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Debian Derivative BOSS Linux being mandated by Tamil Nadu state gov’t in India

As far back as 2011, the Indian gov’t recommended the transition to open source in preparation for Windows XP’s end-of-life deadline. But Tamil Nadu is the first state to mandate the installation of BOSS Linux, a Debian Derivative from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).

Debian Installer Jessie Alpha 1 release

The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the first alpha release of the installer for Debian 8 “Jessie”.

Hello, world! I’m a Debian contributor

Laura Arjona Reina: There are lots of tasks that people accomplish to make Debian better, and Debian Contributor is a new hat to credit any participation in the Debian Project, of any kind (even if the contributor is not a full-member of Debian).

BeagleBoard shifts to Debian

If you follow embedded ARM development or the Maker community you know that the BeagleBone Black is one of the hottest new boards – they literally cannot make these fast enough to meet demand. It basically combines the power of an ARM development board with the hobby potential of 2 32-bit microcontrollers. Debian will now […]

Working in a possible LTS for Debian Squeeze

The Debian Security Team announced in the bits from their last meeting that they’re considering to ask for the addition of a new suite to provide long term support (LTS) for Squeeze.

Debian Project News – March 17th, 2014

Welcome to this year’s fifth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * The Supercomputing and Visualization Center of Madrid provides a Debian VPS service * DebConf, past and future * Upcoming votes in the Debian Project: DPL elections and a code of conduct * Bits from […]

Debian Project Leader Elections 2014: Candidates

We’re now into the campaigning period. The candidates this year are: – Lucas Nussbaum – Gergely Nagy – Neil McGovern

DebConf15 country chosen

Hi, DebConf15 will be in Germany, as decided by the committee during their meeting last Thursday. The exact city and dates are still being worked on, but that fact might be fine to mentioned in DPN or on bits.debian.org, possibly the (CC’d) mailing list debconf15-team@lists.debian.org as well.

bits from the DPL — (end of January) + February 2014

Hi, Here is my 10th monthly report, for the last week of January and February 2014. Outline ——- – Policy editors delegation – Secretary appointment – Copyright assignment for Debian contributors – Evaluation criteria for Trusted Organizations – how-can-i-help updates – Talks – Assets

Debian Project Leader Elections 2014: Call for nominations

Hi, According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin “six weeks before the leadership post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.”

Debian backed Mempo project Emphasises security

The Mempo project has the ultimate goal of being the “most secure and yet comfortable out-of-the-box Desktop and Server computer, for professionals, business, journalists, and every-day users avoiding PRISM-like spying.”

Hands-on with Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 release candidate

Well, it has been a long, long wait for the next major release of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). The last “rollup” release, with the latest Update Pack (UP6 at that time) included in the ISO images, was a year ago, LMDE 201303.

Bits from the autopkgtest maintainer

Hello Debian developers, A lot has happened on the DEP-8 [1]/autopkgtest[2] front in the last months, and today’s autopkgtest 2.9 upload marks the completion of a lot of long-standing feature, usability, and documentation development.

MiniDebConf in Barcelona – March 15 & 16 2014

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 Bug Squashing Party in Salzburg/Austria – 25-27 April 2014

We are happy to invite you to the second Debian Bug Squashing Party in Salzburg, Austria, on the weekend of 25-27 April, 2014 [BSPSBG]. Come and help to freeze Jessie in time by squashing bugs with us!

How Fake Debian Developers Have Been Trying To Scam Games From Valve

According to Collabora’s Jo Shields, who is responsible for verifying the claims, the majority of responses have been from legitimate devs, with 279 approved so far and only 22 enquires refused. Of those 22, 10 were honest requests that didn’t meet the criteria, while seven were half-hearted (and easily identifiable) scam attempts. The last five, […]

Getting into Debian

Finally, I decided a few weeks ago to spread out my after-hours community a activity beyond Ubuntu, and I’ve settled on the Debian new maintainers Django website as somewhere I can easily start.

Debian init decision further isolates Ubuntu

Going forward, systemd will be Debian’s default init system for Linux distributions, an init system soon to be used by every other major Linux distribution other than Ubuntu.

Systemd Init System In Debian Jessie – Democratic Decision or unCivil War?

This brief summary hides all the details of the angry words, posturing, taking sides, beating up on people and calling for a ban on an individual member and replacing the chairman… Such drama. I wonder if there will be a movie? I think we should just live with the decision and move forward.

Debian technical committee votes for systemd over Upstart

Debian technical committee was discussing the default init system for Debian and it boiled down to basically systemd, which is developed by the larger free software community (lead by Lennart Poettering), and Upstart which was developed by Canonical employees.

Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.9 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the ninth update of its oldstable distribution Debian 6.0 (codename “squeeze”). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Debian Services Census

Hi, We’ve just started the Debian Services Census and we’d like *you* to participate in it. The Debian Services Census is an attempt to gather detailed information about software services for the Debian community. It doesn’t matter where these services live or who provides them. For now we are only interested in their existence.

DebConf14 organizing team needs your help to raise funds! (Won’t take long.)

We are now contacting potential sponsors from all around the globe, and need to ask all Debian contributors to think if they have any personal connections to Debian-friendly organizations, that might be interested in sponsoring DebConf14. This would be particularly useful if they are organizations that are either new to sponsoring Debian, or have not […]

Debian Project News – February 10th, 2014

Welcome to this year’s third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Call for projects and mentors for Debian GSoC 2014 * Bits from the Release Team * Reports from recent Debian Sprints * Other news * Upcoming events * New Debian Contributors * Important Debian […]

Call for Debian projects and mentors in the Google Summer of Code 2014

Good news everybody! Google Summer of Code [0] is starting its tenth edition right now, and the Debian Project will be applying for a mentoring organization spot again this year, for the ninth time [1].

Valve Releases Complete Operating System with SteamOS

SteamOS is based on Debian-Linux operating system and was released in December 13th 2013 as beta form. This platform is originally intended for Steam Machines, but is also available for anyone wishing to make their own. http://www.pc-tablet.com/32192-valve-releases-complete-operating-system-with-steamos/

Project Secretary appointment

Dear Project Members, It’s that time of the year again: the Project Secretary’s appointment is going to expire soon, on February 19th.

Updated Debian 7: 7.4 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename “wheezy”). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Bits from the Lintian maintainers

Bits from the Lintian maintainers ================================= * New Lintian maintainer * Detection of non-free files * Automatic reprocessing on lintian.d.o

Bits from the Release Team: Architecture health check

* Architecture health check * “Recursive” auto-removals temporarily suspended * Auto-removals now listed on the PTS

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