News for Debian developers
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-- Your Name
Android Tools Team
As part of Debian's project in Google Summer of Code, Hans-Christoph Steiner and Markus Koschany be mentoring two students, Kai-Chung Yan and Komal Sukhani. We are going to be working on getting the Android SDK and tools into Debian, as part of the ?Android Tools team, building upon the existing work already included from the ?JavaPackaging and Android Tools teams. This project is in conjunction with the Java team since there is overlap between Android and Java tools, like gradle, maven, etc. Since this work is in Debian, all of the Debian-derivatives will automatically inherit this work.
-- Hans-Christoph Steiner
Google Code closing
Google Code is closing soon. New project creation is already disabled. The site will go read-only on August 24, 2015 and the project project hosting service will be closed on January 25, 2016. Tarballs of project source, issues, and wikis will be available throughout the rest of 2016. There are quite a number of projects in Debian that use Google Code for their hosting. Folks who maintain packages whose upstream projects use Google Code might want to talk to their upstreams about where they will move to and or backup code repositories and other data. Folks might also want to talk to their upstreams about using free tools that are available for hosting software projects.
- -- Paul Wise
uscan redirector pypi.debian.net
Changes on pypi.python.org removed the support for a directory listing that is easy to parse for uscan. Piotr provides now a redirector service on pypi.debian.net that serves you a useful listing and the matching watch file snippet. Just append the package name to the URL, for example http://pypi.debian.net/pyroute2/, and follow the watchfile link.
-- Sven Hoexter
Derivatives census update
The Debian derivatives census aims to gather information about derivatives that could be interesting to Debian and to present that data to contributors. Until recently it was previously split into two deployments, one general one on alioth.d.o and the patches generation on snapshot.d.o, which was private. Today the alioth deployment has been removed and the snapshot.d.o deployment has a web server installed. Patches are being generated daily and are available on deriv.debian.net. Please consider taking a look at available patches when uploading packages. There is also a plan for a patches panel on tracker.debian.org that could link to the derivatives patches. Help with the patches panel, the census and with derivatives efforts in general is needed.
-- Paul Wise