Bits from the Debian Pure Blends Team
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as you might have noticed the effort formerly known as Custom
Debian Distributions was renamed to Debian Pure Blends (see
 for the reasons). This process is now regarded as finished.
The Alioth project was moved to
and so the Subversion repository can be found at
The package which was used to build the metapackages of each
Blend was renamed from ccd-dev to blends-dev but there will be
a compatibility wrapper package cdd-dev to make migration easy
for each single Blend. The package is currently sitting in
experimental for testing purposes and the blends metapackages
of Debian Med, Debian Science and Debian Jr. are there as well.
An upload to unstable will follow soon.
The last step of the renaming was to rename the common mailing
list which is targeting at discussing and developing common
tools for all Blends. The old list address was
and the new address is
I'd strongly recommend to have at least one developer of
each Blend team at least lurking on this list to be informed
about issues of Blends development.
The new locations of the auto generated pages for the existing
Debian Edu: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/edu
Debian GIS: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/gis
Debian Jr: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/junior
Debian Med: http://debian-med.alioth.debian.org (unchanged)
Debian Science: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/science
I'm proud to announce that two further projects took over
the blends framework to reflect the efforts of their work:
Debian Accessibility: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/accessibility
Debian Lex: http://blends.alioth.debian.org/lex
Regarding the first of the new projects the term "specific workfield"
is not really applicable because accessibility is rather something
comparable to i18n - but using the Blends framework seems technically
reasonably to handle accessibility related packages in Debian. The
later project Debian Lex  was founded a long time ago but became
MIA for several years. The mailing list statistics  seem to have
gained some interest and there is a chance that this project will
get new life.
Finally I would like to mention that there is a suggestion for
Google Summer of Code from the Debian Pure Blends effort 
and at least one student showed interest to work on this.
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