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 Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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Bits from the DPL
Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for December
2013 and the first half of January 2014 . Lucas started public
discussions on several topics, such as evaluation criteria for trusted
organisations  and Debian services and Debian infrastructure .
Debian France online shop open
Sylvestre Ledru reported on his blog  that Debian France has opened
an online shop  with plenty of Debian goodies: some are already
familiar as they were sold during FOSDEM or various DebConfs (like the
Swiss army knives  or the classic polo shirts ), but there are
also brand-new Wheezy-themed t-shirts . The website is only in
French, although an English version might exist in the future.
Valve games for Debian Members and Maintainers
Neil McGovern announced  that Valve  wish to express their thanks
to the Debian community for the operating system on which they based
Steam OS , a distribution for gamers. They are offering to all
Debian Members and Debian Maintainers a free subscription which provides
access to all past and future Valve produced games. If your
cryptographic key is in the Debian keyring  and you are interested
in this offer, send a GPG-signed email to Jo Shields .
Debian real-time communication
Daniel Pocock announced  the availability of a SIP service  for
Debian Members. This service, launched during the mini-DebConf in Paris,
offers real-time audio and video conversation through the browser (with
WebRTC) or a diverse range of traditional softphones, including Empathy,
Jitsi, Lumicall, Linphone, and CSIPSimple.
A phonebooth  is available  for people wanting to reach Debian Members
through this service. For more information on how to use this service, please
consult the dedicated wiki page .
This service has been made possible by a significant effort by the DSA team
over the last few weeks. The Debian project is encouraging other free software
projects, including Debian derivatives, to emulate what Debian has done so that
we can all call each other.
The 34th issue of the miscellaneous news for developers  has been
released and covers the following topics:
* email notifications for git commits on git.debian.org
* alioth.debian.org 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
Lucas Nussbaum mentioned on his blog  that thanks to Christophe
Siraut, the Debian Maintainer Dashboard  (a service based on the
Ultimate Debian Database ) now provides RSS feeds for recently added
Adam D. Barratt announced that “Wheezy” 7.4 is to be published on
February 8 , and “Squeeze” 6.0.9 on February 15 . The NEW queue
for these distributions will be frozen one week before the actual
Clint Adams posted  some statistics about the Debian keyrings,
breaking down the keys used in Debian by their types, lengths, and hash
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
* February 1-2, Brussels, Belgium — Debian booth at FOSDEM 
* February 14-16, Minsk, Belarus — LVEE  conference , Winter Edition
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
Two applicants have been accepted  as Debian Developers, nine
applicants have been accepted  as Debian Maintainer, and eleven
people have started to maintain packages  since the previous issue
of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Apollon Oikonomopoulos,
Vincent Cheng Diane Trout, Héctor Romojaro Gómez, Ximin Luo, Reuben
Thomas, Sergiusz Pawłowicz, Timo Weingärtner, Christos Trochalakis,
Dmitry Shachnev, Chris Boot, Marco Bardelli, Tianon Gravi, Ivan Mincik,
Jose Luis Rivero, Richard Stephen Uhler, Rupert Swarbrick, Jorge Soares,
Sylvain Pineau, Mark Buda, Jyrki Pulliainen, and Maykel Moya into our
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): asterisk, devscripts , openssl , libxfont ,
spice , srtp , movabletype-opensource , libspring-java ,
graphviz , djvulibre , mysql-5.1 , libvirt ,
drupal7 , and mysql-5.5 . 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
369 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* entr — tool to run arbitrary commands when files change 
* htcondor — distributed workload management system 
* init-select — init system selection tool 
* jmtpfs — FUSE based filesystem for accessing MTP devices 
* jscommunicator-web-phone — basic SIP video-phone web page using WebRTC 
* kdeconnect — tool to connect smartphones to your KDE Plasma Workspace 
* menulibre — advanced FreeDesktop.org compliant menu editor 
* noblenote — Qt program for taking notes 
* simpleburn — minimalistic application for burning and extracting CDs and DVDs 
* thc-ipv6 — The Hacker Choice’s IPv6 attack toolkit 
* thermald — thermal monitoring and controlling daemon 
Currently  520 packages are orphaned  and 155 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 Carl J Mannino, Cédric
Boutillier and Justin B Rye.