Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 2 May 20:53 2011
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Debian Project News - May 2nd, 2011

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The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity <at> lists.debian.org
May 2nd, 2011                 http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2011/07/
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Welcome to this year's seventh issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * Debian Project mourns the loss of Adrian von Bidder
  * Upcoming changes for the Linux kernels on the i386 architecture
  * Bits from the DPL
  * Berkeley Database plans for the future
  * Mono 2.10.1 now in "experimental" 
  * Report from FAI developer meeting
  * The popcon problem
  * Further interviews
  * Other news
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Project mourns the loss of Adrian von Bidder
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The Debian Project lost Adrian von Bidder [2], who was involved in
Debian, represented the project at numerous events and was one of the
founding members and current secretary of debian.ch [3]. He also founded
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Meike Reichle | 2 May 23:57 2011
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Debian Women Offers Building Packages from Source Tutorial

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Debian Women Offers Building Packages from Source Tutorial  press <at> debian.org
May 2nd, 2011                       http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110502
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Debian Women Offers Building Packages from Source Tutorial

Are you enthusiastic about Debian and thinking about contributing? We
want to guide you in the basics.

We are convinced that there are a lot of people out there who want to
get involved with Free Software but don't know where to start.  For
Debian, the most common task you'll do as a contributor is rebuilding
a package.

The Debian Women project, in collaboration with the OpenHatch project,
will be holding an IRC event to help people who want to compile their
first Debian package from source, and apply their first patch.

The event
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On Saturday May 7th, two tutorial sessions will be held on
#debian-women on irc.debian.org to help people rebuild a package for
the first time.

The earlier session, suggested for those who live in Oceania, Asia,
Africa and Europe, will be held at 11:00 UTC.  The later session,
suggested for those who live in the Americas, will be held at 22:00
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Francesca Ciceri | 11 May 12:36 2011
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Debian Project at LinuxTag 2011

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Debian Project at LinuxTag 2011                   press <at> lists.debian.org
May 11th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110511
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Debian Project at LinuxTag 2011

The Debian Project is happy to announce that it will be again
represented at the LinuxTag event in Berlin, Germany, this year. At the
booth members of the project will be available for questions and
discussions.

The Debian booth will be at Hall 7.2b stand 118c. We invites users,
developers and everyone else interested to visit it and ask questions,
discuss technical issues and meet the Debian project and its developers
in person.

As for the organized Debian booth, goodies and T-shirts will be sold
there.

Debian related talks
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 * Debian, 18 years and counting -- by Stefano Zacchiroli (in English,
   see [1] for details)

 * The Debian Security Tracker -- By Moritz Mühlenhoff (in German,
   see [2] for details)

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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 12 May 23:08 2011
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DNS security extensions now available for Debian's zone entries

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DNSSEC now available for Debian's zone entries          press <at> debian.org
May 12th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110512
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DNS security extensions now available for Debian's zone entries

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that its domains debian.org
and debian.net are now secured by the DNS Security Extension (DNSSEC).
The corresponding DNS records have recently been added in the .net and
.org zones.

"This enables users with security aware DNS resolvers to securely
retrieve information from the domain name system such as IP addresses,
or for those who have shell accounts on debian.org machines ssh host
key fingerprints.  Any tampering with DNS replies would be detected by
a user's resolver," says Peter Palfrader, member of Debian's System
Administrator Team. "DNSSEC is an important step in securing the
Internet's name resolution infrastructure."

"To our knowledge, Debian is the first large Linux distribution who has
secured its zones using DNSSEC with a valid trust chain from the IANA
root zone" says Peter.

Usage of Domain Name Security Extenstions
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Probably the easiest way to use DNSSEC is the usage of the unbound [1]
package as resolver.  Please see wiki page [2] for details on how to
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Meike Reichle | 15 May 22:26 2011
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DebConf "Newbies" Funding Initiative

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DebConf "Newbies" Funding Initiative                    press <at> debian.org
May 15th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110515
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DebConf "Newbies" / Non-Regulars Funding Initiative

This year the Debian Project again invites "Newbies" and non-regular
attendees to join the yearly Debian Conference DebConf. As a special
incentive, an extra travel fund has been set up, which is only available
to new or returning DebConf attendees. Every Debian Developer or
Maintainer who has never been to a Debian Conference or who last
attended 2007 (Scotland) or before is invited to participate.

People who want to apply for this special funding, or who want to
recommend other deserving members of the Debian project, can do so by
sending a mail to the DebConf Newbies Team <newbies <at> debconf.org> before
June 18th.  Funding will be given out on a first-come/first-serve basis.

In your email please include an estimate of your travel costs, where you
are traveling from and the amount you are unable to fund yourself. We
also need to know what dates you plan to arrive and leave at, as well as
whether you have already registered for DebConf.  (In case you haven't
registered yet, please do so now at the conference website:
http://debconf11.debconf.org/register.xhtml)

About DebConf
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Francesca Ciceri | 18 May 09:22 2011
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Debian Project News - May 17th 2011

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May 17th, 2011                http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2011/08/
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Welcome to this year's eighth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * DebConf10 Final Report is out
  * DNS security extensions now available for Debian's zone entries
  * "Build it" event report
  * Debian Identi.ca group reaches 10,000
  * Removal ofalpha and hppa ports from ftp-master.debian.org
  * Why attend DebConf
  * Making "testing" user-oriented
  * Further interviews
  * Other news
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

DebConf10 Final Report is out
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The DebConf organization team released the final report of the 2010
Debian Conference, which was held in New York City, USA, at Columbia
University.  According to the DebConf blog entry [1], "It's a 46-page
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 25 May 15:15 2011
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Debian announces Chinese Mirror

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Debian announces Chinese Mirror                          press <at> debian.org
May 5th, 2011                    http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110525
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Debian announces Chinese Mirror

The Debian project is proud to announce the availability of a new
primary mirror in mainland China. The new mirror, ftp.cn.debian.org [1],
will significantly reduce network latency to the Debian software
repositories and help to raise Debian's profile in China, and is
accessible via IPv6 as well as via IPv4. Besides Debian's package
archive, the mirror also offers Debian's CD and DVD images as well as
the backports archive, and for users of Debian's oldstable release
("Lenny"), the Debian volatile archive.

  1: http://ftp.cn.debian.org

The Debian mirror team worked with Stephen Zhan and Aron Xu to set up
the mirror in China. To quote Aron, this will "significantly reduce the
lag time" when synchronizing with Debian's ftp-master server. Previously
it was common to have a lag time of about two days between ftp-master
and China. With the new primary mirror, the mirror team has been able to
reduce that time to under six hours for push clients and under twelve
hours for passively synchronizing mirrors.

A primary mirror site has good bandwidth, is available 24 hours a day,
and has an easy to remember name of the form ftp.<country code>.debian.org.
Such a mirror is automatically updated whenever there are updates to the
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