Debian Project News 2010/16
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Debian Project News 2010/15
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Debian Project News 2010/16

published on Mon Nov 22 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

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

State of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"

Release Manager Neil McGovern gave an update for the upcoming Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" stable release. As "Squeeze is almost in its final form" he calls for upgrade and installation tests (see also the separate announcement for that). He also notes that even (experienced) users who have no systems available for installation or upgrade tests can help by triaging installation reports and upgrade reports, or propose text for the release notes.

Highlights from the Debian linux-2.6 Meeting

A report from Maximilian Attems on the Debian kernel group's meeting at the Paris mini-Debconf in October was sent to the Debian kernel mailing list. Among the things they discussed was the move to Git as a source code management tool, allowing the kernel group to not have to "update infrastructure in separate branches as we have to do now."
The report also mentions the reduction of Linux kernel patches for Wheezy: "Several patches got pushed or landed since 2.6.32, thus state is in general good." Much more (e.g. about different patches for virtualisation, the need for automated tests, and Linux Security Modules) can be read in the original email.

New default artwork for Debian "Squeeze"

Yves-Alexis Perez announced the results of the Debian Squeeze Artwork contest: the winner is the theme Space Fun by Valessio Brito. Congratulations!
The new theme has been added to the desktop-base package, and is already available in Debian's development branch "Sid".

Debian Women IRC Training Sessions

The Debian Women project launched a new initiative to encourage more people, and specifically women, to contribute to Debian while introducing them to different aspects of the Debian Project: IRC Training Sessions. The first session took place last Thursday, and was visited by many interested people. Longtime Debian contributor Lars Wirzenius gave an introduction to Debian packaging and was available for all kinds of questions. The training session is also available as a tutorial on the Debian wiki.
More training sessions with topics like "Bug Tracking System usage", "Using Git", and "Python libraries and application packaging" (and many other interesting topics) are already planned in the Debian wiki.

Bits from the DPL

Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli sent another bits from the DPL report. He mentions events he has attended (see for example his separate short report about the Ubuntu Developer Summit) and the Debian Sprint program, making it easier for Debian Contributors to meet for developer gatherings. Last but not least he also asks for midterm feedback about his work as DPL.

Bits from the Debian Multimedia Maintainers

Alessio Treglia sent some bits from the Debian Multimedia Maintainers. While also giving a small introduction to this team, he concentrates on multimedia related features for consumers as well as producers in the upcoming Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". Some of the highlights for consumers are a "non-crippled" version of ffmpeg and the introduction of a mencoder package. He also gave an overview of multimedia production related platforms, technologies and end user applications.

Interview with Debian Developer Joey Hess

Raphaël Hertzog published an interview with long-time Debian Developer Joey Hess, who's already well known to Debian Developers for his work on debconf, the configuration system for Debian packages, debhelper, a collection of helper scripts to ease package creation, or the debian-installer (d-i for short). When he was asked about his biggest achievement, he answered: "But while it might sound corny, I am more proud of the accumulation of all the smaller things done in the context of Debian". Joey Hess, who by the way also once laid the base for this newsletter, also gives some insights about his plans for Debian "Wheezy", what person he most admires, and whether he regrets having written most of his applications in Perl.

Revival of the m68k port?

Although Debian supported the Motorola 680x0 processors from Debian 2.0 "Hamm", support for that architecture was dropped with Debian 4.0 "Etch" for various reasons. One of the main factors was limited support of the C library and other parts of the toolchain. However, Thorsten Glaser recently started to work on these issues. He has already made some progress and reports having been able to compile 84 core source packages for a first "sort of re-bootstrapping".

Other news

Luca Bruno reported on the Italian l10n community. While he confesses that the Italian language team has failed at attracting new members, he also reported about quite successful "online sprints" which took place recently.

New Debian Contributors

7 applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers, 5 applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainers, and 28 people started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Luis Uribe, Julián Moreno Patiño, Julien Viard de Galbert, Jeremie Corbier, Muammar El Khatib, Julien Valroff, Heiko Stuebner, Niels Thykier, David Bremner, John Sullivan, Bernhard Reiter, Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer, LIU Qi Makoto Yamashita, Hubert Pham, Mathias Behrle, Andrew Ross, Sascha Girrulat, Barry Warsaw, Michael Tokarev, Pekko Metsä, Estêvão Samuel Procópio, Roman Haefeli, Massimo Manghi, Ishan Bansal, William Grzybowski, Daniele Tricoli, David Steele, Mackenzie Morgan, Fernando Tarlá Cardoso Lemos, Xiangfu Liu, Sten Spans, David Banks, Stéphan Gorget, Arnout Engelen, Samuel Ribeiro da Costa Vale, Rosea Grammostola, Daniel Echeverry, Davi Leal, and Williams Orellana into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 200 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 123 release-critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

Debian Project News 2010/15

published on Mon Nov 8 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news

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

Debian and "Google Code-in 2010"

After Debian has been successfully participated in the last "Google Summer of Code", where Google sponsored students during the summer holidays to work on specific task for Open Source projects, a new campaign for pre-university students is now started: the Google Code-in 2010. In this new contest, pre-university students may work on smaller tasks during one or two weeks, and in the end may win T-Shirts, money and other prices. Coordination is done again by Obey Arthur Liu, who already started a general wiki page and is now collecting tasks.

Report from openSUSE Conference

Gerfried Fuchs sent a report of the openSUSE Conference where she has been representing Debian through a talk about "Debian - The Project and its Resources" whose slides are available. One topic raised was about package naming schemes, sometimes diverting from upstream for consistency reasons, so inter-distribution tools would require some layer to map the package name from one distribution to another.

Debian Installer 6.0 Beta1 release

The first beta release of the installer for Debian Squeeze has been released on October 30th, 2010. This release is dedicated to Frans Pop, who was heavily involved in several aspects of Debian Installer until he passed away, and whose loss is deeply regretted.

Minutes from mini-DebConf Paris

The first mini-DebConf Paris has just been held a week ago in the PPS laboratory of Université Paris 7. According to Stefano Zacchiroli, it was a complete success gathering about 150 people from all over Europe. Stefano finalized the Debian Sprint Program, and Lucas Nussbaum worked on UDD and his piuparts replacement between two talks. The Bug Squashing Party also permitted to close (and fill) some bugs.

Mini-DebConf in Ho Chi Minh City

For the first time in Vietnam, the fifth mini-DebConf in Asia will be held during FOSSASIA 2010 in Ho Chi Minh City on November 12-14, 2010. The mini-DebConf will feature talks from different Debian Developers and contributers covering technical, social and policy topics, as well as a translation workshop to foster the Vietnamese translation community and to teach how to translate in Debian. More information is available at the organisation page.

Bits from the Website Team

Gerfried Fuchs sent some Bits from the Website Team in which she summarized the recent activities of the team. Besides announcing that www-master was recently moved to another host, she reported the progress made in the website redesign process. Since several months, in fact, Gerfried Fuchs and Martin Zobel-Helas are working on implementing the Kalle Söderman's proposal for the new website design across different sites and there are already available several previews: www.deb.at, debienna.at, dsa.debian.org, git.deb.at, lists.deb.at, packages.deb.at, and planet.deb.at. You can follow the further progress on the related wiki page and help the team testing new design with different web browser. The mail ends with a call for further contributors, which are always welcome. A lot of different things need to get done, and not all of them require specific skills.

Further "This week in Debian" interviews

Since the last issue of the Debian Project News, four new issues of the "This week in Debian" podcast have been published: with Axel Beckert, member of the kFreeBSD Project; with Samuel Thibault, member of Debian's accessibility team; with Moritz Muehlenhoff, member of the Security Team from the Debian Project; and with Niels Thykier, maintainer of the Eclipse Package and Java Package.

Other news

The twenty-fourth issue of the miscellaneous news for developers has been released and covers the following topics:

New Debian Contributors

6 people started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Daniele Napolitano, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe, Roy Marples, Dipankar Patro, Deepak Tripathi, Bilal Akhtar and Etienne Millon into our project!

Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 284 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 126 release-critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.