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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 […]

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).

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 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).

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.

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

Updated Debian 7: 7.3 released

The Debian project is pleased to announce the third 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.

Steam OS available for download, based on Debian 7.1 not Ubuntu

Valve Software has made available images for Steam OS, it’s GNU/Linux based gaming distribution. Valve has also released more information about the operating system. Unlike popular belief Steam OS is not based on Ubuntu; it’s based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy. Steam OS is using Gnome as it’s default desktop environment.

bits from the DPL — November 2013

Hi, Here is my 8th monthly report, for November 2013. Outline: ——– – Appointment of Keith Packard to the Debian TC – Outreach Program For Women update – Role of Release Goals – Debian Developer Certificates – Anti-Harassment contact point – Preface for the Debian Administrator’s Handbook – Assets – DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO […]

Ubuntu in Debian Software Sources

Besides Ubuntu as an OS on my machine, I’m also using Debian GNU/Linux 7 Wheezy for months now. I’m enjoying using this latest stable version of Debian because it really is a stable version. I never encounter a single error while using it. That’s the main reason why I choose to use it for some […]

Debian Wheezy Installation

After several years spent with Fedora I’ve decided to try another Linux distribution. My choice fell on Debian that I need to learn because of my project. The tutorial describes installation of common user applications. It also offers solution to problems I encountered after Debian Wheezy installation. Please have in mind that is written from […]

New Debian image with Armel and Mono-complete is available

There are lot of people who do .NET programming and the Linux alternative MONO. For some weird reason MONO is not working on armhf default Debian distribution which we use (as armhf performs better we ignored so far armel).

Release sprint results – team changes, auto-rm and arch status

—–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– Hash: SHA256 In this new and exciting update from your Debian Release Team… * Team Membership * Auto-removal of non-leaf packages * Release Goals * Architecture Status * ia64 in danger * sparc/ppc/mips/kfreebsd at risk * s390 dropped from testing * Default Urgency * Sprint

Bits from Debian Med team

Hi, some of these bits are a bit outdated but there is no point in hiding this information just because it is old. 1. FOSDEM talk 2. Jabber interview about Debian Med 3. Article about Debian Med 4. Yearly sprint of Debian Med team 5. DebConf 13 in Vaumarcus 6. Codefest of the Open Bioinformatics […]

MATE to make it into Debian repositories

Fans of the MATE desktop environment, which is a fork of Gnome 2, will be happy to know that MATE is scheduled to be included in the official Debian repositories. Early 2012, it was requested that MATE be included in said repositories, and almost 2 years later, it appears we’re almost there.

Call for DebConf volunteers and DebConf15/16 bids

Hi, If you are interested in putting forward a bid to host DebConf15 in 2015, please tell us about it on the DebConf team mailing list,, then read the information at and prepare bid materials there by the end of this calendar year. (There are a couple of probable bids we already heard […]

Mini Debconf in Paris – January 18 & 19th 2014

Hello Everyone, The Debian France association[1] is proud to announce the next Mini-DebConf[2][3]! This year’s event will take place on January 18th and 19th, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about the latest Debian changes, the Debian community and meet up new and old friends.

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