Debian-NYC invites you to the second NYC-area Debian workshop. This workshops follows up to our previous one, however previous attendance is not required and there will be a section which reviews previous topics.

These workshops are designed to introduce Debian, Debian tools and techniques, and the Debian community as well as provide skills to attendees and helping Debian. This workshop is targeted towards technically skilled people, who would like knowledge of basics of Debian packaging and how to contribute back to Debian.

Topics covered: There will be several groups at this workshop, depending on interest.

a) One section will tear apart a package, explaining the component parts of a Debian package. The expected target is users, administrators, and possible future contributors to Debian. This will review key details from the previous workshop.

b) A second section will be a free-form work group, with Debian Developers guiding work on fixing Debian bugs (but not limited to working only on Debian bugs).

This is a free-form workshop, with guidance from DD leaders, attendees are not limited to working on these things. There will probably be a backporting tutorial in one of these groups.

Please bring: A Debian (or other Debian-based distribution such as Ubuntu) computer with your preferred development tools on it. Extra computers may be available for loan, please contact us. If you have GPG keys, bring fingerprints if you would like to trade signatures.

Date/Time/Location: November 12, 2009. 18:30 (tutorial section starts 19:00). Location: 330 Seventh Avenue, corner of West 29th St, 14th Floor.

Registration: Spots are limited, RSVP to (rkd at

Contact: IRC via #debian-nyc on ; ; Richard Darst (rkd at


Debian-NYC would like to thank Meta Health Technologies for providing the space for this workshop.

Planned topicl

Group 1 (review of workshop #1):

Group 2 (new stuff):

Actual topics covered

We had no Group 1, as the majority of people had been to workshop #1. Instead, we did a backporting tutorial, which lasted about 30 minutes, and then had free-form work for several hours.

Organizer's area

RSVP Email


If you are getting this message, then you have RSVPed to the second Debian Workshop. This contains the directions, reminders on what to bring, etc. Thanks for planning to attend.

The wiki page for this workshop is:

The workshop will be held in the offices of Meta Health Technology, at 330 7th Avenue [corner of 29th street, above staples], on the 14th floor. If you have RSVPed, the security desk in the lobby will have a list with your name on it. If not, just sign in, and tell them you're attending an event at Meta on the 14th floor. After you get to the fourteenth floor, there will be a sign posted with a phone number to call; someone will then come out and let you in.

You should aim to arrive at 18:30 or so (Thursday, November 12th). This should give us time to set up before a start of organized activities at 19:00, so please arrive at the early range if possible. If you cannot make it, please let me know so that your spot may be freed for other attendees.

Most people attending this workshop have attended the previous workshop, so we will be a significant hands-on component to this workshop. The exact topics haven't been decided yet (talk to us in #debian-nyc and let us know what you'd like), but will probably involve bugfixing and backporting. If we have new attendees, there will be a review of the past workshop, too.

If you didn't attend that one you don't need any preparation, besides knowledge of a Debian system and your preferred programming tools. If you would like, you could browse through the Debian Developer's Reference or the Debian New Maintainer's Guide to see what is in there. You don't need to know everything in here, the workshops are a gentle introduction to them. [0]

You should bring a Debian-based computer you can do development on (unless you have talked with us to make other arrangements). We will have power plugs, wifi, and some ethernet cables. If you have PGP keys you'd like signed, bring the fingerprints and ID.

If you have any questions, please ask us via IRC in #debian-nyc on ( You should also use this channel after the workshop to keep in touch, get questions answered, learn more, and help contribute back to Debian further.

Thank you,

Richard Darst