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Bits.Debian is an official Debian blog. This blog is under the same license and copyright as the Debian website, see Debian WWW pages license.

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New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2018)

March 4, 2018 7:30, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Alexandre Mestiashvili (mestia)
  • Tomasz Rybak (serpent)
  • Louis-Philippe Véronneau (pollo)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • Teus Benschop
  • Kyle John Robbertze
  • Maarten van Gompel
  • Dennis van Dok
  • Innocent De Marchi
  • David Rabel


Debian won Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award for Best Linux Distribution!

February 14, 2018 22:00, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

Debian won Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award for Best Linux Distribution.

Thank you for all your support!

Linux Journal Award

DebConf18: Call for Proposals

February 7, 2018 14:30, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

The DebConf Content team would like to call for proposals in the DebConf18 conference, which will take place in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from 29 July to 5 August 2018.

You can find this Call for Proposals, in its latest form at: https://debconf18.debconf.org/cfp/.

Please refer to this URL for updates on the present information.

Suggesting a Speaker

The content team has a (limited) number of spots for invited speakers and is open to suggestions. Priority will be given to speakers who are not regular DebConf attendees, and who are more likely to bring diverse viewpoints to the conference.

Please keep in mind that some speakers may have very busy schedules and need to be booked far in advance. Therefore, we would like to start inviting speakers as soon as possible.

In order to suggest a speaker, please email content@debconf.org; your email should provide the following information:

  • The speaker's preferred name
  • Their location (for travel budget considerations)
  • Their affiliation (institution and/or project)
  • The suggested talk topic
  • Brief biography (50-100 words) as it relates to the suggested topic
  • The topic's relevance to Debian and/or DebConf

Please, note that the Code of Conduct applies to invited speakers and their talks, and coming to DebConf (incl. accepting an invitation) requires them to accept it.

Submitting an Event

You can now submit an event proposal. Events are not limited to traditional presentations or informal sessions (BoFs): we welcome submissions of tutorials, performances, art installations, debates, or any other format of event that you think would be of interest to the Debian community.

Regular sessions may either be 20 or 45 minutes long (including time for questions), other kinds of sessions (workshops, demos, lightning talks, ...) could have different durations. Please choose the most suitable duration for your event and explain any special requests.

You will need to create an account on the site, to submit a talk. We suggest that Debian account holders (including DDs and DMs) to use Debian SSO when creating an account. However, this isn’t required, as you can sign up with an e-mail address and password.


If you depend on having your proposal accepted in order to attend the conference, please submit it in a timely fashion so that it can be considered (and potentially accepted) as soon as possible.

All proposals must be submitted before Sunday 17 June 2018 to be evaluated for the official schedule.

Topics and Tracks

Though we invite proposals on any Debian or FLOSS related subject, we have some broad topics on which we encourage people to submit proposals, including but not limited to:

  • Blends
  • Cloud and containers
  • Debian in Science
  • Embedded
  • Packaging, policy and infrastructure
  • Security
  • Social context
  • Systems administration, automation and orchestration

You are welcome to either suggest more tracks, or to become a coordinator for any of them; please refer to the Content Tracks wiki page for more information on that.

Code of Conduct

Our event is covered by a Code of Conduct designed to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. The code applies to all attendees, including speakers and the content of their presentations. Do not hesitate to contact us at content@debconf.org if you have any questions or are unsure about certain content you’d like to present.

Video Coverage

Providing video is one of the conference goals, as it makes the content accessible to a wider audience. Unless speakers opt-out, scheduled talks may be streamed live over the Internet to promote remote participation, and recordings will be published later under the DebConf license (MIT/Expat), as well as presentation slides and papers whenever available.

Closing note

DebConf18 is still accepting sponsors; if you are interested, or think you know of others who would be willing to help, please get in touch!

In case of any questions, or if you wanted to bounce some ideas off us first, please do not hesitate to reach out to the content team at content@debconf.org.

We hope to see you in Hsinchu!

The DebConf team

Mentors and co-mentors for Debian's Google Summer of Code 2018

January 22, 2018 23:50, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

GSoC logo

Debian is applying as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code 2018, an internship program open to university students aged 18 and up.

Debian already has a wide range of projects listed but it is not too late to add more or to improve the existing proposals. Google will start reviewing the ideas page over the next two weeks and students will start looking at it in mid-February.

Please join us and help extending Debian! You can consider listing a potential project for interns or listing your name as a possible co-mentor for one of the existing projects on Debian's Google Summer of Code wiki page.

At this stage, mentors are not obliged to commit to accepting an intern but it is important for potential mentors to be listed to get the process started. You will have the opportunity to review student applications in March and April and give the administrators a definite decision if you wish to proceed in early April.

Mentors, co-mentors and other volunteers can follow an intern through the entire process or simply volunteer for one phase of the program, such as helping recruit students in a local university or helping test the work completed by a student at the end of the summer.

Participating in GSoC has many benefits for Debian and the wider free software community. If you have questions, please come and ask us on IRC #debian-outreach or the debian-outreachy mailing list.

New Debian Developers and Maintainers (November and December 2017)

January 1, 2018 19:30, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Ben Armstrong (synrg)
  • Frédéric Bonnard (frediz)
  • Jerome Charaoui (lavamind)
  • Michael Jeanson (mjeanson)
  • Jim Meyering (meyering)
  • Christopher Knadle (krait)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • Chris West
  • Mark Lee Garrett
  • Pierre-Elliott Bécue
  • Sebastian Humenda
  • Stefan Schörghofer
  • Stephen Gelman
  • Georg Faerber
  • Nico Schlömer


Debsources now in sources.debian.org

December 13, 2017 17:40, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

Debsources is a web application for publishing, browsing and searching an unpacked Debian source mirror on the Web. With Debsources, all the source code of every Debian release is available in https://sources.debian.org, both via an HTML user interface and a JSON API.

This service was first offered in 2013 with the sources.debian.net instance, which was kindly hosted by IRILL, and is now becoming official under sources.debian.org, hosted on the Debian infrastructure.

This new instance offers all the features of the old one (an updater that runs four times a day, various plugins to count lines of code or measure the size of packages, and sub-apps to show lists of patches and copyright files), plus integration with other Debian services such as codesearch.debian.net and the PTS.

The Debsources Team has taken the opportunity of this move of Debsources onto the Debian infrastructure to officially announce the service. Read their message as well as the Debsources documentation page for more details.

New Debian Developers and Maintainers (September and October 2017)

November 2, 2017 19:30, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Allison Randal (wendar)
  • Carsten Schoenert (tijuca)
  • Jeremy Bicha (jbicha)
  • Luca Boccassi (bluca)
  • Michael Hudson-Doyle (mwhudson)
  • Elana Hashman (ehashman)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • Ervin Hegedüs
  • Tom Marble
  • Lukas Schwaighofer
  • Philippe Thierry


New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2017)

September 1, 2017 18:30, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

  • Ross Gammon (rossgammon)
  • Balasankar C (balasankarc)
  • Roland Fehrenbacher (rfehren)
  • Jonathan Cristopher Carter (jcc)

The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

  • José Gutiérrez de la Concha
  • Paolo Greppi
  • Ming-ting Yao Wei
  • Boyuan Yang
  • Paul Hardy
  • Fabian Wolff
  • Moritz Schlarb
  • Shengjing Zhu


Work on Debian for mobile devices continues

August 17, 2017 13:40, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

Work on Debian for mobile devices, i.e. telephones, tablets, and handheld computers, continues. During the recent DebConf17 in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 people had a meeting to reconsider opportunities and challenges for Debian on mobile devices.

A number of devices were shown at DebConf:

  • PocketCHIP: A very small handheld computer with keyboard, Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth, running Debian 8 (Jessie) or 9 (Stretch).
  • Pyra: A modular handheld computer with a touchscreen, gaming controls, Wi-Fi, keyboard, multiple USB ports and SD card slots, and an optional modem for either Europe or the USA. It will come preinstalled with Debian.
  • Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G: An Android smartphone featuring a physical keyboard, which can already run portions of Debian userspace on the Android kernel. Kernel upstreaming is on the way.
  • ZeroPhone: An open-source smartphone based on Raspberry Pi Zero, with a small screen, classic telephone keypad and hardware switches for telephony, Wi-Fi, and the microphone. It is running Debian-based Raspbian OS.

photo of Samsung, Pyra, N900, ZeroPhone, GnuK, and PocketCHIP - click to enlarge

The photo (click to enlarge) shows all four devices, together with a Nokia N900, which was the first Linux-based smartphone by Nokia, running Debian-based Maemo and a completely unrelated Gnuk cryptographic token, which just sneaked into the setting.

If you like to participate, please

Debian turns 24!

August 16, 2017 15:50, by Bits from Debian - 0no comments yet

Today is Debian's 24th anniversary. If you are close to any of the cities celebrating Debian Day 2017, you're very welcome to join the party!

If not, there's still time for you to organize a little celebration or contribution to Debian. For example, spread the word about Debian Day with this nice piece of artwork created by Debian Developer Daniel Lenharo de Souza and Valessio Brito, taking inspiration from the desktop themes Lines and softWaves by Juliette Belin:

Debian 24

If you also like graphics design, or design in general, have a look at https://wiki.debian.org/Design and join the team! Or you can visit the general list of Debian Teams for many other opportunities to participate in Debian development.

Thanks to everybody who has contributed to develop our beloved operating system in these 24 years, and happy birthday Debian!