25 years and countingOn Thu 16 August 2018 with tags debian birthday
Written by Ana Guerrero Lopez
Artwork by Angelo Rosa
When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, "the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, [...] the Debian Linux Release", nobody would have expected the "Debian Linux Release" to become what's nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all.
Today, the Debian project is a large and thriving organization with countless self-organized teams comprised of volunteers. While it often looks chaotic from the outside, the project is sustained by its two main organizational documents: the Debian Social Contract, which provides a vision of improving society, and the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which provide an indication of what software is considered usable. They are supplemented by the project's Constitution which lays down the project structure, and the Code of Conduct, which sets the tone for interactions within the project.
Every day over the last 25 years, people have sent bug reports and patches, uploaded packages, updated translations, created artwork, organized events about Debian, updated the website, taught others how to use Debian, and created hundreds of derivatives.
Here's to another 25 years - and hopefully many, many more!
DebConf18 invites you to Debian Open Day at National Chiao Tung University, Microelectronics and Information Research Center (NCTU MIRC), in HsinchuOn Fri 27 July 2018 with tags debconf debconf18 debian
Written by Laura Arjona Reina, Héctor Orón Martínez
DebConf, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users interested in improving the Debian operating system, will be held in National Chiao Tung University, Microelectronics and Information Research Center (NCTU MIRC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from July 29th to August 5th, 2018. The conference is preceded by DebCamp, July 21th to July 27th, and the DebConf18 Open Day on July 28th.
Debian is an operating system consisting entirely of free and open source software, and is known for its adherence to the Unix and Free Software philosophies and for its extensiveness. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software, and more than 400 are expected to attend DebConf18 to meet in person and work together more closely.
The conference features presentations and workshops, and video streams are made available in real-time and archived.
The DebConf18 Open Day, Saturday, July 28, is open to the public with events of interest to a wide audience.
The detailed schedule of the Open Day's events include, among others:
- Questions and Answers Session with Minister Audrey Tang,
- Debian Meets Smart City Applications with SZ Lin
- a Debian Packaging Workshop,
- panel discussion: Story of Debian contributors around the world,
- sessions in English or Chinese about different aspects of the Debian project and community, and other free software projects like LibreOffice, Clonezilla and DRBL, LXDE/LXQt desktops, EzGo...
Everyone is welcome to attend, attendance is free, and it is a great possibility for interested users to meet the Debian community.
Debian thanks the numerous sponsors for their commitment to DebConf18, particularly its Platinum Sponsor Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs via the MEET TAIWAN program, and its venue sponsors, the National Chiao Tung University 國立交通大學 and the National Center for High-performance Computing 國家高速網路與計算中心.
For media contacts, please contact DebConf organization: 林上智 (SZ Lin), Cell: 0911-162297
Debian Artwork: Call for Proposals for Debian 10 (Buster)On Sun 17 June 2018 with tags artwork buster cfp debian
Written by Jonathan Carter
This is the official call for artwork proposals for the Buster cycle.
For the most up to date details, please refer to the wiki.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Juliette Taka Belin for doing the Softwaves theme for stretch.
The deadlines for submissions is: 2018-09-05
The artwork is usually picked based on which themes look the most:
- ''Debian'': admittedly not the most defined concept, since everyone has their own take on what Debian means to them.
- ''plausible to integrate without patching core software'': as much as we love some of the insanely hot looking themes, some would require heavy GTK+ theming and patching GDM/GNOME.
- ''clean / well designed'': without becoming something that gets annoying to look at a year down the road. Examples of good themes include Joy, Lines and Softwaves.
If you'd like more information, please use the Debian Desktop mailing list.
DebConf20 in a cruiseOn Sun 01 April 2018 with tags debian announce debconf
Written by Debian Publicity Team
The last editions of DebConf, the annual Debian conference, have been in unalike places like Heidelberg (Germany), Cape Town (South Africa) and Montreal (Canada). Next summer DebConf18 will happen in Hsinchu (Taiwan) and the location for DebConf19 is already decided: Curitiba (Brazil). During all these years an idea has been floating in the air (aka the Debian IRC channels) about organising a DebConf in a cruise. Today, the Debian Project is happy to announce that a group of Debian contributors have teamed-up to propose an actual bid for DebConf20 in a cruise.
The Cruise Team is confident about their ability to provide a detailed and strong bid by the end of the year. However, a brief plan and preparation is already done: the conference would happen in July and August 2020, during a trip around the world in a "rolling conference" scheme. This means that Debian contributors could choose when to arrive and leave by embarking/disembarking in one of the harbours the boat will stop. A DebCamp focused in sprinting the development of Debian blends and an "Open Day" with install parties under the sea and other interesting activities for the wide public is also planned.
There will be a sprint to discuss the bid details during DebConf18 in Hsinchu. The team has also initiated conversations with several cruise ship companies and satellite network providers in order to explore the possible venues and connectivity options for the conference. Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Cruise Team in the preparation of the future conference.
Debian won Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award for Best Linux Distribution!On Wed 14 February 2018 with tags debian award
Written by Laura Arjona Reina
Thank you for all your support!
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