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Welcome to this year's eleventh issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
The Debian Women project aims at getting more women to participate in Debian, as packagers, bug reporters, technical documentation writers, bug fixers, translators, artists and in any other area that helps the development of Debian. These goals are achieved through IRC tutorials, a mentoring program, a mailing list and an IRC channel.
The Mentoring Program allows men and women that want to contribute to Debian but aren't sure where or how to start, to get some help with their first steps.
There have been at least 38 women that have contributed in packaging
software for Debian, and there are currently 11 female Debian Developers
and 1 Debian Maintainer. The group would like to raise those numbers to 50
packagers by the end of 2011, and 20 Debian Developers by the end of
There are also some other interesting statistics about the current female participation in Debian.
The project is also interested in getting more women to translate debconf templates or package descriptions, contribute to the release notes, as well as participate in any other areas of the Debian project. In order to do this, we will be holding some IRC training sessions in the near future, to help people get started. We are currently making the list of subjects and trainers, we'll publish more news about this once the first sessions are scheduled.
For more information you can join the IRC channel #debian-women on irc.oftc.net, or subscribe to the debian-women mailing list. If you are a Spanish speaker, you can also join the #debian-mujeres IRC channel on irc.oftc.net.
The Debian Project Leader (DPL), Stefano Zacchiroli, provided a report after the recent DebConf in New York City. In the report he discusses his recent activity speaking with academics in the Social Sciences, as well as some other Debian developments. He also mentions Joey Hess' CUT proposal, a proposal that would help users understand that debian testing is actually quite usable and work to polish it even more so that this becomes apparent. Our beloved DPL mentions the Release Critical Bug squashing Contest (RCBC) which has prizes!
In addition to those subjects he also added some details on Debian Derivatives, the relationship between DebConf and Debian and init systems. As always, a wealth of important information from the DPL.
The Debian Project is proud to announce that the backports service, previously available at www.backports.org is now an official Debian service and will be available at backports.debian.org.
Backports are packages from the testing distribution recompiled for the current stable (or even oldstable) release to provide users of the stable distribution with new versions of certain packages, like the Linux kernel, the Iceweasel browser or the OpenOffice.org suite, without sacrificing the overall stability of the system.
The archive currently has 528 source packages in main, 2 in contrib and 4 in non-free, backported for the Lenny distribution. As the infrastructure to accept packages for the upcoming Squeeze release is already in place, this allows Debian Installer images to configure the backports repository by default without generating errors on user systems. The service for Squeeze will be enabled at a later date, after the release.
Because of limitations in the Debian Bug Tracking System, any bugs relevant to backported packages still have to be reported to the debian-backports list, which will now also move on lists.debian.org.
Jörg Jaspert announce a new service for users of Debian's
branche: are now
agregaded and available in a single file. That makes it easier for
testing-users to review changes in specific packages before they
install them. The files are available from all mirrors in the
dists/testing directory and rotated on a date basis, keeping about
2 days. There's also always a symlink to the
While analysing md5sum usage for internal package integrity checks,
Romain Francoise also published some numbers
about the growth of Debian's archive. To his astonishment Debian's
unstable branch grow from about 20'000 packages to over 30'000
within three years!
He also calculated the growth rate of the releases, and estimates, that
with the upcoming Debian 6.0
Squeeze about 29'000 packages will be
released, which is a growth compared to Debian 5.0
Richard Darst continued his blog post on how to organise the annual
Debian Conference. He coveres the topics
What is the
DebConf selection process,
DebConf manages money,
budgeting for a single conference,
DebConf registration process, and
FTP-Master Jörg Jaspert announced details of
the new signing key for the Debian archive. The new key has already
been added to the debian-archive-keyring
package, which was also updated of the recent Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.6
Lenny release. The new key will be used once Debian 6.0
Squeeze is released or the old key is expired (by the end of 2012).
Whichever comes first.
unofficial bits from the Arm porters mentioned in
last issue, Hector Oron posted official
bits. He gave more details about the work in the Hardfloat ARM port,
and also listed various supporter of the ARM port, including Linaro, which is a
not for profit organisation sponsored by manufacturers
with interest in ARM and with engineers.
Colin Watson called for help debugging a GRUB2 problem with some Windows applications. Appearently some proprietary software overwrite some parts of GRUB to store some licensing information. Colin asks affected users for same data and gave instructioncs on how to obtain it.
7 applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainer and 6 people started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Javier Merino Cacho, Kurashiki Satoru, Sebastien Noel, Maia Kozheva, Tanguy Ortolo, Thierry Carrez, Ulrich Dangel, Douglas Kirkland, Alice Ferrazzi, Nicolas Valcárcel Scerpella, Tássia Camões Araújo, Ryan Tandy and Marco Rodrigues into our project!
According to the unofficial
release-critical bug counter, the upcoming release,
Squeeze, is currently affected by
226 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
or on the way of being solved, roughly speaking, about
129 release critical bugs remain to be solved for the
release to happen.
There are also more detailed statistics as well as some hints on how to interpret these numbers.
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): phpmyadmin, typo3-src, OpenOffice.org, openssl, wireshark, barnowl, and smbind. 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):
Please note that due to the freeze of the upcoming
Squeeze acceptance of new packages has almost ceased.
Currently 564 packages are orphaned and 133 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.
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