DebConf16 closes in Cape Town and DebConf17 dates announced

July 9th, 2016

Today, Saturday 9 July 2016, the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference came to a close. With over 280 people attending from all over the world, and 113 hours of talks in 114 events, DebConf16 has been hailed as a success.

Highlights included the Open Festival, where events of interest to a broader audience were offered (ranging from topics specific to Debian to a wider appreciation of the open and maker movements), the traditional Bits from the DPL, lightning talks and live demos and the announcement of next year's DebConf (DebConf17 in Montreal).

For those not able to attend, talks and sessions were recorded and live streamed, and videos are being made available at the Debian meetings archive website.

Next year, DebConf will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 6 to 12 August 2017. For the days before DebConf the local organisers will again set up DebCamp, a session for some intense work on improving the distribution, and the Debian Day on 5 August 2017, aimed at the general public.

Debian thanks the commitment of numerous sponsors to supporting DebConf16, particularly our Platinum Sponsor Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise actively participates in open source. Thousands of developers across the company are focused on open source projects, and HPE sponsors and supports the open source community in a number of ways, including: contributing code, sponsoring foundations and projects, providing active leadership, and participating in various committees.

Contact Information

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