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FOSSASIA: MiniDebConf Vietnam


I would like to give some information about Mini DebConf in Ho Chi Minh
City, Vietnam [1,2].  The reason why I'm writing here is that I had to
cancel my participation but it would be a shame that we - Debian as a
project - would be fail in supporting the offspring of a new community
in Asia.

I planned to take part in this conference and our leader was positive
to support my travel provided that I would propose a reasonable abstract
for a talk and a plan how to cooperate with the Debian enthusiasts in
Vietnam.  So if you are interested to join the MiniDebconf chances are
good that you get support if you follow this advise.  My specific topic
would have been "Debian Pure Blends" and I was explicitely asked by the
organisers to talk about this - thus my abstract was accepted.  However,
I do not think that this is the only topic which is interesting.  The
agenda ideas[3] list other issues (like package building, how to join
Debian etc.)  where any interested Debian maintainer would probably be
able to help out.

To help you finding a reasonable decision I'm quoting two other
participiants of the MiniDebconf.  These mails let me think it is quite
important to go there and I wish I could at least help with this mail
to make the MiniDebConf a success.

Kind regards and have fun in Vietnam


----- Forwarded message from Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> -----

Subject: Re: MiniDebConf Vietnam
From: Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org>
To: Andreas Tille <tille@debian.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:28:11 +0800

The Thai MiniDebConf I went to earlier this year had 4 DDs and at least
30 other participants, the talks were mostly last-minute preparations
(especially my one about the DFSG). Despite that I think we did some
good work towards promoting Debian in Thailand and cultivating
conference organisation skills in the area. IIRC FOSSASIA gets a lot
more participants than we had in Thailand so it is a good opportunity to
promote Debian in Asia. There seem to be some derivative distro folks
coming too (LUbuntu, Ubuntu) so it might be a good idea for you to talk
about Debian Pure Blends if you were to come. It is a lot less expensive
for me to attend but I still need to get some days off work, since we
are using Debian at work I think that will be fine though. I think the
event hasn't been promoted as well as it could but it will be well worth
coming if you have the opportunity.

----- End forwarded message -----

----- Forwarded message from Andrew Lee <ajqlee@debian.org> -----

Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 03:55:17 +0800
From: Andrew Lee <ajqlee@debian.org>
To: Andreas Tille <tille@debian.org>
Subject: Re: MiniDebConf in Vietnam

Hi Andreas,

... [personal content removed]

I think to help Debian community growning there is the most important
thing. I wish there are more suitable DDs from over the world may help
on this.

[Answer to my offer to prepare a presentation about Blends and EzGo
However, I am not sure how well I can give a Blends presentation but I
hope I can do it well eventually. I'd like start to prepare the blends
presentation together with you. And we decide later if I am ready to
delivery the concept of blends or not for this event. In the meantime,
you should prepare that you have to take the trip when I can not ready
for this time.

Best wishes,


----- End forwarded message -----

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianVietnam/MiniDebConf2010
[2] http://fossasia.org/
[3] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianVietnam/MiniDebConf2010#AgendaIdeas


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