Better video coverage during DebConf, thanks to our sponsors!

July 26th, 2011

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that, through the donations of various sponsors, it has been made a lot easier to provide interested people with live video streams of sessions from Debian related conferences. While previous Debian Conferences only had video coverage on a best effort basis, this one might be the first one with complete coverage of all sessions! says Holger Levsen, leader of the DebConf Video Team; Setting up the video gear has never been so easy! My teammate Ben even had time to upload the Linux 3.0 kernel during the opening session, since everything was running so smoothly.. This will be possible thanks to donations from HP and IRILL: the former provided several HP EliteBook 2540s while the latter bought equipment worth about 15,000 Euros including two professional cameras with tripods plus two other cameras. IRILL will make this equipment available to the DebConf video team for DebConf and FOSDEM and provide safe storage for the equipment when not in use.

HP is pleased to be able to continue our long history of support of the Debian Project through this donation, which will help many more people around the world to benefit from the presentations at DebConf. says Bdale Garbee, HP Open Source and Linux Chief Technologist. One of IRILL goals is to foster collaboration between researchers and Free Software developer communities. Making quality video material readily and publicly available is one important means to achieve this goal. says Roberto Di Cosmo, director of IRILL. We are thrilled to join forces and share resources with Debian, whose video team has an impressive track record of service to the community.

Both video streams and recordings will be available for all DebConf11 talks and BoFs; the schedule of the conference and the relevant links for the video streaming are available on the dedicated DebConf page. The Debian Project thanks HP and IRILL for their generous support and the DebConf Video Team for their amazing work. You can also thank the DebConf Video Team by leaving a comment on the Thanks page.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world.


IRILL is a research center specifically focused on Free Software, hosting projects like Coccinelle (used for quality control in the Linux kernel), Mancoosi (developing new tools and algorithms for upgrades of Free Software distributions) and Ocsigen (a revolutionary Free Software programming framework for the Web). Founded by University Paris Diderot, University Pierre et Maris Curie, and Inria, with the financial support of the Region Ile-de-France, IRILL started operating in October 2010 and regularly hosts Free Software developer events.

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 Canada, Finland, and Mexico. More information about DebConf is available from the DebConf website.

More Information

More information about DebConf11 can be found on the conference website at or by contacting the DebConf Global Press Team at <>.

Contact Information

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