Debian Project News - March 3rd, 2014

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

* Debian Technical Committee chooses systemd
* Debian selected for Google Summer of Code 2014
* DebConf14 organising team needs your help to raise funds
* Barcelona Debian Women mini-DebConf
* Debian France's new contributor game
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Technical Committee chooses systemd
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Don Armstrong announced [1] that the Technical Committee [2], which was asked in bug #727708 [3] to decide which init system would be the default init system for Debian, had reached the decision that for Linux architectures the default in Jessie should be systemd. Additional discussions regarding the technical policy necessary for implementing this decision are still ongoing and can be followed on the debian-ctte [4] mailing list.

1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/02/msg00005.html
2: http://www.debian.org/devel/tech-ctte
3: http://bugs.debian.org/727708
4: http://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/

Debian selected for Google Summer of Code 2014
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Debian has been selected as a mentoring organisation [5] for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014 [6], a program that allows post-secondary students aged 18 and older to earn a stipend writing code for free and open source software projects during the summer. Nicolas Dandrimont sent a call [7] for mentors and students to participate in this year's Summer of Code. Mentors for prospective projects can submit proposals on the project ideas list [8]. Eligible students can take a look at the list of projects, engage in discussions with mentors and prepare their applications. People interested in this program are encouraged to come and chat with the Debian GSoC team on the #debian-soc IRC channel on irc.oftc.net, or to send an email to the SoC coordination mailing list [9].

5: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org/list/public/google/gsoc2014
6: https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014
7: http://bits.debian.org/2014/02/call-for-students-gsoc-2014.html
8: https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2014/Projects
9: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/soc-coordination

DebConf14 organising team needs your help to raise funds
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The DebConf team is well into the planning for DebConf14 [10] which will take place in Portland, Oregon, USA during 23–31 August 2014. They are now contacting potential sponsors from all around the globe. If you can think of interested organisations, please feel free to reach out to them, and ask, or if you are not comfortable asking directly, to contact the sponsors-team [11] with any leads.

10: http://debconf14.debconf.org/
11: sponsors@debconf.org

Barcelona Debian Women mini-DebConf
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Mònica Ramírez Arceda sent a public invitation [12] for the mini-DebConf in Barcelona on 15–16 March organised by Debian Women [13]. The schedule of talks [14] is already available. Registration [15] of participants is recommended. The organisers are still raising funds to cover the costs of running the conference and to offer travel sponsorship to people who can't pay for it. Please consider donating any amount you can to our crowd-funding campaign [16], or contact them [17] if you would like to become a sponsor. For more information, visit the website of the event [18].

12: http://bits.debian.org/2014/02/minidebconf-barcelona-announce.html
13: http://www.debian.org/women
14: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWomen/Projects/MiniDebconf-Women/2014/Talks
15: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWomen/Projects/MiniDebconf-Women/2014/Parti...
16: https://freedomsponsors.org/core/issue/427/
17: debian-miniconf@cpl.upc.edu
18: http://bcn2014.mini.debconf.org

Debian France's new contributor game
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Debian France [19] is organising [20] a small GSoC-like operation to recruit new Debian contributors. It will be mainly of interest for French-speaking candidates since the reward is a paperback copy of the French translation [21] of the Debian Administrator's Handbook [22]. Debian France is now actively looking for potential mentors to propose projects. The scope of the projects is much smaller than a Google Summer of Code (from about 16 to 32 hours of work). If you want to mentor such a project, submit your ideas on the dedicated wiki page [23].

19: http://france.debian.net
20: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/02/msg00009.html
21: http://raphaelhertzog.fr/livre/cahier-admin-debian/
22: http://debian-handbook.info
23: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianFrance/NewContributorGame

Other news
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The ninth update of the oldstable distribution of Debian (codename "Squeeze") was released on February 15 [24].

24: http://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140215

Christian Perrier indicated on his blog [25] that bug #740000 [26] was reported on February 24 by Miguel Landaeta, 3 months and 4 days after bug #730000 [27]. Only time will tell who will win the contest [28] to guess when bugs #800000 and #1000000 will be reported.

25: http://www.perrier.eu.org/weblog/2014/02/25#740000
26: http://bugs.debian.org/740000
27: http://bugs.debian.org/730000
28: http://wiki.debian.org/800000thBugContest

Christian Svensson announced [29] that he managed to install Debian on the OpenRISC [30] open-source processor.

29: http://lists.opencores.org/pipermail/openrisc/2014-January/001565.html
30: http://opencores.org/or1k/Main_Page

Martin Zobel-Helas and Enrico Zini started a census [31] in order to gather information about software services for the Debian community. The list of known services so far is available on the wiki [32]. If you maintain or simply know a service that is not yet on the list, please edit the wiki page to add relevant information.

31: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/02/msg00006.html
32: http://wiki.debian.org/Services

Stefano Zacchiroli blogged [33] about recent improvements of sources.debian.net [34], a service allowing anyone to search easily through the source code present in Debian's archive.

33: http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2014/02/moar_stats_for_sources.debian...
34: http://sources.debian.net

Martin Pitt sent some bits from the autopkgtest team [35]. The project has been evolving a lot recently, and now has new documentation, new virtualisation servers and new test declarations. To round it off he announced ci.debian.net [36], a new service that continuously runs package tests declared in the DEP-8 format [37], using autopkgtest.

35: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/02/msg00010.html
36: http://ci.debian.net
37: http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep8/

Bernd Zeimetz announced [38] that a Debian Bug Squashing Party is being organised for 25–27 April in the offices of conova communications GmbH [39] in Salzburg, Austria. Information and a registration form are available on the wiki [40].

38: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/02/msg00008.html
39: http://www.conova.com/de/kontakt/anfahrtsplan-salzburg/
40: http://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2014/04/at/Salzburg

Upcoming events
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There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* 15–16 March, Barcelona, Spain — Debian Women Mini-DebConf [41]
* 15–16 March, Chemnitz, Germany — Debian booth at the Chemnitz Linux Days [42]

41: http://bcn2014.mini.debconf.org/
42: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2014/ChemnitzerLinuxTage

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section [43] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [44], Netherlands [45], Hispanic America [46], North America [47].

43: http://www.debian.org/events
44: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
45: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
46: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
47: 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 [48]? Send an email to the Debian Events Team [49].

48: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
49: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
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15 people have started to maintain packages [50] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Jerome Charaoui, Arturo Borrero Gonzalez, Antonio Ospite, Facundo Guerrero, Micheal Waltz, Ian Haywood, François-Régis Vuillemin, Jesse Rhodes, Andrew Kelley, Michael Hall, Andriy Grytsenko, Leo Singer, Scott Talbert, Matus Valo, and Tomasz Nitecki into our project!

50: 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): libcommons-fileupload-java [51], libspring-java [52], iceweasel [53], pidgin [54], parcimonie [55], file [56], chromium-browser [57], libtar [58], postgresql-8.4 [59], postgresql-9.1 [60], gnutls26 [61], and otrs2 [62]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

51: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2856
52: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2857
53: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2858
54: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2859
55: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2860
56: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2861
57: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2862
58: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2863
59: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2864
60: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2865
61: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2866
62: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2867

Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages: nss [63], and pidgin [64], Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

63: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2014/02/msg00000.html
64: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2014/02/msg00001.html

Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package: certificatepatrol [65]. Please read it carefully and take the
proper measures.

65: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/02/msg00002.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 [66] (and the separate backports list [67], and stable updates list [68]) for announcements.

66: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
67: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
68: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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352 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [69] are:

* cura-engine — commandline slicer program for 3-D printers [70]
* dh-php5 — debhelper add-on to handle PHP PECL extensions [71]
* fdroidserver — F-Droid build server and repository tools for Android [72]
* gnome-maps — map application for GNOME [73]
* gnuhealth — electronic medical record and hospital information system [74]
* sa-compile — tools for compiling SpamAssassin rules into C [75]
* simple-tpm-pk11 — simple library for using the TPM chip to secure SSH keys [76]
* tmperamental — LD_PRELOADable library to detect rogue writes to tmp [77]
* vim-fugitive — Vim plugin to work with Git [78]
* xinput-calibrator — generic touchscreen calibration program for X.Org [79]
* zfsnap — automatic snapshot creation and removal for ZFS [80]

69: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
70: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cura-engine
71: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dh-php5
72: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fdroidserver
73: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gnome-maps
74: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gnuhealth
75: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/sa-compile
76: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/simple-tpm-pk11
77: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/tmperamental
78: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/vim-fugitive
79: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/xinput-calibrator
80: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/zfsnap

Work-needing packages
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Currently [81] 559 packages are orphaned [82] and 140 packages are up for adoption [83]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [84].

81: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/02/msg01173.html
82: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
83: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
84: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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

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