Debian Project News - February 10th, 2014
Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Call for projects and mentors for Debian GSoC 2014
- Bits from the Release Team
- Reports from recent Debian Sprints
- Other news
- Upcoming events
- New Debian Contributors
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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Nicolas Dandrimont asked all Debian contributors for
to help Debian participate in the tenth year of the
Google Summer of Code.
Everyone (member of the Debian project or not, student or not) is welcome to
submit their ideas, and to try and find people willing to mentor the projects,
explained Nicolas in his mail.
If you have an idea, please publish it on the
and send an email to the
coordination mailing list.
You can also contact Nicolas and the other GSoC administrators for Debian on
their mailing list or on their IRC channel, #debian-soc on irc.debian.org.
Niels Thykier sent some bits from the Release Team. The Release Team recently reviewed the status of the architectures in sid, and decided that IA64 should be removed from testing, and will soon be removed from unstable and experimental. Niels also indicated in his message that auto-removal from testing of non-leaf RC-buggy packages has been suspended until there is a way to properly notify the maintainers of reverse-dependencies that the removal will occur. In the meantime, thanks to the work of Ivo De Decker and Paul Wise, the Package Tracking Service will now display a warning for packages that are about to be auto-removed from testing. The auto-removals are also listed, thanks to Lucas Nussbaum, on the Debian Maintainer Dashboard and by the how-can-i-help package.
Antonio Terceiro sent a report of the Debian Ruby Sprint, held in Paris on January 15–17, as a satellite event of the Paris Mini-DebConf. He explained in his message the efforts of the team regarding the removal of the now deprecated 1.8 version of the Ruby interpreter, and the goals of the Ruby team for Jessie.
The Debian Med team organised their fourth sprint in Aberdeen from January 31 until February 2. Several members of the team posted reports of their activities during the sprint, including packaging, bug fixing, and presentations of software.
The Ruby Team thanks IRILL for hosting the meeting, and both teams thank the generous Debian sponsors for funding the expenses required for the sprints.
Johannes Schauer posted on his blog some updates about botch, a tool to solve cyclic build dependencies and to generate an order in which packages have to be built so that Debian can be bootstrapped easily on new architectures.
The fourth update of the stable distribution of Debian (codename
was released on February 8.
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
- 28 February–2 March, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — first Mini-DebConf in Cambodia
- 15–16 March, Barcelona, Spain — Debian Women Mini-DebConf
- 15–16 March, Chemnitz, Germany — Debian booth at the Chemnitz Linux Days
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.
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.
Seven people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Pierre Rudloff, Adam Sampson, Rebecca Palmer, Dariusz Dwornikowski, Raoul Snyman, Iain R. Learmonth, and Joseph Herlant into our project!
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): curl, libyaml, drupal6, libgadu, horde3, mumble, and libav. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please subscribe to the security mailing list (and the separate backports list, and stable updates list) for announcements.
246 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:
- drupal7-mod-drucall — WebRTC SIP module for the Drupal CMS
- etm-qt — tool to manage events and tasks using simple text files
- fonts-noto — "No Tofu" font families with large Unicode coverage
- gnome-shell-pomodoro — GNOME Shell time-management app
- hash-slinger — tools to generate special DNS records
- mugshot — lightweight user-configuration application
- optcomp — syntax extension for optional compilation with cpp-like directives (tools)
- rurple-ng — learn programming in Python with a robot
- tetgen — quality tetrahedral mesh generator
- udevil — alternative storage media interface
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.