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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:
We hope that you are enjoying the new format of the DPN.
For other news, please read the official Debian Blog
Bits from Debian, and follow
RSS-feeds the @debian profile in several social networks too.
Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis
(Security Advisories 2016). Please
read them carefully and subscribe to the security mailing
At the end of this Project News we've added a Quick Links
section which links to many of the posts made through our other media
News on Debian
its transition freeze. There will be no new library transitions or package
transitions that involve a large number of packages.
The Release Team maintains a calendar
with important dates. The next milestones are 5 December 2016 (forced 10-day
migration delay), 5 January 2017 (soft freeze, deadline for new source
packages or letting packages re-enter
Stretch), and 5 February 2017
(full freeze for
Stretch: all changes to
Stretch will require
Stretch Alpha 8 release has been
Tests and reports to find bugs and further improve the installer are welcome.
Installer CDs, other media and everything else are
theme, by Juliette Taka Belin, will be the default artwork for Debian 9.
It was selected out of twelve candidates using a survey. Read our
for more details about the process and how to help in getting artwork
packaged for Debian.
New FAI version 5.2 is going to the cloud
release has been announced of FAI 5.2, the new version of the
Fully Automatic Installation tool set, which now supports creating
disk images for virtual machines.
It uses the normal FAI process and it's very fast - using a small set
of packages the image can be created in less than 50 seconds. A first
version of a Google Compute Engine configuration is also provided.
Bug Squashing Parties
On 4 December 2016 there will be a Bug Squashing Party in Dresden, Germany.
page for details.
There will be another BSP on the weekend of 27-29 January 2017
in Cambridge, UK.
More info on its wiki
Reproducible Builds sprint in December 2016 in Berlin
There will be a
Builds summit in Berlin
for three days on 13-15 December, with more than 50 attendees from 20
projects. The Debian participants will have a Reproducible Builds Sprint
during the event; details can be seen on the
The main goals are to discuss and hack on reproducible builds in
plus longer term plans for Debian 10
Buster, and, together with the
wider community at the summit, to improve collaboration both within and between
projects, expand the scope and reach, and brainstorm design
of tools enabling end-users to get the most benefits from reproducible builds.
DebConf17 in Montreal
The 18th annual DebConf will take place in Montreal, Canada, 6-12 August 2017.
It will be preceded by DebCamp, 31 July to 4 August, and Debian Day, 5 August.
The DebConf team welcomes any contribution towards its organisation,
particularly looking for sponsors.
See the wiki
for more details on how you can help out, or have a look at the
Bid deadline for DebConf18 approaching
Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba
On Saturday 13 August 2016, the Curitiba Livre Group organised a
meeting at Centro Universitário Uniandrade in Curitiba (Brazil) to
celebrate the twenty-third anniversary of the Debian Project.
Over the years from 2004 with Debian User Group Paraná to this year with Curitiba
Livre Group, the free software community in Curitiba has organised
several activities to celebrate this date, with the goal of contributing to
the project and returning some contributions to Debian, such as code,
translations from English to Portuguese, and also help with finding new
For more details about this event, photos and links, see
from Debian Day 2016 in Curitiba - Brazil.
MiniDebConf Cambridge 2016
A mini-DebConf took place in Cambridge, UK on 10-13 November 2016.
Details of the event, schedule, and photos are on their
wiki page. There were live video streams, and the recordings are
Debian Video Team sprint
Video Team sprint happened on 17-20 November in Paris, France.
The main goals of the sprint were to work on the software
video mixer Voctomix, streamline the streaming infrastructure, assess the
Opsis boards, write documentation, and agree on the new hardware that needs
to be purchased.
DebianEdu sprint end of November 2016 in Oslo
With the freeze coming, a DebianEdu gathering and sprint has been
held in Oslo, 25-27 November. See the
page for details.
Debian was present at
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 19-21 October,
Oberhausen, Germany, 5-6 November,
and at T-DOSE 11th edition,
Eindhoven, Netherlands, 12-13 November.
Once upon a time in Debian
Debian contributors survey
All Debian contributors - from bug reporters to Debian project
members and participants in any Debian team - are invited to take part
in the first edition of the
Debian contributors survey.
The deadline for participation is: 4 December 2016, at 23:59 UTC.
See more details in the
for participation mail.
Help the switch to elpa-* packages
With the advent of GNU Emacs's native package manager, package.el,
there has been renewed interest in writing useful Emacs Lisp addons.
infrastructure that has grown up around it leave a lot to be
desired when it comes to quality assurance and security.
Over the past year or so the pkg-emacsen team have been developing
tools to convert package.el packages to Debian packages, and it is now
quite easy to create new ones. We'd like to see more Emacs users who
know at least the basics of creating Debian packages join our team.
To get started:
Packages needing help
Currently 989 packages are orphaned and 153 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.
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
There are 185
newcomer bugs available.
1,898 people and 19 teams are listed on the Debian Contributors page for 2016.
For the contributors getting their maintainer or developer account in
Debian, you can follow our
bi-monthly welcome posts
Daniel Pocock attended the first summit of the Free Software Foundation
Europe (FSFE), and sent a
LTS Freexian Monthly Reports
Freexian issues monthly reports
about the work of paid contributors to Debian Long Term Support.
Reproducible Build status/update
Follow the Reproducible
builds blog to get the weekly reports on their work in the
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often in the future.
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