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Misc Developer News (#24)

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Please contribute short news about your work/plans/subproject. In this issue: + Debian QA meeting + squeeze release live microblogging + Debian derivatives census + policy + List of override disparities

Debian QA meeting

A Debian QA meeting[1] will be held in Paris, France at the Center for
Research and Innovation on Free Software (IRILL)[2]. It will begin in the
early afternoon on Friday March 18th and end on Sunday March 20th. If you
are attending and need sponsorship, please add your information to the
wiki page by Tuesday February 8th so that sprint[3] funding can be
applied for.


squeeze release live microblogging

The Debian squeeze release will be live microblogged[4] to Debian’s
identica account[5]. Several steps of the release process are quite long
and boring, so these quiet periods will be filled with funny or otherwise
interesting facts about Debian. If you would like to help out by
supplying some fun or interesting facts, please reply to the thread[6].

— Paul Wise


Debian derivatives census

The Debian derivatives front desk[7] is conducting[8] a census[9] of all
Debian derivatives. If you are a representative of a Debian derivative
please add a page for your derivative based on the template[10]. Future
plans for the Debian derivatives census include keeping track of Debian
derivatives, addition of more information useful to Debian contributors,
inclusion of machine-readable information and subsequent integration of
information about derivatives into Debian infrastructure. In addition we
would like to invite representatives of distributions derived from Debian
to join the Debian derivatives[11] front desk[12] IRC channel[13] and
mailing list[14].

— Paul Wise

[13] irc://
[14] policy

Planet Debian[15] maintainers have revamped the
Planet Debian policy[16] and linked it from Planet home page. The policy
is a recommended reading for all Planet Debian users, be them reader or
authors, and covers topics such as who can be on Planet Debian, what can
be posted on Planet Debian, as well as technical documentation on how to
benefit from various Planet Debian services.

The main change is that webbugs which are not filtered by Planet Debian
are frowned upon and can be ground for removal of the feed. Currently
only feedburner tracking images are stripped. Any image not hosted by the
syndicated blog that is automatically inserted in the feed and that is
known to be used for tracking purpose is considered a webbug. If your
feed happen to contain webbugs, you are welcome to contribute a
supplementary filter to avoid being excluded. Send patches to

— Stefano Zacchiroli & Raphaël Hertzog


List of override disparities

Policy § 2.5[17] states packages must not depend on other packages with
lower priority values. In order to better adhere to it, FTP Team export a
yaml-formatted list of packages affected override disparities[18]. Please
adjust your package with one of your next uploads when you agree that
your package is wrong, or file a bug on having us change
the overrides for your package, when you think our overrides are wrong.
See for further

— Alexander Reichle-Schmehl



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