Archives October, 2010

31 October 10

The following developers got their Debian accounts in the last month:

  • Jeffrey Ratcliffe (jjr)
  • Deepak Tripathi (deepak)
  • Michael Schutte (michi)
  • Ansgar Burchardt (ansgar)
  • Salvatore Bonaccorso (carnil)


7 October 10

Debian 6.0 “squeeze” will be the first GNU/Linux distribution release ever to offer comprehensive support for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based neuroimaging research. It comes with up-to-date software for structural image analysis (e.g. ants), diffusion imaging and tractography (e.g. mrtrix), stimulus delivery (e.g. psychopy), MRI sequence development (e.g. odin), as well as a number of versatile data processing and analysis suites (e.g. nipype). Moreover, this release will have built-in support for all major neuroimaging data formats.

Please see the Debian Science and Debian Med task pages for a comprehensive list of included software and the NeuroDebian webpage for further information.

NeuroDebian at the Society for Neuroscience meeting 2010

The NeuroDebian team will run a Debian booth at the Society for Neuroscience meeting (SfN2010) that will take place November 13-17 in San Diego, USA. The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is one of the largest neuroscience conferences in the world, with over 30,000 attendees. Researchers, clinicians, and leading experts discuss the latest findings about the brain, nervous system, and related disorders.

If you are a Debian enthusiast (developer, contributor, evangelist) and reside near San Diego (or have time and funds for travel/lounge), or already planing to attend SfN 2010, please help us to make the Debian booth at SfN shine. Please contact the NeuroDebian team at

If you are going to SfN2010, come talk to us at booth #3815.

Michael Hanke and Yaroslav Halchenko

6 October 10

Here are the Debian users who have submitted a request to appear in our website so far in this year. Please welcome them into our Project!

And here are some of their reasons to choose Debian:

“We have chosen Debian over other alternatives; because of its reliability and easiness of maintenance.”

“The decision was based on the selection of additional expandable components, availability of distribution, a regular cycle for issuing amendments, stability and support solutions for a wide range of equipment for a dedicated server solutions.”

“Stability is important for us.”

“The main reason for choosing Debian over other distributions is the package management, security, number of available packages, ease-of-use, stability, amount of quality documentation, and cost.”

“We choose Debian to easen the burden of system administration. Also because Debian has very well maintaned packages and for high security.”

“Debian is powerful and keeping originality of Linux.”

“We find the software that comes with Debian very useful and easy to use since we are not specialists in computer matters.”

“Debian is the most powerful Linux distribution! The best choice for our jobs, our servers and our lifestyle.”

“We chose Debian because it is stable, simple and fast to install and to use, and because it is Free Software.”

“We are proud to say that we use Debian/GNU Linux on more than 90% of our servers and this simply because of it’s stability, security and great packaging system.”

“Debian offered the perfect balance between security, stability and ease of administration.”

“We chose Debian for its rock-solid stability, ease of installation and configuration, and awesome ability to not only run on old, second-hand hardware, but to turn that hardware into powerful production machines perfect for our needs. We also like Debian’s Social Contract. None of the other options were as successful in this implementation.”

“It is refreshing and enjoyable to have an operating system which gives users easy access.”

Thanks very much for the hard work, Webmaster Team.

6 October 10
  • The Backports Team is pleased to announce the availability of a new suite on backports: lenny-backports-sloppy.
Proposed timeline of the Release Team
We hope to have sorted out all the details and resolved the remaining blockers by the end of October, with the focus during November being on translation updates, testing and coordination with different teams to prepare the new release.
This means that it’s possible to have a release out in time for Christmas, but to do this we need YOUR help. Please, squash bugs, write release notes, squash bugs, support our translators and squash some bugs.
  • To make the Debian Mentors List more friendly, supportive and helpful, Asheesh Laroia and Niels Thykier promised they will reply to every email within four days, even if the replies aren’t a sponsorship or necessarily a review.

3 October 10

The following developers got their Debian accounts in the last 2 months:

  • Luke Faraone (lfaraone)