DebConf4 Confirmation Announcement and Several Reports

Posted by – 27/04/2004

[Originally posted to Debian-Devel-Announce ]

Confirmation Period

The time for DebConf4 is coming. Less than a month to begin the fifthedition of the Debian Conference.

The registration period is almost over. Everybody that has registered should be receiving, in the next moments, a confirmation email. By receiving this email you are NOT yet confirmed. You should enter the URL pointed to by that email to update your data and confirm your registration. Please! Note that unconfirmed registrations will not be validated.

The confirmation period starts now and goes until May 3nd. If you haven’t received any emails asking for confirmation (or have lost yours), please, enter the following URL:

http://www.debconf.org/debconf4/register/

… and select the “Confirm your registration” option.

After we have collected the confirmation data, we’ll send another round of emails (and we’ll publish new data on our website) with important information for confirmed attendees.

Hosting before and after the Conference

During the conference, for the first 150 people that registered (and confirmed) the hosting is sponsored, as promised before , favoring DDs.

SESC, the DebConf4 place, is a hotel. They more than welcome people wanting to stay there before May 26th or after June 2nd. They have special not-yet-calculated fees for DebConf4 attendees. If you wish to stay at SESC before or after DebConf4 (as vacation or to attend International Free Software Forum), please, register your arrival and departures date in the registration form and we’ll negotiate the best fee with them (should be under R$ 30.00 – US$ 10.00 a day per person, breakfast included for the 4-people room). You will be warned by the Confirmation System if you have chosen arrival and/or departure dates before May 26th or after June 2nd, just in case you have chosen those by mistake.

Please, note that you will need to pay separately for supplies consumed from your room’s minibar, as these are not included within your room rate.

Lunch and Dinner

We have a specially prepared menu (with vegetarian options) at SESC restaurant. We’ve used data from the registration form (please update yours) to print lunch or dinner tickets for attendees. Each attendee will receive, along with the badge, their amount of tickets on Day One and are fully responsible for them (you will be on your own if you loose yours).

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We’ve thought of attaching a string to allow people to carry their tickets around the neck during the conference… but then we gave up the idea as people may confuse it with mardi-grass-like customs.

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We will have the menu on our website RSN, including descriptions of ingredients used to prepare the food.

Talk Schedule

I’d like to thank everybody that have submitted papers. We’re still reviewing and confirming some of them so we can publish it and expect the less modifications possible. In time, everything ill go, as usual, announced on d-d-a and will also be on our website.

5th International Free Software Forum

Since a lot of questions were raised about IFSF (or FISL in portuguese), here is a summary already posted to our mailing-list (and kind of updated here):

IFSF is an international gathering to discuss FLOSS. Last year it were attended by over 4-thousand people and had over 300 lectures. No advertising lectures are allowed. This year they will have 7 rooms: one for 1,5 thousand people (with simultaneous translation to and from english and spanish), 4 other rooms for 250 people each, a 350 people room also with simultaneous translation, and one reserved for the academic workshop. (a side event). Some pictures of last year’s event can still be found at Wichert’s webpage , and a description at Bdale’s .

They also have a reserved area for user groups. Debian is the most active user group present every year (many of us also belong to the organizing committee).

The IFSF take place from 3rd to 5th june. This year it is preceded by a pre-forum on the 2nd which is intended to be a networking event.

We are negotiating to have lower fees for debconf4 attendees. Anyway, it is a cheap event (everything is mainly supported by sponsors) with US$ 20 tops you can make the whole event.

Sponsors

We’re kindly sponsored, so far, by the following amazing companies:

  • HP
  • PSL-RS
  • Linspire (former Lindows)
  • O’Reilly
  • XandrOS
  • 4Linux
  • Cisco Systems

That’s all folks… See you at DebConf4.

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