Building packages from source tutorial (Sat, May 7, on IRC)
Hi Debian users,
Are you interested in getting involved in contributing to Debian, perhaps
as a package maintainer?
Margarita (through debian-women) and I (through OpenHatch) are doing a
simple "Build It" event to teach people how to take a Debian source
package, build it into a .deb, and then applying a patch and re-building
the .deb file.
This is the most common thing that Debian developers do in their package
maintenance tasks, so it's a skill you will want to have if that's
something you're interested in.
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWomen/BuildItEvent has the details. Also the
full announcement is below. I hope to see some of you there!
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Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 12:42:23
From: Margarita Manterola <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: debian-women <email@example.com>
Subject: Building packages from source tutorial
Are you enthusiastic about Debian and thinking about contributing? We
want to guide you with the basics.
We are convinced that there are a lot of people out there that want to
get involved with Free Software but don't know where to start. For
Debian, the most common task you'll do as a contributor is rebuilding
The Debian Women project, in collaboration with the OpenHatch project,
will be holding an IRC event to help people that want to compile their
first Debian package from source, and apply their first patch.
On Saturday May 7th, two tutorial sessions will be held on
#debian-women on irc.debian.org to help people rebuild a package for
the first time.
The earlier session, suggested for those that live in Oceania, Asia,
Africa and Europe, will be held at 11:00 UTC. The later session,
suggested for those that live in the Americas, will be held at 22:00
You can find out the exact time in your timezone by using the timezone
There will be people available to answer questions and generally help
out with any difficulties that might arise all along the day.
More info at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWomen/BuildItEvent
This event is aimed to anyone who wants to rebuild a Debian package
for the first time, it's a simple task that doesn't require any
previous knowledge, only a working installation of Debian (or Ubuntu,
or other Debian-derived system). We want to particularly encourage
women who want to get involved, to take their first steps in
contributing to Free Software, but everybody is welcome.
More about IRC
IRC is a real-time chat system you can use to get in touch with
members of the Debian community. You can connect to IRC through lots
of different clients, including xchat, pidgin and konversation.
About Debian Women
The Debian Women project seeks to balance and diversify the Debian
Project by actively engaging with interested women and encouraging
them to become more involved with Debian. http://women.debian.org
OpenHatch is an open source community aiming to help newcomers find
their way into free software projects. It works towards this goal
through on-line and outreach events. This event is a reappropriation
of the OpenHatch "Build it" events.
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