Debian Weekly News - December 14th, 1999
Er, I got the title wrong in the first message, but this is Debian Weekly
News, in case you didn't guess. :-)
> Debian Weekly News
> Debian Weekly News - December 14th, 1999
> Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer
> community. This edition covers two weeks of news, since there wasn't
> enough of interest last week to make a full issue of DWN.
> Debian 2.1r4 has been released. A recommended upgrade for anyone using
> stable, it consists of equal parts y2k fixes and security fixes
> Getting this out in time has been a last minute scramble, and the
> people who put in long hours this weekend should be commended. It
> seems likely that a few more y2k issues will crop up in the weeks
> ahead -- for example a fix for a y2k problem in nethack was only
> fixed upstream a few days ago, and did not make it into the
> Security fixes have been released for dump, sendmail and
> Debian Project Leader elections are due to start now, but rather than
> have them run over the holiday season the Project Secretary is
> planning to put them off until January. The plan is to begin
> nominations on January 9th. January is shaping up to be a busy month
> -- remember that the freeze is scheduled for January 15th, just one
> month from today.
> Anthony Towns has set up a "testing" distribution on
> lully.debian.org. This distribution is meant to be somewhere in
> between stable and unstable. Anthony's code makes sure that upgrading
> packages in testing does not cause any dependancy problems. It also
> only moves packages into testing once they have been around for two
> weeks and have presumably been found to be bug-free. This has
> potential to become a useful distribution for people who want the
> cutting-edge power of unstable without the bugs.
> Jason Gunthorpe posted about how to use the email gateway to the
> developer database. The email gateway allows setting of a few things,
> like ssh authorized keys and debian.net DNS entries, that cannot be
> changed via the web interface.
> What are all these Debian leaders up to? Debian founder Ian Murdock
> (with investment help from Bruce Perens) is starting a
> Debian-based business called "Progeny Linux". It will "produce a
> commercial derivation of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution for the
> scientific and technical markets" and aims to "show other commercial
> Linux distributions by example how to succeed while continuing to be
> good citizens of the Open Source community" Ian is also a member of
> Bruce's Linux Capital Group, which incidentally now has Wichert
> Akkerman on its advisory board.
> Followups to previous news items:
> * Wichert's Slashdot interview answers some common questions,
> and includes some things that might be news to developers as well:
> "What we plan to do for potato once it is released is create
> update-packs on a regular basis. An update-pack is a set of
> packages that you can install on top of stable and extend or
> upgrade it in some way. Examples could be a Y2K pack, a GNOME pack
> or a KDE pack."
> * Corel's lawyers posted a response to the EULA problem. They
> maintain that the EULA is necessary to ensure that the GPL can be
> Here are a few of the many new packages added to Debian in the past
> two weeks:
> * aptitude: Console based apt frontend
> * cvsbook: Open Source Development with CVS, an online book
> * freecdb: a package for creating and reading constant databases
> * ghc4: GHC - the Glasgow Haskell Compilation system (doc,
> libsrc, prof)
> * gnome-napster: Gnome client of the popular windows napster
> * qcad: professional CAD System.
> * xcruise: Fly about 3D-formed file system.
> * courier-imap: IMAP daemon with PAM and Maildir support.
> * spruce: GTK+ application for sending/receiving email.
> * syslog-ng: Next generation logging daemon.
> As usual, news from the Debian-JP project is available.
> Thanks to Randolph Chung and Katsura S. Yoshio for contributing.
> 8. ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/ChangeLog
> 9. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-release-9912/msg00040.html
> 10. http://www.nethack.org/v330/index.html
> 11. http://www.debian.org/security/1999/19991202
> 12. http://www.debian.org/security/1999/19991207
> 13. http://www.debian.org/security/1999/19991209
> 14. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-9912/msg00003.html
> 15. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-project-9912/msg00031.html
> 16. http://lully.debian.org/~ajt/debian/dists/testing/
> 17. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-9912/msg00627.html
> 18. http://db.debian.org/
> 19. http://linuxvc.com/Articles/Investments
> 20. http://linuxvc.com/
> 21. http://linuxvc.com/Articles/AdvisoryBoard
> 22. http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=99/12/03/099221&mode=nested
> 23. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-legal-9912/msg00051.html
> 24. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/aptitude.html
> 25. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/doc/cvsbook.html
> 26. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/freecdb.html
> 27. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/ghc4.html
> 28. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/doc/ghc4-doc.html
> 29. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/doc/ghc4-libsrc.html
> 30. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/ghc4-prof.html
> 31. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/net/gnome-napster.html
> 32. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/graphics/qcad.html
> 33. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/games/xcruise.html
> 34. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/mail/courier-imap.html
> 35. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/mail/spruce.html
> 36. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/syslog-ng.html
> 37. http://www.debian.or.jp/News/weekly/current/issue/
> 38. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
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