New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2019)On Tue 12 March 2019 with tags project
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud
The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:
- Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana (phls)
- Unit 193 (unit193)
- Marcio de Souza Oliveira (marciosouza)
- Ross Vandegrift (rvandegrift)
The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:
- Romain Perier
- Felix Yan
Infomaniak Platinum Sponsor of DebConf19On Thu 21 February 2019 with tags debconf19 debconf sponsors infomaniak
Written by Laura Arjona Reina
"Infomaniak is proud to support the annual Debian Developers' Conference", said Marc Oehler, Chief Operating Officer at Infomaniak. "The vast majority of our hostings work using Debian and we share this community's values: promoting innovation whilst ensuring that security, transparency and user freedom remains top priority."
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).
With this commitment as Platinum Sponsor, Infomaniak contributes to make possible our annual conference, and directly supports 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 Infomaniak, for your support of DebConf19!
Become a sponsor too!
DebConf19 is still accepting sponsors. Interested companies and organizations may contact the DebConf team through firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit the DebConf19 website at https://debconf19.debconf.org.
Projects and mentors for Debian's Google Summer of Code 2019 and OutreachyOn Sun 03 February 2019 with tags gsoc outreachy
Written by Alexander Wirt
Debian is applying as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code 2019, an internship program open to university students aged 18 and up, and will apply soon for the next round of Outreachy, an internship program for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech.
Please join us and help expanding Debian and mentoring new free software contributors!
If you have a project idea related to Debian and can mentor (or can coordinate the mentorship with some other Debian Developer or contributor, or within a Debian team), please add the details to the Debian GSoC2019 Projects wiki page by Tuesday, February 5 2019.
Participating in these programs has many benefits for Debian and the wider free software community. If you have questions, please come and ask us on IRC #debian-outreach or the debian-outreach mailing list.
Help test initial support for Secure BootOn Sat 02 February 2019 with tags buster installer
Written by Steve McIntyre, Cyril Brulebois
The Debian Installer team is happy to report that the Buster Alpha 5 release of the installer includes some initial support for UEFI Secure Boot (SB) in Debian's installation media.
This support is not yet complete, and we would like to request some help! Please read on for more context and instructions to help us get better coverage and support.
On amd64 machines, by default the Debian installer will now boot (and
install) a signed version of the
shim package as the first stage
boot loader. Shim is the core package in a signed Linux boot chain on
Intel-compatible PCs. It is responsible for validating signatures on
further pieces of the boot process (GRUB and the Linux kernel),
allowing for verification of those pieces. Each of those pieces will
be signed by a Debian production signing key that is baked into the
shim binary itself.
However, for safety during the development phase of Debian's SB support, we have only been using a temporary test key to sign our GRUB and Linux packages. If we made a mistake with key management or trust path verification during this development, this would save us from having to revoke the production key. We plan on switching to the production key soon.
Due to the use of the test key so far, out of the box Debian will not yet install or run with SB enabled; Shim will not validate signatures with the test key and will stop, reporting the problem. This is correct and useful behaviour!
Thus far, Debian users have needed to disable SB before installation to make things work. From now on, with SB still disabled, installation and use should work just the same as previously. Shim simply chain-loads GRUB and continues through the boot chain without checking signatures.
It is possible to enrol more keys on a SB system so that shim will recognise and allow other signatures, and this is how we have been able to test the rest of the boot chain. We now invite more users to give us valuable test coverage on a wider variety of hardware by enrolling our Debian test key and running with SB enabled.
If you want to help us test our Secure Boot support, please follow the instructions in the Debian wiki and provide feedback.
With help from users, we expect to be able to ship fully-working and tested UEFI Secure Boot in an upcoming Debian Installer release and in the main Buster release itself.
"futurePrototype" will be the default theme for Debian 10On Mon 14 January 2019 with tags buster artwork
Written by Laura Arjona Reina, Niels Thykier and Jonathan Carter
The theme "futurePrototype" by Alex Makas has been selected as default theme for Debian 10 'buster'.
After the Debian Desktop Team made the call for proposing themes, a total of eleven choices have been submitted, and any Debian contributor has received the opportunity to vote on them in a survey. We received 3,646 responses ranking the different choices, and futurePrototype has been the winner among them.
We'd like to thank all the designers that have participated providing nice wallpapers and artwork for Debian 10, and encourage everybody interested in this area of Debian, to join the Design Team.
Congratulations, Alex, and thank you very much for your contribution to Debian!
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