Debian Project News - December 10th, 2012

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

* Record number of participants for Mini DebConf Paris
* Debian on smartphones: a feasibility analysis
* Official Debian images on Amazon Web Services
* Reports from latest BSPs
* Other news
* 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?

Record number of participants for Mini DebConf Paris
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The second Mini DebConf Paris [1], held over the third weekend of November, registered a record number of participants for a mini DebConf: more than a hundred people, including Debian Developers, contributors and enthusiasts from all over Europe. The great success of the event was also guaranteed by the high number of talks and workshops [2] held during the two days, most of them recorded by the amazing DebConf Video team (and soon available on the video website [3]). Josselin Mouette, one of the founders of the Debian GNOME team, held an interesting talk titled "Large deployment of GNOME from the administrator's perspective [4]", consisting of an overview of existing mechanisms for administrating GNOME systems. Stefano Zacchiroli, current Debian Project Leader, presented the debian-cloud initiative [5] during the "Lightning Talks", while Lucas Nussbaum explained how to get involved in Debian inhis five-minute "Get involved - it's not that hard [6]" talk. Ben Hutchings and Maximilian Attems presented the work of the Linux kernel team [7], while Cyril Brulebois explained how the Debian Installer is created and how it works [8]. Some talks were dedicated to the community aspects of Debian, such as Roberto Di Cosmo's "Free software and Debian, 20 years after [9]" and the accurate analysis of social interactions on Debian mailing lists [10] by Alexandre Delanoë and Bernard Conein.

1: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/
2: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/#schedule
3: http://video.debian.net
4: http://np237.livejournal.com/33449.html
5: http://upsilon.cc/~zack/talks/2012/20121125-minidc-cloud.pdf
6: http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=741
7: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/talks/mdcp2012-linux-kernel/
8: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/slides/re-discovering-d-i.pdf
9: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/slides/free-soft-20-years-after.pdf
10: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/slides/socio-meter-for-debian.pdf

Debian on smartphones: a feasibility analysis
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Paul Wise documented how to install Debian on smartphones [11]: while this is technically possible, the process is complicated by the fact that the Linux mainline kernel doesn't run on many mobile devices and the Debian Linux kernel maintainers prefer not to include non-mainline patches. Paul concluded by saying that "the procedures I documented above are not a great way to support mobile devices at all and could break at any moment anyway. So everyone, please become a kernel developer and help merge all of the many many versions of Android Linux into Linux mainline so that you can have your favourite distribution on your devices". The state of the art of support for running Debian on such devices is documented on the Mobile wiki page [12], while people interested in helping can join the discussion on the debian-mobile mailing list [13] or simply join the #debian-mobile channel on irc.debian.org.

11: http://bonedaddy.net/pabs3/log/2012/12/03/debian-mobile/
12: http://wiki.debian.org/Mobile
13: http://lists.debian.org/debian-mobile/

Official Debian images on Amazon Web Services
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James Bromberger announced the availability of official Debian images on Amazon Web Services [14]. Over the last few months, James and others have been working on the creation of official images to be put on the AWS Marketplace. After the first contact between Amazon and DPL Stefano Zacchiroli, "a group of Debian Developers and the wider community formed to generate a set of AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) using Anders Ingemann’s ec2debian-build-ami script", explained James. Those who plan to use it can find the relevant documentation on the Amazon EC2 Image [15] wiki page, while the ongoing task of creating and supporting official images is coordinated via the debian-cloud mailing list [16].

14: http://blog.james.rcpt.to/2012/12/06/official-debian-images-on-amazon-we...
15: http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud/AmazonEC2Image
16: http://lists.debian.org/debian-cloud

Reports from latest BSPs
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During the third weekend of November, three simultaneous Debian Bug Squashing Parties were held in different locations across the world: in Tokyo, Japan [17], in Munich, Germany [18] and in Essen, Germany [19]. The next episode of the Bug Squashing Marathon for Wheezy [20] will be on 15-16 December in Mechelen, Belgium [21].

17: http://henrich-on-debian.blogspot.jp/2012/11/debian-bsp-tokyo.html
18: http://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2012/11/de/Munich
19: http://rhonda.deb.at/blog/debian/bsp-essen-nov-2012-report.html
20: http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathonWheezy
21: http://www.debian.org/events/2012/1215-mechelen-bsp

Other news
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The Debian Women project finally completed the migration of women.debian.org to the main Debian website [22]. The new version [23] is already available in Danish and French. In the announcement you can find instructions and hints on translating it to your language.

22: http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2012/11/msg00009.html
23: http://www.debian.org/women/

Inspired by Nicolas Dandrimont's talk about "The state of mentors.debian.net: GSoC and beyond [24]", Lucas Nussbaum noted that half of the package maintainers in Debian are not Debian Developers or Debian Maintainers [25].

24: http://fr2012.mini.debconf.org/slides/debexpo.pdf
25: http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=746

Zaki Akhmad released Indonesian subtitles [26] for the video recording of Stefano Zacchiroli's "Bits from the DPL" talk, held in Managua, Nicaragua, during DebConf12. If you want to translate the subtitles to your language, you can fetch the original English subtitles [27] and follow the tutorial on creating video subtitles [28].

26: https://github.com/za/debconf12
27: http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2012/debconf12/su...
28: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Videoteam/Subtitles_for_videos

New Debian Contributors
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6 people have started to maintain packages [29] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Alberto Fernández Martínez, Dominik George, Mika Pflüger, Wilfried Goesgens, Eric Newberry and Carsten Schoenert into our project!

29: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
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According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database [30], the upcoming release, Debian "Wheezy", is currently affected by 360 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 155 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

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

There are also more detailed statistics [31] as well as some hints on how to interpret [32] these numbers.

31: http://richardhartmann.de/blog/posts/2012/12/07-Debian_Release_Critical_...
32: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats

Important Debian Security Advisories
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Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): iceape [33], iceweasel [34], xen [35], mysql-5.1 [36], libxml2 [37], apache2 [38], rssh [39] and libssh [40]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

33: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2584
34: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2583
35: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2582
36: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2581
37: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2580
38: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2579
39: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2578
40: http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2577

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 [41] (and the separate backports list [42], and stable updates list [43]) for announcements.

41: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
42: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
43: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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5 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [44] are:

* dput-ng — next generation Debian package upload tool [45]

44: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
45: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dput-ng

Work-needing packages
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Currently [46] 502 packages are orphaned [47] and 139 packages are up for adoption [48]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [49].

46: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2012/12/msg00128.html
47: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
48: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
49: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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