Welcome to this year’s third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* DebConf13 venue and dates
* Automating Debian bootstrapping
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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DebConf13 venue and dates
Moray Allan and Didier Raboud gave some updates on the upcoming
DebConf13  to be held at Le Camp in Vaumarcus, Switzerland . In
the blogpost, they confirmed that the conference will take place from 11
to 18 August. This year, for budget reasons, the DebCamp – during which
usually the various Debian teams meet to work on specific issues and
projects – will be held during the same week as the conference.
Registration will probably open around the start of March.
In related news, the DebConf team sent a call for bids  for
DebConf14. If you are interested in putting forward a bid for DebConf14,
send a message to their mailing list . You are also invited to think
about possible venues for DebConf15.
People interested in helping with the organisation of DebConf are
welcome to join the team, and find out how they can help by contacting
them on their mailing list  or on the #debconf-team channel on
Automating Debian bootstrapping
Johannes Schauer wrote a detailed report of the status of his “Port
bootstrap build-ordering tool” , which was started as a Debian GSoC
project last year and aims to solve cyclic build dependencies, making it
possible to automate the bootstrapping of Debian on new architectures.
Since November 2012 the project has reached some important milestones
such as providing a less “monolithic” toolset, a new dependency graph
definition, two new ways to break dependency cycles, and an adjustment
of the algorithm to allow a more precise final build order.
There has been an interview  with Florian Weimer of the Debian
security team about his talk “Trends in Open Source Security” at FOSDEM
According to W3Techs, Debian is the most popular Linux distribution for
webservers . It currently has a market share of 32.9% of all websites
that use Linux, and growing.
Ben Hutchings published the fourth part  of his “What’s in the Linux
kernel for Debian 7.0 Wheezy” series. Ben also asked for help in testing
SAS drivers for the next point release of Debian stable .
Neil McGovern sent some bits from the Release team  where he
reported about the current status of the freeze. Neil also asked for
volunteers to help with the Release Notes, and particularly for someone
with kFreeBSD experience to create the Release Notes for this port.
On the debian-project mailing list, an interesting discussion is
underway about how young people’s experience of computers has changed
over the years  and how this affects Debian, both in terms of
contributors and users.
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
* February 22-24, Calicut, India — India Mini-DebConf 2013, Calicut Edition 
* February 22-24, Los Angeles, USA — Debian booth at the eleventh annual Southern California Linux Expo 
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: Europe ,
Netherlands , Hispanic America , North America .
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 talks page ? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team .
New Debian Contributors
Four applicants have been accepted  as Debian Developers, two
applicants have been accepted  as Debian Maintainers and five people
have started to maintain packages  since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Anton Gladky, Andreas Beckmann,
Brian Thomason, Laszlo Kajan, Jean-Michel Vourgère, Richard Hartmann,
Vincent W. Chen, Willem van den Akker, James Bennet, Casper Gielen and
Stein Magnus Jodal into our project!
Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database , the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 224 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 92
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
There are also more detailed statistics  as well as some hints on
how to interpret  these numbers.
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): ganglia , movabletype-opensource , ircd-
ratbox , rails , libupnp , libupnp4 , samba  and
nagios3 . Please read them 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.
New and noteworthy packages
21 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* bitcoin-qt — peer-to-peer network based digital currency – graphical interface 
* cloud-init — configuration and customization of cloud instances 
Currently  530 packages are orphaned  and 141 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,
Francesca Ciceri, Justin B Rye and Paul Wise.