The newsletter for the Debian community
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The newsletter for the Debian community

published on Mon Oct 1 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The sixth 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.

Reports from the latest BSPs

The bug squashing party held in Dublin on Saturday, 8 September was hosted in Google office space and gathered 15 people. In addition to its impact on the Release-Critical bugs list it triggered the bootstrapping of a local Debian community with the desire to hold a second such party in October.

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The following weekend, another bug squashing party held in Berlin gathered approximately 25 people who also worked on German translations besides dealing with Release-Critical bugs.

Results from Debian's Google Summer of Code

Ana Guerrero sent a report about Debian's Google Summer of Code. Debian has been participating in the Google Summer of Code since 2006, and sponsored 15 projects this year, of which 12 finished successfully. Students supervised by Debian mentors worked on various aspects of the project, including improvements to mentors.debian.net, the development of multi-arch cross-toolchains, and metrics for team activities, to name just three. Some of these results have already been included into Debian. The Debian project thanks those who took part, including especially the students for their contributions, and invites them to continue being involved in making Debian better.

Mini DebConf in Paris

Sylvestre Ledru, on the behalf of the organisation team, announced that the second Mini DebConf in Paris will take place on 24 and 25 November and will be hosted by EPITA. His message mentions that a BSP will be in progress through the entire event, and that they're currently soliciting talks for the event.

Interviews

There has been a DebianEdu interview with Giorgio Pioda who describes, among other things, how he got involved in Debian Edu and his views about it.

Other news

Since the CIA service for monitoring VCS repositories via IRC is now dead, Martín Ferrari proposed KGB as a replacement.

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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published on Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

Joerg Jaspert sent some bits from the FTP Team, announcing the ongoing sprint during which the team is working on optimising the current code behind the main archive, finalising a proposal for Debian Personal Package Archives (PPAs), and merging backports.debian.org into the main archive host. This year, participation in the Google Summer of Code initiative helped the team in implementing a true multi-archive capability, making it possible to merge separated parts of the Debian archive (like security and backports) into the main archive. Joerg also added a call for volunteers: if you are a Debian Developer and want to help one of the key teams of the Debian infrastructure, please consider joining them.

Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his usual monthly report of DPL activities: during August, Stefano continued his efforts on a new trademark policy and on the DFSG-free logo relicensing (with the help of members of the Software Freedom Law Center).

Technical Committee Nominations

The technical committee has called for nominations to fill Manoj Srivastava's seat. To nominate yourself or someone else, send email to debian-ctte-private@debian.org with the subject "CTTE Nomination of loginname", where loginname is the nominee's Debian account login. Please see the call for nominations for more information.

Interviews

Jennifer Cloer interviewed Ben Hutchings, member of the Linux kernel team in Debian.

Other news

Cyril Brulebois announced the second beta release of the Debian Installer 7.0.

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Christian Perrier reported about the state of translations for debconf screens: five languages have reached 100% (German, Russian, Swedish, French, Portuguese). Many thanks to all the translators!

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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published on Mon Sep 3 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

The yearly Libre Software Meeting, better known by its French name Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre (RMLL), took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7 to 12 July; Anne Forker sent a report about the Debian presence there, completing the report by Andreas Tille mentioned in a previous issue. The Debian project was well represented with a booth, four lectures and a workshop. At the booth, T-shirts, umbrellas, Swiss army knives and other goodies could be purchased. The booth was also a meeting point for fans and contributors of Debian, a place to discuss computer issues and for socialisation between conference attendees. Some pictures of the event taken by Marc "Duck" Dequènes are available on his website.

64-bit PC: primary Debian architecture

According to the Debian Popularity Contest, 64-bit PC is now the primary architecture in terms of number of submissions via the popularity-contest package, which periodically and anonymously sends statistics about the usage of installed packages. With a bit more than 60,000 submissions, 64-bit PC just overtook 32-bit PC. These leading architectures are followed by armel and powerpc, for which the number of submissions is several orders of magnitude behind.

New mirrors closer to Debian users

The Debian mirrors team, together with our sponsors, is happy to announce three new mirrors: in Russia, provided by the National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" whose administrators are "pleased to provide a full Debian mirror to Russian users"; in Vietnam, provided by MAYCHU; and in Malaysia, provided by the Multimedia University of Malaysia. For other countries, the full list of mirrors is available online, as well as the experimental redirector which will automatically take into account these new mirrors. There are still countries lacking good connectivity to a Debian mirror; sponsors interested in hosting are invited to contact the mirrors team.

Debian translation workflows in a Master's thesis

Laura Arjona recently defended her Master's degree thesis entitled "Translations in libre software". Many aspects of Debian are included, such as a case study about translation projects and teams in Debian; another one about "The Debian Administration Handbook"; and an interview with Javier Taravilla, a member of the l10n-spanish (Spanish localisation) team. "The more I see of the Debian community, the more I like it and it amazes me", she said when she announced her project to the Debian mailing list. Laura started to contribute to the spam cleaning efforts, and she plans to help in the l10n-spanish team soon. The manuscript of her thesis as well as the slides are available from her blog.

Other news

Andrea Mennucci announced that the new GPG key for the debdelta package is now available.

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.