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Debian Weekly News - April 19th, 2000

Debian Weekly News 
Debian Weekly News - April 19th, 2000
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer

The testing of the new maintainer process is in full swing! For the
first time in nearly a year, [8]new blood is entering the Debian
project. The lucky first person through the new new-maintainer process
is Brendan O'Dea. Brendan and others who are finishing up their
applications went through the process in a trial run to work any bugs
out of the new system, which is not yet open to all comers. Those
persons who had pending applications when new maintainer closed are
due to be processed next, and the process will open to the public as
soon as a web page interface is complete.

Richard Braakman would like to start the first test cycle [9]in 2
weeks, on May 2nd. "After a fixed-length testing period we will
evaluate the results and decide whether or not to release what we
have." If we did release after only one test cycle, that would mean
releasing in about one month. On the other hand, multiple test cycles
may be required..

Wichert Akkerman [10]posted a list of changes to dpkg that are planned
for woody. Some of these changes, including using objdump instead of
ldd and doing file reordering when a package is built, are already in
CVS; while others, like integrating suidmanager and debconf and
supporting signed packages, are just planned to be implemented in time
for woody's release. Many of the listed items are things that have
long been missing from dpkg; it's great to see work progressing on
Debian's fundamental program.

Wichert also [11]posted about the sad state of documentation
registration in Debian. We have multiple competing systems for
registering documentation, and so there is no central registry that
lists all documentation. Wichert proposed a new system that is similar
to doc-base but borrows ideas from the menu package. Adam Di Carlo
pointed out that he has [12]similar changes planned for the next
release of doc-base.

Other discussions this week included [13]installing Debian from
floppies and [14]fixing package priorities.

New packages in Debian this week include the following and [15]29 more:
  * [16]bnc: IRC Proxy
  * [17]libterm-slang-perl: Perl interface to the S-Lang terminal
  * [18]scsitools: Collection of tools for SCSI hardware management
  * [19]sillypoker: A poker game
  * [20]tkheadlines: Headline clicker for some Linux news/software

8. http://cipsa.physik.uni-freiburg.de/pipermail/nm-discuss/2000-April/000303.html
9. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#1
10. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#2
11. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#3
12. http://www.debian.org/~aph/debian-metadata.html/
13. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-boot-0004/msg00264.html
14. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0004/msg00850.html
15. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000417.html
16. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/net/bnc.html
17. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/interpreters/libterm-slang-perl.html
18. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/scsitools.html
19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/games/sillypoker.html
20. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/tkheadlines.html

see shy jo

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