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The Debian Project

Sixth Annual Debian Developers' Conference Ends in Success

The 6th annual Debian Developers Conference (DebConf) was held in Helsinki, Finland from July 10th to July 17th 2005. With over 300 registered participants from around 40 countries, this was the largest DebConf to date.

The conference broke other records as well. The number of sponsors and the value of their commitment far exceeded that of previous Debian conferences. This year, more than 20 sponsors provided DebConf with a total budget of around 125,000 euros. This generosity made it possible to, among other things, provide housing and food for almost 200 participants.

The conference was an organizational challenge that required a large team of organizers and volunteers, working around the clock to coordinate the the routines of the event. Debian Project Leader Branden Robinson was impressed with the performance:

"The diligence and professionalism of our conference organizers continues to impress. DebConf occupies an increasingly important role for us, and if the attendees are the lifeblood of its success, then the organizers are its heart, getting everyone where they need to be."

The conference featured talks, workshops, demonstrations, coding marathons and round table discussions on various aspects of the Debian Project. Highlights included a presentation about the large-scale deployment of 80,000 Debian workstations in Extramadura, Spain, along with several talks about popular Debian derivatives such as SkoleLinux and Ubuntu. The presentations were captured by the DebConf5 Video Team
are are available online at

DebConf5 was organized in collaboration with one of Finland's leading Free Software think tanks, Linux-Aktivaattori, the Helsinki University of Technology, and with financial support from HP, Intel, Nokia, Linux Magazine, IBM, SLX-Debian-Labs, NetApp, Movial, Linspire, Hostway, Linspire, VA Linux Systems Japan, O'Reilly, Progeny, Xandros, Damicon, Univention, Linux Information Systems AG, COSS, Ubuntu, MySQL, credativ, Ropecon, Helsinki Institute of Physics and CSC.

For further information about DebConf, please see

About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by nearly one thousand world-wide volunteers collaborating via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model makes it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

About Linux-Aktivaattori

Linux-Aktivaattori is a non-profit organization promoting the use of Linux in corporate, governmental and individual environments. Linux-Aktivaattori acts as a community-driven organization that stimulates the adoption and development of Free and Open Source software, and is an umbrella organization for such efforts in Finland.

For more information, please contact:

Martin-Éric Racine
Fabian Fagerholm
+358-40-726 2737