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LCA 2010: Getting distros to play together, nicely

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For the second time in its 11-year history, Australia's national Linux conference (LCA) has a distro summit on its agenda. The last distro summit was held in 2008, when former Linux Australia president Jonathan Oxer was the organiser.

This time, Debian developers Martin F. Krafft and Fabio Tranchitella are behind the summit which is one of the mini-conferences to be held on the first two days of the week-long LCA in Wellington from January 18 to 23.

The summit has come about as a result of Krafft's efforts to resurrect the Debian miniconf which was last held at the 2008 LCA in Melbourne.

"I decided in Hobart to resurrect the Debian miniconf, and since Jonathan couldn't commit to it at the time, he passed everything on to me," Krafft told iTWire.

"Fabio Tranchitella , who responded to my public request for helpers, and I then submitted the Debian miniconf to LCA, but we were apparently not the only distro people (OpenSolaris was the main other contender IIRC).

"Hence, Francois Marier, the miniconf organiser, asked the two of us to coordinate between the distros, and we thus resurrected distrosummit.org and went to work to organise a miniconf with a cross-distro focus."

Krafft says that apart from his full support, Oxer didn't try to influence the organisation. "We also never really asked him for feedback."

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