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LeaseWeb offers discounts to Debian Developers

One of the major sponsors behind, LeaseWeb, is now offering discounts on their services to Debian Developers.

LeaseWeb provides dedicated servers, bare metal servers, private clouds, virtual servers and content delivery networks. LeaseWeb offers discounts to Debian Developers.

DDs should send emails to (for North America) or (for Europe) from their address referencing " membership special offer".

The specific amount of discount is dependent on the service requested and the availability of resources (eg, number of dedicated servers available at the time of the request).

git-series: track changes to a patch series over time

Josh Triplett announced a new git tool, git-series, to manage patch series with git, tracking the "history of history". git series tracks changes to the patch series over time, including rebases and other non-fast-forwarding changes. git series also tracks a cover letter for the patch series, formats the series for email, and prepares pull requests.

This makes it easier to collaborate on a patch series, distribution package, backport, or any other development process that includes rebasing or non-fast-forward development.

Debian package maintenance tends to have this exact family of problems: maintaining a set of patches to upstream code, rebasing those patches on new upstream versions, reorganizing/refining/adding/dropping patches, having individual patches merged upstream, and backporting changes *from* upstream.

If you're interested in developing workflows for package maintenance with git-series, please follow up to debian-devel. More detail is available.

-- Josh Triplett

PHP licence applicability to the Debian archive

The FTPMasters have published to allow PHP 3.0+ licensed works in the main archive. This allows software published under the license to be included, but with specific guidance to the wording in the copyright file. It also serves to ensure compliance with the PHP trademark.

-- Neil ?McGovern

New #packaging IRC channel

There have been some folks who aren't satisfied with the level of signal to noise on the #debian-mentors IRC channel, mainly around people joining who are not aiming at creating policy compliant packages for upload to the Debian archive. People looking for help with private packaging, packaging for derivatives, packaging for their external repos and so on. As a result I've created the #packaging channel on OFTC to help such folks and reduce the noise on #debian-mentors. If you don't mind helping such folks out, please join us! If you have such questions, please join #packaging instead.

-- Paul Wise

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