important bugfix update: readout-parttbl did backup whole partitions instead of just the intermediate space if partitions did not have some intermediate space between them which is often the case for GPT partitions (not for MSDOS partition tables up to 1TB). Now it also backups trailing space after the last partition; to avoid this use --skipend. scripts/install now creates the man directory if it did not exist previously and sparsefile-restore has adapted inline directives for newer versions of gcc.
Insects are important as pollinators, as food for other creatures, and recyclers of nutrients. They are dying at alarming rates with many species going extinct. A reduction in the use of pesticides would be crucial for the protection of our insects. This could at least partially be achieved by a tax on these chemicals. Sweden has had such a levy since 1984, and France, Italy and Denmark now also have charges. Research showed that chemical treatments can be cut without affecting farm profits. Especially harmful pesticides like the neonicotinoides should be forbidden all together. They are so dangerous because they do easily solve in water and thus make whole landscapes poisonous for insects because the plants assimilate these chemicals. At the moment only three of the most harmful neonics are forbidden within the EU. Belgium now wants to ban all neonics. We need to hope that the EU does not annihliate Belgium´s ban.
debcheckroot v2.1 has a feature to automatically continue stalled downloads (tune with: --retries, --timeout). Downloading is now also possible as user (i.e. not as root) which is important for Tails users. You may download on another machine than your root file system resides, use: --copy-config. The background color of yellow status messages has been adapted to also fit terminals with white background.
The European Investment Bank wants to align its politics with the Paris Agreement and end all fossil fuel lending by the end of 2020. According to Forbes EU finance ministers need to approve the new policy in September. There will be a transition period of three years for fossil gas projects. Nuclear energy can still be fostered.
debcheckroot v2.0 has just been released. There have been many changes and improvements towards pre-release v1.99. The description web page has also been completely revised. In addition we have published a framework for creating your own Debian Live stick extensible with packages of your choice. You do not need to create or burn an iso but simply load an exisiting Debian Live (with or without additional firmware): see Extensible Debian Live.