“Debian is the Universal Operating System of the users, by the users, for the users.” — Anonymous

DebConf is the annual Debian conference which is held in a different country every year. DebConf18 was held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from July 29 to August 5, 2018. MiniDebConfs are local meetings organized by Debian project members to achieve similar objectives to those of the DebConf, but on a regional context. When majority of talks are not Debian specific, it is called DebUtsav - celebration of Free Software by Debian community.

Why attend?

DebUtsav Kochi 2018 is an awesome opportunity for any user who wants to experience the magic of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Here you can meet the veterans in FOSS development, develop professional connections which will help you in future, chat with contributors who can guide you, advance the cause of Debian and most importantly, grasp the essence of FOSS development. It is indeed a ‘never miss’ opportunity that will give you a strong foundation to build on!


Todd Weaver

Founder and CEO, Purism

Aruna Sankaranarayanan


Biswas Tharakath

Lead, Keralarescue.in

Ompragash Viswanathan

Engineer, Redhat


Time FOSS Debian Workshop
09.00 AM - 10.00 AM Registration
10.00 AM - 10.45 AM Keynote by Aruna Sankaranarayanan
10.45 AM - 11.00 AM Tea Break
11.00 AM - 11.45 AM Intro to Debian and DebUtsav
12.00 PM - 12.45 PM FOSS - Ensuring License Compliance by Prasanth Sugathan How to become a Debian Developer ? by Raju Devidas
12.45 PM - 01.45 PM Lunch
01.45 PM - 02.30 PM Project Vidyalaya - A Free Software
solution for educational institution by Ramaseshan S
Guidance on various teams in Debian and how to how to help them by Shirish Agarwal Reverse Engineering by Amoghavarsha H
02.45 PM - 03.15 PM Linux Desktop is Cool ! by Subin Debian as a Forensic Workstation by Vipin George
03.30 PM - 04.15 PM Ansible by Ompragash Viswanathan What ails gaming in Debian and Free Software World by Shirish Agarwal Introduction to Machine Learning Using Python by Ditty Mathews
04.30 PM - 05.00 PM SQOOPing it up - a tale of data transformation and automation by Simran Dhamija Packaging workshop prerequisites

Time FOSS Debian/Workshop
09.00 AM - 10.00 AM
10.00 AM - 10.45 AM Keynote by Todd Weaver
10.45 AM - 11.00 AM Tea Break
11.00 AM - 11.45 AM KeralaRescue by Biswas Tharakath Debian Packaging Workshop by Praveen/Sruthi
12.00 PM - 12.45 PM From Dinkoism to Debian - A never ending
Journey in search of knowledge by Amoghavarsha H
12.45 PM - 01.45 PM Lunch
01.45 PM - 02.30 PM Why Free Software losing Aganist Open Source ? - Abhijith A M Debian Packaging Workshop by Praveen/Sruthi
02.45 PM - 03.15 PM *nix kungfu for webdevs by Ashish Kurian Thomas
03.30 PM - 04.00 PM Hamara Linux by Raju Devidas
04.00 PM - 05.00 PM Debian India, the way forward - Panel Discussion


School of Engineering, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kalamassery, Ernakulam, Kerala.


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Platinum Sponsor

Hamara Linux

Platinum Sponsor

GitLab Inc.

Gold Sponsor



Free Software Community of India


Student Developer Society


Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom


Cochin University of Science and Technology

Travel and Accomodation sponsorship

FOSS contributors, especially Debian contributors, are encouraged to apply for a travel and accomodation sponsorship, if needed. To apply for the sponsorship, send a mail describing your contributions, why you think you are eligible for the sponsorship and the amount you need to "bursary [AT] debutsav [DOT] in" email address. The subject of the mail should be "DebUtsav Bursary Request".

Deadline for applications: 1st November, 2018

Please note that this sponsorship is not guaranteed and depends on the total budget of the event. Selection of recipients will be at the descretion of the organizers.

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