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29 March 2021

Louis-Philippe V ronneau: Montreal 2021 BSP

Last weekend Debian Quebec held a Bug Squashing Party to try to fix some bugs in the upcoming Debian Bullseye. I wasn't convinced at first, but Tassia's contagious energy and willingness to help organise the event eventually won me over. And shockers! it was really fun. Group picture of the BSP attendees on Jitsi Meet We fixed a couple of RC bugs, held lightning talks and had a virtual pizza party! My lightning talk on autopkgtests was well received and a few people decided to migrate to sbuild and enable autopkgtests by default. Sergio's talk on debuginfod was incredibly interesting. I'm not a C programmer and the live demo made me understand how this service can help making debugging C easier. Jerome's talk on using Yubikeys to unlock LUKS encrypted drives was also very good! It also served as a reminder that Yubico's product are much more featureful and convenient to use than other Open Hardware/ Free Software hardware tokens. Hopefully that will change as enterprises like Nitrokey and Solokey mature. This was my third BSP, crazy how time flies... With the Bullseye release closing in, you should try to join or organise one!

22 August 2016

Luciano Prestes Cavalcanti: AppRecommender - Last GSoC Report

My work on Google Summer of Code is to create a new strategy on AppRecommender, where this strategy should be able to get a referenced package, or a list of referenced packages, then analyze the packages that the user has already installed and make a recommendation using the referenced packages as a base, for example: if the user runs "$ sudo apt install vim", the AppRecommender uses "vim" as the referenced package, and should recommend packages with relation between "vim" and the other packages that the user has installed. This work is done and added to the official AppRecommender repository.
During the GSoC program, more contributions were done with the AppRecommender project helping the system to improve the recommendations, installation and configurations to help Debian package.
The following link contains my commits on AppRecommender:
During the period destined to students get to know the community of the project, I talked with the Debian community about my project to get feedback and ideas. When talking to the Debian community on the IRC channels, we came up with the idea of using the popularity-contest data to improve the recommendations. I talked with my mentors, who approved the idea, then we increased the project scope to use the popularity-contest data to improve the AppRecommender recommendations.
The popularity-contest has several privacy political terms, then we did a research and published, on the Debian Planet, a post that explains why we need the popularity-contest data to improve the recommendations and how we use this data. This post also contains an explanation about the risks and the measures taken to minimize them.
Then two activities were added to be made. One of them is to create a script to be added on popularity-contest. This script is destined to get the popularity-contest data, which is the users' packages, and generate clusters that group these packages analyzing similar users. The other activity is to add collaborative data into the AppRecommender, where this will download the clusters data and use it to improve the recommendations.
The popularity-contest cluster script was done and reviewed by my mentor, but was not integrated into popularity-contest yet. The usage of clusters data into AppRecommender has been already implemented, but still not added on official repository because it is waiting the cluster cript's acceptance into the popularity-contest. This work is not complete, but I will continue working with AppRecommender and Debian community, and with my mentors' help, I will finish this work.
The following link contains my commits on repository with the popularity-contest cluster script's feature, as well as other scripts that I used to improve my work, but the only script that will be sent to popularity-contest is the
The following link contains my commits on repository with the AppRecommender collaborative data feature:
Google Drive folder with the patch:

29 July 2016

Luciano Prestes Cavalcanti: Contributing with Debian Recommendation System

Hi, my name is Luciano Prestes, I am participating in the program Google Summer of Code (GSoC), my mentor is Antonio Terceiro, and my co-mentor is Tassia Camoes, both are Debian Developers. The project that I am contributing is the AppRecommender, which is a package recommender for Debian systems, my goal is to add a new strategy of recommendation to AppRecommender, to make it recommend packages after the user installs a new package with 'apt'.
At principle AppRecommender has three recommendation strategies, being them, content-based, collaborative and hybrid. To my work on GSoC this text explains two of these strategies, content-based and collaborative. Content-based strategy get the user packages and analyzes yours descriptions to find another Debian packages that they are similar to the user packages, so AppRecommender uses the content of user packages to recommender similar packages to user. The collaborative strategy compare the user packages with the packages of another users, and then recommends packages that users with similar profile have, where a profile of user is your packages. On her work, Tassia Camoes uses the popularity-contest data to compare the users profiles on the collaborative strategy, the popularity-contest is an application that get the users packages into a submission and send to the popularity-contest server and generates statistical data analyzing the users packages.
I have been working with a classmate on our bachelor thesis since August 2015, in our work we created new strategies to AppRecommender, one using machine-learning and another using a deterministic method to generates the recommendation, another feature that we implemented its improve the user profile using the recently used packages to makes the profile. During our work we study the collaborative strategy and analyzed that strategy and remove it from AppRecommender, because this implementation of collaborative strategy needs to get the popularity-contest submissions on the user's pc, and this is against the privacy policy of popularity-contest.
My work on Google Summer of Code is create a new strategy on AppRecommender, as described above, where this strategy should be able to get an referenced package, or a list of referenced packages, then analyze the users packages making a recommendation using the referenced packages such as base, example: if users run "$ sudo apt install vim", the AppRecommender use "vim" as referenced package, and should recommender packages with relation between "vim" and the other packages that user has installed. This new strategy can be implemented like a content-based strategy, or the collaborative strategy.
The first month of Google Summer of Code its destined to students knows the community of the project, so I talk with the Debian community about my project, to get feedback and ideas about the project. I talk with Debian community on IRC channels, and then came the idea to use the data of popularity-contest to improve the recommendations. Talking with my mentors, they approve the idea of usage popularity-contest data, so we started a discussion about how to use the popularity-contest data on AppRecommender without broken the privacy policy of popularity-contest.
Now my work on Google Summer of Code is create the new strategy for AppRecommender that can makes recommendation using a list of packages as reference, so as explained above, when user install packages like "sudo apt install vim vagrant", AppRecommender should recommends packages with relation between the packages "vim" and "vagrant", and this recommendation should be relation with the user profile. The other work its use the popularity-contest data to improve the recommendations of AppRecommender using a new model of collaborative strategies.

24 April 2016

Bits from Debian: Debian welcomes its 2016 summer interns

GSoC 2016 logo Outreachy logo We're excited to announce that Debian has selected 29 interns to work with us this summer: 4 in Outreachy, and 25 in the Google Summer of Code. Here is the list of projects and the interns who will work on them: Android SDK tools in Debian: APT - dpkg communications rework: Continuous Integration for Debian-Med packages: Extending the Debian Developer Horizon: Improving and extending AppRecommender: Improving the debsources frontend: Improving voice, video and chat communication with Free Software: MIPS and MIPSEL ports improvements: Reproducible Builds for Debian and Free Software: Support for KLEE in Debile: The Google Summer of Code and Outreachy programs are possible in Debian thanks to the effort of Debian developers and contributors that dedicate part of their free time to mentor students and outreach tasks. Join us and help extend Debian! You can follow the students weekly reports on the debian-outreach mailing-list, chat with us on our IRC channel or on each project's team mailing lists. Congratulations to all of them!

8 March 2016

Tassia Camoes Araujo: Some impressions of a flourishing community bits from the MiniDebConf Curitiba @ Montreal

Last month I more-or-less accepted an invitation that got me scared at first, panicking after a while. Why do I put myself in such an uncomfortable position? Well, I think that s how we grow up ;-) I was first contacted to talk about women participation in Debian, which I kindly refused, but I said I would maybe talk about motivating new contributors, possibly with some more friends that would maybe join me at the stage. I need to confess that at that moment I had no idea (ok, a vague idea ) about what I was going to talk. So I promptly emailed some Debian friends, shared the invitation, shared some thoughts, got feedbacks, got encouragement, and we finally made it! talk_transmission For the video conference we used which worked super well (the downside is that it requires flash, maybe you could help them get rid of it?). I had also recorded a backup video with vokoscreen, just in case Murphy would decide to go to Curitiba but everything worked well. We a single moment with connection issues, but the torrent user kindly released the bandwidth The main point I made in the talk is that Debian as a Universal Operating System is still an utopia, especially when we extend our understanding of universality to our contributors. And as an utopia, it serves to make us walk! The more we advance, the more it gets further away, so we need to keep walking. Another important point was that diversity is not an issue that touches only woman. My audience was full of Portuguese native speakers, from a third world country, a few women, many more man, a couple of DDs, some longtime contributors, some newbies, and most of them are also part of minorities in our community. I bet many of them has already felt like a weed growing surrounded by concrete at least once in their lifetimes Solidarity towards our utopia was my final message. Just for fun, and to make a recap of our conversation at the end, I made a list of 10 steps that we could all give to contribute to a more universal Debian: 1. Read our Social Contract and make sure we are all at the same page
2. Improve Debian documentation
3. Remember that diversity does not concern only women
4. Keep an eye on minority groups and show solidarity
5. Be open and alert to the needs of newbies
6. Help Debian teams to be prepared to welcome new contributors
7. Reserve part of our time to integrate new members to the community
8. Promote hands-on meetings (local and remote)
9. Promote peer-mentoring among newbie contributors
10. Do not see Debian members as special beings, we are all humans! You can check my slides or the video of the live transmission if you want to see more. In case you can not follow the audio, I d be happy to provide subtitles (but I probably won t work on that if I don t receive have any request). And if you invite me to another conference, we can have a similar chat at with your community. Note: in person is more fun ;-) Finally, I d like to thank the participants of the mini-DebConf, those that followed this session and those who were practicing how to package on the other room, Paulo Santana and all the local organization team for the invitation, Ana Guerrero and Laura Arjona for the remote support and feedback, Andreas Tille for the efforts in integrating new contributors, Christian Perrier for the developer statistics, Val ssio for being in the audience and the Debian Project for the inspiration. What we had we Brazil this weekend was a taste of a flourishing and welcoming community, I am proud and honored to be part of it!

29 August 2015

Tassia Camoes Araujo: Report from the MicroDebconf Bras lia 2015

This was an event organized due to a coincidental meeting of a few DD s in the city of Brasilia on May 31st 2015. What a good thing when we can mix vacations, friends and Debian ;-)

Group photo

We called it Micro due to its short duration and planning phase, to be fair with other Mini DebConfs that take a lot more of organization. We also ended up having a translation sprint inside the event that attracted contributors from other cities. Our main goal was to boost the local community and bring new contributors to Debian. And we definitely made it! The meeting happened at University of Brasilia (UnB Gama). It started with a short presentation where each DD and Debian contributor presented their involvement with Debian and plans for the hacking session. This was an invitation for new contributors to choose the activities they were willing to engage, taking advantage of being guided by more experienced people. Then we moved to smaller rooms where participants were split in different groups to work on each track: packaging, translation and community/contribution. We all came together later for the keysigning party. Some of the highlights of the day: For more details of what happened, you can read our full report. The MicroDebconf wouldn t be possible without the support of prof. Paulo Meirelles from UnB Gama and all the LAPPIS team for the local organization and students mobilization. We also need to thank to Debian donnors, who covered the travel costs of one of our contributors. Last but not least, thanks to our participants and the large Brazilian community who is giving a good example of team work. A similar meeting happened in July during the Free Software International Forum (FISL) and another one is already planned to happen in October as part of the LatinoWare. I hope I can join those folks again in the near future!

20 November 2014

Tiago Bortoletto Vaz: Things to celebrate

Turning 35 today, then I get the great news that the person whom I share my dreams with has just become a Debian member! Isn't beautiful? Thanks T ssia, thanks Debian! I should also thank friends who make an ideal ambience for tonight's fun.

2 April 2014

Tassia Camoes Araujo: Mini-Debconf Barcelona videos now available

Hello world!!! For those who were impatiently waiting for the Mini-Debconf Barcelona videos, there you go, enjoy it! We ll probably have subtitles and some late slides soon, so come back after a while. Thank you very much for all those who make this adventure possible! If you also want to thank the videoteam, the orgateam, Debian Women, or the Universe, for converging and bringing us together in Barcleona, please do it! Just for the records, it was a great success in terms of women participation. As we didn t collect gender information at the registration, it is hard to make a clear comparison with previous Debconfs. Since 2007, the rate of non-male participants ranged from 13% to 17%. For this Mini-Debconf, the orga team did the gender identification per name and found a non-male rate of 36%. Again, since the methods were not the same we cannot safely compare, but still, I think it s worth it to make this info public ;-) The most important thing to save from this experience is that we were around 160 human beings together, sharing common goals, in a lovely and warm place, with kids around, baby trollers on the stage, painting table in the patio yes it was fun!
BCN group photo - first try

BCN group photo first try

BCN group photo - second try

BCN group photo second try

Last but not least, now we need to gather information for a final report, so if you can help, please speak up! Hope to see you all soon!

31 March 2014

Laura Arjona: MiniDebConf Barcelona 2014

Wow, I cannot believe it has already been 2 weeks from MiniDebConf Barcelona.
It has been the first Debian event (and free software conference) that I have attended in person, and I took the opportunity to get more involved, giving a talk about translations together with Francesca Ciceri, and two lightning talks about two free software projects that I use and love and I d like to see them packaged for Debian: and GNU MediaGoblin (videos coming soon). I also somehow-promoted Keysigning during the conference (well, in fact, I just sent some two emails to the mailing list before, and printed stickers with May I sign your key? slogan so we could keysign easily in the freetime between talks). The people I ve met some people in person, who I was following in the Debian mailing lists and for long time (years, in some cases \o/). It has been amazing to meet Francesca Ciceri and Enrico Zini, since their blogposts and vision about Debian diversity skills have influenced very much in my involvement in Debian. It has been very important to me to be able to say THANK YOU to Tiago from the Debian video team (sorry Holger, I couldn t manage to meet you face to face), because I have learned so many things watching videos from Debconfs! Videos helped me to feel that I m part of the community, even when I cannot attend to the events, by following the streaming and being able to recognize the faces of the people and the work they do in Debian. I ve met many Debian Women, of course. I m so fan of all of them! I m enjoying a welcoming and diverse community thanks to many of them that worked since many years ago to make Debian what it is now, and faced bitter moments too. I cannot say that I engaged in many deep conversations (well, maybe some 2 or 3, and me mostly listening), but the most important thing that I keep from them was simply being there , watching and listening, enjoying the voices of the experience like Ana and Miriam, and the freshness and joy of Tassia, Solveig and Elena, for example. I ve tried to be welcoming too, I m not a newbie anymore as new people come to the group :) New projects (and renewing forces for other) Debian contributors I wanted to get more involved in the Debian contributors project and it has been a perfect opportunity to understand better all what I had read and watched about it before going to Barcelona. My plan is, apart of doing promotion as with all the projects that I use and love, to try to get translator work credited via Debian Contributors. That means to hack the l10n bot that now gathers info from the mailing lists to build the coordination pages for translators. It shouldn t be difficult to make it send that info to site, but I ll try to understand how it works and propose an elegant patch. No idea about Perl, btw, but anyway, it s a good excuse to start learning. Mediagoblin and packaging I m not sure I can help on this, but I ll keep an eye in the evolution of the Debian packaging of GNU MediaGoblin and the Pumpiverse software. I ll give moral support, at least, to the people actually working on that :) Website and Publicity team After Solveig s talk about bug triaging I ve been thinking about some bugs that I reviewed in the Website and Publicity team, and I think I should make a new round on the pending bugs to close them if they don t apply anymore, or to try to push a bit more towards a solution, if I can. Tails website translation Tails is a Debian derivative preconfigured to work out-of-the-box with privacy and anonymity features, since uses the Tor network for all the outgoing and ingoing connections.
Solveig proposed me to join the Spanish translators team at Tails. I just joined the translators mailing list, in order to help translating the Tails website into Spanish (the software is already translated, under the Tor Project). This is a new challenge from the translation point of view, since they work with PO files. And now, what? Well, first, I ll try to clean a bit my TODO list, mainly about translations, and other things not related to Debian. From now on until summer, I ll keep an eye and a hand on all the projects in which I am involved, and also I ll try to keep on engaging with the community via, the mailing lists, and IRC channels. Next summer, if I can put in order my GPG keys (long story), I ll try to join the Debian New Member process. If not, I ll try to get new keys and some signs, and then I ll apply. OTOH, thanks to the end of Windows XP support, it seems that some people are willing to migrate to any GNU/Linux distribution, and of course I m recommending Debian. Expect some blog posts about these migrations (wow, I should migrate some servers that still run Squeeze too ) and my new role of Debian help desk at job, if finally some people decide to migrate. I have gathered Debian stickers to proudly give to anyone that installs Debian in their computer!
Filed under: Events, My experiences and opinion, Videos Tagged: Communities, Contributing to libre software, Debian, English, Free Software, libre software, MediaGoblin, Moving into free software,, translations

6 February 2011

Tiago Bortoletto Vaz: Released!

Nice try tassia! I'm sure you can do even better for Wheezy :)

17 May 2006

Simon Law: Debconf 6, Day 1

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.
Sunday was the first day of actual talks. The night before, [info]ze_dinosaur had arrived and so we hunted for breakfast together. We walked out and found Jesus who was walking towards town. We opted to follow him to the mercado in the town just outside the side gate of the resort. We walked into the market and down some stairs. There are just little stalls where people were selling hats or CDs or pots or clothes. When we walked a bit further, we found a covered area where sweet-smelling smoke swirled everywhere. We sat down on a bench with a thin counter in front of us and someone came back with menus. I ordered a chorizo quesadilla and a glass of horchata. They were very fresh and very, very tasty. I went to the Torre Parlimentaria where the welcome speeches were happening. Mexico has been very warm and sunny, which means dehydration and sunburns. The tower is air-conditioned, so this was a very welcome environment.

Ice cream bar
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.
We sat through a talk where Simon Phipps from Sun announced work he's done with Sun to get more and more software opened. He seems to be very enthusiastic about Free Software, which he mentioned specifically, so I hope he does well with his persuasions within Sun. I no longer remember what I did after this. I think I might have walked around a bit before having the caterred lunch. I've been eating these sponsored meals for a couple of days and they've been rather substandard. Sure, they're edible and doesn't make anyone sick. But it's insipid, because they're trying to put out European style meals, which the kitchen doesn't know how to do. Since I'm travelling, I'm totally going to eat tasty local food, which I won't be able to get in Canada. At lunchtime, I bumped into Filipe whom I met at OLS last year. He introduced me to his Brazillian friends and we discovered that Tiego and Tassia who are studying in Montr al. I promised them that we'd get some Debian get-together in early June, before they leave.

Jesus Climent
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.
It's rather warm right now. The temperature goes about 30 C every day, but the humidity is always close to 30% so it doesn't get very sticky. But it does make such things like ice cream more important. Interestingly enough, lots of American products are for sale in Mexico, but under completely different brand names. After dinner, we went to the HackLab which is a building set up to encourage people to work with their computers. There are plenty of tables and chairs, with extension cords sprawled everywhere. I sat down for a game of Mao, and then got up several hours later. I wandered outside, where people were hanging out on the veranda, so I sat down on the grass in a circle and chatted with people until the early hours of the morning. Debconf, you're so bad for my health.