New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2015)Tue 01 September 2015 by Ana Guerrero López with tags project
The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:
- Gianfranco Costamagna (locutusofborg)
- Graham Inggs (ginggs)
- Ximin Luo (infinity0)
- Christian Kastner (ckk)
- Tianon Gravi (tianon)
- Iain R. Learmonth (irl)
- Laura Arjona Reina (larjona)
The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:
- Senthil Kumaran
- Riley Baird
- Robie Basak
- Alex Muntada
- Johan Van de Wauw
- Benjamin Barenblat
- Paul Novotny
- Jose Luis Rivero
- Chris Knadle
- Lennart Weller
Debian turns 22!Sun 16 August 2015 by Ana Guerrero Lopez and Valessio Brito with tags birthday debian
Sorry for posting so late, we're very busy at DebConf15!
Happy 22nd birthday Debian!
The Debian Perl team had its first sprint in May and it was a success: 7 members met in Barcelona the weekend from May 22nd to May 24th to kick off the development around perl for Stretch and to work on QA tasks across the more than 3000 packages that the team maintains.
Even though the participants enjoyed the beautiful weather and the food very much, a good amount of work was also done:
- 53 bugs were filed or worked on, 31 uploads were accepted.
- The current practice of patch management (
quilt) was discussed and possible alternatives were shown (
- Improvements were made in the Debian Perl Tools (
dpt) and discussed how to get track of upstream git history and tags.
- Team's policies, documentation and recurring tasks were reviewed and updated.
- Perl 5.22 release was prepared and
src:perlplans for Stretch were discussed.
autopkgtestwhitelists were reviewed, new packages added, and IRC notificacions by KGB were discussed.
- Outstanding migrations were reviewed.
- Reproducibility issues with
The full report was posted to the relevant Debian mailing lists.
The participants would like to thank the Computer Architecture Department of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya for hosting us, and all donors to the Debian project who helped to cover a large part of our expenses.
Reproducible Builds get funded by the Core Infrastructure InitiativeTue 23 June 2015 by Ana Guerrero Lopez with tags debian cii reproducible builds
The Core Infrastructure Initiative announced today that they will support two Debian Developers, Holger Levsen and Jérémy Bobbio, with $200,000 to advance their Debian work in reproducible builds and to collaborate more closely with other distributions such as Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenWrt to benefit from this effort.
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) was established in 2014 to fortify the security of key open source projects. This initiative is funded by more than 20 companies and managed by The Linux Foundation.
The reproducible builds initiative aims to enable anyone to reproduce bit by bit identical binary packages from a given source, thus enabling anyone to independently verify that a binary matches the source code from which it was said it was derived. For example, this allow the users of Debian to rebuild packages and obtain exactly identical packages to the ones provided by the Debian repositories.
The Debian Ruby Ruby team had a first sprint in 2014. The experience was very positive, and it was decided to do it again in 2015. Last April, the team once more met at the IRILL offices, in Paris, France.
The participants worked to improve the quality Ruby packages in Debian, including fixing release critical and security bugs, improving metadata and packaging code, and triaging test failures on the Debian Continuous Integration service.
The sprint also served to prepare the team infrastructure for the future Debian 9 release:
gem2debpackaging helper to improve the semi-automated generation of Debian source packages from existing standard-compliant Ruby packages from Rubygems.
there was also an effort to prepare the switch to Ruby 2.2, the latest stable release of the Ruby language which was released after the Debian testing suite was already frozen for the Debian 8 release.
Left to right: Christian Hofstaedtler, Tomasz Nitecki, Sebastien Badia and Antonio Terceiro.
A full report with technical details has been posted to the relevant Debian mailing lists.
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