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Debian Project News - November 28th, 2016

The Debian Project                               https://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity@lists.debian.org
November 28th, 2016          https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2016/04/

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

  * Welcome to the Debian Project News!
  * Internal News/Happenings
  * Events: Upcoming and Reports
  * Help needed
  * More than just code
  * Outside News
  * Reports
  * Quick Links from Debian Social Media
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Welcome to the Debian Project News!

We hope that you are enjoying the new format of the DPN.

For other news, please read the official Debian Blog Bits from
Debian [1], and follow https://micronews.debian.org which RSS-feeds <the
@debian> profile in several social networks too.

    1: https://bits.debian.org

Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis
(Security Advisories 2016 [2]). Please read them carefully and subscribe
to the security mailing list [3].

    2: https://www.debian.org/security/2016/
    3: https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/

At the end of this Project News we've added a Quick Links section which
links to many of the posts made through our other media streams.

Internal News/Happenings

News on Debian "Stretch"

Debian "Stretch" has entered [4] its transition freeze. There will be no
new library transitions or package transitions that involve a large
number of packages.


The Release Team maintains a calendar [5] with important dates. The next
milestones are 5 December 2016 (forced 10-day migration delay), 5
January 2017 (soft freeze, deadline for new source packages or letting
packages re-enter "Stretch"), and 5 February 2017 (full freeze for
"Stretch" : all changes to "Stretch" will require approval).

    5: https://release.debian.org/release-calendar.ics

The Debian-Installer "Stretch" Alpha 8 release has been published [6].
Tests and reports to find bugs and further improve the installer are
welcome. Installer CDs, other media and everything else are available
for download [7].

    7: https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

The "softWaves" [8] theme, by Juliette Taka Belin, will be the default
artwork for Debian 9. It was selected out of twelve candidates using a
survey. Read our blog post [9] for more details about the process and
how to help in getting artwork packaged for Debian.

    8: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes/softWaves

New FAI version 5.2 is going to the cloud

The release has been announced [10] of FAI 5.2, the new version of the
Fully Automatic Installation tool set, which now supports creating disk
images for virtual machines. It uses the normal FAI process and it's
very fast - using a small set of packages the image can be created in
less than 50 seconds. A first version of a Google Compute Engine
configuration is also provided.


Events: Upcoming and Reports

Upcoming events

Bug Squashing Parties

On 4 December 2016 there will be a Bug Squashing Party in Dresden,
Germany. See the wiki page [11] for details.

   11: https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2016/12/de/Dresden

There will be another BSP on the weekend of 27-29 January 2017 in
Cambridge, UK. More info on its wiki page [12].

   12: https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2017/01/gb/Cambridge

Reproducible Builds sprint in December 2016 in Berlin

There will be a Reproducible Builds summit in Berlin [13] for three days
on 13-15 December, with more than 50 attendees from 20 projects. The
Debian participants will have a Reproducible Builds Sprint during the
event; details can be seen on the wiki page [14].

   13: https://reproducible-builds.org/events/berlin2016/
   14: https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2016/ReproducibleBuildsSummit2016

The main goals are to discuss and hack on reproducible builds in
"Stretch", plus longer term plans for Debian 10 "Buster", and, together
with the wider community at the summit, to improve collaboration both
within and between projects, expand the scope and reach, and brainstorm
design of tools enabling end-users to get the most benefits from
reproducible builds.

DebConf17 in Montreal

The 18th annual DebConf will take place in Montreal, Canada, 6-12 August
2017. It will be preceded by DebCamp, 31 July to 4 August, and Debian
Day, 5 August. The DebConf team welcomes any contribution towards its
organisation, particularly looking for sponsors. See the wiki [15] for
more details on how you can help out, or have a look at the sponsorship
brochure (PDF) [16].

   15: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf17

Bid deadline for DebConf18 approaching

Event Reports

Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba

On Saturday 13 August 2016, the Curitiba Livre Group organised a meeting
at Centro Universitário Uniandrade in Curitiba (Brazil) to celebrate the
twenty-third anniversary of the Debian Project.

Over the years from 2004 with Debian User Group Paraná to this year with
Curitiba Livre Group, the free software community in Curitiba has
organised several activities to celebrate this date, with the goal of
contributing to the project and returning some contributions to Debian,
such as code, translations from English to Portuguese, and also help
with finding new contributors.

For more details about this event, photos and links, see Bits from
Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba - Brazil [17].


MiniDebConf Cambridge 2016

A mini-DebConf took place in Cambridge, UK on 10-13 November 2016.
Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page [18].
There were live video streams, and the recordings are already
available [19].

   18: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/gb/2016/MiniDebConfCambridge

Debian Video Team sprint

A Debian Video Team sprint [20] happened on 17-20 November in Paris,
France. The main goals of the sprint were to work on the software video
mixer Voctomix, streamline the streaming infrastructure, assess the
Opsis boards, write documentation, and agree on the new hardware that
needs to be purchased.


DebianEdu sprint end of November 2016 in Oslo

With the freeze coming, a DebianEdu gathering and sprint has been held
in Oslo, 25-27 November. See the wiki page [21] for details.

   21: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Gathering/2016-11-Oslo

Other events

Debian was present at Latinoware 2016 [22], Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 19-21
October, at OpenRheinRuhr [23], Oberhausen, Germany, 5-6 November, and
at T-DOSE 11th edition [24], Eindhoven, Netherlands, 12-13 November.

   23: https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2016/10/msg00004.html
   24: https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl/2016/08/msg00002.html

Once upon a time in Debian

2008-11-28 AGPL deemed suitable for main [25] 2008-11-13
screenshots.debian.net released [26] 2006-11-23 Bug number 400000
reported by Christian Perrier [27]

   25: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=506402#10
   27: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=400000

Help needed

Debian contributors survey

All Debian contributors - from bug reporters to Debian project members
and participants in any Debian team - are invited to take part in the
first edition of the Debian contributors survey [28]. The deadline for
participation is: 4 December 2016, at 23:59 UTC. See more details in the
call for participation mail [29].

   28: http://debian.limequery.org/696747
   29: https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2016/11/msg00010.html

Help the switch to elpa-* packages

With the advent of GNU Emacs's native package manager, package.el, there
has been renewed interest in writing useful Emacs Lisp addons.
Unfortunately, both package.el itself [30] and the infrastructure that
has grown up around it [31] leave a lot to be desired when it comes to
quality assurance and security.

   30: https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2015/11/editor-malware.html
   31: https://github.com/melpa/melpa/issues/2342

Over the past year or so the pkg-emacsen team have been developing tools
to convert package.el packages to Debian packages, and it is now quite
easy to create new ones. We'd like to see more Emacs users who know at
least the basics of creating Debian packages join our team. To get

   1. join #debian-emacs
   2. apt-get install dh-make-elpa/experimental
   3. man dh-make-elpa # to view a quick start guide

Packages needing help

Currently [32] 989 packages are orphaned [33] and 153 packages are up
for adoption [34]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [35].

   32: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2016/11/msg00133.html
   33: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   34: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   35: 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 185 [36] newcomer bugs available.

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

More than just code


1,898 people and 19 teams are listed on the Debian Contributors [37]
page for 2016.

   37: https://contributors.debian.org/

For the contributors getting their maintainer or developer account in
Debian, you can follow our bi-monthly welcome posts in
bits.debian.org [38].

   38: https://bits.debian.org/tag/project.html

Outside News

Daniel Pocock attended the first summit of the Free Software Foundation
Europe (FSFE), and sent a report [39] about it.

   39: https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2016/09/msg00010.html


LTS Freexian Monthly Reports

Freexian issues monthly reports [40] about the work of paid contributors
to Debian Long Term Support.

   40: https://raphaelhertzog.com/tag/Freexian+LTS/

Reproducible Build status/update

Follow the Reproducible builds blog [41] to get the weekly reports on
their work in the "Stretch" cycle.

   41: https://reproducible.alioth.debian.org/blog/

Quick Links from Debian Social Media

This is an extract from the micronews.debian.org [42] feed, in which we
have removed the topics already commented on in this DPN issue. You can
skip this section if you already follow micronews.debian.org or <the
@debian> profile in a social network (Pump.io, GNU Social, or Twitter).
The items are given unformatted, and in descending order by date (recent
news at the top). Sorry for the long list, we expect to deliver these
"digests" more often in the future.

   42: https://micronews.debian.org


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Coverage wiki page https://wiki.debian.org/PressCoverage2016 If you used
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https://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2016/11/msg00026.html Páginas
do Debian Women traduzidas para português
"Google Summer of Code 2016 wrap-up: Debian" By Bruno Magalhães,
published in the Google Open Source blog
titanpad.com used by many Debian contributors is shutting down
"Diversity and Inclusion, Debian Redux", by Lucy Wayland
Core Infrastructure Initiative Renews Funding for the Reproducible
Builds Project. More Debian developers funded
Uwe Kleine-König: Installing Debian Stretch on an Omnia Turris
Niels Thykier: Improvements in apt-file 3.1.2
Call for proposals for the upcoming Mini Debian Conference Japan 2016
https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-apac/2016/11/msg00000.html New
DDs and DMs in September and October 2016. Congratulations!
https://bits.debian.org/2016/11/new-developers-2016-10.html The
transition to OpenSSL 1.1.0 has started in unstable
Nueva lista de correo Debian para la comunidad colombiana
https://lists.debian.org/debian-dug-co/ New mailing list created for
Debian events in the Asia/Pacific region
https://lists.debian.org/debian-events-apac/ New mailing list created
for porting Debian to free and open RISC-V CPU arch
https://lists.debian.org/debian-riscv/ Steve McIntyre: Twenty years...
https://blog.einval.com/2016/11/01#twenty-ish Report from the first
meeting in Curitiba to talk about the Bid to DebConf18


Stretch will be released for 10 architectures. Changes from Jessie:
removal of powerpc and adding of mips64el.
LWN.net: Browserified JavaScript in Debian
https://lwn.net/Articles/703840/ Laura Arjona Reina: "Rankings,
Condorcet and free software: Calculating the results for the Stretch
Artwork Survey"
DSA and FTP masters will move some Debian services to new machines this
Debian mirrors have been busy serving the last security kernel update
the last 24h. Did you already update?
LWN: Supporting UEFI secure boot in Debian
https://lwn.net/Articles/703001/ Misc Developer News issue #42 released
Happy 20th Birthday, KDE!
https://dot.kde.org/2016/10/14/happy-20th-birthday-kde Norbert
Tretkowski writes about Gajim plugins packaged for Debian
About Pacemaker HA stack in Debian Jessie
http://ral-arturo.org/2016/10/06/debian-jessie-ha.html by Arturo Borrero
González Debian is participating in the next round of Outreachy!
Several donations boost reliability of Debian's core infrastructure
https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20161003 Stretch transition freeze
starts in a month, if you have transitions to do now is the moment


Debian Brazil Community will be present at Latinoware 2016
Debian Project mourns the loss of Kristoffer H. Rose
https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160927 Updated Debian 8: 8.6 released
https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160917 debhelper 10 is now available
in unstable


Debian turns 23. Happy birthday Debian!
https://bits.debian.org/2016/08/debian-turns-23.html Tor Project took
inspiration from Debian for its social contract
https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2016/08/msg00012.html Chaoskey
1.0 released (USB hardware random number generator)
http://keithp.com/blogs/chaoskey/ Debian's GnuPG package is moving from
the classic to the modern branch.
https://debian-administration.org/users/dkg/weblog/116 Debian and Tor
Services available as Onion Services
Do you use iptables? A lot of updates are coming. Thank you, Arturo!


Debian static websites are now available as Onion services. The list of
services may be found on https://onion.debian.org Thanks DSA! and
congratulations in the SysAdmin Day!

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with
contributions from Sean Whitton, Paulo Henrique Santana, Stefano
Zacchiroli, Holger Levsen and Justin B. Rye.

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