100 Paper cuts kick-off

On Thu 13 June 2019 with tags papercuts qa
Written by Jonathan Carter

Introduction

Is there a thorny bug in Debian that ruins your user experience? Something just annoying enough to bother you but not serious enough to constitute an RC bug? Are grey panels and slightly broken icon themes making you depressed?

Then join the 100 papercuts project! A project to identify and fix the 100 most annoying bugs in Debian over the next stable release cycle. That also includes figuring out how to identify and categorize those bugs and make sure that they are actually fixable in Debian (or ideally upstream).

The idea of a papercuts project isn't new, Ubuntu did this some years ago which added a good amount of polish to the system.

Kick-off Meeting and DebConf BoF

On the 17th of June at 19:00 UTC we're kicking off an initial brainstorming session on IRC to gather some initial ideas.

We'll use that to seed discussion at DebConf19 in Brazil during a BoF session where we'll solidify those plans into something actionable.

Meeting details

When: 2019-06-17, 19:00 UTC Where: #debian-meeting channel on the OFTC IRC network

Your IRC nick needs to be registered in order to join the channel. Refer to the Register your account section on the OFTC website for more information on how to register your nick.

You can always refer to the debian-meeting wiki page for the latest information and up to date schedule.

Hope to see you there!


DebConf19 logo

DebConf19 is taking place in Curitiba, Brazil, from 21 July to 28 July 2019. It is the 20th edition of the Debian conference and organisers are working hard to create another interesting and fruitful event for attendees.

We would like to warmly welcome the first 29 sponsors of DebConf19, and introduce you to them.

So far we have three Platinum sponsors.

Our first Platinum sponsor is Infomaniak. Infomaniak is Switzerland's largest web-hosting company, also offering backup and storage services, solutions for event organizers, live-streaming and video on demand services. It wholly owns its datacenters and all elements critical to the functioning of the services and products provided by the company (both software and hardware).

Next, as a Platinum sponsor, is Google. Google is one of the largest technology companies in the world, providing a wide range of Internet-related services and products as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google has been supporting Debian by sponsoring DebConf since more than ten years, and is also a Debian partner.

Lenovo is our third Planinum sponsor. Lenovo is a global technology leader manufacturing a wide portfolio of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and workstations as well as AR/VR devices, smart home/office solutions and data center solutions. This is their first year sponsoring DebConf.

Our Gold sponsor is Collabora, a global consultancy delivering Open Source software solutions to the commercial world. Their expertise spans all key areas of Open Source software development. In addition to offering solutions to clients, Collabora's engineers and developers actively contribute to many Open Source projets.

Our Silver sponsors are: credativ (a service-oriented company focusing on open-source software and also a Debian development partner), Cumulus Networks, (a company building web-scale networks using innovative, open networking technology), Codethink (specialists in system-level software infrastructure supporting advanced technical applications), the Bern University of Applied Sciences (with over 6,800 students enrolled, located in the Swiss capital), Civil Infrastructure Platform, (a collaborative project hosted by the Linux Foundation, establishing an open source “base layer” of industrial grade software), \WIT (offering a secure cloud solution and complete data privacy via Kubnernetes encrypted hardware virtualisation), Hudson-Trading, (a company researching and developing automated trading algorithms using advanced mathematical techniques), Ubuntu, (the Operating System delivered by Canonical), NHS (with a broad product portfolio, they offer solutions, amongst others, for data centres, telecommunications, CCTV, and residential, commercial and industrial automation), rentcars.com who helps customers find the best car rentals from over 100 rental companies at destinations in the Americas and around the world, and Roche, a major international pharmaceutical provider and research company dedicated to personalized healthcare.

Bronze sponsors: 4Linux, IBM, zpe, Univention, Policorp, Freexian, globo.com.

And finally, our Supporter level sponsors: Altus Metrum, Pengwin, ISG.EE, Jupter, novatec, Intnet, Linux Professional Institute.

Thanks to all our sponsors for their support! Their contributions make it possible for a large number of Debian contributors from all over the globe to work together, help and learn from each other in DebConf19.

Become a sponsor too!

DebConf19 is still accepting sponsors. Interested companies and organizations may contact the DebConf team through sponsors@debconf.org, and visit the DebConf19 website at https://debconf19.debconf.org.


Debian welcomes its GSoC 2019 and Outreachy interns

On Fri 31 May 2019 with tags announce gsoc outreachy
Written by znoteer
Artwork by Google, Outreachy

GSoC logo

Outreachy logo

We're excited to announce that Debian has selected seven interns to work with us during the next months: two people for Outreachy, and five for the Google Summer of Code.

Here is the list of projects and the interns who will work on them:

Android SDK Tools in Debian

Package Loomio for Debian

Debian Cloud Image Finder

Debian Patch Porting System

Continuous Integration

Congratulations and welcome to all the interns!

The Google Summer of Code and Outreachy programs are possible in Debian thanks to the efforts of Debian developers and contributors that dedicate part of their free time to mentor interns and outreach tasks.

Join us and help extend Debian! You can follow the interns weekly reports on the debian-outreach mailing-list, chat with us on our IRC channel or on each project's team mailing lists.


Ask anything you ever wanted to know about Debian Edu!

On Wed 29 May 2019 with tags debian edu debian-meeting
Written by Jonathan Carter
Artwork by Christoph Muetze

Debian Edu

You have heard about Debian Edu or Skolelinux, but do you know exactly what we are doing?

Join us on the #debian-meeting channel on the OFTC IRC network on 03 June 2019 at 12:00 UTC for an introduction to Debian Edu, a Debian pure blend created to fit the requirements of schools and similar institutions.

You will meet Holger Levsen, contributing to Debian Edu since 2005 and member of development team. Ask him anything you ever wanted to know about Debian Edu!

Your IRC nick needs to be registered in order to join the channel. Refer to the Register your account section on the oftc website for more information on how to register your nick.

You can always refer to the debian-meeting wiki page for the latest information and up to date schedule.


Lenovo Platinum Sponsor of DebConf19

On Mon 20 May 2019 with tags debconf19 debconf sponsors lenovo
Written by Laura Arjona Reina
Artwork by Lenovo

Translations: pt-BR sv

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We are very pleased to announce that Lenovo has committed to supporting DebConf19 as a Platinum sponsor.

"Lenovo is proud to sponsor the 20th Annual Debian Conference." said Egbert Gracias, Senior Software Development Manager at Lenovo. "We’re excited to see, up close, the great work being done in the community and to meet the developers and volunteers that keep the Debian Project moving forward!”

Lenovo is a global technology leader manufacturing a wide portfolio of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and workstations as well as AR/VR devices, smart home/office solutions and data center solutions.

With this commitment as Platinum Sponsor, Lenovo is contributing to make possible our annual conference, and directly supporting the progress of Debian and Free Software, helping to strengthen the community that continues to collaborate on Debian projects throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you very much Lenovo, for your support of DebConf19!

Become a sponsor too!

DebConf19 is still accepting sponsors. Interested companies and organizations may contact the DebConf team through sponsors@debconf.org, and visit the DebConf19 website at https://debconf19.debconf.org.


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