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In this issue:
 + britney option enabled to look at tests.reproducible-builds.org
 + reportbug and ftp.d.o/release.d.o/wnpp pseudo-packages
 + non-free-firmware is now autobuilt
 + reform.debian.net
 + new sparc64 porterbox

britney option enabled to look at tests.reproducible-builds.org
- ---------------------------------------------------------------

 Paul Gevers has enabled a no-penalty-no-gain reproducibility option for
 amd64/arm64/i386/armhf in the migration software, which means that data
 from the Overview of various statistics about reproducible builds[1] is
 collected but causes neither migration bonuses nor blocks migration

 The information only results are visible on
 https://release.debian.org/britney/update_excuses.html[2] as well as on
 individual packages pages on the Debian Package Tracker[3].

  -- Holger Levsen

 [1] https://tests.reproducible-builds.org/debian
 [2] https://release.debian.org/britney/update_excuses.html
 [3] https://tracker.debian.org

reportbug and ftp.d.o/release.d.o/wnpp pseudo-packages
- ------------------------------------------------------

 The reportbug tool now has some features that are useful when filing
 requests against the pseudo-packages ftp.debian.org, release.debian.org
 and wnpp.

 It now sets the usertag for ftp.debian.org removal requests (override
 requests already had this). This is so that they are automatically
 categorised correctly on the bug listing.

 It now sets affects[4] and X-Debbugs-CC[5] on bugs against
 pseudo-packages that are related to a real package in the archive;
 including ftp.debian.org, release.debian.org and wnpp bugs (wnpp bugs
 only had affects before). This is so that maintainers, package tracker
 subscribers and folks viewing the bug lists for packages can see them.

 Please consider using reportbug for filing removal or wnpp bugs so that
 these things are done automatically for you. Some examples of the headers
 it sets are listed below. If you have bug templates of your own for these
 issues, please update them to include the correct pseudo-headers.

 Please note that reportbug supports sending bugs via your normal mail
 client[6] using xdg-email (available since bullseye), or via a specific
 mail client[7] too.

 	Package: ftp.debian.org
	 Severity: normal
 	User: ftp.debian.org@packages.debian.org
 	Usertags: remove
 	X-Debbugs-Cc: foo@packages.debian.org
 	Control: affects -1 + src:foo

 	Package: ftp.debian.org
 	Severity: normal
 	User: ftp.debian.org@packages.debian.org
	Usertags: override
 	X-Debbugs-Cc: foo@packages.debian.org
 	Control: affects -1 + src:foo

 	Package: release.debian.org
 	Severity: normal
 	User: release.debian.org@packages.debian.org
 	Usertags: rm
 	X-Debbugs-Cc: foo@packages.debian.org
 	Control: affects -1 + src:foo

 	Package: wnpp
	Severity: normal
	 X-Debbugs-Cc: foo@packages.debian.org
 	Control: affects -1 + src:foo

  -- Paul Wise

 [4] https://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control#affects
 [5] https://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting#xcc
 [6] https://wiki.debian.org/reportbug#Using_your_normal_mail_client
 [7] https://wiki.debian.org/reportbug#Using_a_specific_mail_client

non-free-firmware is now autobuilt
- ----------------------------------

 non-free-firmware in unstable and experimental is now being autobuilt by
 the regular Debian builders. It is subject to the same allowlist and
 criteria[8] as regular non-free builds.

 Allowlisting packages has been staffed with only a single person in the
 last years. If you are a DD and interested in helping out with license
 reviews, please contact the same email address.

  -- Philipp Kern


- -----------------

 Owners of a MNT Reform open hardware laptop[9] can now set up their
 machine using OpenPGP signed packages built for Debian stable (Bookworm)
 instead of using unsigned packages for unstable from the official MNT
 repositories. In addition to the apt repository[10] containing the
 Bookworm kernel with required patches on top, reform.debian.net provides
 system images[11] which boot directly into a full Desktop as well as
 Debian installer netboot images[12] patched with the custom kernel
 required for the Reform. This service is for the MNT Reform what
 raspi.debian.net is for the Raspberry Pi. Many thanks go to the
 debian.net team for providing an ARM64 machine that builds the packages
 and images and hosts the website. Head over to reform.debian.net[13] for
 more information.

 [9] https://shop.mntre.com/products/mnt-reform
 [10] https://reform.debian.net/repo/
 [11] https://reform.debian.net/images/
 [12] https://reform.debian.net/d-i/
 [13] https://reform.debian.net

new sparc64 porterbox
- ---------------------

 John Paul Adrian Glaubitz announced[14] a new porterbox for sparc64; a VM
 (LDOM) hosted on a SPARC T4-1 with 96 GB RAM and more than 500 GB disk.
 Thanks to Cononva Communications GmbH for sponsoring the hosting in
 Salzburg, Austria.




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