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New Debian Developers and Maintainers (November and December 2016)

Mon 09 January 2017 by Jean-Pierre Giraudwith tags project


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

  • Karen M Sandler (karen)
  • Sebastien Badia (sbadia)
  • Christos Trochalakis (ctrochalakis)
  • Adrian Bunk (bunk)
  • Michael Lustfield (mtecknology)
  • James Clarke (jrtc27)
  • Sean Whitton (spwhitton)
  • Jerome Georges Benoit (calculus)
  • Daniel Lange (dlange)
  • Christoph Biedl (cbiedl)
  • Gustavo Panizzo (gefa)
  • Gert Wollny (gewo)
  • Benjamin Barenblat (bbaren)
  • Giovani Augusto Ferreira (giovani)
  • Mechtilde Stehmann (mechtilde)
  • Christopher Stuart Hoskin (mans0954)

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

  • Dmitry Bogatov
  • Dominik George
  • Gordon Ball
  • Sruthi Chandran
  • Michael Shuler
  • Filip Pytloun
  • Mario Anthony Limonciello
  • Julien Puydt
  • Nicholas D Steeves
  • Raoul Snyman


Free FPGA programming with Debian

Thu 22 December 2016 by Steffen Möllerwith tags fpga programming


(Field Programmable Gate Array) are increasingly popular for data acquisition, device control and application acceleration. Debian now features a completely Free set of tools to program FPGA in Verilog, prepare the binary and have it executed on an affordable device.

See for details. Readers familiar with the technology may rightly guess that this refers to the yosys package together with berkeley-abc, arachne-"Place-and-Route"and the icestorm tools to communicate with the device.

The packages have been contributed by the team.

We hope this effort to support the FPGA community to collect an increasing number of skills to further smoothen the Open Source experience and lower the entry barriers for this tantalising technology.

Debian Contributors Survey 2016

Wed 16 November 2016 by Molly de Blancwith tags announce survey contributing volunteer wage work

The launched !

In order to better understand and document who contributes to Debian, we (Mathieu ONeil, Molly de Blanc, and Stefano Zacchiroli) have created this survey to capture the current state of participation in the Debian Project through the lense of common demographics. We hope a general survey will become an annual effort, and that each year there will also be a focus on a specific aspect of the project or community. The 2016 edition contains sections concerning work, employment, and labour issues in order to learn about who is getting paid to work on and with Debian, and how those relationships affect contributions.

We want to hear from as many Debian contributors as possible—whether you've submitted a bug report, attended a DebConf, reviewed translations, maintain packages, participated in Debian teams, or are a Debian Developer. Completing the survey should take 10-30 minutes, depending on your current involvement with the project and employment status.

In an effort to reflect our own ideals as well as those of the Debian project, we are using , an entirely free software survey tool, in an instance of it hosted by the LimeSurvey developers.

Survey responses are anonymous, IP and HTTP information are not logged, and all questions are optional. As it is still likely possible to determine who a respondent is based on their answers, results will only be distributed in aggregate form, in a way that does not allow deanonymization. The results of the survey will be analyzed as part of ongoing research work by the organizers. A report discussing the results will be published under a DFSG-free license and distributed to the Debian community as soon as it's ready. The raw, disaggregated answers will not be distributed and will be kept under the responsibility of the organizers.

We hope you will . The deadline for participation is: 4 December 2016, at 23:59 UTC.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us via email at:

  • Mathieu ONeil
  • Molly de Blanc
  • Stefano Zacchiroli

New Debian Developers and Maintainers (September and October 2016)

Thu 03 November 2016 by Jean-Pierre Giraudwith tags project


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

  • Adriano Rafael Gomes (adrianorg)
  • Arturo Borrero González (arturo)
  • Sandro Knauß (hefee)

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

  • Abhijith PA
  • Mo Zhou
  • Víctor Cuadrado Juan
  • Zygmunt Bazyli Krynicki
  • Robert Haist
  • Sunil Mohan Adapa
  • Elena Grandi
  • Eric Heintzmann
  • Dylan Aïssi
  • Daniel Shahaf
  • Samuel Henrique
  • Kai-Chung Yan
  • Tino Mettler


"softWaves" will be the default theme for Debian 9

Tue 25 October 2016 by Laura Arjona Reina and Niels Thykierwith tags stretch artwork

The theme by Juliette Taka Belin has been selected as default theme for Debian 9 'stretch'.

After the Debian Desktop Team made the , a total of have been submitted, and any Debian contributor has received the opportunity to vote on them in a survey. We received 3,479 responses ranking the different choices, and softWaves has been the winner among them.

We'd like to thank all the designers that have participated providing nice wallpapers and artwork for Debian 9, and encourage everybody interested in this area of Debian, to join the . It is being to package all of them so they are easily available in Debian. If you want to help in this effort, or package any other artwork (for example, particularly designed to be accessibility-friendly), please contact the , but hurry up, because the freeze for new packages in the next release of Debian starts on January 5th, 2017.

This is the second time that Debian ships a theme by Juliette Belin, who also created the theme that enhances our actual stable release, Debian 8. Congratulations, Juliette, and thank you very much for your continued commitment to Debian!

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