Debian Weekly News - February 17th, 2004
Welcome to this year's seventh issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The debian-desktop sub-project has announced an IRC meeting on Wednesday, February 25th. Andrea Mennucc conducted several Google searches and found out that Debian is ranked in the middle field of popular distributions. Pablo Lorenzzoni also announced that registration for this years' Debian conference has opened.
New ftp-master Machine. James Troup announced that ftp-master has
been moved to a more powerful and better connected machine (newraff, an HP
DL380, donated by HP), which has always been
a long term plan. Therefore access to the host
auric is not
restricted anymore, opening an upload queue that is accessible via SSH.
Project Leader Nominations. Manoj Srivastava announced that nominations for the upcoming project leader elections takes place until February 28th, followed by campaigning until March 20th. The election will take place from March 20th to April 10th. Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution. Nominations should be sent to debian-vote and cryptographically signed.
Using LDAP for Name Resolution. Torsten Landschoff prepared this how-to on using LDAP for name resolution. It explains how to install the OpenLDAP server on a Debian system, and how to set up OpenLDAP for use as an accounts database with libnss-ldap and libpam-ldap. Markus Amersdorfer also wrote an article about using OpenLDAP on Debian woody to serve GNU/Linux and Samba users.
Translatable debconf Templates. Christian Perrier announced
the list of
old-style debconf string techniques by Martin Quinson. The listed packages
don't use po-debconf for
debconf templates. Denis Barbier noted that
if maintainers provide a
templates.pot file, they will receive a
French translation quite quickly.
Why Linux, Why Debian? Manoj Srivastava wanted to solicit opinions towards this subject. He knows why he chose Debian and Linux but was asked to give a talk for a technical audience and wanted to deliver a talk with a broader perspective. He would like to cover why one would want to select GNU/Linux over the BSDs, and why one would want to select Debian over the other distributions.
How to make a Port official. John Goerzen wondered what it takes a port to qualify an official Debian port. Anthony Towns explained that currently porters need to wait until mirroring is segmented to support more architectures. To be considered a release candidate, the port should generally have a buildd which is integrated into buildd.debian.org and consistently reach at least the 85 % mark, have a developer accessible machine online and should have debian-installer working.
Experimental NTP 4 Packages. Matthias Urlichs announced
that he has uploaded NTP 4.2.0 to
experimental, finishing some package reorganisation. He also explained
that most users either run their own NTP network and need to do hand-edit
/etc/ntp.conf anyway or can happily use
as their NTP server, which is the new default.
Wasteful Packaging. Steve McIntyre noticed
that large amounts of
data files in
/usr/share are contained in regular binary
packages. Instead they should be split out into common packages that all the
architecture specific packages can depend on. Putting this data into all
binary packages impacts on disk space and bandwidth, both for central servers
and all the poor mirror admins out there.
Custom Debian Distributions. Petter Reinholdtsen asked for help with custom Debian distributions. The Debian-Edu sub-project believes that using debconf with proper defaults is the only sensible way that all custom distributions can benefit. Thomas Viehmann added that debconf is not intended as a way to store stuff, especially if the package maintainer believes that sensible defaults are shipped with the package.
New DELAYED Upload Queue. Tollef Fog Heen announced a new delayed upload system in his home directory on gluck. For a fairly recent version of dput he also provided a configuration snippet. Uploads can be removed by the uploader and superseded by an upload with a higher version number.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- audiolink -- Makes managing and searching for music easier.
- clusterssh -- Administer multiple ssh or rsh shells simultaneously.
- emcast -- Multicast toolkit.
- emelfm -- File manager for X/GTK.
- exiftran -- Transform digital camera jpeg images.
- fig2sxd -- Convert xfig files to OpenOffice.org format.
- gcalctool -- GTK+ 2.0 desktop calculator.
- hal -- Hardware Abstraction Layer.
- lmodern -- Scalable PostScript fonts for European character sets.
- logwatch -- Log analyzer with nice output written in Perl.
- memtest86+ -- Thorough real-mode memory tester.
- rss2email -- Receive RSS feeds by email.
- shaketracker -- MIDI sequencer with tracker GUI.
- tdiary-mode -- TDiary editing mode for Emacsen.
- tdom -- XML/DOM/XPath/XSLT implementation for Tcl.
- timemachine -- JACK audio recorder for spontaneous and conservatory use.
- tnftp -- The enhanced FTP client.
- treecc -- Manages code generation for compiler development.
- xdebconfigurator -- Script used with debconf to autoconfigure xserver-xfree86.
- zonecheck -- DNS configuration checker.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Matt Black and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.