Debian Project News - November 26th, 2012

Welcome to this year's twentythird issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Help your language reach 100% support in the Debian Installer

Christian Perrier recently sent a message to the Debian translators mailing list looking for people interested in translating the Debian installer into the following languages: Lithuanian, Bosnian, Tamil, Lao, Hungarian, Icelandic, Macedonian, Dzongkha, Nepali, Norwegian Nynorsk, Albanian, Amharic, Kurdish, Tagalog, Wolof (which is currently disabled because too many important strings are missing) and Tibetan. These languages are almost complete, but the regular contributors have not responded to the usual calls. Currently 55 out of 70 supported languages have reached 100% completion, the highest number ever.

Debian Installer 7.0 Beta4 released

Cyril Brulebois announced the fourth beta release of the installer for Debian 7.0. This release features, among other things, many updates to the Linux kernel as well as some major improvements in the netcfg package, which is the tool used to configure the network during the installation. As usual, the Debian Installer team asks users to test this new release: installer CDs, other media and everything you might need to install Debian on one of the thirteen architectures supported are available from the web site.

Debian newcomer experience survey

Kevin Carillo, a PhD student from Wellington, New Zealand, is currently doing research about Free/Open Source Software communities: if you are a Debian contributor who started work in Debian after January 2010, you should consider participating in his online survey. You can find more information about Kevin's research on his website.


There has been a Debian Edu interview with Angela Fuß, who describes, among other things, how she got involved in Debian Edu and her views about it.

Other news

David Paleino announced that unofficial packages for the latest revision of wicd from the upstream repository are now available, thanks to an automatic build process powered by Jenkins.

New Debian Contributors

Eight applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers, and twelve people have started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Julien Patriarca, Nathan Harrison Handler, Daniel Pocock, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz, Andrew Starr-Bochicchio, Sebastian Ramacher, Alejandro Garrido Mota, Jonathan Nieder, Dima Kogan, Bojana Borkovic, Tom Lee, Barbara Jana Wisniowska, Sebastien Jodogne, Agustin Henze, Nandaja Varma, Ross Glover, Anish A, Nicholas Robinson-Wall, Sébastien Boisvert and Daniel Skinner 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, Debian Wheezy, is currently affected by 366 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 175 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

There are also more detailed statistics as well as some hints on how to interpret these numbers.

These figures were current as of last Saturday.

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): radsecproxy, typo3-src, tiff and trousers. 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.

New and noteworthy packages

220 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:

Work-needing packages

Currently 487 packages are orphaned and 138 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Francesca Ciceri, Andrei Popescu and Justin B Rye.