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DebConf23 welcomes its sponsors!

On Sun 10 September 2023 with tags debconf debconf23 sponsors
Written by The Debian Publicity Team

DebConf23 logo

DebConf23, the 24th edition of the Debian conference is taking place in Infopark at Kochi, Kerala, India. Thanks to the hard work of its organizers, it will be, this year as well, an interesting and fruitful event for attendees.

We would like to warmly welcome the sponsors of DebConf23, and introduce them to you.

We have three Platinum sponsors.

  • Our first Platinum sponsor is Infomaniak. Infomaniak is a key player in the European cloud market and the leading developer of Web technologies in Switzerland. It aims to be an independent European alternative to the web giants and is committed to an ethical and sustainable Web that respects privacy and creates local jobs. Infomaniak develops cloud solutions (IaaS, PaaS, VPS), productivity tools for online collaboration and video and radio streaming services.

  • Proxmox is our second Platinum sponsor. Proxmox develops powerful, yet easy-to-use open-source server software. The product portfolio from Proxmox, including server virtualization, backup, and email security, helps companies of any size, sector, or industry to simplify their IT infrastructures. The Proxmox solutions are based on the great Debian platform, and we are happy that we can give back to the community by sponsoring DebConf23.

  • Siemens is our third Platinum sponsor. Siemens is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure and transport. From resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation, and advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to enhance the everyday of billions of people.

Our Gold sponsors are:

  • Lenovo, 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 and data center solutions.

  • Freexian, Freexian is a services company specialized in Free Software and in particular Debian GNU/Linux, covering consulting, custom developments, support, training. Freexian has a recognized Debian expertise thanks to the participation of Debian developers.

  • Google, Google is one of the largest technology companies in the world, providing a wide range of Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

  • Ubuntu, the Operating System delivered by Canonical.

Our Silver sponsors are:

  • The Bern University of Applied Sciences with near 7,800 students enrolled, located in the Swiss capital.
  • Collabora, a global consultancy delivering Open Source software solutions to the commercial world.
  • FOSS United, a non-profit foundation that aims at promoting and strengthening the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) ecosystem in India.
  • The FSIJ, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Free Software growth and development.
  • Civil Infrastructure Platform, a collaborative project hosted by the Linux Foundation, establishing an open source “base layer” of industrial grade software.
  • Roche, a major international pharmaceutical provider and research company dedicated to personalized healthcare.
  • Two Sigma, rigorous inquiry, data analysis, and invention to help solve the toughest challenges across financial services.
  • Matanel Foundation, operates in Israel, as its first concern is to preserve the cohesion of a society and a nation plagued by divisions.
  • The FOSSEE (Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education) project promotes the use of FLOSS tools in academia and research. The project is part of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.
  • Arm: with the world’s Best SoC Design Portfolio, Arm powered solutions have been supporting innovation for more than 30 years and are deployed in over 225 billion chips to date.
  • Kerala Vision Broadband is a subsidiary of Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL) which provides high-speed internet services in the state of Kerala, India.

Bronze sponsors:

And finally, our Supporter level sponsors:

A special thanks to the Infoparks Kerala, our Venue Partner!

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 DebConf23.

DebianDay Celebrations and comments

On Sat 09 September 2023 with tags debian birthday debianday debian30
Written by Donald Norwood, Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana
Artwork by Credited

Translations: pt-BR

Debian Celebrates 30 years!

We celebrated our birthday this year and we had a great time with new friends, new members welcomed to the community, and the world.

We have collected a few comments, videos, and discussions from around the Internet, and some images from some of the DebianDay2023 events. We hope that you enjoyed the day(s) as much as we did!

Maqsuel Maqson

"Debian 30 years of collective intelligence" -Maqsuel Maqson


Thiago Pezzo

Pouso Alegre, Brazil

Daniel Pimentel

Maceió, Brazil

Daniel Lenharo

Curitiba, Brazil

Daniel Lenharo

The cake is there. :)


Honorary Debian Developers: Buzz, Jessie, and Woody welcome guests to this amazing party.

Carlos Melara

Sao Carlos, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Melara

Stickers, and Fliers, and Laptops, oh my!


Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Brasília, Brazil


Brasília, Brazil



30 años!


A quick Selfie


We do not encourage beverages on computing hardware, but this one is okay by us.



30 years of love


The German Delegation is also looking for this dog who footed the bill for the party, then left mysteriously.


We took the party outside

Stefano Rivera

We brought the party back inside at CCCamp


Stefano Rivera

Cake and Diversity in Belgium

El Salvador

Gato Barato Canelón Pulgosky

Food and Fellowship in El Salvador

South Africa


Debian is also very delicious!


All smiles waiting to eat the cake


Debian Day 30 years in Maceió - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years in São Carlos - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years in Pouso Alegre - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years in Belo Horizonte - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years in Curitiba - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years in Brasília - Brazil

Debian Day 30 years online in Brazil

Articles & Blogs

Happy Debian Day - going 30 years strong - Liam Dawe

Debian Turns 30 Years Old, Happy Birthday! - Marius Nestor

30 Years of Stability, Security, and Freedom: Celebrating Debian’s Birthday - Bobby Borisov

Happy 30th Birthday, Debian! - Claudio Kuenzier

Debian is 30 and Sgt Pepper Is at Least Ninetysomething - Christine Hall

Debian turns 30! -Corbet

Thirty years of Debian! - Lennart Hengstmengel

Debian marks three decades as 'Universal Operating System' - Sam Varghese

Debian Linux Celebrates 30 Years Milestone - Joshua James

30 years on, Debian is at the heart of the world's most successful Linux distros - Liam Proven

Looking Back on 30 Years of Debian - Maya Posch

Cheers to 30 Years of Debian: A Journey of Open Source Excellence - arindam

Discussions and Social Media

Debian Celebrates 30 Years - Source: News YCombinator

Brand-new Linux release, which I'm calling the Debian ... Source: News YCombinator

Comment: Congrats @debian !!! Happy Birthday! Thank you for becoming a cornerstone of the #opensource world. Here's to decades of collaboration, stability & #software #freedom -openSUSELinux via X (formerly Twitter)

Comment: Today we #celebrate the 30th birthday of #Debian, one of the largest and most important cornerstones of the #opensourcecommunity. For this we would like to thank you very much and wish you the best for the next 30 years! Source: X (Formerly Twitter -TUXEDOComputers via X (formerly Twitter)

Happy Debian Day! - Source:

Video The History of Debian | The Beginning - Source: Linux User Space

Debian Celebrates 30 years -Source:

Video Debian At 30 and No More Distro Hopping! - LWDW388 - Source: LinuxGameCast

Debian Celebrates 30 years! - Source: Debian User Forums

Debian Celebrates 30 years! - Source:

Siemens welcomed as a Platinum Sponsor of DebConf23!

On Tue 05 September 2023 with tags debconf23 sponsor siemens
Written by Sahil Dhiman
Artwork by Siemens


We are pleased to announce that Siemens has committed to sponsor DebConf23 as Platinum Sponsor.

Siemens is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure and transport. From resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation, and advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people.

With this commitment as Platinum Sponsor, Siemens 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 Siemens, for your support of DebConf23!

Debian Celebrates 30 years!

On Wed 16 August 2023 with tags debian birthday debianday
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud, Donald Norwood, Grzegorz Szymaszek, Debian Publicity Team
Artwork by Jeff Maier

Translations: fr pl

Debian 30 years by Jeff Maier

Over 30 years ago the late Ian Murdock wrote to the comp.os.linux.development newsgroup about the completion of a brand-new Linux release which he named "The Debian Linux Release".

He built the release by hand, from scratch, so to speak. Ian laid out guidelines for how this new release would work, what approach the release would take regarding its size, manner of upgrades, installation procedures; and with great care of consideration for users without Internet connection.

Unaware that he had sparked a movement in the fledgling F/OSS community, Ian worked on and continued to work on Debian. The release, now aided by volunteers from the newsgroup and around the world, grew and continues to grow as one of the largest and oldest FREE operating systems that still exist today.

Debian at its core is comprised of Users, Contributors, Developers, and Sponsors, but most importantly, People. Ians drive and focus remains embedded in the core of Debian, it remains in all of our work, it remains in the minds and hands of the users of The Universal Operating System.

The Debian Project is proud and happy to share our anniversary not exclusively unto ourselves, instead we share this moment with everyone, as we come together in celebration of a resounding community that works together, effects change, and continues to make a difference, not just in our work but around the world.

Debian is present in cluster systems, datacenters, desktop computers, embedded systems, IoT devices, laptops, servers, it may possibly be powering the web server and device you are reading this article on, and it can also be found in Spacecraft.

Closer to earth, Debian fully supports projects for accessibility: Debian Edu/Skolelinux - an operating system designed for educational use in schools and communities, Debian Science - providing free scientific software across many established and emerging fields, Debian Hamradio - for amateur radio enthusiasts, Debian-Accessibility - a project focused on the design of an operating system suited to fit the requirements of people with disabilites, and Debian Astro - focused on supporting professional and hobbyist astronomers.

Debian strives to give, reach, embrace, mentor, share, and teach with internships through many programs internally and externally such as the Google Summer of Code, Outreachy, and the Open Source Promotion Plan.

None of this could be possible without the vast amount of support, care, and contributions from what started as and is still an all volunteer project. We celebrate with each and every one who has helped shape Debian over all of these years and toward the future.

Today we all certainly celebrate 30 years of Debian, but know that Debian celebrates with each and every one of you all at the same time.

Over the next few days Celebration parties are planned to take place in Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany (CCCcamp), India, Iran, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, and Turkey.

You are of course, invited to join us!

Check out, attend, or form your very own DebianDay 2023 Event.

See you then!

Thank you, thank you all so very much.

With Love,

The Debian Project

Debian Project Bits Volume 1, Issue 1

On Sat 05 August 2023 with tags news debconf23 dpb
Written by Jean-Pierre Giraud, Joost van Baal-Ilić, Carlos Henrique Lima Melara, Donald Norwood, Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana

Translations: fr

Debian Project Bits Volume 1, Issue 1 August 05, 2023

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Debian Project Bits!

Those remembering the Debian Weekly News (DwN) will recognize some of the sections here which served as our inspiration.

Debian Project Bits posts will allow for a faster turnaround of some project news on a monthly basis. The Debian Micronews service will continue to share shorter news items, the Debian Project News remains as our official newsletter which may move to a biannual archive format.


Debian Day

The Debian Project was officially founded by Ian Murdock on August 16, 1993. Since then we have celebrated our Anniversary of that date each year with events around the world. We would love it if you could join our revels this very special year as we have the honor of turning 30!

Attend or organize a local Debian Day celebration. You're invited to plan your own event: from Bug Squashing parties to Key Signing parties, Meet-Ups, or any type of social event whether large or small. And be sure to check our Debian reimbursement How To if you need such resources.

You can share your days, events, thoughts, or notes with us and the rest of the community with the #debianday tag that will be used across most social media platforms. See you then!

Events: Upcoming and Reports


Debian 30 anos

The Debian Brasil Community is organizing the event Debian 30 anos to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Debian Project.

From August 14 to 18, between 7pm and 22pm (UTC-3) contributors will talk online in Portuguese and we will live stream on Debian Brasil YouTube channel.

DebConf23: Debian Developers Camp and Conference

The 2023 Debian Developers Camp (DebCamp) and Conference (DebConf23) will be hosted this year in Infopark, Kochi, India.

DebCamp is slated to run from September 3 through 9, immediately followed by the larger DebConf, September 10 through 17.

If you are planning on attending the conference this year, now is the time to ensure your travel documentation, visa information, bursary submissions, papers and relevant equipment are prepared. For more information contact: debconf@debconf.

MiniDebConf Cambridge 2023

There will be a MiniDebConf held in Cambridge, UK, hosted by ARM for 4 days in November: 2 days for a mini-DebCamp (Thu 23 - Fri 24), with space for dedicated development / sprint / team meetings, then two days for a more regular MiniDebConf (Sat 25 - Sun 26) with space for more general talks, up to 80 people.


During the last months, the Debian Community has organized some Bug Squashing Parties:

Tilburg, Netherlands. October 2022.

St-Cergue, Switzerland. January 2023

Montreal, Canada. February 2023

In January, Debian India hosted the MiniDebConf Tamil Nadu in Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu, India (Sat 28 - Sun 26).

The following month, the MiniDebConf Portugal 2023 was held in Lisbon (12 - 16 February 2023).

These events, seen as a stunning success by some of their attendees, demonstrate the vitality of our community.

Debian Brasil Community at Campus Party Brazil 2023

Another edition of Campus Party Brazil took place in the city of São Paulo between July 25th and 30th. And one more time the Debian Brazil Community was present. During the days in the available space, we carry out some activities such as:

  • Gifts for attendees (stickers, cups, lanyards);
  • Workshop on how to contribute to the translation team;
  • Workshop on packaging;
  • Key signing party;
  • Information about the project;

For more info and a few photos, check out the organizers' report.

MiniDebConf Brasília 2023

From May 25 to 27, Brasília hosted the MiniDebConf Brasília 2023. This gathering was composed of various activities such as talks, workshops, sprints, BSPs (Bug Squashing Party), key signings, social events, and hacking, aimed to bring the community together and celebrate the world's largest Free Software project: Debian.

For more information please see the full report written by the organizers.

Debian Reunion Hamburg 2023

This year the annual Debian Reunion Hamburg was held from Tuesday 23 to 30 May starting with four days of hacking followed by two days of talks, and then two more days of hacking. As usual, people - more than forty-five attendees from Germany, Czechia, France, Slovakia, and Switzerland - were happy to meet in person, to hack and chat together, and much more. If you missed the live streams, the video recordings are available.

Translation workshops from the pt_BR team

The Brazilian translation team, debian-l10n-portuguese, had their first workshop of 2023 in February with great results. The workshop was aimed at beginners, working in DDTP/DDTSS.

For more information please see the full report written by the organizers.

And on June 13 another workshop took place to translate The Debian Administrator's Handbook). The main goal was to show beginners how to collaborate in the translation of this important material, which has existed since 2004. The manual's translations are hosted on Weblate.


Stable Release

Debian 12 bookworm was released on June 10, 2023. This new version becomes the stable release of Debian and moves the prior Debian 11 bullseye release to oldstable status. The Debian community celebrated the release with 23 Release Parties all around the world.

Bookworm's first point release 12.1 address miscellaneous bug fixes affecting 88 packages, documentation, and installer updates was made available on July 22, 2023.

RISC-V support

riscv64 has recently been added to the official Debian architectures for support of 64-bit little-endian RISC-V hardware running the Linux kernel. We expect to have full riscv64 support in Debian 13 trixie. Updates on bootstrap, build daemon, porterbox, and development progress were recently shared by the team in a Bits from the Debian riscv64 porters post.


The Debian 12 bookworm archive now includes non-free-firmware; please be sure to update your apt sources.list if your systems requires such components for operation. If your previous sources.list included non-free for this purpose it may safely be removed.

apt sources.list

The Debian archive holds several components:

  • main: Contains DFSG-compliant packages, which do not rely on software outside this area to operate.
  • contrib: Contains packages that contain DFSG-compliant software, but have dependencies not in main.
  • non-free: Contains software that does not comply with the DFSG.
  • non-free-firmware: Firmware that is otherwise not part of the Debian system to enable use of Debian with hardware that requires such firmware.
Example of the sources.list file
deb bookworm main
deb-src bookworm main

deb bookworm-security main
deb-src bookworm-security main

deb bookworm-updates main
deb-src bookworm-updates main
Example using the components:
deb bookworm main non-free-firmware
deb-src bookworm main non-free-firmware

deb bookworm-security main non-free-firmware
deb-src bookworm-security main non-free-firmware

deb bookworm-updates main non-free-firmware
deb-src bookworm-updates main non-free-firmware

For more information and guidelines on proper configuration of the apt source.list file please see the Configuring Apt Sources - Wiki page.

Inside Debian

New Debian Members

Please welcome the following newest Debian Project Members:

  • Marius Gripsgard (mariogrip)
  • Mohammed Bilal (rmb)
  • Emmanuel Arias (amanu)
  • Robin Gustafsson (rgson)
  • Lukas Märdian (slyon)
  • David da Silva Polverari (polverari)

To find out more about our newest members or any Debian Developer, look for them on the Debian People list.


Debian's Security Team releases current advisories on a daily basis. Some recently released advisories concern these packages:

trafficserver Several vulnerabilities were discovered in Apache Traffic Server, a reverse and forward proxy server, which could result in information disclosure or denial of service.

asterisk A flaw was found in Asterisk, an Open Source Private Branch Exchange. A buffer overflow vulnerability affects users that use PJSIP DNS resolver. This vulnerability is related to CVE-2022-24793. The difference is that this issue is in parsing the query record parse_query(), while the issue in CVE-2022-24793 is in parse_rr(). A workaround is to disable DNS resolution in PJSIP config (by setting nameserver_count to zero) or use an external resolver implementation instead.

flask It was discovered that in some conditions the Flask web framework may disclose a session cookie.

chromium Multiple security issues were discovered in Chromium, which could result in the execution of arbitrary code, denial of service or information disclosure.


Popular packages

gpgv - GNU privacy guard signature verification tool. 99,053 installations.     gpgv is actually a stripped-down version of gpg which is only able to check signatures. It is somewhat smaller than the fully-blown gpg and uses a different (and simpler) way to check that the public keys used to make the signature are valid. There are no configuration files and only a few options are implemented.

dmsetup - Linux Kernel Device Mapper userspace library. 77,769 installations.     The Linux Kernel Device Mapper is the LVM (Linux Logical Volume Management) Team's implementation of a minimalistic kernel-space driver that handles volume management, while keeping knowledge of the underlying device layout in user-space. This makes it useful for not only LVM, but software raid, and other drivers that create "virtual" block devices.

sensible-utils - Utilities for sensible alternative selection. 96,001 daily users.     This package provides a number of small utilities which are used by programs to sensibly select and spawn an appropriate browser, editor, or pager. The specific utilities included are: sensible-browser sensible-editor sensible-pager.

popularity-contest - The popularity-contest package. 90,758 daily users.     The popularity-contest package sets up a cron job that will periodically anonymously submit to the Debian developers statistics about the most used Debian packages on the system. This information helps Debian make decisions such as which packages should go on the first CD. It also lets Debian improve future versions of the distribution so that the most popular packages are the ones which are installed automatically for new users.

New and noteworthy packages in unstable

Toolkit for scalable simulation of distributed applications      SimGrid is a toolkit that provides core functionalities for the simulation of distributed applications in heterogeneous distributed environments. SimGrid can be used as a Grid simulator, a P2P simulator, a Cloud simulator, a MPI simulator, or a mix of all of them. The typical use-cases of SimGrid include heuristic evaluation, application prototyping, and real application development and tuning. This package contains the dynamic libraries and runtime.

LDraw mklist program     3D CAD programs and rendering programs using the LDraw parts library of LEGO parts rely on a file called parts.lst containing a list of all available parts. The program ldraw-mklist is used to generate this list from a directory of LDraw parts.

Open Lighting Architecture - RDM Responder Tests      The DMX512 standard for Digital MultipleX is used for digital communication networks commonly used to control stage lighting and effects. The Remote Device Management protocol is an extension to DMX512, allowing bi-directional communication between RDM-compliant devices without disturbing other devices on the same connection. The Open Lighting Architecture (OLA) provides a plugin framework for distributing DMX512 control signals. The ola-rdm-tests package provides an automated way to check protocol compliance in RDM devices.

parsec-service      Parsec is an abstraction layer that can be used to interact with hardware-backed security facilities such as the Hardware Security Module (HSM), the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), as well as firmware-backed and isolated software services. The core component of Parsec is the security service, provided by this package. The service is a background process that runs on the host platform and provides connectivity with the secure facilities of that host, exposing a platform-neutral API that can be consumed into different programming languages using a client library. For a client library implemented in Rust see the package librust-parsec-interface-dev.

Simple network calculator and lookup tool     Process and lookup network addresses from the command line or CSV with ripalc. Output has a variety of customisable formats.

High performance, open source CPU/GPU miner and RandomX benchmark     XMRig is a high performance, open source, cross platform RandomX, KawPow, CryptoNight, and GhostRider unified CPU/GPU miner and RandomX benchmark.

Ping, but with a graph - Rust source code     This package contains the source for the Rust gping crate, packaged by debcargo for use with cargo and dh-cargo.

Once upon a time in Debian:

2014-07-31 The Technical committee choose libjpeg-turbo as the default JPEG decoder.

2010-08-01 DebConf10 starts à New York City, USA

2007-08-05 Debian Maintainers approved by vote

2009-08-05 Jeff Chimene files bug #540000 against live-initramfs.

Calls for help

The Publicity team calls for volunteers and help!

Your Publicity team is asking for help from you our readers, developers, and interested parties to contribute to the Debian news effort. We implore you to submit items that may be of interest to our community and also ask for your assistance with translations of the news into (your!) other languages along with the needed second or third set of eyes to assist in editing our work before publishing. If you can share a small amount of your time to aid our team which strives to keep all of us informed, we need you. Please reach out to us via IRC on #debian-publicity on, or our public mailing list, or via email at for sensitive or private inquiries.

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