Debian Project News 2010/06
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Debian Project News 2010/05
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Debian Project News 2010/06

published on Mon Jun 28 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

Welcome to this year's sixth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Bits from the Release Team

Release manager Adam D. Barratt sent Bits from the release team, in which he welcomes Mehdi Dogguy to the team. Other enthusiastic Debian Developers who are interested are invited to contact the team.

Call for volunteers for DebConf10

Gabriella Coleman sent out a call for volunteers for DebConf10 on her blog. She mentioned a list of things that DebConf needs from volunteers, so if you are in New York or environs you might consider helping out if something on the list matches your skills and interests. There is also an amazing list of free events, events that take place before, during and after DebConf. The list has theatre, movies and music as well as other types of events to choose from; during DebConf alone there are free concerts from Gil Scott Heron and Basia Bulat, just to name a couple.

Debian Live Web Images Builder

Daniel Baumann announced that thanks to outstanding Debian Live contributor Richard Nelson a live-helper web-frontend of the Debian Live Project is now available: it lets users get their own customised images without needing to install live-helper and build them on their own.

Results from the Debian community poll

Torsten Werner published the results of his Debian community poll (followed by a second part) and thanks all participants. With over 80% answering that they do not contribute directly to Debian, this is the biggest ever survey of Debian's user base, giving hints on how Debian should deal with its non-free section, its release policy, and the importance of the Debian Free Software Guidelines to its user base.

FAI workshop 2010

Michael Prokop mentioned on his blog that there will be an FAI workshop at the Linuxhotel in Essen, Germany. FAI stands for "Fully Automated Install" and is an important tool when dealing with large numbers of computers, for example. As Michael writes: "As the name states the workshop is targeted towards FAI developers. We — the FAI developers — want to get FAI into shape for "Squeeze", discuss pending issues like Ubuntu packaging, release management and of course meet in real life for networking and socialising." Sounds like fun.

Debian Project at LSM/RMLL 2010

The Debian Project will be represented at the Libre Software Meeting / Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (LSM/RMLL) event in Bordeaux, France, this year. Debian related talks have been organised, as well as a Bug Squashing Party (BSP). Everyone interested in helping Debian is welcome at the BSP; there will be enough developers around to sponsor your NMUs.

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" updated

The fifth update of Debian's stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (codename "lenny") has been released. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Further updates include the Linux kernel itself as well as debian-installer.

Other news

Alexander Reichle-Schmehl announced he has again started publishing statistics of the release critical bug reports on a weekly basis.

New Developers and Maintainers

Three applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainers since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Carl Chenet, Mathias Behrle and Thomas Koch into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the unofficial RC-bugs count, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 419 release critical bugs. 65 of them have already been fixed in Debian's "unstable" branch. Of the remaining 354 release critical bugs, 55 already have a patch (which might need testing) and 19 are marked as pending.

Debian Project News 2010/05

published on Mon Jun 14 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

Welcome to this year's fifth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Debian Community Poll

After getting the idea during the recent Mini Debian Conference in Berlin, Torsten Werner prepared a poll for users of the Debian Operating System asking different types of questions like the usage of derivatives, about the Debian Free Software Guidelines and firmwares and of course releases.

Automatic installation of hardware-specific packages

Petter Reinholdtsen introduced a new change into the Debian installation system allowing the installation of hardware-specific packages at installation time (or on an already installed system). This is useful for certain RAID controllers, graphic adapters and other hardware, and is done by mapping PCI and USB IDs to the names of Debian packages. Petter welcomes help maintaining this list.

Desktop artwork and themes for Debian "Squeeze"

Valessio Brito started to collect ideas and proposals for the desktop artwork used in Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". This artwork would be the base for common themes throughout the system. Yves-Alexis Perez started to list possible uses for that artwork ranging from themes for different desktop environments through boot splash screens to website banners. He also asked for more comments about the artwork from other users.

Debian Installer string freeze coming up

Christian Perrier proposed a "string freeze" in order to officially notify translators that they should consider completing their current work. Christian wrote: "During the string freeze, developers would be required to avoid committing changes that involved modifications to localizable strings. Each of these would require a prior discussion in debian-boot and a formal ACK to commit." He proposed Sunday July 4th as deadline for the string freeze. Time to finish up those translations!

Provisional list of talks for DebConf10

Ana Guerrero announced the publication of a provisional list of talks for DebConf10. She also mentioned the opportunities for ad-hoc events to be scheduled during DebConf, in order to plan a last minute event with others once at DebConf. Details on the scheduling of these events will be available at the conference.

License usage in Debian

While working on requests to add specific license texts to /usr/share/common-licenses/, Russ Allbery wrote a script to check which licenses are used how often in the Debian archive. He also published his results. Unsurprisingly, the most used licenses are the different forms and versions of the GNU General Public License.

Other news

Ana Guerrero announced that the migration of the Debian-Women wiki into Debian's wiki is now complete. There's still a little work to do: if you want to contribute, take a look at the migration TODO list.

New Developers and Maintainers

Six applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers and two applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Dominique Belhachemi, Sylvain Beucler, Scott Kitterman, Giovanni Mascellani, Alessio Treglia, Ulises Vitulli, Hannes von Haugwitz and Tang Ke into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the unofficial RC-bugs count, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 424 release critical bugs. 81 of them have already been fixed in Debian's "unstable" branch. Of the remaining 343 release critical bugs, 46 already have a patch (which might need testing) and 14 are marked as pending.