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Apply for Debian's GSoC projects!

The student application period for applying to GSoC opened last Monday and we already have a couple of very good applications from students. We are still missing yours!

The list of Debian projects includes a nice variety of projects:

There is only one week left, so do not leave it for last minute. Get in touch with the mentors of the projects you are interested in and add your proposal to the Debian wiki and in Google Melange.

If you are a Debian contributor wanting to mentor a project, you still can. Please read this email with some hints.


Small applications missing in KDE 4

I have been working in the last weeks in the removal of the last pieces of KDE 3 from the Debian archive and I have found there are a lot of packages that is sad having to remove.

If you are looking for a good idea/excuse to learn and improve your KDE 4 / C++ /Qt4 skills, have to do a small application for school or you just feel like some useful coding, here is the list:

  • creox - real-time guitar effects
  • kbarcode - barcode and label printing application for KDE
  • kbiff - KDE mail notification utility
  • KKBSwitch - keyboard layout indicator for KDE (see this post also)
  • kmyfirewall - iptables based firewall configuration tool for KDE
  • kpogre - a graphical administrator tool for PostgreSQL
  • kredentials - KDE taskbar applet to update kerberos/AFS credentials
  • ksociograma - technical educational software to make sociograms
  • ktechlab - circuit simulator for microcontrollers and electronics
  • qalculate-kde - Powerful and easy to use desktop calculator - KDE version
  • score-reading-trainer - trainer for reading music notes

Note that I do not list here software whose port in KDE 4 is being developed although it is still not finished and therefore it is not packaged in Debian.

By the way, even if all those packages are being removed from Debian testing and unstable, they will remain in Squeeze, so you can keep using them or install it from there.


post and pre-release fun

The last weeks before a Debian release are usually boring with respect to working on new stuff since unstable is pretty much closed to development. Now that the release is finished, this fun is back \o/

I have been in an 'upload frenzy' since yesterday night and I have updated some packages in unstable: KOffice[1] and KOffice-l10n 2.3.1, yakuake, rsibreak and tintin++. Another of my packages, kid3, got magically updated itself in unstable before I had time to look at it, the magic of having active co-maintainers.

[1] Thanks for the gentle push to update this, Pino :)

I also emailed one of my upstream maintainers to ask him about the KDE 4 version of his application and he will likely make a release soon. One of the goals for wheezy is remove completely KDE 3 and Qt 3. If you are maintaining a KDE 3 or Qt 3 based application, we are about to start annoying you about this! See http://wiki.debian.org/kdelibs4c2aRemoval and http://wiki.debian.org/qt3-x11-freeRemoval

The last 2 weeks before the release I had some fun watching how the Squeeze release countdown banner I published at http://news.debian.netspread to a lot of websites, personal blogs, community sites, forums to news portals.
The traffic has been increasing little by little through the 2 weeks the banner has been online and currently is still moderately high, since people keeps retweeting the news item about the Debian release. While writing these lines, the banner has been served 449575 times to a total of 244975 unique IP addresses!

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