Debian Project News - September 30th, 2013
Welcome to this year's seventeenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- A summary of Debian GSoC 2013
- Coming updates for Wheezy and Squeeze
- Other news
- Upcoming events
- New Debian Contributors
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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The Google Summer of Code has now come to an end, and the 15 students working the whole summer on improving Debian have sent in their final reports. They've worked on various subjects such as ZFS on Linux integration, a rewrite of the package tracking system, improvements to Debian search, scan-building the Debian archive, a MIPS N32/N64 port, and a redesign of metapackage creation for Debian Blends. The full list of Debian GSoC students and their projects can be found on the Debian blog. The Debian project thanks the GSoC students for their amazing work and the Debian mentors who followed them during these four months.
Adam D. Barratt announced that both stable and oldstable Debian releases will be updated in the coming weeks: the Wheezy 7.2 minor revision is scheduled for October 12 and the Squeeze 6.0.8 minor revision for October 19.
Andreas Tille wrote a detailed report of his experiences in DebConf13 in Switzerland this summer.
Paul Tagliamonte wrote an interesting article on his blog about how and why system package managers like APT and pip, a tool to install Python modules, can coexist.
Debian Edu 7.1+edu0, the sixth Debian Edu / Skolelinux release,
based on Debian 7
was released on September 28.
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
- October 3-5, Montrouge, France — Debian booth at the Open World Forum;
- October 10-12, Oslo, Norway — Bug squashing party for Debian and Ubuntu.
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.
One applicant has been accepted as Debian Developer, and seven people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Jacob Appelbaum, Doug Torrance, Mattia Rizzolo, Yann Amar, Simon Gareste, Kevin Bortis, Octavio Alvarez, and M. Hamish Bowman into our project!
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): python-django, iceweasel, chrony, puppet, icedove, pyopenssl, libvirt, and davfs2. 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) for announcements.
213 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:
- anomaly — detection of anomalous data in a numeric stream
- catch — C++ Automated Test Cases in Headers
- clang-modernize-3.4 — tool to convert C++98 and C++03 code to C++11
- cubemap — scalable video reflector, designed to be used with VLC
- fonts-ebgaramond-extra — EB Garamond Initials and TrueType fonts
- gpg-remailer — tool to forward re-encrypted PGP/GPG mail to a group
- ipv6toolkit — security assessment and troubleshooting tool for the IPv6 protocols
- keysync — synchronization of OTR identities between the different chat programs
- musl — standard C library
- rel2gpx — creation of GPX-track from OSM relation
- squishyball — audio sample comparison testing tool
- ssh-agent-filter — filtering proxy for ssh-agent
- view3dscene — VRML / X3D browser, and a viewer for other 3D model formats
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.