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Misc Developer News (#56)

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In this issue:
 + Call for architecture porters for Debian bookworm
 + New Debian mailing list
 + Salsa project for asking autopkgtest questions
 + /sbin/raw dropped from util-linux
 + rsync.net offers storage for Debian Developers

Call for architecture porters for Debian bookworm

 The Debian release team have put out a call for porters[1] for Debian
 bookworm. If you are using any CPU architectures other than amd64 (which
 has an exemption) such as i386, ARM, POWER or all the less popular
 architectures, please consider contributing towards popcon submissions,
 testing packages, running testing/unstable systems, fixing toolchain
 issues, triaging/fixing bugs, testing/fixing d-i or maintaining/providing
 hardware for the architectures you care about. If you are already doing
 these activities or intend to do these activities for particular
 architectures, please respond to the release team mail with the info
 requested by them before January 1st 2022.

 For information about the activities involved in porting Debian, see the
 documentation linked from the ports[2] page on the wiki and especially
 the guide for creating new ports[3].

  -- Paul Wise

 [1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2021/10/msg00007.html
 [2] https://wiki.debian.org/Ports
 [3] https://wiki.debian.org/PortsDocs/New

New Debian mailing list

 The Debian listmasters have recently created this new mailing list:

  * debian-clojure[4]: for discussions of packaging Clojure[5] and
    projects implemented in it. Clojure is a dynamic and functional
    dialect of the Lisp programming language on the JVM.

  -- Paul Wise

 [4] https://lists.debian.org/debian-clojure/
 [5] https://clojure.org/

Salsa project for asking autopkgtest questions

 The Debian CI team would like to encourage and help more maintainers to
 add autopkgtest support to their packages. To that effect, there is now
 the autopkgtest-help repository on salsa[6], where maintainers can ask
 questions related to testing their packages by opening issues.

  -- Antonio Terceiro

 [6] https://salsa.debian.org/ci-team/autopkgtest-help/

/sbin/raw dropped from util-linux

 Linux 5.14 dropped the "raw" block/char device driver, and also broke
 building the raw(8) utility program. util-linux in bookworm/sid has
 dropped this binary. Given the very generic name, it is impossible to
 find any users. If you maintain a package using /sbin/raw, please make
 the appropriate changes.

  -- Chris Hofstaedtler

rsync.net offers storage for Debian Developers

 rsync.net now[7] offers[8] gratis backup storage for all active Debian
 Developers. Signing up will currently give a 500 GB free-forever account
 with 7 daily snapshots.

 This is one of several benefits[9] that are offered to Debian members and

  -- Paul Wise

 [7] https://bits.debian.org/2021/05/donation-from-rsync-net.html
 [8] https://www.rsync.net/debian.html
 [9] https://wiki.debian.org/MemberBenefits



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