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Bits of Debian Blends


in this bits:
  1. Ongoing discussion about DebTags
  2. Blends metainformation in UDD and potential use in PTS
  3. Talks about Blends
  4. Sponsoring of Blends packages
  5. GSoC projects
  6. Blends Metapackages in Wheezy
  7. What can you do for the Wheezy user experience right now

1. Ongoing discussion about DebTags

There is an ongoing discussion on the Blends mailing list about
DebTags([1], [2], [3] and [4]) that might deserve some general interest
about DebTagging packages.  In case the GSoC project (see below) will
be accepted we try to work on some better integration of DebTags into
the Blends framework.

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-blends/2013/01/msg00010.html ff
[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-blends/2013/03/msg00020.html ff
[3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-blends/2013/03/msg00032.html ff
[4] https://lists.debian.org/debian-blends/2013/04/msg00018.html ff

2. Blends metainformation in UDD and potential use in PTS

In Bug#703402 it was requested to enable a link to the blends website
for packages involved in blends.  To solve this the Blends metadata will
be imported into UDD (basically done, not yet tested).  This in turn
enables an easy export as YAML (not yet done)

3. Talks about Blends

There was a talk about Debian GIS held by Andreas Tille at Chemnitzer
Linuxtage[1] (German only).

Jonas Smedegaard had a general talk about Debian Pure Blends in general
at Distro-recipes in Paris.

[1] http://people.debian.org/~tille/talks/201303_chem_gis/
[2] http://www.linux-support.com/cms/jonas-smedegaard-debian-pure-blends-creating-sustainable-hacks/

4. Sponsoring of Blends packages

After realising that sponsoring in some Blends teams does not work ([1],
[2], ...) as it should be I have set up a Wiki page[3] where I describe
under what circumstance I will sponsor packages of any Blends scope.

 1. Has confirmed to have understood the Blends principle
 2. Package is maintained in a VCS used by the Blends team
 3. Package is listed on the Blends tasks pages (which is either
    because the package is inside Debian or in any Blends VCS)
 4. Unable to find a Sponsor on the Blends list even after
    posting there at least twice

If these conditions are fullfilled I try to do my best to get the
package sponsored.  Any other Blends related sponsors joining this
effort are welcome for sure.

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2012/07/msg00211.html
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/538067
[3] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianPureBlends/SoB

5. GSoC projects

There are two GSoC projects offered in the Blends scope:

  1. Redesign metapackage creation for Debian Blends
  2. Enhancing Debian Blends web sentinel

Currently there is one student for each project showing interest.

[1] https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/Projects#Redesign_metapackage_creation_for_Debian_Blends
[2] https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/Projects#Enhancing_Debian_Blends_web_sentinel

6. Blends Metapackages in Wheezy

All sets of metapackages for Blends targeting at Wheezy arrived in

  debian-edu:     1.702
  debian-gis:     0.0.2
  debian-med:     1.13.2
  debian-science: 1.0
  debichem:       0.0.3

Debian-Jr. is unfortunately not maintained currently so there are no new
metapackages for Wheezy.

Thanks for all people who worked on the Blends tasks to enable the
metapackages reflect the current set of packages inside the Debian pool.
Not to forget: thanks to the patience of the release team for their extra
effort to accept the metapackages.

7. What can you do for the Wheezy user experience right now

For Debian Science and Debian Med I have send detailed information
([1] or [2]) what any user can do to increase the general user
experience for Wheezy users of Blends packages.  I will not repeat
this for other Blends but here is a short summary:

   1. Add screenshots
   2. Add DebTags
   3. Translate package descriptions

And for sure every Blend should write at least one paragraph for the
release notes.  Just do not waste the chance to advertise your work
inside the release notes of Wheezy which is perceived by a lot of people
all over the world - potential users and developers of your work will be
amongst them.

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-science/2013/04/msg00059.html
[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-med/2013/04/msg00054.html

Thanks for your interest in Debian Blends and feel free
to read more about it[0]


[0] http://blends.alioth.debian.org/blends/


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