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Debian Project News - October 22, 2015

The Debian Project                               https://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity@lists.debian.org
October 22nd, 2015           https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2015/08/

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

  * Welcome to the "New" Debian Project News!
  * Internal News/Happenings
  * Calls for help!
  * More than just code
  * Reports
  * Outside News
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

Welcome to the "New" Debian Project News!

We hope that you enjoy our first newly revised issue of the DPN. We have
shifted some of the content around, introduced new sections, and moved
some content onto the Bits from Debian [1] blog.

    1: https://bits.debian.org/

Bits from Debian will showcase new packages and interviews, plus some
announcements, and is where we will welcome new DDs.

We are planning to send more short news items via our social network
account. Please be sure to follow us on identi.ca/debian [2] (or fall
back to the non-official mirrors in other social networks).

    2: https://identi.ca/debian

One of the major changes is the removal of the DSA security advisories
from the newsletter. Debian's Security Team releases current advisories
on a daily basis (Security Advisories 2015 [3]), so please read them
carefully and take the proper measures.

    3: https://www.debian.org/security/2015/dsa-

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 [4] (and the separate backports list [5], stable updates list [6],
and long term support security updates list [7]) for announcements.

    4: https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
    5: https://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
    6: https://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/
    7: https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce/

We are simplifying and (we hope) improving the "help needed" section.
From now on, you will find:

  * links to packages needing help,
  * links to bug reports tagged "newcomer",
  * calls for help from teams in coordination with the Welcome Team,
tailored for first-time contributors.

Internal News/Happenings

Joerg Jaspert announced [8] that Squeeze non-LTS architectures were
moved to archive.debian.org. Squeeze i386 and amd64 continue to be
hosted on Debian mirrors.

    8: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/08/msg00009.html

The Debian Technical Committee was asked to decide on menu systems in
regard to bug #741573 [9]. They have announced [10] their decision to
migrate away from the Debian Menu System and towards the common
Freedesktop Desktop Entry Specification, and that menu information for
applications should not be duplicated in two different formats.

    9: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=741573
   10: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/09/msg00000.html

Christian Perrier announced [11] the traditional bug guessing contest
for when bugs #900000 and #1000000 will be reported. Chris Lamb reported
Bug #800000 [12] on vdr-plugin-prefermenu.

   11: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/09/msg00008.html
   12: https://bugs.debian.org/800000

The Debian Website Team has reviewed and updated organisations using
Debian in the website section Who's using Debian - Organisations [13].
Many new and old organisations in the world have explained how they are
deploying Debian in the year 2015. Have a look! You can still submit new
entries/info [14] or join the "Who's using Debian" review efforts [15],
now in the Education subsection.

   13: https://www.debian.org/users
   14: https://www.debian.org/users/#submissions
   15: https://wiki.debian.org/WhoUsesDebian

The DebConf Team is working on writing the DebConf15 Final Report [16],
and some sections are almost ready, content-wise; for example DebConf15
in Numbers [17] (contact the DebConf Team if you could help with
transforming the stats into nice infographics) and the Attendee
Impressions [18] (a comprehensive list of links of blogposts about
DebConf15, including some quotes).

   16: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf15/FinalReport
   17: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf15/FinalReport/InNumbers

Look how the time has flown! Christoph Berg [19] recounts 10 years as a
Debian Developer and Dirk Eddelbuettel [20] celebrates 20 years of
Debian Contributions.

   19: http://www.df7cb.de/blog/2015/10_Years_Debian_Developer.html
   20: http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/blog/2015/09/08/#it_was_twenty_years_ago

The delegations for the Publicity Team have been updated [21] and the
team restructured [22]. The new Publicity Team will handle social media,
blogging, press releases, announcements, the DPN, and Debian Press

   21: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/09/msg00007.html
   22: https://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2015/08/msg00032.html

Upcoming Events

FreedomBox Halloween Hackathon

The FreedomBox Foundation is hosting a Halloween Hackathon [23] on
Saturday October 31 in New York City. New and existing contributors will
be getting together to work on FreedomBox [24], the Debian-based
privacy-respecting self-hosting software suite and wireless router.

   24: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [25] of the Debian website.

   25: https://www.debian.org/events

Once upon a time in Debian:

  * 2009-10-06 Arnt Karlsen reported bug #550000 [26], fixed by Erik de
  * 2010-10-05 Debian votes by General Resolution to Welcome
non-packaging contributors [27].

   26: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=550000
   27: https://www.debian.org/vote/2010/vote_002


1,831 people and 18 teams are listed on the Debian Contributors [28]
page for 2015.

   28: https://contributors.debian.org/

Calls for help!

Translators and reviewers needed!

Help us make Debian (the software, the community) speak your language!
Less than an hour every once in a while - even just a couple of minutes
- can make a difference.

If you speak a language other than English, you can join the team for
your language and contribute to Debian with translations and reviews of
other people's translations.

Reviewing translations made by other contributors is particularly needed
(to ensure their quality) and easy (no technical skills needed, just
language skills).

More information and contact details at the Welcome Translators [29]
wiki page.

   29: https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Welcome/Translators

Packages needing help

Currently [30] 671 packages are orphaned [31] and 178 packages are up
for adoption [32]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [33].

   30: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/10/msg00179.html
   31: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   32: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   33: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

Newcomer bugs

Debian has a "newcomer" bug tag used to indicate bugs which are suitable
for new contributors to use as an entry point to working on specific

There are 158 [34] newcomer bugs available.

   34: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?tag=newcomer

More than just code

Tips and Tricks

Several members of the Debian community shared tips: François Marier
shows how to set up a network scanner using SANE [35], Norbert Preining
demonstrates how to rename a local OfflineIMAP mangaged folder [36].
Sven Hoeexter discusses adding multiple SubjectAlternativeNames on one
certificate [37], and wildcard SubjectAlternativeNames [38]. Luca
Falavigna shares resource control with systemd [39].

   36: http://www.preining.info/blog/2015/09/rename-offlineimap-folder/

Having issues with WordPress 4.3 getting slow? You might need an update
as detailed [40] here along with some background information on the bug
and fixes.



The "ian" in Debian, Ian Murdock, penned "How I came to find Linux [41]"
sharing how a from starting as a nine-year-old with computer video games
and later programming he came to make his own contribution to the
growing community - and a new distribution called Debian [42].

   41: http://ianmurdock.com/post/how-i-came-to-find-linux/
   42: https://www.debian.org/

Steve McIntyre posted a summary of the ARM ports BOF at DebConf15 [43].
He details and asks questions about armel in Stretch and Debian's sole
support of older ARM hardware, armhf cross distribution and kernel
efforts, and arm64, the most recent port shipped with Jessie. Steve also
shares information about buildds and hardware, scientific software, and
porting access.

   43: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/09/msg00233.html

Andreas Barth posted Minutes from the 32bit architectures in Debian
BOF [44]. His report details 32-bit architectures in Debian and
discussions over how to compile and link with more memory, and issues
specific to i386 such as new 32-bit hardware, excluding architectures on
packages, and powerpc.

   44: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/08/msg00331.html

Gregor Herrmann posted a Report from the Debian Perl Rolling Sprint at
DebCamp15 [45]. The sprint covered workflow patches in git (especially
git-debcherry), and held several discussions on minor issues in scripts,
new tooling to import changes, and work on several individual packages.
They were also able to do bug triaging, repository cleanup, and update
examples of pkg-perl-tools. During DebCamp and DebConf, 189 packages
were uploaded with 19 bugs closed.

   45: https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2015/09/msg00008.html

Niels Thykier reported [46] on the GCC-5/libstdc++ transition [47] and
provided a list of packages that will be affected [48]. Neils also
fixed [49] then unbroke Dak [50] which now has its auto-decrufter and
generate-releases code patched.

   47: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/08/msg00000.html
   48: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/09/msg00148.html
   49: https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/i-accidentially-dak/
   50: https://wiki.debian.org/DakHowTo

Guido Günther posted the Bits from the 9th Debian Groupware
Meeting [51]. The attendees updated several packages, among them
Icedove, calendar-exchange, and Azrafa/Giraffe. The team also addressed
security and licensing issues and added integration of zarafa-webapp
with Apache 2.4. Philipp Kern blogged [52] about a new version of
sysconfig-hardware and a new version of zipl-installer for s390x. The
changes were moved into unstable and make it possible to install Debian
on s390x with root on LVM. Philipp also uploaded a new version of
Hercules, a z/Architecture emulator.

   51: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/09/msg00009.html
   52: http://debblog.philkern.de/2015/10/root-on-lvm-on-debian-s390x.html

LTS status/updates

Long Term Support for Squeeze reported 25 hours of paid support with
Guido Günther [53] fixing a regression in pykerberors, working with
Craig Small, who updated wordpress, as well as the CVE triaging of 9
CVEs. Thorsten Alteholz [54] prepared an upload of php5 for testing and
uploaded security updates for opensaml2, wesnoth-1.8, and xmltooling
among others. He also did frontdesk work answering questions on IRC and
researching priority CVEs. Scott Kitterman [55] released a fix for
screen and reviewed CVEs for items that were applicable to squeeze-lts.

   53: http://honk.sigxcpu.org/con/Debian_work_in_August_2015.html
   54: http://blog.alteholz.eu/2015/09/my-debian-activities-in-august-2015/

Reproducible Build status/update

Reproducible Builds weekly reports [56] on package and toolchain fixes
in Stretch cycle:

  * Week 18 [57] reports 115 packages moved to reproducible state, 142
packages reviewed, and a total of 259 packages updated. 37 packages have
been identified as failing to build from source.
  * Week 19 [58] reports 63 packages moved to reproducible state with
235 packages reviewed, and a total of 277 packages updated. 29 packages
have been identified as failing to build from source.
  * Week 20 [59] reports 39 packages moved to reproducible state with 16
packages reviewed, and a total of 55 packages updated. 23 packages have
been identified as failing to build from source.
  * Week 21 [60] reports 42 packages moved to reproducible state with 45
packages reviewed, and a total of 62 packages updated. 67 packages have
been identified as failing to build from source.
  * Week 22 [61] reports 39 packages moved to reproducible state with 53
packages reviewed, and a total of 13 packages updated. 46 packages have
been identified as failing to build from source.
  * Week 23 [62] reports 17 packages moved to reproducible state with
119 packages reviewed and a total of 45 packages updated. 16 packages
have been identified as failing to build from source.

   56: https://people.debian.org/~lunar/blog/posts/

RC Bugs update

Gregor Herrmann reported [63] on 13 RC bugs worked on in September.

   63: http://info.comodo.priv.at/blog/rc_bugs_2015_31_37.html

Outside News

Frank Hofmann and Axel Stefan Beckert announced [64] the availability of
a Debian Package Management Book written in German [65]. Gute Arbeit!

   65: http://www.dpmb.org/index.de.html

DebConf15 Coverage in Linux Weekly News

Nathan Willis from Linux Weekly News attended DebConf15 and wrote eight
articles about topics covered in the conference: "Copyright assignment
and license enforcement for Debian", "Debian and binary firmware blobs",
"Advances in Debian's package manager", "Debsources as a platform",
"Bringing Git workflows to Debian with dgit", "Automating architecture
bootstrapping in Debian", "How Debian managed the systemd transition",
and "A status update on Debian's reproducible builds". All these
articles and their comments are publicly available now at the Linux
Weekly News website [66].

   66: https://lwn.net/Archives/ConferenceByYear/#2015-DebConf

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   67: https://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Jean-
Pierre Giraud, Donald Norwood, Laura Arjona Reina, Justin B Rye and
Paul Wise.

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