The newsletter for the Debian community
on 30.04.2012, 00:00
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The newsletter for the Debian community
on 16.04.2012, 00:00
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DebConf12 dates announced
on 12.04.2012, 16:59
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Registration open for DebConf12
on 12.04.2012, 16:59
in debconf-news
The newsletter for the Debian community
on 02.04.2012, 00:00
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The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon Apr 30 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The Debian Project has announced the availability, for its testing distribution, of some packages to create a private cloud: among others, xcp-xapi and nova-xcp-plugins. "Preserving user freedoms in the cloud is a tricky business and one of the major challenges ahead for Free Software. By easing the deployment of Debian-based private clouds we want to help our users in resisting the lure of giving up their freedoms in exchange of some flexibility," said Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader.

Debian Tour in Nicaragua

The Debian Nicaraguan community is organising the Debian Tour: from April to June, members of the local Debian community will deliver talks in several universities in Nicaragua, helping students to learn about the Debian Project and Free Software in general. The tour started in the city of Masaya, and will touch other cities such as Managua and León. On May 5th, Debian Tour will take place at UCA (the future DebConf12 venue) and special visitors, the Debian Developers and DebConf chairs, Gunnar Wolf and Holger Levsen, will attend this time.

Debian at ESRF

Jérôme Kieffer noticed that the European Synchrotron in Grenoble is migrating its computing infrastructure to Debian: the computer controlling the particle accelerator has already been migrated, as well as some data analysis servers and part of the computer cluster. The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ("ESRF") is a joint facility supported and shared by various European countries which operates the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe. "For data analysis Debian offers both the richest environment including the most used software and libraries in our field of research, and a rock solid distribution with security fixes," added Jérôme in another mail.

Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities. During the last month, Stefano informed the project about a proposal for a revenue sharing agreement from DuckDuckGo, marked DEP-5 as accepted, and worked with Kenshi Muto to transfer the ownership of the Debian trademark in Japan to SPI. Stefano also gave an interview about Debian and Free Software in general (in Italian) to one of the major newspapers in Italy, La Repubblica. Thanks to Matteo Cortese, who translated it, an English version of the interview is also available.

Interviews

Raphaël Hertzog published a "People behind Debian" interview with Samuel Thibault, member of the accessibility and Hurd teams.

Other news

Vincent Bernat wrote a tutorial on how to install XBMC on Debian "Wheezy". XBMC is a media centre supporting a wide range of digital media and remote controls, which — thanks to the hard work of Andres Mejia — has recently been accepted into Debian.

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.

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon Apr 16 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The Debian project has just reelected Stefano Zacchiroli for a third year as Debian Project Leader. More than 80% of voters put him as their first choice (or equal first) on their ballot papers.

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Stefano's large majority over his opponents shows how satisfied the Debian project is with his work so far, and its wish for him to represent the project during one last term — Stefano has already announced he won't be seeking reelection again next year. Wouter Verhelst and Gergely Nagy also gained a lot of support from Debian project members, both coming hundreds of votes ahead of the "None of the above" ballot choice.

Registration open for DebConf12

The Debian project is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the DebConf12 conference, which will take place in Managua, Nicaragua, from Sunday 8 July to Saturday 14 July 2012. The conference will be preceded as usual by a week-long DebCamp, from Sunday 1 July to Saturday 7 July. It will only be possible to apply for food and accommodation grants and/or travel grants until 15 May.

Personal BSP initiatives

We usually give information about BSPs where a group of people meet over a weekend, but today we'd like to mention two personal initiatives. Gregor Herrmann has reported every week over ten Release-Critical bugs squashed. Gerfried Fuchs also regularly reports on stable Release-Critical bugs squashed, and has managed to squash over thirty bugs each month. We would like to thank Gregor Herrmann, Gerfried Fuchs and all other RC bug addicts who are constantly helping to make our distribution better.

The state of Debian s390x

Philipp Kern posted an update on the current state of the Debian s390x port. Work started on this port last summer, during DebConf11, and in less than a month it already had almost 65% of packages built. Unfortunately, a new GLib release created some problems on this architecture; but recently a new major release of GLib fixed all the issues. The next steps for this port will be to fix open bugs and to make Iceweasel build successfully.

Interviews

Raphaël Hertzog published a "People behind Debian" interview with Francesca Ciceri, a member of the Debian press and publicity teams, while Petter Reinholdtsen interviewed Wolfgang Schweer, Justin B Rye and Andreas Mundt for his "Debian Edu interviews" series.

Other news

Guido Günther sent out some bits from the fifth Debian Groupware Meeting, which was held at the Linux Hotel in Essen, Germany. During the weekend the group fixed various issues and was able to push new versions of icedove and d-push to "unstable" while iceowl (dead upstream) remains in "experimental". Some work was also done on OpenChange, Zarafa ZCP and SOGo, and several evolution bugs were worked on.

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.

DebConf12 dates announced

published on Thu Apr 12 16:59:00 2012 in debconf-news

The DebConf team just sent out a press release announcing the dates for DebConf12 in Nicaragua.

We hope to see many of you there!

Registration open for DebConf12

published on Thu Apr 12 16:59:00 2012 in debconf-news

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that registration is now open for DebConf12, which will take place in Managua, Nicaragua, from Sunday 8 July to Saturday 14 July 2012. The conference will be preceded as usual by one week of DebCamp, from Sunday 1 July to Saturday 7 July.

As previous years, three different registration options will be available: Sponsored, Professional and Corporate. Through the Sponsored category, the Debian Project intend to help some people attend who would not be able to pay for their own travel to DebConf. The Corporate category, with a USD 1300 (EUR 1000) registration fee is intended for those attending DebConf as representatives of companies. The Professional category, with a USD 650 (EUR 500) registration fee, is intended for any individual or company who wants to help the conference by paying the direct costs of their attendence.

It will only be possible to apply for food and accommodation grants and/or travel grants until 15 May. For more detailed information about how to register, please see the separate announcement from the DebConf team.

Call for papers

Debian invites submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, discussion sessions and tutorials for its DebConf12 conference. Submissions are not limited to raditional talks: you could propose a performance, art installation, debate, or anything else. Official submissions will be accepted until 1 June 2012, 23:59 UTC.

This year, we will continue to organize some talks into thematic tracks. If you have a proposal for a DebConf track, please contact <debconf-team@lists.debconf.org>. Previous examples included Debian Science, Debian Infrastructure, and Community Outreach tracks. If you would like to be a track coordinator, please volunteer on that list. Detailed information on how to submit an event are available on the mail from the DebConf team.

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon Apr 2 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

Andreas Tille sent some bits from the Debian Med team, where he talked about recent initiatives of the team including the "Debian Med Bug Squashing Advent Calendar 2011" and the "Mentoring of the Month" (MoM) project. Andreas also reminded us that in January the Debian Med project reached 10: in ten years, Debian Med has grown from a one man project to a "strong team maintaining a set of over 200 highly specialised packages with a high quality standard", as Andreas said in a related blogpost. The Debian Med project not only provides and maintains specialised packages for biology and medicine, but is — like other Debian Blends — "a nice entry point for people to join Debian because newcomers can identify themselves with a known topic (the scope of the Blend — in this case medicine and bioinformatics) first and learn Debian rules in a team with common interest", added Andreas in the mail. This idea was confirmed by the results of a survey focused on why Debian Med team members became Debian Developers.

Debian joins the OSI

The Debian project announced that it is joining the "Open Source Initiative (OSI)" as an affiliate. The OSI was founded in 1998 with the aim of explaining, advocating, and protecting the term "open source". For many years now, the OSI has helped the "Open Source" trademark gain recognition, particularly in the corporate world.

Report from DSA Team sprint

Luca Filipozzi wrote a report from the Debian System Administrators ("DSA") team's sprint held over the weekend of 16-18 March in Oslo, Norway. During the meeting the team discussed a long-term plan for Debian's infrastructure, reviewing the machines currently administrated, and formulating procedures regarding account and group management. One of the main points discussed at the meeting was the necessity to renew the set of machines — which are now old and long out of warranty — and how to do it. While in the past Debian's hardware requirements were met by donations of new and used hardware from individuals and organizations, this is no longer true. The team elaborated a "Five Year Plan" for a hardware refresh cycle to avoid to having machines more than five years old. "A clear outcome of our work on the Five Year Plan is an understanding that hardware has now become one of the biggest expense categories for Debian", said Luca. Various machines are also needed in order to support the whole set of architectures for which Debian is shipped. For more information on how to donate equipment to the Debian Project, please contact the hardware donations team.
The DSA sprint was made possible by donations to Debian and by Varnish Software who hosted it and provided food and drink. Thank you!

"Fascinating": a Debian based tricorder

Peter Jansen, a cognitive science researcher, brought to life Spock's tricorder from the popular Star Trek television series. Peter, in fact, developed a handheld device able — thanks to its embedded sensors — to measure various environmental parameters (like temperature, humidity, magnetic fields, etc.). The device runs Debian GNU/Linux on an ARM920T-based Atmel microcontroller: the hardware specifications and schematics, and the software are licensed respectively under TAPR non-commercial and GPL 3 and are available on the project website.

So long, and thanks for all the news

The year was 2006. The place: Oaxtepec, Mexico. The event: DebConf6. This is how the Publicity team was born, during a BoF titled "Representing Debian". And among others there were two Debian contributors (who later became Debian Developers), Alexander Schmehl and Meike Reichle. If you are a regular reader of Debian Project News, or a contributor to the Publicity Team, you'll surely recognize their names: they worked every day for the last six years to bring us news about the Debian world and to announce important changes inside the project. Alexander and Meike have now decided to step down from the Press and Publicity team and start another, different adventure. The Publicity Team would like to thank them for their tireless effort, their creativity and their inspiring work.
So long, and thanks for all the news!

Interviews

Raphaël Hertzog published a "People behind Debian" interview with Jörg Jaspert (FTPmaster, Debian Account Manager, and more), while Petter Reinholdtsen interviewed John Ingleby for his "Debian Edu interviews" series.

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In addition, Chris Woolfrey interviewed Guido Günther. Zlatan Todorić interviewed Joey Hess about his participation at DebConf11, held last August in Banja Luka.

Other news

Stefan Fritsch posted some bits from the Apache Maintainers announcing some changes — a new set of packaging guidelines, a recent major Apache HTTPD upgrade, and an upcoming package transition.