Debian Project News - December 8th, 2010
Welcome to this year's seventeenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Updated Debian GNU/Linux: 5.0.7 released
- Debian WWW Sprint
- ZFS support in
- Interview with Debian Developer Colin Watson
This week in Debianinterviews
- Other news
- New Debian Contributors
- Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
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Updated Debian GNU/Linux: 5.0.7 released
A new update
for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
Lenny has been released.
Due to an issue with the preparation, the linux-2.6 packages included
in this point release do not incorporate the security fixes released in DSA 2110-1.
which has just been released, includes the updates from both DSA 2110-1
linux-2.6 packages from this point release.
All other recent security updates have been
added as well as some fixes for critical issues.
New CD and DVD images as well as update CDs and DVDs are available.
Debian WWW Sprint
Gerfried Fuchs announced an upcoming Debian WWW Sprint to finalise the last bits that are needed to get the new design for the website happening. The sprint will happen on the weekend of December 17 to 19 in Vienna, Austria. People interested in attending with a somewhat firm knowledge of CSS are welcome to get in contact as soon as possible. A preliminary agenda for the meeting is available.
ZFS support in
Robert Millan is pleased to announce that the
last missing patch for ZFS support has been added to the official Installer.
This updates the already existing
ZFS integration into the Debian Installer we relayed less than two months ago.
This means that Debian
Squeeze will be one
of the first GNU distributions to support ZFS.
Interview with Debian Developer Colin Watson
Raphaël Hertzog published an interview
with long-time Debian Developer Colin Watson, who has been
taking care of
man-db for more than ten years.
He has done a lot of work on the debian-installer,
especially the partitioner, and plans to design a new
interface to handle disk naming consistently for
He also works on GRUB 2, which may be the best opportunity to
reduce the need for the current mass of boot loaders.
Colin Watson also provides information about Ubuntu and
what persons he admires most among Debian developers.
This week in Debian interviews
Since the last issue of the Debian Project News, two new issues of the
This week in
Debian podcast have been published: with
Wirzenius, author of Debian's Upstream Guide and member of the Front Desk project; and with
Foster, discussing Maemo and Debian derivatives.
Final and official dates for DebConf11 have been published: DebCamp will be held from July 17 to 23 2011, followed by DebConf from July 24 to 30, in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Petter Reinholdtsen produced some statistics
of distribution usage from almost 100,000 computers registered with
popularity-contest: more than
60% of them are running
Lenny, the current stable release.
Paul Wise sent an update about the Debian derivatives front desk, reporting about what has already been achieved, and sharing thoughts about what could be done in the future. He proposes quarterly derivatives meeting on IRC and annual face-to-face meetings at DebConf, and also invites updates of the census of Debian derivatives.
New Debian Contributors
4 applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers, 4 applicants have been accepted as Debian Maintainers, and 7 people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Siegfried-Angel Gevatter Pujals, Sebastian Reichel, Jonathan Wiltshire, Michael Hanke, Michael Gilbert, Aron Xu, Christian Hofstaedtler, Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyerand, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre, Andreas Rönnquist, Tim Gokcen, Daniel Stender, Iker Salmón San Millán, Hector Oron and Kilian Valkhof into our project!
Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
According to the Bugs Search
interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release,
Squeeze, is currently affected by
246 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
79 release-critical bugs remain to be solved for the
release to happen.
Alexander also noted that the number of release-critical bugs needing to be solved in
Squeeze dropped by a
stunning 40 bugs in just one week!
There are also more detailed statistics as well as some hints on how to interpret these numbers.
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): openssl, linux-2.6, wireshark, libxml2, and krb5. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Backports Team released an advisory for the package: znc. Please read it carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Volatile Team released two update announcements for the packages: tor and clamav. 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 volatile list) for announcements.
New and noteworthy packages
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently (among others):
- debian-kernel-handbook — reference to Debian Linux kernel packages and development
- developers-reference-ja — guidelines and information for Debian developers, in Japanese
- fcitx-tools — tools for Free Chinese Input Toy for X (XIM)
- gwibber-service-facebook — Facebook plugin for Gwibber
- gwibber-service-flickr — Flickr plugin for Gwibber
- gwibber-service-identica — Identi.ca plugin for Gwibber
- gwibber-service-twitter — Twitter plugin for Gwibber
- med-cloud — Debian Med bioinformatics applications usable in cloud computing
- opennebula — controller which executes the OpenNebula cluster services
- sciteproj — project manager for usage with the SciTE editor
- sshuttle — transparent proxy server for VPN over SSH
- trimage — GUI and command-line interface to optimize image files
- wicd-kde — wired and wireless network manager - KDE client
Please note that due to the freeze of the upcoming
Squeeze acceptance of new packages has almost ceased.
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by David Prévot and Alexander Reichle-Schmehl.