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DebConf17 welcomes its first eighteen sponsors!

Mon 20 March 2017 by Laura Arjona Reina and Tássia Camões Araújowith tags debconf17 debconf sponsors

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DebConf17 will take place in Montreal, Canada in August 2017. We are working hard to provide fuel for hearts and minds, to make this conference once again a fertile soil for the Debian Project flourishing. Please join us and support this landmark in the Free Software calendar.

Eighteen companies have already committed to sponsor DebConf17! With a warm welcome, we'd like to introduce them to you.

Our first Platinum sponsor is , a Montreal-based Free/Open-Source Software company which offers Linux and Free Software integration solutions and actively contributes to many free software projects. "We believe that it's an essential piece [Debian], in a social and political way, to the freedom of users using modern technological systems", said Cyrille Béraud, president of Savoir-faire Linux.

Our first Gold sponsor is , a company developing games, social entertainment platform, and game engine technologies. And our second Gold sponsor is , which offers a comprehensive range of services to help its clients to navigate the ever-evolving world of Open Source.

As Silver sponsors we have (a service-oriented company focusing on open-source software and also a ), (a Canadian company developing Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions), the (with over students enrolled, located in the Swiss capital), (an American multinational technology company), (an IT managed services and support company located in Montreal), (the OS supported by Canonical) and (a major international pharmaceutical provider and research company dedicated to personalized healthcare).

, , , and are our Bronze sponsors so far.

And finally, , and are our supporter sponsors.

Become a sponsor too!

Would you like to become a sponsor? Do you know of or work in a company or organization that may consider sponsorship?

Please have a look at our (or a summarized ), in which we outline all the details and describe the sponsor benefits.

For further details, feel free to contact us through , and visit the DebConf17 website at .


Build Android apps with Debian: apt install android-sdk

Wed 15 March 2017 by Hans-Christoph Steiner and Kai-Chung Yan (殷啟聰)with tags announce android

In Debian stretch, the upcoming new release, it is now possible to build Android apps using only packages from Debian. This will provide all of the tools needed to build an Android app targeting the "platform" android-23 using the SDKbuild-tools 24.0.0. Those two are the only versions of "platform" and "build-tools" currently in Debian, but it is possible to use the Google binaries by installing them into /usr/lib/android-sdk.

This doesn't cover yet all of the libraries that are used in the app, like the Android Support libraries, or all of the other myriad libraries that are usually fetched from jCenter or Maven Central. One big question for us is whether and how libraries should be included in Debian. All the Java libraries in Debian can be used in an Android app, but including something like Android Support in Debian would be strange since they are only useful in an Android app, never for a Debian app.

Building apps with these packages

Here are the steps for building Android apps using Debian's Android SDK on Stretch.

  1. sudo apt install android-sdk android-sdk-platform-23
  2. export ANDROID_HOME=/usr/lib/android-sdk
  3. In build.gradle, set compileSdkVersion to 23 and buildToolsVersion to 24.0.0
  4. run gradle build

The Gradle Android Plugin is also packaged. Using the Debian package instead of the one from online Maven repositories requires a little configuration before running gradle. In the buildscript block:

  • add maven { url 'file:///usr/share/maven-repo' } to repositories
  • use compile 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:debian' to load the plugin

Currently there is only the target platform of API Level 23 packaged, so only apps targeted at android-23 can be built with only Debian packages. There are plans to add more API platform packages via backports. Only build-tools 24.0.0 is available, so in order to use the SDK, build scripts need to be modified. Beware that the Lint in this version of Gradle Android Plugin is still problematic, so running the :lint tasks might not work. They can be turned off with lintOptions.abortOnError in build.gradle. Google binaries can be combined with the Debian packages, for example to use a different version of the platform or build-tools.

Why include the Android SDK in Debian?

While Android developers could develop and ship apps right now using these Debian packages, this is not very flexible since only build-tools-24.0.0 andandroid-23 platform are available. Currently, the is not aiming to cover the most common use cases. Those are pretty well covered by Google's binaries (except for the proprietary license on the Google binaries), and are probably the most work for the Android Tools Team to cover. The current focus is on use cases that are poorly covered by the Google binaries, for example, like where only specific parts of the whole SDK are used. Here are some examples:

  • tools for security researchers, forensics, reverse engineering, etc. which can then be included in live CDs and distros like Kali Linux
  • a hardened APK signing server using apksigner that uses a standard, audited, public configuration of all reproducibly built packages
  • Replicant is a 100% free software Android distribution, so of course
  • high security apps need a build environment that matches their level of security, the Debian Android Tools packages are only from publicly available sources
  • support architectures besides i386 and amd64, for example, the Linaro LAVA setup for testing ARM devices of all kinds uses the adb packages on ARM servers to make their whole testing setup all ARM architecture
  • dead simple install with strong trust path with mirrors all over the world

In the long run, the Android Tools Team aims to cover more use cases well, and also building the Android NDK. This all will happen more quickly if there are more contributors on the Android Tools team! Android is the most popular mobile OS, and can be 100% free software like Debian. Debian and its derivatives are one of the most popular platforms for Android development. This is an important combination that should grow only more integrated.

Last but not least, the Android Tools Team wants feedback on how this should all work, for example, ideas for how to nicely integrate Debian's Java libraries into the Android gradle workflow. And ideally, the Android Support libraries would also be reproducibly built and packaged somewhere that enforces only free software. Come find us on IRC and/or email!


New Debian Developers and Maintainers (January and February 2017)

Wed 08 March 2017 by Jean-Pierre Giraudwith tags project

Translations:caesfrpt

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

  • Ulrike Uhlig (ulrike)
  • Hanno Wagner (wagner)
  • Jose M Calhariz (calharis)
  • Bastien Roucariès (rouca)

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

  • Dara Adib
  • Félix Sipma
  • Kunal Mehta
  • Valentin Vidic
  • Adrian Alves
  • William Blough
  • Jan Luca Naumann
  • Mohanasundaram Devarajulu
  • Paulo Henrique de Lima Santana
  • Vincent Prat

Congratulations!


DebConf17: Call for Proposals

Wed 08 February 2017 by Gunnar Wolfwith tags debconf debconf17 cfp

The DebConf Content team would like to Call for Proposals for , to be held in Montreal, Canada, from August 6 through August 12, 2017.

You can find this Call for Proposals in its latest form at:

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

Submitting an Event

and describe your plan. Please note, 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 beneficial to the Debian community.

Please include a short title, suitable for a compact schedule, and an engaging description of the event. You should use the field "Notes" to provide us information such as additional speakers, scheduling restrictions, or any special requirements we should consider for your event.

Regular sessions may either be 20 or 45 minutes long (including time for questions), other kinds of sessions (like workshops) 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'd encourage Debian account holders (e.g. DDs) to use when creating an account. But this isn't required for everybody, you can sign up with an e-mail address and password.

Timeline

The first batch of accepted proposals will be announced in April. If you depend on having your proposal accepted in order to attend the conference, please submit it as soon as possible so that it can be considered during this first evaluation period.

All proposals must be submitted before Sunday 4 June 2017 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:

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

You are welcome to either suggest more tracks, or become a coordinator for any of them; please refer to the 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. For more information, , and do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions or are unsure about certain content you'd like to present.

Video Coverage

Providing video of sessions amplifies DebConf achievements and is one of the . Unless speakers opt-out, official events will be streamed live over the Internet to promote remote participation. Recordings will be published later under the , as well as presentation slides and papers whenever available.

DebConf would not be possible without the generous support of all our sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsor . DebConf17 is still accepting sponsors; if you are interested, or think you know of others who would be willing to help, !

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

We hope to see you in Montreal!

The DebConf team


Debian welcomes its Outreachy interns

Sun 05 February 2017 by Nicolas Dandrimont and Laura Arjona Reinawith tags announce outreachy

Better late than never, we'd like to welcome our three Outreachy interns for this round, lasting from the 6th of December 2016 to the 6th of March 2017.

is working in the .

is working in .

is working in .

From : Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.

The Outreachy program is possible in Debian thanks to the effort of Debian developers and contributors that dedicate part of their free time to mentor students and outreach tasks, and the help of the , who provides administrative support for Outreachy, as well as the continued support of Debian's donors, who provide funding for the internships.

Debian will also participate in the next round for Outreachy, during the summer of 2017. More details will follow in the next weeks.

Join us and help extend Debian! You can follow the work of the Outreachy interns reading their blogs (they are syndicated in ), and chat with us in the #debian-outreach IRC channel and .

Congratulations, Elizabeth, Maria and Urvika!


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