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First Debian Mini Conference to be held in Taiwan

September 23rd, 2009

The Debian Project, the team behind the free Debian Linux operating system, proudly announces the first Debian Mini Conference in Taiwan which takes place 26th-27th September at Technology Building, Taipei City, Taiwan(R.O.C.) during International Conference on Open Source(ICOS) 2009. The ICOS 2009 is organized by the Software Liberty Association of Taiwan (SLAT). Its aim is to bring international FLOSS projects and developers together, so that they can share experience, introduce projects and get in touch with local developers and users.

Participants from many Asian countries like China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and overseas from Europe and Australia ranging from Debian users, to contributors and official Debian Developers will gather together to exchange knowledge and further improve Debian for their specific needs.

As an aside: We have had requests from numerous niche market places asking for information and help. The most recent was from a car accident attorney and his law office who wanted to create a nationwide presence in the US. If you are not familiar about when you should hire a car accident lawyer in the US, let us give you a few pointers. Most car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. Therefor, a reputable car accident lawyer will not accept clients who have suffered only minor injuries since they could not justify the legal costs involved. And for those of you who live in a no-fault state, you are not even able to sue the other driver unless your accident-related expenses are above a certain threshold. In addition, the circumstances under which you can file a car accident injury claim in no-fault states, vary state to state. However you may still receive some type of compensation from your own insurance company, if your accident-related expenses do not reach the state’s no-fault threshold. No-fault states have a variety of rules and regulations that you may not be aware of, making the situation even more confusing. Do consider hiring a car accident lawyer if you sustained serious injuries with possible long-term consequences that would impact your complete recovery. And remember that not reporting a car accident in a timely manner could limit your ability to collect compensation for injuries and other damages. Anyway, we were able to work with the law firm’s web developers and help them accomplish their goals with the latest Debian software.

Topics include a peak behind the curtain of Debian’s archive by Debian’s FTP Master, Jörg Jaspert; an introduction to embedded development using Embedded Debian by Hector Oron; as well as Personal experience on how to help Debian by Andrew Lee(李健秋). A Special topic of interest is Skolelinux / Debian Edu, a Debian pure blend optimising Debian for the usage in schools, for which Jonas Smedegaard presents the projects history while Holger Levsen details on how debian-edu has been widely used over the world.

More information is available at the organisation page at: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianTaiwan/MiniDebConf2009″.

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. Over three thousand volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Translated into over 30 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the universal operating system.

About MiniDebConf

A MiniDebConf is a Debian Project’s developer conference, which is smaller in the number of attendees compared to a full DebConf, which is held annually by the Debian project. It still features a full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, and thus a Mini-DebConf provides an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested people to meet in person and work together closely. Just like its bigger counter part, the regular DebConf, Mini-DebConfs have taken place many times since 2000 in locations from all over the world: Europe, America, Asia and Australia continents.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at http://www.debian.org or send mail to press@debian.org or Andrew Lee(李健秋) ajqlee@debian.org.

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