A Debian Packaging workshop was organized by Dept. of Computer Engg. and I.T. at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) and COEP's Free Software Users Group (COFSUG) on 2-8 Jan 2016.
Praveen A, Debian Developer and Sruthi Chandran, Debian Maintainer were the main instructors for the workshop. Abhijit A. M., faculty at COEP, was the coordinator.
A total of 32 students from the department of Computer Engineering and I.T. participated in the workshop. We had total 2*7 total sessions on 7 continuous days. This was perhaps for the first time that a Debian Packaging workshop was conducted for this long interval in India.
The workshop was also addressed voluntarily by Raju Vindane, an intern with Hamara Linux, Krishnakant Mane and Abhijith Balan from the GNUkhata team.
The students were introduced with basics of packaging like lxc container, npm2deb, build system, dpkg-buildpackage, lintian, changing the files in debian/ folder (copyright, rules, changelog, copyright, etc.), sbuild, Debian processes, debian mailing lists, in the first three days. As a learning exercise the students did packaging of Nodejs packages deep-eql, pretty-hrline and prase-glob which were already packaged.
After that the students voluntarily took up the packaging of different nodejs related packages. A total of 32 packages were packaged by students. As on Sunday, 8th Jan 2017, 12 packages were actually uploaded to the NEW queue of Debian system.
Some of the students have expressed their interests in packaging key and important software like gitlab, diaspora and GNUkhata in future. Some have expressed their desire to continue packaging the nodejs packages.
The list of packages done during the workshop:
The workshop is documented on the Loomio (www.loomio.org) page at  and  and also on COEP Moodle , and being updated on COEP wiki also . Photos are available on Loomio page .
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