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THIS NEWS HAS [[http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2008/02/|BEEN RELEASED]]!


 Debian Project News


 Debian Project News - 9 May 2008

Welcome to this year's second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. We would like to thank everyone for their feedback on the last
issue of the Debian Project News! We didn't think a tiny newsletter
would cause such a buzz - we were even mentioned in print
magazines! So: many, many thanks! We'll try our very best to live up to
and exceed your expectations!

Stefano Zacchiroli reported that
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee|Sir Tim Berners-Lee]] offered
[[http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2008/04/unexpected_kudos_from_TBL/|Debian kudos]]
for its well thought-out encapsulation/packaging of libraries at the [www2008 conference] in China.
Paul Wise will [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2008/05/msg00006.html|close]]
his [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2008/03/msg02475.html|Debian user]]
and [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2008/03/msg00030.html|Debian new contributor]]
surveys on 1 June 2008 so that analysis of the results can begin. Please participate if you
haven't done so yet.

= Debian and Google's Summer of Code =
Alexander Schmehl [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-news/2008/msg00001.html|announced]] that Debian
is again participating in Google's Summer of Code Program. Twelve students will get the opportunity
to work on different projects during their summer vacation, funded by Google.

= Development progress =
The development efforts to release the next stable Debian release
codenamed "lenny" in September continue. While the transition to Python 2.5
as default python version has been completed, the transition to Perl 5.10
is still ongoing. The freeze, the phase when developers will concentrate
on fixing bugs instead of adding new features, is expected to start soon.

Andreas Barth, release manager for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "sarge" and Debian
GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" announced that Marc Brockschmidt joined the team of
release managers; Andreas himself has stepped down.

= Debian Project Leader interviews =
Steve McIntyre, our newly elected Project Leader, told a bit from the bowels of the Debian Project in two recently published interviews.
The interviews can be found on [[http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39406494,00.htm|ZDNet]], and
[[http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?RSS&entryid=741|ComputerWorld UK]].

= 19 new Debian Developers this week: new DAM delegations =
On Friday, 18 April 2008, 19 new Debian Developers (DD) accounts were created.

Outgoing DPL Sam Hocevar [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/04/msg00015.html|announced]] that Christoph Berg has joined the Debian Account Manager team. Christoph thanked [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2008/04/msg00064.html|Martin Michlmayr]], who has been Application Manager for more than 120 Applicants interested in joining the Debian Project as official Developers.

= Planets for Debian Contributors up again, ready for new feeds and languages =
[[http://layer-acht.org/blog/debian/#1-165|Holger Levsen reported]] that after a
severe hardware failure, now all [[http://wiki.debian-community.org/planets/|local planets for Debian contributors]] are up again. Currently there are only
[[http://wiki.debian-community.org/planets/it/|Italian]] and
[[http://wiki.debian-community.org/planets/de/|German planets]], but the guys at
[[http://debian-community.org|Debian-community.org]] are doing a great job and
encourage new contributors to submit their feeds or request new localized

= debimg, a replacement for debian-cd =
[[DebImg|debimg]] is software designed to replace debian-cd. Its current feature set is very limited, but building single disks for i386 and amd64 is possible. It still misses many features like disk sets and multi-arch.

If you want to try it out, follow the instructions given in the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-cd/2008/04/msg00010.html|0.0.3 release announcement]]. It's very easy.

= ArtistX, based on Debian Live Initiative =
[[http://www.artistx.org|ArtistX]] is a free live GNU / Linux DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio.

ArtistX is based on the [[http://debian-live.alioth.debian.org|Debian Live Initiative]] and includes the 2.6.22 Kernel, Gnome 2.20 , KDE 3.5.7 (both versions ship with both Desktop Environments), the [[http://www.powua.com|Powua]] Client and Powua Tutorials and about 2500 free multimedia software, audio, 2D and 3D graphics, video software, nearly everything that exists for the GNU/Linux environment.

It doesn't need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives. The files produced with ArtistX can be easily stored on USB devices or CD/DVD medium while it is running.
If you want to install it please take a look to our documentation to the ArtistX Installation Manual (Live DVD section).

= Powua, a new kind of business enabled using Debian =
[[http://www.powua.com|Powua]] is a super computer consisting of many processors that work simultaneously to generate a high computing power, which users can access from wherever they are, directly on their computer, through a simple Internet connection. Powua allows anyone to save time by processing information and realizing their projects more quickly, opening the way to new possibilities.

Debian GNU / Linux [[http://www.powua.com/mission/mission|enabled]] this kind of business, because it has good [[http://www.techforce.com.br/index.php/news/linux_blog/massive_installation_management_tools_p_1|massive scale management tools]], it is a [[http://www.debian.org/intro/free|libre Operating System]] by its [[http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution|Constitution]] and [[http://www.debian.org/social_contract|Social Contract]], and has 18733+ of [[http://qa.debian.org/|officially]] maintained [[http://packages.debian.org/|prepackaged]] applications on [[http://www.debian.org/ports|15 hardware platforms]].

Xteque s.r.l. , the Italian company behind Powua, also [[http://www.powua.com/mission/back|contributes back to the communities]] with donations of money and computing power. Your institution may apply for the [[http://www.debian.org/partners/partners|Debian Partner Program]] or make various kinds of [[http://www.debian.org/donations|donations]] to the Debian Project.

= Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU / Linux =
Kamloops Thompson School District #73, British Columbia, Canada, with 55
elementary and secondary schools, chose a majority of open source software on
Debian GNU / Linux as it is easier to maintain and in their experience offers
better support. [[http://times.debian.net/1236|
[[http://www.techforce.com.br/index.php/news/linux_blog/british_columbian_school_district_73_chose_debian|Alternative URL]].

= Debian Project will be at Swiss Linux Days 2008 =
From Wednesday, 21 May 2008 to Thursday, 22 May 2008,
Geneva, Switzerland, Debian Project will participate with a booth at
Swiss Linux Days 2008. Debian-Med will also be presented at a talk.
Please see http://www.debian.org/events/2008/0521-swiss-linuxdays
for further details.

[[http://debian.ch|Debian.ch]] will offer the first Debian Switzerland t-shirts
at this conference for sale. All revenues and donations go directly to Debian.

= Debian Project will be at Linux Tag 2008 =
From Wednesday, 28 May 2008 to Saturday, 31 May 2008,
Berlin, Germany, Debian Project will participate with a booth at Linux
Tag 2008.
Please see http://www.debian.org/events/2008/0528-linuxtag for further

= Other news =

Lior Kaplan [[http://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2008/05/02/firefox-triage-has-ended-300-bugs-processed/|reported]],
that he finished triage of oover 300 bugs reported
against the iceweasel / firefox packages. Of those 300 bugs only 70 are still valid
for a version of firefox shipped in a Debian release.

Christian Perrier [[http://www.perrier.eu.org/weblog/2008/04/23#l10n-nmu-lenny-2|reported]]
progress in his campaign to fix outstanding bugs relation to
internationalization. Three languages finished translating more than 90% of the
Debconf translation (and two might reach the 100% mark before the release of
Lenny), while a fourth one just crossed the 80% mark.

Ana Guerrero
the meetings different teams had during the last year in the Region
Extremadura in Spain. The regional goverment is a heavy user of Debian and
sponsored teams to meet in person and work together. Beneath those teams where
the Debian Edu team, the Quality Assurance team, the VoIP team, the Zope team,
the Qt/KDE team and the i18n team.

Andre Felipe Machado, Adrian von Bidder, Luca Bruno, Jeff Richards, Julian Andres Klode, Martin F. Krafft and Alexander Schmehl
contributed to this issue of the Debian Project News.

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