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Misc Developer News (#24)

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In this issue:
 + Debian QA meeting
 + squeeze release live microblogging
 + Debian derivatives census
 + planet.debian.org policy
 + List of override disparities

Debian QA meeting

 A Debian QA meeting[1] will be held in Paris, France at the Center for
 Research and Innovation on Free Software (IRILL)[2]. It will begin in the
 early afternoon on Friday March 18th and end on Sunday March 20th. If you
 are attending and need sponsorship, please add your information to the
 wiki page by Tuesday February 8th so that sprint[3] funding can be
 applied for.

 [1] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianQAParis2011
 [2] http://www.irill.org
 [3] http://wiki.debian.org/Sprints

squeeze release live microblogging

 The Debian squeeze release will be live microblogged[4] to Debian's
 identica account[5]. Several steps of the release process are quite long
 and boring, so these quiet periods will be filled with funny or otherwise
 interesting facts about Debian. If you would like to help out by
 supplying some fun or interesting facts, please reply to the thread[6].

  -- Paul Wise

 [4] http://lists.debian.org/20110130130240.GC30200@melusine.alphascorpii.net
 [5] http://identi.ca/debian
 [6] http://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2011/01/threads.html#00055

Debian derivatives census

 The Debian derivatives front desk[7] is conducting[8] a census[9] of all
 Debian derivatives. If you are a representative of a Debian derivative
 please add a page for your derivative based on the template[10]. Future
 plans for the Debian derivatives census include keeping track of Debian
 derivatives, addition of more information useful to Debian contributors,
 inclusion of machine-readable information and subsequent integration of
 information about derivatives into Debian infrastructure. In addition we
 would like to invite representatives of distributions derived from Debian
 to join the Debian derivatives[11] front desk[12] IRC channel[13] and
 mailing list[14].

  -- Paul Wise

 [7] http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk
 [8] http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110124
 [9] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census
 [10] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/CensusTemplate
 [11] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives
 [12] http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk
 [13] irc://irc.debian.org/debian-derivatives
 [14] http://lists.debian.org/debian-derivatives/

planet.debian.org policy

 Planet Debian[15] maintainers have revamped the
 Planet Debian policy[16] and linked it from Planet home page. The policy
 is a recommended reading for all Planet Debian users, be them reader or
 authors, and covers topics such as who can be on Planet Debian, what can
 be posted on Planet Debian, as well as technical documentation on how to
 benefit from various Planet Debian services.

 The main change is that webbugs which are not filtered by Planet Debian
 are frowned upon and can be ground for removal of the feed. Currently
 only feedburner tracking images are stripped. Any image not hosted by the
 syndicated blog that is automatically inserted in the feed and that is
 known to be used for tracking purpose is considered a webbug. If your
 feed happen to contain webbugs, you are welcome to contribute a
 supplementary filter to avoid being excluded. Send patches to

  -- Stefano Zacchiroli & Raphaël Hertzog

 [15] http://planet.debian.org
 [16] http://wiki.debian.org/PlanetDebian

List of override disparities

 Policy § 2.5[17] states packages must not depend on other packages with
 lower priority values. In order to better adhere to it, FTP Team export a
 yaml-formatted list of packages affected override disparities[18]. Please
 adjust your package with one of your next uploads when you agree that
 your package is wrong, or file a bug on ftp.debian.org having us change
 the overrides for your package, when you think our overrides are wrong.
 See http://lists.debian.org/4D2CDDF5.2000600@debian.org for further

  -- Alexander Reichle-Schmehl

 [17] http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive.html#s-priorities
 [18] http://ftp-master.debian.org/override-disparity.gz



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