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The Debian Project Leader on "Debian, 20 years and counting"

Note 1: Because this event is not our regularly scheduled monthly meeting (we are having two presentations in March), it will not be held in our normal Chelsea Market venue, but rather in Google's main offices. As such, IDs will be required, and you will either need to register with your real name, or answer the RSVP question.

Note 2: RSVP will close at 7:30pm on March 18th, a full 48 hours before the event. We have to do this as we will be requiring people to wear badges, and register with security. We also need the time to prepare the list of names for security. (Please consider using your real name as your meetup name to lower the workload of the organizers.)

Note 3: RSVP will open March 6, 2013 Wednesday 4:00pm.

Stefano Zacchiroli (The Debian Project Leader)

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Debian, 20 years and counting

 

Debian is one of the eldest Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) distribution in existence. The project has been founded in 1993 to further Free Software distribution and is still doing so in an purely community-driven way. The Debian Project and distribution are both made by volunteers who employ a dual "do-ocratic" (a form of meritocracy based on the outcome of individual work) and democratic model to make decisions and drive Debian toward its goals. The uniqueness of Debian is manifest in its Free Software values, independence from commercial interests, and in its importance as the basis of a huge ecosystem of several hundreds derived FOSS distributions, which includes today's most popular ones.

In this talk we will present the Debian Project and distribution, discuss its unique traits, as well explain how to join the Project and contribute to it.

More information:

Debian: http://www.debian.org/

Stefano's homepage: http://upsilon.cc/~zack

Stammtisch:

After the meeting ... You may wish to join up with other NYLUGgers for drinks and pub food.  We have reserved the back room at McKennas Pub at 250 West 14th Street.
http://g.co/maps/ghbkk

About Stephano Zacchiroli:
Stefano Zacchiroli is Associate Professor of Computer Science at University Paris Diderot. His research interests span formal methods and their applications to improve software quality and user experience in the context of Free Software distributions. He has been involved in the Debian Project since 2001, taking care of many tasks from package maintenance to distribution-wide Quality Assurance. He has been leading the Debian Project since April 2010.

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  • Robert M.

    Hey everyone,

    Apologies for the delay getting the video up to YouTube; my first rendering didn't turn out so hot, so I went back and redid a few edits to clear out some A/V sync issues and fix a bad encoding job. The video is now finally going up on YouTube and will be available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKr2qExNoLY&feature=youtu.be

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Good speaker. Critically important topic. Excellent crowd and great conversation afterwards at the pub. Some technical issues setting up the slides could have been avoided.

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Mike P

      Merck, agreed.

      March 21, 2013

    • Chris M.

      I suppose youre right with the flat tire analogy. I should have left off the complaining bit, the talk was great and I'll certainly be attending more like it.

      March 21, 2013

  • @aaronchall

    Awesome talk, inspired to work with Debian now.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Jon B.

    Good meetup + great presentation + found the % stats on how much of the leading distro was made up of Debian interesting. Slides @ http://upsilon.cc/~zack/talks/2013/[masked]-grenoble.pdf

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Bruce C.

    Interesting insight into the project's philosophy.

    March 21, 2013

  • Adam G.

    A good talk, although very basic. For a newbie to GNU/Linux in general and Debian in particular, this would have been substantial. Well presented.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Steve Y.

    thanks for the great presentation, zack! it's wonderful that debian has been able to remain "pure" for two decades.

    March 20, 2013

  • Gregg C L.

    Good. Not really something I can make use of, but at least it did present itself properly.

    March 20, 2013

  • doug k.

    I HAVE A PHONE GAP MEETUP I MUST SEE. PLANNING A ROLL OUT OF A TRANSPORTATION APP and Website FOR nj transit buses called "where's my bus(SM)"

    just attended an IBM summit on Business Analytics in center city Philadelphia yesterday.

    March 20, 2013

    • Brian G.

      Hi Doug. (And anyone else) Please try to post comments that would be relevant to the folks attending or organizing a particular meeting, as most folks who are RSVPed for the meeting will get emailed comments. :) If you can't make it, just change your RSVP to "No", and if you want to share, put that in your "RSVP comment", not the general meeting comments. As it is you are still RSVPed "Yes", but from your note, it sounds like you have made other plans.

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • austin d.

      i cannot make it tonight, i changed to no

      March 20, 2013

  • austin d.

    I cannot make it tonight, i changed from yes to no, can some one please verify this please

    March 20, 2013

  • austin d.

    Im really sorry this is last minute, wish i could go!

    March 20, 2013

  • Geert D.

    Congrats! Tonight's meetup is one of #nyc most popular #events 2day! http://bit.ly/100watg

    March 20, 2013

  • Andrew

    Possible to RSVP still? I joined the waitlist just few hours after the RSVP closed, and few spots opened up since then. Let me know.

    March 19, 2013

  • austin d.

    awesome thanks for all the hard work youre doing brian

    March 19, 2013

  • Christopher D.

    Unfortunately, I am out of town tomorrow.

    March 19, 2013

  • doug k.

    I have a conflict but i will try to attend or send an alternate.

    March 11, 2013

    • Gregg C L.

      Alternate what? Please realize that what Brian says is policy for that building.

      2 · March 18, 2013

    • austin d.

      awesome thanks for all the hard work youre doing brian

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • @aaronchall

    I am so looking forward to this. Really, a lot. It's like Christmas!!!!

    2 · March 19, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Everyone,

    We'll be streaming this talk via Google Hangout as well, so that people who can't make it can at least still see the talk online.

    March 18, 2013

  • Viraj P.

    Thanks

    March 14, 2013

  • Mike P

    Thank you.

    March 9, 2013

  • Reginald D.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 8, 2013

  • Alexander S.

    return true;

    March 7, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Guest
    Christopher Quiles

    March 6, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Out of town- next one!

    March 6, 2013

  • Dean S.

    Very excited!

    March 6, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Really looking forward to this talk.

    March 6, 2013

  • Jim F.

    I can't wait!

    March 6, 2013

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