Blog entries

  • Mini-DebConf Paris 2012

    2012/11/29 by Julien Cristau

    Last week-end, I attended the mini-DebConf organized at EPITA (near Paris) by the French Debian association and sponsored by Logilab.

    The event was a great success, with a rather large number of attendees, including people coming from abroad such as Debian kernel maintainers Ben Hutchings and Maximilian Attems, who talked about their work with Linux.

    Among the other speakers were Loïc Dachary about OpenStack and its packaging in Debian, and Josselin Mouette about his work deploying Debian/GNOME desktops in a large enterprise environment at EDF R&D.

    On my part I gave a talk on Saturday about Debian's release team, and the current state of the wheezy (to-be Debian 7.0) release.

    On Sunday I presented together with Vladimir Daric the work we did to migrate a computation cluster from Red Hat to Debian. Attendees had quite a few questions about our use of ZFS on Linux for storage, and salt for configuration management and deployment.

    Slides for the talks are available on the mini-DebConf web page (wheezy state, migration to debian cluster also viewable on slideshare), and videos will soon be on

    Now looking forward to next summer's DebConf13 in Switzerland, and hopefully next year's edition of the Paris event.

  • Retour sur MiniDebConf Paris 2014

    2014/03/05 by Arthur Lutz

    Nous sommes heureux d'avoir participé à la MiniDebConf Paris.

    Nous avons sponsorisé l'évenement mais aussi effectué deux présentations :

    • Julien Cristau a présenté l'équipe dont il fait partie pour la prochaine release de debian : Jessie. Il a notamment donné des conseils à la communauté sur la préparation de jessie. Voici ces diapos : Release team: Jessie.
    • David Douard a présenté Salt to administrate Debian systems, introduisant Salt avec un focus particulier sur ce que Salt peut apporter à de l'administration d'un parc de machines sous Debian.

    Avec une cinquantaine de participants sur les deux jours, c'est toujours agréable de rencontrer la communauté francaise autour de Debian. Merci donc à l'association Debian France d'avoir organisé cette conférence.

  • Mini-Debconf Lyon 2015

    2015/04/29 by Julien Cristau

    A couple of weeks ago I attended the mini-DebConf organized by Debian France in Lyon.

    It was a really nice week-end, and the first time a French mini-DebConf wasn't in Paris :)

    Among the highlights, Juliette Belin reported on her experience as a new contributor to Debian: she authored the awesome "Lines" theme which was selected as the default theme for Debian 8.


    As a non-developer and newcomer to the free software community, she had quite intesting insights and ideas about areas where development processes need to improve.

    And Raphael Geissert reported on the new service (previously, an http redirector to automagically pick the closest Debian archive mirror. So long, manual sources.list updates on laptops whenever travelling!


    Finally the mini-DebConf was a nice opportunity to celebrate the release of Debian 8, two weeks in advance.

    Now it's time to go and upgrade all our infrastructure to jessie.