Debian Project News - February 28th, 2011
Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Debian 6.0
- New layout and website related news
- Backports for
Squeezeeasier for users
- Volatile replaced by new updates suite
- Bits from the Debian Project Leader
- DebConf communication channels and decisions
- Handling Debian Merchandise
- Debian Google Code-in 2010-2011 report
This week in Debianinterviews
- Other news
- New Debian Contributors
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
- Want to continue reading DPN?
Almost two years after Debian 5.0
Lenny was released, Debian 6.0
Squeeze was released on the 6th of February, 2011.
Among other improvements, the completely free
Linux kernel now shipped in Debian has been welcomed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
Adam D. Barratt, Release Team manager, has already announced a first point release planned for next month and gave advice to maintainers
about further uploads to
Wheezy is already on people's minds.
The new look for Debian's websites
is already available on some of the Debian project's main web interfaces.
Gerfried Fuchs sent a report about the last WWW Sprint where members of the team
prepared this new layout, smashed and triaged some bugs filed
www.debian.org pseudo-package, and discussed other
topics such as whether there is any interest in moving away from CVS.
Martin Zobel-Helas, member of the DSA team who actively worked for
this to happen, thanked the team for putting the new layout proposed by
Kalle Söderman on line in time for the release of Debian
Alexander Wirt announced the start of the next generation of backports.
Lenny) will be offered new versions of
packages available in testing (
He also explained to maintainers how to upload packages to the backports archive.
A recent change introduced in APT makes out-of-the-box use of
squeeze-backports easier than ever before, without the need to
configure pinning for the backports repository in order to handle upgrades
to new versions of packages installed from there.
The Debian Volatile archive has been replaced by the new updates suite: starting from this stable release
Squeeze), packages that were handled via the Volatile repository
will enter the official release via the
Updated packages will also be included in the stable point
release following the announcement published in the debian-stable-announce mailing list.
Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli sent another bits from the DPL report.
He discusses collaboration with others (via for example the Debian derivatives census or the
cross-distribution meeting) and communication
with people from other projects and companies (via his latest
Who the bloody hell cares about Debian? talk).
He also touches on the relationship between Debian and DebConf in
matters such as the goals that were recently
published, and is looking for volunteers as DebConf chairs.
Stefano has also been interviewed for Linux Outlaws Podcast.
Richard Darst blogged on the Debian Administration site about the various communication channels in the DebConf organization. DebConf is the group that manages the yearly Debian Conference. He mentioned the various connected media that the DebConf team uses, including IRC, wiki, and mailing lists, describing how each channel is used and how to contribute.
Have you ever wondered where Debian T-Shirts and other goodies come from?
How can you get your hands on a cool
Squeeze T-Shirt? Well, the answer
lies with the Debian Merchandising team who co-ordinate Debian merchandise
for the various events where a Debian representative appears. Luca Capello,
known as Gismo, wrote about the Merchandising team to explain how it all works.
You can also have a look at an overview of what Debian offers.
Ana Guerrero López blogged about the Debian
participation at this year's Google Code-in. Even though preparation for the
contest started quite late, and few tasks were open to those without a Debian installation,
we got a moderate success. As Ana says: about 30 students have
participated, doing 39 tasks mostly related to translation, bug triaging, and
Since the last issue of the Debian Project News, two new issues of the
This week in
Debian podcast have been published: with Andreas
Tille, from the Debian Med Team, discussing Debian Pure Blends; and with Raphaël
Hertzog, co-maintainer of dpkg.
The 24th issue of the miscellaneous news for developers has been released and covers the following topics:
- Debian QA meeting
Squeezerelease live microblogging
- Debian derivatives census
- planet.debian.org policy
- List of override disparities
Cyril Brulebois published the third,
sixth issues of
Debian XSF News,
summarising many recent events around X.org packaging in Debian —
new version uploads to
initial testing of Wayland; removal
requests for unmaintained drivers; preparation of reference documentation on
dependency handling between the X server and the drivers; and much more.
He also thanked submitters for their bug reports.
David Paleino has reported that after almost six years from the original ITP bug, Code::Blocks is now in Debian.
2 applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers, 1 applicant has been accepted as a Debian Maintainer, and 19 people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Stefano Rivera, Frédéric-Emmanuel Picca, Javier Merino Cacho, Pedro Ribeiro, Julien Viard de Galbert, Markus Schulz, Nik Lutz, Thomas Krennwallner, Qijiang Fan, Rafael Kitover, Andy Bailey, Andrey Rahmatullin, David Kalnischkies, Damian Johnson, Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov, Benoît Knecht, Nicolas Dandrimont, Alessandro Ghedini, Simon Ochsenreither, Julian Taylor, Pierre Saramito and Olaf van der Spek into our project!
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): pcscd, postgresql-8.3, postgresql-8.4, and postgresql-9.0, cgiirc, vlc, tomcat6, openjdk-6, openssl, python-django, shadow, ffmpeg-debian, chromium-browser, phpmyadmin, openafs, telepathy-gabble, mailman, asterisk, moodle, pam-pgsql and avahi. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security
advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about
security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please
subscribe to the security mailing
list (and the separate backports
list, and stable updates
list or volatile
Lenny, the oldstable distribution) for announcements.
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently (among many others):
- aha — ANSI to HTML converter
- apng2gif — convert APNG animated images to GIF files
- autodock-vina — docking of small molecules to proteins
- banshee-meego — media management and playback application — MeeGo extension
- between — game about consciousness and isolation
- bitcoin-cli — peer-to-peer network based anonymous digital currency — CLI tools
- bliss — tool to compute graph automorphisms and labelings
- bluez-tools — set of tools to manage Bluetooth devices for Linux
- ceph — distributed storage and file system
- clasp — conflict-driven nogood learning answer set solver
- codeblocks — Code::Blocks integrated development environment (IDE)
- djview-plugin — browser plugin for the DjVu image format
- docvert-libreoffice — converts word processor files to HTML using LibreOffice
- elastix — toolbox for rigid and nonrigid registration of images
- foo-yc20 — YC-20 organ emulation
- frogr — Flickr remote organizer for GNOME
- fuse-emulator-utils — free Unix Spectrum emulator — utilities
- gcp — advanced command line file copy system
- gummi — graphical LaTeX editor with live preview
- icli — command line interface for the icinga monitoring system
- identicurse — simple Identi.ca client with a curses-based UI
- iok — Indic onscreen keyboard
- jodreports-cli — merge OpenDocument text with data — command line tool
- ocaml-melt — LaTeX with OCaml (tools)
- openclipart-libreoffice — clip art for OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice gallery
- openvpn-auth-radius — OpenVPN RADIUS authentication module
- pd-mapping — Pd library for creatively mapping data
- pino — simple and fast microblogging client
- plasma-widget-veromix — plasma widget to control PulseAudio
- raptor2-utils — Raptor 2 RDF parser and serializer utilities
- roundcube-plugins — skinnable AJAX based webmail solution for IMAP servers — plugins
- valac-0.10 — C# like language for the GObject system
- visolate — tool for engraving PCBs using CNCs
- wiican — simple Wiimote usage assistant and mapping manager
- xserver-xorg-input-multitouch — multi-touch X input driver
- xtables-addons-dkms — extensions targets and matches for iptables
Currently 379 packages are orphaned and 139 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Francesca Ciceri, Jeremiah C. Foster, Alexander Reshetov and David Prévot.