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Debian derivatives census: VyOS: welcome!

Hi Daniil,

I would like to welcome yourself and VyOS to the Debian derivatives
census! Would you like to take this opportunity to introduce yourself
and VyOS to us all? 


It would be great if you could join our mailing list and IRC channel:


I would encourage you to look at Debian's guidelines for derivatives:


You may want to look at our census QA page, some of the mails from
there may apply to VyOS.


You don't appear to be subscribed to the VyOS census page,
I've made a change to the VyOS census page:


Some of the Release files in the apt repository for VyOS are missing
the Valid-Until header, which allows clients to find out when active
network attackers are holding back newer Release files. At minimum,
rolling releases and suites containing security updates should have
this header. With reprepro you can use the ValidFor config option.


The apt repository for VyOS does not contain source packages, including
for packages licensed under the GNU GPL. This may or may not be a
copyright violation depending on whether our not you distribute those
elsewhere. In any case, please add source packages to your repository
so that Debian can automatically create patches to be presented to
Debian package maintainers.


I get a couple of errors when updating apt using the sources.list:

W: Failed to fetch http://packages.vyos.net/vyos/dists/stable/main/binary-amd64/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 2a03:ca80:8001:2c:abcd::ef 80]
W: Failed to fetch http://packages.vyos.net/vyos/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 2a03:ca80:8001:2c:abcd::ef 80]

The page is missing a dpkg vendor field. It is important that Debian
derivatives set this properly on installed systems and mention the
value of the field in the derivatives census.


I've added the VyOS blog to Planet Debian derivatives which helps the
Debian community find out the things that are happening in the world of
Debian derivatives.


I would encourage individual VyOS developers to get involved in or
start local Debian groups near them.


You mentioned on IRC that some of the developers are from the UK, they
might like to attend the upcoming BSP in Cambridge:


This year the annual Debian conference is in South Africa. It would be
great if developers from VyOS could attend DebConf but I understand you
are all in Europe so it would be understandable if you couldn't. If
this isn't possible, the year after DebConf will be in Cambridge UK,
Prague or Montreal.


I would encourage any attendees to volunteer to ensure the continued
the success of the annual Debian conference, here are some examples of
things that need helpers.


The Debian release team recently released a timeline for the freeze for
the next Debian stable release. I would encourage you to review it and
prepare your plans for rebasing on the next Debian release (stretch).


I note that VyOS is based on Debian wheezy. The Debian security team
will soon be ending normal security support and moving wheezy to the
LTS team. I would encourage VyOS to help out with this effort with
developer time if possible, or move up to Debian jessie.


I note that VyOS does Debian backports, you might also like to
contribute your backporting efforts to Debian.


You might want to consider adding DNSSEC to your domains, TLSA records
and SSL to some of your domains. SSL on the repository will help VyOS
users to obscure package names and version numbers from global active
adversaries. You might also want to add HSTS headers.

Please feel free to circulate this mail within the VyOS team.



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