Welcome to this year's second 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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This point release added corrections for security issues, along with a
few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have were
published separately and are referenced where available. Upgrading an
existing installation to this 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:
Notification for upcoming end-of-life for Debian 8
Be advised, DSA has given advance notice  that regular security
support for Debian GNU/Linux 8 (code name "Jessie") will be terminated
on 17 June 2018.
The Debian Policy Manual has had a new version released . 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
Mike Gabriel reports  on the upcoming shift to Ayatana Application
Indicators in Debian and work on generalizing the functionality of
indicator icon applications to make them more independent of the desktop
environment used. The status of the work may be viewed on the Ayatana
Transition page  with additional background from Mike's DebConf17
talk , blog posts , and the Ayatana Packagers overview
Debian has migrated several services from our aged Alioth  server,
which ran FusionForge, onto Salsa , based on Gitlab software. These
changes to our infrastructure will allow us to continue to provide
needed services, and tools for collaboration. Alexander Wirt gave a talk
about the state of affairs for Salsa  at the miniDebConf 2018 in
wig  - WebApp Information Gatherer which can identify numerous
Content Management Systems and other administrative applications.
turing  - Turing is a free and cross-platform app whose main goal is
to assist the learning of algorithms and programming languages by
providing easy-to-use development tools to all. libtoxcore2 - Tox
provides an encrypted, distributed, and extensible peer-to-peer platform
that can be used for various forms of communication. Noteworthy packages
in stable 
* youtube-dl  - Fetch and process music from YouTube using
youtube-dl and ffmpeg. gitlab-cli  - Command line interface to the
GitLab API v3.
A miniDebConf took place in Curitiba, Brazil on 11–14 April 2018.
Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their website .
There were live video streams, and the recordings are already
A miniDebConf took place in Hamburg, Germany on 19–20 May 2018. Details
of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page . There
were live video streams, and the recordings are already available .
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, February 2018 .
196 work hours were dispatched among 12 paid contributors. The security
tracker listed 60 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, March 2018 . 214
work hours were dispatched among 13 paid contributors. The security
tracker listed 31 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file
Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2018 . 183
work hours were dispatched among 13 paid contributors. The security
tracker listed 20 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file
Reproducible Builds report #159 . Ricardo Wurmus also published a
paper titled "Reproducible bioinformatics pipelines with Guix" 
which outlines using GNU Guix and reproducible builds in general as a
“crucial foundation for computational experiments”. 22 package reviews
were updated and 36 packages were removed.
Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #160 . Migrated the
diffoscope.org website to the jenkins.debian.net infrastucture. Updated
the reproducible-builds.org website. 134 package reviews were added, 25
packages were updated, and 29 packages were removed.
Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #161 . Chris Lamb, Holger Levsen,
Jonathan Bustillos Osornio (jathan) and Steven Chamberlain presented on
Reproducible Builds at the MiniDebConfHamburg, focusing on the status in
Debian "Buster". Slides and links to videos are available on our
Resources page . 18 package reviews were added, 45 packages were
updated, and 41 packages were removed.
Following the recent MiniDebConfHamburg, the subtitles team started to
subtitle the talks . The team is looking for help to transcribe,
synchronize and review subtitles, as well as for spreading the word! The
dedicated wiki page summarizes the status and needs of each video .
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 215  bugs available tagged "newcomer".
Helen Koike announces  bi-weekly meetings (video call) to study
Debian. The group will view and discuss João Eriberto Mota Filho's
online packaging course . The meetings will be Portuguese and
although the primary audience is for women/diversity, the meetings are
open to all who wish to participate. The next scheduled meetings will be
today, Thursday June 7 at 8PM and Thursday 21 June at 8PM. Join them on
OFTC #debian-mulheres for more information.
* 2004-05-26 to 2014-06-02 The 5th annual Debconf held at Porto Alegre
- Brazil 
* 2012-06-02 General Resolution: Diversity statement for the Debian
Project adopted 
* 1997-06-05 Debian 1.3 Released 
* 2005-06-06 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 released 
* 2001-06-07 Debian Bug #100000 reported by <[hidden email]> 
* 2002-06-08 The New Security Build Infrastructure 
Quick Links from Debian Social Media
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Twitter). The items are given unformatted, and in descending order by
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by The Publicity Team with
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