Debian Project News – July 30th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

* Debian Med team report from LSM
* DebConf13 Logo Contest: final round voting
* Rapsberry Pi + Debian = Raspbian!
* Interviews
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Med team report from LSM

Andreas Tille wrote a report from the Libre Software Meeting 2012 [1]
recently held in Geneva, where he was representing the Debian Med team.
Andreas organised a Debian Med packaging workshop during the meeting,
which resulted in the creation of initial packaging, almost ready for
the Debian archive, of Creatools. Andreas also delivered a talk about
the integration of VistA into Debian [2], explaining the need to
“include hospital information systems straight into Debian and by doing
so open the doors of hospitals for large scale Debian installations”.

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DebConf13 Logo Contest: final round voting

Luca Capello announced a final round of voting for the DebConf13 logo
contest [3]. The voting period will end on 1 August at 23:59 (UTC+2h).
You can vote directly on the relevant DebConf wiki page [4]. DebConf is
the annual Debian conference which in 2013 will be held in Vaumarcus,

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Rapsberry Pi + Debian = Raspbian!

Mike Thompson announced that Raspbian, his port of Debian armhf, focused
on better support for the Raspberry Pi [5], has just become the official
recommended Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi [6]. Raspbian is a
“complete rebuild of Debian Wheezy armhf for the armv6+vfp CPU on the
Raspberry Pi”, explained Mike. Raspbian is available from the download
page [7] of the Raspberry Pi website.

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FLOSS For Science published an interview with Sylvestre Ledru [8] about
his work on Debian and Scilab.

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Other news

Adam Barratt sent some bits from the Release Team [9], including an
announcement that the codename for Debian 8.0 will be “Jessie”.

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Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* July 31, Costinești, Romania — Debian talk at Forum IT Summer Academy [10] by Victor Nițu
* August 3-4, San Antonio, USA — Debian booth at Texas Linux Fest [11]

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You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [12] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [13],
Netherlands [14], Hispanic America [15], North America [16].

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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 [17]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [18].

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New Debian Contributors

Seven applicants have been accepted [19] as Debian Developers, nine
applicants have been accepted [20] as Debian Maintainers, and six people
have started to maintain packages [21] since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Tristan Seligmann, Thomas
Preud’homme, Felix Geyer, Josue Abarca, Julián Moreno Patiño, Thadeu
Cascardo, Paul Mathijs Gevers, Vincent Cheng, Tomasz Rybak, Daniel
Pocock, Ole Streicher, Ivo De Decker, Mehdi Abaakouk, Thomas Bechtold,
Tomasz Buchert, Andrea Colangelo, Sorina Sandu, Stefan van der Walt,
Patrick Uiterwijk, Alberto Á. Fuentes, Christophe Siraut, and Marcus
Osdoba into our project!

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Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [22], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 569 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 375
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

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There are also more detailed statistics [23] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [24] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): extplorer [25], puppet [26], mono [27], iceape [28],
iceweasel [29], nsd3 [30], kfreebsd-8 [31] and isc-dhcp [32]. Please
read them carefully and take the proper measures.

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Debian’s Backports Team released advisories for: strongswan [33] and
libreoffice [34]. Please read them carefully and take the proper

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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 [35] (and the separate backports
list [36], and stable updates list [37]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

34 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently.

Work-needing packages

Currently [38] 460 packages are orphaned [39] and 145 packages are up
for adoption [40]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [41].

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Please see the contributing page [42] to find out how to help. We’re
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Francesca
Ciceri, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.

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