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Misc Developer News (#26)

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In this issue:
 + DebConf news
 + Multiarch support
 + win32-loader.exe available from the mirrors network
 + Team-specific NM questions
 + Debian games team meeting

DebConf news

 The DebConf team recently had meetings discussing DebConf12 bids[1] and
 preparations for DebConf11[2]. The meeting to decide where DebConf12 will
 be held will occur on 22nd March, from 20:00 UTC.

 According to the recent DebConf11 report[3], preparations for DebConf11
 are going well, especially with the support from the local and national
 governments. People who will need a visa or that might have problem with
 visas to visit Bosnia should visit the visas[4] web page, register in
 penta and then contact the team at visa@debconf.org since the DebConf11
 organising team have assistance from the government Republika Srpska.
 Registrations for DebConf11 are targeted at being open by April 1st. As
 usual; if you need sponsorship to attend DebConf, please apply before the
 deadlines and don't be pessimistic about your eligibility. If you or your
 company would like to help DebConf financially, please take a look at the
 sponsorship web page[5] and donate as you are able. Take a look at the
 "How can I help?"[6] web page for other ways to assist DebConf11, including
 volunteering[7] your time during the conference, which can be very

 The Debconf10 final report is due out on March 14th so keep an eye out
 for it and have a read if you were there or are interested in what
 DebConf is like. The reports for earlier years are available[8] and go
 back to DebConf5 in Finland.

  -- Paul Wise

 [1] http://meetbot.debian.net/debconf-team/2011/debconf-team.2011-03-01-20.01.html
 [2] http://meetbot.debian.net/debconf-team/2011/debconf-team.2011-03-08-20.01.html
 [3] http://lists.debconf.org/lurker/message/20110224.204950.5f426a36.en.html
 [4] http://debconf11.debconf.org/visas.xhtml
 [5] http://debconf11.debconf.org/sponsorship.xhtml
 [6] http://debconf11.debconf.org/helpus.xhtml
 [7] http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf11/Teams#Volunteers
 [8] http://media.debconf.org/

Multiarch support

 dpkg is on good track to support multi-arch[9]. But the possibility to
 co-install the same package from multiple architectures is going to break
 some assumptions in various packages. Check out this message on
 debian-devel[10] to learn more about the problems and how they should be
 fixed. Please report back any package that is likely to be affected by
 those problems.

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

 [9] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MultiarchSpec
 [10] http://lists.debian.org/20110302140611.GH20023@rivendell.home.ouaza.com

win32-loader.exe available from the mirrors network

 Since its 0.6.22 version and thanks to the help of FTP Masters,
 win32-loader.exe is now downloadable from the official Debian
 mirrors[11]. When run from a Windows host, this executable (the
 standalone flavour of the setup.exe available on the x86 CDs) downloads
 the Debian-Installer kernel and initrd and configures the Windows
 bootloader to allow a seamless reboot to the Debian-Installer. It is
 supposed to work on all known Windows versions and can download both the
 GNU/Linux and GNU/kFreeBSD Debian-Installer flavours.

  -- Didier Raboud

 [11] http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian/tools/win32-loader/unstable/win32-loader.exe

Team-specific NM questions

 I sent a call[12] for teams to send me team-specific P&P and T&S
 questions. I'll collect them and add them in one file per team to the NM
 template repository. They can be useful not only for NM, but also to give
 people a way to get up to speed on how the team works.

  -- Enrico Zini

 [12] http://lists.debian.org/20110309130159.GA27335@enricozini.org

Debian games team meeting

 The Debian games team is having a meeting[13] on the 18th March 2011 at
 9:00PM UTC. If you maintain a game in Debian or outside Debian or are
 interested in gaming and Debian we would like to invite you to attend and
 discuss various topics with us. The agenda is not yet set, to help us
 decide which items to talk about, please fill out the poll[14].

  -- Paul Wise

 [13] http://wiki.debian.org/Games/Meetings/2011-03-18
 [14] http://doodle.com/e53i5dad794vxadq



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