published on Wed Mar 20 21:10:00 2013 in debconf-news
As part of the DebConf13 fundraising effort, a generous sponsor, Brandorr Group, has proposed to start a matching fund in USD for DebConf13; in place through the end of April 30th. The rules are quite simple:
- for each dollar donated by an individual to DebConf13 through the mechanism, Brandorr Group will donate another dollar;
- individual donations will be matched only up to 100 USD each;
- only donations in USD will be matched;
- Brandorr Group will match the donated funds up to a maximum total of 5 000 USD;
- this generous offer will only stay in place through the end of April 30th, please act quickly, and help spread the word!
As always, the DebConf team is looking for volunteers. Some jobs need technical skills, but many DebConf tasks are about working to deadlines on non-technical issues (e.g. fundraising, budgeting, talk scheduling). You can see more information about some of the jobs to be done on the DebConf wiki.
Please do think about getting involved and sharing your ideas with us, to help us make DebConf an even more useful event for Debian in the future.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vaumarcus!
published on Mon Mar 18 00:00:00 2013 in weekly-news
Holger Levsen announced the first update of Debian Edu Squeeze since its initial release. "This update contains all the changes between Debian 6.0.4 and 6.0.7, as well as Debian Edu specific bugfixes and enhancements", explained Holger. The updated installer images are available for downloading.
DPL election campaignThis year's DPL election campaign has now officially started. Three candidates are running for DPL this year: Moray Allan, Gergely Nagy and Lucas Nussbaum. There is already quite an active debate on the debian-vote mailing list, where people can ask the candidates questions about their platforms. So far, the main topics discussed have been: questions about recruitment of new contributors and mentoring; the use of Debian's money and the possibility of fundraising campaigns to renew Debian's core hardware infrastructure; and possible changes to the constitutional role of the DPL, including the creation of a DPL board or changing the length of the term of office.
The campaign will end on 30 March, and will be followed by a two-week voting period. "These early days of the 2013 DPL campaign have been very intense; as a mere voter I'm struggling to keep up with the debian-vote backlog. Still, it's incredibly refreshing to see such a democratic battle between volunteers eager to offer their free time as DPL. Volunteerism in free software is in very good health, it seems", said Stefano Zacchiroli, who has been DPL for the last three years.
A deeper look inside the freezeLisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer blogged about his experience with the Debian freeze as a Debian Developer. Lisandro, who is a member of the Qt/KDE team, intensified his activity during the freeze, reviewing patches, applying them and testing the fixes. With help from the other members of the team, Lisandro has done eleven uploads of Qt to get it ready for the new release. He explains that during the freeze, communication within and between teams is crucial, as the energies of all Debian Developers are focused on releasing, and that requires a great deal of coordination. And the team that is put under the greatest amount of stress during the freeze is the Release Team. "From the outside, communicating with the RT was a kind of "special art", and not an easy one", explained Lisandro, who then lists some useful hints for communicating with the Release Team in an effective way.
Kali Linux: a new Debian derivative for penetration testsRaphaël Hertzog blogged about the birth of Kali Linux 1.0, a new Debian derivative developed by Offensive Security to be an advanced and stable penetration testing distribution.
Mati Aharoni, lead Kali developer, explained that "Debian provides a reliable base to build a new distribution and yet can easily be customized to add bleeding edge features, thanks to the unstable and experimental distributions". Raphaël, who helped the Kali team in setting up their technical infrastructure as a Debian derivative, also added that not only will most Kali applications be integrated into Debian, but Offensive Security is also willing to dedicate a node of their armhf cluster for Debian's own use.
Other newsLucas Nussbaum published some statistics about changes in Debian packaging and structure since 2005 gathered by mining data from snapshot.debian.org. The majority of the software in Debian is now team-maintained through a VCS repository (mostly Git), and packaged using dh.
The newsletter for the Debian communityLuca Falavigna blogged about his experience in one of Debian's core teams, the FTP Team.
Upcoming eventsThere is one upcoming Debian-related event:
published on Mon Mar 4 00:00:00 2013 in weekly-news
The seventh 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.