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Misc Developer News (#23)

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Please contribute short news about your work/plans/subproject. In this issue: + Debian MiniConfs + Debian Maintainer index + GoogleCode redirector + Commit rights to Debian Project News for DDs + Debian Developer Portfolio Service + #debian-ubuntu on OFTC + Team uploads

Debian MiniConfs

So, DebConf is over and pretty soon you’ll be missing it (or wishing you
were missing it). This part always makes some a bit sad but inevitably
brings us back next year to see everyone again. BUT, you don’t need to
miss everyone for the whole year between DebConfs since there are some Debian
MiniConfs organised between now and then.

Earlier this year there was a MiniDebCamp in Thailand[2] attended by
about 30 local people and 5 from Europe, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. The
MiniConf in India[3] that overlapped with the end of DebConf reportedly
had almost 200 people attending.

In late October there is a MiniConf in Paris, France[4]. In early
November there is a Debian MiniConf at FOSSASIA[5] in Ho Chi Minh
(Saigon), Vietnam. Events like these help grow the Debian community
around the world so please support them by attending, giving talks and
promoting them on your blog, microblog, mailing list or irc/chat channel.
If you are organising one of these events, please consider contacting the
DebConf global team in order to get a
domain for your Debian MiniConf. Please also contact the Debian events
address in order to get your Debian event listed on the Debian website[6].

— Paul Wise


Debian Maintainer index

Enrico Zini has contributed a nice overview page[7] that lists all
current Debian Maintainers (DM) and the packages they maintain.

— Stefano Zacchiroli


GoogleCode redirector

Recently I launched[8] the beta-testing of a GoogleCode redirector[9], meant
to be used in debian/watch (by uscan(1) and DEHS). Feel free to use it,
report bugs or ask for features!

— David Paleino


Commit rights to Debian Project News for DDs

Debian Developers, who which to contribute to the Debian Project News (as
editor, reviewer or translator), can do so without request special
rights. The subversion repository on alioth already grants all Debian
Developers write access. More details are available on

— Alexander Reichle-Schmehl

Debian Developer Portfolio Service

I added several new types of information to the Debian Developer
Portfolio Service[10] recently:

* link to user’s Debian wiki homepage (may be specified via URL
parameter wikihomepage, otherwise generated from capitalized name
* optional link to users Debian forum page (only if forum id is
specified as URL parameter forumsid)
* ssh command lines for MIA information, owned domains and
group membership
* finger command and URL for retrieving GPG keys from
* finger command to retrieve developer information from

I also added a cron job to do a daily synchronization of the gpg key
information from DDPortfolio uses information from
Debian developer as well as Debian maintainer keyrings.

Debian Maintainer GPG fingerprints and full names are now automatically
retrieved from their email address in the same way it is done for Debian

Thanks to Paul Wise (pabs) for a flow of new ideas for

— Jan Dittberner


#debian-ubuntu on OFTC

Lucas Nussbaum blogged about the #debian-ubuntu IRC channel[11] on OFTC.
It can be very useful when you have a question about the state of a given
package on the Ubuntu side (and vice-versa).

— Raphaël Hertzog


Team uploads

Some packaging teams use a single mailing list that collects all bug
reports, and allow normal uploads by team members without them being
listed directly as Maintainer or Uploader. In that case, the special
first line ` * Team upload.` will avoid to the upload to be confused
with a NMU. TeamUploads[12] are supported by the `debchange` (`dch`) tool
of the `devcripts` package, via a `–team` command-line option.

— Charles Plessy


— bye, pabs

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