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Debian Weekly News - 26 Jan to 1 Feb 1999

     [ Also available at http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/1999/5/ ]

                   Debian Weekly News - 26 Jan to 1 Feb 1999
   Welcome to the fifth edition of Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for
   the Debian developer community. Debian Weekly News has been in
   publication for a month now. How are we doing? [8]Write to the editor
   and let us know what parts of the newsletter you like best, and what
   needs improvement.
   Attention all developers: [9]Elections for Debian project leader close
   on the 3rd; hurry up and vote if you haven't already. Just don't
   [10]vote like Netgod.
   The [11]gimp contest for new Debian logos [12]has begun. It will run
   for one month, then a [13]5 person logo team will weed out the best
   logos for the rest of Debian to vote on. "The winner will be awarded
   an email-address at debian.org, a CD-set with Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 for
   the architectures of his/her choice (alpha, i386, m68k, or sparc) and
   ever-lasting fame for creating the one and only Debian logo-set."
   Development of dpkg will soon begin again. Ian Jackson says he plans
   to get to work on it once he's no longer project leader. Guy Maor
   [14]intends to do some work on it, and long MIA Klee Dienes has
   [15]re-surfaced and is looking for some dpkg coding tasks to work on
   too. Guy has already implemented a [16]nice new feature: When a new
   experimental dpkg-dev package is used, dinstall (the program that
   installs packages onto the ftp site) can now announce package uploads
   to the correct list, and close bugs fixed by those uploads.
   There have been suggestions to clean up dselect's access methods. One
   [17]suggestion is to take out harddisk, mounted, cdrom, and nfs;
   either removing them entirely or splitting them into a separate
   package. This would prevent some of the confusion newbies experience
   when they first use dselect, at least until they get to the package
   selection part.
   Of course, the ultimate end to dselect confusion is apt; and
   gnome-apt, the GUI front end to apt, has finally been [18]released as
   a .deb. "Who says package management can't be Sexy?". It's available
   The long awaited X packages have been [20]released to frozen, and they
   sport the longest Debian changelog entry ever, weighing in at an
   impressive 189 lines. (This has been [21]verified by a scan of the
   entire distribution.) In other X news, Stephen Crowley [22]plans to
   package RedHat's Xconfigurator as part of Debian.
   A [23]draft chapter of the O'Reilly book [24]Open Sources mentions
   Debian in several places. The chapter is written by Bruce Perens and
   describes the Open Source Definition. "the Debian Free Software
   Guidelines were the right document to define Open Source"
   Darren Benham is [25]searching for new software for list archiving.
   Hopefully, it will support pgp/MIME signatures, and it must be
   DFSG-free. Among other problems, the current list archiving software
   used on the Debian web site [26]has a Y2K problem. And speaking of
   Debian and Y2K, we now have a [27]Y2K web page.
   And last but not least, the longest thread on the lists this week was
   a [28]frustrating dialog with the author of libtool about its use of
   -rpath. Many developers agree this is a bad idea for linux systems;
   the libtool author disagrees. After arguing in circles for days, we
   haven't quite reached a resolution, but a hack of ld.so is looking
   likely instead of a change to libtool.
   Help wanted:
     * If you notice your cron running jobs at the wrong time of day, you
       can help the maintainer track down the cause of this problem by
       doing a little [29]experiment.
     * Several applications linked statically to gettext need to be
       [30]recompiled. There's a security hole involved. If you maintain
       a package that uses gettext, check it out.
     * Work on [31]lsh, the free ssh clone is progressing, but help is
       still needed. Non-US developers are [32]asked to participate,
       since they are able to hack on crypto code, but those from the US
       can still contribute by other means.
   Followups to previous news items:
     * The Zope license has been [33]changed and is now DFSG free.
   To receive this newsletter weekly in your mailbox, [34]subscribe to
   the debian-devel-announce mailing list.
   [35]Back issues of this newsletter are available.
   Debian weekly news is edited by [36]Joey Hess.


   8. mailto:joeyh@debian.org
   9. http://www.debian.org/vote/1999/vote_0001
  10. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/1999/5/mail#1
  11. http://contest.gimp.org/
  12. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/1999/5/mail#2
  13. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/1999/5/mail#3
  14. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-dpkg-9901/msg00149.html
  15. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-dpkg-9901/msg00162.html
  16. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02650.html
  17. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-testing-9901/msg00217.html
  18. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02402.html
  19. http://www.debian.org/~hp/gnome-apt.html
  20. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-changes-9901/msg02183.html
  21. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02490.html
  22. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02195.html
  23. http://www.hams.com/OSD.html
  24. http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/
  25. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-www-9901/msg00064.html
  26. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/1999/5/mail#4
  27. http://master.debian.org/~csmall/y2k.html
  28. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02245.html
  29. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02311.html
  30. http://bugs.debian.org/28850
  31. http://www.net.lut.ac.uk/psst/
  32. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9901/msg02030.html
  33. http://www.zope.com/News?query_start=1
  34. http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/subscribe
  35. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/
  36. mailto:joeyh@debian.org

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