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Dear DebConf members,
Dear friends of the conference,
We have had two strong final bids for hosting DebConf20:
Haifa, Israel and Lisbon, Portugal.
Within the DebConf committee and the wider DebConf team there have
been extensive discussions about Israel as a hosting country and we
acknowledge that there will be some members of Debian that prefer to
not travel to Israel for political reasons.
Still the Committee felt the upsides of the bid were significant and
edged well over the Portuguese bid. But it was a close call. The five
member DebConf committee had a two hour final decision meeting and a
3:2 vote in favor of Israel.
So, congratulations, to the Israeli bid team:
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to host the Debian
Developer Conference 2020 in Haifa!
To make life a bit easier for the many Debian members in Europe, and
those restricted in travel, we would like to have DebConf21 in Europe
again. The DebConf Committee therefore kindly asks the Portuguese team
to carry over their bid to 2021. As the location and attendee volume
are expected to be very challenging, we encourage long-term DebConf
team members to join their team, for 2021, to ensure it succeeds. We
hope the Brazilian team, once it has recovered from their DebConf, can
and will offer support to their language-siblings in Portugal.
We look forward to seeing you all in Curitiba, 21 July – 28 July 2019,
Registrations are open at https://debconf19.debconf.org/register/ .
And, a year later, to seeing you in Haifa, Israel.
for the DebConf committee
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