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Money and DebConf

I am having a hard couple of days trying to decide what to do with respect attending to DebConf in Argentina. Nothing new on planet, I know. I could buy my flights for about 1150 euros now. And that is only the flights, the travel expenses are more than that.

The reasons that do not motivate too much to buy the tickets at this moment are:

  • I do not think I will get sponsorship (I am above position 20 in the queue) and since I would have to take the month off at work, that will mean a month without income as well.
  • The looooooong trip, my “cheap” flights are via Uruguay with a duration of about 30 hours. Then when you arrive to Buenos Aires, go to Mar de Plata, that is about 6 hours trip. By the way, a trip that costs ~ 37 euros extra. And I do not think somebody else will take the same flights, so it will be boooooring too :(
  • Due a lot of people not getting sponsorship and DebConf being so far for most of Debian contributors, I am expecting a smaller and more familiar DebConf. One of the key points of DebConf is meeting the people you work with, and I would be the only member of the KDE team (it is true we are a small team, but yet…), and similar with another teams.

The current budget of DebConf basically does not have spare money for sponsoring travel, so far the money we got from the sponsors is just for covering the basic stuff we need for the conference: venue and lodging.
This is not a fault at all of the debconf team, actually we are lucky this year we have a more experienced team that in the previous years (key people have been involved in Debconf for years now) and they are acting very professionally. It is the effect of both: DebConf in Argentina being more expensive than expected and getting more money from sponsors. We clearly need more sponsors, and then is where the bit “We (as a project) suck at marketing” enters.


I’m going to ground myself working in KDE stuff for the next couple of days to avoid thinking about this.

When you are too involved…

I just stated in a private mail exchange that gender barrier do not really exist in Debian anymore. That lead me to think I am too deep involved in the project to notice so. If you are girl and something makes you do not agree with this, please drop me a mail ( ana AT debian DOT org).

Not related with the above paragraph, but still on topic, I have not been following mailing lists/IRC these last days and I am planning stay some days more off. I have found myself doing too much stuff Debian lately and need a little rest. If you need something urgent, send me a mail.


I just sent an email to debian-devel-spanish announcing this year’s edition of DudesConf, a.k.a. the fourth edition of the debconf-es. Thanks to the great people of GPUL, the spanish cabal will meet again this year in Coruña from the 2nd to the 4th of May, for what promise to be an intense weekend.

Last edition was awesome and it will be hard to surpass, the conference was held a week after the Etch release so we had a great reason for partying (not that we need one!). I am completely sure we were the only celebrating the Etch release with a queimada.

queimada @ Dudesconf'2007

Burning the queimada, cool, isn’t?

The inscription and the call for papers are already opened. For more information visit the website at

By the way, although the main goal of DudesConf is gathering the debian spanish community, we had several international guests last year, so if you can speak a little of spanish you are invited to come. :)

Random group photo @ Dudesconf'2007

One of the million of group photos we took

phone spam

Dear telephone company:

It is true I am a frequent user of your roaming services, but sending me the same message, with your new special offers for roaming services, 17 times in the last 4 days is not nice.

Quick KDE 3 and 4 update

KDE 3.5.9 was released a couple of weeks ago and it is not yet in unstable. You might think the reason is because the KDE team is lazy, and actually we are, but the true reason is we could not upload it until we fixed some problems with Qt3. It will be uploaded from tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you can not wait like 24 hours, you can find packages of KDE 3.5.9 for both i386 and amd64 at:

deb ./

If you find problems, please send an email to the Debian KDE users list and remember restart KDE after upgrade kdelibs!

These packages are the same packages that will be uploaded to unstable, so you can upgrade safely. Anyway, do not expect big changes out of kdepim.

About KDE 4, 4.0.2 will be released this wednesday, so you will find the development platform in unstable and the rest of the modules in experimental from wednesday morning.
But if you read the latest Release Update, it included a nice sentence There may be a possibility to include KDE4 in lenny. Let me explain this :)
We, the KDE team, are planning start working in packaging the 4.1 branch and if it seems as good as we expect, we will move to package directly KDE 4.1 snapshots/betas/release candidate with the goal of at least shipping KDE 4.1 development platform in Lenny, and maybe whole KDE 4.1 replacing KDE 3.5.X. The details are still undecided, and it all depends of the evolution of KDE 4.1 and Debian release status.

Compulsory FOSDEM post

I do not usually to blog when I go to any event, but just for the sake of flooding planet ;)

Before attending to FOSDEM this weekend, I had a nice week visiting Belgium, which was really nice but now I am in kind of tired without all the energy an event like FOSDEM need, there is so many people to greet!

By the way, Tom Alberts, where in the hell are you? ;) I’m just sitting now in the KDE room trying to spot some KDE devels I only know by email/name.

Getting old

Today is my birthday, a good excuse to have cake :)
Anyway, the motive of this post is to say Happy Birthday to my friend Leo, who happens to be exactly 8 hours older than me and awesome.

Debian Qt/KDE Maintainers group picture

Debian KDE Meeting. Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain, 15th December 2007.

Top, from left to right: Modestas Vainius, Sune Vuorela.
Sitting, from left to right: Armin Berres, Ana Guerrero, Fathi Boudra.

P.S: Still pending send a mail about the decisions taken in the meeting :)

From the Debian KDE meeting

We, the Debian KDE maintainers, together with some of the i18n people, are enjoying this weekend one of the sponsored meetings in Extremadura.
The residence where we are staying is ok-ish, we have food, and maybe you already found out from Sune Vuorela’s blog that the network is crap. This is not being very helpful in terms of getting work done, specially since KDE packages are so small :-)

I do need to talk about the food. Yesterday, we had a nice lunch which included ensaladilla rusa, then we had some kind of cocktail dinner which was very nice too. Today, we had lunch in one of the campus cafeterias, and some of us got again ensaladilla rusa. In the dinner, we got ensaladilla rusa again. No surprisingly, the quality of the ensaladilla rusa have been getting worse. So in this moment, we are having some kind of room hacking party while we wait for the pizzas we just ordered :)

I think the problem with this meeting is it is being held at the same time that the X Hispalinux conference, so we are sharing “resources” with them. About the Hispalinux conference, I can not talk too much since we are hiding in one of the University classrooms far from the conference, but I’m kind of disappointed because it is not as crowded as I would have expected from this event.

Group picture coming soon ;)

KDE 4.0 rc1 “Calamity” in experimental

The first Release Candidate of KDE 4.0 has been released today \o/. The most important and interesting packages are already available from experimental. If you want to try them, point your sources.list to experimental and install kdelibs5 kdepimlibs5 kdebase kdebase-workspace kdebase-runtime extragear-plasma kdegames kdeutils kdegraphics kdeedu. While I write these lines, kdebase-workspace and kdebase-runtime are stuck at NEW, so you can fetch them (actually, all the packages), adding to your sources:

deb ./.

These packages are not co-installable with current KDE 3.5.8, so if you want to test them, do not use your production environment and use instead qemu or virtualbox-ose. Even if the release is named RC1, this is not yet a fully usable desktop, but you have as well the possibility installing KDE4 apps on a your KDE3, i.e. try okular :)

If you are lazy, or not in hurry, you can wait a few days until the Debian KDE4 Beta4 Live is ready!

Finally, please, do not report bugs against KDE4 in the BTS yet, if you find bugs on KDE itself, report them to directly to upstream in the KDE bugzilla, and optionally you can note down it in this wiki page.