DebConf makes in-roads in Central America

July 16th, 2012

This year's DebConf in Managua took Debian to a new part of the world which is too little visited by major Free Software events, allowing the project to reach out to new contributors and learn new perspectives, as well as to continue its hard work towards the next stable release of Debian.

The conference brought together around 200 attendees from 32 countries, and helped many people make their first steps in contributing to Debian, including a large number of enthusiastic new volunteers from countries in Central America.

98 talks were given, with highlights including:

DebConf12 was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for the local community to relate closer to the project, the community and the philosophy behind Debian says Leandro Gómez, from the local team for DebConf12. This year's conference will definitely bring new contributors for the Debian project from the Central American region.

Gaudenz Steinlin from the DebConf team said: I'm very impressed with this year's team of local and Debian organizers who worked together to produce this vital event in Debian's calendar. I'm excited to welcome everyone again in Switzerland next year.

DebConf in 2013 will be held in Le Camp, Vaumarcus, Switzerland which will again be a great opportunity to advance the development of Debian.

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the universal operating system.

About DebConf

DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition to a full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf provides an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested people to meet in person and work together more closely. It has taken place annually since 2000 in locations as varied as Scotland, Argentina, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. More information about DebConf is available from http://debconf.org/.

About DebConf12

More information about DebConf12 can be found on the conference website or by contacting the DebConf Global Press Team at <press@debconf.org>.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.