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Debian Weekly News - May 22th, 2001

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - May 22nd, 2001
Hurd F2 ISO Images are now available[1]. Get 'em while they're hot!
For those folks who haven't heard of Hurd, Debian GNU/Hurd is an OS
based on the GNU Mach microkernel. It's not quite up to production
quality, but if the idea of a OS based on a microkernel interests you
be sure to check it out.

Bloated /etc. /etc is supposed to be small, since it has to be in /.
However, some packages put some big files in there; samba has it's
codepages directory taking 2.5MB. Bill Allombert raised[2] the issue,
and the general consensus was that this should be fixed by moving some
of those files from /etc to /usr/share.

Debian-User Weekly FAQ This subject pops up from time to time on the
Debian-User mailing list, but this time Yotam Rubin[3] popped the
question on the Debian-Doc list. The Debian-User mailing list sees
quite a bit of traffic, but would a specific FAQ cut it down any? The
discussion hasn't come to a specific resolution yet, but you can check
out the regular [4]Debian FAQ.

Accessing Secure Sites with Mozilla Apparently, the Mozilla package
currently available in main is outdated, based on Milestone 18, while
version 0.9 is now available. It also comes without support for secure
Web sites. Tham Kine Seng[5] got a quick response from several kind
folks on the list, and summarized instructions to install an
"unofficial" Mozilla package with security enabled.

Using Public IP addresses in DMZ. An interesting discussion, with some
helpful advice, popped up on the Debian-Firewall[6] discussion list.

Am I Insane? A lot of people on the Debian-User mailing list were
asking that question when the list suddenly received more than 100
messages in German on Saturday. Apparently, someone had a news to mail
gateway misconfigured, but the problem seems to have abated now.
Chris Cyll[7], who's been studying too hard for German exams, was
particularly alarmed.

New Packages. Some of this week's most notable packages are agrep[8],
a text search tool with support for approximate patterns,
autotrace[9], a package for converting bitmaps to vector graphics,
cowsay[10], an absolutely vital program for turning text into happy
ASCII cows with speech balloons, and junior-programming[11]
programming packages for kids, part of the Debian Jr. project. There's
also the HTTP compression module for Apache libapache-mod-gzip[12] and
scalemail[13] a Scaleable virtual mail domain system built with
Postfix and LDAP.

FAI 2.0 Released. Another interesting program is FAI[14], a program
that performs a fully automatic installation of Debian on one or more
PCs. Thomas Lange made the announcement on the Debian-Beowulf mailing

Keep in Touch... If you have Debian-related news, be sure to send an
email to dwn@debian.org[15].

  1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-cd-0105/msg00052.html
  2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0105/msg01250.html
  3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc-0105/msg00022.html
  4. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/
  5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-0105/msg00071.html
  6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-firewall-0105/msg00055.html
  7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-user-0105/msg03042.html
  8. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/agrep.html
  9. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/autotrace.html
  10. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/cowsay.html
  11. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/junior-programming.html
  12. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/libapache-mod-gzip.html
  13. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/scalemail.html
  14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-beowulf-0105/msg00012.html
  15. mailto:dwn@debian.org

Debian Weekly News is edited by 
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, Jean-Christophe Helary and Tollef Fog Heen

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