The newsletter for the Debian community
on 28.05.2012, 00:00
in weekly-news
The newsletter for the Debian community
on 14.05.2012, 00:00
in weekly-news
Report from our visit to Managua, Nicaragua
on 12.05.2012, 23:19
in debconf-news

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon May 28 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

Cyril Brulebois sent some bits from the Release Team. Cyril announced that, although the exact date has not been determined yet, the freeze of Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" has been scheduled for the second half of June. Cyril also asked for help in fixing the high number of Release-Critical bugs affecting "Wheezy".

Removal of Qt3 from Debian

Ana Beatriz Guerrero López blogged about the removal of Qt3 from Debian: the package was orphaned a year ago and, as nobody has volunteered to maintain it, is now a candidate for removal before the release of "Wheezy". A wiki page tracking the status of the removal is available.

Report from Debian Utsavam

Praveen Arimbrathodiyil wrote a report from the Debian Utsavam event that was held at the end of April at MES college of Engineering in Kuttippuram, India. The two-day event was targeted at both new and advanced users, with talks on basic command-line usage as well as workshops on how to create Debian packages.


ITWire published an interview with Stefano Zacchiroli, following his re-election as Debian Project Leader.

Other news

Christian Perrier noted that 14 languages are to be deactivated in the Debian Installer and called for volunteers to help to keep them working.

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Christopher Huhn noted that the computer infrastructure at GSI uses Debian. GSI is a German non-profit research lab that runs a heavy ion accelerator: they run a Debian-based Linux farm with more than 1000 nodes.

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 May 14 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The fifth update for Debian 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") has been released. This update mainly adds corrections of security problems to the stable release, along with some adjustments for serious problems.

Deadlines reminder for DebConf12

Leandro Gómez noted that the deadline for sponsored registration for DebConf12 is quickly approaching; hurry up and register before Tuesday 15 May!

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In related news, Gunnar Wolf sent another call for papers for DebConf12: talk submissions will be accepted until a day before the talk itself, but they must be submitted before Friday 1 June to have guaranteed video coverage and to be announced as part of the conference's official program.

General Resolution about diversity statement

The Debian Project Secretary, Kurt Roeckx, announced that the process for a General Resolution about the Debian Project's diversity statement has been started. Details are available on the related vote page while the discussion can be followed on the debian-vote mailing list.

First alpha release of the installer for Debian Wheezy

The new Debian Installer supports WPA, uses ext4 as default filesystem, allows Btrfs for the /boot partition, allows a choice of the ISO image to use, and a lot more. It also improves the handling of ZFS file systems, and supports a lot of new hardware. You are welcome to help finding bugs and further improving the installer by trying it out. Installer CDs, other media and everything else you will need are available.

"The Debian Administrator's Handbook" freed

Raphaël Hertzog announced the availability of "The Debian Administrator's Handbook". This manual is the English translation of the French best-seller "Cahier de l'Admin", of which he is co-author with Roland Mas. The book is now released under a DFSG compliant license and it has also been packaged for the main Debian repository, so you can install it on Debian unstable with:

An ever growing mirrors network

Raphael Geissert wrote a blog post about the constant growth of Debian's mirrors network. The total number of mirrors is currently 330 for the HTTP protocol and 300 for FTP. The mirrors are distributed across 73 countries, thanks to the Debian sponsors hosting them.

Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities. During April, Stefano mostly spent time trying to reach consensus on various topics: the proposal for a diversity statement for the Debian Project, the revenue sharing agreement with DuckDuckGo, the long running conflict over Python maintenance and the relationship between pkg-multimedia maintainers team and the unofficial repository. In his mail, Stefano also asked for "DPL helpers": volunteers to help the Debian Project Leader in some minor tasks and share his work-load.

Other news

Joerg Jaspert announced the creation of a new archive key for Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". The key will be put to use with the release of "Wheezy" or the expiry of the old key 0x473041FA (2018-03-05), whichever comes first.

Upcoming events

There are some upcoming Debian-related events:

Report from our visit to Managua, Nicaragua

published on Sat May 12 23:19:00 2012 in debconf-news

I’ve send a mail today with a summary of some of my experiences in Managua and tiny bits of Nicaragua late April / early May 2012. If you are considering going to DebConf12 (which you obviously should do as you are reading this!) go and read this mail, as it includes a thematically sorted list of impressions and advice written by Gunnar, Norman, Leo, Felix and myself, which should give you some better idea about DebConf12 in Managua!

While I spent 14 days in Nicaragua in total, for the last three days I was joined by Gunnar Wolf, to make sure my impressions about the local team, the status of the preparations and everything were correct. Our visit also seems to have been very motivating to local team members, whom I’ve seen really enthusiastic to welcome a huge Debian crowd for the first DebConf in Central America in just a few weeks!

At the last DebConf12 IRC meeting I summarized it like this: “in very short: my two weeks were great, I had a great vacation, met many members of the localteam, which is way bigger then it seems on irc, saw and liked UCA (Universidad Centroamericana, the DebConf12 venue), had zillions of reunions (meetings, see schedule wiki page) and met many nice people and a very hot & interesting country+capital with great countryside.”

The deadline for sponsored accomodation ends in three days - so if you haven’t registered yet, hurry up, DebCamp starts in 49 days! :-) (After that registration is still possible, but you will need to pay for your costs yourself.)

We’re looking forward to see you there and have a great DebConf together! Hopefully we sweat together while Wheezy is frozen :-D

Submit your greatest ideas as a DebConf12 talk (read: Call for Papers reminder)

published on Thu May 10 00:49:00 2012 in debconf-news

DebConf12 is drawing closer and closer! Have you ever been to a DebConf? You will surely agree with us: It’s a life-changing event! It’s one of the greatest geek gatherings in the world! It’s something you can’t afford on missing out! It’s… wait..

Oh, sorry, I had my spam mode set to highest. But still, that does not make it any less true.

And one third of May has already passed. This means that the first deadlines are just around the corner: next Tuesday (15-may), sponsored registration will close, so make sure to register before it’s too late.

But wait… wasn’t this about the call for papers?

Right, that’s not the point of my post, I wandered off again. I’m sorry, I just visited Managua last weekend (Holger will soon tell you about our visit), and it’s impossible to keep the mind off the excitement. I wanted to ask you to share your greatest, latest ideas or projects.

DebConf is about many things — But one of its most important features is its rich set of talks, usually with very high and interesting contents in the technical, social, organizational levels — Or several of them at once.

As always, you will be able to submit talks until a day before you present it. However, it’s best for your intended audience to know bits about your proposed topic, possibly even to share some information beforehand, so that the exposition can be as smooth as possible and the interaction during the talk even more — And this is specially true for BoF sessions.

However, we do have one advertised deadline: Talks submitted up to June 1st will be considered to be pre-scheduled. This means, to be part of the officially announced program, and have guaranteed coverage of our (always great) video team.

DebConf Tracks

But maybe you don’t feel comfortable presenting a topic. Or you are, but you think it would be important to have several thematically related talks be grouped together.

And if you are interested in this group of talks, you will probably know who would be more interesting to invite to present the topics - And will be able to prod them to do so.

You can request to coordinate a track. That will ensure you get a contiguous block of timeslots for the talks you schedule, and do a great contribution to DebConf.

To add your track, please mail Please, specially if you do so in the few days following May 9, send me a copy to, as it seems the alias is not yet set up.

Tutorials and mentoring

This year, we will have a high number of very motivated attendees from the many countries in the Central American region who want to get started in helping Debian, but have not yet found how to do it. Usually we would see local communities as prime material for DebianDay – However, many of them are more interested in getting hands-on tutorials and be mentored into contributing to Debian.

So, if you are part of a team working on a given aspect of Debian, or want to get people involved into your project, register it in the Tutorials and mentoring track.

See you all soon, very soon, in tropical Managua for the hottest DebConf ever!

(oh — For those who remember days long past in Helsinki: There is even a sauna! ;-) And it’s GREAT)