Today, Saturday 27 July 2019, the annual Debian Developers and
Contributors Conference came to a close. Hosting more than 380 attendees
from 50 different countries over a combined 145 event talks, discussion
sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) gatherings, workshops, and
activities, DebConf19  was a large success.
The conference was preceded by the annual DebCamp held 14 July to 19
July which focused on individual work and team sprints for in-person
collaboration toward developing Debian and host to a 3-day packaging
workshop where new contributors were able to start on Debian packaging.
The Open Day  held on July 20, with over 250 attendees, enjoyed
presentations and workshops of interest to the wider audience, a Job
Fair with booths from several of the DebConf19 sponsors and a Debian
The actual Debian Developers Conference started on Sunday 21 July 2019.
Together with plenaries such as the the traditional 'Bits from the DPL',
lightning talks, live demos and the announcement of next year's DebConf
(DebConf20  in Haifa, Israel), there were several sessions related to
the recent release of Debian 10 buster and some of its new features, as
well as news updates on several projects and internal Debian teams,
discussion sessions (BoFs) from the language, ports, infrastructure, and
community teams, along with many other events of interest regarding
Debian and free software.
For those who were not able to attend, most of the talks and sessions
were recorded for live streams with videos made, available through the
Debian meetings archive website . Almost all of the sessions
facilitated remote participation via IRC messaging apps or online
collaborative text documents.
Next year, DebConf20  will be held in Haifa, Israel, from 23 August
to 29 August 2020. As tradition follows before the next DebConf the
local organizers in Israel will start the conference activites with
DebCamp (16 August to 22 August), with particular focus on individual
and team work toward improving the distribution.
DebConf is committed to a safe and welcome environment for all
participants. During the conference, several teams (Front Desk, Welcome
team and Anti-Harassment team) are available to help so both on-site and
remote participants get their best experience in the conference, and
find solutions to any issue that may arise. See the web page about the
Code of Conduct in DebConf19 website  for more details on this.
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".
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
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