Debian Weekly News - November 9th, 2004
Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Anibal Monsalve Salazar summarised the latest DebConf5 preparation meeting. Joey Hess reported that he has been able to test the new debian-installer remote via network on different architectures which helps ensure that it will run properly.
Distributable Firmware sought. Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD fame was interviewed in response to OpenBSD's effort to contact Texas Instruments to distribute firmware for their wireless cards under an acceptable license. OpenBSD has similar problems to Debian with binary-only firmware blobs that they cannot legally distribute with their operating system.
Alioth Project Naming Convention. Marcelo E. Magallon noticed that there is a policy for naming projects on Alioth. For package repositories that are used to co-maintain a package with other developers, a "pkg-" prefix in the project name is required. Roland Mas added that this is required to be able to differentiate projects dedicated to Debian packaging from projects where Alioth is the main repository of "upstream" code.
Free Documentation Licenses. Jonathan Corbet reviewed various options for a free documentation license, including the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL), the Open Publication License, and two Creative Commons licenses. He concluded that putting a BSD-like license on a document makes some sense and that the restrictions imposed by the FDL are quite strong, too strong for a book he co-authored.
Installing Debian on a Desktop. Tarun Agnani installed Debian GNU/Linux on a desktop computer and reported that no other distribution comes close to Debian, which is the old grandfather of Linux. He finishes with configuring APT and installing those applications that are common for a Desktop system.
German Conference News. Alexander "CEO" Schmehl reported that the Debian booth during this year's Linuxworld Expo was the most crowded one and that the booth will probably be larger next year. He will help build the entire .Org pavilion next year. For next year's CeBIT exhibition (Mar 9-15) the Debian project has been offered a booth of their own as well.
Installing Debian on RAID 1. Jorrit Waalboer has written instructions for installing
Debian GNU/Linux on a RAID 1 pair. He recommended using Knoppix as the installer.
From this the RAID is set up and
debootstrap is used to install
Debian. Norbert Tretkowski also provides instructions on
installing Debian via Knoppix.
Improving the Development Processes. Thomas Schorpp proposed applying several quality management techniques known in conventional software development to Debian. Jeroen van Wolffelaar noticed a high level of buzzwords, though, and it is questionable if these techniques and metrics apply to Free Software at all.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 583: lvm10 -- Insecure temporary directory.
- DSA 584: dhcp -- Format string vulnerability.
- DSA 585: shadow -- Unintended behaviour.
- DSA 586: ruby -- Denial of service.
- DSA 587: freeamp -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 588: gzip -- Insecure temporary files.
- DSA 589: libgd1 -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 590: gnats -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 591: libgd2 -- Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- backupninja -- Backup Utility written in PHP.
- basket -- User-friendly way to run programs and manage links in KDE.
- getmail4 -- Mail retriever with support for POP3, IMAP4 and SDPS.
- gkrellshoot -- Plugin for gkrellm to lock the screen and make screenshots.
- gmpc -- GNOME Music Player Client (graphical interface to MPD).
- hping3 -- Active Network Smashing Tool.
- lakai -- Transfers samples between a PC and an AKAI sampler.
- lkcdutils -- Utilities to capture and analyse kernel crash dumps.
- mp3splt -- Splits MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files without reencoding.
- mp3wrap -- Utility for MP3 wrapping (rolling multiple MP3s into one).
- msmtp -- Light SMTP client with support for server profiles.
- mxv -- Wave file editor with signal processing operators and analysis.
- sepol-utils -- Security Enhanced Linux policy utility programs.
- spambayes -- Python-based spam filter using statistical analysis.
- spew -- I/O performance measurement and load generation tool.
- vnstat -- Console-based network traffic monitor.
- wput -- Tiny wget-like ftp-client for uploading files.
- xwnc -- Mix of Xvnc and XDarwin with improved protocol.
Debian Packages introduced last Week. Every day, a different Debian package is featured from the testing distribution. If you know about an obscure package you think others should also know about, send it to Andrew Sweger. Debian package a day introduced the following packages last week.
- kuvert -- Wrapper for encrypting or signing outgoing mail.
- quintuple-agent -- Secure store for secrets (passphrases, etc.).
- guarddog -- Firewall configuration utility for KDE.
- guidedog -- NAT/masquerading/port-forwarding configuration tool for KDE.
- exiftran -- Transform digital camera JPEG images.
Orphaned Packages. 61 packages were orphaned this week and require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 226 orphaned packages. Many thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free Software community. Please see the WNPP pages for the full list, and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you plan to take over a package.
- aegis -- Aegis Web based user interface. (Bug#279518)
- aegis3 -- Aegis Web based user interface. (Bug#279517)
- autofs -- Kernel-based automounter for Linux. (Bug#279872)
- cook -- Remote execution scripts for cook. (Bug#279521)
- fhist -- Documentation for the fhist package. (Bug#279516)
- freewrl -- VRML browser and Netscape plugin. (Bug#279757)
- html2ps -- HTML to Postscript converter. (Bug#279769)
- htp -- HTML pre-processor. (Bug#280023)
- ibcs -- IBCS Emulator Modules for Linux (2.2.x kernel). (Bug#279770)
- icecast-client -- Streaming MPEG Layer III feeder. (Bug#279526)
- java2-common -- Common facilities for all Java2 environments. (Bug#279772)
- libapache-asp-perl -- Perl Apache::ASP - Active Server Pages for Apache with mod_perl. (Bug#279773)
- libapache-filter-perl -- Perl Apache::Filter - Alter the output of previous handlers. (Bug#279774)
- libapache-ssi-perl -- Perl Apache::SSI - Implement Server Side Includes in Perl. (Bug#279775)
- libauthen-sasl-cyrus-perl -- Perl extension for Cyrus SASL library. (Bug#279776)
- libbusiness-ups-perl -- Perl interface to the UPS shipping costs web-site. (Bug#279777)
- libcdk -- Curses Development Kit. (Bug#279779)
- libcdk-perl -- Curses Development Kit for Perl. (Bug#279778)
- libchart-perl -- Chart Library for Perl. (Bug#279780)
- libcorba-orbit-perl -- ORBit module for Perl. (Bug#279781)
- libcurses-widgets-perl -- Curses widget interface for Perl. (Bug#279782)
- libfile-counterfile-perl -- Persistent counter class for Perl. (Bug#279784)
- libfont-afm-perl -- Font::AFM - Interface to Adobe Font Metrics files. (Bug#279785)
- libfrontier-rpc-perl -- Perl module to implement RPC calls using XML requests. (Bug#279786)
- libgnome-gnorba-perl -- Gnorba module for Perl. (Bug#279788)
- libgtk-perl -- Perl module for the libgtkxmhtml library. (Bug#279790)
- libhtml-simpleparse-perl -- Perl HTML::SimpleParse - a bare-bones HTML parser. (Bug#279791)
- libhttp-dav-perl -- HTTP:DAV - WebDAV client library for Perl. (Bug#279792)
- libnet-finger-perl -- Perl Module providing an API for Finger queries. (Bug#279794)
- libnet-snmp-perl -- Script SNMP connections. (Bug#279795)
- libnewt-perl -- Perl bindings for Erik Troan's newt text-mode windowing toolkit. (Bug#279798)
- libopengl-perl -- Perl module to display 3D data using OpenGL, GLU, GLUT, and GLX. (Bug#279799)
- libplot-perl -- Perl interface to plot library. (Bug#279800)
- libtangram-perl -- Orthogonal Object Persistence in Relational Databases. (Bug#279804)
- libtest-unit-perl -- Unit testing interface for Perl. (Bug#279805)
- libtie-cache-perl -- Perl Tie::Cache - LRU Cache in Memory. (Bug#279807)
- linup -- Client for the Uptimes Project. (Bug#279505)
- liveice -- Live audio streaming application. (Bug#279527)
- masqdialer -- Daemon for remote control of masqueraded dial-up links. (Bug#279398)
- perl-byacc -- Berkeley LALR parser generator, Perl version. (Bug#279811)
- perl-tk -- Perl module providing the Tk graphics library. (Bug#279823)
- perlftlib -- Perl module for the FreeType library. (Bug#279824)
- pgperl -- Perl interface to the pgplot plotting library. (Bug#279820)
- pilrc -- PalmOS resource compiler and editor. (Bug#279825)
- plotutils -- GNU plotutils (plotting utilities) package. (Bug#279827)
- prc-tools -- Development toolchain for PDAs using the PalmOS (utilities). (Bug#279828)
- python-gtkextra -- Python module for the GtkExtra widget set extension. (Bug#279541)
- radiuscontext -- Radius log parser and report generator. (Bug#279592)
- reppu -- Network render program for blender. (Bug#280028)
- sdd -- File duplication and conversion tool, similar to 'dd'. (Bug#279515)
- sfio -- Enhanced library for managing I/O streams. (Bug#279812)
- thttpd -- Support utilities for thttpd. (Bug#279522)
- ubit -- Ubiquitous Brick Interactive Toolkit. (Bug#279815)
- vcr -- V4l video capture program. (Bug#279593)
- vrel -- Virtual Reality Engine Language parser. (Bug#279816)
- vreng -- Virtual Reality Engine. (Bug#279817)
- vrweb -- VRML browser and editor. (Bug#279818)
- waimea -- Highly customisable window manager based on blackbox. (Bug#279546)
- xbanner -- Beautify your X login screen. (Bug#279819)
- xmms-cdread -- Input plugin for XMMS that reads audio data from CDs. (Bug#279514)
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Andre Lehovich and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.