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debconf - conclusion

we have put out a pressrelease at the debconf website:

It reads:

   Unexpectedly many Debian developers and users participated in the annual
   debconf (18th-20th of July) and the first debcamp (12th-17th of July) at
   University of Oslo. Debcamp, a work camp for development, bug fixing and
   workshops, was held for the first time ever.

   Attendance for both debcamp and debconf was better then expected: circa 90
   people came to debcamp and circa 140 to debconf. Thanks to strong
   sponsorship from HP, NUUG Foundation, Lindows, Trolltech, the University of
   Oslo, O'Reilly and Linpro (with Dell) food, facility, abundant computing
   power and accommodation were free and many developers both from Europe and
   abroad could be supported in their travels. The strong support from the
   Norwegian Unix User Group (NUUG) in planning and organisation made the event
   go smoothly and left a professional impression.

   During debcamp the future debian-installer made great progress, over 200
   bugs got fixed and lot of time was spend discussing and socialising. At the
   conference people could communicate, coordinate further development and
   enjoy a wide variety of talks.

   The current Debian Project Leader, Martin Michelmayr was especially
   impressed with debcamp: "This year's debconf and especially the preceding
   debcamp were a great success. The idea of having a debcamp in which people
   can work on various projects together was born during last year's debconf
   and got realized this year. We have seen that it is very effective when you
   can put people who normally work together via the Internet in a room. Many
   design and implementation issues have been discussed and have successfully
   been resolved. We will try to hold more debcamps in the future, possibly
   smaller ones in different countries."

   Debian's coordinator for the conference, Andreas Schuldei, concluded:
   "Especially mostly virtual communities need these kind of events and
   gatherings to become more relevant to real life. I think this event has
   fulfilled its goal to inspire and motivate everyone attending. This was a
   striking example of Debian's vibrant community and amazing variety."

   Hurd developer Neal Walfield (front) discussing release details with
   Debian's Release Manager Anthony Towns (back):

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