Debian Project News - November 28th, 2016
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News on Debian
its transition freeze. There will be no new library transitions or package
transitions that involve a large number of packages.
The Release Team maintains a calendar
with important dates. The next milestones are 5 December 2016 (forced 10-day
migration delay), 5 January 2017 (soft freeze, deadline for new source
packages or letting packages re-enter
Stretch), and 5 February 2017
(full freeze for
Stretch: all changes to
Stretch will require
Stretch Alpha 8 release has been
Tests and reports to find bugs and further improve the installer are welcome.
Installer CDs, other media and everything else are
theme, by Juliette Taka Belin, will be the default artwork for Debian 9.
It was selected out of twelve candidates using a survey. Read our
for more details about the process and how to help in getting artwork
packaged for Debian.
New FAI version 5.2 is going to the cloud
The release has been announced of FAI 5.2, the new version of the Fully Automatic Installation tool set, which now supports creating disk images for virtual machines. It uses the normal FAI process and it's very fast - using a small set of packages the image can be created in less than 50 seconds. A first version of a Google Compute Engine configuration is also provided.
Bug Squashing Parties
On 4 December 2016 there will be a Bug Squashing Party in Dresden, Germany. See the wiki page for details.
There will be another BSP on the weekend of 27-29 January 2017 in Cambridge, UK. More info on its wiki page.
Reproducible Builds sprint in December 2016 in Berlin
There will be a Reproducible Builds summit in Berlin for three days on 13-15 December, with more than 50 attendees from 20 projects. The Debian participants will have a Reproducible Builds Sprint during the event; details can be seen on the wiki page.
The main goals are to discuss and hack on reproducible builds in
plus longer term plans for Debian 10
Buster, and, together with the
wider community at the summit, to improve collaboration both within and between
projects, expand the scope and reach, and brainstorm design
of tools enabling end-users to get the most benefits from reproducible builds.
DebConf17 in Montreal
The 18th annual DebConf will take place in Montreal, Canada, 6-12 August 2017. It will be preceded by DebCamp, 31 July to 4 August, and Debian Day, 5 August. The DebConf team welcomes any contribution towards its organisation, particularly looking for sponsors. See the wiki for more details on how you can help out, or have a look at the sponsorship brochure (PDF).
Bid deadline for DebConf18 approaching
The deadline for submitting bids to host DebConf18 is the end of December 2016, so you still can consider hosting DebConf in your city. Taipei (Taiwan) and Curitiba (Brazil) already have early plans and they also welcome any help in the preparation of their bids. See all the details on the DebConf wiki page.
Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba
On Saturday 13 August 2016, the Curitiba Livre Group organised a meeting at Centro Universitário Uniandrade in Curitiba (Brazil) to celebrate the twenty-third anniversary of the Debian Project.
Over the years from 2004 with Debian User Group Paraná to this year with Curitiba Livre Group, the free software community in Curitiba has organised several activities to celebrate this date, with the goal of contributing to the project and returning some contributions to Debian, such as code, translations from English to Portuguese, and also help with finding new contributors.
For more details about this event, photos and links, see Bits from Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba - Brazil.
MiniDebConf Cambridge 2016
A mini-DebConf took place in Cambridge, UK on 10-13 November 2016. Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page. There were live video streams, and the recordings are already available.
Debian Video Team sprint
A Debian Video Team sprint happened on 17-20 November in Paris, France. The main goals of the sprint were to work on the software video mixer Voctomix, streamline the streaming infrastructure, assess the Opsis boards, write documentation, and agree on the new hardware that needs to be purchased.
DebianEdu sprint end of November 2016 in Oslo
With the freeze coming, a DebianEdu gathering and sprint has been held in Oslo, 25-27 November. See the wiki page for details.
Once upon a time in Debian
- 2008-11-28 AGPL deemed suitable for main
- 2008-11-13 screenshots.debian.net released
- 2006-11-23 Bug number 400000 reported by Christian Perrier
Debian contributors survey
All Debian contributors - from bug reporters to Debian project members and participants in any Debian team - are invited to take part in the first edition of the Debian contributors survey. The deadline for participation is: 4 December 2016, at 23:59 UTC. See more details in the call for participation mail.
Help the switch to elpa-* packages
With the advent of GNU Emacs's native package manager, package.el, there has been renewed interest in writing useful Emacs Lisp addons. Unfortunately, both package.el itself and the infrastructure that has grown up around it leave a lot to be desired when it comes to quality assurance and security.
Over the past year or so the pkg-emacsen team have been developing tools to convert package.el packages to Debian packages, and it is now quite easy to create new ones. We'd like to see more Emacs users who know at least the basics of creating Debian packages join our team. To get started:
- join #debian-emacs
- apt-get install dh-make-elpa/experimental
- man dh-make-elpa # to view a quick start guide
Packages needing help
Debian has a
newcomer bug tag used to indicate bugs which are
suitable for new contributors to use as an entry point to working on
There are 185 newcomer bugs available.
1,898 people and 19 teams are currently listed on the Debian Contributors page for 2016.
For the contributors getting their maintainer or developer account in Debian, you can follow our bi-monthly welcome posts in bits.debian.org.
Daniel Pocock attended the first summit of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), and sent a report about it.
LTS Freexian Monthly Reports
Freexian issues monthly reports about the work of paid contributors to Debian Long Term Support.
Reproducible Build status/update
Follow the Reproducible
builds blog to get the weekly reports on their work in the
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which we have removed the topics already commented on in this DPN issue.
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- Quicker Debian-installer using eatmydata http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Quicker_Debian_installations_using_eatmydata.html
- Did you see Debian mentioned in the media? Add the entry to our Press Coverage wiki page https://wiki.debian.org/PressCoverage2016
- If you used to be a DD and want to access nm.debian.org (e.g. to reactivate your account), you can now do it using your Alioth credentials https://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2016/11/msg00026.html
- Páginas do Debian Women traduzidas para português http://softwarelivre.org/debianbrasil/blog/paginas-do-debian-women-traduzidas-para-portugues
- "Google Summer of Code 2016 wrap-up: Debian" By Bruno Magalhães, published in the Google Open Source blog https://opensource.googleblog.com/2016/11/google-summer-of-code-2016-debian.html
- titanpad.com used by many Debian contributors is shutting down http://blog.titanpad.com/2016/11/shutting-down-titanpad_12.html
- "Diversity and Inclusion, Debian Redux", by Lucy Wayland https://aardvarkoffnord.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/diversity-and-inclusion-debian-redux/
- Core Infrastructure Initiative Renews Funding for the Reproducible Builds Project. More Debian developers funded https://www.coreinfrastructure.org/news/announcements/2016/11/linux-foundations-core-infrastructure-initiative-renews-funding
- Uwe Kleine-König: Installing Debian Stretch on an Omnia Turris https://blog.kleine-koenig.org/ukl/installing-debian-stretch-on-an-omnia-turris.html
- Niels Thykier: Improvements in apt-file 3.1.2 https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/improvements-in-apt-file-3-1-2/
- Call for proposals for the upcoming Mini Debian Conference Japan 2016 https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-apac/2016/11/msg00000.html
- New DDs and DMs in September and October 2016. Congratulations! https://bits.debian.org/2016/11/new-developers-2016-10.html
- The transition to OpenSSL 1.1.0 has started in unstable https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/11/msg00001.html
- Nueva lista de correo Debian para la comunidad colombiana https://lists.debian.org/debian-dug-co/
- New mailing list created for Debian events in the Asia/Pacific region https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-apac/
- New mailing list created for porting Debian to free and open RISC-V CPU arch https://lists.debian.org/debian-riscv/
- Steve McIntyre: Twenty years... https://blog.einval.com/2016/11/01#twenty-ish
- Report from the first meeting in Curitiba to talk about the Bid to DebConf18 http://softwarelivre.org/debianbrasil/blog/report-from-the-first-meeting-in-curitiba-to-talk-about-the-bid-to-debconf18
- Stretch will be released for 10 architectures. Changes from Jessie: removal of powerpc and adding of mips64el. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/10/msg00008.html
- Laura Arjona Reina: "Rankings, Condorcet and free software: Calculating the results for the Stretch Artwork Survey" https://larjona.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/rankings-condorcet-and-free-software-calculating-the-results-for-the-stretch-artwork-survey/
- DSA and FTP masters will move some Debian services to new machines this weekend https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/10/msg00005.html
- Debian mirrors have been busy serving the last security kernel update the last 24h. Did you already update? https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2016/msg00277.html
- LWN: Supporting UEFI secure boot in Debian https://lwn.net/Articles/703001/
- Misc Developer News issue #42 released https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/10/msg00004.html
- Happy 20th Birthday, KDE! https://dot.kde.org/2016/10/14/happy-20th-birthday-kde
- Norbert Tretkowski writes about Gajim plugins packaged for Debian https://tretkowski.de/2016/10/09/gajim-plugins-packaged-for-debian/
- About Pacemaker HA stack in Debian Jessie http://ral-arturo.org/2016/10/06/debian-jessie-ha.html by Arturo Borrero González
- Debian is participating in the next round of Outreachy! https://bits.debian.org/2016/10/debian-is-participating-in-the-next-round-of-outreachy.html
- Several donations boost reliability of Debian's core infrastructure https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20161003
- Stretch transition freeze starts in a month, if you have transitions to do now is the moment https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/stretch-transition-freeze-in-a-month/
- Debian Brazil Community will be present at Latinoware 2016 http://softwarelivre.org/debianbrasil/blog/debian-brazil-community-will-be-present-at-latinoware-2016
- The Debian Project mourns the loss of Kristoffer H. Rose https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160927
- Updated Debian 8: 8.6 released https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160917
- debhelper 10 is now available in unstable https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/debhelper-10-is-now-available/
- Debian turns 23. Happy birthday Debian! https://bits.debian.org/2016/08/debian-turns-23.html
- Tor Project took inspiration from Debian for its social contract https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2016/08/msg00012.html
- Chaoskey 1.0 released (USB hardware random number generator) http://keithp.com/blogs/chaoskey/
- Debian's GnuPG package is moving from the classic to the modern branch. https://debian-administration.org/users/dkg/weblog/116
- Debian and Tor Services available as Onion Services https://bits.debian.org/2016/08/debian-and-tor-services-available-as-onion-services.html
- Do you use iptables? A lot of updates are coming. Thank you, Arturo! http://ral-arturo.blogspot.com/2016/08/huge-work-in-iptables-debian-package.html
- Debian static websites are now available as Onion services. The list of services may be found on https://onion.debian.org
- Thanks DSA! and congratulations in the SysAdmin Day!
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with contributions from Sean Whitton, Paulo Henrique Santana, Stefano Zacchiroli, Holger Levsen and Justin B. Rye.