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Bits from Debian Pure Blends


here are some bits from Debian Pure Blends [0]:

1. Rename finished

   At DebConf 8 it was decided to rename the effort which was formerly
   known as Custom Debian Distributions.  The rename to Debian Pure
   Blends now can be considered as finished in the docs, code and
   infrastructure (mailing list, alioth project, etc..  There are
   compatibility packages cdd-dev and cdd-common for one release cycle
   to enable smooth upgrades.

2. New Blends

   The BrDesktop project is actually not really a new Blend because it is
   released with Lenny but it started using the technical framework since
   last month.  Also the DebiChem project is using the framework now.  You
   might like to have a look at the list of all Blends [1] which are using
   the Framework to create tasks and bugs pages.

3. New features

   The tasks and bugs pages are now created using Ultimate Debian
   Database (UDD) [2] which enabled a lot of new features which
   came quite cheap.  These are
   - Outright information about versions and architectures even
     including information about newer upstream
   - Information about packages in experimental and new queue
   - Displaying DebTags (or asking user to provide DebTags if they
     are missing)
   - Popcon stats
   - Providing correct links to Vcs
   - Provide screenshots from screenshots.debian.net

   Please provide screenshots to screenshots.debian.net to make
   the tasks pages even more informative!

4. Blends needing more support

   The Blends Debian Junior and Debian Lex currently are not actively
   maintained.  Some fresh blood might be needed.

5. Ways to help Blends and Debian users in General

   - Translate package descriptions (see yellow buttons on the tasks
   - Provide proper DebTags (see yellow buttons as well)
   - Provide screenshots at screenshots.debian.net
   - Usability comments about tasks and bugs pages
   - Join a Blend featuring your own interests or create a new one.

Kind regards


[0] http://blends.alioth.debian.org/blends/
[1] http://blends.alioth.debian.org/
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/UltimateDebianDatabase


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