Debian Project News - September 30th, 2013

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

A summary of Debian GSoC 2013

The Google Summer of Code has now come to an end, and the 15 students working the whole summer on improving Debian have sent in their final reports. They've worked on various subjects such as ZFS on Linux integration, a rewrite of the package tracking system, improvements to Debian search, scan-building the Debian archive, a MIPS N32/N64 port, and a redesign of metapackage creation for Debian Blends. The full list of Debian GSoC students and their projects can be found on the Debian blog. The Debian project thanks the GSoC students for their amazing work and the Debian mentors who followed them during these four months.

Coming updates for Wheezy and Squeeze

Adam D. Barratt announced that both stable and oldstable Debian releases will be updated in the coming weeks: the Wheezy 7.2 minor revision is scheduled for October 12 and the Squeeze 6.0.8 minor revision for October 19.

Other news

Andreas Tille wrote a detailed report of his experiences in DebConf13 in Switzerland this summer.

Paul Tagliamonte wrote an interesting article on his blog about how and why system package managers like APT and pip, a tool to install Python modules, can coexist.

Debian Edu 7.1+edu0, the sixth Debian Edu / Skolelinux release, based on Debian 7 Wheezy, was released on September 28.

Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related 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.

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.

New Debian Contributors

One applicant has been accepted as Debian Developer, and seven people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Jacob Appelbaum, Doug Torrance, Mattia Rizzolo, Yann Amar, Simon Gareste, Kevin Bortis, Octavio Alvarez, and M. Hamish Bowman into our project!

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): python-django, iceweasel, chrony, puppet, icedove, pyopenssl, libvirt, and davfs2. 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

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

Work-needing packages

Currently 537 packages are orphaned and 150 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.