for future Debian events

From: Russell Coker (
Date: Sun Dec 02 2001 - 23:14:06 CET

I think that in future events of the nature of Linux Kongress we should
follow the conference track as well as the exhibition track. I was glad to
have the opportunity to speak briefly about my Portslave package, but I would
have preferred a set time slot (to not be interrupted by a coffee break) and
also would have liked a time slot for talking about devfsd.

I suggest that the way to do this is to have our own set of presentations in
parallel with the main conference (we only need a room for it) on Debian
topics. We could announce the schedule for this on a poster (so it wouldn't
need to be exactly determined until shortly before the conference).

The advantage of this is that Debian speakers would be able to schedule their
talks to co-incide with talks that they aren't particularly interested in

This of course means that when Theodore Ts'o gives a talk there will probably
be no Debian presentation in that slot as everyone who could talk will want
to see his talk. But then a talk at that time would get no audience so it's
no big deal. ;)

Now as for topics of a talk, we could produce a list of packages maintained
by all Developers who would attend the conference (and who are willing and
feel themselves able to give a talk) and call for votes on what talks people
would like to see. If there are two developers who feel that they can't fill
45 mins then they could share a slot and do 20 mins each.

For developers who feel scared about giving a talk (a natural reaction) I am
sure that they could find someone who has more experience in giving talks who
can assist them. The assistance could be in the form of helping draft the
notes, listening to a trial talk the day before, or co-presenting the talk.
I am quite happy to do all that, subject to the limitation that I can only
give a talk in English and the amount of assistance I can provide for a
non-English presentation is minimal.

What do you think?

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