Debian Project News - June 7th, 2018
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Updated Debian 9: 9.4 released
The Debian project announced
the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename
Stretch) on 10 March 2018
to point release 9.4.
This point release added corrections for security issues along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have were published separately and are referenced where available. Upgrading an existing installation to this revision can be achieved by pointing the package management system at one of Debian's many HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at: https://www.debian.org/mirror/list
Notification for upcoming end-of-life for Debian 8
Be advised, DSA has given advance notice
that regular security support for Debian GNU/Linux 8 (code name
Jessie) will be terminated on 17 June 2018.
Debian Policy 188.8.131.52 released
The Debian Policy Manual has had a new version released. The Debian Policy Manual deals with the structure and contents of the Debian archive, technical requirements each package must satisfy to be included in the archive, and the package management system developers have to be conversant with.
Upcoming shift to Ayatana (App)Indicator(s)
Mike Gabriel reports on the upcoming shift to Ayatana Application Indicators in Debian and work on generalizing the functionality of indicator icon applications to make them more independent of the desktop environment used. The status of the work may be viewed on the Ayatana Transition page with additional background from Mike's DebConf17 talk, blog posts, and the Ayatana Packagers overview page.
Debian Alioth Migration
Debian has migrated several services from our aged Alioth server, which ran FusionForge, onto Salsa, based on Gitlab software. These changes to our infrastructure will allow us to continue to provide needed services, and tools for collaboration. Alexander Wirt gave a talk about the state of affairs for Salsa at the miniDebConf 2018 in Hamburg.
New and noteworthy packages
Among many other packages that were added to the unstable Debian archive in the past weeks, we can find:
- wig - WebApp Information Gatherer which can identify numerous Content Management Systems and other administrative applications.
- turing - Turing is a free and cross-platform app whose main goal is to assist the learning of algorithms and programming languages by providing easy-to-use development tools to all.
- libtoxcore2 - Tox provides an encrypted, distributed, and extensible peer-to-peer platform that can be used for various forms of communication.
- youtube-dl - Fetch and process music from YouTube using youtube-dl and ffmpeg.
- gitlab-cli - Command line interface to the GitLab API v3.
Debian Bug Squashing Party in Brooklyn, New York, US
DebConf18 in Hsinshu
The 19th Annual Debian Conference will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from July 29 to August 5, 2018. It will be preceded by DebCamp, July 21 to July 27, and Open Day, July 28.
DebConf19 in Curitiba
A miniDebConf took place in Curitiba, Brazil on 11–14 April 2018. Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their website. There were live video streams, and the recordings are already available.
A miniDebConf took place in Hamburg, Germany on 19–20 May 2018. Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page. There were live video streams, and the recordings are already available.
LTS Freexian Monthly Reports
Freexian issues monthly reports about the work of paid contributors to Debian Long Term Support.
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, February 2018. 196 work hours were dispatched among 12 paid contributors. The security tracker listed 60 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file 33.
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, March 2018. 214 work hours were dispatched among 13 paid contributors. The security tracker listed 31 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file 26.
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2018. 183 work hours were dispatched among 13 paid contributors. The security tracker listed 20 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file 16.
Reproducible Builds status update
Follow the Reproducible
Builds blog to get the weekly reports on their work in the
Reproducible Builds report #159. Ricardo Wurmus also published a paper titled "Reproducible bioinformatics pipelines with Guix" which outlines using GNU Guix and reproducible builds in general as a “crucial foundation for computational experiments”. 22 package reviews were updated and 36 packages were removed.
Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #160. Migrated the diffoscope.org website to the jenkins.debian.net infrastucture. Updated the reproducible-builds.org website. 134 package reviews were added, 25 packages were updated, and 29 packages were removed.
Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #161. Chris Lamb, Holger Levsen, Jonathan Bustillos Osornio (jathan) and Steven Chamberlain
presented on Reproducible Builds at the MiniDebConfHamburg, focusing on the status
Buster. Slides and links to videos are available on our Resources page.
18 package reviews were added, 45 packages were updated, and 41 packages were removed.
Teams needing help
Following the recent MiniDebConfHamburg, the subtitles team started to subtitle the talks. The team is looking for help to transcribe, synchronize and review subtitles, as well as for spreading the word! The dedicated wiki page summarizes the status and needs of each video.
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 215
bugs available tagged
Debian study group / Grupo de estudos de Debian
Helen Koike announces bi-weekly meetings (video call) to study Debian. The group will view and discuss João Eriberto Mota Filho's online packaging course. The meetings will be Portuguese and although the primary audience is for women/diversity, the meetings are open to all who wish to participate. The next scheduled meetings will be today, Thursday June 7 at 8PM and Thursday 21 June at 8PM. Join them on OFTC #debian-mulheres for more information.
1339 people and 19 teams are currently listed on the Debian Contributors page for 2018.
Debian user Long Wind asked about
Wireless failure after stretch installation.
Debian user Harald Dunkel asked,
How to view config file changes without running an upgrade?
Debian user mess-mate asked,
How to change the system UTF to EU character set?
Once upon a time in Debian:
- 2004-05-26 to 2014-06-02 The 5th annual Debconf held at Porto Alegre - Brazil
- 2012-06-02 General Resolution: Diversity statement for the Debian Project adopted
- 1997-06-05 Debian 1.3 Released
- 2005-06-06 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 released
- 2001-06-07 Debian Bug #100000 reported by email@example.com
- 2002-06-08 The New Security Build Infrastructure
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, Mastodon or Twitter). The items are given unformatted and in descending order by date (recent news at the top).
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- Debian welcomes its GSoC 2018 and Outreachy interns https://bits.debian.org/2018/05/welcome-gsoc2018-and-outreachy-interns.html
- New Debian Developers and Maintainers (March and April 2018) https://bits.debian.org/2018/05/new-developers-2018-04.html
- Congratulations to Debian's Google Summer of Code students! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5166394929315840/?sp-page=3#!
- DebConf18 Call for Proposals is still open! Submit your talk up to June 17th 2018 to be considered. https://debconf18.debconf.org/cfp/
- "Re-elected as Debian Project Leader", by Chris Lamb https://chris-lamb.co.uk/posts/re-elected-as-debian-project-leader
- Debian Project Leader Election 2018 Results https://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2018/04/msg00030.html
- Debian Release team published a detailed roadmap for Debian Buster release https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00006.html
- Debian 12 (after "buster" and "bullseye") will be called "bookworm" https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00006.html
- Debian Project Leader election 2018: Last call for votes https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00005.html
- Bursary applications for DebConf18 are closing in 48 hours! https://bits.debian.org/2018/04/dc18-bursaries.html
- Debian MiniDebconf Curitiba 2018 starts today at the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR). https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/
- Debian MiniDebconf Curitiba 2018 começa hoje na Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná. https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/
- Vote for Debian Project Leader started. Sole candidate is Chris Lamb. http://deb.li/343C
- DebConf20 in a cruise https://bits.debian.org/2018/04/debconf20-in-a-cruise.html
- Registration is now open for DebConf18, in Hsinchu, Taiwan https://debconf18.debconf.org/news/2018-03-16-registration/
- Debian is present at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, Germany, this weekend. Meet us at the #debian booth. #CLT2018
- Want to run #Debian as a downloadable app on Windows 10 desktops? Check https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Microsoft/Windows/SubsystemForLinux
- New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2018) https://bits.debian.org/2018/03/new-developers-2018-02.html
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with contributions from Chris Lamb, Holger Wansing, Jean-Pierre Giraud, Justin B Rye, Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana and and Thomas Vincent..