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Re: [Debconf-team] DC13 sponsoring brochure, please review sections Debian and DebConf

Quoting Gaudenz Steinlin (gaudenz@debian.org):
> Hi
> In preparation of the DC13 sponsoring brochure I reviewed and amended
> the sections about Debian and DebConf. We used the DC11 brochure as a
> starting point and I also looked at the DC10 brochure for some ideas.
> The latex source of the paragraphs in question is included below for
> inline commenting. The whole source is in the debconf-data repository at
> dc13/sponsorship-brochure/brochure.en.tex. The tex file does not yet
> have it's final formatting. Ignore all formatting issues.
> I have split the Debian section into 3 more distinct subsections:
> 1. Free Operating System
> 2. Debian is Choice (started from DC10 brochure)
> 3. A Large Scale, Non-profit, Distributed Project
> My intention is to explain a bit more in depth the spirit and goals of
> the Debian project also to potential sponsors that might not know Debian
> very well and to hilight the key properties of the Debian project. The
> text is a bit longer as in the DC12 brochure, but not yet as long as in
> the DC10 edition.
> For the DebConf section I mainly added a short description of the DC13
> venue and setting.
> Please review my changes both with regard to content as for english
> language improvements.

A good idea might be involving debian-l10n-english (though this list
will soon have an increase in work because of various documents to be
created|updated for the wheezy release). A good opportunity to remin
native speakers who read the Debconf lists that they can help quite
significantly in debian-l10n-english..:)

> Gaudenz
> \section{Debian}
> \subsection{Free Operating System}
> Debian is a free and open operating system. Debian consists completely
> of Free and Open Source Software. It's strict guidelines serve as an
> example for many other projects. Debian project is dedicated to remain
> 100\% free and to be a responsible ``citizen'' of the Free and Open
> Source Software ecosystem. It's key priorities are Free Software and
> it's users.
> \subsection{Debian is Choice}
> Debian is known for its adherence to the Unix and Free Software
> philosophies, and for its coverage -- the current release includes
> over 20,000 software packages for more than 10 computer architectures,
> ranging from the more common Intel 32-bit and 64-bit architectures to
> ARM (cellphones and tablets) and the IBM s390 (mainframes). Besides
> the well-known Linux kernel it also supports the FreeBSD kernel.
> Debian is the basis for several other distributions, including Knoppix
> and Ubuntu.
> \subsection{A Large Scale, Non-profit, Distributed Project}
> The Debian Project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its
> dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to
> provide the best operating system possible. Debian is produced by over
> a thousand active developers spread around the world. Many of whom
> volunteer in their spare time. Apart from DebConf most communication
> takes place on the Internet in mailing-lists and IRC chat-rooms.
> Unlike all other Linux Distributions of similar size Debian is an
> independent non-profit organization not backed by a commercial
> company.
> % from <http://www.debian.org/devel/developers.loc>
> \begin{figure}[htb]
>   \centering
>   \includegraphics[width=12cm]{img/developers_map}
>   \label{fig:Map_Debian_Project_members}
> \end{figure}
> Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its
> open development model make it unique among Free Software
> distributions.
> \section{DebConf}
> \subsection{Debian Annual Conference}
> DebConf is the annual conference for Debian contributors and
> interested users. Previous Debian Conferences have featured speakers
> and attendees from around the world (DebConf11 had about 300 attendees
> from more than 50 different countries). Thanks to our sponsors,
> \textbf{participation, accommodation and meals are free of charge} to
> Debian developers and contributors.
> DebConf 13 will take place in August 2013 at the shore of Lake
> Neuchâtel in Vaumarcus, Switzerland. The conference venue ``Le Camp''
> offers an ideal and yet affordable environment for informal workgroup
> meetings, more formal discussion sessions and technical presentations.
> Almost all participants will be hosted on site. % better english needed
> \textbf{Sponsoring the Debian
>   Conference} will help cover the costs of the Conference, as well as
> enable three distinct sub-events:\\
> \begin{tabular}{p{0.3\textwidth} p{0.3\textwidth} p{0.3\textwidth}}
> \large{\textbf{DebConf}} & \large{\textbf{DebCamp}} & \large{\textbf{Debian Day}} \\
> \vspace{0.5ex} Hands-on coding, workshops and talks -- all highly technical in nature.
> &
> \vspace{0.5ex} Pre-meeting for development teams focusing on undisturbed
> collaborative work.
> &
> \vspace{0.5ex} An open day for users and decision makers to discover the benefits of
> Free Software. \\
> \end{tabular}
> \subsection{Video}
> We have a dedicated team of volunteers recording all talks at DebConf.
> The sessions are streamed live via the Internet for remote
> participants. All videos are also archived for further benefit of the
> community. \textbf{We thank our Platinum and Gold sponsors by
>   inserting their own logos in all video transmissions}.
> -- 
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> Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
> ~ Samuel Beckett ~
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