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Debian: Wheezy still has many critical bugs

A month after the freeze, the Debian Release Team has released an initial, fairly sobering report on Debian 7.0 Wheezy. In his email, Adam Barratt points out the large number of release-critical bugs – there should be fewer than 300, but almost 600 are listed in the database.

Debian 8.0 Is Codenamed “Jessie”

Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” will be succeeded by Debian 8.0, which is going to be developed under the codename of “Jessie” as revealed in a mailing list message.

Debian Project News – July 30th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include….

if the 3.4.1 Debian wheezy gnome-shell starts up slowly for you

I love titles like that. Anyway, I am intensely enjoying being back in Debian-space, and I am slowly accreting small mechanisms of usefulness around me. Vim keystrokes are bleeding out everywhere. My caps lock is now a Meta key, and springs up little windows when I dance on it.

Bits from the nippy Release Team

Hi, It’s almost a month since the freeze was put in place, so it’s time for another epistle/update.

My Debian Saga

I’ve installed numerous Debian forks and had few if any issues with them, distributions like SolusOS, Linux Mint debian, SalineOS, and Mepis. All were very solid Linux distributions and relatively easy to install. Not so with vanilla Debian. My goal was to install Debian to a 16 gig usb stick, essentially installing Debian to an […]

Integration of VistA into Debian

The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista), an open source hospital information system used in 160 hospitals, several hundreds of clinics and more than a hundred nursing homes, will become part of the Debian free software distribution. This was announced at the Libre Software Meeting (LSM/RMLL) in Geneva, last week Wednesday.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux: HowTo Download A Git Repository

I would like to install something from source code. The site says that I need to download it from git repository. How do I download a git repository under Debian / Ubuntu Linux? Get the explanation in this guide

Debian Wants To Play In The Mobile Space Too

On the last day of DebConf 12 in Managua, Nicaragua, there was a mobile session this morning. The purpose of the session was how to “keep Debian relevant for mobile devices.” The Debian mobile initiative isn’t brand new, but is an increasingly uphill battle

Debian Squeeze: Install Emerald Windows Decorator And Theme Manager

The Emerald Window Decorator is a custom window decorator shipped with Compiz Fusion that allows for theming and full composite window decorations with the use of engines.

Debian Linux 6: Install and Configure Compiz Eye Candy Effects

In this post I will explain how to install compiz on Debian Linux 6 with NVIDIA GPU. However, instructions should also work on Debian lenny and Intel 3000 or latest Intel 4000 video cards.

Raspbery Pi’s Own Raspbian Gets SD Card Image

Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the release of the first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution. The image will make it easier for Raspberry Pi users to switch from ‘generic’ Debian Squeeze to this ‘optimized’ image.

Debian Linux 6: Install Nvidia Proprietary Unix Driver

The NVIDIA Linux proprietary unified drivers supports various features such as 3d rendering, opengl and much more. This post covers installing and configuring NVIDIA’s proprietary graphic card driver for Debian Linux 6 amd64.

DebConf makes in-roads in Central America

This year’s DebConf in Managua took Debian to a new part of the world which is too little visited by major Free Software events, allowing the project to reach out to new contributors and learn new perspectives, as well as to continue its hard work towards the next stable release of Debian.

usage of vcs-git in the Debian archive Posted 2 days ago

As much as I hate nonfree software, and I think relying on as part of our infrastructure sucks, there is a degree of sense to keeping stuff on GitHub. If upstream is on GitHub, it may make it easier to coordinate and work with them. However! These are repos sitting in people’s personal accounts — […]

Debian Wants To Work With Its Offspring (Ubuntu)

Earlier this week at DebConf there was a discussion about Debian derivatives so that Debian’s offspring could share their experiences and also for the Debian developers to share various derivative-related initiatives. Some friction between Debian and distributions based upon it (namely Ubuntu) were exposed.

Debian Developers Discuss UEFI SecureBoot Plans

While the room was full of Debian developers in Managua, Nicaragua, nothing really new came out of the discussion. If you’ve been keeping track of Matthew Garrett’s blog posts, talks, and other information concerning SecureBoot on Linux, you didn’t miss out on much from this Debian talk.

More diversity in Debian skills

In his Debconf talk, zack said:”We need to understand how to invite people with different backgrounds than packaging to join the Debian project […] I don’t know what exactly, but we need to do more to attract those kinds of people.”

Debian Looks To Improve Linux Gaming

The latest out of DebConf 12 are future plans from the Debian game team. In Managua this morning, the Debian game team presented a BoF described as “Fun and games are an essential part of any operating system and the games team aims to bring these to Debian and our users. This BoF aims to […]

Debian GNU/Linux seeks alignment with Free Software Foundation

Newcomers of the Linux way of doing things are usually surprised to see Debian not on the FSF’s list of free distros, particularly since Debian has always made a strong public stance to adhere to free software principles. Not to mention that it is one of the few Linux distributions that actually uses “GNU/Linux” in […]

New Debian Theme Brings Lots of “Joy”

Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 is definitely on its way. It still may be months and months from release, but another major decision is in the can. We learned recently that the initial freeze has begun and now Wheezy has its theme.

Debian: Squeeze vs. Wheezy On Linux And kFreeBSD

With Debian Wheezy now frozen for its release sometime next year, here are some early benchmarks comparing the performance of Debian 6.0.5 “Squeeze” to the latest packages for the Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” release. For this Squeeze vs. Wheezy comparison, both Debian GNU/Linux and Debian GNU/kFreeBSD were benchmarked from an Intel 64-bit system.

Debian Wheezy To Take Up 73 CDs Or 11 DVDs

Aside from bringing up the successor to Debian 7.0 Wheezy and Debian’s plans for UEFI SecureBoot support, Debian developers in Managua also discussed on Monday the size of this next Debian release and other release plans.

debian-cd work at DebCamp

So it’s stil TBD whether Gnome or Kde will fit on a single CD in Debian wheezy. At this point I think most of us are getting tired of fighting this increasingly losing battle every release, and so other options like only having a desktop DVD are looking more appealing, as they solve the problem […]

Bits of Debian Med team: report from LSM, Geneva 2012

Hi this bits is actually my report from LSM, Geneva 2012. In this report: 1. Medical imaging using Debian 2. Debian Med packaging workshop 3. Integration of VistA into Debian 4. Other interesting talks

Debian Project News – July 12th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s fourteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…:

Fully covered DebConf on video

The Debian Project is pleased to announce full video coverage for talks in the main tracks of this year’s DebConf conference in Managua, Nicaragua, including for Debian Day [1], a free event for anyone interested in Free Software.

Creating Encrypted FTP Backups With duplicity And duply On Debian Squeeze

When you rent a dedicated server nowadays, almost all providers give you FTP backup space for your server on one of the provider’s backup systems. This tutorial shows how you can use duplicity and duply to create encrypted (so that nobody with access to the backup server can read sensitive data in your backups) backups […]

Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment

I think we should either get Debian in FSF [free-distros list][1], or document (from our POV) why Debian is not there. I’m looking for Debian volunteers interested in the topic and willing to participate in a joint Debian / FSF team that will work toward that goal without prejudices

bits from the DPL: June 2012

Howdy from DebConf12. It’s hot, but it’s also time to bother you again with a (not so) brief DPL activity report, this time for June 2012.

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