martin f krafft | 29 Sep 11:05 2014

RAID1 on a laptop / bcache

Dear DebConfers,

I've had a discussion with one of you at DC14, and since I don't
remember who that was, here it is for everyone! ;)

We were talking about the idea of using a SDCard in a RAID1
configuration with a rotational disk, mainly for speed. The basic
idea was to put all the readily read stuff on a RAID1 with the
rotational disk flagged --write-mostly, so that all reads come from
the (fast) SDCard.

Meanwhile, I have discovered a better approach:

  https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/bcache.txt

which looks really cool for this sort of job.

Now just someone has to package bcache-tools ;)

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Dear DebConfers,

I've had a discussion with one of you at DC14, and since I don't
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Maximiliano Curia | 22 Sep 12:00 2014
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Talk lengths

Hi,

We are considering introducing a new talk length for DebConf 15: 20' talks.

These talks would have their own slot (30' slot with a 10' pause between
talks), and at a certain time any concurrent talks would have the same length.

Personally, I think most talks can fit in this length. Think about TEDs 18'
presentations, and also the currently believed maximum attention span [1].

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_span

From my personal point of view, for complex technical topics it's impossible
to cover them in 45' anyway, so it's better to have a talk that provokes
hunger to learn more on a topic, with good pointers for where to find out more
than to have details that you won't remember after the talk.

We would like to hear your opinion on this idea.

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Hi,

We are considering introducing a new talk length for DebConf 15: 20' talks.

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Maximiliano Curia | 21 Sep 17:26 2014
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DebConf 15 website survey

Hi,

For some time now we have a base for the DebConf 15 website [1], which
includes the possibility of changing the background between light and dark.

However, we are still undecided whether we prefer the Dark background or the
Light background site by default. So we are asking for your opinion.

[1]: http://debconf15.debconf.org/

Clicking "change contrast" you can see the other option. After looking at
both, please enter your prefered option in this dudle:
https://dudle.inf.tu-dresden.de/DC15_site_colors/

We know that both sites still require work, please just vote on the light or
dark concept, disregarding other details. If you are interested in helping
with the website, please contact us through the debconf-team mailing list[2].

[2]: http://lists.debconf.org/mailman/listinfo/debconf-team

Happy hacking,
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Josh Triplett | 19 Sep 01:45 2014

Re: remote participation in DebConf

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:53:22AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> Holger wrote:
> 
> > I also had the impression there was less relaying of questions from IRC
> > this year, no idea if thats true and if so, why.
> 
> Likewise and I think this is a shame.

Ditto; I attended the conference, but due to a work meeting, I had to
skip one day, and I attended a couple of presentations that day
remotely.  I appreciated the video, when it was working, but it was very
challenging to ask questions via IRC.

I think it would help to have one of the volunteers already monitoring
the room take a look at the room-specific IRC channel and forward any
questions asked there.

- Josh Triplett
Richard Hartmann | 18 Sep 18:45 2014
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Re: remote participation in DebConf

Could the video volunteer peek into a dedicated question channel during the qa part?

Richard

Sent by mobile; excuse my brevity.

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<p dir="ltr">Could the video volunteer peek into a dedicated question channel during the qa part?</p>
<p dir="ltr">Richard</p>
<p dir="ltr">Sent by mobile; excuse my brevity.</p>
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Tiago Bortoletto Vaz | 18 Sep 16:48 2014
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Re: remote participation in DebConf

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 12:53:22AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> Holger wrote:
> 
> > I also had the impression there was less relaying of questions from IRC
> > this year, no idea if thats true and if so, why.
> 
> Likewise and I think this is a shame.
> 
> I think this is something that people simply forget to do (myself
> included) or find it hard to do since people participating remotely
> usually have no physical presence.
> 
> Some ideas:
> 
> Maybe mix remote participants on WebRTC into the local speaker output
> and stream?
> 
> Messages from IRC could be translated to audio using one of the
> various text-to-speech engines we have in Debian.
> 
> Make some telepresence hardware running Debian for remote attendees?

In previews years we had a working web environment to get people
chatting without the need of an IRC client. This year we had timvideos
which was broke most of the time. This may be one of the reasons.

I'd be glad to see WebRTC being used in next DCs, but I'm not sure how
we should set it. No idea about using text-to-speech engines.

Regards,

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martin f krafft | 18 Sep 10:50 2014

Re: remote participation in DebConf

also sprach Paul Wise <pabs <at> debian.org> [2014-09-16 18:53 +0200]:
> I think this is something that people simply forget to do (myself
> included) or find it hard to do since people participating
> remotely usually have no physical presence.

It also prevents those people who act as proxies from fully
participating, which is why I found myself *chosing* not to be on
IRC during some sessions.

> Maybe mix remote participants on WebRTC into the local speaker
> output and stream?

How are we going to ensure that this does not disturb the speaker?

> Messages from IRC could be translated to audio using one of the
> various text-to-speech engines we have in Debian.

This would probably be more laughable than useful, don't you think?

> Make some telepresence hardware running Debian for remote attendees?

Fundamentally, this is a great idea, but what a job… I was on the
technical team of http://tokyolectures.org/, which did telepresence
across seven universities in 2004. We had resources available that
DebConf does not, at least not yet. Technology has advanced, surely,
but there is still no presence and even in business meetings with
equipment valued at tens of thousands of Euros nowadays, it's still
very hard to be effective and requires *a lot* of discipline.

So yes, let's do it, but this will take a couple of years to get
right. Who's in? ;)

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also sprach Paul Wise <pabs <at> debian.org> [2014-09-16 18:53 +0200]:
> I think this is something that people simply forget to do (myself
> included) or find it hard to do since people participating
> remotely usually have no physical presence.

It also prevents those people who act as proxies from fully
participating, which is why I found myself *chosing* not to be on
IRC during some sessions.

> Maybe mix remote participants on WebRTC into the local speaker
> output and stream?

How are we going to ensure that this does not disturb the speaker?

> Messages from IRC could be translated to audio using one of the
> various text-to-speech engines we have in Debian.

This would probably be more laughable than useful, don't you think?

> Make some telepresence hardware running Debian for remote attendees?

Fundamentally, this is a great idea, but what a job… I was on the
technical team of http://tokyolectures.org/, which did telepresence
across seven universities in 2004. We had resources available that
DebConf does not, at least not yet. Technology has advanced, surely,
but there is still no presence and even in business meetings with
equipment valued at tens of thousands of Euros nowadays, it's still
very hard to be effective and requires *a lot* of discipline.

So yes, let's do it, but this will take a couple of years to get
right. Who's in? ;)

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Paul Wise | 16 Sep 18:53 2014
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remote participation in DebConf

Holger wrote:

> I also had the impression there was less relaying of questions from IRC
> this year, no idea if thats true and if so, why.

Likewise and I think this is a shame.

I think this is something that people simply forget to do (myself
included) or find it hard to do since people participating remotely
usually have no physical presence.

Some ideas:

Maybe mix remote participants on WebRTC into the local speaker output
and stream?

Messages from IRC could be translated to audio using one of the
various text-to-speech engines we have in Debian.

Make some telepresence hardware running Debian for remote attendees?

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martin f krafft | 7 Sep 11:10 2014

DC14 t-shirt size M sought

Is there a spare size 'M' blue DC14 t-shirt available somewhere?
Reason for my asking: I actually forgot to pick mine up, it seems :/

Thanks,

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Is there a spare size 'M' blue DC14 t-shirt available somewhere?
Reason for my asking: I actually forgot to pick mine up, it seems :/

Thanks,

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Robert Edmonds | 4 Sep 21:00 2014
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Re: Fascinated to see dedicated attendee at Debconf14 with 'Blindness'

sco1984 <at> gmail.com wrote:
> Unfortunately I don't no his name.

Attending a DebConf for the first time, I had this problem repeatedly.
It would be nice if questioners would introduce themselves after taking
the microphone for the first time.  At larger conferences (e.g., NANOG)
this is virtually a requirement, and very helpful for first time
attendees.

An attendee list for the entire conference, perhaps accessible only to
other attendees and perhaps opt-in or opt-out, would also have been very
helpful.

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Russ Allbery | 4 Sep 18:39 2014
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Re: DebConf conference policy on profanity

alberto fuentes <pajaro <at> gmail.com> writes:

> [...]
> [0] Do not use foul language; besides, some people receive the lists
> via packet radio, where swearing is illegal.
> [...]

> Please refrain from using those words in here. Use poo and m'kay instead[1]

> [0] https://www.debian.org/MailingLists/#codeofconduct
> [1] nsfw?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWkiWtqgOWc

This provision has been ignored on our mailing lists for as long as I've
been a member of the project.  There was some recent discussion of the
packet radio reference that concluded that this justification was rather
dubious.  I wonder if we should take it out of that document as well,
although this is not the right place to talk about that.

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