Welcome to this year’s eighteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Debian Outreach Program for Women matching fund 2013
* Bits from the DPL
* Debian behind the biggest website in Sweden
* Automatic removal of packages from testing
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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Debian Outreach Program for Women matching fund 2013
In an effort to get more women involved in FOSS, the Debian Project
will be participating in the GNOME Foundation’s Outreach Program for
Women (OPW) , which is an internship program similar to Google’s Summer
of Code. Unlike the Google program, OPW does not require participants to be
students, and as well as coding projects it can also cover non-coding
tasks such as translation, graphic design, documentation, bug triage and
marketing. In order to aid this effort, one of Debian’s generous
sponsors has offered to start a matching fund in USD to fund Debian’s
participation in OPW. For details, and to give a donation, please see
our “Donate now” page . Please do think about getting involved and
sharing your ideas with us, to help us make OPW an even more useful
program for Debian in the future. If you wish to apply as an intern
participant, please review the available coding  and non-coding 
internships and follow the instructions for application .
Bits from the DPL
Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for
September 2013 . Among other topics, Lucas called for more developers
for dak (Debian Archive Kit), the software suite behind the Debian archive,
and debbugs, the software behind the Debian bug tracking system. If you want
to contribute to one of these two critical pieces of software from
Debian’s infrastructure, you can contact their respective teams directly
via their mailing  lists . He also announced a process to
streamline small expenses by Debian System Administrators .
Debian behind the biggest website in Sweden
Royal Pingdom published an article  about the technology behind
Aftonbladet.se , the main online component of the Swedish newspaper
Aftonbladet. With its 3 million unique visitors and 15 TB of traffic
each day, Aftonbladet is the biggest website in Sweden. For its
infrastructure, Aftonbladet uses Debian on its servers, with MySQL and
Automatic removal of packages from testing
Niels Thykier, on behalf of the Release Team, announced  that
autoremoval of packages with release-critical bugs has been activated in
the testing suite: if a non-key  package suffers from a bug
considered as critical for the release in testing and unstable suites,
and this bug hasn’t seen any activity for 14 days, it will be
automatically marked for removal from the testing suite.
Lucas Nussbaum, Debian Project Leader, has been interviewed by Jonathan
Nadeau for the Frostcast podcast .
The second update of the stable distribution of Debian (codename
“Wheezy”) was released on October 12 .
Raphael Geissert continues his blogpost series “Bashism of the Week”,
with this week an article about maths in POSIX Shell .
Paul Sarbinowski published on Google Play Store  and F-Droid 
the Android application he has been developing during the Google Summer
of Code: DebianDroid. With this application, you can track packages and
bugs, or look at some Ultimate Debian Database queries.
Steve McIntyre announced a few details  about the organisation of
the Mini DebConf to be held in Cambridge, UK on November 14-17. For
further information and to sign up to attend, please visit the dedicated
page  on the Debian wiki.
There is one upcoming Debian-related event:
* October 16, Paris, France — first Debian France meetup  at IRILL 
You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section  of the Debian wiki, 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
Eight applicants have been accepted  as Debian Maintainers, and
three people have started to maintain packages  since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Alberto Luaces
Fernández, Markus Koschany, Eugenio Cano-Manuel Mendoza, James Hunt,
Eugene Zhukov, Michele Cane, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe, IOhannes m zmölnig,
maxigas, Daniel Lintott, and acrefoot into our project!
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): linux-2.6 , proftpd-dfsg , icedtea-web ,
kfreebsd-9 , torque , nas , typo3-src , gnupg ,
gnupg2 , and ejabberd . Please read them carefully and take the
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
103 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* bmake — NetBSD make 
* diodon — GTK+ clipboard manager 
* mini-buildd — minimal Debian build daemon 
* mruby — lightweight implementation of the Ruby language 
* python-pypump — interface to the pump.io APIs (Python 2) 
* twinkle — Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) SIP Phone 
* xapers — personal journal article management and indexing system 
Currently  532 packages are orphaned  and 151 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,
Brian Gupta and Justin B Rye.