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Work-Needing and Prospective Packages for Debian GNU/Linux

          Work-Needing and Prospective Packages for Debian GNU/Linux
   $Id: prospective-packages.html,v 1.1 1998/02/16 23:31:33 johnie Exp $
   This document is intended to identify areas that need your
   contributions. It provides information that hopefully changes quite
   often, so it supplements the regular Debian Developer documentation:
   [1]http://www.debian.org/developers_corner.html. This document
   provides the current list of packages which are either:
     * orphaned,
     * withdrawn from the unstable distribution,
     * maintained but its developer would like to find a new person,
     * currently being worked on to include in the distribution, and
     * good ideas -- they would be nice to have, but no one is yet
       working on them.
   New versions of this document will be available via FTP and HTTP:
     * [2]http://www.debian.org/doc/prospective-packages.html
     * [3]ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-pa
     * [4]ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-pa
   Please send additions, corrections, suggestions and wishes to the WNPP
   maintainer (wnpp@debian.org). Please mention which version of this
   document your comments refer.
   Try to change the subject of your mail to reflect the packages you're
   talking about, it makes it easier for to sort out all "Re:
   Work-Needing and Prospective Packages" emails. A suggested subject
   line reads "WNPP: removing foopackage" or "WNPP: working on
   barpackage". Thanks.
                                Recent Changes
Since version 1.69 1998/02/09

     * Document converted to new DOCTYPE specification (comments on the
       new style are welcome).
     * Steve McIntyre (stevem@chiark.greenend.org.uk) has adopted seyon
       and sigrot.
     * Johnie Ingram (johnie@netgod.net) has adopted cfengine.
     * Tony Mancill (tmancill@debian.org) has adopted wanpipe.
                               Orphaned packages
   An orphaned package is a package that has no current maintainer.
   Please inform the WNPP maintainer (wnpp@debian.org) via e-mail:
     * when you find that you need to orphan a package,
     * when you believe that the following list is incomplete, or
     * when you would like to maintain one of these packages.
   The following packages are orphaned:
   By the Debian QA Group (debian-qa@lists.debian.org):
     * 9wm -- An emulation of the Plan 9 window manager 8-1/2
     * bibindex -- fast lookup in BibTeX bibliography data bases
     * byacc -- The Berkeley LALR parser generator
     * csh -- Shell with C-like syntax, standard login shell on BSD
     * ftplib -- Library of callable ftp routines
     * mcvert -- Tool to deal with specially encoded Macintosh files
     * netcat -- TCP/IP swiss army knife
     * pari -- A package for number theorists (non-free)
     * paridoc -- The documentation and examples for the PARI system
     * rc -- An implementation of the AT&T Plan 9 shell.
     * sam -- A plan9 derived text editor
     * ucbmpeg -- MPEG video encoder and analysis tools (non-free)
     * ucbmpeg-play -- Software-only MPEG video player (non-free)
     * xabacus -- Implementation of the classic Chinese abacus
     * xbattle -- A concurrent multi-player battle strategy game
     * xmcpustate -- Displays CPU/Swap/Memory/Network load
     * xodo -- Odometer tracking the distance travelled by your mouse
     * xpostitplus -- PostIt(tm) notes for X windows
   By Andreas Jellinghaus (aj@dungeon.inka.de):
     * The KDE Suite (contrib)
     * giflib -- shared library for GIF images (non-free)
   By Patrick Edwards (pje120@mail.usask.ca):
     * cfs -- cryptographic filesystem (non-us)
     * saytime -- Say the time through your soundcard
     * sniffit -- System administrator TCP/IP snooping tool
     * mailpgp (non-us)
   By Joey Hess (joey@kite.ml.org):
     * Kmodplayer -- KDE module player (non-free)
       Ideally, it should be adopted by the same person who takes KDE.
   By Steve Dunham (dunham@cps.msu.edu):
     * xtar-dmotif -- Motif front end for tar
     * xtar-smotif -- Motif front end for tar, with static libXm
   By Helmut Geyer (Helmut.Geyer@iwr.uni-heidelberg.de):
     * ghostview -- The GNU PostScript viewer (X11 frontend to
     * xxgdb -- A X front-end to the GNU debugger gdb
   By Orn E. Hansen
     * xmailtool -- The good old BSD style mail reader
   By Yves Arrouye (Yves.Arrouye@marin.fdn.fr):
     * psptools -- Tools for PostScript printers and devices
   By Erick Branderhorst (branderh@debian.IAEhv.nl):
     * wenglish -- English dictionary words for /usr/dict
   By Larry 'Daffy' Daffner (vizzie@airmail.net):
     * xscreensaver -- Automatic screensaver for X
   By Fabien Ninoles (ninf01@gel.usherb.ca):
     * vrweb -- A VRML browser and editor
   By Robert Leslie (rob@mars.org):
     * motifnls -- Files needed to run some Motif applications
   By Michael Fletcher (zidj@geocities.com):
     * javalex -- A Lex style analyser for java
     * java-cup -- LALR grammar parser for java (contrib)
     * rsynth -- Text to speach program (non-free)
   By Karl Sackett (krs@cortex.caos.aamu.edu):
     * blt -- A library of extensions to the Tk toolkit
     * courtney -- Program to detect SATAN scans
     * groupkit -- Real-time groupware applications package
     * imgstar -- IMG* Image Processing Toolset and C Library (non-free)
     * lee -- Latent Energy Environment
     * objpak -- An Objective-C collection class library
     * pgapack -- A general-purpose genetic algorithm library
     * premail -- An e-mail privacy package (non-free)
     * saoimage -- A utility for displaying astronomical images
     * snns -- Stuttgart Neural Net Simulator (non-free)
     * tcs -- Character set translator
     * wily -- A work-alike of the Acme programming environment for Plan
     * xephem-smotif -- An interactive astronomical ephemeris for X
   By Christian Schwarz (schwarz@monet.m.isar.de):
     * hyperlatex -- Creating HTML using LaTeX documents
     * latex2rtf -- LaTeX text to RTF format translator
   By Herbert Xu (herbert@debian.org):
     * gettyps -- Replacement for getty
                              Withdwrawn packages
   A withdrawn package is an orphaned package that is no longer in the
   unstable distribution, but instead stored in project/orphaned. A new
   maintainer is needed to resurrect these pacakges:
     * apsfilter -- A lineprinter input filter for systems with lpd/lpr
     * auto-pgp -- integrates PGP with Emacs RMAIL mode (non-free)
     * cfgtool -- Manipulate system configuration variables
     * compress-package -- fileset to build Debian compress packages
     * dld -- a library package of C functions that performs dynamic link
       editing (do we still need this?)
     * fwtk -- TIS firewall toolkit
     * gpc -- GNU Pascal Compiler
     * infocom -- A freely distributable parser for Infocom data files
     * isite -- Information System for Libraries
     * j1 -- A compiler of some sort
     * libc4 -- The Linux C library version 4 (a.out)
     * mailcrypt -- Emacs lisp interface to PGP and anonymous remailers
     * mathpad -- Mathematically oriented document preparation
     * pash -- a full screen shell for Unix (contrib)
     * ppd-adobe -- Adobe's PostScript Printer Description files
     * splay -- MPEG-3 audio player (contrib)
     * term -- a serial-line multiplexer
     * wnorwegian -- The norwegian dictionary words for /usr/dict
     * xarchie -- X11 browser interface to archie (non-free)
     * zyxel -- U-1496 (ZyXEL) Modem Driver for dialin, fax, and
       voice-mail (non-free)
                       Packages needing a new maintainer
   Please inform the WNPP maintainer (wnpp@debian.org) via e-mail when
   you find that you'd like to discontinue maintaining a package. To
   adopt a package, please inform both WNPP and the current maintainer of
   the package.
   The following packages are offered up for adoption:
   By J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) (jdassen@wi.LeidenUniv.nl):
     * lesstif -- Hungry Programmers' version of OSF/Motif.
       Maintaining the package itself is not difficult - the packaging is
       reasonably straightforward. The difficulty with this package lies
       in the fact that LessTif still suffers from many bugs (e.g. a
       memory leak showing up with xmcd, locking up X with nedit and DDD)
       and some missing features. The ideal maintainer would be somebody
       who is familiar with debugging X stuff, and who is prepared to
       work closely with the upstream developers.
   By Rob Browning (rlb@cs.utexas.edu):
     * libident -- a simple RFC1413 client library
     * scm -- A Scheme language interpreter
     * slib -- Portable Scheme library
   By Vincent Renardias (vincent@waw.com):
     * lde -- Linux Disk Editor
     * scilab -- Matrix-based scientific software package (a la Matlab
       and Xmath) (non-free)
   By Martin Schulze (joey@infodrom.north.de):
     * staroffice3 -- Star Office 3.1 installer
   By Michael Meskes (meskes@topsystem.de):
     * html2latex -- Convert HTML markup to LaTeX markup (non-free)
     * icmake -- Intelligent C-like MAKEr, or the ICce MAKE utility
     * ntfs -- A driver for the Windows NT file system
     * umsdos -- UMSDOS file system utilities
     * xftp -- Athena X interface to ftp
   By Joost Witteveen (joost@rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl):
     * axe -- An editor for X (non-free)
     * pixmap -- A pixmap editor
     * pstoedit -- Converts ps files into edditable files for xfig/tgif
     * wm2 -- Small, unconfigurable window manager
   By Christoph Lameter (clameter@waterf.org):
     * adpkg -- Alternate Package maintenance system (experimental)
     * automount -- Automatically mount inserted CDs and floppy disks
     * berolist -- Easy-to-use, easy-to-install mailing list server
     * debsums -- Tools to handle md5sums for installed packages
     * dhcp, dhcp-beta, dhcp-client-beta, dhcp-relay-beta -- DHCP
       automatic IP address assignment
     * floppybackup -- Floppy backup using a diversity of floppy formats
     * frad -- Frame Relay Tools for DLCI/SDLA Drivers in 2.0/2.1 kernels
     * fvwm95 -- Win95 lookalike Window Manager for X
     * jail -- Just another ICMP Logger
     * jered -- Simple C/C++ text editor with color
     * le -- Text Editor with block and binary operations
     * mserver -- Network Modem Server
     * mtr -- Matt's Traceroute
     * ncsa -- Small featureless NCSA Webserver
     * optimizer -- Assembler Code optimizer for MMX, PPro and Pentium
     * poppassd -- Password change server for Eudora and NUPOP
     * pptp-linux -- PPTP Microsoft Compatible Tunneling Protocol
     * sftp -- Small ftp client with amazing features
     * sharefont -- Shareware font selection for X11 (non-free)
     * smb-nat -- SMB Network Analysis Tool
     * xfstt -- TrueType Font Server for X11
     * xskat -- Skat as defined by the official german Skatordnung
     * zed -- powerful, multipurpose, configurable Text Editor
     * zmailer -- Mailer for Extreme Performance Demands
                      Packages that someone is working on
   Programs listed in this section aren't yet available as Debian
   packages, but someone is working on providing a package. If you would
   like to work on one of these packages please contact the responsible
   person listed below.
   The following packages are being worked on:
   By Ed Petron (epetron@leba.net):
     * Purdue Compiler Construction Tool Set (PCCTS)
   By Leland Olds (olds@eskimo.com):
     * YADE -- Yet Another Diagram Editor
   By Jim Pick (jim@jimpick.com):
     * [5]mico ORB
   By Anselm Lingnau (lingnau@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de):
     * tclhttpd -- TCL-based webserver
   By Shaleh (shaleh@livenet.net):
     * [6]The enlightenment window manager
   By Erik Andersen (andersee@debian.org):
     * [7]Willows TWIN
   By Jean Pierre LeJacq (jplejacq@quoininc.com):
     * printop -- lprng GUI
   By Alexander Lazarevic (lazarevi@prinz-atm.cs.Uni-Magdeburg.DE):
     * squeak -- implementation of Smalltalk
   By Stuart Lamble (lamble@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au):
     * [8]Modula-3
   By Igor Grobman (igor@digicron.com):
     * (x)battleball -- 3D soccer game
   By Brian Bassett (brian@butterfly.ml.org):
     * Caldera COAS
   By Joel Klecker (jk@espy.org):
     * zile -- an emacs-like editor
   By Darren (torin@daft.com):
     * giftool
   By Brian Sulcer (bsulcer@gibson.com):
     * vile (vi-like editor)
     * rogue
     * umoria
   By Martin Schulze (joey@infodrom.north.de):
     * vtwm -- Virtual Window Manager for X11
     * yodl
   By Christian Lynbech (lynbech@daimi.aau.dk):
     * ilisp -- emacs interface to a number of lisp systems
     * hyperbole -- emacs hypertext/info management system
     * oobr -- emacs package for browsing OO programs
     * STk -- Scheme Tk, a scheme interpreter with Tk support
   By Dermot Bradley (bradley@debian.org):
     * Umich LDAP
     * Nocol -- network admin/monitoring
   By Vincent Renardias (vincent@odin.waw.com):
     * FWF (Free Widget Foundation) -- A pretty good set of graphic
     * [9]Aero -- A Physically Based Simulation and Animation System
   By Klee Dienes (klee@sedona.com):
     * NIST's POSIX validation suite
   By Yoshiaki Yanagihara (yosiaki@bsd2.kbnes.nec.co.jp):
     * japanese packages -- mule, canna, Japanese Extended less
   By Boris D. Beletsky (borik@isracom.co.il):
     * MIT scheme
     * Scheme->C
     * [10]Freedom Desktop
   By Christian Leutloff (leutloff@debian.org):
     * newtonlink
     * dtdparse
   By Todd Graham Lewis (tlewis@mindspring.com):
     * Kerberos V (crypto) (non-US maintainer still needed)
     * socks
   By Kai Henningsen (kai@khms.westfalen.de):
     * sather
   By John Goerzen (jgoerzen@complete.org):
     * WorldVU-Atlantis BBS package
     * midiplay (MIDI player)
   By Tristan McCann (trismcc@nh.ultranet.com):
     * Linux phone
   By Martin Alonso Soto Jacome (masoto@uniandes.edu.co):
     * [11]jazz midi sequencer
   By Christian Meder (christian.meder@utoronto.ca):
     * [12]MuPAD -- computer algebra tool from University of Paderborn,
   By Andy Mortimer (andy.mortimer@poboxes.com):
     * TinyMUSH
   By Yann Dirson (dirson@univ-mlv.fr):
     * Using SGML, basic concepts -- documentation
     * Understanding and writing SGML DTDs -- documentation
   By Hamish Moffatt (hamish@debian.org):
     * [13]mars_nwe -- Netware server
   By Marco Budde (Marco.Budde@hqsys.antar.com):
     * HTML version of Matt Welsh's "Installation & Getting Started"
   By Charles Briscoe-Smith (cpb4@ukc.ac.uk):
     * UPS -- the X-based debugger (there are Linux-specific patches
     * GSpreview
   By Peter Tonoli (anarchie@brimstone.suburbia.net):
     * terroid
   By Joost Kooij (joost@kooij.com):
     * xbat
   By Will Lowe (harpo@udel.edu):
     * clisp
   By Stephan Suerken (suerken@fh-worms.de):
     * uae
     * gom
     * xpcd
   By Brian S. Julin (bri@mojo.calyx.net):
     * hypernews
   By Robert Resendes (resendes@ici.net):
     * [14]omniORB
   By Ole Jørgen Tetlie (olet@ifi.uio.no):
     * battalion
   By Jean Pierre LeJacq (jplejacq@quoininc.com):
     * crack
     * cracklib
   By Federico Di Gregorio (fog@perosa.alpcom.it):
     * reiserfs
   By James R. Van Zandt (jrv@vanzandt.mv.com):
     * emacsspeak-bs
     * emacsspeak-ap
     * emacsspeak-ac
     * emacsspeak-xx
   By David Damerell (damerell@chiark.greenend.org.uk):
     * mangband
   By Gregor Hoffleit (flight@thefly.mathi.uni-heidelberg.de):
     * gstep-make
     * gstep-gui
     * gstep-xdps
     * gstep-db
     * dgs
     * cakit
     * ockit
     * objc
   By Brian Bassett (brian@butterfly.ml.org):
     * cgic -- CGI C library from boutell.com
     * srgp -- Simple Raster Graphics Package
   By Leonardo Boselli (leo@dicea.unifi.it):
     * listguard -- mailing list manager
   By Gergely Madarasz (gorgo@caesar.elte.hu):
     * hugs -- haskell interpreter
   By Branden Robinson (branden@apocalypse.sequitur.org):
     * xtrs -- TRS-80 emulator
   By Claus R. Wickinghoff (chef@sundancer.oche.de):
     * changesys -- newsgroup ordering tool
                 Programs that aren't available yet in Debian
   Programs listed in this section aren't yet available as Debian
   packages, but there has been an expressed desire to include them. If
   you want to create one of these packages, or any Debian package,
   please send an e-mail with an "Intent to create ..." subject line to
   the Debian development list (debian-devel@lists.debian.org).
   If you are not already a developer, instructions on joining the Debian
   Project are in the "Developers Corner" of the Debian website.
   Programming and development
     * ECoLisp -- a Common Lisp compiler that produces faster code but
       isn't as widely used as GCL
     * CLiCC -- Common Lisp compiler that generates stand-alone apps
       (rather large ones, though)
     * CLX -- Common Lisp Xlib implementation
     * PCL -- Portable Common Loops for GCL
     * Cross-compilation environments for alpha, m68k, SPARC
     * [15]ACE -- (a free C++ library)
     * [16]FPK pascal
     * [17]GNU Nana -- improved support for assertions and logging in C
       and C++.
     * [18]qddb -- a relational database.
     * Kubota Graphics Corporation's now-PD 3-D visualization system,
     * The LGPL-ed GUI library [19]fltk which is supposed to be
       compatible with (non-free) XForms toolkit. Use of XForms is the
       sole reason that several useful packages like lyx are in contrib
       rather than main.
     * Andrew
     * [20]mergemem
     * grok -- database with many functions
     * xidle
   Networking and Communication
     * ftptool
     * [21]Speakerphone/Answering Machine for USR and Rockwell Modems
     * [22]SSL FTP and FTPD -- If possible, the SSL functionality for the
       daemon should be ported to the one in netstd, as that may contain
       security fixes not in SSL ftpd.
   Text utilities
     * HTML editors (tkHTML, auc-html.el)
     * [23]Virtual Paper
     * [24]sfio -- C library stdio replacement
     * [25]Artificial Life Programs
     * [26]Acmaint -- user administration tool
     * [27]hpack -- non-us archiver
     * [28]rar -- shareware archiver
                      Programs that someone should write
   This section contains suggestions/wishes for programs. There is no
   known implementation of such a program for Linux.
     * amspell (ms-dos) -like spell checker, i.e. a spell checker that
       checks the complete text first, searching for alternatives (on the
       fly) and asking for user action at the very end of the checking
       process. This saves much time on low memory machines.


   1. http://www.debian.org/developers_corner.html
   2. http://www.debian.org/doc/prospective-packages.html
   3. ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-packages.txt
   4. ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-packages.html
   5. http://diamant-atm.vsb.cs.uni-frankfurt.de/~mico/
   6. http://www.enlightenment.org/
   7. http://www.willows.com/
   8. http://www.research.digital.com/SRC/modula-3/html/home.html
   9. http://www.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/ipvr/bv/aero/
  10. ftp://fsw.com/pub/fdlite/FDlite1.32.tar.gz
  11. http://rokke.grm.hia.no/per/jazz.html
  12. http://math-www.uni-paderborn.de/~cube
  13. ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/ncpfs
  14. http://www.orl.co.uk/omniORB/omniORB.html
  15. http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~schmidt/ACE.html
  16. http://sun01.brain.uni-freiburg.de/%7Eklaus/fpk-pas/
  17. http://wattle.cs.ntu.edu.au/homepages/pjm/nana-home/
  18. ftp://ftp.hsdi.com/pub/qddb/sources/
  19. http://www.cinenet.net/users/spitzak/fltk/
  20. http://www.mondoshawan.ml.org/mergemem/
  21. http://www.mindspring.com/~bnaylor/spk/
  22. ftp://ftp.psy.uq.oz.au/pub/Crypto/SSLapps/
  23. http://www.research.digital.com/SRC/virtualpaper/
  24. http://www.oasis.leo.org/perl/src/independent/sfio.dsc.html
  25. http://alife.santafe.edu/
  26. ftp://ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/pub/ACMAINT/
  27. http://sunsite.doc.ic.ac.uk/public/computing/archiving/compress/hpack/
  28. http://www.zetnet.co.uk/RAR.T-Mail/

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