DebConf10, the annual conference of Debian developers, is coming to New York in just over a week. As I understand it, this is the first time for this gathering to be held in the United States. Here’s some basic info from the website:
Debian Conference is the annual Debian developers meeting, an event filled with coding parties, discussions and workshops – all of them highly technical in nature. It will be held in New York City, USA, August 1-7, 2010.This year’s schedule of events promises to be exciting, productive and fun. As in previous years, DebConf10 features speakers from around the world. Past Debian Conferences have been extremely beneficial for developing key components of the Debian system, infrastructure and community. This year will surely continue that tradition.
Debian, for those who don’t already know, is a distribution of GNU/Linux. Further, it is the one upon which the Ubuntu distro is based and still depends. Ubuntu developers often contribute to the Debian project, even as they draw the benefit of other’s efforts with Debian to apply to Ubuntu. So, although Ubuntu is my distro of choice, I am still reaping the benefits of Debian.
There will be no vendors at this conference, as it is really more of a technical gathering for the Debian community. As such, the presentations for the most part will be, as the quote above states, “highly technical in nature.” However, the first day of DebConf10, Debian Day, will feature presentations oriented toward a more general audience.
Meanwhile, decision-makers interested in discovering the benefits of Free Software and Debian users are invited to attend Debian Day on Sunday, August 1, 2010. This day will open DebConf attendance to the broader public and the schedule includes presentations of more general interest.
My plans are to attend Debian Day and at least one afternoon session later in the week. If anyone else plans to be there on August 1 and would like to meet up, please let me know.
Oh, did I mention that this conference is entirely free to everyone? Just show up and attend any session. Free is good.