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Debian reconsiders init-system diversity

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The immediate motivation for a reconsideration would appear to be the proposed addition of elogind, a standalone fork of the systemd-logind daemon, to Debian. Elogind would provide support for systemd's D-Bus-based login mechanism — needed to support small projects like the GNOME desktop — without the need for systemd itself. The addition of elogind has been controversial; it is a difficult package to integrate for a number of reasons. Much of the discussion has evidently been carried out away from the mailing lists, but some context on the problem can be found in this bug report. In short: merging elogind appears to be complex enough that it would be hard to justify in the absence of a strong commitment to the support of non-systemd init systems. It seems possible that this commitment no longer exists across the distribution as a whole; the purpose of a general resolution would be to determine whether that is the case or not.

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Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

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There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers.

Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages.

The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives.

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Ubuntu and Debian: Eoan Ermine and Latest From Planet Debian

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Ubuntu
  • What’s New in Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine

    Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine has been released announced officially by canonical, this release introduces numerous new features, updated apps and components, and much more.

    Ubuntu 19.10 release includes embedded Nvidia proprietary drivers in the ISO image to improve the performance, smoothness, and frame rates in games and experimental ZFS file system for root, which is implemented in the installer.

    as well as all the latest Open Source software, including GNOME 3.34 as default desktop environment with new light and dark variants of the Yaru theme, the ability to run Xwayland apps as root/sudo , LibreOffice 6.3 office suite, Mozilla Firefox 69 web browser, and many others.

  • Python dataclasses and typing

    I'm going to preach the wonders of Python dataclasses, but for reasons of interested to those who have already gone down the delightful rabbit-hole of typed Python. So let me start with a quick plug for mypy if you haven't heard about it.

    (Warning: this is going to be a bit long.)

  • Hideki Yamane: fontforge package update

    I've uploaded fontforge package into experimental. It needs huge changes in debian packaging.

  • Utkarsh Gupta: Debian Activities for October 2019

    Here’s my (first) monthly update about the activities I’ve done in Debian this October.

Shirish Agarwal: A tale of unfortunate coincidences and incidents

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Debian

I went back to the vendor with my old stock SMPS and it worked but found that grub2 menu was missing. It was just plain booting to windows 10. I started a thread at debian-user trying to figure out if there was some issue at my end, maybe some grub variable had got lost or something but the responses seemed to suggest that something else had happened. I also read through some of the UEFI documentation on wikipedia and web, I didn’t go to much depth as that would have been distracting as the specification itself is evolving and is subject to change. I did find some interesting bits and pieces but that is for a later date perhaps. One of the things I remembered from my previous run-ins with grub2 issues is that supergrub2 had been immensely useful. Sadly though, the version which I tried as stable was dumping me to grub rescue instead of the grub menu when I used the ISO image on a thumb drive. I could have tried to make a go for it but was too lazy. On an off-chance I looked at supergrub2 support and did find that somebody else also have had the same exact issue and it was reported. I chimed in and tried one of the beta versions and it worked which made me breathe easier. After getting into debian, I tried the old $ sudo update-grub which usually fixed the issues. I again tried to boot without using the help of the usb disk but failed as it again booted me into MS-Windows environment.

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Easy Pyro 1.2.8 and Buster 2.1.8 released

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Enough new things have happened to warrant new releases. The so-called EOL (End Of Line) Pyro series is continuing to receive version bumps, and if you read the release notes you will see that the version bump 1.2.7 to 1.2.8 and 2.1.7 to 2.1.8 are both getting the same changes.

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Raspbian PIXEL Fork for PC and Mac Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

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As you may know, Raspberry Pi Foundation forked the Xfce desktop environment to create PIXEL, an optimized desktop environment for their Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi computers. A couple of years ago, Arne Exton forked PIXEL and created an installer to allow users to install it on PCs and Macs.

The latest release of Arne Exton's Raspberry Pi PIXEL is a major version that upgrades the system base from Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" to the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series. It also ships with two Linux 4.19 kernels for PAE and non-PAE systems, Linux kernel 4.19.0-6-686-pae and Linux kernel 4.19.0-6-686.

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Debian Development Reports

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Debian
  • Jonathan Carter: Free Software Activities (2019-10)

    AIMS Desktop talk: On the 1st of October I gave a talk at AIMS titled “Why AIMS Desktop?” where I talked about the Debian-based system we use at AIMS, and went into some detail about what Linux is, what Debian is, and why it’s used within the AIMS network. I really enjoyed the reaction from the students and a bunch of them are interested in getting involved directly with Debian. I intend to figure out a way to guide them into being productive community members without letting it interfere with their academic program.

    Catching up with Martin: On the 12th of October I had lunch with Martin Michelmayr. Earlier this year we were both running for DPL, which was an interesting experience and the last time we met neither of us had any intentions to do so. This was the first time we talked in person since then and it was good reflecting over the last year and we also talked about a bunch of non-Debian stuff.

  • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in October 2019

    This month I accepted 257 packages and rejected 17. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 314.

  • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, October 2019

    I was assigned 22.75 hours of work by Freexian's Debian LTS initiative. I worked almost all those hours this month, but will carry over 0.5 hours to November.

    I prepared and, after review, released Linux 3.16.75, including various important fixes. I then rebased the Debian package onto that, and sent out a request for testing. I prepared and sent out Linux 3.16.76-rc1 for review.

SparkyLinux's November ISO Brings Latest Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Updates

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Debian

The SparkyLinux 2019 "Po Tolo" operating system series is a rolling release version of SparkyLinux, based on the Debian Testing software repositories, where the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system is currently being developed.

SparkyLinux 2019.11 is now the most up-to-date snapshot, adding all the latest software updates and security patches from the Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" repositories as of November 2nd, 2019. Additionally, it upgrades the Linux kernel to version 5.2.17 and the Calamares installer to version 3.2.16.

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Sparky 2019.11

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There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” available to download, which is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”.

Goals:
• system upgraded from Debian testing “Bullseye” repos as of November 2, 2019
• Calamares installer 3.2.16 + kpmcore 4
• Linux kernel 5.2.17 as default (5.3.8 & 5.4-rc5 in Sparky unstable repos)
• obmenu-generator removed from Openbox edition (due to Perl updated up to 5.30 and libgtk2-perl removed); it has been replaced by sparky-obmenu (+obmenu)
• added Sid repos back (not active) – use it on your own risk
• Yad updated up to 5.0, but it is available from Sparky unstable repos now

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Ten years of Nokia N900

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Gadgets

Nokia had been falling behind with Symbian development and was being taken over by the iPhone and the new Android phones.

The N900 would be the first and basically the last smartphone using the Maemo operating system. It wasn’t the fastest smartphone at the time, it didn’t have the most memory, it wasn’t the smallest or the lightest. But it was the only one that ran a full desktop OS.

The operating system is based on Debian, it doesn’t require rooting or unlocking. It just ships with a terminal application pre-installed and having a root shell is just one command away.

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Also: Edgewater Wireless Accepted to the Upstream OpenWrt Repository, A Linux Operating System Targeting Embedded Devices

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