Debian Weekly News - April 24th, 2007
Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Roland Mas announced that Alioth users can use Mercurial for version control. Robert Millan announced version 0.4.0 of the Debian loader for Windows operating systems including Vista. Joey Schulze reported that security updates are available via IPv6 from official servers as well. The new release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is celebrated all over the world.
Saving Money with Debian GNU/Linux. The leader of the IT department of Germany's Federal Foreign Office, Rolf Schuster, reported that they have seriously cut their IT costs by consequently using Free Software. Driven by the urge to save money on license fees and to escape from update cycles the office started the move in 2002 and has since then connected 230 embassies with the secure intranet gateways. More than 300 laptops of diplomats also run a specialised distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux.
Debian participates in Google's Summer of Code. Steve McIntyre announced that the Debian project has been accepted for this year's Google Summer of Code. During this Google sponsors the creation and future development of Free Software. A Wiki page has been set up to coordinate the participation and to collect ideas and proposals for possible projects. The list of accepted student applications was published on April 9th.
New GNU/kFreeBSD CD Image. Aurelien Jarno announced that a new installation CD image is available for Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. This port is based upon the GNU C library and the FreeBSD kernel. The CD image uses kernel version 6.2 which supports more recent hardware than previous versions and is available for the i386 and amd64 platforms.
Sam Hocevar elected as Debian Project Leader. Manoj Srivastava announced Sam Hocevar as the winner of this years' project leader election whose term starts on April 17th. A total of 482 developers casted their vote. The Debian project would like to wish Sam all the best for his upcoming tasks and decisions. We also want to thank Anthony Towns for his past term as Debian project leader.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated. Alexander Schmehl announced that sarge, the old stable distribution, has been updated for the sixth time to incorporate security updates and minor corrections. With the release of etch as the new stable distribution sarge has been moved to oldstable. Users who want to stick with sarge have to take special care before upgrading to 3.1r6.
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released. The Debian project announced the release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, codenamed etch. It includes a new textual and graphical installer that supports 58 languages and encrypted partitions, packages and repository verification, and a lot of new and updated software packages. It is strongly recommended to read the release notes before upgrading. After nearly two years of development, this release marks another milestone in the history of Debian.
Interview with Ian Murdock. Debian founder Ian Murdock was interviewed by
LinuxFormat. He said that he is happy how Debian has developed, but that it
is a pity that the project failed to release etch on time and how this
happened. Ian opposes the democratic structures in Debian because
feels empowered to make decisions unless everyone agrees with him and
mentioned Ubuntu as a better example. In respect to the latter he expressed
his concern about compatibility with Debian.
Debian Conference Reconfirmation. Jörg Jaspert asked all potential attendants of this year's Debian conference to reconfirm their participation until May 3rd. Only confirmed attendants are considered for sponsored accommodation and food if asked for. Guests paying for everything on their own are welcome as well, of course.
From teTeX to TeX Live. Frank Küster announced that teTeX will be replaced with TeX Live. This is the successor of teTeX and uses most of the scripts developed for teTeX. The old teTeX packages will vanish and only continue to exist as transitional packages to give users a sensible choice of TeX stuff.
Debian 4.0 CD Usage. Joey Hess explained that etch consists of 331 CD and DVD images in total but 324 of them are only rarely needed. Of the remaining 7 images the most important one is the multi-architecture DVD that boots on 32 and 64 bit x86 systems as well as on powerpcs. It will detect the architecture and automatically boot the right one. Enough software is included to install a nice desktop even without network access.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 1266: GnuPG -- Signature forgery.
- DSA 1267: webcalendar -- Remote file inclusion.
- DSA 1268: libwpd -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1269: lookup-el -- Insecure temporary file.
- DSA 1270: OpenOffice.org -- Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1271: openafs -- Remote privilege escalation.
- DSA 1272: tcpdump -- Denial of service.
- DSA 1273: nas -- Multiple remote vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1274: file -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1275: zope2.7 -- Cross-site scripting flaw.
- DSA 1276: krb5 -- Several vulnerabilities.
- DSA 1277: xmms -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1278: man-db -- Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1279: webcalendar -- Cross-site scripting.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- 4digits — Guess-the-number game, aka Bulls and Cows.
- 4g8 — Packet Capture and Interception for Switched Networks.
- acon — Text console arabization.
- aes2501-wy — Userspace software for USB aes2501 fingerprint scanner.
- armagetronad — 3D Tron-like high speed game.
- arp-scan — ARP scanning and fingerprinting tool.
- balder2d — 2D shooter in zero gravity.
- bitbake — Build system used for embedded Linux distributions.
- bkhive — Dump the syskey bootkey from a Windows NT/2K/XP system hive.
- blktrace — Utilities for block layer I/O tracing.
- bodr — Blue Obelisk Data Repository.
- cakephp — MVC rapid application development framework for PHP.
- chatplus — Simple graphical LAN chat programme with Unicode.
- clamfs — User-space anti-virus protected file system.
- clive — Video extraction utility for YouTube and Google Video.
- computertemp — Computer temperature monitor applet for GNOME.
- csstidy — CSS parser and optimiser.
- darksnow — Simple graphical user interface to darkice.
- debreaper — Bring peace to the poor souls of crashed applications.
- esniper — Simple, lightweight tool for sniping eBay auctions.
- fldigi — Digital modem program for hamradio operators.
- gbonds — U.S. savings bond inventory program for GNOME.
- gbsplay — Gameboy sound player.
- glpuzzle — Photo puzzle game for children.
- gnaural — Programmable binaural-beat audio generator.
- guilt — Quilt for git; similar to Mercurial queues.
- gurlchecker — Graphical websites checker.
- hexter — Yamaha DX7 modelling DSSI plugin.
- hobix — Flexible generation of static blogs.
- iat — Converts many CD-ROM image formats to iso9660.
- incron — Cron-like daemon which handles filesystem events.
- isomaster — Graphical CD image editor.
- javacc-doc — Documentation for the JavaCC Parser Generator.
- jetring — GPG keyring maintenance using changesets.
- jhbuild — Flexible build script for package collections.
- jirc — Bridges an IRC channel to a Jabber conference room.
- kamefu — KDE All Machine Emulator Frontend for Unix - binary files.
- kawari8 — Pseudo AI Shiori module used to create ghosts for Ukagaka.
- kpreg — Helper application for completing web forms and other programs.
- lastfmproxy — Proxy server for the last.fm radio streams.
- lckdo — Execute a program with a lock set.
- live-helper — Debian Live helper programs.
- marble — generic geographical map widget.
- mdf2iso — Simple utility to convert mdf to iso / cue / toc images.
- mediawiki1.9 — Website engine for collaborative work.
- memlockd — Daemon to lock files into RAM.
- minbar — GNOME Islamic prayer times application.
- murmur — PyGTK2 client for Museekd, the P2P Soulseek Daemon.
- mybashburn — Burn data and create songs with interactive dialog box.
- nekobee — Simple acid patterns, with TR-808 samples from Qsynth.
- network-config — Simple network configuration tool.
- ocsinventory-agent — Hardware and software inventory tool (client).
- openocd — Open on-chip JTAG debug solution for ARM7 and ARM9 systems.
- pgpool2 — Connection pool server and replication proxy for PostgreSQL.
- postgresql-8.2 — Object-relational SQL database, version 8.2 server.
- pouetchess — 3D chess game.
- postr — Upload photos to Flickr.
- prewikka — Graphical analysis console for the Prelude IDS Framework.
- qtodo — ToDo List manager.
- referencer — GNOME Document Organiser.
- remake — GNU make fork with improved error reporting and debugging.
- rolo — Text-based (vCard) contact management software.
- samdump2 — Dump Windows 2k/NT/XP password hashes.
- shell-fm — Console based player for last.fm radio streams.
- sineshaper — Monophonic synth plugin with two oscillators and waveshapers.
- speedcrunch — High precision calculator.
- squareness — Suite of skins for different applications.
- ssbd — Voice keyer for hamradio use.
- stymulator — Curses based player and converter for the YM chiptune format.
- tasks — Simple to do manager.
- transfermii — Transfer your mii from and to your wiimotes.
- tweak — An efficient hex editor.
- umview — View-OS in user space - Core and base modules.
- why — Software verification tool.
- wmgui — GUI interface to the wiimote.
- wminput — Userspace driver for the wiimote.
Orphaned Packages. 42 packages were orphaned since the last issue
and require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 403 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.
- agg — AntiGrain Geometry graphical toolkit (development files). (Bug#418269)
- arabtex — Arabic/Hebrew macros for TeX/LaTeX. (Bug#418778)
- axel — Light download accelerator - Console version. (Bug#419679)
- bombermaze — Bomberman clone for GNOME, for 2-4 players. (Bug#417824)
- confluence — Language for synchronous reactive hardware system design. (Bug#418965)
- conquest — Real-time, multi-player space warfare game (curses client). (Bug#418469)
- doc-html-w3 — Recommendations of the W3. (Bug#416033)
- dome — Calculates and draws geodesic domes. (Bug#419082)
- drip — GNOME application for encoding a DivX from a DVD. (Bug#414738)
- egoboo — 3D dungeon crawling adventure in the spirit of NetHack. (Bug#416953) (Bug#416974)
- egoboo-data — Egoboo data files. (Bug#416957) (Bug#416982)
- elisp-manual — Emacs Lisp Reference Manual. (Bug#419326)
- emacs-lisp-intro — Introduction to Programming in Emacs Lisp. (Bug#419327)
- eukleides — Euclidean geometry drawing language. (Bug#419083)
- gobo — Portable Eiffel tools and libraries. (Bug#416959) (Bug#416985)
- le — Text Editor with block and binary operations. (Bug#419076)
- libjconv — Charset conversion library - binaries. (Bug#419090)
- mlmmj — Mail server independent mailing list manager. (Bug#417827)
- ncurses-hexedit — Edit files/disks in hex, ASCII and EBCDIC. (Bug#419075)
- orgadoc — Organises documents from XML descriptions. (Bug#416956) (Bug#416978)
- pyzor — Spam-catcher using a collaborative filtering network. (Bug#416278)
- qmailmrtg7 — Qmail mrtg graph generator. (Bug#419074)
- rigel — Personal information manager for X. (Bug#417828)
- rtfm — RT FAQ Manager. (Bug#419078)
- scigraphica — Scientific graphics and data manipulation. (Bug#418807)
- spong — Systems and network monitoring system. (Bug#418690)
- ubh — Download and decode Usenet binaries. (Bug#417833)
- uclibc — Micro C library. (Bug#418808)
- ude — The Unix Desktop Environment. (Bug#419088)
- varkon — CAD-system with parametric modelling. (Bug#419086)
- vche — Virtual Console Hex Editor. (Bug#419077)
- wmacpi — ACPI battery monitor for WindowMaker. (Bug#420091)
- xeukleides — System for drawing and viewing Euclidean geometry figures. (Bug#419084)
- xmaddressbook — X-based address book. (Bug#418466)
- xmp — Module player supporting AWE32, GUS, and software-mixing. (Bug#419985)
- xppaut — Phase Plane Plus Auto: Solves many kinds of equations. (Bug#419087)
- ytalk — Enhanced talk program. (Bug#418367)
- zsh30 — Shell with lots of features. (Bug#418467)
Removed Packages. 1 package has been removed from the Debian archive since the last issue:
- loop-aes-modules — loop-AES modules for kernel 2.6-alpha-generic
Bug#413422: Request of maintainer, superseded by loop-aes.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Thomas Bliesener, Sebastian Feltel, Johannes Wiedersich, Luca Bruno and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.