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DebConf makes in-roads in Central America

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
DebConf makes in-roads in Central America         press@lists.debian.org
July 16th, 2012                 http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120716

This year's DebConf in Managua took Debian to a new part of the world
which is too little visited by major Free Software events, allowing the
project to reach out to new contributors and learn new perspectives, as
well as to continue its hard work towards the next stable release of

The conference brought together around 200 attendees from 32 countries,
and helped many people make their first steps in contributing to
Debian, including a large number of enthusiastic new volunteers from
countries in Central America.

98 talks were given, with highlights including:

  * EFI boot methodology [1]
  * XCP, OpenStack, Debian and the Cloud [2]
  * FreedomBox Update [3]
  * Beginners Spanish [4]

   1 : http://penta.debconf.org/dc12_schedule/events/925.en.html
   2 : http://penta.debconf.org/dc12_schedule/events/867.en.html
   3 : http://penta.debconf.org/dc12_schedule/events/848.en.html
   4 : http://penta.debconf.org/dc12_schedule/events/945.en.html

"DebConf12 was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for the
local community to relate closer to the project, the community and the
philosophy behind Debian" says Leandro Gómez, from the local team for
DebConf12. "This year's conference will definitely bring new
contributors for the Debian project from the Central American region."

Gaudenz Steinlin from the DebConf team said: "I'm very impressed with
this year's team of local and Debian organizers who worked together to
produce this vital event in Debian's calendar. I'm excited to welcome
everyone again in Switzerland next year."

DebConf in 2013 will be held in Le Camp, Vaumarcus, Switzerland which
will again be a great opportunity to advance the development of Debian.

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly
free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the "universal operating

About DebConf

DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition to a
full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf provides
an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested people
to meet in person and work together more closely. It has taken place
annually since 2000 in locations as varied as Scotland, Argentina, and
Bosnia and Herzegovina. More information about DebConf is available
from http://debconf.org/.

About DebConf12

More information about DebConf12 can be found on the conference
website [5] or by contacting the DebConf Global Press Team at

   5 : http://debconf12.debconf.org/

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/ [6] or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

   6 : http://www.debian.org/


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