Debian Project News - October 14th, 2013

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

* Debian Outreach Program for Women matching fund 2013
* Bits from the DPL
* Debian behind the biggest website in Sweden
* Automatic removal of packages from testing
* Interviews
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Outreach Program for Women matching fund 2013
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In an effort to get more women involved in FOSS, the Debian Project will be participating in the GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for Women (OPW) [1], which is an internship program similar to Google's Summer of Code. Unlike the Google program, OPW does not require participants to be students, and as well as coding projects it can also cover non-coding tasks such as translation, graphic design, documentation, bug triage and marketing. In order to aid this effort, one of Debian's generous sponsors has offered to start a matching fund in USD to fund Debian's participation in OPW. For details, and to give a donation, please see our "Donate now" page [2]. Please do think about getting involved and sharing your ideas with us, to help us make OPW an even more useful program for Debian in the future. If you wish to apply as an intern participant, please review the available coding [3] and non-coding [4] internships and follow the instructions for application [5].

1: https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen
2: http://debian.ch/opw2013
3: http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2013/Projects
4: http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen/NonCodingProjects
5: http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen

Bits from the DPL
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Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for September 2013 [6]. Among other topics, Lucas called for more developers for dak (Debian Archive Kit), the software suite behind the Debian archive, and debbugs, the software behind the Debian bug tracking system. If you want to contribute to one of these two critical pieces of software from Debian's infrastructure, you can contact their respective teams directly via their mailing [7] lists [8]. He also announced a process to streamline small expenses by Debian System Administrators [9].

6: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/10/msg00002.html
7: http://lists.debian.org/debian-dak/
8: http://lists.debian.org/debian-debbugs
9: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/10/msg00001.html

Debian behind the biggest website in Sweden
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Royal Pingdom published an article [10] about the technology behind Aftonbladet.se [11], the main online component of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. With its 3 million unique visitors and 15 TB of traffic each day, Aftonbladet is the biggest website in Sweden. For its infrastructure, Aftonbladet uses Debian on its servers, with MySQL and Tomcat.

10: http://royal.pingdom.com/2013/10/08/website-swedes-aftonbladet/
11: http://www.aftonbladet.se/

Automatic removal of packages from testing
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Niels Thykier, on behalf of the Release Team, announced [12] that autoremoval of packages with release-critical bugs has been activated in the testing suite: if a non-key [13] package suffers from a bug considered as critical for the release in testing and unstable suites, and this bug hasn't seen any activity for 14 days, it will be automatically marked for removal from the testing suite.

12: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/09/msg00006.html
13: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/key_packages.yaml.cgi

Interviews
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Lucas Nussbaum, Debian Project Leader, has been interviewed by Jonathan Nadeau for the Frostcast podcast [14].

14: http://frostbitemedia.org/sites/default/files/frostcast085-debian.ogg

Other news
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The second update of the stable distribution of Debian (codename "Wheezy") was released on October 12 [15].

15: http://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/2013/msg00004.html

Raphael Geissert continues his blogpost series "Bashism of the Week", with this week an article about maths in POSIX Shell [16].

16: http://rgeissert.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-bashism-week-maths.html

Paul Sarbinowski published on Google Play Store [17] and F-Droid [18] the Android application he has been developing during the Google Summer of Code: DebianDroid. With this application, you can track packages and bugs, or look at some Ultimate Debian Database queries.

17: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.debian.debiandroid
18: https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.debian.debiandroid

Steve McIntyre announced a few details [19] about the organisation of the Mini DebConf to be held in Cambridge, UK on November 14-17. For further information and to sign up to attend, please visit the dedicated page [20] on the Debian wiki.

19: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/10/msg00003.html
20: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Miniconf-UK/2013

Upcoming events
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There is one upcoming Debian-related event:

* October 16, Paris, France — first Debian France meetup [21] at IRILL [22]

21: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/fr/2013/Meetup1
22: http://www.irill.org/

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section [23] of the Debian wiki, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [24], Netherlands [25], Hispanic America [26], North America [27].

23: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents
24: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
26: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
27: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-na

Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page [28]? Send an email to the Debian Events Team [29].

28: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
29: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
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Eight applicants have been accepted [30] as Debian Maintainers, and three people have started to maintain packages [31] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Alberto Luaces Fernández, Markus Koschany, Eugenio Cano-Manuel Mendoza, James Hunt, Eugene Zhukov, Michele Cane, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe, IOhannes m zmölnig, maxigas, Daniel Lintott, and acrefoot into our project!

30: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/10/msg00017.html
31: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Important Debian Security Advisories
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Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): linux-2.6 [32], proftpd-dfsg [33], icedtea-web [34], kfreebsd-9 [35], torque [36], nas [37], typo3-src [38], gnupg [39], gnupg2 [40], and ejabberd [41]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

32: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2766
33: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2767
34: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2768
35: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2769
36: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2770
37: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2771
38: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2772
39: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2773
40: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2774
41: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2775

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 [42] (and the separate backports list [43], and stable updates list [44]) for announcements.

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

New and noteworthy packages
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103 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [45] are:

* bmake — NetBSD make [46]
* diodon — GTK+ clipboard manager [47]
* mini-buildd — minimal Debian build daemon [48]
* mruby — lightweight implementation of the Ruby language [49]
* python-pypump — interface to the pump.io APIs (Python 2) [50]
* twinkle — Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) SIP Phone [51]
* xapers — personal journal article management and indexing system [52]

45: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
46: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/bmake
47: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/diodon
48: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/mini-buildd
49: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/mruby
50: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/python-pypump
51: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/twinkle
52: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/xapers

Work-needing packages
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Currently [53] 532 packages are orphaned [54] and 151 packages are up for adoption [55]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [56].

53: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/10/msg00195.html
54: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
55: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
56: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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

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