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long due TO-DO item: removal of Qt3 from Debian

A couple of weeks ago was the first anniversary of orphaning Qt3 in Debian, see bug 625502.

In this year, Qt3 has got a few QA uploads with the most relevant change being support to multiarch. And, more importantly, nobody seemed to care enough to step into maintaining it.

In the last days, I have taken a look into how much needed to be done to remove Qt3 and there were slightly more than 50 packages depending directly or indirectly from Qt3. A removal from Wheezy seemed doable given that removing packages is never a problem during the Debian freeze ;-)
All the packages affected have a bug opened since more than one year and half ago and I have pinged all the bugs with some maintainers responding quick (thanks!). I also filed some removals for packages that were clearly unmaintained and didn't seem worth keeping, with ftp-masters responding quick too (Thanks!). And finally, a couple of QA upload for orphaned software that were still useful without Qt3.

There is a wiki page tracking the status of the removal if you are curious:
http://wiki.debian.org/qt3-x11-freeRemoval

If in the future, you are reading this and you need Qt3 in Wheezy, you can fetch it from Debian snapshots.


Debian in the Google Summer of Code 2012

This year our efforts have paid off and despite there being more mentoring organizations than there were in 2011 (175 in 2011 and 180 in 2012), this year in Debian we got 81 submissions versus 43 submissions in 2011.
You can see here the graphs of applications against time from this year:

2012

The result is this year we'll have 15 students in Debian versus 9 students last year! Without further ado, here is the list of projects and student who will be working with us this summer:

If you want to know more about these projects, follow the links and ask the students (and mentors)!


Debian accepted for the Google Summer of Code 2012. Students wanted!

Great news! Debian has been accepted into the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program this year for the seventh time.

Now we are looking for students to work this summer with us in one of our exciting projects. If you are interested, now would be a good time to get in touch with the mentors; remember that discussing your application before submitting it is always recommended so that you can get feedback from the community.
Please also read the FAQ and timeline in the Google Summer of Code website.

Besides contacting with the mentors, you can also get in touch with us on our IRC channel #debian-soc (in irc.debian.org) and the soc-coordination mailing list if you have any questions.

I am hoping to see many great applications from students wainting to improve Debian :)

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