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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. If there are some other items already, please sort your item in descending order of importance to the Debian development community. See [[/Help]] for more information on how to write entries. If you have any questions, please ask the [[Teams/Publicity|publicity team]] or the [[https://lists.debian.org/debian-l10n-english/|the Debian English localisation mailing-list]]. 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. If there are some other items already, please sort your item in descending order of importance to the Debian development community. See [[/Help]] for more information on how to write entries. If you have any questions, please ask the [[Teams/Publicity|publicity team]] or the [[https://lists.debian.org/debian-l10n-english/|Debian English localisation mailing-list]].
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=== The Debian Janitor === === Debian automatically generated QEMU images for many architectures available for development ===
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The [[https://jelmer.uk/debian-janitor.html|Debian Janitor]] is a new bot that automatically creates merge proposals fixing minor issues in Debian packages that are maintained in Git. [[https://people.debian.org/~gio/dqib/|Project DQIB (Debian Quick Image Baker)]] aims at providing weekly-generated Debian sid images for QEMU for many architectures. All downloads also contain a README file with a sample QEMU command that will immediately launch your image. You can then login via the emulated terminal or via SSH and install all the packages you need and have root privileges. They can be useful for developers when porterboxes are not appropriate for some reason (you need root privileges, you need to tinker with networking or file system, you need more disk space, you do not have access to porterboxes because you are not a DD, any other reason).
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The bot is designed to be conservative and delight with consistently correct fixes instead of proposing possibly incorrect fixes and hoping for the best. It is currently being rolled out gradually. Not all Debian architectures are currently supported. If you can help to fix those that are not, thank you for letting me know!
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For more information, see its [[https://janitor.debian.net/lintian-fixes/#faq|FAQ]].

-- Jelmer Vernooij

=== FreedomBox looking for contributors ===

FreedomBox - a Debian pure blend server OS designed to be user-friendly and privacy-oriented - is looking for new contributors! In April 2019, we launched a commercial !FreedomBox product with Olimex. And it went so well that we have an influx in requests for new software features. To respond to this feedback, we need more developers! Though we can currently handle urgent development matters, !FreedomBox has many wish-list items which our small team can't always make time for. We need help from our friends in Debian!

Although there are only a few bugs open in BTS, there are over 300 listed in the Salsa [[https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues|issue tracker]]. It may be useful to look in one of the
[[https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues?label_name%5B%5D=beginner|beginner]],
[[https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues?label_name%5B%5D=Help+Wanted|Help Wanted]] or
[[https://salsa.debian.org/freedombox-team/plinth/issues?label_name%5B%5D=ready+for+implementation|ready for implementation]]
labels.

Another place to find clearly-defined tasks is the [[https://discuss.freedombox.org/c/contributor-invites|"Contributor Invites" category]] on our forum, which is targeted at new contributors.

If you have any questions about an issue, feel free to comment on it, or discuss with us on #freedombox-dev. We also discuss development ideas on our forum in the [[https://discuss.freedombox.org/c/development|"Development" category]].

-- James Valleroy & the !FreedomBox Team

=== Privacy usertag ===

When reporting bugs about [[https://wiki.debian.org/PrivacyIssues|privacy issues]] for software in Debian, you can use the [[https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?users=debian-devel@lists.debian.org;tag=privacy|privacy]] usertag, use these pseudo-headers when filing the report or the command below for existing bugs that need the usertag added.

{{{
User: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
Usertags: privacy
}}}

{{{
bts user debian-devel@lists.debian.org , usertags 123456 + privacy
}}}

-- Paul Wise


=== Bisecting Debian ===

If you found a problem in Debian sid that is easily reproducible and need to figure out which package introduced the issue, you can use [[https://snapshot.debian.org/|Debian's marvellous wayback machine]], which you can easily install old packages and chroots. The Debian wayback machine has a JSON based API that can be queried to discover information about which package versions were introduced on which dates. You can then prepare a git repository with one commit for each date you potentially want to test and use [[https://manpages.debian.org/git-bisect|git bisect]] to find the exact date that caused the issue. This process is now [[https://wiki.debian.org/BisectDebian|documented]] in more detail on the wiki. If you would like to help improve the process, some options include features in debsnap, additions to the snapshot API and creation of an OSTree service for Debian.

-- Paul Wise

=== Email address for non-free autobuilding reviews changed ===

The email address for non-free autobuilding license reviews has changed hosts and moved onto buildd.debian.org. Please review [[https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/pkgs.en.html#marking-non-free-packages-as-auto-buildable|Marking non-free packages as auto-buildable]] in the current version of the Developer's Reference to find the new email address.

Furthermore now is a good time to resend requests that were missed over time. If you are interested in helping out with such reviews and are a Debian Developer, please let us know at the same email address - currently the burden is on a single reviewer.

-- Philipp Kern

=== Statistical analysis of the Debian GR on systemd ===

A statistical study of the outcome of the Debian General Resolution “[[https://www.debian.org/vote/2019/vote_002|Init systems and systemd]]”, voted at the end of 2019, has been [[https://github.com/rlaboiss/debian-gr-systemd-2019|published]]. The analysis is based on Exploratory Factorial Analysis of the options cast in the ballots and aims at understanding both the structure of the choices made by the Debian Developers community and how the available options were perceived, in relation to each other.

-- Rafael Laboissière
-- Giovanni Mascellani
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News for Debian developers

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-- Your Name

Debian automatically generated QEMU images for many architectures available for development

Project DQIB (Debian Quick Image Baker) aims at providing weekly-generated Debian sid images for QEMU for many architectures. All downloads also contain a README file with a sample QEMU command that will immediately launch your image. You can then login via the emulated terminal or via SSH and install all the packages you need and have root privileges. They can be useful for developers when porterboxes are not appropriate for some reason (you need root privileges, you need to tinker with networking or file system, you need more disk space, you do not have access to porterboxes because you are not a DD, any other reason).

Not all Debian architectures are currently supported. If you can help to fix those that are not, thank you for letting me know!

-- Giovanni Mascellani

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