Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Welcome to the Debian Project News!
* Internal News/Happenings
* Events: Upcoming and Reports
* Help needed
* More than just code
* Quick Links from Debian Social Media
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Welcome to the Debian Project News!
We hope that you enjoy this edition of the DPN.
For other news, please read the official Debian blog Bits from
Debian , and follow https://micronews.debian.org which feeds <(via
RSS) the @debian> profile on several social networks too.
At the end of this Project News we've added a Quick Links section which
links to a selection of the posts made through our other media streams.
Happy 25th Anniversary Debian!
This year's annual Debian birthday celebration, known as DebianDay ,
was an even more special occasion as it marked a quarter century  of
excellence, development, contributions, translations, software creation,
advocacy, and all things Debian. Celebrations were held all over the
world and several Debian designers created some amazing artwork, logos,
posters, and images which we shared online.
These point releases added corrections for security issues along with a
few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already
been published separately and are referenced where available. Upgrading
an existing installation to either revision can be achieved by pointing
the package management system at one of Debian's many HTTP mirrors. A
comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:
Alioth Migration to Salsa
Debian Developers and projects should have already migrated over to the
new system; additional information on the migration is available .
Chris Lamb announced  the creation and delegation of the Debian Data
Protection team. The team will serve as the centralized point for
queries regarding Debian's use and care of personal information across
the project and guidance on data protection principles.
Raphael Hertzog shared  the latest team features of the Debian
Package Tracker. New to the tracker are helpful attributes for email
address team identification, discussion subscriptions, and automatic
maintainer and uploader fields along with many other features.
Lars Wirzenius encouraged  users of the vmdebootstrap package to
switch to other available tools prior to its removal from the archive
September 2018. The package, used for automatically building system
images, is somewhat difficult to modify and test due to its
architecture. As other tools are available users are advised to change
Sean Whitton announced Debian Policy 220.127.116.11 being released and uploaded
to sid. The announcement details the changes from Policy 4.1.5. The
Debian Policy Manual  deals with the structure and contents of the
Debian archive, technical requirements each package must satisfy to be
included in the archive, and the package management system developers
have to be conversant with.
The annual Debian Project's Developer Conference, which includes
technical, social and policy talks and is known as DebConf , was
held this year in Hsinchu, Taiwan from 29 July through 5 August.
DebConf18  was the very first Debian Conference held in Asia. We
welcomed over 306 attendees from around the world, and held 137 events,
100 talks, 25 Birds of a Feather discussion sessions, 5 workshops and
many other activities.
Debian has a "newcomer" bug tag, used to indicate bugs which are
suitable for new contributors to use as an entry point to working on
specific packages. There are currently 203  bugs available tagged
Jonathan McDowell shared  a write-up entitled "Hooking up Home
Assistant to Alexa and Google Assistant" which details how to set up
home automation and required authentication, with a few critical
security steps to avoid being another insecure device on the IoT.
Benjamin Mako Hill blogged  on "How markets coopted free software's
most powerful weapon" which highlights the methodology of current
business development models which use the same tools that enabled the
large scale development of free culture and free software. The talk was
also the keynote at LibrePlanet 2018.
Ana Guerrero Lopez introduced  us to debos , a versatile image
generator. The tool, used to build software images, makes the task easy
by using recipe files in YAML to create highly customized images.
Martin Drecher asked about "use of su vs sudo?"  Always a hot topic
for administrators, this question introduces best practices and includes
some of a history of how/when passwords are used during the initial
Debian system installation and the effects on the system afterward.
Richard Owlett asked about "Installing package NOT in repository" .
This longer discussion talks about the installation of.deb files,
install pathname arguments, dependency checking, dpkg, apt, and cached
personal survival notes.
Arturo Borrero González highlights Things you can do with Debian,
Multimedia editing.  He covers many of the FLOSS software packages
and tools available in Debian for multimedia editing and production.
* 2014-08-27 Two new architectures (arm64 and ppc64el) bootstrapping
in unstable 
* 2010-08-31 Debian Project mourns the loss of Frans Pop 
* 2007-09-02 packages.debian.org updated 
* 2005-09-03 bugs.d.o: usertags and user categories 
* 2009-09-04 grub package now based on GRUB2 
Quick Links from Debian Social Media
This is an extract from the micronews.debian.org  feed, in which we
have removed the topics already commented on in this DPN issue. You can
skip this section if you already follow micronews.debian.org or <the
@debian> profile in a social network (Pump.io, GNU Social, Mastodon or
Twitter). The items are provided unformatted in descending order by date
(recent news at the top).
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