November 2003 LUV meeting - Debian Project; Fedora Linux

Linux Users of Victoria Inc. Meeting


Wednesday, 5 November 2003 - note the change of day to avoid Melbourne Cup day.

Presentations: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Social meal: 5:30pm to 6:30pm (before meeting),
or 9:15pm onwards (after meeting)

The Debian Project

Presented by Martin Michlmayr - Debian Project Leader

With over 800 official Debian developers, more than 200 contributors
and almost 10,000 packages, Debian is one of the largest Free Software
projects in existence today. An important question is how Debian
actually works. How can so many volunteers, distributed all over the
world, work together effectively and produce a distribution with such
a high degree of complexity? Debian's infrastructure, which allows the
large body of participants to work together and produce an integrated
system, will be presented in the talk. Management activities in the
project will also be covered.

It is often claimed that Free Software projects are not centrally
managed or that such project manage themselves. However, someone has
to coordinate such visible efforts or else nothing would work. The
talk will introduce the roles involved in coordination within Debian
and the mechanisms the people employ to carry out their management
work. In particular, the tasks of the Release Manager and the Debian
Project Leader will be investigated. However, it will also be asked
whether there are more, perhaps less central, efforts of coordination.

Martin Michlmayr has participated in various free software projects
and organizations for over eight years, including Linux International
and GNUstep. He is an advisor to Software in the Public Interest, a
non-profit organization which helps others develop and distribute
freely available software and has been a member of the Debian Project
since 2000.

What's new in Linux

presented by Mike MacCana
What has happened in the Linux world in the last month.

Fedora Linux

Presented by Richard Keech

You may have heard that there is some strange changes afoot
at Red Hat. This talk will give a very quick run down about
why regular Red Hat Linux is no more and how the newly
released Fedora Core project is taking over the Red Hat
Linux code base.


Telstra Auditorium

level 1, 242 Exhibition St, (on the corner of Lonsdale St.), Melbourne.

** late access

The front entrance is locked at 7pm.

Entry between 7 and 8pm can be obtained by entering through the door
located on Exhibition St between the Chemist and the Newsagents.

Access from the street is not available after 8pm.

LUV gratefully acknowledges the support of
IBM in providing the venue.

Linux Merchandise

LUV will also have a selection of Linux merchandise on sale, including
Linux Australia spotty Tux t-shirt, Tux plush penguins, Linux PC badges, three flavours of penguin mints, /dev/mug and vi jumbo mugs.


Before or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members eating at

Cafe on Bourke

50 Bourke St

Bookings have been made in the name of LUV.

The latest version of this announcement can be found at


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