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    Growing older: The year that was… (Part I)
    Submitted by robster on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 – 15:00
    DebianIn order to celebrate growing older by another year here is the first part of a round up of some of the important and interesting things that have happened in the Debian community in the last year.

    August 2004

    • Colin Watson reveals that the next Debian release after sarge will be called etch.
    • changelogs.debian.net is launched to provide changelogs for Debian packages without needing to have them installed.
    • HP releases a carrier grade linux based on Debian.

    September 2004

    • Andreas Barth explains how the testing scripts work and what their output means.
    • Debian rejects the controversial Sender ID, strengthening the position of the ASF.
    • Goswin von Brederlow announces the closure of the unofficial buildd network after concerns over developers signing packages built on possibly untrustworthy machines.
    • The first beta of Bruce Peren’s UserLinux is announced.
    • Jeroen van Wolffelaar unveils the Debian User Forums an unofficial set of forums for the Debian user community.
    • Benjamin ‘Mako’ Hill breaks the silence regarding Ubuntu and its sponsoring company Canonical Ltd. by announcing the preview of Ubuntu 10.4 – “Warty Warthog”.
    • Release manager, Steve Langasek, announces that the release process is delayed due to problems with getting security support for the testing distribution. Without which users cannot safely be encouraged to upgrade and hence prevent it from getting the testing that it requires.
    • Debian is used as the operating system of a surveillance robot.

    October 2004

    • Debian kernel team considers dropping support for 80386 since the kernel patch that provides i486 emulation is buggy and could be a security risk.
    • AGNULA releases DeMuDi 1.2.0 as a fully fledged CDD (Custom Debian Distribution) and using the new debian-installer.
    • Raphaël Hertzog publishes the first book in French about Debian.
    • The DebianGis sub project is started with the aim of providing a CDD aimed at GIS (Geographical Information Systems) users.
    • The release team decide to maintain support for 80386 systems even though the patch may have some security issues.
    • The first update to the Debian stable release (woody) since November 2003 is made, due to the long gap this revision includes 212 security updates.
    • Debian installer is now understandable by over two thirds of the world population since it is now translated into 40 languages.

    November 2004

    • Matthew Garrett discovers that the AMD64 buildd secret key is publically available and Googleable.
    • Colin Watson posts another release update containing the good news that the toolchain has been finalised but also the bad news that some architectures are experiencing problems with kernel and libc upgrades and that the lack of buildd infrastructure is still holding back security support for testing.
    • Jordi Mallach asks the release team about uploading GNOME 2.8 to unstable so that it can eventually enter sarge. Permission from the release team is promptly given.
    • Thomas Lange describes how the AMD64 port of Debian is used on a 384 processor 192 node Opteron cluster at Umeå University.
    • VA Linux Systems Japan release VA Balance a load balancing solution using Debian.
    • Jochen Voss produces a profile of the Debian boot up process with the aim of trying to streamline the boot process.
    • Debian Installer RC2 is released . The most notable improvement included in RC2 is the ability to do LVM on software RAID devices. It is expected that this will become the version releaseed with sarge.
    • The first IRC meeting of the new Debian Women sub project occurs. The topics covered included what has happened in the project already and how they are going to continue to attract more women into Debian. (Minutes by Helen Faulkner.)
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    Subject: Well done!
    Author: TreoTom
    Date: Wednesday, 2005/08/31 – 11:11
    Jeezzz – the man works for hours (it must have taken hours!) to create an overview for us readers about what has happened in the Debian world, and for two weeks no-one has said something nice about it!

    Well…..

    Excellent overview of big and small in the Debian Universe – thanks robster! I’m looking forward to Part II, III and IV and…..

    Treo Tom
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    Subject: UserLinux link bad
    Author: cmc
    Date: Friday, 2005/08/26 – 19:29
    It’s actually http://www.userlinux.com/, not .org.
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