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Debian Documentation Project switched to SVN

 The Debian Documentation Project converted its CVS repository to
 Subversion[1]. All documentation contributors should continue their work
 in the new SVN repository hosted on svn.debian.org.

 * Authenticated checkout: svn co svn+ssh://svn.debian.org/svn/ddp/manuals/trunk manuals
 * Anonymous checkout: svn co svn://svn.debian.org/ddp/manuals/trunk manuals

  -- Raphael Hertzog

 [1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2008/03/msg00002.html

Machine-interpretable debian/copyright

 In august 2007, Sam Hocevar proposed to make debian/copyright

 "It is one of the most important files in Debian packaging, yet its
 format is vague and varies tremendously across packages, making it
 difficult to automatically parse. The diversity of free software licences
 means that Debian does not only need to care about the freeness of a
 given work, but also its licence's compatibility with the other parts of
 Debian it uses."

 Some packages have adopted this new format in the last months. See the
 CopyrightFormat Debian wiki page[2] for the current status
 of the proposal.

  -- Joost van Baal

 [2] http://wiki.debian.org/Proposals/CopyrightFormat

WNPP status changes sent to PTS subscribers

 There's now a script that monitors the list of orphaned packages, and
 sends information about status changes to people subscribed to that
 package on the Packages Tracking System ("summary" keyword). Another good
 reason to subscribe to packages you care about.

  -- Lucas Nussbaum

New method for device probing in grub-install / update-grub

 Latest grub packages (GRUB Legacy) in experimental (version 0.97-33) use
 a new mechanism for device probing that doesn't require parsing
 /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab. It is backported from GRUB 2 by using grub-probe
 (an utility that traverses /dev and finds matching devices for a given
 file/directory), and tested/known to work on simple setups. In the end,
 this will provide more robustness for device probing in grub-install and
 update-grub (which used to be a common source of problems), but it is yet
 to be widely tested (specially in strange setups). Some testing would be
 welcome before it is uploaded to sid.

  -- Robert Millan

Policy checker linda removed from testing/unstable

 linda, the Debian package checker not unlike lintian, has been removed
 from unstable. linda was created as a python rewrite of lintian,
 overcoming many of its design limitations. As lintian was better known
 and has seen quite a few changes fixing most of the design problems, the
 overhead of keeping two policy checkers was now deemed to be unnecessary
 and linda has been removed.

  -- Marc Brockschmidt

Raphaël Hertzog

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