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Welcome to this year's second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
Maximillian Attems pointed out that there is a new version of the initramfs-tools
package released which satisfies a release goal for
These tools are used fairly early on in the boot
process to create a intiramfs which gets used by the kernel as an
initial file system. The new version brings in some changes made by
Ubuntu which should lead to faster boot times. There is an opportunity
here to test this and send along any relevant info to the team that
maintains the package, which is the Debian kernel team email@example.com.
In addition to the ability to
use other forms of compression, there are a number of new fixes and
features in this package. See the complete
Andreas Barth send some information on the mips and mipsel buildd status (buildd is a build deamon which automatically builds Debian binary packages from Debian sources). He mentioned that they have had some hardware failures leaving them with just one mipsel buildd currently. While the new buildd sorting order is helping, packages are still taking a while to be built. Andreas sees an empty build queue in sight "quite soon" and work is in progress to fix the known hardware issues with the other machines.
The New Debian Project Leader is named Stefano Zacchiroli (IRC nick 'zack'). Stefano has already posted an email to the Debian Developers Announce mailing list giving out a big thank you, updating his progress in understaning the DPL's job, and letting people know how they can get in touch with him. Stefano hopes to be a 'facilitator' and asks that developers get in touch with him to let him know about 'blockers' that stand in the way of getting work done. "We're a very nice do-ocracy, and there is no reason why enthusiastic and capable people willing to work on a specific subject should not be empowered to do so."
While he's on IRC (irc.debian.org) Stefano states the preferred way of getting in touch with him is via firstname.lastname@example.org. He finishes his email with; "Now let's go and squash some RC bug, Squeeze is getting closer and closer, and I've already wasted enough of your time!"
If you've never been to a DebConf, but always wanted to go, this is your year. Joey Hess wrote that a special funding for trips to DebConf10 is available for Debian Developers who have either never attended a DebConf before, or who have not been to a DebConf since DebConf6 (in Mexico).
DebConf10 will be held in New York from August 1-7, 2010.
To apply for this funding, email Joey Hess. The deadline to apply is May 15th. Please apply as early as possible. In your email, include an estimate of your travel costs, and the amount you are unable to fund yourself. Joey also need to know what dates you plan to arrive and leave. Please indicate if you will also need sponsored food and accommodation, and whether you have already registered for DebConf. Also, tell Joey if you've been to DebConf before.
Also, if you work with a Debian Developer in a team, wish they could go to DebConf, and would like to nominate your teammate for funding, send an email with the details of who and why.
Guido Günther wrote such a good 'bits from' mail that I just cut and pasted it into this issue of DPN, here it is; Like last year the Debian Groupware Meeting was held at the LinuxHotel, Essen, Germany. This is a short summary what happened during the weekend: * We worked on getting Icedove 3 (aka Thunderbird) into shape for Squeeze by fixing the remaining RC bugs and fixing many more issues along the way. Icedove 3 entered testing recently. * After many months Iceowl-extension (aka Lightning) got back it's companion standalone Iceowl (aka Sunbird). A version compatible with Icedove 3 has been uploaded to unstable and we went through almost all of the open bugs. This version also entered testing recently. * Evolution bug squashing: We went through a great pile of Evolution bugs updating their status, requesting more information to reproduce them, forwarding them upstream and closing the fixed ones along the way. * Z-push got packaged and is ready to be uploaded once the licensing issues are resolved - upstream is looking into this. * We updated the "Groupware in Debian" status page . For more details have a look at the wiki page. Being four instead of three people at the event we gained 33% more participants over last year. We hope to see even more of you around next year. . http://wiki.debian.org/GroupwareMeeting2010-04-09to11 . http://git.debian.org/?p=users/wolfi-guest/z-push.git;a=summary . http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2010/04/msg00043.html . http://wiki.debian.org/Groupware
Jan Hauke Rahm wrote that there is going to be held a MiniDebConf in the middle of LinuxTag on June 10th and 11th. The MiniDebConf will feature a talk by the new Debian Project Leader as well as a 'hack lab' which will be open at night. The hack lab could use some more people to help out and the schedule of talks is almost complete. The MiniDebConf aims to be newbie friendly with help for new Debian bug squashers, not least since Debian hopes to be in a 'freeze' by that point. A Bug Squashing Party be held as well. So why not join the German Cabal in Berlin? More info here: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Miniconf-LT-Berlin/2010
The xxth issue of the miscellaneous news for developers has been released and covers the following topics:
XXX applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers and XXX applicants has been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome X, Y, and Z into our project!
According to the unofficial
RC-bugs count, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0
Squeeze, is currently affected by XX release critical bugs. XX of them
have already been fixed in Debian's
unstable branch. Of the remaining
XX release critical bugs, XX already have a patch (which might need
testing) and XXX are marked as pending.
Ignoring these bugs as well as release critical bugs for packages in contrib or non-free, XXX release critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): , Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please subscribe to the security mailing list for announcements.
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently (among others):
Currently XXX packages are orphaned and XXX packages are up for adoption. Please take a look at the recent reports to see if there are packages you are interested in or view the complete list of packages which need your help.
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 email@example.com.#use wml::debian::projectnews::footer editor="XXX, XXX, Alexander Reichle-Schmehl"