The newsletter for the Debian community
on 20.03.2012, 00:00
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Make DebConf12 a success: donate or become a sponsor
on 17.03.2012, 20:29
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Make DebConf12 a success: donate or become a sponsor
on 06.03.2012, 15:39
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DebConf12 Website online
on 05.03.2012, 07:49
in debconf-news
The newsletter for the Debian community
on 05.03.2012, 00:00
in weekly-news

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Tue Mar 20 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

On 2 March, Kurt Roeckx, current Debian Project Secretary, sent the call for nominations for the 2012 Debian Project Leader elections. Unlike last year, when Stefano Zacchiroli was the only candidate, this year three candidates will be running for DPL: Wouter Verhelst, Gergely Nagy and the current DPL Stefano Zacchiroli.
The campaigning period has already started and will end on 31 March: the candidates' platforms are already available. You can follow the campaign on the debian-vote mailing list, where the prospective leaders reply to voters' questions. The voting period will start on 1 April and end on 14 April.

First "Squeeze"-based Debian Edu released

The first "Squeeze"-based version of Debian Edu was released last week. Debian Edu (aka "Skolelinux") is a Debian Pure Blend specifically targeted at schools and other educational institutions, and provides a completely configured school network environment out of the box.
Petter Reinholdtsen started a series of blogposts dedicated to Debian Edu / Skolelinux, which will include interviews with Debian Edu users and administrators and explanations of the team's workflows.

Updated Debian 5.0: 5.0.10 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the tenth and final update of its oldstable distribution, Debian 5.0 (codename "Lenny"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustments for other serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Reports from recent Bug Squashing Parties

Jonathan Wiltshire sent a report from the Bug Squashing Party held over the weekend of 2–4 March in Cambridge. The BSP was a success: eighteen developers and contributors worked on 170 bugs, closing 45 bugs and adding further information for 16 bugs. Manuel Montecelo closed the oldest bug, opened in 2005, while Neil Williams, requesting the removal of opensync and associated packages, closed 25 bugs by a single action.
Paul Wise reported on the Perth Bug Squashing Party held over the weekend of 10–11 March. During the weekend about 10 people worked on 12 bugs, focusing on the release critical bugs highlighted by rc-alert.

Announcing gobby.debian.org

Philipp Kern announced the availability of a "Gobby" server hosted by Debian. Gobby is a realtime collaborative editor which works as a standalone desktop application. To use it, install the gobby-0.5 package and then just connect to the server at gobby.debian.org.

The Debian Kernel Team rocks!

In a recent article, Stefano Zacchiroli pointed out how much the Debian Kernel Team is contributing to upstream. Not only can members of the team often be spotted among the most active contributors to specific Linux releases, but they were also publicly thanked by Greg Kroah-Hartman, current Linux kernel maintainer for the -stable branch, with these words: "I would personally like to thank the Debian kernel developers, specifically Ben Hutchings, Maximilian Attems, Dann Frazier, Bastian Blank, and Moritz Muehlenhoff. They went above and beyond what any "normal" developer would have done, ferreting patches out of the kernel.org releases and the different vendor kernels and bug tracking systems, backporting them to the 2.6.32 kernel, testing, and then forwarding them on to me. Their dedication to their user community is amazing for such a "volunteer" group of developers. I firmly believe that without their help, the 2.6.32 kernel would not have been the success that it was. The users of Red Hat and SuSE products owe them a great debt."

Interviews

Raphaël Hertzog published a "People behind Debian" interview with Gregor Herrmann (member of the Perl team).

Other news

Enrico Zini announced the new website for the New Members process. The new site is the result of a major re-design of the backend database carried out at a recent meeting.

The newsletter for the Debian community

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities.

Make DebConf12 a success: donate or become a sponsor

published on Sat Mar 17 20:29:00 2012 in debconf-news

The Debian Project’s annual conference is slowly coming closer. Visiting places around the world since 2000, DebConf will take place this year in Managua, Nicaragua, in July and will again provide an opportunity for people who contribute to Debian to meet in person for face-to-face collaboration and discussions.

At DebConf we try to bring together as many Debian contributors as possible, including those who could not afford to attend from their own resources. You can help make DebConf12 a success by your organisation becoming a sponsor, or by donating money as an individual.

Individual donations can be made online in either US dollars or euros.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more information about DebConf12 sponsor page or directly contact <sponsors@debconf.org>.

In addition to monetary donations, sponsorship can be provided in the form of in-kind donations, or by lending equipment for the conference period.

Make DebConf12 a success: donate or become a sponsor

published on Tue Mar 6 15:39:00 2012 in debconf-news

The Debian Project’s annual conference is slowly coming closer. Visiting places around the world since 2000, DebConf will take place this year in Managua, Nicaragua, in July and will again provide an opportunity for people who contribute to Debian to meet in person for face-to-face collaboration and discussions.

At DebConf we try to bring together as many Debian contributors as possible, including those who could not afford to attend from their own resources. You can help make DebConf12 a success by your organisation becoming a sponsor, or by donating money as an individual.

Individual donations can be made online in either US dollars or euros.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can find more information about DebConf12 sponsor page or directly contact <sponsors@debconf.org>.

In addition to monetary donations, sponsorship can be provided in the form of in-kind donations, or by lending equipment for the conference period.

DebConf12 Website online

published on Mon Mar 5 07:49:00 2012 in debconf-news

After using our small pre-website for some time now, we are very happy to announce the official website has gone live:

http://debconf12.debconf.org

Now it is the right time for you to get involved supporting the event or just enjoy the design and help us to spread the new website, f.e. by using our nice banners in the artwork section. Please stay tuned: Registration is going to be opened soon.

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon Mar 5 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

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

Rebuild of the Debian archive with clang

Sylvestre Ledru performed a study that rebuilt the Debian archive using clang, a new C/C++/Objective-C compiler. The goal was to evaluate the current capabilities of clang for compilation and C/C++/objective-C support. Results are available on the Debian clang web pages.

Debian Peru revival

Rudy Godoy blogged about a revival of the Debian Peru local group. The Debian Peru users group was founded in 2004 and was quite active in spreading the word about Debian and Free Software, but then slowed down its activity. However, in the two last weeks, the group has become active again and they're planning various events and meetings aimed at helping people to contribute to Debian. You can find more information in the group wiki page or on their mailing list.

DebConf11 final report is out

The DebConf organisation team released the final report of the 2011 Debian Conference, which was held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The report can be downloaded from the DebConf media website.
In related news, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf13 will take place in Switzerland, likely in the middle of August. The Swiss bid narrowly won over the bid from Riga, Latvia.

Debian Utsav

Shirish Agarwal reported on the Debian Utsav which took place in Pune last month. "Debian Utsav is celebration of Debian folks — meet at one place, eat, drink and work on Debian!" as Praveen — one of the main organisers — explained in an announcement message. During the meeting there were some interesting talks and workshops, such as "Debian history", "What goes on in making Debian" and "Introducing to packaging".

Other news

The 29th issue of the miscellaneous news for developers has been released and covers the following topics:

Upcoming events

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe, Netherlands, Hispanic America, North America.