Debian Project News 2010/08
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Last Call for keys for keysigningat DebConf10
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Debian Day at DebConf10
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Debian Project News 2010/07
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Debian Project News 2010/08

published on Mon Jul 26 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

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

Mini Debian conference in India

Kartik Mistry announced a mini Debian Conference in India. It will take place on 7th and 8th of August in Pune. Topics on the agenda range from an introduction of the "univeral operating system" to a discussion about "Debian community activities". A bug squashing party is planed as well. More details are available in the Debian wiki.

Debian Installer beta1 coming up

Christian Perrier reported about the status of the upcoming beta1 of the Debian Installer for "Squeeze". This version has been translated into 65 languages, work for additional languages is already on the way. Christian also gave some tips on how this beta may already be tested, although the packages haven't completly migrated to Debian "Squeeze", yet.

"This week in Debian" podcast?

Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli was contacted by Jonathan Nadeau, who produces several podcast for the wider free software community, about creating a podcast about Debian. This weekly podcast should interview someone, who refers about a Debian related topic. As Stefano emphasizes: "Any Debian-related topic is a good candidate: a team, an initiative, a general discussion about a relevant project aspect, etc. You don't even need any particular upfront preparation, as it'll be interview-like." Coordination for that has already been started on a wiki page.

How to make Debian more attractive for Users?

Petter Reinholdtsen noticed that the number of submissions to Debian's Popularity Contest (popcon for short) is decreasing since some weeks. Popcon is a system which anonymously sends a list of installed software packages to Debian, which allows Debian to prioritise their work (e.g. ordering of packages on installation media). Currently popcon isn't activated by default, so it was discussed, if this should be done, and if there was a way to do that in way not affect users privacy. Soon the discussion turned into the topic on how to make Debian more attractive to users.

Other news

Raphaël Hertzog noted that the upcoming version of dpkg — the core package maintainance tool — won't depend on perl anymore thus making dpkg even more suitable for embedded systems.

New Developers and Maintainers

One applicant has been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Antoine Beaupré into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the unofficial release-citical bug counter, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 348 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way of being solved, roughly speaking, about 152 release critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

Last Call for keys for keysigningat DebConf10

published on Mon Jul 19 21:19:00 2010 in debconf-news

As part of the 11th Debian Conference in New York City, USA, there will be OpenPGP (pgp/gpg) keysignings. If you intend to participate in the DebConf10 keysignings, please send your ascii armored public key as explained no later than Tuesday 20th of July, 2010 at 23:59 UTC.

If your mail to cannot get through, send it to anibal at v7w dot com but first try the email address, please.

More (and up-to-date) information is available so keep watching that page.

— Aníbal Monsalve Salazar and the DebConf team

Debian Day at DebConf10

published on Tue Jul 13 20:09:00 2010 in debconf-news

Debian Day will take place on the first day of DebConf10, Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 6:40 PM at Columbia University, New York City, New York.

We would love to see you join us at Debian Day. Registration is required but is free. If you are not already registered for DebConf10, please send an e-mail with your intent to attend to

Debian Day and DebConf10 are going to be great. We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York on August 1! More information on Debian Day is available at

— the DebConf team

Debian Project News 2010/07

published on Mon Jul 12 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

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

Bug Squashing Party in Munich

Michael Banck announced a Bug-Squashing-Party in Munich over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July. The BSP will again take place at the LiMux Project Office in the city centre. See the wiki page for further information and directions.

Organise a "DebianDay" in your city?

With Debian's 17th birthday coming up on August the 16th, the wider Debian community all over the world is invited to organise local "DebianDay" gatherings and one-day conferences for users, contributors and developers.

Bits and request for help from the listmasters

Listmaster Martin Zobel-Helas requested help in maintaining Debian's mailing lists. Some topics which should be addressed are the MHonArc scripts which generate the web archive (mixing code and design, making it difficult to make any changes to the design) and the constant work on improving the spam filters and cleansing the archive of received spam. Martin noted that the spam filtering rules are publicly accessible, and welcomes hints on how to improve them. Last, but not least, he mentioned that when subscribing to Debian mailing lists you should avoid bouncing spam which made it through your filters. Listmasters would prefer such spam from to be discarded.

Report from FAI workshop 2010

From 2nd of July to 4th of July the FAI workshop in Linuxhotel Essen/Germany took place. Nine FAI developers/users met to discuss and work on FAI in preparation for the Debian "Squeeze" release. A report about the meeting is available on Michael Prokop's blog.

Bits from the Debian Project Leader

Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli sent a new bits from the DPL report. He mentions several conferences he was invited to as well as interviews published in different media. He also talks about the recently founded "derivatives front desk", which is a central place for Debian derivatives to discuss collaboration with the Debian Project. As there haven't been enough volunteers for the team declassifying the archive of the private Debian mailing list, he just documented the the status of the implementation of that general resolution.

DebConf 12 will be held in... your country?

With this year's annual Debian Conference coming up, Gunnar Wolf, one of the organisers of the Debian Conference encouraged people to think whether they would like to host the Debian Conference in the year 2012 in their city. As proposals are accepted till the end of the year, working on such proposals should start soonish, which can be presented at the upcoming conference. Please see the DebConf wiki for information.

Other news

Ritesh Raj Sarraf noticed that the recent upload of the Linux kernel adds support for kprobe, making SystemTap, a tool to monitor Linux kernel internal data, a much more useful instrument.

New Developers and Maintainers

Four applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers and two applicants has been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Thomas Goirand, Georges Khaznadar, Adrian Perez, Felipe Sateler, Deepak Tripathi and Stefan Völkel into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the unofficial release-critical bug counter, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 401 release-critical bugs. 95 of them have already been fixed in Debian's "unstable" branch. Of the remaining 306 release-critical bugs, 49 already have a patch (which might need testing) and 16 are marked as pending.