Debian Weekly News - January 19th, 2000

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Debian is frozen! The freeze began right on schedule, and we hope it lasts only about two months. Developers who don't remember how to upload bugfixes during the freeze, or who weren't around last time should read this mail that explains the procedure.

The Linux Show gave Debian two awards for "Best Linux Distro". Debian will receive the awards at LinuxWorld. With more awards rolling in at each LinuxWorld, perhaps Debian should invest in a trophy case? Speaking of LinuxWorld, Debian will have a booth there, which is being coordinated on this mailing list.

Three different types of Debian shirts are available now at Copyleft. A donation to Debian is included in each order.

Despite the freeze, work on the boot floppies and related installation issues goes on. One thing that was almost put off until too late was creating all the task packages that users will choose from when installing potato for the first time. Many of the planned task packages were not ready in time, and several still need maintainers. Luckily, these task packages are very simple and unlikely to break things, and so they are being allowed in despite the freeze, along with a very few other new packages:

Here is a neat graph of the number of packages in Incoming.

Thanks to Randolph Chung for contributing.

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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Joey Hess.