Francesca Ciceri | 3 Jul 09:10 2011

Debian at several conferences

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July 3rd, 2011     

Debian Project at several conferences

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that it will be present at
several events in the coming weeks, ranging from developer-oriented
conferences to workshops for users and wannabe developers. As usual,
upcoming events are listed on our website [1].


>From June 27 to July 3, during Campus Party 2011 [2] in Bogotá, 
Colombia, Debian Colombia [3] invites all to join the special event 
"Lleva un paquetico en tu corazón (Keep a Little Package in Your 
Heart)" during which attendees will work on bugs and will create
Debian packages. It will also be possible to participate via IRC 
by joining the channel #debian-co on 
Further information (in Spanish) is available on the wiki page [4].


>From July 9 to 14, Debian will be present with a booth at Recontres
mondiales du logiciel libre (the Libre Software Meeting) [5] in 
Strasbourg, France.
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 18 Jul 17:49 2011

Debian invites you to Debian Day

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July 12th, 2011     

Debian invites you to Debian Day

The Debian Project, the team behind the free Debian operating system,
would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Debian Day which
will take place on July 24 2011 at Banski Dvor, Banja Luka, Republic of
Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina as the first day of the annual Debian

During Debian Day, the conference opens its doors to anyone interested in
finding out more about Debian and Free Software, inviting enthusiasts,
users, and developers to a full day of talks on several subjects - such
as Free Software in government and enterprise, and involvement - as well
as a string of talks about the Debian Project and operating system.

After the "Debian Day opening plenary session", during which Adnan Hodzic
will welcome attendees, the talks that follow will include:

 * Understanding Debian, by Bdale Garbee
 * My life with Free Software, by Enrico Zini
 * How to contribute and get involved, by Alexander
   Reichle-Schmehl and Meike Reichle
 * Debian in enterprise: a Google case study, by Guido Trotter and
   Jesus Climent</li>
 * Austrian e-health system, by Gerfried Fuchs
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 25 Jul 11:02 2011

Debian Project News - July 25th, 2011

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July 25th, 2011     

Welcome to this year's eleventh issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * Happy Birthday, Linux!
  * Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ
  * Bits from the DPL
  * Bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters
  * Call for DebConf13 bids
  * 33094 spam messages removed from Debian Mailing Lists archives
  * Bits from the Release Team
  * Debian hardware certification
  * Multiarch in Debian "unstable" 
  * Further interviews
  * Other news
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

Happy Birthday, Linux!

Twenty years ago a Finnish student mentioned that he was "doing a (free)
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 25 Jul 21:06 2011

DebConf 11 started

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July 25th, 2011     

DebConf 11 started

DebConf 11, the annual Debian conference opened its doors today in Banja
Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. As with previous
conferences streams of most sessions will be made available, allowing
contributors who couldn't attend the conference to still participate and
send in questions and comments via specific IRC channels. The easiest way
to do so is via the DebConf Watch [1] website, which also contains
several useful other tabs.


Yesterday the conference already commenced with the DebianDay, a
conference day aimed at a wider, local audience. It featured talks on
"Understanding Debian", "Debian in Enterprise: A Google Case Study" and
"How to contribute and get involved". It was a great success, not only
bringing the Debian Community nearer to local contributors, but also by
catching the interest of the wider society as has never happened before.

So the opening ceremony was not only attended by Culibrk Predrag,
General Manager of m:tel, the biggest local internet and phone provider,
but also by Jasmin Komic, the Minister of Science and Technology and
Aleksandar Džombic, the Prime Minister. In a moving speech Milorad
Dodik, the President of Republika Srpska, who supported the idea of
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 26 Jul 10:44 2011

Better video coverage during DebConf, thanks to our sponsors!

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July 26th, 2011          

Better video coverage during DebConf, thanks to our sponsors!

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that, through the donations of
various sponsors, it has been made a lot easier to provide interested
people with live video streams of sessions from Debian related conferences.
"While previous Debian Conferences only had video coverage on a best effort
basis, this one might be the first one with complete coverage of all
sessions!" says Holger Levsen, leader of the DebConf Video Team; "Setting
up the video gear has never been so easy! My teammate Ben even had time to
upload the Linux 3.0 kernel during the opening session, since everything
was running so smoothly.".  This will be possible thanks to donations from
HP [1] and IRILL [2]: the former provided several HP EliteBook 2540s while
the latter donated about 15,000 euros with which the DebConf Video Team was
able to buy two professional cameras with tripods plus two other cameras.
Also, IRILL will provide safe storage for the equipment when not in use.


"HP is pleased to be able to continue our long history of support of the
Debian Project through this donation, which will help many more people
around the world to benefit from the presentations at DebConf." says Bdale
Garbee, HP Open Source and Linux Chief Technologist. "One of IRILL goals is
to foster collaboration between researchers and Free Software developer
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 26 Jul 13:04 2011

Debian 7 'Wheezy' to introduce multiarch support

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July 26th, 2011     

Debian 7 'Wheezy' to introduce multiarch support

During this years annual Debian Conference DebConf11 made the
introduction of "multiarch support" a release goal for the coming
Debian release 7 "Wheezy" to be released in 2013. Multiarch is a
radical rethinking of the filesystem hierarchy with respect to library
and header paths, to make programs and libraries of different hardware
architectures easily installable in parallel on the very same system.

"Multiarch is a major enhancement to Debian's ability to deliver on
the promise of being a universal operating system" explains Steve
Langasek, driving force of the implementation, "not only will it make
crossbuilding easier, but also enables better support for legacy
32-bit applications on new 64-bit installations and in the future will
even allow live migrations from 32-bit to 64-bit systems."

People interested in the topic can watch the talk by Steve Langasek
"Multiarch in Debian: 6 months (or 6 years) on" today at 16:00 CEST
(14:00 UTC) by using the DebConf web frontend at

About Debian

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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 29 Jul 16:58 2011

New beowulf cluster at EDF (200 Tflops) based on Debian 6.0 Squeeze

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July 29th, 2011            

New beowulf cluster at EDF (200 Tflops) based on Debian 6.0 Squeeze

Électricité de France S.A. is pleased to announce that its new
supercomputer, which is 200 Tflops and 43rd in the latest TOP500 (June
2011) [1], is based on Debian Squeeze.


This supercomputer, called Ivanoe, is made of compute nodes, graphical
nodes, connexion servers and infrastructure servers.  This represents 1454
IDataPlex IBM Servers and 200 Tflops.

Compute nodes, graphical nodes and connexion servers are fully diskless and
bootstrap thanks to the "Debian Live Project" [2], but we still have
servers that are installed on disk thanks to "Fully Automatic Installation"
[3] which are configured by "Puppet" [4].


To achieve this installation EDF teams of engineers had to integrate
several proprietary software components in the Debian environment, more
precisely the General Parallel File System (GPFS) which is an IBM product
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Alexander Reichle-Schmehl | 30 Jul 21:37 2011

DebConf11 ends as another success for the Debian Project

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July 29th, 2011            

DebConf11 ends as another success for the Debian Project

The annual Debian Conference ended today after being held for the
previous week in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It has been a great success for the Debian Project.

"DebConf is a vital event for Debian, both as a Free Software
distribution and as a project. To the distribution, DebConf offers 'high
bandwidth' time that volunteers use to have socialise while hacking on
Debian. To the project, DebConf offers long lasting enthusiasm and the
ability to smooth the grudges which can be accumulated while
communicating over the Internet." Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project
Leader explains the importance of the conference: "DebConf11 in Banja
Luka has been great on both sides and has also shown to many of us a
culture and a part of the world we were not familiar with. We will be

DebConf was preceded by DebCamp, an opportunity for contributors,
developers and teams to meet and work on specific issues and discuss face
to face.  As an example, the development team of Debian's installation
system met, and amongst other changes [1] integrated the recently
released Linux Kernel 3.0, improved the ports to the kFreeBSD and Hurd
architectures, fixed issues when using braille displays, and started the
first integration steps of the "CUT/rolling" release.
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