Debian Project News - February 20th, 2012
Welcome to this year's fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Goodbye Lenny!
- Debian GNU/Hurd on the rails
- DPL and legal work
- Multiarch-ready dpkg
- GPL in Debian: a study
- Other news
- Upcoming events
- New Debian Contributors
- Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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One year after the release of Debian 6.0 alias
and nearly three years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias
Lenny, security support for the old
has been terminated.
The Debian project is proud to have been able to
support its old distribution for such a long time, even continuing for
a full year after the new version was released.
Samuel Thibault sent some
bits from Debian GNU/Hurd porters
reporting recent achievements of the team. Among other news items,
Samuel confirmed that Debian GNU/Hurd might be available as a
technological preview for the
Wheezy release: the percentage of
packages built for it has passed 70% and the installer is available
with a graphical interface.
Samuel wants to thank Richard Braun who provided a new and faster Debian porter box, immediately accessible to Debian Developers. For more information on Debian GNU/Hurd, you can visit the Debian wiki.
Stefano Zacchiroli sent some bits from the DPL which, as usual, reported his monthly activities. During the last month, Stefano has mostly worked on patents and legal issues, including helping David Prévot and other webmasters in their effort to relicense the Debian website, writing a draft for a Debian trademark policy (with the help of Benjamin Mako Hill and the SPI lawyers), and writing a patent policy for the Debian archive that has just been published.
Cyril Brulebois mentioned on his blog that
thanks to the hard work
of dpkg developers and many (generations of) developers,
with multiarch was uploaded to experimental.
He invites everyone to try and install packages with a foreign architecture.
Sam Varghese wrote an article
John Sullivan's study on the use of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) in the
John, executive director at the Free Software Foundation, said during his
FOSDEM 2012 talk titled
Is copyleft being framed? that
93% of Debian
Squeeze's packages are released under licences in
the GPL family (including the GPL, the Affero GPL and LGPL), showing a
constant and significant increase from the previous releases.
The numbers in the talk were calculated using an existing Debian tool, but Russ Allbery
mentioned that it
designed to be used this way, so the current figures are only preliminary.
There has also been one further
People behind Debian interview: with
Beatriz Guerrero López, member of the Debian KDE team.
The Debian Project is
contributors to design graphics for the next release of the Universal
Operating System, called
Holger Levsen wrote a
from the DebConf Video Team sprint held last November in Paris,
France. During the meeting the Video Team was able to work on
configurations of software and hardware needed for streaming and
recording various important events such as DebConf and FOSDEM.
Holger ended his mail with a thankyou to IRILL who hosted the meeting and who provide storage for the hardware when not in use.
Moray Allan announced the newly appointed members of the DebConf Committee: Ana Beatriz Guerrero López, Ana Carolina Comandulli, Bdale Garbee, Christian Perrier and Guido Trotter.
The hardware behind
recently been replaced, with
the help of
Studenten Net Twente (SNT) and HP.
Christian Perrier noted that Debian bug #660000 was reported by Beatrice Torracca. Beatrice is a long-time Italian translator in Debian (and other Free Software projects such as the Italian Linux Documentation Project and Translation Project) and she's now particularly active in the translation of installation messages for Debian packages (aka debconf templates). Well done Beatrice!
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
- March 2-4, Cambridge, UK — Bug Squashing Party in Cambridge
- March 2-4, Mönchengladbach, Germany — Bug Squashing Party in Mönchengladbach
- March 10-11, Perth, Australia — Bug Squashing Party in Perth
You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe, Netherlands, Hispanic America, North America.
Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page? Send an email to the Debian Events Team.
Fourteen people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Peter Drysdale, Dominique Lasserre, Antono Vasiljev, Bastiaan Franciscus van den Dikkenberg, Tomasz Buchert, Michael van der Kolff, Daniel Hartwig, Nick Moffitt, Carlos Borroto, Yauhen Kharuzhy, Romain Bignon, Peter Michael Green, Carlos Vicente, and Daniel Jared Dominguez into our project!
According to the Bugs Search
interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release,
Wheezy, is currently affected by
613 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
410 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the
release to happen.
There are also some hints on how to interpret these numbers.
Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package: eglibc. Please read it 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) for announcements.
572 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:
- burp — simple network backup and restore program
- fake-hwclock — save and restore system clock on machines without working realtime clock
- gnome-shell-extensions — extend functionality of GNOME Shell
- ical2html — create an HTML table from icalendar data
- pchar — characterize the bandwidth, latency and loss on network links
- smartdimmer — change LCD brightness on GeForce cards
- weboob — CLI applications to interact with websites
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Francesca Ciceri, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.