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Debian Project News - February 4th, 2013

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February 4th, 2013            http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/03/

Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * DebConf13 venue and dates
  * Automating Debian bootstrapping
  * Interviews
  * Other news
  * Upcoming events
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

DebConf13 venue and dates

Moray Allan and Didier Raboud gave some updates on the upcoming
DebConf13 [1] to be held at Le Camp in Vaumarcus, Switzerland [2]. In
the blogpost, they confirmed that the conference will take place from 11
to 18 August. This year, for budget reasons, the DebCamp - during which
usually the various Debian teams meet to work on specific issues and
projects - will be held during the same week as the conference.
Registration will probably open around the start of March.

    1: http://blog.debconf.org/blog/debconf13/ma_dc13_venue_and_dates.dc
    2: http://debconf13.debconf.org/map.xhtml

In related news, the DebConf team sent a call for bids [3] for
DebConf14. If you are interested in putting forward a bid for DebConf14,
send a message to their mailing list [4]. You are also invited to think
about possible venues for DebConf15.
People interested in helping with the organisation of DebConf are
welcome to join the team, and find out how they can help by contacting
them on their mailing list [4] or on the #debconf-team channel on

    3: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/01/msg00006.html
    4: debconf-team@lists.debconf.org

Automating Debian bootstrapping

Johannes Schauer wrote a detailed report of the status of his "Port
bootstrap build-ordering tool" [5], which was started as a Debian GSoC
project last year and aims to solve cyclic build dependencies, making it
possible to automate the bootstrapping of Debian on new architectures.
Since November 2012 the project has reached some important milestones
such as providing a less "monolithic" toolset, a new dependency graph
definition, two new ways to break dependency cycles, and an adjustment
of the algorithm to allow a more precise final build order.

    5: http://blog.mister-muffin.de/2013/01/25/bootstrappable-debian---new-milestone/


There has been an interview [6] with Florian Weimer of the Debian
security team about his talk "Trends in Open Source Security" at FOSDEM

    6: https://fosdem.org/2013/interviews/2013-florian-weimer/

Other news

According to W3Techs, Debian is the most popular Linux distribution for
webservers [7]. It currently has a market share of 32.9% of all websites
that use Linux, and growing.

    7: http://w3techs.com/technologies/history_details/os-linux

Ben Hutchings published the fourth part [8] of his "What's in the Linux
kernel for Debian 7.0 Wheezy" series. Ben also asked for help in testing
SAS drivers for the next point release of Debian stable [9].

    8: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/whats-in-the-linux-kernel-for-debian-70-wheezy-part-4.html
    9: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/call-for-testing-sas-driver-update-for-debian-60-squeeze.html

Neil McGovern sent some bits from the Release team [10] where he
reported about the current status of the freeze. Neil also asked for
volunteers to help with the Release Notes, and particularly for someone
with kFreeBSD experience to create the Release Notes for this port.

   10: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/01/msg00005.html

On the debian-project mailing list, an interesting discussion is
underway about how young people's experience of computers has changed
over the years [11] and how this affects Debian, both in terms of
contributors and users.

   11: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/01/msg00091.html

Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

  * February 22-24, Calicut, India — India Mini-DebConf 2013, Calicut Edition [12]
  * February 22-24, Los Angeles, USA — Debian booth at the eleventh annual Southern California Linux Expo [13]

   12: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0222-minidebconf-india-calicut
   13: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0222-scale11x

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [14] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [15],
Netherlands [16], Hispanic America [17], North America [18].

   14: http://www.debian.org/events
   15: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
   16: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
   17: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
   18: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-na

Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are
you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a
Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page [19]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [20].

   19: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
   20: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors

Four applicants have been accepted [21] as Debian Developers, two
applicants have been accepted [22] as Debian Maintainers and five people
have started to maintain packages [23] since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Anton Gladky, Andreas Beckmann,
Brian Thomason, Laszlo Kajan, Jean-Michel Vourgère, Richard Hartmann,
Vincent W. Chen, Willem van den Akker, James Bennet, Casper Gielen and
Stein Magnus Jodal into our project!

   21: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
   22: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/01/msg00086.html
   23: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [24], the upcoming release, Debian "Wheezy", is currently
affected by 224 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 92
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

   24: http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi

There are also more detailed statistics [25] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [26] these numbers.

   25: http://richardhartmann.de/blog/posts/2013/02/02-Debian_Release_Critical_Bug_report_for_Week_05/
   26: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): ganglia [27], movabletype-opensource [28], ircd-
ratbox [29], rails [30], libupnp [31], libupnp4 [32], samba [33] and
nagios3 [34]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

   27: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2610
   28: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2611
   29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2612
   30: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2613
   31: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2614
   32: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2615
   33: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2617
   34: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2616

Please note that these are a selection of the more important security
advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about
security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please
subscribe to the security mailing list [35] (and the separate backports
list [36], and stable updates list [37]) for announcements.

   35: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
   36: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
   37: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages

21 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [38] are:

  * bitcoin-qt — peer-to-peer network based digital currency - graphical interface [39]
  * cloud-init — configuration and customization of cloud instances [40]

   38: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
   39: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/bitcoin-qt
   40: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cloud-init

Work-needing packages

Currently [41] 530 packages are orphaned [42] and 141 packages are up
for adoption [43]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [44].

   41: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/02/msg00000.html
   42: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   43: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   44: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier,
Francesca Ciceri, Justin B Rye and Paul Wise.

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