------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Debian Project https://www.debian.org/ Debian Project News firstname.lastname@example.org August 31st, 2018 https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2018/03/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Welcome to this year's third 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 * Reports * Help needed * More than just code * Quick Links from Debian Social Media * Want to continue reading DPN? Welcome to the Debian Project News! ----------------------------------- We hope that you enjoy this edition of the DPN. For other news, please read the official Debian blog Bits from Debian , and follow https://micronews.debian.org which feeds <(via RSS) the @debian> profile on several social networks too. 1: https://bits.debian.org Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis (Security Advisories 2018 ). Please read them carefully and subscribe to the security mailing list . 2: https://www.debian.org/security/2018/ 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 a selection of the posts made through our other media streams. Internal News/Happenings ------------------------ Happy 25th Anniversary Debian! This year's annual Debian birthday celebration, known as DebianDay , was an even more special occasion as it marked a quarter century  of excellence, development, contributions, translations, software creation, advocacy, and all things Debian. Celebrations were held all over the world and several Debian designers created some amazing artwork, logos, posters, and images which we shared online. 4: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDay 5: https://bits.debian.org/2018/08/debian-is-25.html Debian 25 Years by Angelo Rosa  6: https://micronews.debian.org/images/Debian25years-AngeloRosa.png Anniversary Logo by Mark Billings  7: https://micronews.debian.org/images/Debian25years-MarkBillings.png Happy Birthday by Petrusko  8: https://micronews.debian.org/images/Debian25years-Petrusko.png Artwork by Daniel Lenharo  9: https://micronews.debian.org/images/Debian25years-DanielLenharo.png Posters by Valessio Brito  10: https://micronews.debian.org/images/Debian25years-ValessioBrito.png Thank you Debian Developers and Contributors for all that you do! Updated Debian 9 and Debian 8: 9.5 and 8.11 released The Debian project announced  the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "Stretch") on 14 July 2018 to point release 9.5. 11: https://www.debian.org/News/2018/20180714 The Debian project also announced  the eleventh and final update of its oldstable distribution Debian 8 (codename "Jessie") on 23 June 2018 to point release 8.11. 12: https://www.debian.org/News/2018/20180623 These point releases added corrections for security issues along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available. Upgrading an existing installation to either revision can be achieved by pointing the package management system at one of Debian's many HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at: https://www.debian.org/mirror/list Alioth Migration to Salsa Debian Developers and projects should have already migrated over to the new system; additional information on the migration is available . 13: https://wiki.debian.org/Salsa/AliothMigration Debian Data Protection Team announced Chris Lamb announced  the creation and delegation of the Debian Data Protection team. The team will serve as the centralized point for queries regarding Debian's use and care of personal information across the project and guidance on data protection principles. 14: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00000.html Latest team features of Debian Package Tracker Raphael Hertzog shared  the latest team features of the Debian Package Tracker. New to the tracker are helpful attributes for email address team identification, discussion subscriptions, and automatic maintainer and uploader fields along with many other features. 15: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/07/msg00001.html vmdebootstrap to be removed September 2018 Lars Wirzenius encouraged  users of the vmdebootstrap package to switch to other available tools prior to its removal from the archive September 2018. The package, used for automatically building system images, is somewhat difficult to modify and test due to its architecture. As other tools are available users are advised to change now. 16: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/07/msg00002.html Debian Policy 18.104.22.168 released Sean Whitton announced Debian Policy 22.214.171.124 being released and uploaded to sid. The announcement details the changes from Policy 4.1.5. The Debian Policy Manual  deals with the structure and contents of the Debian archive, technical requirements each package must satisfy to be included in the archive, and the package management system developers have to be conversant with. 17: https://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ DebConf18 Videos are available New and noteworthy packages Among many other packages that were added to the unstable Debian archive  in the past weeks, we can find: * astroid (0.13-3) - Graphical notmuch email client  * webext-debianbuttons (2.1-2) - Buttons for querying Debian-related pages with Firefox  * elpa-verbiste (0.1.45-4) - French and Italian conjugator - emacs extension  18: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg 19: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/astroid 20: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/webext-debianbuttons 21: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/elpa-verbiste Events: Upcoming and Reports ---------------------------- Upcoming events Debian/Xen microsprint, Cambridge, 10 September There will be a microsprint  held on 10 September in Cambridge, UK, to work on Debian Xen packages for "Buster". 22: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/08/msg00005.html Debian Bug Squashing Party, Chemnitz, Germany 28th-30th September There will be a Bug Squashing Party  on 28–30 September 2018 in Chemnitz, Germany. 23: https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2018/09/de/Chemnitz DebConf18 in Hsinshu The annual Debian Project's Developer Conference, which includes technical, social and policy talks and is known as DebConf , was held this year in Hsinchu, Taiwan from 29 July through 5 August. DebConf18  was the very first Debian Conference held in Asia. We welcomed over 306 attendees from around the world, and held 137 events, 100 talks, 25 Birds of a Feather discussion sessions, 5 workshops and many other activities. 24: https://debconf.org/ 25: https://debconf18.debconf.org/ The schedule  of events and talks  were continually updated and shared on Debian micronews , and are still available. 26: https://debconf18.debconf.org/schedule/ 27: https://debconf18.debconf.org/talks/ 28: https://micronews.debian.org DebConf19 in Curitiba DebConf19 will be held in Curitiba, Brazil, from 21 to 28 July, 2019, and will be the second DebConf held in Brazil. Reports ------- LTS Freexian Monthly Reports Freexian issues monthly reports  about the work of paid contributors to Debian Long Term Support. 29: https://raphaelhertzog.com/tag/Freexian+LTS/ Reproducible Builds status update Follow the Reproducible Builds blog  to get the weekly reports on their work in the "Buster" cycle. 30: https://reproducible-builds.org/blog/ Help needed ----------- Teams needing help Packages needing help: Currently  1298 packages are orphaned  and 173 packages are up for adoption : please visit the complete list of packages which need your help . 31: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2018/08/msg00369.html 32: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned 33: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa 34: 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 packages. There are currently 203  bugs available tagged "newcomer". 35: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?tag=newcomer More than just code ------------------- Jonathan McDowell shared  a write-up entitled "Hooking up Home Assistant to Alexa and Google Assistant" which details how to set up home automation and required authentication, with a few critical security steps to avoid being another insecure device on the IoT. 36: https://www.earth.li/~noodles/blog/2018/06/alexa-assistant.html Benjamin Mako Hill blogged  on "How markets coopted free software's most powerful weapon" which highlights the methodology of current business development models which use the same tools that enabled the large scale development of free culture and free software. The talk was also the keynote at LibrePlanet 2018. 37: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/libreplanet-2018-keynote Ana Guerrero Lopez introduced  us to debos , a versatile image generator. The tool, used to build software images, makes the task easy by using recipe files in YAML to create highly customized images. 38: https://ekaia.org/blog/2018/07/03/introducing-debos/ 39: https://github.com/go-debos/debos Contributors 1,484 people and 19 teams are currently listed on the Debian Contributors  page for 2018. 40: https://contributors.debian.org/ Discussions From the Debian-user mailing list serveral interesting questions were asked: HP Garcia asked about "Verifying Digital Signatures" . Fellow Debian users contributed to the discussion with pointers on how to check and keep keys and signatures current. 41: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/06/msg00239.html Pierre Couderc asked "How to apt update from an USB key?"  Readers can learn about other tried and proven methods to update sources and packages for computer systems with limited access. 42: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/07/msg00420.html Martin Drecher asked about "use of su vs sudo?"  Always a hot topic for administrators, this question introduces best practices and includes some of a history of how/when passwords are used during the initial Debian system installation and the effects on the system afterward. 43: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/08/msg00226.html Richard Owlett asked about "Installing package NOT in repository" . This longer discussion talks about the installation of.deb files, install pathname arguments, dependency checking, dpkg, apt, and cached personal survival notes. 44: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/08/msg00595.html Tips and Tricks Petter Reinholdtsen shared a tip on doing a Debian APT upgrade without enough free space  on the disk. The blog post includes a script and other methods for upgrades when storage space is limited. 45: http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Debian_APT_upgrade_without_enough_free_space_on_the_disk___.html Arturo Borrero González highlights Things you can do with Debian, Multimedia editing.  He covers many of the FLOSS software packages and tools available in Debian for multimedia editing and production. 46: http://ral-arturo.org/2018/07/19/multimedia.html Once upon a time in Debian: * 2014-08-27 Two new architectures (arm64 and ppc64el) bootstrapping in unstable  * 2010-08-31 Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop  * 2007-09-02 packages.debian.org updated  * 2005-09-03 bugs.d.o: usertags and user categories  * 2009-09-04 grub package now based on GRUB2  47: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/08/msg00012.html 48: https://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100831 49: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/09/msg00001.html 50: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/09/msg00002.html 51: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2009/09/msg00002.html Quick Links from Debian Social Media ------------------------------------ This is an extract from the micronews.debian.org  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, Mastodon or Twitter). The items are provided unformatted in descending order by date (recent news at the top). * Several Debian designers created artwork to celebrate #DebianDay #Debian25years * The original announcement from Ian Murdock can be found here: https://deb.li/ikd3y #DebianDay #Debian25years * 25 years and counting https://bits.debian.org/2018/08/debian-is-25.html #DebianDay #Debian25years * If you want Debian Buster released in early 2019 (or like short Debian freezes in general...) help fix RC bugs today! https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/buster-is-headed-for-a-long-hard-freeze/ * #DebConf18 closes in Hsinchu and #DebConf19 dates announced https://bits.debian.org/2018/08/debconf18-closes.html * #DebConf18 ended with the introduction of #DebConf19 in Curitiba and the Closing Ceremony. See you next year in Brazil! 52: https://micronews.debian.org * Debian joins KDE's Advisory Board https://dot.kde.org/2018/07/12/debian-joins-kdes-advisory-board * Report on Debian Edu sprint at MiniDebconf Hamburg, May 2018 https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/07/msg00004.html * "Report on the Debian Bug Squashing Party" (New York) by Elana Hashman https://hashman.ca/nyc-bsp-report/ * "Introducing debos, a versatile images generator" by Ana Beatriz Guerrero Lopez https://ekaia.org/blog/2018/07/03/introducing-debos/ June * Bits from the Debian Project Leader (June 2018) https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00006.html * MiniDebConf Curitiba 2018 - a brief report http://debianbrasil.org.br/blog/minidebconf-curitiba-2018-a-brief-report * Debian Perl Sprint 2018 https://bits.debian.org/2018/06/debian-perl-sprint-2018.html * Report from the recent "cryptsetup" sprint https://blog.freesources.org//posts/2018/06/debian_cryptsetup_sprint_report/ * Civil Infrastructure Platform Announces Collaboration with the Debian LTS Initiative https://www.cip-project.org/announcement/2018/06/19/civil-infrastructure-platform-announces-collaboration-with-the-debian-lts-initiative-and-welcomes-cybertrust-as-a-new-member * Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 release https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/06/msg00005.html * Share your plans for DebCamp18 https://lists.debian.org/debconf-announce/2018/06/msg00003.html * Debian Artwork: Call for Proposals for Debian 10 (Buster) https://bits.debian.org/2018/06/buster-artwork-cfp.html * DebConf19 has a logo http://debianbrasil.org.br/blog/debconf19-has-a-logo * "Looking for a new Raspberry Pi image maintainer" by Michael Stapelberg https://people.debian.org/~stapelberg//2018/06/03/raspi3-looking-for-maintainer.html * Come join the #Debian #buster bug squashing party in Brooklyn, NYC on June 24th https://hashman.ca/nyc-bsp/ May * Bits from the Debian Project Leader (May 2018) https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/05/msg00006.html Want to continue reading DPN? ----------------------------- Please help us create this newsletter. 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