Debian Project News - February 5th, 2017

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Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis (Security Advisories 2017). Please read them carefully and subscribe to the security mailing list.

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.

Internal News/Happenings

Updated Debian 8: 8.7 released

The seventh update of the stable distribution Debian 8 Jessie was 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

Debian Stretch has entered its soft freeze (no new source packages will enter 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 Release Party!

The Debian-Installer Stretch RC 1 release was published. It has been followed by the Stretch RC 2 release a few weeks later. Tests and reports to find bugs and further improve the installer are welcome. Installer CDs, other media and everything else are available for download.

Events: Upcoming and Reports

Upcoming events

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.

On 17–19 March 2017 there will be the MiniDebConf Curitiba 2017, which will host its own Bug Squashing Party among other activities.

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.

Event Reports

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:

Help needed

Packages needing help:

Currently 1032 packages are orphaned and 47 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.

Newcomer bugs

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'.

More than just code


945 people and 17 teams are currently 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 Stretch cycle.

Quick Links from Debian Social Media

This is an extract from the feed, in which we have removed the topics already commented on in this DPN issue. You can skip this section if you already follow or the @debian profile in a social network (, GNU Social, or Twitter). The items are given unformatted and in descending order by date (recent news at the top).



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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.