpent)
- Louis-Philippe Véronneau (pollo)
The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:
- Teus Benschop
- Kyle John Robbertze
- Maarten van Gompel
- Dennis van Dok
- Innocent De Marchi
- David Rabel
Debian won Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award for Best Linux Distribution!On Wed 14 February 2018 with tags debian award
Written by Laura Arjona Reina
Thank you for all your support!
DebConf18: Call for ProposalsOn Wed 07 February 2018 with tags debconf debconf18 cfp
Written by Gunnar Wolf and Nicolas Braud-Santoni
The DebConf Content team would like to call for proposals in the DebConf18 conference, which will take place in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from 29 July to 5 August 2018.
You can find this Call for Proposals, in its latest form at: https://debconf18.debconf.org/cfp/.
Please refer to this URL for updates on the present information.
Suggesting a Speaker
The content team has a (limited) number of spots for invited speakers and is open to suggestions. Priority will be given to speakers who are not regular DebConf attendees, and who are more likely to bring diverse viewpoints to the conference.
Please keep in mind that some speakers may have very busy schedules and need to be booked far in advance. Therefore, we would like to start inviting speakers as soon as possible.
In order to suggest a speaker, please email email@example.com; your email should provide the following information:
- The speaker's preferred name
- Their location (for travel budget considerations)
- Their affiliation (institution and/or project)
- The suggested talk topic
- Brief biography (50-100 words) as it relates to the suggested topic
- The topic's relevance to Debian and/or DebConf
Please, note that the Code of Conduct applies to invited speakers and their talks, and coming to DebConf (incl. accepting an invitation) requires them to accept it.
Submitting an Event
You can now submit an event proposal. Events are not limited to traditional presentations or informal sessions (BoFs): we welcome submissions of tutorials, performances, art installations, debates, or any other format of event that you think would be of interest to the Debian community.
Regular sessions may either be 20 or 45 minutes long (including time for questions), other kinds of sessions (workshops, demos, lightning talks, ...) could have different durations. Please choose the most suitable duration for your event and explain any special requests.
While we cannot offer travel funding for all speakers, DebConf has various bursaries for attendees, including a diversity one, and having your event accepted is something that is taken into account.
You will need to create an account on the site, to submit a talk. We suggest that Debian account holders (including DDs and DMs) to use Debian SSO when creating an account. However, this isn’t required, as you can sign up with an e-mail address and password.
If you depend on having your proposal accepted in order to attend the conference, please submit it in a timely fashion so that it can be considered (and potentially accepted) as soon as possible.
All proposals must be submitted before Sunday 17 June 2018 to be evaluated for the official schedule.
Topics and Tracks
Though we invite proposals on any Debian or FLOSS related subject, we have some broad topics on which we encourage people to submit proposals, including but not limited to:
- Cloud and containers
- Debian in Science
- Packaging, policy and infrastructure
- Social context
- Systems administration, automation and orchestration
You are welcome to either suggest more tracks, or to become a coordinator for any of them; please refer to the Content Tracks wiki page for more information on that.
Code of Conduct
Our event is covered by a Code of Conduct designed to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. The code applies to all attendees, including speakers and the content of their presentations. Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or are unsure about certain content you’d like to present.
Providing video is one of the conference goals, as it makes the content accessible to a wider audience. Unless speakers opt-out, scheduled talks may be streamed live over the Internet to promote remote participation, and recordings will be published later under the DebConf license (MIT/Expat), as well as presentation slides and papers whenever available.
DebConf18 is still accepting sponsors; if you are interested, or think you know of others who would be willing to help, please get in touch!
In case of any questions, or if you wanted to bounce some ideas off us first, please do not hesitate to reach out to the content team at email@example.com.
We hope to see you in Hsinchu!
The DebConf team
Debian welcomes its Outreachy internsOn Fri 02 February 2018 with tags announce outreachy gsoc
Written by Laura Arjona Reina
We'd like to welcome our three Outreachy interns for this round, lasting from December 2017 to March 2018.
Congratulations, Juliana, Kira and Renata!
From the official website: Outreachy provides three-month internships for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech. Interns work remotely with mentors from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities on projects ranging from programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, to data science.
The Outreachy programme is possible in Debian thanks to the efforts of Debian developers and contributors who dedicate their free time to mentor students and outreach tasks, and the Software Freedom Conservancy's administrative support, as well as the continued support of Debian's donors, who provide funding for the internships.
Debian will also participate this summer in the next round for Outreachy, and is currently applying as mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code 2018 programme. Have a look at the projects wiki page and contact the Debian Outreach Team mailing list to join as a mentor or welcome applicants into the Outreachy or GSoC programme.
Join us and help extend Debian!
Mentors and co-mentors for Debian's Google Summer of Code 2018On Tue 23 January 2018 with tags announce gsoc
Written by Daniel Pocock and Laura Arjona Reina
Debian is applying as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code 2018, an internship program open to university students aged 18 and up.
Debian already has a wide range of projects listed but it is not too late to add more or to improve the existing proposals. Google will start reviewing the ideas page over the next two weeks and students will start looking at it in mid-February.
Please join us and help extending Debian! You can consider listing a potential project for interns or listing your name as a possible co-mentor for one of the existing projects on Debian's Google Summer of Code wiki page.
At this stage, mentors are not obliged to commit to accepting an intern but it is important for potential mentors to be listed to get the process started. You will have the opportunity to review student applications in March and April and give the administrators a definite decision if you wish to proceed in early April.
Mentors, co-mentors and other volunteers can follow an intern through the entire process or simply volunteer for one phase of the program, such as helping recruit students in a local university or helping test the work completed by a student at the end of the summer.
Participating in GSoC has many benefits for Debian and the wider free software community. If you have questions, please come and ask us on IRC #debian-outreach or the debian-outreach mailing list.