Official communication channels for Debian

On Mon 16 March 2020 with tags project announcement
Written by Laura Arjona Reina, Ana Guerrero Lopez and Donald Norwood

Translations: da es fr ko nl ru sv

From time to time, we get questions in Debian about our official channels of communication and questions about the Debian status of who may own similarly named websites.

The main Debian website www.debian.org is our primary medium of communication. Those seeking information about current events and development progress in the community may be interested in the Debian News section of the Debian website. For less formal announcements, we have the official Debian blog Bits from Debian, and the Debian micronews service for shorter news items.

Our official newsletter Debian Project News and all official announcements of news or project changes are dual posted on our website and sent to our official mailing lists debian-announce or debian-news. Posting to those mailing lists is restricted.

We also want to take the opportunity to announce how the Debian Project, or for short, Debian is structured.

Debian has a structure regulated by our Constitution. Officers and delegated members are listed on our Organizational Structure page. Additional teams are listed on our Teams page.

The complete list of official Debian members can be found on our New Members page, where our membership is managed. A broader list of Debian contributors can be found on our Contributors page.

If you have questions, we invite you to reach the press team at press@debian.org.


New Debian Developers and Maintainers (November and December 2019)

On Sun 26 January 2020 with tags project
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud

Translations: ca es fr pt sv vi zh-CN

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

  • Louis-Philippe Véronneau (pollo)
  • Olek Wojnar (olek)
  • Sven Eckelmann (ecsv)
  • Utkarsh Gupta (utkarsh)
  • Robert Haist (rha)

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

  • Denis Danilov
  • Joachim Falk
  • Thomas Perret
  • Richard Laager

Congratulations!


Debian welcomes its new Outreachy interns

On Fri 29 November 2019 with tags announce outreachy
Written by Daniel Lange, Laura Arjona Reina
Artwork by Outreachy

Outreachy logo

Debian continues participating in Outreachy, and we'd like to welcome our new Outreachy interns for this round, lasting from December 2019 to March 2020.

Anisa Kuci will work on Improving the DebConf fundraising processes, mentored by Karina Ture and Daniel Lange.

Sakshi Sangwan will work on Packaging GitLab's JS Modules, mentored by Utkarsh Gupta, Sruthi Chandran and Pirate Praveen.

Congratulations, Anisa and Sakshi! Welcome!

From the official website: Outreachy provides three-month internships for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech. Interns work remotely with mentors from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities on projects ranging from programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, to data science.

The Outreachy programme is possible in Debian thanks to the efforts of Debian developers and contributors who dedicate their free time to mentor students and outreach tasks, and the Software Freedom Conservancy's administrative support, as well as the continued support of Debian's donors, who provide funding for the internships.

Join us and help extend Debian! You can follow the work of the Outreachy interns reading their blogs (they are syndicated in Planet Debian), and chat with us in the #debian-outreach IRC channel and mailing list.


New Debian Developers and Maintainers (September and October 2019)

On Tue 26 November 2019 with tags project
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud

Translations: ca es fr pt sv vi zh-CN

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

  • Teus Benschop (teusbenschop)
  • Nick Morrott (nickm)
  • Ondřej Kobližek (kobla)
  • Clément Hermann (nodens)
  • Gordon Ball (chronitis)

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

  • Nikos Tsipinakis
  • Joan Lledó
  • Baptiste Beauplat
  • Jianfeng Li

Congratulations!


Debian Donates to Support GNOME Patent Defense

On Mon 28 October 2019 with tags debian gnome patent trolls fundraising donation
Written by Sam Hartman

Translations: es fr sv

Today, the Debian Project pledges to donate $5,000 to the GNOME Foundation in support of their ongoing patent defense. On October 23, we wrote to express our support for GNOME in an issue that affects the entire free software community. Today we make that support tangible.

"This is bigger than GNOME," said Debian Project Leader Sam Hartman. "By banding together and demonstrating that the entire free software community is behind GNOME, we can send a strong message to non-practicing entities (patent trolls). When you target anyone in the free software community, you target all of us. We will fight, and we will fight to invalidate your patent. For us, this is more than money. This is about our freedom to build and distribute our software."

"We're incredibly grateful to Debian for this kind donation, and also for their support," said Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. "It's been heartening to see that when free software is attacked in this way we all come together on a united front."

If GNOME needs more money later in in this defense, Debian will be there to support the GNOME Foundation. We encourage individuals and organizations to join us and stand strong against patent trolls.


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