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* Links: [[https://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/mini-debconf-barcelona/slides/Bug_triaging_and_bug_closing_by_Solveig(1).html|slides (HTML)]], [[https://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/mini-debconf-barcelona/slides/Bug_triaging_and_bug_closing_by_Solveig.mdwn|slides (MDWN)]] and [[https://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/mini-debconf-barcelona/Bug_triaging_and_bug_closing_by_Solveig.webm|video]]


We have 14 confirmed talks, including time for lightning talks and bits from local communities.

Draft Schedule

Talk descriptions

By Elena "valhalla" Grandi

The need to bake swirl-shaped cookies becomes a chance to analyze the status of 3D printing software in Debian, from model design to slicing and printer control. The session will include a presentation of the newly born 3dprinter team.

Elena is a Free Software enthusiast, relatively new Debian contributor and a DIYer.

The Earth is not flat, and other heresies

By Allison Randal

What does the future of the cloud mean for Debian? This talks is essentially about how the cloud revolution has only just barely started, and where it might go from here.

Reproducible Builds

By Erinn Clark

Erinn will talk about how The Tor Project is working on deterministic (byte-for-byte identical) builds, how that improves security, and how the Debian project is working on adopting deterministic builds archive-wide. In addition to giving technical details of how such builds are created, I'll also go discuss the long-term effects for OS and computer security.

Making pages turn: The physical side of F/LOSS design

By Ana Isabel Carvalho

For three years, Libre Graphics magazine has existed with the explicit intent of producing a print magazine. In this presentation, we explore the issues and opportunities of physical F/LOSS production. From funding, to raw materials, we discuss the process of attempting to decentralize an object.

Libre Graphics magazine (ISSN 1925-1416) is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. Since 2010, we have been publishing work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses.

Ana Isabel is a co-editor and designer of the Libre Graphics magazine, a print publication produced exclusively with Free Software and released under a Creative Commons license.

Project website: http://libregraphicsmag.com

Project repository: https://gitorious.org/+lgmag-dev

Why aren't more designers using Debian or working for Debian?

By Siri Reiter

Graphic design with Debian: is it possible? Experience (and whining) from a professional user of free tools in a Debian desktop environment.

For more than eight years Siri Reiter has used only free tools for layout, vector drawings and photo editing as well as web design and presentations in her one-woman design studio.

Siri Reiter is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist with some teaching inclinations and desire to bridge the gap between designers and software developers as well as between anybody else.

Bug triaging and bug closing

By Solveig

This will be a workshop about learning how to help teams by triaging bugs. You don't need to code or even be a sysadmin to help, you just need to read and send emails! We'll use UDD to identify old, dusty bugs, and learn the strange language of control@bugs.debian.org. We'll see when to ping bug submitters, the different tags that can be added or removed, and best of all: how to close outdated bugs :)

Solveig has been a free software enthusiast for ten years, working hard teaching Linux newcomers about privacy issues and solutions.

She is a longtime Tails (Debian derivative) contributor for documentation, translation, user support, and helps core developers with design decisions. She is also a Debian contributor working on QA tasks.

* Links: slides (HTML), slides (MDWN) and video

Understanding Debian packages

By Miriam Ruiz

At the core of every Operating System, lays a packaging system. Packages allow us to install and uninstall software, to handle dependencies, to set up our applications for us, they provide a safe initial configuration, signatures and checksums to make sure that what we're installing is what we want to install. deb files are the most characteristic feature of all Debian systems and it derivatives. What is exactly a package? What's inside a deb? What can a Debian Package or a Debian Repository do for you? In this talk, we will try to take a look into the insides of a package and find out how do the pre and post scripts work, how are dependencies handled, how are signatures and checksums managed and how a package configuration can be customized via debconf.

* Slides: PDF ODT

l10n workshop

By Francesca Ciceri & Laura Arjona

An introduction to the translation processes and workflow in Debian, with practical demonstrations about the translation work, with a specific attention to the debian-l10n-spanish and debian-l10n-catalan teams procedures.

Non uploading DD process and a couple of tricks that saved my volunteer life

By Francesca Ciceri

A talk about the wonderful world of non-uploading DDs, how to become one, why become one, and how to survive as a volunteer in Debian. Or elsewhere, really.

Newcomer experience in Debian packaging

By Sindhu Sundar

This talk will compare learning curves for a beginner in Debian and Gnome, highlighting how a newcomer approaches learning in a new FOSS project.

The speaker will present her experience learning to contribute to Gnome: why she was able to pick up certain modules much faster than others, her experience with their documentation and coding teams. She will talk about using Debian for the first time, going through documentation to get to the end purpose of successfully packaging a software for Debian and obstacles she might be facing.

Arriero - A tool to help you manage many packages in less time

By Margarita Manterola

Arriero is a tool that helps you in keeping up-to-date with upstream, compiling, testing and uploading many packages. It allows you to spend your time on doing productive tasks without spending hours on the routine ones.

Assuring the Quality of your Debian packages

By Ana Guerrero

In this talk Ana will present the different tools we have for checking packages, how to use them and their results.

Version Tracking and Stable Release Critical Bug Squashing

By Rhonda

The Debian Bug Tracking System (BTS) is one of the most important services of the Debian Project. It's public, everyone can look up issues and is able and invited to interact and work with it.

To be able to track bugs for the different releases is done through a thing called version tracking. And while it's in place since quite a while, there still seem to be some misunderstandings every now and then how it is supposed to work. This especially shows up in the list of outstanding bugreports which are considered to be Release Critical for the current (and old) stable release(s).

This talk tries to shine a light on these fineprints and help people to track down real release critical bugreports for our supported stable releases by weeding out those who aren't real.

Lightning talks

Short talks where all subjects are welcome. These are the ones that we have already confirmed:

  • Contacting the MIA team, by Ana Guerrero

  • Python Requests, by Sakshi Bansal

    • We can write Python scripts that are more­ or­ less similar to that of a web browser. There are various advantages of using Python to interact with the web. Python Request is a module which provides HTTP capabilities and integration with web seamless when compared with traditional Python modules like urllib2.
  • Open source in education, case study: ROSEdu, by Sorina Sandu

    • How open technologies, software and tools are currently used in the academic environment, focusing on ROSEdu, which is an organization centered in Politehnica University of Bucharest.
  • New Debian Blend: DebianParl, by JonasSmedegaard

    • A blend introduced a week ago for Parliamentary workers.

  • /home Server colocation inside Guifinet, by Griselda Casadellà Cunillera

    • Crowdfunding campaign to create a cooperative, local, eco-friendly and sustainable datacenter. guifi.net is a free, open and neutral, mostly wireless telecommunications community network, with over 23,000 nodes and about 37,000 km of wireless links. The majority of these nodes are located in Catalonia and the Valencian Community (Spain), but the network is growing in other parts and right now it is probably the largest community network in the world. The network is self-organized and operated by the users using unlicensed wireless links and open optical fibre links.
  • Pump.io in Debian, by Laura Arjona

    • Brief presentation this federated libre software social network, and the status of its packaging in Debian. Show the software ecosystem around it (other web services using the pump api, the desktop clients which are packaged in Debian already...) and also explain what happened with the Debian identi.ca account and groups after the migration of identi.ca from statusnet to pump.io, and how to help in that area too.
  • New Debian Blend: DebianDesign, by JonasSmedegaard

    • A blend is in the works for designers.

  • Mediagoblin in Debian, by Laura Arjona

    • Brief presentation of this federated libre software web service for hosting multimedia, and the status of its packaging in Debian (point to the people involved, dependencies, what kind of help is requested...). Show some sites using it (personal, or organization as the ?LibrePlanet multimedia archive). Also, remind the ongoing crowdfunding campaign which it's open until April (just mention it, don't want to spam too much!).

  • Tails, by Solveig

    • Tails is a Debian derivative aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. Short presentation of the project, request for contributions while showing the issues that Debian contributors are specifically well placed to solve :)

  • Plasma Next in 3 minutes, by Sebastian Kügler

    • Plasma Next is KDE's upcoming version of the desktop workspace. Its first release is to be published in June, targets end-users, but will not provide every single function available in the 4.x series (though feature parity is planned for a follow-up release). The first release concentrates on making the technological transition to a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack on top of KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5, and on improving the visual appearance of the desktop.

Bits from the local communities

This is an opportunity for local free software communities to present what they are doing in Barcelona. Some of the groups that will be speaking:

  • Marsupi, rizoma de servidors autogestionats (Blackhold)

  • Lelacoders, a cyberfeminist research project about the presence of women in the development of computer sciences, free software and hacker cultures.

  • Caliu, Catalan Linux Users

  • Pyladies, a group of women developers worldwide who love the Python programming language.

Debian Women Assembly

Temptative agenda:

  • The experience of holding a Mini-Debconf: ups, downs and some numbers
  • Do we want to do it again? Where?
  • Plans for DC14 in Portland (bring your ideas!)
  • Others DW actions: what have we been doing? could we make it better?

More ideas?

The conference is over but we are still interested in listening to women voices in Debian. If you or someone you know need help to prepare a proposal for a Debian related conference, please communicate with us through the Debian Women mailing list or IRC channel.