Welcome to this year's first 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 are enjoying this format of the DPN.
For other news, please read the official Debian blog Bits from
Debian , and follow https://micronews.debian.org which RSS-feeds <the
@debian> profile in several social networks too.
Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis
(Security Advisories 2017  and Security Advisories 2018 ). Please
read them carefully and subscribe to the security mailing list .
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:
FAI.me build service for installation images
Thomas Lange has announced  the FAI.me build service  for
customised installation images. On this web page, you can create
customised images with only a few clicks. It supports different Debian
distributions, all common desktop environments, several locales,
backported kernels, and the option of entering a list of packages. After
some time you can download your own ISO image which does a fully
automatic installation using FAI .
The Debsources team is happy to announce  that Debsources ,
which provides direct web access to the Debian operating system source
code, has been moved onto the official Debian infrastructure at
https://sources.debian.org. Debsources allows users to directly browse
available source packages and to peruse and highlight portions of the
source code files for every Debian release. It provides links via
HTML  and an API  for programmatic use.
Debian welcomes three Outreachy interns: Juliana Oliveira  who will
work on reproducible builds , Kira Obrezkova  who will work on
open-source mobile technologies , and Renata D'Avila  who will
work on a calendar database of social events and conferences for free
software developers .
Google, through its Google Summer of Code  program, provides
students with a stipend to work over the summer months on open source
development. Debian is happy to announce  that we will be
participating as a mentoring organisation this year.
We are looking for mentors and students that would like to participate.
Additional information is available on our Summer of Code 2018 wiki
page ; if you are able to mentor please contact the Debian Outreach
Team via mailing list  to join as a mentor.
There is a new IRC channel #debian-til for sharing things that you
recently learned about Debian. Quoting the topic of the channel: "Share
something that you've learned today (or whenever) prefixed by
"TIL" (yes, even when YIL would be "correct"). Can be something
technical, social or anything else somewhat relevant to Debian -
Judgement-free zone! Post anything, however "obvious"!". More info about
the Debian IRC channels can be found in https://wiki.debian.org/IRC.
Misc Developer News
Paul Wise posted Misc Developer News #45 . Highlights include
debhelper compat 11, KGB now supporting GitLab webhooks (for salsa), the
change of the mentors.debian.net FTP upload queue, a call to review your
debtags today, and Purism hardware discounts for Debian Developers.
Among many other packages that were added to the unstable Debian
archive  in the last weeks, we can find:
* Gazebo 9 — new version of Gazebo, a multi-robot simulator for
outdoor environments. 
* Ganeti 2.16 — new version of Ganeti, a virtual server cluster
management tool. 
* R-cran-factominer — Multivariate Exploratory Data Analysis and Data
* Undertime — pick a meeting time using a table of world clocks. 
Members of the Debian community in Curitiba met at Positivo University
to discuss  organising a 2018 Curitiba MiniDebConf  which will
take place April 11 to 14 at the central campus of the Federal
University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR). Registration is free and
there will be a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the event.
A miniDebConf will take place in Hamburg (Germany) from May 16 to 20,
with three days of Debcamp style hacking, followed by two days of talks,
workshops and more hacking. Read the announce  and visit the wiki
page of the event  where you can get all the details, register for
the event, and help in the organisation.
There'll be a Debian booth at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2018  taking
place in the "Zentrales Hörsaal- und Seminar-Gebäude" of the Technical
University Chemnitz from Saturday 10 March to Sunday 11 March 2018. The
first CLT was held in 1999 and Debian has taken part in the event since
2002. If anyone is interested in helping with the booth, please have a
look at the wiki page:
FOSSASIA Summit  will take place in Singapore 22–25 March 2018;
several Debian Developers and contributors will attend, and maybe
organise a Debian booth. Please get in touch via the debian-events-
apac  mailing list for details and help or coordination.
The organisation of DebConf18 (Hsinshu, Taiwan, 29 July–5 August 2018)
is going on. DebConf18 will be preceded by one week of DebCamp,
Saturday, July 21 through Friday, July 27. The Call for Proposals 
was published on 7 February 2018. You can now sign into the website 
and submit an event, or write to the content team at
<[hidden email]>  to suggest an invited speaker. Talk proposals
must be submitted by Sunday 17 June 2018 at the latest. Registration
will open soon and you can subscribe to debconf-announce  to be
notified when registration opens. Bursary applications will be available
together with registration and must be submitted by 13 April. As of now,
eleven companies or organisations have decided to support the event, and
DebConf18 is still accepting  sponsors; visit its website  for
A miniDebConf took place in Toulouse, France, on 18–19 November 2017
organised by Debian France Association  together with the Capitole
du libre , the help of the Toulibre association , and the
support of Evolix . The event was a real success with more than
twenty-five attendees at each session. Details of the event are on the
wiki page .
Another miniDebConf took place in Cambridge, UK, on 23–26 November 2017.
Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page .
There were live video streams, and the recordings are already
There was a Debian presence at the XIV Goiano Free Software Forum (FGSL)
in Goiânia (Brazil) last November (talks and booth ), at
LinuxDay  in Dornbirn (Austria) last December (Debian booth), at
Campus Party Brasil 2018  in São Paulo (Brazil) and at FOSDEM 2018
in Brussels (Belgium) in February (Debian booth ).
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 226  bugs available tagged "newcomer".
On the Debian-user mailing list, Debian user Jason asked how to create a
PDF-Printer from the command line . A large discussion covered many
questions asking: Is (La)TeX text or not, what exactly is a mimetype,
why not a2ps or lp, and file bloat for PDF creation. There are lots of
tips and tricks throughout the thread for those wondering about the same
Debian user Richard Hector asked about the policy on the "wontfix" bug
tag used by maintainers . The thread covered many topics and
discussions about the actual output from the date command, interactive
shells, the question of "what day is it really?", the fuzzy grammar of
the date string, parsers, mail LDOSUBSCRIBER, and the formail component
of procmail. A very interesting read!
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 given unformatted, and in descending order by
date (recent news at the top).
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