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

Andreas Tille wrote a report from the Libre Software Meeting 2012 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, 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.

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

Rapsberry Pi + Debian = Raspbian!

Mike Thompson announced that Raspbian, his port of Debian armhf, focused on better support for the Raspberry Pi, has just become the official recommended Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi. 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 of the Raspberry Pi website.


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

Other news

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

Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

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

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? Send an email to the Debian Events Team.

New Debian Contributors

Seven applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers, nine applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainers, and six people have started to maintain packages 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!

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, 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.

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

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): extplorer, puppet, mono, iceape, iceweasel, nsd3, kfreebsd-8 and isc-dhcp. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

Debian's Backports Team released advisories for: strongswan and libreoffice. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

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 (and the separate backports list, and stable updates list) for announcements.

New and noteworthy packages

34 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently.

Work-needing packages

Currently 460 packages are orphaned and 145 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Francesca Ciceri, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.