Debian Weekly News - August 29th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Bug squashing parties have been announced for September 8th to 10th in Vienna and for September 15th to 17th in Jülich, Germany. OSDir has taken screenshots of the new graphical Debian installer. Petr Stehlik reported that the installation of sarge and etch worked flawlessly in the recently fixed version of ARAnyM, a 32bit Atari ST/TT/Falcon virtual machine.
General Resolution: Handling Firmware. Steve Langasek proposed a general resolution to establish how DFSG#2 should be understood to apply to firmware, especially when distributed with the Linux kernel. When accepted firmware will be considered as data without the requirement of matching source code. It would also clarify the situation for other works such as images, video, and fonts.
FrOSCon Report. Joey Schulze reported about the Debian presence at the first Free and Open Source Software Conference in Sankt Augustin, Germany. The Debian project successfully maintained a one-day conference and ran a booth in the exhibition area. This community event featured both official tracks and sub-conferences maintained by several projects. Alexander Wirt also managed to get some pretzels that looked like Debian swirls.
Event Coordination Meeting Report. Meike Reichle summarised the main results of the event coordination meeting. Several ideas were collected during the meeting how Debian booth participations and talks could be improved to make them more attractive to visitors. To help the booth organisers there are new FAQ and Howto Wiki pages.
Debian and Free Software in Cuba. David Moreno Garza wrote a report about his visit to Cuba as a representative of the Debian project. A workshop on package creation and maintenance and talks about Custom Debian Distributions, internationalisation and localisation were organised by David and Maykel Moya at the Mathematics and Computing Faculty in the University of Havana.
Translation of Package Descriptions. Martijn van Oosterhout announced that he wrote a system that can send and receive e-mails from the Debian Description Translation Project and provides a web frontend where translating actually takes place. The most important advantage over the pure e-mail interface is that this additional system provides a review mechanism for translations.
GIT Transition Plans. Ian Beckwith explained
/usr/bin/git will be maintained via alternatives. Both GNU Interactive Tools and Linus
Torvalds' source code management system git provide the same program
name. The GNU interactive tools have been renamed into
resolve this conflict and in etch will contain a wrapper that is able to
execute the other program.
Updates for Debian Sarge. Martin Zobel-Helas announced the preparations done for the next stable update. It will include an updated version of the Debian Installer to reflect the recent kernel changes introduced by the last round of kernel security updates. Most other packages are updated to incorporate the security corrections that have accumulated.
New Features in Etch. Alexander Schmehl started to collect new features that Debian will probably include in the upcoming etch release. Nathanael Nerode additionally noted that systems upgraded from sarge don't see the benefits of certain changes in the installer such as special tuning of the Ext2 filesystem.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 1155: sendmail — Denial of service.
- DSA 1156: kdebase — Information disclosure.
- DSA 1157: ruby1.8 — Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1158: streamripper — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1159: mozilla-thunderbird — Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1160: mozilla — Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1161: mozilla-firefox — Several vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- deb-gview — Gtk viewer for .deb package files and contents.
- jspwiki — WikiWikiWeb clone written in Java.
- kbibtex — BibTeX editor for KDE.
- listen — Nice music player and manager for GNOME.
- op-panel — Switchboard type application for the Asterisk PBX.
- pcmanfm — Extremely fast and lightweight file manager for X11.
- pgfouine — PostgreSQL log analyser.
- php-xajax — Library to develop Ajax applications.
- polymer — Port of the KDE style Plastic depending on Qt only.
- quarry — Multi-purpose GUI for several board games.
- reniced — Renice running processes based on regular expressions.
- spl-opengl — SPL Programming Language -- OpenGL adapter.
- wifi-radar — Graphical utility for managing Wi-Fi profiles.
Orphaned Packages. 4 packages were orphaned this week and
require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 323 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. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the
wnpp-alert program from
devscripts may be helpful.
- d4x — Graphical download manager. (Bug#384524)
- entity — XML-based GUI builder for GTK+ (core library development files). (Bug#384183)
- flexbackup — Flexible backup tool for small to medium sized installations. (Bug#384184)
- madman — Advanced music manager application. (Bug#384397)
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel, Mohammed Adnène Trojette, Tobias Toedter and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.