Debian Weekly News - August 22nd, 2006
Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Jörg Jaspert announced that the backports
archive also understands the tilde character in version strings and that
packages are set to
NotAutomatic so that they shouldn't be
updated automatically anymore. HP recently
announced that they support Debian GNU/Linux on its ProLiant, BladeSystem
servers, and the new HP t5725 Thin Client server.
Event Coordination in the German-speaking Area. Meike Reichle announced a new Wiki page for coordinating public events in the German-speaking area such as fairs, exhibitions and conferences in which the Debian projects participates. This is one result of a meeting of Debian event organisers last weekend. Alexander Schmehl added that the events section on the Debian website will be overhauled in the near future.
WNPP Bug Report Page. Hendrik Sattler noticed that the page for Work-Needing and Prospective Packages (WNPP) in the bug tracking system causes problems with Konqueror and Firefox due to the sheer size of 3 MB. Ben Armstrong reminded the existence of light pages with direct links to the different WNPP packages sections.
Review of Debian Development Tools. As part of his research on Debian, Martin Krafft asked about the tools that have been successfully adopted or those that have been rejected by the developers. Michael Banck mentioned CDBS, Alioth and Debian's Subversion repository, but Debhelper, patch management systems and distributed version control systems have also been widely adopted. Debian Developers also appreciated devscripts and package checkers like lintian, linda and piuparts. A list of tools is available.
New Desktop Features. Gustavo Noronha Silva announced the upload of a new version of update-notifier. This tool, that was initially made by Ubuntu, puts a notification icon in the notification area and warns the user about updates being available. The version of the Debian package notifies about reboot requirements for critical packages only and informs about Debian CDs/DVDs inserted in the drive. Such features should contribute to make Debian a nicer desktop distribution.
Publicity for Debian Events. Joey Schulze asked to emphasise events a bit more again. He suggested also more talks and workshops with a Debian background and more promotion. This would generate more interest by users to meet Debian people at exhibitions and conferences and would give developers a better chance to talk to users in person. It would also be nice if a report would be written after the event.
Alioth Updates. Roland Mas reported that the Alioth host costa now supports both git and bzr for hosting source archives. He added an explanation how to use both systems to access the repositories. User replication has also been improved so that the downtime drops from 15 minutes to only a few seconds.
Etch Kernel Schedule Proposal. Frederik Schüler suggested to select 2.6.18, which is to be released within the next four weeks, as final kernel for etch and freeze it at the beginning of November. Frans Pop, however, would prefer the kernel to remain in unstable at least one month before it migrates into testing.
New Architectures for Packages. Ludovic Brenta wondered how to inform build daemon that a package should be built on another architecture than before. Luk Claes answered that the maintainers of Packages-arch-specific need to be contacted. Wouter Verhelst added an explanation why the wanna-build database doesn't use control files but archive index files.
Managing Packages with Subversion. Marcus Better recently started to use subversion to maintain his packages and wondered what the recommended repository layout would be. The point of having a common layout is that it would be possible to write support tools that make this layout less cumbersome to work with.
Creative Commons 3.0 Public Draft. Evan Prodromou reported on the public draft of the next version of Creative Commons licenses. The changes from the 2.x version are largely due to an effort to make the licenses compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG). He wondered if the anti-DRM requirement in the license draft, without a parallel distribution proviso, make it incompatible with the DFSG?
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
- DSA 1152: trac — Information disclosure.
- DSA 1153: clamav — Arbitrary code execution.
- DSA 1154: squirrelmail — Information disclosure.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
- flamerobin — Graphical database administration tool for Firebird DBMS.
- gcdmaster — GNOME GUI for cdrdao.
- kildclient — Powerful MUD client with a built-in Perl interpreter.
- page-crunch — Frontend to psutils programs, like psnup, psbook.
- seccure — Tools for using algorithms based on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC).
- sim-qt — Simple Instant Messenger (Qt).
- subcommander — Graphical client for subversion.
- subtitleeditor — Graphical subtitle editor with sound waves representation.
- videolink — Assembles a DVD video filesystem from HTML pages and video files.
- xmms2 — Client/server based media player system.
Orphaned Packages. 13 packages were orphaned this week and
require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 328 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.
- gdtclft — Tcl interface to GD graphics creation library. (Bug#383651)
- libtk-img — Extended image format support for Tcl/Tk. (Bug#383652)
- pgpdump — PGP packet visualiser. (Bug#383129)
- pipsecd — IPsec tunnel implementation. (Bug#384134)
- rsjog — Handler for Sony Vaio "Jog Dial". (Bug#383134)
- tclmagick — Tcl bindings for ImageMagick. (Bug#383653)
- tclparser — Tcl extension to access Tcl's internal parser. (Bug#383654)
- tclsoap — SOAP implementation for Tcl. (Bug#383530)
- tclthread — Tcl extension implementing script level access to Tcl threading capabilities. (Bug#383655)
- tclvfs — Exposes Tcl 8.4's virtual filesystem C API to the Tcl script level. (Bug#383656)
- tdom — XML/DOM/XPath/XSLT implementation for Tcl. (Bug#383657)
- tkcon — Enhanced interactive console for developing in Tcl. (Bug#383658)
- zapata — Zapata telephony interface library (development). (Bug#383834)
Removed Packages. 24 packages have been removed from the Debian archive during the past week:
- fidogate — Gateway Fido <-> Internet
Bug#374520: Request of QA, security issues, RC-buggy, orphaned, few users.
- gnat — GNU Ada 95 compiler
Bug#377331: Request of maintainer, superseded by gcc-defaults.
- eskuel — Pretty PHP administration tool for MySQL databases
Bug#380202: Request of maintainer, abandoned upstream, superseded by phpmyadmin.
- gch — Ada quality & style checker
Bug#380193: Request of QA, abandoned upstream, unmaintained, superseded by adacontrol, RC-buggy.
- 44bsd-rdist — 4.4BSD rdist.
Bug#380192: Request of QA, RC-buggy, few users, orphaned.
- kernel-patch-nfs-swap — Patch to Linux to enable swapping over NFS
Bug#379328: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable release; orphaned; RC-buggy.
- python-parted — Python bindings for GNU parted
Bug#379034: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable release, orphaned, RC-buggy.
- libhoard — Fast memory allocation library
Bug#332538: Request of QA, orphaned, out of date, few users.
- qmailadmin — Web interface for managing qmail with virtual domains
Bug#333082: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable release, few users.
- libgtk2-podviewer-perl — Perl Gtk2 widget for displaying Plain Old Documentation (POD)
Bug#351889: Request of maintainer, superseded by libgtk2-ex-podviewer-perl.
- net-dict-leo — Perl module to translate English words to German and vice versa
Bug#362016: Request of maintainer, no longer legally usable.
- libaudio-flac-perl — Perl interface to FLAC file information and comment fields
Bug#344077: Request of maintainer, superseded by libaudio-flac-header-perl.
- ipchains — Network firewalling for Linux 2.2.x
Bug#382665: Request of QA, kernel 2.2 only.
- kernel-patch-2.4-supermount-ng — Automatically mount and unmount removable media
Bug#298998: Request of QA, orphaned, out of date.
- kernel-image-2.4.27-[!i386,!m68k] — Linux 2.4.27 kernel images
Bug#383553: Request of maintainer, obsolete.
- amap — Network protocol probing tool
Bug#381185: Request of maintainer, non-free.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel, Mohammed Adnène Trojette and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.