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Debian Project News - June 7th, 2018

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June 7th, 2018               https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2018/02/
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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
  * Reports
  * Help needed
  * More than just code
  * Quick Links from Debian Social Media
  * Want to continue reading DPN?


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 [1], and follow https://micronews.debian.org which RSS-feeds <the
@debian> profile in several social networks too.

    1: https://bits.debian.org

Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis
(Security Advisories 2018 [2]). Please read them carefully and subscribe
to the security mailing list [3].

    2: https://www.debian.org/security/2018/
    3: https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/

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.


Internal News/Happenings
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Updated Debian 9: 9.4 released

The Debian project announced [4] the fourth update of its stable
distribution Debian 9 (codename "Stretch") on 10 March 2018 to point
release 9.4.

    4: https://www.debian.org/News/2018/20180310

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:
https://www.debian.org/mirror/list


Notification for upcoming end-of-life for Debian 8

Be advised, DSA has given advance notice [5] that regular security
support for Debian GNU/Linux 8 (code name "Jessie") will be terminated
on 17 June 2018.

    5: https://www.debian.org/security/2018/dsa-4205

Debian Policy 4.1.4.0 released

The Debian Policy Manual has had a new version released [6]. The Debian
Policy Manual [7] 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.

    6: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00001.html
    7: https://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/

Upcoming shift to Ayatana (App)Indicator(s)

Mike Gabriel reports [8] 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 [9] with additional background from Mike's DebConf17
talk [10], blog posts [11], and the Ayatana Packagers overview
page [12].

    8: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2018/03/msg00506.html
    9: https://wiki.debian.org/Ayatana/IndicatorsTransition
   10: https://debconf17.debconf.org/talks/168/
   11: https://sunweavers.net/blog/node/58
   12:
https://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=pkg-ayatana-devel%40lists.alioth.debian.org

Debian Alioth Migration

Debian has migrated several services from our aged Alioth [13] server,
which ran FusionForge, onto Salsa [14], 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 [15] at the miniDebConf 2018 in
Hamburg.

   13: https://wiki.debian.org/Alioth
   14: https://wiki.debian.org/Salsa
   15:
https://gemmei.ftp.acc.umu.se/pub/debian-meetings/2018/miniconf-hamburg/2018-05-19/salsa.debian.org_state.webm

New and noteworthy packages

Among many other packages that were added to the unstable Debian
archive [16] in the past weeks, we can find:

   16: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg

wig [17] - WebApp Information Gatherer which can identify numerous
Content Management Systems and other administrative applications.
turing [18] - 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 [19]- Tox
provides an encrypted, distributed, and extensible peer-to-peer platform
that can be used for various forms of communication. Noteworthy packages
in stable [20]

  * youtube-dl [21] - Fetch and process music from YouTube using
youtube-dl and ffmpeg. gitlab-cli [22] - Command line interface to the
GitLab API v3.

   17: https://packages.debian.org/sid/wig
   18: https://packages.debian.org/sid/turing
   19: https://packages.debian.org/sid/libtoxcore2
   20: https://packages.debian.org/stretch/allpackages
   21: https://packages.debian.org/stretch/youtube-dl
   22: https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=gitlab-cli


Events: Upcoming and Reports
----------------------------

Upcoming events

Debian Bug Squashing Party in Brooklyn, New York, US

On 24 June 2018 The NYC Debian User Group will hold a Bug Squashing
Party [23] in Brooklyn, New York. For more information view the
invite [24] page and RSVP [25] if interested.

   23: https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2018/06/us/NYC
   24: https://hashman.ca/nyc-bsp/
   25: https://ti.to/nyc-dug/june-bsp

DebConf18 in Hsinshu

The 19th Annual Debian Conference will be held in Hsinchu, Taiwan [26],
from July 29 to August 5, 2018. It will be preceded by DebCamp, July 21
to July 27, and Open Day, July 28.

   26: https://debconf18.debconf.org/

DebConf19 in Curitiba

DebConf 19 [27] will be held in Curitiba, Brazil on July 2019. The
DebConf 19 organization team recently announced [28] the logo contest
winner.

   27: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf19
   28: http://debianbrasil.org.br/blog/debconf19-has-a-logo

Event Reports

A Debian Women Meetting took place in Curitiba, Brazil on 10th March
2018. Details of the event and schedule are on their website [29] and
wiki page [30]. Photos are available [31].

   29: https://debianwomenbr.github.io
   30: https://wiki.debian.org/Brasil/Eventos/1oEncontroDebianWomenCuritiba
   31:
https://github.com/debianwomenbr/debianwomenbr.github.io/tree/master/img/I_encontro

A miniDebConf took place in Curitiba, Brazil on 11–14 April 2018.
Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their website [32].
There were live video streams, and the recordings are already
available [33].

   32: https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/en
   33:
http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2018/mini-debconf-curitiba

A miniDebConf took place in Hamburg, Germany on 19–20 May 2018. Details
of the event, schedule, and photos are on their wiki page [34]. There
were live video streams, and the recordings are already available [35].

   34: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
   35:
http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2018/miniconf-hamburg/


Reports
-------

LTS Freexian Monthly Reports

Freexian issues monthly reports [36] about the work of paid contributors
to Debian Long Term Support.

   36: https://raphaelhertzog.com/tag/Freexian+LTS/

Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, February 2018 [37].
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
33.

   37:
https://raphaelhertzog.com/2018/03/16/freexians-report-about-debian-long-term-support-february-2018/

Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, March 2018 [38]. 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
26.

   38:
https://raphaelhertzog.com/2018/04/16/freexians-report-about-debian-long-term-support-march-2018/

Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2018 [39]. 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
16.

   39:
https://raphaelhertzog.com/2018/05/15/freexians-report-about-debian-long-term-support-april-2018/

Reproducible Builds status update

Follow the Reproducible Builds blog [40] to get the weekly reports on
their work in the "Buster" cycle.

   40: https://reproducible-builds.org/blog/

Reproducible Builds report #159 [41]. Ricardo Wurmus also published a
paper titled "Reproducible bioinformatics pipelines with Guix" [42]
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.

   41: https://reproducible-builds.org/blog/posts/159/
   42:
https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/blog/2018/paper-on-reproducible-bioinformatics-pipelines-with-guix/

Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #160 [43]. 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.

   43: https://reproducible-builds.org/blog/posts/160/

Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #161 [44]. 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 [45]. 18 package reviews were added, 45 packages were
updated, and 41 packages were removed.

   44: https://reproducible-builds.org/blog/posts/161/
   45: https://reproducible-builds.org/resources/


Help needed
-----------

Teams needing help

Following the recent MiniDebConfHamburg, the subtitles team started to
subtitle the talks [46]. 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 [47].

   46:
https://alioth-lists.debian.net/pipermail/debconfsubs-team/Week-of-Mon-20180514/000102.html
   47:
https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Videoteam/Subtitles/videos_minidebconf18_hamburg

Packages needing help:

Currently [48] 1301 packages are orphaned [49] and 158 packages are up
for adoption [50]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [51].

   48: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2018/06/msg00000.html
   49: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   50: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   51: https://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

Newcomer bugs

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 [52] bugs available tagged "newcomer".

   52: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?tag=newcomer


More than just code
-------------------

Debian study group / Grupo de estudos de Debian

Helen Koike announces [53] bi-weekly meetings (video call) to study
Debian. The group will view and discuss João Eriberto Mota Filho's
online packaging course [54]. 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.

   53: https://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2018/05/msg00005.html
   54: http://debianet.com.br/

Contributors

1339 people and 19 teams are listed on the Debian Contributors [55] page
for 2018.

   55: https://contributors.debian.org/

Discussions

Debian user Long Wind asked about "Wireless failure after stretch
installation" [56].

   56: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/03/msg00066.html

Debian user Harald Dunkel asked, "How to view config file changes
without running an upgrade" [57]?

   57: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/03/msg00749.html

Debian user mess-mate asked, "How to change the system UTF to EU
character set" [58]?

   58: https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2018/04/msg00006.html

Once upon a time in Debian:

  * 2004-05-26 to 2014-06-02 The 5th annual Debconf held at Porto Alegre
- Brazil [59]
  * 2012-06-02 General Resolution: Diversity statement for the Debian
Project adopted [60]
  * 1997-06-05 Debian 1.3 Released [61]
  * 2005-06-06 Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 released [62]
  * 2001-06-07 Debian Bug #100000 reported by <[hidden email]> [63]
  * 2002-06-08 The New Security Build Infrastructure [64]

   59: https://debconf4.debconf.org/
   60: https://www.debian.org/vote/2012/vote_002
   61: https://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/1997/msg00013.html
   62: https://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/2005/msg00003.html
   63: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=100000
   64: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2002/06/msg00002.html


Quick Links from Debian Social Media
------------------------------------

This is an extract from the micronews.debian.org [65] 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).

   65: https://micronews.debian.org

May

  * text link [66]
  * Debian welcomes its GSoC 2018 and Outreachy interns
https://bits.debian.org/2018/05/welcome-gsoc2018-and-outreachy-interns.html
  * New Debian Developers and Maintainers (March and April 2018)
https://bits.debian.org/2018/05/new-developers-2018-04.html

   66: https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2018/02/link

April

  * Congratulations to Debian's Google Summer of Code students!
https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5166394929315840/?sp-page=3#! [67]
  * DebConf18 Call for Proposals is still open! Submit your talk up to
June 17th 2018 to be considered. https://debconf18.debconf.org/cfp/
  * "Re-elected as Debian Project Leader", by Chris Lamb
https://chris-lamb.co.uk/posts/re-elected-as-debian-project-leader
  * Debian Project Leader Election 2018 Results
https://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2018/04/msg00030.html
  * Debian Release team published a detailed roadmap for Debian Buster
release https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00006.html
  * Debian 12 (after "buster" and "bullseye") will be called "bookworm"
https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00006.html
  * Debian Project Leader election 2018: Last call for votes
https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00005.html
  * Bursary applications for DebConf18 are closing in 48 hours!
https://bits.debian.org/2018/04/dc18-bursaries.html
  * Debian MiniDebconf Curitiba 2018 starts today at the Federal
University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR). https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/
  * Debian MiniDebconf Curitiba 2018 começa hoje na Universidade
Tecnológica Federal do Paraná. https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/
  * Vote for Debian Project Leader started. Sole candidate is Chris
Lamb. http://deb.li/343C
  * DebConf20 in a cruise
https://bits.debian.org/2018/04/debconf20-in-a-cruise.html

   67:
https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5166394929315840/?sp-page=3#!

March

  * Registration is now open for DebConf18, in Hsinchu, Taiwan
https://debconf18.debconf.org/news/2018-03-16-registration/
  * Debian is present at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, Germany, this weekend.
Meet us at the #debian booth. #CLT2018
  * Want to run #Debian as a downloadable app on Windows 10 desktops?
Check
https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Microsoft/Windows/SubsystemForLinux
  * New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2018)
https://bits.debian.org/2018/03/new-developers-2018-02.html



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