Debian Project News - February 5th, 2017
Welcome to this year's first issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Welcome to the Debian Project News!
- Internal News/Happenings
- Events: Upcoming and Reports
- Help needed
- More than just code
- Quick Links from Debian Social Media
- Want to continue reading DPN?
We hope that you are enjoying the new format of the DPN.
At the end of this project news we've added a Quick Links section which links to many of the posts made through our other media streams.
Updated Debian 8: 8.7 released
The seventh update of the stable distribution Debian 8
published on 14 January 2017.
This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable
release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems.
News on Debian
Stretch has entered
soft freeze (no new source packages
Stretch) and it will enter its
full freeze soon:
all changes to
Stretch will require approval from 5 February onward.
Time to squash Release Critical bugs and to begin planning a
Stretch RC 1 release was
been followed by the
Stretch RC 2 release a few weeks
Tests and reports to find bugs and further improve the installer are welcome.
Installer CDs, other media and everything else are
Debian at FOSDEM 2017
On 4–5 February, Debian will be present at FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, with more than 45 current or past contributors speaking at the event, plus a Debian stand with gadgets, T-shirts and swag. Details can be found in the related post published in the Debian blog.
Bug Squashing Parties and MiniDebConfs
On 25–26 February 2017 there will be a Bug Squashing Party in Endocode AG, in Berlin, Germany. See the wiki page for details.
That same weekend of March 2017, a number of Debian Developers and friends of Debian will gather together in a Mini-DebConf at the FOSSASIA Summit in Singapore. Visit the wiki page of the MiniDebConf if you want to know more details, join or help in the organisation!
DebConf17 in Montreal
The organisation of DebConf17 (Montreal, Canada, 6–12 August 2017) is going on. The Call for Proposals will be published soon. Fifteen companies or organisations have decided to support the event, Savoir-faire Linux being Platinum sponsor among them. DebConf17 is still accepting sponsors; visit its website for more details.
Bid deadline for DebConf18
Hsinchu (Taiwan) and Curitiba (Brazil) are the bids for DebConf18. There has been a meeting for bid evaluation and a decision meeting will be held on 15 February 2017. See all the details about the bids and these meetings in the DebConf18 wiki page.
A report from the last meeting of the DebConf18 in Curitiba bid at UTFPR has been published along with a report from the Debian Edu sprint in Oslo in November 2016.
The Mini Debian Conference Japan 2016 took place on 10 December 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Visit their website to see the program and get slides of the talks.
The Debian Med Team made a sprint on 12–16 January 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.
They had a productive time dominated by bug fixing and upgrading
packages for the
Stretch release as well as writing or fixing
autopkgtests for Debian Med packages. More details and personal reports in their
sprint wiki page.
There has been a Bug Squashing Party on 27–29 January 2017 in Cambridge. Information about the bugs investigated and worked on can be seen in its wiki page.
Once upon a time in Debian:
- 2013-12-27 Contributors service available
- 1999-01-04 Joey Hess releases first issue of Debian Weekly News
- 2007-01-10 Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
- 2011-01-24 Debian derivatives census
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 specific packages. There are 188 bugs available tagged 'newcomer'.
945 people and 17 teams are listed on the Debian Contributors page for 2017.
LTS Freexian Monthly Reports
Freexian issues monthly reports about the work of paid contributors to Debian Long Term Support.
Reproducible Builds status update
Follow the reproducible
builds blog to get the weekly reports on their work in the
This is an extract from the micronews.debian.org feed, in which we have removed the topics already commented on in this DPN issue. You can skip this section if you already follow micronews.debian.org or the @debian profile in a social network (Pump.io, GNU Social, or Twitter). The items are given unformatted, and in descending order by date (recent news at the top).
- Debian Brasil Community will be at Campus Party Brasil 2017
- "Debian is a puzzle: difficult" by Arturo Borrero González http://ral-arturo.org/2017/01/17/debian-puzzle.html
- "manpages.debian.org has been modernized", by Michael Stapelberg https://people.debian.org/~stapelberg//2017/01/18/manpages-debian-org.html
- Debian hexagonal stickers made by Elena Grandi, available in the website https://www.debian.org/logos/
- The root CA for Let's Encrypt (ISRG root X1) is now part of Debian's Jessie, Stretch and Sid releases https://letsencrypt.org/2016/08/05/le-root-to-be-trusted-by-mozilla.html
- "20 years of being a debian maintainer" by Riku Voipio http://suihkulokki.blogspot.com/2017/01/20-years-of-being-debian-maintainer.html
- New Debian Developers and Maintainers (November and December 2016) https://bits.debian.org/2017/01/new-developers-2016-12.html
- Bits from the DPL - 2016Q4 https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/12/msg00001.html
- Stretch release update: Mandatory 10 day delay for migrations and other upcoming events https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/12/msg00000.html
- Free FPGA programming with Debian https://bits.debian.org/2016/12/fpga-programming-debian.html
- "10 years of Debian" by Chris Lamb
- Next step for Debian Stretch: testing migration delay is now 10 days https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/12/msg00000.html
- Jonas Meurer: On CVE-2016-4484, a (security)? bug in the cryptsetup initramfs integration https://blog.freesources.org//posts/2016/12/CVE-2016-4484/
- The Federal Police of Brazil thank the Debian Project http://softwarelivre.org/debianbrasil/blog/the-federal-police-of-brazil-thank-the-debian-project
Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer writers to watch the Debian community and report about what is going on. Please see the contributing page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscribe or Unsubscribe from the Debian News mailing list
To receive this newsletter in your mailbox, subscribe to the debian-news mailing list.
Back issues of this newsletter are available.
This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with contributions from Andreas Tille, Ben Finney, Cyril Brulebois, Jean-Pierre Giraud, Justin B Rye, Laura Arjona Reina, Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana and Thomas Vincent.