Welcome to this year’s sixteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Debian Women IRC meeting
* Bits from the Release Team
* Bits from the DPL
* Videos of DebConf13 available
* Other news
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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Debian Women IRC meeting
The Debian Women group held an IRC meeting  on September 7 on the
topic of how to encourage women to get involved in Debian. Projects were
discussed for the next Outreach Program for Women, but also smaller
tasks and rewards for people that do not know how to contribute. It was
also proposed to hold local events, possibly with other groups of women
involved in FLOSS, and to restart IRC training sessions. The meeting was
well attended and discussions continued after the official end.
Margarita Manterola published minutes of the meeting .
Bits from the Release Team
Niels Thykier sent some bits from the Release Team , containing
proposals to improve the Jessie development cycle: a change to the
testing migration rule, automated removals and automated metrics for
architecture qualification for Jessie.
In related news, Jonathan Wiltshire called for release goals for
Jessie . To propose a goal, create a wiki page  before September
30 with a short description of the goal, details of the advocate(s) and
how the goal will be achieved.
Bits from the DPL
Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for August
2013 . Among other things, Lucas mentioned the status of MariaDB in
Debian and the fact that Debian was invited to participate in the
OpenZFS community. He also summarised some actions taken as a
consequence of the survey of new contributors , such as the creation
of a package how-can-i-help, and moves to encourage the asking of
packaging questions on localised mailing lists. He also mentioned that
the next Outreach Program for Women will start soon. If you are willing
to be a coordinator for the Debian side, please contact the Debian Women
mailing list .
Videos of DebConf13 available
Thanks to the amazing work of the DebConf Video Team, there are video
recordings available for download  of many sessions of
DebConf13 , which took place in August, in Vaumarcus, Switzerland.
Sylvestre Ledru announced on his blog  that they can be viewed
through a nice HTML5 interface on the IRILL website .
Francesca Ciceri made a start on providing English subtitles for some of
these videos  and getting them translated into various languages.
Some are already available  online. If you would like to help with
this initiative, have a look at the dedicated page on the DebConf
If you enjoyed the work of the DebConf Video Team, you can leave a kind
message on their wiki page .
Raphaël Hertzog announced on his blog  that the first chapters of
the Debian Administrator’s Handbook are now available updated for
Andreas Tille put a spotlight on two Debian infrastructure teams that
are in need of contributors: Internationalisation and DebTags . If
you want to contribute to Debian’s infrastructure and do work directly
visible for users, please consider joining these teams.
Martin Zobel-Helas sent his report of the GanetiConf 2013 , where he
gave a talk about Debian’s experience of Ganeti. Ganeti is a cluster
virtual server management software tool that has been deployed to all of
the new Debian KVM virtualization servers.
New Debian Contributors
8 applicants have been accepted  as Debian Developers, 12 applicants
have been  accepted  as Debian Maintainers, and 33 people have
started to maintain packages  since the previous issue of the Debian
Please welcome Hannes von Haugwitz, Nicolas Dandrimont,
Brian Gupta, Richard Michael Hartmann, Agustin Henze, Alberto Garcia,
James Downing Page, Michael Beattie, Apollon Oikonomopoulos, Joao
Eriberto Mota Filho, Maarten Lankhorst, Martijn van Brummelen, Salvo
‘LtWorf’ Tomaselli, Uwe Kleine-König, Colin King, Joe Healy, Adrien
Grellier, Phillip Susi, Sergey Suslov, Tom Jampen, Adam Stokes, Oliver
Sander, Daniel Mizyrycki, Petr Salinger, David Suárez, Stephen Nelson,
Pablo Oliveira, Maarten Lankhorst, Laurent Destailleur, Bas Couwenberg,
Emanuele Aina, Daniel Pfeiffer, Jack Bates, Dirk Huenniger, Andrea Rota,
Guillaume Bouteille, Jose M Calhariz, Olof Johansson, Jackson Doak,
Simon Kainz, Micah Gersten, Miles Lubin, Axel Wagner, Anton Balashov,
Benjamin Barenblat, Tonnerre Lombard, Federico Brega, David Parsons,
Axel Wagner, Léo Cavaillé, Stewart Smith, Maarten L. Hekkelman, and
Thomas Bechtold into our project!
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): php-radius , openjdk-6 , bind9 ,
openafs , gnupg , libgcrypt11 , chromium-browser [30, 39],
otrs2 , wireshark [32, 53], iceweasel , putty , swift ,
ruby1.9.1 , cacti [37, 45], python-django [38, 52],
php5 , kfreebsd-9 , tiff , linux , icedove ,
cacti , exactimage [46, 51], asterisk , imagemagick ,
libmodplug , phpbb3 ,
and wordpress . Please read them carefully and take
the proper measures.
Debian’s Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the
packages: tzdata  and libdatetime-timezone-perl . Please read it
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
1598 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* apt-listdifferences — source differences notification tool 
* ben — toolbox for Debian maintainers 
* berusky2 — logic game Bugs Escape 3D 
* calypso — CalDAV/CardDAV server with git backend 
* codesearch — regular expression search over large bodies of source code 
* curseofwar — fast-paced action strategy game for Linux based on ncurses 
* cyclograph — route altimetry plotting application 
* dateutils — nifty command line date and time utilities 
* dgit — git interoperability with the Debian archive 
* dianara — client for the pump.io federated social network 
* git-remote-gcrypt — encrypted git repositories 
* how-can-i-help — opportunities for contributing to Debian 
* iwyu — tool to analyze #includes in C and C++ source files 
* jitsi — VoIP and Instant Messaging client 
* mnemonicode — tool to convert binary data into a sequence of words 
* morris — nine men’s morris game 
* seahorse-adventures — help Barbie the seahorse float on bubbles to the moon 
* stegsnow — steganography using ASCII files 
Currently  535 packages are orphaned  and 135 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,
Justin B Rye and Thomas Vincent.