Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 2 Mar 22:47 2011
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Debian announces first South American Security Mirror

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The Debian Project                                 http://www.debian.org/
Debian announces first South American Security Mirror    press <at> debian.org
March 2nd, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110302
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Debian announces first South American Security Mirror

The Debian project is proud to announce the availability of the first
official security.debian.org mirror in South America.
security.debian.org carries all the security updates of the stable and
oldstable releases.

"In combination with the GeoDNS feature used by Debian, this should
speed up downloads for our users in that geographical area drastically.
This is a welcome improvement in the worldwide coverage of dedicated
official security.debian.org mirrors, administrated by the Debian
projecti" says Martin Zobel-Helas, member of the Debian System
Administration team.

"Debian has many users in South America and we are happy to help the
Debian project with hardware and bandwidth to distribute locally content
that was previously available only in the northern hemisphere" adds
Carlos Carvalho of the C3SL.

Hosting of the security.debian.org service in Brazil is provided by the
C3SL or Computação Científica e Software Livre (Center for Scientific
Computing and Free Software).

  1: http://www.c3sl.ufpr.br/
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Meike Reichle | 4 Mar 13:22 2011
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Debian wins two of seven categories at the Linux New Media Awards 2011

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Debian wins two of seven Linux New Media Awards 2011    press <at> debian.org
March 4th, 2011                 http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110304
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The Debian project's representatives were quite busy at this year's
Linux New Media Awards, which were presented yesterday during CeBIT in
Hanover, Germany. They first took the stage when the award for "Best
Open Source Server Distribution" was presented by Peter Ganten, Managing
Director of Univention GmbH. In presenting the award he emphasized that
Debian has done pioneering work not only in the technical field but also
in the definition of free software standards and processes.

The Debian representatives were called to the stage a second time when
the most important award, "Outstanding Contribution to Open Source/
Linux/Free Software", was presented by Karsten Gerloff, president of the
Free Software Foundation Europe. He took the stage to present the award
and first put on a Debian Tartan tie before praising Debian with a very
moving speech.

He particularly emphasized Debian's dedication to software freedom
saying:

"In Debian, quality is the focus of everyone's attention. But those who
work on the Debian system know that great software is worth nothing
without Freedom.

With the release of Squeeze, the latest stable version, in February,
Debian has taken the important step of offering a completely free
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 14 Mar 20:50 2011
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Debian Project News - March 14th, 2011

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The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity <at> lists.debian.org
March 14th, 2011              http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2011/04/
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Welcome to this year's fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * The Debian project wins awards at CeBIT
  * Debian named the most important GNU/Linux distribution
  * Report from CeBIT 2011
  * Bits from the Debian Project Leader
  * Happy birthday, FSFE!
  * Upcoming election for the Debian Project Leader
  * Geographical mirror selection as default?
  * New version of Cupt coming up
  * Bits from ARM and embedded sprint
  * More graphs for the Debian Bug Tracking System
  * Further "This week in Debian" interviews
  * ... and much more.

The Debian project wins awards at CeBIT
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The Debian project won the Linux New Media award in two categories [1]
at the recent CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany. Not only was Debian
named as the "Best Open Source Server Distribution" for its "pioneering
work" both in the technical field and in the definition of free software
standards and processes, but it also won the prestigious award for
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 18 Mar 20:01 2011
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Debian Derivatives Exchange project launched

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Debian Derivatives Exchange project launched            press <at> debian.org
March 18th, 2011                http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110318
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Debian Derivatives Exchange project launched

The Debian Project has taken another important step towards better
collaboration with its more than 300 derivative distributions by
launching the Debian dErivatives eXchange project (DEX). The core idea
behind DEX is to reduce the technical differences (informally called
"delta") between Debian and its derivatives. This is mainly accomplished
by easing the integration of patches from derivatives. Making available
the patches from all derivatives results not only in a better system for
all involved parties, but also eases the workload of the derivatives by
reducing the differences derivatives have to maintain themselves.

 1: http://dex.alioth.debian.org

The DEX project complements the already existing Debian derivatives
front desk [2] by organizing cross-distribution working groups and
projects to monitor and merge changes from derivatives into Debian
proper. In DEX, developers from both Debian and derivatives work
side-by-side to merge changes into Debian. A first working group is the
DEX Ubuntu Team [3], targeting to integrate packages and changes
available in Ubuntu back into Debian, continuing the work of the already
existing Utnubu Team on a more general level. A gNewSense DEX Team is
also expected in the near future: "If you can't measure it, it doesn't
exist, especially when you measure numbers of defects you want to fix.
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 25 Mar 14:09 2011
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Nicaragua to host Debian Developer Conference 2012

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Nicaragua to host Debian Developer Conference 2012      press <at> debian.org
March 25th, 2011                http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110325
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Nicaragua to host Debian Developer Conference 2012

On March 22, 2011, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf12, the
Debian developer conference of 2012, will take place in Managua,
Nicaragua. This will be the first time DebConf takes place in Central
America. The exact dates have yet to be determined. More details may be
found on the organizers' wiki: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf12

In a two-and-a-half hour meeting on Tuesday evening, the Managua bid
narrowly won over the bid from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Teams had been
preparing their bids since mid-2010, seeking venues and local sponsors
in their respective cities and countries.

In thirteen years of DebConf history, this will be the first time that
the Debian developer conference takes place in the Central American
region, it is also the first time that the DebConf Team received a
proposal from a Central American country. Both teams did great work in
their bids.

The DebConf organizers congratulate the future organizers of
DebConf12, and thank both teams for their efforts.

The venue decision for DebConf13 will be made in twelve months.
Proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2011 to be eligible for
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 28 Mar 22:43 2011
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Debian Project News - March 28th, 2011

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Debian Project News                    debian-publicity <at> lists.debian.org
March 28th, 2011              http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2011/05/
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Welcome to this year's fifth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * Updated Debian: 6.0.1 released
  * Nicaragua to host DebConf12
  * Debian Derivative Exchange project launched
  * Bits from the Debian Installer Team
  * Insider summary of recent developments in DebConf11 organization
  * Debian -offtopic mailing list
  * Further "This week in Debian" interviews
  * ... and much more.

Updated Debian: 6.0.1 released
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The first update for Debian 6.0 (codename [1] "Squeeze") has been
released.  This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to
the stable release, along with some adjustments for serious problems.

   1 : http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110319

Nicaragua to host DebConf12
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 29 Mar 14:02 2011
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Fixed ISO images for Debian 6.0.1 released

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Fixed ISO images for Debian 6.0.1 released              press <at> debian.org
March 29th, 2011               http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110329a
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Fixed ISO images for Debian 6.0.1 released

Post-release testing showed up a variety of bugs in the images produced
for the 6.0.1 update release [1]:

 1. Wrong installer code used for the "small" CDs

    The script used to build the netinst and businesscard CDs was
    misconfigured, and was using the testing (Wheezy) version of
    Debian Installer instead of the correct Squeeze version.

 2. Incorrectly sized DVD images for some architectures

    During the original 6.0.0 Squeeze release, we encountered problems
    in making some of the CD images fit; once the Squeeze release notes
    were added, the alternate KDE installation CD for several of the
    architectures grew too large. A number of last-minute tweaks were
    made on that release day to try to fix this, and the problem was
    mitigated. Unfortunately, (as is often the case with quick hacks in
    these situations) these tweaks did not work well in the next
    release and caused unforeseen problems. Various of the 6.0.1 images
    that should have been sized to fill a DVD were instead limited to
    approximately 700 MiB.

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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 30 Mar 12:51 2011
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Debian welcomes student applications for Google Summer of Code 2011

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The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian welcomes student applications for Google Summer of Code 2011
March 30th, 2011                http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110330
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Debian is now inviting students to apply for Google Summer of Code 2011
with Debian. This will be the sixth consecutive participation of Debian
and as each year, the developer community looks forward to introduce
students to the world of Debian and Free Software.

"Summer of Code" projects from the past years have provided valuable
contributions to Debian. They have been opportunities for students to
propose innovative new ideas to Debian as well as for developers to
collaborate with students on code critical to Debian. Many successful
students have gone on to become Debian project members.

The range of project themes proposed to students is one of the widest
among all participating organizations, encompassing subjects such as
porting the Debian system to new architectures, improving tools for
package management, extending Debian's infrastructure and better
integration with other well-known open source projects.

Further information about applying for Google Summer of Code at Debian
can be found at: http://wiki.debian.org/gsoc

About Google Summer of Code
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Google Summer of Code is a global program where university students are
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