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Debian Project News – April 15th, 2013

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

* New DPL elected
* Debian accepted for Google Summer of Code
* Debian participates in Outreach Program for Women
* Other news
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

New DPL elected

Lucas Nussbaum has just been elected with a small majority [1] ahead of
his main opponent Moray Allan by the Debian Developers to represent the
project. Stefano Zacchiroli, outgoing project leader, welcomes his
successor: “I’ve known Lucas Nussbaum and his passionate Debian
involvement for many many years now, and I trust the Project is in good
hands with him. Good luck, Lucas!”


Debian accepted for Google Summer of Code

For the eighth year in a row, Debian has been accepted as a mentoring
organisation [2] for Google Summer of Code [3] (SoC), proposing a number
of stipends for students aged 18 or older to write code for selected
free and open source software projects. Eligible students for this
program may consult the list of projects [4] proposed by Debian and
contact mentors in order to prepare their application. More information
is available on the dedicated wiki page [5]. If you are interested in
applying to this program, send an email to the SoC coordination mailing
list [6], or come and chat in the #debian-soc IRC channel. In order to
offer the best mentorship for students, the Debian SoC team is also
looking for co-mentors [7] for the proposed projects.


Debian participates in Outreach Program for Women

Mònica Ramírez Arceda announced that Debian will participate in the next
round of the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program for
Women [8], started in 2006 by the GNOME Foundation, joined by other FOSS
organisations. Debian is proposing an internship from June to
September [9] to work on any kind of project, including coding, design,
marketing, and web development. All women who are not yet Debian
Developers or Debian Maintainers are encouraged to apply. There are no
age restrictions and applicants don’t need to be students. Please
consult the dedicated wiki page [10] for details.


Other news

Bruce Byfield, a Canadian journalist, wrote an article trying to debunk
some myths about Debian [11].


The DebConf team announced [12] that DebConf14 will be held in Portland,
Oregon, USA [13] in August 2014.


Sylvestre Ledru blogged about the availability of new Twitter and feeds [14] for the latest uploads to the Debian archive, in
addition to those already existing for the NEW queue [15], new bugs [16]
and removed packages [17].


Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [18], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 39 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 32
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.


There are also more detailed statistics [19] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [20] these numbers.


Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): libapache-mod-security [21], postgresql-9.1 [22] and
postgresql-8.4 [23]. Please read them carefully and take the proper


Debian’s Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
postgresql-9.0 [24] and postgresql-9.1 [25]. 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 [26] (and the separate backports
list [27], and stable updates list [28]) for announcements.


New and noteworthy packages

228 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [29] are:

* brainparty — 36 puzzle games for all the family [30]
* ebook2cw — conversion of ebooks to Morse MP3s/Oggs [31]
* flowblade — non-linear video editor [32]
* fonts-opendyslexic — font designed to increase readability for readers with dyslexia [33]
* isenkram — tool suggesting packages to install when new hardware is inserted [34]
* laborejo — music notation workshop [35]
* marionnet — virtual network laboratory [36]


Work-needing packages

Currently [37] 513 packages are orphaned [38] and 147 packages are up
for adoption [39]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [40].


Want to continue reading DPN?

Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer
writers to watch the Debian community and report about what is going on.
Please see the contributing page [41] to find out how to help. We’re
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, David
Prévot and Justin B Rye.

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