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News for Debian developers

This wiki page collects small news that all developers should know but that are not worth a dedicated mail to debian-devel-announce. Follow the template "Example of news" and add your news below it. See /Help for more information on how to write entries.

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-- Your Name

Future of Debian Live?

Steve ?McIntyre is questioning if Debian Live has a future and calling for help with testing and developing the Debian Live images. If people do not show up to help, then he will disable building live images altogether and the only option for using Debian will be to install it before using it.

-- Paul Wise

Windows viruses in Debian email packages

Sometimes upstreams of email related packages include live Windows viruses/malware in their test corpus, either by accident or on purpose, with or without removing infection/transmission mechanisms. Due to the large amount of anti-spam and anti-malware services monitoring the Internet, this can lead to mirrors getting flagged and reducing the reputation of in those services as well as source packages getting blocked by the content-scanning firewalls that some networks operate. If your package is email related and includes a test corpus, please scan it for viruses/malware. I've added support to check-all-the-things for doing this using clamdscan or you can run it manually:

clamdscan --fdpass --infected --no-summary

-- Paul Wise

Debian bug tracker accessibility tag

The Debian bug tracker has added the a11y tag for tracking accessibility issues. Please use it whenever you file an accessibility issue or add it whenever you find an old bug report about an accessibility issue. Debian's accessibility efforts are documented on the website and the wiki.

-- Paul Wise

Derivatives patches added to the PTS

The Debian PTS has added the links to patches from the Debian derivatives represented in the derivatives census. The patches are generated using the sources from the Debian wayback machine so as to minimise diffs as much as possible. Help from developers with Python and Django experience is needed to port this work from the PTS to the Debian Package Tracker. More help with all of Debian's derivative related efforts is needed too, including deciding which derivatives should be listed on the Debian website.

-- Paul Wise

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