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Work-Needing and Prospective Packages

Work-Needing and Prospective Packages for Debian GNU/Linux
Philippe Troin, phil@fifi.org
$Id: packages.sgml,v 1.56 1997/09/08 04:14:41 phil Exp $

1.  General Questions

1.1.  Before reading this document

You should have read the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ

1.2.  Purpose of this document

This document is intended to identify areas that need your
contributions. It provides information that hopefully changes quite
often, so it supplements the Debian GNU/Linux FAQ.

1.3.  Getting newer versions of this document

Newer versions of this document will be available via FTP and HTTP:

o  <http://www.debian.org/doc/prospective-packages.html>

o  <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-

o  <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/package-developer/prospective-

o  <ftp://ftp.fifi.org/puv/debian-local/WNPP/>

1.4.  Feedback

Please send additions, corrections, suggestions and wishes to Philippe
Troin phil@fifi.org.  Please mention to 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 me to sort out all "Re: Work-
Needing and Prospective Packages" emails I get. A suggested subject
line reads "WNPP: removing foopackage" or "WNPP: working on
barpackage". Thanks.

2.  Changes

2.1.  Since version 1.55 1997/08/25

o  Fixed a typo in PVM (was PVW).

o  Removed xgammon from "packages someone is working on" (uploaded to

o  Removed xpat2 and xsok from "packages needing a new maintainer"
   (new maintainer is Joel Rosdahl <mailto:joel@debian.org>.

o  Cflow taken over by Ioannis Tambouras <mailto:ioannis@flinet.com>.

o  Majordomo taken over by Andy Kahn USG <mailto:kahn@zk3.dec.com>.

o  Changed the email for Drake Diedrich to be
   Drake.Diedrich@anu.edu.au instead of dld@empire.anu.edu.au.

o  Orphaned tcl74, tk40, tcl75, tk41, tclx74, tclx75, tix40.

o  Added abc2ps and abcmidi in "packages someone is working on".

o  Added battalion to "packages someone is working on" and moved
   "rocks and diamonds" to it (used to be in the needed packages

o  Xfishtank and xgalaga taken over by Joey Hess

2.2.  Since version 1.54 1997/08/18

o  Removed asp from "packages someone is working on" (uploaded).

o  Orphaned tkman.

o  Bin86 taken over by Juan Cespedes <mailto:cespedes@etsit.upm.es>.

o  Orphaned pgcc.

o  Added majordomo to "packages needing a new maintainer".

o  Removed smalleiffel from "packages someone is working on".

o  Deliver taken over by Scott K. Ellis <mailto:storm@gate.net>.

o  newsx taken over by Adrian Bridgett

o  Added pppload and trafshow in "packages someone is working on".

o  OmniORB (preivously listed in wanted packages) is being worked on.

o  Figlet taken over by Francesco Tapparo

o  Added xfmail to "packages someone is working on".

2.3.  Since version 1.53 1997/08/11

o  Fixed address for Will Lowe to be harpo@udel.edu.

o  Fixed address for Hamish Moffatt to be hmoffatt@mail.com.

o  Removed JADE from packages not yet available (already packagedin

o  Added asp to "packages someone is working on".

o  Speak-freely taken over by Dave Restall <mailto:dave@restall.net>.

o  Hypernews is being packaged by Brian S. Julin
   <mailto:bri@mojo.calyx.net> instead of Larry Gilbert

o  Added hypermail to "packages needing a new maintainer".

o  Orphaned file-rc.

2.4.  Since version 1.52

Version 1.52 has not been released.

2.5.  Since version 1.51 1997/08/04

o  Tripwire taken over by Michael Meskes <mailto:meskes@topsystem.de>.

o  Changed Michael Meskes address.

o  Fixed a typo in smalleiffel.

o  Added isdnutils to "packages needing a new maintainer".

o  Removed vlock and genromfs, taken over by Juan Cespedes

o  Added uae, hpcdtoppm, and xpcd as packages under development.

o  Added rc to orphans.

o  Added pstoedit, wm2, gnuplot, gs, gs-aladdin, gsfonts, screen,
   transfig, and xfig to "packages needing a new maintainer".

o  Added libkde0, libkde0-dev, and kdeapps as orphans.

o  Removed dialog, taken by Bill Mitchell

o  Removed opustex from work-under-progress.

o  Removed freetype, taken over by Anthony Fok

o  Added a blurb about email subjects.

o  Es taken over by James Troup.

o  Dip and sliplogin tken by Fabrizio Polacco

o  Added fidogate in "packages someone is working on".

o  Maelstrom and hextype taken by Richard Braakman

2.6.  Since version 1.50 1997/07/28

o  Removed the notes section.

o  Removed x48 from "packages someone is working on".

o  Added Robert Leslie rob@mars.org packages to the orphaned section.

o  Added AX25 software and multicast (mbone) to needed section.

o  Added smalleiffel to "packages someone is working on".

o  Removed erreously listed packages mgetty and ircd (attributed to
   Ben Gertzfield). Mgetty has been taken over by someone, and ircd
   actually belongs to Christopher Lameter.

o  Added HTML version of Matt Welsh's "Installation &  Getting
   Started" in "packages someone is working on".

o  Added xbat to "packages someone is working on".

o  Removed scion sniffit radiusdmerit-lass phpfi xssi from the
   "packages someone is working on" section and added flin and deliver
   to the "packages needing a new maintainer" section.

o  Added agrep to the needed packages section.

o  Ipx and ncpfs taken over and removed.

o  Workman was wrongly listed as orphaned, removed.

o  Added xzx in "packages someone is working on".

o  Moved clisp form needed packages to "packages someone is working

3.  Orphaned packages

(An orphaned package is a package that has no current maintainer.)

Please inform me via e-mail:

o  when you find that you need to orphan a package

o  when you believe that the following list is incomplete

o  when you would like to maintain one of these packages.

Orn E. Hansen :

o  dialdcost

o  xega

o  xmailtool

o  xspread

Yves Arrouye Yves.Arrouye@marin.fdn.fr :

o  compress-package

o  ppd-adobe-common, ppd-adobe-extra, ppd-adobe-misc, ppd-gs

o  psptools

Dominik Kubla dominik@debian.org :

o  arpd

o  csh

o  ptx

o  spell

Brian C. White bcwhite@verisim.com :

o  zyxel

Raul D. Miller moth@firefly.com :

o  j1 (in old source format)

o  sam (in old source format)

o  ucbmpeg (in old source format)

o  ucbmpegplay (in old source format)

Michael Nonweiler mrn20@cam.ac.uk :

o  nas

Jim Robinson jimr@simons-rock.edu :

o  mh-papers

o  term

o  witalian

o  pari, paridoc

o  wnorwegian

Joost Witteveen joost@rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl :

o  xosview (probably to be abandonned)

Doug Geiger runexe@ntplx.net :

o  apsfilter

Erick Branderhorst branderh@debian.IAEhv.nl :

o  giftrans

o  idutch

o  mathpad

o  mfbasfnt

o  wdutch

o  wenglish

Christian Linhart chris@cosy.sbg.ac.at :

o  statserial

o  xarchie

o  bibindex

J.A.vanderMost jvdmost@wi.leidenuniv.nl :

o  dmalloc

Shaya Potter spotter@CapAccess.org :

o  opie

o  pgcc

Stuart Lamble lamble@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au :

o  fsp

Larry 'Daffy' Daffner zzie@airmail.net :

o  xscreensaver

Guy R. Thomas gthomas@native-ed.bc.ca :

o  dld (do we still need this ?)

Patrick J Edwards edwards@cambridgnet.sk.ca :

o  mailpgp

Dermot Bradley bradley@muck.gpl.net :

o  radiusd-merit

Fabien Ninoles ninf01@gel.usherb.ca :

o  vrweb

Robert Leslie rob@mars.org :

o  figfonts

o  hfsutils

o  motifnls

o  sox

Joey Hess joey@kite.ml.org :

o  libkde0

o  libkde0-dev

o  kdeapps

Tom Lees tom@lpsg.demon.co.uk :

o  file-rc

David Engel david@ods.com :

o  tcl74

o  tcl75

o  tk40

o  tk41

o  tkman

Philippe Troin phil@fifi.org :

o  tclx74

o  tclx75

o  tix40


o  rc

o  xcompat (should we drop it ?)

o  libc4 (a.out compatibility)

4.  Packages needing a new maintainer

Please inform me via e-mail:

o  when you find that you'd like to discontinue maintaining a package

Please inform the mainatiner of the package:

o  when you would like to maintain one of the packages.

Sven Rudolph sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de :

o  chimera (should be upgraded to v1.70)

o  enscript

o  seyon

o  lpr

o  xonix

Martin Schulze joey@infodrom.north.de :

o  xarclock

o  lha

Joe Kirby kirby@utk.edu :

o  lxtools

Christoph Lameter clameter@waterf.org :

o  ncsa

o  bridge/bridgex (Bridging Tools for Kernel 2.0.X/2.1.X)

o  berolist

o  adbbs (needs a better setup of pre-customized files)

o  gpc

o  libgpc2

o  gpc-doc

o  verse

o  freefont

o  fdos

o  sharefont

o  syslinux

o  pash

o  zmailer

o  isite

o  knfs

o  poppassd

o  transproxy

o  loadlin

o  omir

o  komirr

o  worklog

o  mserver

o  ircd

Karl Ferguson karl@tower.net.au :

o  sysutils

Christian Schwarz schwarz@monet.m.isar.de :

o  dvi2tty

o  hyperlatex

o  info2www

o  latex2rtf

o  mysql

Vincent Renardias vincent@waw.com :

o  ftplib

o  lde

o  libdnd1

o  libdnd1-dev

o  macutils

o  mcvert

o  offix-clipboard

o  offix-editor

o  offix-execute

o  offix-files

o  offix-trash

o  xabacus

o  xmcpustate

o  xodo

Michael Meskes meskes@topsystem.de :

o  html2latex

o  icmake

o  ntfs

o  xftp

Joost Witteveen joost@rulcmc.leidenuniv.nl :

o  libpaper

o  axe

o  pixmap

o  pstoedit

o  wm2

o  gnuplot

o  gs

o  gs-aladdin

o  gsfonts

o  screen

o  transfig

o  xfig

Johnie Ingram johnie@netgod.net :

o  flin

Andreas Jellinghaus aj@dungeon.inka.de :

o  isdnutils

Scott K. Ellis storm@gate.net :

o  hypermail

5.  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.

krs@caos.aamu.edu (Karl R. Sackett) :

o  swarm - Objective-C based artificial life research tool

o  GNU Smalltalk

o  utf-mailx: scripts to add UTF support to mailx.

o  SATAN - net security scanner

o  gabriel - detects SATAN scans

o  drone - automatically runs batch jobs of simultion programs.

o  empire - Wolfpack Empire war simulation

o  togl - a Tk widget for OpenGL rendering

o  nanocad - a freeware CAD system for nanotechnology

o  WISE - WWW-based project management and metrics system

Darren torin@daft.com :

o  giftool

Brian Sulcer bsulcer@gibson.com :

o  vile (vi-like editor)

o  rogue

o  umoria

Martin Schulze joey@infodrom.north.de :

o  vtwm: Virtual Window Manager for X11

o  yodl

o  w3-msql (W3 frontend for mSQL)

Christian Lynbech lynbech@daimi.aau.dk :

o  ilisp (emacs interface to a number of lisp systems)

o  hyperbole (emacs hypertext/info management system)

o  oobr (emacs package for browsing OO programs)

o  STk (Scheme Tk, a scheme interpreter with Tk support)

Dermot Bradley bradley@debian.org :

o  Umich LDAP

o  Nocol (network admin/monitoring)

Vincent Renardias vincent@odin.waw.com :

o  FWF (Free Widget Foundation) - A pretty good set of graphic widgets

o  Aero (A Physically Based Simulation and Animation System -
   <http://www.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/ipvr/bv/aero/> )

Klee Dienes klee@sedona.com :

o  NIST's POSIX validation suite

Yoshiaki Yanagihara yosiaki@bsd2.kbnes.nec.co.jp :

o  japanese packages (mule, kon, kterm, canna, Japanese Extended less)

Boris D. Beletsky borik@isracom.co.il :

o  MIT scheme

o  Freedom Desktop <ftp://fsw.com/pub/fdlite/FDlite1.32.tar.gz>

Christian Leutloff leutloff@sundancer.tng.oche.de :

o  newtl (accessing Apple Newton Messagepad)

Todd Graham Lewis tlewis@mindspring.com :

o  Kerberos ver. V (crypto) (non-US maintainer still needed)

o  socks

Bill Bumgarner bbum@friday.com :

o  GnuStep-related packages

Kai Henningsen kai@khms.westfalen.de :

o  sather

Lukas Nellen lukas@teorica0.ifisicacu.unam.mx :

o  thttpd

Loic Prylli lprylli@graville.fdn.fr :

o  jove

John Goerzen jgoerzen@complete.org :

o  WorldVU-Atlantis BBS package

o  midiplay (MIDI player)

Tristan McCann trismcc@nh.ultranet.com :

o  Linux phone

Martin Alonso Soto Jacome masoto@uniandes.edu.co :

o  jazz midi sequencer <http://rokke.grm.hia.no/per/jazz.html>

Christian Meder christian.meder@utoronto.ca :

o  MuPAD

Andy Mortimer andy.mortimer@poboxes.com :

o  TinyMUSH

Larry Gilbert irving@pobox.com :

o  xmorph

Lalo Martins lalo@webcom.com :

o  djgpp

o  enlightenment

o  enlighthemes

o  imlib

o  rxvt-imlib

o  eterm

Yann Dirson dirson@univ-mlv.fr :

o  perl5 programming (documentation)

o  Using SGML - basic concepts (documentation)

o  Understanding and writing SGML DTDs (documentation)

Hamish Moffatt hmoffatt@mail.com :

o  atp (text to postscript converter)

o  cam (ncurses based mixer for sound cards)

o  mars_nwe <ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/ncpfs> (Netware server )

Mark Mickan mmickan@ozemail.com.au :

o  hylafax

Marco Budde Marco.Budde@hqsys.antar.com :

o  HTML version of Matt Welsh's "Installation &	Getting Started"

o  fidogate

Drake Diedrich Drake.Diedrich@anu.edu.au :

o  PVM

o  DQS

Charles Briscoe-Smith cpb4@ukc.ac.uk :

o  UPS - the X-based debugger. (There are Linux-specific patches

o  GSpreview

Peter Tonoli anarchie@brimstone.suburbia.net :

o  terroid

Joost Kooij joost@kooij.com :

o  xbat

Juan Cespedes cespedes@etsit.upm.es :

o  xzx

Will Lowe harpo@udel.edu :

o  clisp

Stephan Suerken suerken@fh-worms.de :

o  uae

o  hpcdtoppm

o  xpcd

Brian S. Julin bri@mojo.calyx.net :

o  hypernews

Adrian Bridgett adrian.bridgett@poboxes.com :

o  pppload

o  trafshow

Robert Resendes resendes@ici.net :

o  omniORB <http://www.orl.co.uk/omniORB/omniORB.html>

Matt Ryan matt@banana.org.uk :

o  xfmail

Anselm Lingnau lingnau@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de :

o  abc2ps

o  abcmidi

Ole Jrgen Tetlie olet@ifi.uio.no :

o  rocks and diamonds

o  battalion

6.  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 a Debian package, send me an e-mail.

6.1.  Programming and development:

o  Scheme->C

o  ECoLisp - a Common Lisp compiler that produces faster code but
   isn't as widely used as GCL

o  CLiCC - Common Lisp compiler that generates stand-alone apps
   (rather large ones, though)

o  CLX - Common Lisp Xlib implementation

o  PCL - Portable Common Loops for GCL

o  Cross-compilation environments for alpha, m68k, SPARC

o  Modula-3
   (building this requires up to 200MB hard disk space!)

o  ACE <http://www.cs.wustl.edu/~schmidt/ACE.html> (a free C++

6.2.  USENET news software:

o  strn.

6.3.  Graphics:

o  Kubota Graphics Corporation's now-PD 3-D visualization system,

6.4.  X11:

o  Andrew

o  grok (database with many functions)

o  xidle

o  linux explorer (a file manager a la windows explorer) Linux
   Explorer <http://jungfrau.ptf.hro.nl/explorer>

6.5.  Networking/Communication

o  Roxen <http://www.roxen.com/> (WWW server)

o  ftptool

o  Speakerphone/Answering Machine for USR and Rockwell Modems

o  AX25 software

o  multicast (MBONE)

6.6.  Text utilities

o  HTML editors (tkHTML, auc-html.el)

o  Virtual Paper

o  agrep <ftp://ftp.cs.arizona.edu/agrep>

6.7.  Misc

o  Artificial Life Programs ( http://alife.santafe.edu )

o  Acmaint <ftp://ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/pub/ACMAINT/> (User
   administration tool)

7.  Programs that someone should write

This section contains suggestions/wishes for programs. There is no
known implementation of such a program for Linux.

o  amspell (ms-dos) like spell checker, i.e. a spell checker what
   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.

o  A Debian administration tool. If possible with text frontend, web
   frontend and x11 frontend.

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