At this point there are two "real-life" Bug Squashing Parties planned for this weekend, 8th - 10th September in Vienna (Austria) and Zürich (Switzerland) and another two BSPs planned for the weekend 15th-17th September in Jülich (Germany) and San Cristobal (Venezula).
The resignation of Matthew Garrett, one of the most active developers in Debian, has drawn attention to some ongoing issues about how the project operates. Specifically, Garrett's announcement on his blog cites a lack of civility and a slowness in decision-making, and compares Debian unfavorably to Ubuntu, the Debian-derived distribution which is increasingly attracting the efforts of many Debian maintainers.
The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename sarge). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
Alexander Schmehl started to collect internal changes, features, newly introduced packages, updated and removed packages that Debian will probably include in the upcoming 4.0 "Etch" release.
When a Linux enthusiast hears the name Debian, it never fails to instill in him some awe and respect. After all, this is the one and only not-for-profit Linux distribution which has singularly built up a name synonymous with security, stability and freeness.