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Misc Developer News (#23)

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Please contribute short news about your work/plans/subproject.

In this issue:
 + Debian MiniConfs
 + Debian Maintainer index
 + GoogleCode redirector
 + Commit rights to Debian Project News for DDs
 + Debian Developer Portfolio Service
 + #debian-ubuntu on OFTC
 + Team uploads

Debian MiniConfs

 So, DebConf is over and pretty soon you'll be missing it (or wishing you
 were missing it). This part always makes some a bit sad but inevitably
 brings us back next year to see everyone again. BUT, you don't need to
 miss everyone for the whole year between DebConfs since there are some Debian
 MiniConfs organised between now and then.

 Earlier this year there was a MiniDebCamp in Thailand[2] attended by
 about 30 local people and 5 from Europe, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. The
 MiniConf in India[3] that overlapped with the end of DebConf reportedly
 had almost 200 people attending.

 In late October there is a MiniConf in Paris, France[4]. In early
 November there is a Debian MiniConf at FOSSASIA[5] in Ho Chi Minh
 (Saigon), Vietnam. Events like these help grow the Debian community
 around the world so please support them by attending, giving talks and
 promoting them on your blog, microblog, mailing list or irc/chat channel.
 If you are organising one of these events, please consider contacting the
 DebConf global team in order to get a <country><year>.mini.debconf.org
 domain for your Debian MiniConf. Please also contact the Debian events
 address in order to get your Debian event listed on the Debian website[6].

  -- Paul Wise

 [1] http://wiki.debian.org/DebConf
 [2] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianThailand/MiniDebCamp2010
 [3] http://in2010.mini.debconf.org/
 [4] http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Miniconf-Paris/2010
 [5] http://fossasia.org/
 [6] http://www.debian.org/events/

Debian Maintainer index

 Enrico Zini has contributed a nice overview page[7] that lists all
 current Debian Maintainers (DM) and the packages they maintain.

  -- Stefano Zacchiroli

 [7] https://nm.debian.org/dm_list.html

GoogleCode redirector

 Recently I launched[8] the beta-testing of a GoogleCode redirector[9], meant
 to be used in debian/watch (by uscan(1) and DEHS). Feel free to use it,
 report bugs or ask for features!

  -- David Paleino

 [8] http://www.hanskalabs.net/posts/googlecode-debian-net/
 [9] http://googlecode.debian.net/

Commit rights to Debian Project News for DDs

 Debian Developers, who which to contribute to the Debian Project News (as
 editor, reviewer or translator), can do so without request special
 rights. The subversion repository on alioth already grants all Debian
 Developers write access. More details are available on

  -- Alexander Reichle-Schmehl

Debian Developer Portfolio Service

 I added several new types of information to the Debian Developer
 Portfolio Service[10] recently:

  * link to user's Debian wiki homepage (may be specified via URL
    parameter wikihomepage, otherwise generated from capitalized name
  * optional link to users Debian forum page (only if forum id is
    specified as URL parameter forumsid)
  * ssh command lines for MIA information, owned debian.net domains and
    group membership
  * finger command and URL for retrieving GPG keys from db.debian.org
  * finger command to retrieve developer information from db.debian.org

 I also added a cron job to do a daily synchronization of the gpg key
 information from keyring.debian.org. DDPortfolio uses information from
 Debian developer as well as Debian maintainer keyrings.

 Debian Maintainer GPG fingerprints and full names are now automatically
 retrieved from their email address in the same way it is done for Debian

 Thanks to Paul Wise (pabs) for a flow of new ideas for

  -- Jan Dittberner

 [10] http://ddportfolio.debian.net/

#debian-ubuntu on OFTC

 Lucas Nussbaum blogged about the #debian-ubuntu IRC channel[11] on OFTC.
 It can be very useful when you have a question about the state of a given
 package on the Ubuntu side (and vice-versa).

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

 [11] http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=500

Team uploads

 Some packaging teams use a single mailing list that collects all bug
 reports, and allow normal uploads by team members without them being
 listed directly as Maintainer or Uploader. In that case, the special
 first line ` * Team upload.` will avoid to the upload to be confused
 with a NMU. TeamUploads[12] are supported by the `debchange` (`dch`) tool
 of the `devcripts` package, via a `--team` command-line option.

  -- Charles Plessy

 [12] http://wiki.debian.org/TeamUpload



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