Debian Project News - August 31st, 2018
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Happy 25th Anniversary Debian!
This year's annual Debian birthday celebration, known as DebianDay, was an even more special occasion as it marked a quarter century of excellence, development, contributions, translations, software creation, advocacy, and all things Debian. Celebrations were held all over the world and several Debian designers created some amazing artwork, logos, posters, and images which we shared online.
Thank you Debian Developers and Contributors for all that you do!
Updated Debian 9 and Debian 8: 9.5 and 8.11 released
The Debian project announced
the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename
Stretch) on 14 July 2018
to point release 9.5.
The Debian project also announced
the eleventh and final update of its oldstable distribution Debian 8 (codename
Jessie) on 23 June 2018
to point release 8.11.
These point releases added corrections for security issues along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available. Upgrading an existing installation to either 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
Alioth Migration to Salsa
Alexander Wirt announced that
Alioth is gone after the archiving of the last remaining VCS repositories. Alioth, which ran on Fusionforge, served as the repository
for collaborative maintenance of packages in Debian from 2003 through 2018. After some
discussion and a dedicated sprint about future
options, Alioth was replaced with a GitLab instance at salsa.debian.org
which came out of beta testing in early 2018.
Debian Developers and projects should have already migrated over to the new system; additional information on the migration is available.
Debian Data Protection Team announced
Chris Lamb announced the creation and delegation of the Debian Data Protection team. The team will serve as the centralized point for queries regarding Debian's use and care of personal information across the project and guidance on data protection principles.
Latest team features of Debian Package Tracker
Raphael Hertzog shared the latest team features of the Debian Package Tracker. New to the tracker are helpful attributes for email address team identification, discussion subscriptions, and automatic maintainer and uploader fields along with many other features.
vmdebootstrap to be removed September 2018
Lars Wirzenius encouraged users of the vmdebootstrap package to switch to other available tools prior to its removal from the archive September 2018. The package, used for automatically building system images, is somewhat difficult to modify and test due to its architecture. As other tools are available users are advised to change now.
Debian Policy 126.96.36.199 released
Sean Whitton announced Debian Policy 188.8.131.52 being released and uploaded to sid. The announcement details the changes from Policy 4.1.5. 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.
DebConf18 Videos are available
Video recordings from DebConf18 are available; special thanks to the DebConf Video Team for their amazing work covering this event. Wouter Verhelst wrote about the software used for the transcoding and the different formats available for download. The schedule page on the DebConf18 website now also includes the recordings in each talk page using HTML5 video.
New and noteworthy packages
Among many other packages that were added to the unstable Debian archive in the past weeks, we can find:
- astroid (0.13-3) - Graphical notmuch email client
- webext-debianbuttons (2.1-2) - Buttons for querying Debian-related pages with Firefox
- elpa-verbiste (0.1.45-4) - French and Italian conjugator - emacs extension
Debian/Xen microsprint, Cambridge, 10 September
There will be a microsprint
held on 10 September in Cambridge, UK, to work on Debian Xen packages for
Debian Bug Squashing Party, Chemnitz, Germany 28th-30th September
There will be a Bug Squashing Party on 28–30 September 2018 in Chemnitz, Germany.
DebConf18 in Hsinshu
The annual Debian Project's Developer Conference, which includes technical, social and policy talks and is known as DebConf, was held this year in Hsinchu, Taiwan from 29 July through 5 August. DebConf18 was the very first Debian Conference held in Asia. We welcomed over 306 attendees from around the world, and held 137 events, 100 talks, 25 Birds of a Feather discussion sessions, 5 workshops and many other activities.
DebConf19 in Curitiba
DebConf19 will be held in Curitiba, Brazil, from 21 to 28 July, 2019, and will be the second DebConf held in Brazil.
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
Teams needing help
The NM Front Desk has put out a call for help with Application Managers. Application Managers are responsible for starting a conversation with a prospective Debian Developer and recommending whether they should go forward to become Debian Developers.
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 currently 203
bugs available tagged
Jonathan McDowell shared
a write-up entitled
Hooking up Home Assistant to Alexa and Google Assistant which details how to set up home automation and required
authentication, with a few critical security steps to avoid being another
insecure device on the IoT.
Benjamin Mako Hill blogged on
How markets coopted free software's most powerful weapon
which highlights the methodology of current business development models which
use the same tools that enabled the large scale development of free culture
and free software. The talk was also the keynote at LibrePlanet 2018.
1,484 people and 19 teams are currently listed on the Debian Contributors page for 2018.
From the Debian-user mailing list serveral interesting questions were asked:
HP Garcia asked about
Verifying Digital Signatures.
Fellow Debian users contributed to the discussion with pointers on how to check and keep keys
and signatures current.
Pierre Couderc asked
How to apt update from an USB key?
Readers can learn about other tried and proven methods to update sources and packages for computer systems with limited access.
Martin Drecher asked about
use of su vs sudo?
Always a hot topic for administrators, this question introduces best practices and includes some of a history of how/when passwords are used during the initial Debian system installation and the effects on the system afterward.
Richard Owlett asked about
Installing package NOT in repository. This longer discussion talks about the installation of .deb files,
install pathname arguments, dependency checking, dpkg, apt, and cached personal
Tips and Tricks
Petter Reinholdtsen shared a tip on doing a Debian APT upgrade without enough free space on the disk. The blog post includes a script and other methods for upgrades when storage space is limited.
Arturo Borrero González highlights Things you can do with Debian, Multimedia editing. He covers many of the FLOSS software packages and tools available in Debian for multimedia editing and production.
Once upon a time in Debian:
- 2014-08-27 Two new architectures (arm64 and ppc64el) bootstrapping in unstable
- 2010-08-31 The Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop
- 2007-09-02 packages.debian.org updated
- 2005-09-03 bugs.d.o: usertags and user categories
- 2009-09-04 grub package now based on GRUB2
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 provided unformatted in descending order by date (recent news at the top).
- Several Debian designers created artwork to celebrate #DebianDay #Debian25years
- The original announcement from Ian Murdock can be found here: https://deb.li/ikd3y #DebianDay #Debian25years
- 25 years and counting https://bits.debian.org/2018/08/debian-is-25.html #DebianDay #Debian25years
- If you want Debian Buster released in early 2019 (or like short Debian freezes in general...) help fix RC bugs today! https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/buster-is-headed-for-a-long-hard-freeze/
- #DebConf18 closes in Hsinchu and #DebConf19 dates announced https://bits.debian.org/2018/08/debconf18-closes.html
- #DebConf18 ended with the introduction of #DebConf19 in Curitiba and the Closing Ceremony. See you next year in Brazil!
- Debian joins KDE's Advisory Board https://dot.kde.org/2018/07/12/debian-joins-kdes-advisory-board
- Report on Debian Edu sprint at MiniDebconf Hamburg, May 2018 https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/07/msg00004.html
- "Report on the Debian Bug Squashing Party" (New York) by Elana Hashman https://hashman.ca/nyc-bsp-report/
- "Introducing debos, a versatile images generator" by Ana Beatriz Guerrero Lopez https://ekaia.org/blog/2018/07/03/introducing-debos/
- Bits from the Debian Project Leader (June 2018) https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00006.html
- MiniDebConf Curitiba 2018 - a brief report http://debianbrasil.org.br/blog/minidebconf-curitiba-2018-a-brief-report
- Debian Perl Sprint 2018 https://bits.debian.org/2018/06/debian-perl-sprint-2018.html
- Report from the recent "cryptsetup" sprint https://blog.freesources.org//posts/2018/06/debian_cryptsetup_sprint_report/
- Civil Infrastructure Platform Announces Collaboration with the Debian LTS Initiative https://www.cip-project.org/announcement/2018/06/19/civil-infrastructure-platform-announces-collaboration-with-the-debian-lts-initiative-and-welcomes-cybertrust-as-a-new-member
- Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 release https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00005.html
- Share your plans for DebCamp18 https://lists.debian.org/debconf-announce/2018/06/msg00003.html
- Debian Artwork: Call for Proposals for Debian 10 (Buster) https://bits.debian.org/2018/06/buster-artwork-cfp.html
- DebConf19 has a logo http://debianbrasil.org.br/blog/debconf19-has-a-logo
- "Looking for a new Raspberry Pi image maintainer" by Michael Stapelberg https://people.debian.org/~stapelberg//2018/06/03/raspi3-looking-for-maintainer.html
- Come join the #Debian #buster bug squashing party in Brooklyn, NYC on June 24th https://hashman.ca/nyc-bsp/
- Bits from the Debian Project Leader (May 2018) https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/05/msg00006.html
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with contributions from Jean-Pierre Giraud, Chris Lamb and Justin B Rye.