published on Mon Jul 26 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news
Welcome to this year's eighth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
Mini Debian conference in IndiaKartik Mistry announced a mini Debian Conference in India. It will take place on 7th and 8th of August in Pune. Topics on the agenda range from an introduction of the "univeral operating system" to a discussion about "Debian community activities". A bug squashing party is planed as well. More details are available in the Debian wiki.
Debian Installer beta1 coming upChristian Perrier reported about the status of the upcoming beta1 of the Debian Installer for "Squeeze". This version has been translated into 65 languages, work for additional languages is already on the way. Christian also gave some tips on how this beta may already be tested, although the packages haven't completly migrated to Debian "Squeeze", yet.
"This week in Debian" podcast?Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli was contacted by Jonathan Nadeau, who produces several podcast for the wider free software community, about creating a podcast about Debian. This weekly podcast should interview someone, who refers about a Debian related topic. As Stefano emphasizes: "Any Debian-related topic is a good candidate: a team, an initiative, a general discussion about a relevant project aspect, etc. You don't even need any particular upfront preparation, as it'll be interview-like." Coordination for that has already been started on a wiki page.
How to make Debian more attractive for Users?Petter Reinholdtsen noticed that the number of submissions to Debian's Popularity Contest (popcon for short) is decreasing since some weeks. Popcon is a system which anonymously sends a list of installed software packages to Debian, which allows Debian to prioritise their work (e.g. ordering of packages on installation media). Currently popcon isn't activated by default, so it was discussed, if this should be done, and if there was a way to do that in way not affect users privacy. Soon the discussion turned into the topic on how to make Debian more attractive to users.
Other newsRaphaël Hertzog noted that the upcoming version of dpkg — the core package maintainance tool — won't depend on perl anymore thus making dpkg even more suitable for embedded systems.
New Developers and MaintainersOne applicant has been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Antoine Beaupré into our project!
Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming releaseAccording to the unofficial release-citical bug counter, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", is currently affected by 348 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way of being solved, roughly speaking, about 152 release critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
published on Mon Jul 19 21:19:00 2010 in debconf-news
As part of the 11th Debian Conference in New York City, USA, there will be OpenPGP (pgp/gpg) keysignings. If you intend to participate in the DebConf10 keysignings, please send your ascii armored public key as explained no later than Tuesday 20th of July, 2010 at 23:59 UTC.
If your mail to firstname.lastname@example.org cannot get through, send it to anibal at v7w dot com but first try the debian.org email address, please.
More (and up-to-date) information is available so keep watching that page.
— Aníbal Monsalve Salazar and the DebConf team
published on Tue Jul 13 20:09:00 2010 in debconf-news
Debian Day will take place on the first day of DebConf10, Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 6:40 PM at Columbia University, New York City, New York.
We would love to see you join us at Debian Day. Registration is required but is free. If you are not already registered for DebConf10, please send an e-mail with your intent to attend to email@example.com.
Debian Day and DebConf10 are going to be great. We’re looking forward to seeing you in New York on August 1! More information on Debian Day is available at DebianDay.org.
— the DebConf team
published on Mon Jul 12 00:00:00 2010 in weekly-news
Welcome to this year's seventh issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: