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DebConf comes to Montreal!

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Mark Filion
August 04, 2017

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Welcome to our city!

Collabora is proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor of this year's DebConf, the annual Debian conference for developers! This year's week-long conference takes place from August 6 to 12 at Collège de Maisonneuve in beautiful Montréal, where one of our two offices is located!

Many Collaborans will be in attendance, so please do come say hello if you see one of them! Three of our engineers will also be giving talks during the week, for which you can find details below.

Lastly, grab yourself a copy of the latest issue of Linux Format magazine to read our column on the ever-flexible nature of Debian, published to coincide with the conference!

Collaborans speaking at DebConf17:

  • "A newbie's newbie guide to Debian" by Helen Koike – Saturday, August 5 (Open Day), 11:00 EST.

    Are you a newcomer? In this talk Helen will discuss how a community composed of only volunteers is organized, what is a Debian Developer, how and by whom the packages and repositories are managed from the upstream code to the stable release of Debian, and how you can contribute.

  • "A Debian maintainer's guide to Flatpak " by Simon McVittie – Monday, August 7, 12:00 EST.

    Flatpak uses unprivileged Linux containers to install and sandbox desktop apps. This talk gives an overview of how Flatpak and its portals behave and how they’re implemented, both on the packaging/distribution side and the sandboxing/security side. It will also cover what problems Flatpak sets out to solve, the situations where Flatpak can help Debian achieve world domination by complementing what we already have, how it compares with other technologies, and the situations where some other technology (such as apt or Docker) is a better tool for the job.

  • "Managing build infrastructure of a Debian derivative" by Andrew Shadura – Tuesday, August 8, 15:30 EST.

    Apertis is a Debian-derived platform for infotainment in automotive vehicles. Being a Debian derivative, Apertis doesn’t use typical Debian infrastructure software. Having managed the build infrastructure of Apertis for some time, I’m going to share my experience, and talk about how we use Open Build System (OBS), Jenkins and other tools to provide continuous integration and package and image builds, and how we solve issues we sometimes have.

Check out the full DebConf17 schedule here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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