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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].

Running YouTrack Issue And Project Tracking Tool On nginx (Debian Wheezy)

YouTrack is an issue and project tracking tool written in Java. This tutorial explains how to serve YouTrack through an nginx webserver on Debian Wheezy.

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.

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

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.

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 […]

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).

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