Debian Project News - March 20th, 2012
Welcome to this year's sixth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Debian Project Leader Elections 2012: the candidates
Squeeze-based Debian Edu released
- Updated Debian 5.0: 5.0.10 released
- Reports from recent Bug Squashing Parties
- Announcing gobby.debian.org
- The Debian Kernel Team rocks!
- Other news
- 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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On 2 March, Kurt Roeckx, current Debian Project Secretary, sent the
for nominations for the 2012 Debian Project Leader elections.
Unlike last year, when Stefano Zacchiroli was the only candidate, this year three candidates
will be running for DPL: Wouter Verhelst, Gergely Nagy and the current DPL Stefano Zacchiroli.
The campaigning period has already started and will end on 31 March: the candidates' platforms are already available. You can follow the campaign on the debian-vote mailing list, where the prospective leaders reply to voters' questions. The voting period will start on 1 April and end on 14 April.
Squeeze-based version of Debian Edu was
Debian Edu (aka
Skolelinux) is a Debian Pure
Blend specifically targeted at schools and other educational institutions,
and provides a completely configured school network environment out of
Petter Reinholdtsen started a series of blogposts dedicated to Debian Edu / Skolelinux, which will include interviews with Debian Edu users and administrators and explanations of the team's workflows.
The Debian project is pleased to announce the
tenth and final update of its oldstable distribution, Debian 5.0
Lenny). This update mainly adds corrections
for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few
adjustments for other serious problems. Security advisories
were already published separately and are referenced where available.
Jonathan Wiltshire sent a
from the Bug Squashing Party held over the weekend of 2–4 March in Cambridge.
The BSP was a success: eighteen developers and contributors worked on 170
bugs, closing 45 bugs and adding further information for 16 bugs. Manuel
Montecelo closed the oldest
bug, opened in 2005, while Neil Williams,
requesting the removal of
opensync and associated packages, closed 25 bugs by a single action.
Paul Wise reported on the Perth Bug Squashing Party held over the weekend of 10–11 March. During the weekend about 10 people worked on 12 bugs, focusing on the release critical bugs highlighted by rc-alert.
Philipp Kern announced the availability of
server hosted by Debian. Gobby is a realtime collaborative editor
which works as a standalone desktop application. To use it, install the
package and then just connect to the server at gobby.debian.org.
In a recent article, Stefano Zacchiroli pointed out how much
Debian Kernel Team is contributing to upstream.
Not only can members of the team often be spotted among the most active
contributors to specific Linux releases, but they were
thanked by Greg Kroah-Hartman, current Linux kernel maintainer for the
-stable branch, with these words:
I would personally like to thank the Debian kernel developers,
specifically Ben Hutchings, Maximilian Attems, Dann Frazier, Bastian
Blank, and Moritz Muehlenhoff. They went above and beyond what any
normal developer would have done, ferreting patches out of the
kernel.org releases and the different vendor kernels and bug tracking
systems, backporting them to the 2.6.32 kernel, testing, and then
forwarding them on to me. Their dedication to their user community is
amazing for such a
volunteer group of developers.
I firmly believe that without their help, the 2.6.32 kernel would not
have been the success that it was. The users of Red Hat and SuSE products
owe them a great debt.
Raphaël Hertzog published
People behind Debian interview with
Herrmann (member of the Perl team).
Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities.
Koshuke Kawaguchi wrote an interesting blogpost about the clash of cultures between Debian and Maven.
The Debian Project
participate, for the seventh consecutive year,
Google Summer of Code. Further information can
be found on the Debian
Eight people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Raúl Benencia, AbdulKarim Memon, Keith Winstein, Medhamsh V, Robin Gareus, Andrea Palazzi, Sergey Slipchenko, and Anton Kokalj into our project!
According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release, Debian
Wheezy, is currently affected by 573 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 382 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 Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): libxml-atom-perl, plib, gimp, imagemagick, freetype, mysql-5.1, python-pam, libdbd-pg-perl, libyaml-libyaml-perl, and iceweasel. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package: at. 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.
315 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:
- fstransform — tool for in-place filesystem conversion
- github-backup — backs up data from GitHub
- httpcode — explain the meaning of an HTTP status code on the command line
- httpie — CLI, cURL-like tool for humans
- lammps — molecular dynamics simulator
- morsegen — convert text file to ASCII morse code
- paulstretch — extreme sound time-stretch
- pspp — statistical analysis tool
- xcrysden — crystalline and molecular structure visualizer
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri and Justin B Rye.