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DebConf 14 closes in Portland and DebConf 15 dates announced

The Debian Project                                https://www.debian.org/
DebConf 14 closes in Portland and DebConf 15 dates announced
press@debian.org               https://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140831

Today, Sunday 31st August 2014, the annual Debian Developers and
Contributors Conference came to a close. With over 300 people attending
from all over the world, 80 hours of talks in over 100 events, the
conference has been hailed as a success by head local organiser Steve
"I'm pleased with how the conference has gone. Each year I'm impressed
with the commitment of the conference attendees to making the largest
free operating system in the world, and this year was no exception.
DebConf is a focal point for everyone who's involved in the project, and
really helps move us together in creating not only Debian, but a free
software ecosystem more widely. Particular thanks go to Intel and all
our sponsors without whom the conference would not be possible." said

Highlights included:
* "Weapons of the Geek" keynote on Anonymous by Professor Gabriella
* "Debian in the Dark Ages of Free Software" plenary talk by former Debian
  Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli
* "Debian and the FSF working together to advance free software" talk by
  FSF Executive Director John Sullivan
* An update on the state of the next Debian stable release, codenamed
* Introduction to SteamOS and Debian
* HP's Debian-based OpenStack Helion

For those not able to attend, talks and sessions were recorded and live
streamed, and videos will be made available at the Debian meetings
archive website [1].
    1: http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/

Next year, DebConf will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, from 15th to
22nd August 2015. The local organisers will again organise Debcamp in
the days before DebConf, a session for some intense work on improving
the distribution. Local organiser Michael Banck said "We invite everyone
to Heidelberg for next year's DebConf. The chosen venue will allow for a
conference under one roof, with lots of space and nature around. I'm
looking forward to yet another successful conference".

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
the DebConf Website [2].
    2: http://debconf.org/

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 system".

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