Debian Project News - August 21st

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August 21st, 2012 http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2012/16/
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Welcome to this year's sixteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

* Debian celebrates its 19th birthday
* Help the Debian Installer team: test the new version of the installer
* Bits from the DPL
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* 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?

Creating Simple Virtual Hosts With mod_mysql_vhost On Lighttpd (Debian Squeeze)

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This guide explains how you can use mod_mysql_vhost to create simple virtual hosts on a lighttpd web server on Debian Squeeze. With mod_mysql_vhost, lighttpd can read the vhost configuration from a MySQL database. Currently, you can store the domain and the document root in the MySQL database which results in very simple virtual hosts. If you need more directives for your vhosts, you'd have to configure them in the global section of lighttpd.conf, which means they'd be valid for all vhosts. Therefore, mod_mysql_vhost is ideal if your vhosts differ only in the domain and document root.

Debian Community celebrates its 19th birthday!

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August 16th, 2012 http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120816
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The Debian community is pleased to celebrate its 19th birthday since Ian Murdock's original founding announcement [1]. Quoting from the official project history [2]: "The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16th, 1993. At that time, the whole concept of a 'distribution' of Linux was new. Ian intended Debian to be a distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU."

1 : http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3b...
2 : http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-intro.en.html

A lot has happened to the project and its community in the past nineteen years. There have been eleven releases - most recently Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" [3] in February 2011 - and a huge amount of free software packaged. The current "unstable" branch consists of more than 37,000 binary packages for the amd64 architecture alone - over 46 GB of Free/Libre Software! Since last year's birthday new steps to portability have been made; 11 official ports [4] are now available, amongst which Debian/kFreeBSD deserves a special mention for successfully integrating a non-Linux kernel within the project.

Organize a Debian Birthday party in your city

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August 13th, 2012 http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120813
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On August 16, the Debian community will celebrate its 19th birthday since Ian Murdock's original founding announcement [1]. As is tradition, the Debian communities all around the world will gather to celebrate it with Debian Birthday parties.

1 : http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3b...

A Debian Birthday party is a fun event, globally marking the appreciation and the joy of being part of our community and could consist of workshops, talks, or bug squashing parties both virtual and in real life. Check if there is one in your area [2], and if not, it's not too late to organize one and mark the event in the wiki!

Help the Debian Installer team: test the new version of the installer!

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August 10th, 2012 http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120810
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The Debian Installer team announced the first beta release of the installer for Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". This new release includes various improvements in different areas, like booting, Linux kernel, APT, low memory installs, and networking. It also uses the new official theme "Joy". The installer supports 73 languages, of which 56 are fully translated. All the changes are listed in the Debian Installer team's announcement [1] to the Debian community.

1 : http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/News/2012/20120804

The team asks Debian users to help in testing and improving this new version of the installer: while there are some known issues [2] with the installer that do not need to be reported, it is very important to try the installer in order to find all possible bugs before the release.

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