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Debian Project News – Jun 10th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s twelfth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Welcome to Debian GSoC Students * Outreach Program for Women, the result of the experiment * Bits from the DPL * Expiration of * Other news * New Debian Contributors * Important Debian […]

Debian vs CentOS

When it comes to setup web servers, or Internet servers (web, email and ftp) there is usually two GNU/Linux distributions that comes to mind, Debian and CentOS. Some people are starting to use Ubuntu server, but let’s focus on CentOS and Debian, as Ubuntu is a Debian derivative.

DreamHost Gives Debian Wheezy Linux the Boot in Favor of Ubuntu

“About ten months ago, we realized that the next installation of Debian was upcoming, and after upgrading about 20,000 machines since Debian 6 (aka Squeeze) was released, we got pretty tired,” Dreamhost developer Brett Gailey wrote in a blog post. “The release cycle for Debian is stable, but it’s not long enough for us to […]

Debian Linux 7.0 Wheezy: Hands on

I have fallen behind on the Distro Deluge of new Linux releases, because I was traveling in the US for three weeks. The good news in that is that I took my two Acer Aspire One systems with me (725 and 522), and both performed extremely well during the trip.

Debian Wheezy vs Intel 4965AGN: flop-flop

Installing Debian may be a trivial task for someone. It has never been so easy for me. To start with, my first attempt to install it failed epically. Installation of Debian 6.0 Squeeze without a network connection was a serious mistake. Has installation improved in Debian 7.0? It was my task to study this.

bits from the DPL – May 2013

Hi, Here is the monthly report for my first full month as the Debian Project Leader.

Swedish public open source movement working from the bottom up

The development of ‘Fixa min gata’ began in 2011, and a beta release was introduced last year. The site runs on Debian Linux servers and uses thenginx open source web server. Although the new service is being developed by three organisations, it will eventually be made available to all municipalities as a single, national service.

Debian GSoC 2013 Students Accepted!

Aloha, fellow Developers, Please join me in saying welcome to the following students into Debian’s 2013 Google Summer of Code:

Debian Project News – May 27th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s eleventh issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Debian GNU/Hurd release * DebConf 13: Call for Papers * Debian Edu Wheezy second alpha release * Bits from the piuparts maintainers * Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference Italia 2013 * Other news * Upcoming events […]

Debian Project mourns the loss of Ray Dassen

The Debian Project has lost a member of its community. Ray Dassen (jdassen) died on May 18th.

bits from the piuparts maintainers: the first million is the hardest

Hi! About piuparts: piuparts [1] tests that .deb packages (as used by Debian) handle installation, upgrading, and removal correctly. runs it on whole main Debian archive.

Debian GNU/Hurd 2013

It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2013. This is a snapshot of Debian “sid” at the time of the Debian “wheezy” release (May 2013), so it is mostly based on the same sources. It is not an official Debian release, but it is an official […]

“Bits from Debian” editors delegation

Dear Developers, Following the launch of Bits from Debian[1], the official blog of the Debian project, here is a delegation (between dashed lines below) for the team of editors.

DebConf 13: Call for Papers

Debian invites submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, discussion sessions and tutorials for its DebConf13¹ conference which will take place in Le Camp by Vaumarcus, Switzerland, in August.

Second alpha release of Debian Edu/Skolelinux based on Debian Wheezy

New features for Debian Edu 7.0.0 alpha1 released 2013-05-14 This is the release notes for for Debian Edu / Skolelinux 7.0.0 edu alpha1, based on Debian with codename “Wheezy”.

Debian 7.0 Wheezy: New Features You Need to Know About

The Debian project earlier this month put the finishing touches on their latest release: Debian 7.0, code named “Wheezy.” This release marks the availability of two new architectures and a number of major updates and new features.

Call for Help: DebConf travel sponsorship team

We are trying to assemble a large enough (but not too large?) team to help us rate the travel sponsorship requests for DebConf13. Many aspects are still open to debate, but most probably we will follow the usual, past years’ procedure.

If you run Linux, you can run Debian. At least give it a try

I’m not a big advocate for one Linux distribution over another. Or maybe I’m fooling myself. I pretty much run Debian GNU/Linux (as it’s officially known) on just about anything. But what I run day to day on my main machine is Debian. Right now that means Wheezy, currently the Testing distribution, which I upgraded […]

Upcoming Features of Debian 8.0

Now that Debian 7 “Wheezy” has been officially released and it’s ready to be installed on your Linux-powered computers, the developers can concentrate their full resources on the next major release, Debian 8.

The SprezzOS Rewrite Of Debian’s APT Continues

One of the more peculiar Linux distributions to emerge recently has been SprezzOS, which debuted with claims of being the most robust, performant, and beautiful Linux. When it launched it didn’t generate much attention, but recently the SprezzOS developers began rewriting Debian’s APT software.

Return to Root: How to Get Started With Debian

Debian comes in three flavors: Stable, Testing, and Unstable. Packages start out in Unstable, and migrate down through Testing and Stable. Stable is great for servers because it is thoroughly tested and gets swift security updates. Testing and Unstable are great for desktop systems because they have newer packages. Unstable really isn’t unstable, but works […]

Debian Project News – May 13th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s tenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” released * What’s new in Debian “Wheezy” ? * DebConf11 and 12 videos * Debian beyond the cloud * Debian in Google Compute Engine * Bits from the DPL * “Coding […]

Dovecot fails during Wheezy upgrade

There may be a few minor issues here and there, but my experience, in nearly 13 years of use of the i386 port, seven years of use of the amd64 port and about four years of use of the mips port, has been very good, with just one breakage, of the package CUPS, on my […]

Comparing packaging workflows in Debian and beyond

Given the rise of collaboration, through collab-maint and packaging teams, it is more important than ever that workflows and tools are easily understood and documented. This lets new contributors (including people new to Debian) jump in more quickly and with less risk of disruption.

Protect Yourself Online With Tor, TAILS, and Debian

There are some tools we can use to try to protect ourselves, and one of them is Tor, the onion router. Tor was originally developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for protecting government communications.

Debian: A SpeedBump on the Road to Innovation

I’ve watched the progress of Linux over quite some time and can’t help but conclude that development in the Debian community has become dogmatic, stodgy, and held back for no other reason than pure politics and control issues.

Adventures in Debian packaging

Even though I’ve used the Amazon service a couple of times myself, I really know next to nothing about Debian packages, and it’s safe to say that the underlying build process has been more or less a complete mystery to me.

The official Debian Project blog is here:

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so excited to present you the official blog of the Debian Project. The idea is to make it the voice of the project, in addition to the official press releases and DPN, our bi-weekly newsletter.

Nine Myths That Shouldn’t Stop You From Trying Debian

These days, Debian seems to be enjoying a modest comeback among experienced users. Hardly a week goes by when I don’t hear on social networking sites of two or three people giving Debian another look. Many users hesitate to switch to Debian. The distribution is surrounded by myths, many of them adding to an impression […]

Lucas Nussbaum becomes Debian Project leader

The Debian Project has published the results of its election of the new Debian Project Leader (DPL). Lucas Nussbaum was voted the new DPL after Stefano Zacchiroli, who has led the Debian community for three consecutive years, didn’t stand for re-election. Nussbaum was selected from three nominees – the other two being Gergely Nagy and […]

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