Debsources is a web application for publishing, browsing and searching an unpacked Debian source mirror on the Web. With Debsources, all the source code of every Debian release is available in https://sources.debian.org, both via an HTML user interface and a JSON API.

This service was first offered in 2013 with the sources.debian.net instance, which was kindly hosted by IRILL, and is now becoming official under sources.debian.org, hosted on the Debian infrastructure.

This new instance offers all the features of the old one (an updater that runs four times a day, various plugins to count lines of code or measure the size of packages, and sub-apps to show lists of patches and copyright files), plus integration with other Debian services such as codesearch.debian.net and the PTS.

The Debsources Team has taken the opportunity of this move of Debsources onto the Debian infrastructure to officially announce the service. Read their message as well as the Debsources documentation page for more details.


The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Allison Randal (wendar)
  • Carsten Schoenert (tijuca)
  • Jeremy Bicha (jbicha)
  • Luca Boccassi (bluca)
  • Michael Hudson-Doyle (mwhudson)
  • Elana Hashman (ehashman)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • Ervin Hegedüs
  • Tom Marble
  • Lukas Schwaighofer
  • Philippe Thierry

Congratulations!


The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Ross Gammon (rossgammon)
  • Balasankar C (balasankarc)
  • Roland Fehrenbacher (rfehren)
  • Jonathan Cristopher Carter (jcc)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • José Gutiérrez de la Concha
  • Paolo Greppi
  • Ming-ting Yao Wei
  • Boyuan Yang
  • Paul Hardy
  • Fabian Wolff
  • Moritz Schlarb
  • Shengjing Zhu

Congratulations!


Work on Debian for mobile devices, i.e. telephones, tablets, and handheld computers, continues. During the recent DebConf17 in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 people had a meeting to reconsider opportunities and challenges for Debian on mobile devices.

A number of devices were shown at DebConf:

  • PocketCHIP: A very small handheld computer with keyboard, Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth, running Debian 8 (Jessie) or 9 (Stretch).
  • Pyra: A modular handheld computer with a touchscreen, gaming controls, Wi-Fi, keyboard, multiple USB ports and SD card slots, and an optional modem for either Europe or the USA. It will come preinstalled with Debian.
  • Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G: An Android smartphone featuring a physical keyboard, which can already run portions of Debian userspace on the Android kernel. Kernel upstreaming is on the way.
  • ZeroPhone: An open-source smartphone based on Raspberry Pi Zero, with a small screen, classic telephone keypad and hardware switches for telephony, Wi-Fi, and the microphone. It is running Debian-based Raspbian OS.

photo of Samsung, Pyra, N900, ZeroPhone, GnuK, and PocketCHIP - click to enlarge

The photo (click to enlarge) shows all four devices, together with a Nokia N900, which was the first Linux-based smartphone by Nokia, running Debian-based Maemo and a completely unrelated Gnuk cryptographic token, which just sneaked into the setting.

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Debian turns 24!

Wed 16 August 2017 by Laura Arjona Reina with tags debian birthday

Today is Debian's 24th anniversary. If you are close to any of the cities celebrating Debian Day 2017, you're very welcome to join the party!

If not, there's still time for you to organize a little celebration or contribution to Debian. For example, spread the word about Debian Day with this nice piece of artwork created by Debian Developer Daniel Lenharo de Souza and Valessio Brito, taking inspiration from the desktop themes Lines and softWaves by Juliette Belin:

Debian 24

If you also like graphics design, or design in general, have a look at https://wiki.debian.org/Design and join the team! Or you can visit the general list of Debian Teams for many other opportunities to participate in Debian development.

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to develop our beloved operating system in these 24 years, and happy birthday Debian!


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