Hey people, me again; time for another update... The Google Summer of Code is over, and final reports have been submitted. Most of our students worked well right up to (and in some cases beyond) the end of the summer, and hopefully we'll see some useful results from their projects coming to light soon. Expect a more detailed summary of what was achieved, coming soon to a d-d-a list near you. Sarge r3 and the third d-i beta have both been released, the latter basically on schedule, the former slightly late and with a couple of small known issues. Those issues should hopefully be fixed in r4 after a short interval. Etch d-i development seems to have been very successful to this point, adding major new features, yet more translations and the usual set of bug fixes. Kudos to the team! Meanwhile, Damog reported on his June trip to Cuba, and local enthusiasts in Colombia held their first Mini-Debconf last month. We clearly have a growing community of Free Software enthusiasts in Latin America. More events are planned - let's support them as much as we can. In the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot of discussion focussed on issues pertaining to the forthcoming Etch release. The release process itself is under scrutiny, and we've also seen some spirited debate about how we should deal with the increasingly common phenomenon of loadable binary firmware images for hardware support. They're probably going to run for a while yet. In the meantime, Manoj has just announced the start of voting for a constitutional GR which might change how our assets are handled. Please go and read the proposal and state your opinion. Debconf 7 preparation is continuing on; the local team in the UK have just had a big meeting this last weekend in Edinburgh and made a lot of progress on organising for next summer. We're expecting to be catering for about 400 people in Scotland; the early plans are firming up nicely and it looks set to be another successful Debian conference. I hope to see you there! On the conference front, I've been invited to attend a Free Software conference at La Laguna University in Tenerife next week to talk about Debian. I should be covering a great deal of ground there in the 90 minutes allotted, from general aspects down to detailed technical discussions. It should be good fun, and I hope to engage more interest in what we're doing. There's even a suggestion of a BSP at the conference if we can work out the details. Continuing further on that theme, we're heading into the planned BSP marathon to help kill those RC bugs and make Etch releasable. To try and help out, I'm going to be continuing on with a mini tour of Europe after the conference, heading over to Utrecht on the 29th of September and Zurich on the 6th of October. There are several parties announced already, and more are being planned. Please, dive in and let's work together to get Etch out on time this year!  http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2006  http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/3.1_r3/HEADER.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00010.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2006/09/msg00018.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2006/08/msg00032.html and subsequent threads  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/09/msg00008.html  http://wiki.debian.org/DebConf7Meetings/Minutes/2006-09-09  https://encuentro.ssl.ull.es/  http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathon -- Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org Armed with "Valor": "Centurion" represents quality of Discipline, Honor, Integrity and Loyalty. Now you don't have to be a Caesar to concord the digital world while feeling safe and proud.
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