The newsletter for the Debian community
on 30.07.2012, 00:00
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The newsletter for the Debian community
on 12.07.2012, 00:00
in weekly-news
Many thanks and kudos to the videoteam!
on 09.07.2012, 14:59
in debconf-news

The newsletter for the Debian community

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

Andreas Tille wrote a report from the Libre Software Meeting 2012 recently held in Geneva, where he was representing the Debian Med team. Andreas organised a Debian Med packaging workshop during the meeting, which resulted in the creation of initial packaging, almost ready for the Debian archive, of Creatools. Andreas also delivered a talk about the integration of VistA into Debian, explaining the need to "include hospital information systems straight into Debian and by doing so open the doors of hospitals for large scale Debian installations".

DebConf13 Logo Contest: final round voting

Luca Capello announced a final round of voting for the DebConf13 logo contest. The voting period will end on 1 August at 23:59 (UTC+2h). You can vote directly on the relevant DebConf wiki page. DebConf is the annual Debian conference which in 2013 will be held in Vaumarcus, Switzerland.

Rapsberry Pi + Debian = Raspbian!

Mike Thompson announced that Raspbian, his port of Debian armhf, focused on better support for the Raspberry Pi, has just become the official recommended Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi. Raspbian is a "complete rebuild of Debian Wheezy armhf for the armv6+vfp CPU on the Raspberry Pi", explained Mike. Raspbian is available from the download page of the Raspberry Pi website.


FLOSS For Science published an interview with Sylvestre Ledru about his work on Debian and Scilab.

Other news

Adam Barratt sent some bits from the Release Team, including an announcement that the codename for Debian 8.0 will be "Jessie".

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.

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Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page? Send an email to the Debian Events Team.

The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Thu Jul 12 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The "Joy" theme has been selected as the default artwork for Debian systems for the upcoming release of Debian 7.0 (Wheezy). The theme is intended to appeal by being efficient with a light and simple theme. There is also a fancier variant called "Joy Inksplat" available in the desktop-base package for those who prefer a more fun desktop. For the release after Wheezy, there are early thoughts about introducing multiple themes, more fine-grained theme packages and metapackages for selecting among them.

Reports from DebCamp

DebCamp took place last week at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua. This week has been very productive, as can be seen from people's reports: Christian Perrier described on his blog his work on internationalisation, localisation and Samba packaging; Joey Hess mentioned his progress on git-annex assistant and Debian CDs; Gregor Herrmann wrote about his work within the Debian Perl Group; Steve McIntyre wrote about his preparations for the six sessions he is running; and Gunnar Wolf reported that DebCamp has officially started.
DebCamp is followed this week by DebConf12, the conference for Debian developers, which started with the Debian Day, an open event for enthusiasts, users, developers and anyone interested in finding out more about Debian and Free Software. The whole of DebConf is covered on video (which makes many people happy). The schedule of the conference and the relevant links for the video streaming are available on the dedicated DebConf page.

Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities from DebConf12. During this month, Debian joined the FSF campaign on secure boot, and DuckDuckGo sent the first report of a donation after the agreement on revenue sharing. Stefano also mentions some interesting discussions for project evolution, in particular the proposals to change the way DM permissions are handled and to change the policy ruling the domain.

The newsletter for the Debian community

Stefano Zacchiroli delivered his final "Bits from the DPL" talk on the first day of DebConf12. In his talk (slides) he spoke about the early history of Debian, where we are today, how our place in the wider free software community has evolved, and our principles; he summed up by stating that "we play a fundamental role in Free Software". He then explored the challenges that we face in meeting our responsibility to live up to our role in the Free Software community, including keeping contribution levels healthy, increasing the diversity of our community, being on time with releases, keeping release freezes short, collective code ownership, low company involvement and how the DPL role might need to evolve in the future.

Debian Maintainer Dashboard, a new UDD frontend

Lucas Nussbaum announced on his blog the creation of the Debian Maintainer Dashboard, a service relying on UDD to expose as much useful information as possible about a maintainer’s packages. The Debian Maintainer Dashboard is in its early days and is waiting for contributors.
In related news, UDD has been migrated to ullmann, one of the new machines recently set up by DSA.


There have been "Debian Edu interviews" with George Bredberg (in English), José Luis Redrejo Rodríguez (in English) and Markus Gamenius (in Norwegian), who all describe, among other things, how they got involved in Debian Edu and their views about it.

Many thanks and kudos to the videoteam!

published on Mon Jul 9 14:59:00 2012 in debconf-news

Thanks to the awesome work of a lot of people (some not even here), this time we did the setup in one day less then previous years, and IMHO it was mostly rather very relaxed and efficient as well!
As you probably will know already, the streams are linked on the DebConf12 webpage and the recordings will be linked there, too, when they are ready. The scheduled release for that is tomorrow evening localtime, we’ll see if we can deliver :-)
To make this happen, there will be a video training session tomorrow morning at 11:00 in talkroom 2, Roberto Terán. The training will cover both the live session setup and the reviewing workflow and is definitly still open for new members!
So once again (one cannot say it enough, so please express your thanks as well) muchisimas gracias to all members of the dc12 videoteam! As Biella once said, you’re ninjas!
Last and definitly not least, many thanks to our equipment sponsors too (HP, IRILL, Debian and individuals)!
cheers, a very happy h01ger!