At DebConf7 in Edinburgh, I’m going to moderate a derivatives round table. At DebConf5 I put on a similar sort of panel. Here’s the description I submitted (please ignore the placeholder list of panelists on the DC7 site):
The Debian-Derivers round-table will bring together representatives of organizations involved in producing Debian derived distributions to discuss the political, organizational, and social barriers to collaboration with Debian and with each other.
The idea is to bring together a representative group of folks from our derivative community — groups like Ubuntu, Linspire, Knoppix, Guadalinex, Maemo, etc. etc. — and provide a space where they can describe their successful and unsuccessful experiences working with Debian and with each other. On the other side, it will give Debian developers a chance to ask questions of the group, both individually and as a whole.
My first step, of course, is to build that panel. If you have worked on or represent a Debian derivative and think you will be at DebConf, you may have a spot on my panel. Give me an email at email@example.com and lets talk!