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debhelper compat 11

As of December 2017, debhelper compat level 11 is now stable and available in buster (plus stretch-backports).

This compat level (among other):

Please see "man 7 debhelper" for the full list of changes.

-- Niels Thykier

KGB now supports GitLab webhooks (salsa)

kgb-bot, the VCS to IRC relay, supports GitLab webhooks since version 1.36. The three instances known for providing services to 68 Alioth-hosted projects have been updated to this version.

This means that all projects hosted on can benefit from the service, whether they've used KGB in the past or not. See for details.

At the current stage we consider this a "public beta" and invite "friendly customers" to test the new feature.

Non-alioth projects aren't required to change anything and will continue to work as before.

For any questions, please contact {dmn,gregoa,tincho} or #kgb-devel/OFTC.

-- Damyan Ivanov

Review your debtags today!

Since the removal of anonymous debtags editing and the consequent addition of the special::unreviewed tag to all packages, the debtags service has many packages that have tags that need to be reviewed for accuracy. Please visit the report for your packages via the link on DPT/PTS and DDPO pages. To modify the debtags for a package, you can login with the Debian SSO and use either the JavaScript based web editor or manually construct a patch and send it to the patch API. There is also an intro to getting started with helping improve the debtags data.

-- Paul Wise

Purism hardware discounts

Purism now offers discounts on their hardware for all active Debian Developers.

-- Zlatan Todoric

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