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Debconf 15 group photo

The long awaited group photo from Debconf15 is now available: here and here.

Crazy ideas - higher education tax

There is a strong discussion in Latvia right now on how to evaluate and fund higher education (university education, bachelor degrees and up) in a fair way that has the best advantage to the society as a whole as well as the students and the universities.

Droša elektroniskā balsošana

Palasot pēdējā laika diskusijas par e-balsošanu cilvēkiem dažreiz nolaižas rokas un liekas, ka labāk aizmirst par e-balsošanu - jo redz nevar būt droši un tāpēc labak to nedarīt vispār. Izmanto pat frāzes kā 'NP complete', lai atbaidītu cilvēkus.

Debconf t-shirts

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aigarius/5991970488/

Debconf 11 - postmortem

Another year, another Debconf and now it is passed. Pictures are processes and all are now uploaded. We are still missing 25 names in the Debconf 11 group photo. With 265 people and 86 Mpix it is the highest resolution image we have had so far (Spain image had a bit more pixels, but a lot of them were outside the actual photo) and the largest number of people (Edinburgh photo had 248 people). The video team produced hundreds of gigabytes of footage, we had very interesting talks and debates and sometimes the AdHoc meeting room on the side was overcrowded with people in BoFs that were not on the initial schedule. It has been a very special kind of conference. As it always is. :)
As always, there were also some problems. I did not read the debconf-team mailing list, but I hear there was plenty of 'fun' discussions to be had in the run-up to the event, some information on getting to the venue was not quite clear (that was quickly fixed as first people arriving to Debcamp were documenting their experience), the organizational dance with the food tickets was more ... elaborate than usually, both the day trip and the formal dinner were ... more self-driven than expected, vegetarian complaint level was about the same as usual (which is considered high by some) and the wireless in the hotel was very weak, also Saturday weddings are quite loud and run very late apparently.
To compensate for that we had: very sunny Debcamp, cheap beer (!!!), great quality accommodations, very good looking venue, good network at the venue (after initial scalability issues with the wireless), good food (that did sometimes run out, though), short distances to all locations, oh and did I mention cheep beer?

Debconf 11 - the group picture

Debconf 11 group photo
The group picture of the Debconf11 has been up for 33 hours now and finally I also had a moment of time to make the numbered version so you can add peoples names to it.

Travelling to Debconf11

This year Debconf is a bit off the beaten track, so there is a bit of anxiety in the participants - flights to Banja Luka are quite expensive (I'd guess we have packed the relevant dates pretty full already) and other options are going via Zagreb or Ljubljana, but there people do not yet have all the info on how they will be able to get from, for example, Zagreb airport to the Debconf venue in Banja Luka, if their plane lands at 22:30 and get back if the departure time is 06:30. There is hope that the organising team will provide the info on how to use the local buses and arrange a Debconf bus for people arriving late and departing early, but that has not been 100% confirmed yet.

Debconf11

It looks like I am going to Debconf11! Vacation time is booked, registration is in, only some final approvals inside Accenture are pending to pay my flights. I must say after working in Finland for the whole winter, I need to get out and get to friendly (and relatively chatty) Debian people more than ever.

Social distribution

I have just looked at traffic to my photos from Debconf10 during and after the event. During the event I sent out the link to the photos to Twitter/Identi.ca and to IRC channel of the conference. The amount of people visiting my photos rose from <100 per day to around 1000 per day. That might be the number of people that follow Debian actively enough to either follow the conference directly or look at #debian or #debconf or #debconf10 Twitter hashtags (if only half of people care about photos, multiply that number by 2).
Now right after I posted the group photo to my blog and to Debian Planet on the 7th of August, the number of daily views sharply rose to 10 000 per day and stayed at that number for 3 days, then decayed to 5k, 3k, 2k, 1k.

Debconf10 group photo

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