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Welcome to this year's fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
Technical Committee, which was asked in
bug #727708 to decide which init
system would be the default init system for Debian, had reached the decision
that for Linux architectures the default in Jessie should be systemd.
Additional discussions regarding the technical policy necessary for
implementing this decision are still ongoing and can be followed
Debian has been
as a mentoring organisation for the
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014,
a program that allows post-secondary students aged
18 and older to earn a stipend writing code for free and open source software
projects during the summer.
sent a call
for mentors and students to participate in this year's Summer of Code.
Mentors for prospective projects can submit proposals on the
project ideas list.
Eligible students can take a look at the list of projects, engage in discussions
with mentors and prepare their applications.
People interested in this program are encouraged to come and chat with the
Debian GSoC team on the #debian-soc IRC channel on irc.oftc.net, or to send an
email to the
SoC coordination mailing list.
The DebConf team is well into the planning for
which will take place in Portland, Oregon, USA during 23–31 August 2014.
They are now contacting potential sponsors from all around the globe.
If you can think of interested organisations, please feel free to reach out to
them, and ask, or if you are not comfortable asking directly, to contact the
sponsors-team with any leads.
Mònica Ramírez Arceda
a public invitation for the mini-DebConf in Barcelona on 15–16 March organised
by Debian Women.
of talks is already available.
Registration of participants is recommended.
The organisers are still raising funds to cover the costs of running the
conference and to offer travel sponsorship to people who can't pay for it.
Please consider donating any amount you can to our
or contact them
if you would like to become a sponsor.
For more information, visit the
website of the event.
Debian France is
a small GSoC-like operation to recruit new Debian contributors. It will be mainly of
interest for French-speaking candidates since the reward is a paperback copy of the
Debian Administrator's Handbook.
Debian France is now actively looking for potential mentors to propose projects. The
scope of the projects is much smaller than a Google Summer of Code (from about
16 to 32 hours of work).
If you want to mentor such a project, submit your ideas
on the dedicated
The ninth update of the oldstable distribution of Debian (codename
was released on February 15.
indicated on his blog
that bug #740000 was reported on
February 24 by Miguel Landaeta, 3 months and 4 days after
Only time will tell who will win the
to guess when bugs #800000 and #1000000 will be reported.
that he managed to install Debian on the
Martin Zobel-Helas and Enrico Zini
a census in order to gather information about software services for the
Debian community. The list of known services so far is available
on the wiki. If you maintain or
simply know a service that is not yet on the list, please edit the wiki page
to add relevant information.
about recent improvements of
sources.debian.net, a service allowing
anyone to search easily through the source code present in Debian's archive.
Martin Pitt sent some
from the autopkgtest team. The project has been evolving a lot recently,
and now has new documentation, new virtualisation servers and new test declarations.
To round it off he announced ci.debian.net, a
new service that continuously runs package tests declared in the
that a Debian Bug Squashing Party is being organised for 25–27 April in the offices of
communications GmbH in Salzburg, Austria.
Information and a registration form are available on the
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks
on the events section of the Debian web site,
or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions:
Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party?
Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events?
Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our
Send an email to the Debian Events Team.
15 people have started
to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian
Project News. Please welcome
Arturo Borrero Gonzalez,
into our project!
Debian's Security Team recently released
advisories for these packages (among others):
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package:
Please read it carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security
advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about
security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please
subscribe to the security mailing
list (and the separate backports
list, and stable updates
list) for announcements.
352 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive
many others are:
Currently 559 packages are orphaned and 140 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.