Debian Project News - June 10th, 2013

Welcome to this year's twelfth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Welcome to Debian GSoC Students

The Debian project is proud to announce that this year, 16 students have been accepted into the Google Summer of Code program to work on improving Debian. This is the highest number of students accepted since Debian started participating in this program. The list of selected students and the projects they're working on is publicly available. If you are interested in one of these projects, you are encouraged to come and join the #debian-soc IRC channel, or to contact the students and their mentors directly.

Outreach Program for Women, the result of the experiment

Mònica Ramírez Arceda announced the result of Debian participation in the Outreach Program for Women. One of the four applicants was accepted, but also received a slot for the Google Summer of Code. As a consequence, this internship was not used. Since the Outreach Program for Women is run twice a year, Mònica has opened the discussion about further Debian participation with a call for more volunteers. Join the #debian-opw IRC channel if you are willing to help with this initiative.

Bits from the DPL

Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for May 2013. Among other things, Lucas reminded readers that it could still be possible to submit talks for DebConf13, in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, and called for the creation of a Debian trademark team, handling the trademark use requests that are being received following the publication of the Debian trademark policy. He also mentioned that discussions which occurred during the last DPL campaign have been summarised by Brian Gupta on a dedicated page of the Debian Wiki, and encouraged people to contribute to maintaining this page when ideas are raised on Debian lists.

Expiration of was a popular unofficial repository of Debian packages. Last year, this service moved to a new domain, and despite efforts from Debian, the domain recently expired, and has now been registered by someone unknown to Debian. This is a good example of the importance of the use of cryptography to secure APT repositories, DPL Lucas Nussbaum said. The Debian project would like to emphasise the need to consider possible security issues when using third-party repositories and the importance of not blindly adding keys to the APT keyring.

Other news

A Swedish municipal e-service named Fixa Min Gata (fix my street in English), used for reporting potholes, broken paving stones, graffiti, non-functioning lamp posts, and other problems, has been reported to be powered by Debian servers.

New Debian Contributors

4 applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainers since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Gianfranco Costamagna, Emmanuel Bourg, Geoffrey Thomas and Prach Pongpanich into our project!

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): subversion, telepathy-gabble, wireshark, iceweasel, krb5, gnutls26, otrs2 and chromium-browser. 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.

New and noteworthy packages

612 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:

Work-needing packages

Currently 488 packages are orphaned and 142 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.