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Debian Project News – January 27th, 2014

Welcome to this year’s second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Bits from the DPL * Debian France online shop open * Valve games for Debian Members and Maintainers * Debian real-time communication * Other news * Upcoming events * New Debian Contributors * Important […]

How to set up a simple mail server on Debian in 5 easy steps

This tutorial will take you through the steps of setting up and configuring a simple mail server (SMTP, POP3, IMAP) on Debian/Linux. The instructions will be given for Debian, but they can be adapted quite simply to other distributions such as Ubuntu and other Debian-based OSes; you could even pretty much follow the same steps […]

Installing Suricata, Snorby and Banyard2 on Debian

I have used Snort quite extensively in the past and was curious about toying with Suricata which is similar to Snort but nicer in my view. It has been a few years since I looked at it. I can see the project seems to have evolved quite a lot. One functionality that I will be […]

Bid to bring Debian init debate to a head fails

A move by Debian technical committee head Bdale Garbee to bring the debate on the default init system to a head by calling for a vote appears to have failed.

Red Hat must be rejoicing as Debian tilts towards systemd

The Debian GNU/Linux Project’s technical committee appears to be split down the middle on the question of the default init system for the next release. But the panel is tilting towards a compromise on systemd as the default. It means that the future direction of Linux development will be determined by Red Hat, the company […]

Init wars: Debian tech panel may end up deadlocked

The Debian technical committee may end up in a stalemate when it votes on which init system should be the default for the next release of its community GNU/Linux distribution.

Misc Developer News (#34)

In this issue: + Email notifications for git commits on + now exports project meta-data as RDF (using DOAP/ADMS.SW) + Animate the Debian microblogging accounts! + Cryptographic verification of upstream packages + State of the debian-keyring +

Debian real-time communication (RTC) project – SIP

Hello Debian Project News people, Daniel Pocock extended the siprepo code to do federation secured by TLS And the DSA team ingeterate the TURN with the Debian identification system. So now it is possible to recieve calls and make calls to other domains with a address. This makes it possible to make voice calls […]

bits from the DPL — December 2013

Hi, Here is my 9th monthly report, for December 2013, and the first half of January 2014. Outline: ——– – Delegations – Public discussions   + Follow-ups to the release team delegation   + Debian services and Debian infrastructure   + Follow-up to the policy editors delegation   + Evaluation criteria for Trusted Organizations – […]

Valve games for Debian Developers

At $dayjob for Collabora, we’ve been working with Valve on SteamOS, which is based on Debian. Valve are keen to contribute back to the community, and I’m discussing a couple of ways that they may be able to do that [0].

Spotify uses Debian, endorses systemd instead of Upstart as default

Debian is considering between Upstart and systemd – two competing daemons. While Upstart was developed solely by Canonical, systemd was developed by contributors from different distributions (edited, thanks to Jos Poortvliet).

Building Debian Linux bootable SD card with hardware accelerated video decoding and Kernel 3.4 for A13-OLinuXino

You should make sure you have the tools for building the Linux Kernel and install them if you don’t have them. To install new software you should be with super user rights on your Linux machine, so do this type in a terminal.

How to install Google Music Manager on Debian Wheezy

If you are running Debian Wheezy and have trouble installing the Google Music Manager from the official Google Music downloads page, here’s how you can fix it.

How to run Twister on ARM (Debian) and OSX

I’m growing very fond of Twister, a new project from Brazilian developer Miguel Freitas. Miguel basically leveraged Bitcoin and Bittorrent concepts (and code!) to build a fully-decentralised Twitter clone. The P2P architecture means that it’s completely immune to censorship and “chilling effects”: nobody in the network can hand your account over to the authorities or […]

Debian May Be Leaning Towards Systemd Over Upstart

While no official decision has been reached yet, it looks like Debian’s technical committee may be leaning in favor of using systemd as the default init system over Upstart or other alternatives.

Debian Virtualization: Back to the Basics

Namespace isolation is the simplest virtualization technology available in Linux kernel. It allows a process and all its descendants to have their own private view of the globally shared kernel resources, such as the network stack, process table, mount table. This feature is mostly popularized and promoted by utilities such as LXC (Linux Containers), Docker […]

Install Zabbix Monitoring Tool On Debian

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution that can be used to monitor and track performance and availability of network servers, devices and other IT resources. It supports distributed and WEB monitoring, auto-discovery, and more

Debian Project News – January 6th, 2014

Welcome to this year’s first issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * SteamOS, a game oriented Debian derivative * Mini-DebConf in Phnom Penh * Mini-DebConf in Barcelona * Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament to use Debian for email encryption * An automatic list of Debian […]

Updating the delegation for the Debian System Administrators (DSA)

Dear Developers, Please find below an update of the delegation for the Debian System Administrators. The only change is the addition of Héctor Orón Martínez (zumbi). Welcome, Héctor!

Major update of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook for Debian 7 (Wheezy)

We’re pleased to announce the availability of “The Debian Administrator’s Handbook, Debian Wheezy from Discovery to Mastery”. This is the first major update of the book since the first edition (in May 2012).

Init wars: Debian inclining towards upstart

More than a month and a half after Debian project leader Lucas Nussbaum asked the technical committee to decide on the default init system for the next release, Jessie, the question still continues to be debated.

Using cloud to rebuild Debian

Making sure that all packages are of necessary quality is hard work. That’s why there is freeze before releasing new Debian to make sure that there are no known release critical bugs.

Automated reprocessing of packages on

Yesterday, I have managed to finish up an old pet peeve of mine. I wrote a series of patches to have harness reprocess all packages, which were last checked by an older version of Lintian than the current. It is not completed to the level I would like, but it is good enough for now.

How to install and configure Debian

Debian is supposed to be extremely stable, but for some reason the current version is codenamed ‘Wheezy’. I hope this is not a reference to its performance! In this post I explain what I did to install Debian and importantly to make it usable.

Creating a Linode-based VPN setup using OpenVPN on Debian or Ubuntu

Using a Virtual Private Network is a good way to work-around geoIP restrictions but also to protect your network traffic when travelling with your laptop and connecting to untrusted networks.

Debian-based SteamOS. Wait… what? Debian? SRSLY?

A few days ago, several sources reported that SteamOS, the long-announced game-oriented OS has been released by Valve. Steam is a gaming platform currently available for Ubuntu, and it has been a major reason of advertising for the Ubuntu community. Actually, SteamOS was expected to be built on top of Ubuntu itself.

MiniDebConf at FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Feb. 28-March 2

FOSSASIA [1] is inviting Debian contributors and fans to Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 28 – March 2, 2014. After previous events in Vietnam and a successful MiniDebconf 2010 in Ho Chi Minh city it is time to bring together some of the awesome Debian folks in the region again and organize another MiniDebConf Phnom […]

MiniDebConf 2014 Barcelona Call for Proposals

Debian Women is proud to announce that it will hold a MiniDebConf in Barcelona on 15-16 March 2014, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about the latest Debian changes and the Debian community, as well as to meet new and old friends.

Debian Contributors

Hello, since DebConf[1], me and a number of other people[2] have been working on making it so that we can see and credit all the people who contribute to Debian.

Bits from the release team (freeze time line)

* Jessie Freeze Time line * Integrating piuparts output into Britney * Britney changes * Architecture changes

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