Debian Weekly News - October 31st, 2006
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. This DebianHelp site contains a lot of information for Debian beginners. Since DWN is not published weekly anymore Joey Hess started to write weekly summaries to fill the gap. Parts have been included in this issue already. Jorge Salamero Sanz set up a repository with ported applications for the Nokia 770 web tablet.
Source-less Binary Objects in the Debian Linux 2.6 Packages. Frederik Schüler announced packages for Linux 2.6.18 and noted that this release contains all firmware blobs shipped upstream, even those that used to be pruned. He explained that the kernel team initially wanted to wait for a positive general resolution vote outcome but anticipates this to be delayed indefinitely and decided that this was not acceptable from a release point of view.
Practical Linux Day in Gießen. On October 21st the sixth Practical Linux Day was held at the University of Applied Sciences in Gießen, Germany. Debian participated with an own booth, which was managed in cooperation with the people of Skolelinux/DebianEdu. Martin 'Joey' Schulze also delivered an introductory talk about the Debian project.
Videos of the Internationalisation Meeting. Nicolas François announced videos recorded during sessions of the first internationalisation meeting that took place from September 7th to 9th in Casar de Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. The participants agreed to set up an internationalisation server that will hosted in the datacenter of the Junta de Extremadura. Users are asked to test the new installer in their native language and report bugs to ensure that the translations are done well.
Debian Conference Videos. Ben Hutchings announced DVDs with talks from this year's Debian Conference in Oaxtepec, Mexico, prepared by the video team. There are two discs with all English sessions and extras, and one disc with all Spanish sessions and all DebianDay sessions. The DVD images are available for download along with the respective source videos. You can also order the DVDs in a nice box.
Debian Internationalisation Server. Christian Perrier announced the server that will be used to build the internationalisation infrastructure for the Debian project. The server is hosted in the Junta de Extremadura datacenter, in Badajoz, Spain. A pootle server is running on the server with environments for alternative or complementary software. It is also used to extract the localisation material of the Debian packages.
Resumé Practical Linux Gießen. Martin 'Joey' Schulze reported that the Debian project shared a booth at this year's Practical Linux conference with Skolelinux and that both projects delivered a talk. 40 to 50 people were listening to each speech which seems to be quite good for such a small event. Kurt Gramlich and himself filled in for another speaker as well and talked about several issues more detailed.
Call for Testing the Debian-Installer. Frans Pop called for testing the daily builds of the new debian-installer. The release candidate 1 of the installer is imminent and the goal is to squash as many bugs as possible. A wiki page gives an overview about the release and known issues. Testers are encouraged to file a bug report with the results of their installation against the virtual installation-report package.
Dunc-Tank Position Statement. Jörg Jaspert published a position statement signed by several developers in which they consider Dunc-Tank to be a major change to the Debian project culture. They also raised several unanswered questions and listed areas where developers have reduced their contribution because they lost motivation as a result.
Mplayer in Sid. The mplayer package has finally been accepted into the archive after the longest tenure in the NEW queue of any package ever uploaded into Debian. Congratulations to mplayer's maintainers and to the ftpmasters for resolving the licencing issues that kept mplayer out of Debian for so long. Depending on the videos to be played, non-free codecs from outside of Debian may be needed, though.
Installer String Freeze and Release Plans. In preparation for the first release candidate of the installer for etch, a string freeze has been going on, and changes to the installer are limited to bug fixing. Frans Pop posted details and a timeline for the release candidate. These preparations have already broken most beta 3 images.
Firefox becomes Iceweasel. Due to trademark issues the Debian project felt impelled to rename the Firefox web browser to Iceweasel and the Thunderbird mail client to Icedove. Roberto Sanchez explained that the new packages don't contain non-free artwork from the Mozilla Foundation and that security updates will be properly backported. The trademark policy requires that such packages are not distributed under the original name, hence the new names.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 1185: openssl — Denial of service.
- DSA 1186: cscope — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1187: migrationtools — Denial of service.
- DSA 1188: mailman — Several problems.
- DSA 1189: openssh-krb5 — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1190: maxdb-7.5.00 — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1191: Mozilla Thunderbird — Several problems.
- DSA 1192: Mozilla — Several problems.
- DSA 1193: XFree86 — Several problems.
- DSA 1194: libwmf — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1195: openssl096 — Denial of service.
- DSA 1196: clamav — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1197: python2.4 — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1198: python2.3 — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1199: webmin — Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1200: qt-x11-free — Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- agave — Colorscheme designer for the GNOME desktop.
- anymeal — Cookbook database for storing recipes.
- apertium — Shallow-transfer machine translation engine.
- archmage — CHM (Compiled HTML) Decompressor.
- audacious — Small and fast audio player which supports lots of formats.
- bongo — Buffer-oriented media player for Emacs.
- brasero — CD/DVD burning application for GNOME.
- chuck — Concurrent, on-the-fly audio programming language.
- compiz — OpenGL window and compositing manager.
- dballe — Database for punctual meteorological data.
- dicomnifti — Converts DICOM files into the NIfTI format.
- eikazo — Graphical frontend for SANE designed for mass-scanning.
- einstein — Puzzle game inspired on Einstein's puzzle.
- ffproxy — Light and customisable http(s) proxy server with IPv6 support.
- fileschanged — Command-line utility that reports when files have been altered.
- filezilla — Port of the famous W32 graphical FTP client.
- frown — LALR(k) parser generator for Haskell 98.
- gchempaint — 2D chemical structures editor for the GNOME2 desktop.
- gcstar — Application for managing your movie collection.
- gui-apt-key — Graphical Key Manager for APT.
- icedove — Free/unbranded Thunderbird mail client.
- ink — Tool for checking the ink level of your local printer.
- jokosher — Simple and easy to use audio multi-tracker.
- keymapper — Keyboard map decision tree builder and interpreter.
- keytouch — Program to configure the extra function keys of multimedia keyboards.
- kicad — Electronic schematic and PCB design software.
- ktoon — 2D animation toolkit.
- lisaac — Object-oriented language based on prototype.
- littex — Lithuanian language support package for TeX.
- magicrescue — Recovers files by looking for magic bytes.
- mplayer — The ultimate movie player.
- mp3cd — Burns normalised audio CDs from lists of MP3s/WAVs/OGGs/FLACs.
- rawstudio — Open Source raw-image converter.
- rfdump — Tool to decode RFID tag data.
- sitesummary — Generate site summary of submitting hosts.
- transcend — Retro-style, abstract, 2D shooter.
- transmission — Free, lightweight BitTorrent client.
- tree-ppuzzle — Reconstruction of phylogenetic trees by maximum likelihood.
- weplab — Tool designed to break WEP keys.
- wapua — Web browser for WAP WML pages.
- youtube-dl — Download videos from youtube.com.
- z88dk — Z80 processor assembler and SmallC+ cross compiler.
- znc — Advanced IRC bouncer.
Orphaned Packages. 48 packages were orphaned last month and
require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 340 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.
- bricolage — Full-featured, enterprise-class content management system. (Bug#392206)
- cassbeam — Program for Cassegrain antenna modelling. (Bug#391196)
- debian-builder — Rebuild Debian packages from source code. (Bug#390821)
- dgpsip — Correct GPS location with DGPS signal from Internet. (Bug#392666)
- dlume — Handy and easy to use address book. (Bug#391423)
- ee — Easy editor for novices and compuphobics. (Bug#392671)
- fpm — Secure password manager. (Bug#391419)
- gs-afpl — AFPL Ghostscript PostScript interpreter. (Bug#393923)
- gxmms — Simple GNOME applet to control the basic functions of XMMS. (Bug#391415)
- honyaku-el — Honyaku-damashii client for emacsen. (Bug#392901)
- kipina — Training program to log physical activities of athletes. (Bug#391418)
- komi — single player arcade game with Komi the Space Frog! (Bug#390824)
- ksimus — KDE tool for simulating electrical circuits. (Bug#393290)
- ksimus-boolean — KSimus boolean package. (Bug#393291)
- ksimus-datarecorder — KSimus datarecorder package. (Bug#393292) (Bug#393293)
- kwave — Sound editor for KDE. (Bug#393172)
- late — Simple game of capturing balls. (Bug#390826)
- leksbot — Explanatory dictionary of botanic and biological terms. (Bug#391197)
- libadabindx — Ada binding to the X Window System and *tif. (Bug#392083)
- libapache2-mod-layout — Apache2 web page content wrapper. (Bug#392229)
- libctl — Library for flexible control files. (Bug#393104)
- libform-validator-ruby — HTML form validation library for ruby. (Bug#391416)
- libgtk-mozembed-ruby — Ruby 1.8 binding of GtkMozEmbed, gecko renderer. (Bug#391399)
- libgtk-trayicon-ruby — System tray protocol library for Ruby. (Bug#391411)
- libnids — IP defragmentation TCP segment reassembly library. (Bug#390827)
- lineak-defaultplugin — LinEAK default plugin. (Bug#393175)
- lineak-kdeplugins — LinEAK KDE plugins. (Bug#393177)
- lineak-xosdplugin — LinEAK On-Screen Display plugin. (Bug#393178)
- lineakd — Linux support for Easy Access and Internet Keyboards. (Bug#393174)
- mpb — MIT Photonic-Bands. (Bug#393107)
- mxml — Small XML parsing library. (Bug#391132)
- myphpmoney — Finance manager written in PHP. (Bug#390839)
- phat — Collection of GTK widgets geared towards audio apps. (Bug#391134)
- positron — Synchronisation manager for the Neuros Audio Computer. (Bug#392672)
- python-pmw — Python MegaWidgets. (Bug#395871)
- quiteinsane — Qt based X11 frontend for SANE. (Bug#390837)
- quiteinsanegimpplugin — Qt based SANE plugin for GIMP 2.0. (Bug#390836)
- revolution — Revolution, Ruby binding for the evolution mail client. (Bug#391403)
- sarien — Interpreter for old Sierra games. (Bug#394369)
- sendemail — Email-from-console sending tool. (Bug#391413)
- stars — Star map program that draws the night sky. (Bug#391198)
- tex-guy — Miscellaneous utilities using DVIlib. (Bug#393925)
- tix — Tix library for Tk. (Bug#395963)
- turkey — Dummy text generator. (Bug#395253)
- vflib3 — Font rasteriser library for multi-lingual information. (Bug#393580)
- wdg-html-validator — WDG HTML Validator. (Bug#390833)
- xautomation — Control X from the command line, and find things on the screen. (Bug#390832)
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Thomas Bliesener, Thomas Viehmann, Sebastian Feltel, Felipe Augusto van de Wiel, Joey Hess and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.