Debian Donates to Support GNOME Patent Defense

On Mon 28 October 2019 with tags debian gnome patent trolls fundraising donation
Written by Sam Hartman

Translations: es fr sv

Today, the Debian Project pledges to donate $5,000 to the GNOME Foundation in support of their ongoing patent defense. On October 23, we wrote to express our support for GNOME in an issue that affects the entire free software community. Today we make that support tangible.

"This is bigger than GNOME," said Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman. "By banding together and demonstrating that the entire free software community is behind GNOME, we can send a strong message to non-practicing entities (patent trolls). When you target anyone in the free software community, you target all of us. We will fight, and we will fight to invalidate your patent. For us, this is more than money. This is about our freedom to build and distribute our software."

"We're incredibly grateful to Debian for this kind donation, and also for their support," said Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. "It's been heartening to see that when free software is attacked in this way we all come together on a united front."

If GNOME needs more money later in in this defense, Debian will be there to support the GNOME Foundation. We encourage individuals and organizations to join us and stand strong against patent trolls.


The Debian Project stands with the GNOME Foundation in defense against patent trolls

On Wed 23 October 2019 with tags debian gnome patent trolls fundraising
Written by Ana Guerrero López

Translations: es fr it ko pt-BR sv

In 2012, the Debian Project published our Position on Software Patents, stating the threat that patents pose to Free Software.

The GNOME Foundation has announced recently that they are fighting a lawsuit alleging that Shotwell, a free and Open Source personal photo manager, infringes a patent.

The Debian Project firmly stands with the GNOME Foundation in their efforts to show the world that we in the Free Software communities will vigorously defend ourselves against any abuses of the patent system.

Please read this blog post about GNOME's defense against this patent troll and consider making a donation to the GNOME Patent Troll Defense Fund.


DebConf19 logo

DebConf, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving the Debian operating system, will be held in Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, from July 21 to 28, 2019. The conference is preceded by DebCamp from July 14 to 19, and the DebConf19 Open Day on July 20.

The Open Day, Saturday, 20 July, is targeted at the general public. Events of interest to a wider audience will be offered, ranging from topics specific to Debian to the greater Free Software community and maker movement.

The event is a perfect opportunity for interested users to meet the Debian community, for Debian to broaden its community, and for the DebConf sponsors to increase their visibility.

Less purely technical than the main conference schedule, the events on Open Day will cover a large range of topics from social and cultural issues to workshops and introductions to Debian.

The detailed schedule of the Open Day's events includes events in English and Portuguese. Some of the talks are:

  • "The metaverse, gaming and the metabolism of cities" by Bernelle Verster
  • "O Projeto Debian quer você!" by Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana
  • "Protecting Your Web Privacy with Free Software" by Pedro Barcha
  • "Bastidores Debian - Entenda como a distribuição funciona" by Joao Eriberto Mota Filho
  • "Caninos Loucos: a plataforma nacional de Single Board Computers para IoT" by geonnave
  • "Debian na vida de uma Operadora de Telecom" by Marcelo Gondim
  • "Who's afraid of Spectre and Meltdown?" by Alexandre Oliva
  • "New to DebConf BoF" by Rhonda D'Vine

During the Open Day, there will also be a Job Fair with booths from our several of our sponsors, a workshop about the Git version control system and a Debian installfest, for attendees who would like to get help installing Debian on their machines.

Everyone is welcome to attend. As the rest of the conference, attendance is free of charge, but registration in the DebConf19 website is highly recommended.

The full schedule for the Open Day's events and the rest of the conference is at https://debconf19.debconf.org/schedule and the video streaming will be available at the DebConf19 website

DebConf is committed to a safe and welcome environment for all participants. See the DebConf Code of Conduct and the Debian Code of Conduct for more details on this.

Debian thanks the numerous sponsors for their commitment to DebConf19, particularly its Platinum Sponsors: Infomaniak, Google and Lenovo.


25 years and counting

On Thu 16 August 2018 with tags debian birthday
Written by Ana Guerrero Lopez
Artwork by Angelo Rosa

Translations: es fr kn pt-BR ro ru se vi

Debian is 25 years old by Angelo Rosa

When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, "the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release", nobody would have expected the "Debian Linux Release" to become what's nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all.

Today, the Debian project is a large and thriving organization with countless self-organized teams comprised of volunteers. While it often looks chaotic from the outside, the project is sustained by its two main organizational documents: the Debian Social Contract, which provides a vision of improving society, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which provide an indication of what software is considered usable. They are supplemented by the project's Constitution which lays down the project structure, and the Code of Conduct, which sets the tone for interactions within the project.

Every day over the last 25 years, people have sent bug reports and patches, uploaded packages, updated translations, created artwork, organized events about Debian, updated the website, taught others how to use Debian, and created hundreds of derivatives.

Here's to another 25 years - and hopefully many, many more!


DebConf18 logo

DebConf, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving the Debian operating system, will be held in National Chiao Tung University, Microelectronics and Information Research Center (NCTU MIRC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from July 29th to August 5th, 2018. The conference is preceded by DebCamp, July 21th to July 27th, and the DebConf18 Open Day on July 28th.

Debian is an operating system consisting entirely of free and open source software, and is known for its adherence to the Unix and Free Software philosophies and for its extensiveness. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software, and more than 400 are expected to attend DebConf18 to meet in person and work together more closely.

The conference features presentations and workshops, and video streams are made available in real-time and archived.

The DebConf18 Open Day, Saturday, July 28, is open to the public with events of interest to a wide audience.

The detailed schedule of the Open Day's events include, among others:

  • Questions and Answers Session with Minister Audrey Tang,
  • Debian Meets Smart City Applications with SZ Lin
  • a Debian Packaging Workshop,
  • panel discussion: Story of Debian contributors around the world,
  • sessions in English or Chinese about different aspects of the Debian project and community, and other free software projects like LibreOffice, Clonezilla and DRBL, LXDE/LXQt desktops, EzGo...

Everyone is welcome to attend, attendance is free, and it is a great possibility for interested users to meet the Debian community.

The full schedule for Open Day's events and the rest of the conference is at https://debconf18.debconf.org/schedule and the video streaming will be available at the DebConf18 website

DebConf is committed to a safe and welcome environment for all participants. See the DebConf Code of Conduct and the Debian Code of Conduct for more details on this.

Debian thanks the numerous sponsors for their commitment to DebConf18, particularly its Platinum Sponsor Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs via the MEET TAIWAN program, and its venue sponsors, the National Chiao Tung University 國立交通大學 and the National Center for High-performance Computing 國家高速網路與計算中心.

For media contacts, please contact DebConf organization: 林上智 (SZ Lin), Cell: 0911-162297


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