Debian Project News - April 15th, 2013

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

* New DPL elected
* Debian accepted for Google Summer of Code
* Debian participates in Outreach Program for Women
* Other news
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

New DPL elected
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Lucas Nussbaum has just been elected with a small majority [1] ahead of his main opponent Moray Allan by the Debian Developers to represent the project. Stefano Zacchiroli, outgoing project leader, welcomes his successor: "I've known Lucas Nussbaum and his passionate Debian involvement for many many years now, and I trust the Project is in good hands with him. Good luck, Lucas!"

1: http://www.debian.org/vote/2013/vote_001

Debian accepted for Google Summer of Code
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For the eighth year in a row, Debian has been accepted as a mentoring organisation [2] for Google Summer of Code [3] (SoC), proposing a number of stipends for students aged 18 or older to write code for selected free and open source software projects. Eligible students for this program may consult the list of projects [4] proposed by Debian and contact mentors in order to prepare their application. More information is available on the dedicated wiki page [5]. If you are interested in applying to this program, send an email to the SoC coordination mailing list [6], or come and chat in the #debian-soc IRC channel. In order to offer the best mentorship for students, the Debian SoC team is also looking for co-mentors [7] for the proposed projects.

2: http://bits.debian.org/2013/04/call-for-students-gsoc-2013.html
3: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2013
4: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/Projects
5: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013
6: soc-coordination@lists.alioth.debian.org
7: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/03/msg00004.html

Debian participates in Outreach Program for Women
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Mònica Ramírez Arceda announced that Debian will participate in the next round of the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women [8], started in 2006 by the GNOME Foundation, joined by other FOSS organisations. Debian is proposing an internship from June to September [9] to work on any kind of project, including coding, design, marketing, and web development. All women who are not yet Debian Developers or Debian Maintainers are encouraged to apply. There are no age restrictions and applicants don't need to be students. Please consult the dedicated wiki page [10] for details.

8: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/04/msg00001.html
9: http://bits.debian.org/2013/04/joining-opw.html
10: http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen

Other news
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Bruce Byfield, a Canadian journalist, wrote an article trying to debunk some myths about Debian [11].

11: http://www.datamation.com/open-source/nine-myths-that-shouldnt-stop-you-...

The DebConf team announced [12] that DebConf14 will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA [13] in August 2014.

12: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/04/msg00039.html
13: http://bits.debian.org/2013/04/debconf14-in-portland-usa.html

Sylvestre Ledru blogged about the availability of new Twitter and Identi.ca feeds [14] for the latest uploads to the Debian archive, in addition to those already existing for the NEW queue [15], new bugs [16] and removed packages [17].

14: http://identi.ca/debianupload
15: http://identi.ca/debiannew
16: http://identi.ca/debianbug
17: http://identi.ca/debianremove

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
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According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database [18], the upcoming release, Debian "Wheezy", is currently affected by 39 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 32 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

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

There are also more detailed statistics [19] as well as some hints on how to interpret [20] these numbers.

19: http://richardhartmann.de/blog/posts/2013/04/12-Debian_Release_Critical_...
20: 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): libapache-mod-security [21], postgresql-9.1 [22] and postgresql-8.4 [23]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

21: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2659
22: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2658
23: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2657

Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages: postgresql-9.0 [24] and postgresql-9.1 [25]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

24: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2013/04/msg00000.html
25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2013/04/msg00001.html

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 [26] (and the separate backports list [27], and stable updates list [28]) for announcements.

26: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
27: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
28: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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228 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [29] are:

* brainparty — 36 puzzle games for all the family [30]
* ebook2cw — conversion of ebooks to Morse MP3s/Oggs [31]
* flowblade — non-linear video editor [32]
* fonts-opendyslexic — font designed to increase readability for readers with dyslexia [33]
* isenkram — tool suggesting packages to install when new hardware is inserted [34]
* laborejo — music notation workshop [35]
* marionnet — virtual network laboratory [36]

29: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
30: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/brainparty
31: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ebook2cw
32: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/flowblade
33: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fonts-opendyslexic
34: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/isenkram
35: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/laborejo
36: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/marionnet

Work-needing packages
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Currently [37] 513 packages are orphaned [38] and 147 packages are up for adoption [39]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [40].

37: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/04/msg00422.html
38: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
39: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
40: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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41: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.