Note 1: Because this event is not our regularly scheduled monthly meeting (we are having two presentations in March), it will not be held in our normal Chelsea Market venue, but rather in Google's main offices. As such, IDs will be required, and you will either need to register with your real name, or answer the RSVP question.
Note 2: RSVP will close at 7:30pm on March 18th, a full 48 hours before the event. We have to do this as we will be requiring people to wear badges, and register with security. We also need the time to prepare the list of names for security. (Please consider using your real name as your meetup name to lower the workload of the organizers.)
Note 3: RSVP will open March 6, 2013 Wednesday 4:00pm.
Stefano Zacchiroli (The Debian Project Leader)
Debian, 20 years and counting
Debian is one of the eldest Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) distribution in existence. The project has been founded in 1993 to further Free Software distribution and is still doing so in an purely community-driven way. The Debian Project and distribution are both made by volunteers who employ a dual "do-ocratic" (a form of meritocracy based on the outcome of individual work) and democratic model to make decisions and drive Debian toward its goals. The uniqueness of Debian is manifest in its Free Software values, independence from commercial interests, and in its importance as the basis of a huge ecosystem of several hundreds derived FOSS distributions, which includes today's most popular ones.
In this talk we will present the Debian Project and distribution, discuss its unique traits, as well explain how to join the Project and contribute to it.
Stefano's homepage: http://upsilon.cc/~zack
After the meeting ... You may wish to join up with other NYLUGgers for drinks and pub food. We have reserved the back room at McKennas Pub at 250 West 14th Street.
About Stephano Zacchiroli:
Stefano Zacchiroli is Associate Professor of Computer Science at University Paris Diderot. His research interests span formal methods and their applications to improve software quality and user experience in the context of Free Software distributions. He has been involved in the Debian Project since 2001, taking care of many tasks from package maintenance to distribution-wide Quality Assurance. He has been leading the Debian Project since April 2010.
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