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Debian Weekly News - July 16th, 2003

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - July 16th, 2003

Welcome to this year's 28th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This issue is a bit shorter (in text) than
usually because Joey organised LinuxTag and hence didn't have time to
produce DWN during the event. According to [1]Heise (German only) the
salary management system for the Japanese government will be
redesigned with GNU/Linux.

 1. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/jk-09.07.03-000/

Talks during Debian Conference. Andreas Schuldei [2]announced the
[3]schedule for talks during this years' DebConf. Among other talks
Jonas Öberg will talk about legal aspects of Free Software, Javier
Fernández-Sanguino Peña will speak about security and
internationalisation efforts, Branden Robinson will demonstrate how to
manage Debian packages using Subversion.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0307/msg00005.html
 3. http://www.debconf.org/debconf3/schedule.php

Saving an old Laptop with Knoppix. Peter Johansson [4]wrote on
Newsforge that he had to reinstall his laptop due to a filesystem
breakdown. He decided to copy the Knoppix CD-ROM with its compressed
filesystem onto the hard disk. The kernel and initrd files have to be
copied from the boot.img file afterwards for use with lilo or grub.
This way, even machines with tight disk space can use fully fledged

 4. http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/07/06/212212.shtml

The Organizational Model for Open Source. Harvard Business School
professor Siobhán O'Mahony [5]discusses her research on foundations
formed around the projects: Debian, GNOME and Apache. She says that
hackers who contribute to the open source community are often
intrinsically motivated. It is important to realize, however, that
hackers are a diverse group. It is not safe to generalize about all of
the values that hackers share, but they tend to agree on at least one
thing: Respect must be earned and cannot be derived from position.

 5. http://workingknowledge.hbs.edu/pubitem.jhtml?id=3582&t=technology

Report from Linuxwochen Vienna. Gerfried Fuchs submitted the
[6]report about the Debian presence at this years' event in Vienna.
The first day was used for setting up the booth while talks aimed at
business people mostly. He was also [7]interviewed by Radio Orange
where he could talk about Linuxwochen and Debian.

 6. http://www.debian.org/events/2003/0605-linuxwochen-report
 7. http://cba.fro.at/show.php?lang=en&eintrag_id=1288

BSD Glibc in Alioth. Robert Millan [8]announced the start of the
[9]glibc-bsd project for maintenance of Glibc-based BSD ports of
Debian. There is a mailing list for general port discussion, and for
discussing maintenance of the base component packages of FreeBSD.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd-0307/msg00032.html
 9. http://alioth.debian.org/projects/glibc-bsd

Decision on Software Patents in Europe. The European Parliament has
[10]postponed the vote on the software patent directive back to the
original date of 1st of September. Members of Parliament from all
parties had complained that it was impossible to react adequately
within a timeframe of 10 days. Many software professionals have been
contacting their Members of Parliament in recent days and told them
how software patents would hurt them.

 10. http://swpat.ffii.org/news/03/plen0626/

Debian in German Government IT guidelines. The [11]KBSt, a consulting
agency for IT within the German government includes Debian in their
small roundup of GNU/Linux distributions in their recently
[12]published migration [13]guidelines (large PDF file in German).
Aside from mentioning that Debian is a volunteer effort, it lists the
freeness of Debian, the bug tracking and handling, the high quality,
the long release cycles, and the package system. It says: "Debian is
one of the most stable and bug free distributions. Long release cycles
are characteristic to Debian, which entails the high quality of the

 11. http://www.kbst.bund.de/
 12. http://www.itworld.com/Man/2685/030710germanopensource/
 13. http://download.bund.de/mlf_v1_de.pdf

Status of the G++ 3.2 Transition. Matthew Wilcox [14]reported about
the status of the [15]G++ 3.2 transition. He thinks that technically
these problems are to be considered release-critical. A [16]list of
packages need to be recompiled with GCC 3.3.

 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00106.html
 15. http://people.debian.org/~willy/gcc-transition/
 16. http://people.debian.org/~willy/gcc-transition/src-packages-2.95

EICAR Installer for Debian. Marc Haber [17]reported that the installer
package for anti-virus test file from the [18]European Institute for
Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) was rejected. A native package is
[19]not possible due to a missing license, and an installer package
for only a few kilobytes is not appreciated either.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00170.html
 18. http://www.eicar.com/
 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00377.html

Logging of Package Installations. Joey Hess posted an [20]idea of
logging package installations so displayed messages won't get lost in
the void. So the basic idea is that instead of using echo for these
messages, we provide some interface for them. Instead of adding log
support to dpkg he opted for a more flexible dpkg-log program.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00261.html

Packages still using dh_undocumented. Goswin Brederlow [21]reported
that 469 packages are still using dh_undocumented and asks for people
to check their packages. Joey Hess [22]explained that he expects that
the list will be down to 50 in one year at which time bug reports
should be opened.

 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00277.html
 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00295.html

Managing the resolv.conf File. Thomas Hood [23]announced resolvconf, a
proposed standard [24]framework for updating the system's information
about currently available nameservers. Most importantly, it manages
/etc/resolv.conf, but it does a bit more than that.

 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00438.html
 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00652.html

Using apt-get with rsync. Egmont Koblinger [25]reported about his
success of using apt-get together with rsync. He used a [26]patch for
apt-get by Sviatoslav Sviridoff. Goswin Brederlow [27]added that rsync
uses too much resources on the server side and a widespread use of
rsync for apt-get would choke the rsync mirrors and do more harm than

 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00462.html
 26. http://distro2.conectiva.com.br/pipermail/apt-rpm/2003-January/001085.html
 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00473.html

Bug Squashing Party at Debcamp. David Martinez Moreno [28]announced
that there is a bug squashing party during [29]debcamp in Oslo.
Attending people are trying to fix as many bugs as possible.
Coordination is done on channel #debcamp on [30]freenode.

 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00746.html
 29. http://www.debconf.org/debconf3/debcamp.php
 30. http://www.freenode.net/

Default MTA for Sarge? Joey Hess started a [31]discussion about which
mail-transport-agent (MTA) should be the default for the next Debian
release. His options include to replace exim with exim4 and install no
MTA per default. Sean Perry [32]added that enough of a GNU/Linux
system assume that an MTA is present that not installing any would be

 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00780.html
 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00784.html

Summary of RFC Problems. Martin Quinson tried to [33]summarise the
flamewar we just had about the RFC licensing. The issue here is that
the RFC license is clearly non free. For some people, that's a reason
to throw this out of main, for some other, RFCs can stay in main for
several reasons.

 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0307/msg00787.html

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

 * [34]skk, ddskk -- Insecure temporary file creation.
 * [35]unzip -- Directory traversal.
 * [36]xbl -- Buffer overflow.
 * [37]phpsysinfo -- Directory traversal.
 * [38]teapop -- SQL injection.
 * [39]traceroute-nanog -- Integer overflow.
 * [40]nfs-utils -- Buffer overflow.
 * [41]falconseye -- Buffer overflow.

 34. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-343
 35. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-344
 36. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-345
 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-346
 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-347
 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-348
 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-349
 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-350

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.

 * [42]albert -- Common Lisp to DocBook documenter.
 * [43]cjet -- Software PCL emulation for Canon CaPSL laser printers.
 * [44]drgeo -- Interactive geometry software.
 * [45]e2tools -- Utilities for manipulating files in an ext2/ext3
 * [46]extract -- Display meta-data from files of an arbitrary type.
 * [47]fbpanel -- Lightweight X11 desktop panel.
 * [48]gcb -- Utility to calculate bearing and range to a location.
 * [49]gnunet -- Secure, trust-based peer-to-peer framework.
 * [50]hiki -- Wiki Engine written in Ruby.
 * [51]ibmonitor -- Interactive Bandwidth Monitor.
 * [52]ktrack -- KDE Satellite tracking program.
 * [53]larch -- Revision control system.
 * [54]linuxtrade -- Real-time stock market tracker and news console.
 * [55]parsewiki -- Documentation System Based on ASCII Text.
 * [56]pmk -- Utility to configure software sources.
 * [57]rhyme -- Console based rhyming dictionary.
 * [58]rrdcollect -- Round-Robin-Database Collecting Daemon.
 * [59]statcvs -- CVS Repository statistic analysis tool, written in
 * [60]t38modem -- T.38 Fax over IP Pseudo Modem.
 * [61]tcd -- CD player with an ncurses interface.
 * [62]termnet -- Simple Telnet replacement for termnetd.
 * [63]termnetd -- Terminal Server daemon.
 * [64]tpb -- Program to use the IBM ThinkPad(tm) special keys.
 * [65]ttyd -- Remote Modem Utility for Unix.
 * [66]vim-latexsuite -- Brings the LaTeX power to vim.
 * [67]wims -- WWW Interactive Mathematics Server (WIMS).
 * [68]wmtune -- Windowmaker-dockable radio tuner.

 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/albert.html
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/cjet.html
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/drgeo.html
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/e2tools.html
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/extract.html
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/fbpanel.html
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/gcb.html
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/gnunet.html
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/hiki.html
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ibmonitor.html
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/ktrack.html
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/larch.html
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/linuxtrade.html
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/parsewiki.html
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/pmk.html
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/rhyme.html
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/rrdcollect.html
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/statcvs.html
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/t38modem.html
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/tcd.html
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/termnet.html
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/termnetd.html
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/tpb.html
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ttyd.html
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/vim-latexsuite.html
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/wims.html
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/wmtune.html

Orphaned Packages. 47 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 227 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [69]WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package.

 69. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

 * [70]agrep -- Text search tool with support for approximate
   patterns. ([71]Bug#201367)
 * [72]aseqview -- ALSA Sequencer Event Viewer. ([73]Bug#201357)
 * [74]bock -- Bootstrap-only compiler kit for a subset of Java(tm).
 * [76]chameleon -- Application for putting pictures or color in the
   root window. ([77]Bug#200974)
 * [78]cmap-adobe-cns1 -- CMaps for Adobe-CNS1. ([79]Bug#201374)
 * [80]cmap-adobe-gb1 -- CMaps for Adobe-GB1. ([81]Bug#201375)
 * [82]cmap-adobe-japan1 -- CMaps for Adobe-Japan1. ([83]Bug#201377)
 * [84]cmap-adobe-japan2 -- CMaps for Adobe-Japan2. ([85]Bug#201378)
 * [86]cmap-adobe-korea1 -- CMaps for Adobe-Korea1. ([87]Bug#201379)
 * [88]cyrus-imapd -- CMU Cyrus mail system (POP3 support).
 * [90]fltk -- Fast Light Toolkit, and the Fluid user interface
   designer. ([91]Bug#201360)
 * [92]frotz -- Interpreter of Z-code story-files. ([93]Bug#201407)
 * [94]ftape -- Bleeding Edge floppy tape driver (source).
 * [96]ftape-doc -- Documentation for the bleeding edge floppy tape
   driver. ([97]Bug#201346)
 * [98]ftape-tools -- Bleeding Edge floppy tape driver (utilities).
 * [100]gbiff -- Mail notification program supported GTK+ and Gnome.
 * [102]gnome-print -- GNOME Print architecture. ([103]Bug#201414)
 * [104]gs-cjk-resource -- Resource files for gs-cjk, ghostscript
   CJK-TrueType extension. ([105]Bug#201380)
 * [106]int-fiction -- Support files for interactive fiction
   interpreters. ([107]Bug#201408)
 * [108]lclint -- Tool for statically checking C programs.
 * [110]lclint-doc -- Documentation for LCLint Package.
 * [112]libgtop -- Libraries for gtop system monitoring library.
 * [114]libnews-nntpclient-perl -- News::NNTPClient, Perl support for
   accessing NNTP servers. ([115]Bug#201361)
 * [116]libsnmp-session-perl -- Perl support for accessing SNMP-aware
   devices. ([117]Bug#201362)
 * [118]moosic -- Daemon/client combo to easily queue music files for
   playing. ([119]Bug#200977)
 * [120]murasaki -- Another HotPlug Agent. ([121]Bug#201384)
 * [122]ng -- Nihongo MicroGnuEmacs with Latin support.
 * [124]openh323 -- H.323 aka VoIP library. ([125]Bug#200472)
 * [126]pips -- Photo Image Print System for Linux (EPSON
   PM-820C/PM-3300C). ([127]Bug#201386)
 * [128]propsel -- Propagate X selections between displays.
 * [130]pwlib -- Portable Windows Library. ([131]Bug#200473)
 * [132]pychecker -- Finds common bugs in python source code.
 * [134]rocks-n-diamonds -- Boulderdash-like game. ([135]Bug#201411)
 * [136]scansort -- CSV-based image sorter and verifier.
 * [138]scigraphica -- Scientific graphics and data manipulation
   (Gnome version). ([139]Bug#201372)
 * [140]since -- tail(1) work-alike that saves and uses state
   information. ([141]Bug#201365)
 * [142]texi2html -- Convert Texinfo files to HTML. ([143]Bug#201381)
 * [144]usbmgr -- User-Mode daemon which loads/unloads USB kernel
   modules. ([145]Bug#201385)
 * [146]vje-delta -- VJE Delta Ver 2.5 for Linux/BSD installer.
 * [148]vtcl -- Tcl GUI builder. ([149]Bug#201415)
 * [150]wmmatrix -- View The Matrix in a Window Maker dock
   application. ([151]Bug#201368)
 * [152]wmxmms-spectrum -- XMMS spectrum analyser plugin for the
   Window Maker dock. ([153]Bug#201366)
 * [154]x-ttcidfont-conf -- Configure TrueType and CID fonts for X.
 * [156]xfonts-jmk -- James M. Knoble's character-cell fonts for X.
 * [158]xhangglider -- Hanggliders fly around in your X root window.
 * [160]xvt -- X terminal-emulator similar to xterm, but smaller.
 * [162]yadex -- WAD file editor for doom-style WADs.

 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/agrep.html
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/201367
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/aseqview.html
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/201357
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/bock.html
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/201409
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/chameleon.html
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/200974
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/cmap-adobe-cns1.html
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/201374
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/cmap-adobe-gb1.html
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/201375
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/cmap-adobe-japan1.html
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/201377
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/cmap-adobe-japan2.html
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/201378
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/cmap-adobe-korea1.html
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/201379
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/cyrus-imapd.html
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/201359
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/oldlibs/libfltk1.html
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/201360
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/frotz.html
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/201407
 94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ftape-source.html
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/201345
 96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/ftape-doc.html
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/201346
 98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ftape-util.html
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/201347
 100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gbiff.html
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/201383
 102. http://packages.debian.org/stable/libs/libgnomeprint-bin.html
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/201414
 104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/gs-cjk-resource.html
 105. http://bugs.debian.org/201380
 106. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/int-fiction.html
 107. http://bugs.debian.org/201408
 108. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lclint.html
 109. http://bugs.debian.org/201348
 110. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/lclint-doc.html
 111. http://bugs.debian.org/201349
 112. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libgtop1.html
 113. http://bugs.debian.org/201265
 114. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libnews-nntpclient-perl.html
 115. http://bugs.debian.org/201361
 116. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libsnmp-session-perl.html
 117. http://bugs.debian.org/201362
 118. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/moosic.html
 119. http://bugs.debian.org/200977
 120. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/murasaki.html
 121. http://bugs.debian.org/201384
 122. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/ng-common.html
 123. http://bugs.debian.org/201371
 124. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libopenh323-1.11.7.html
 125. http://bugs.debian.org/200472
 126. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/pips760.html
 127. http://bugs.debian.org/201386
 128. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/propsel.html
 129. http://bugs.debian.org/201410
 130. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libpt-1.4.11.html
 131. http://bugs.debian.org/200473
 132. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/pychecker.html
 133. http://bugs.debian.org/200976
 134. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/rocks-n-diamonds.html
 135. http://bugs.debian.org/201411
 136. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/scansort.html
 137. http://bugs.debian.org/201364
 138. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/scigraphica.html
 139. http://bugs.debian.org/201372
 140. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/gc.html
 141. http://bugs.debian.org/201365
 142. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/texi2html.html
 143. http://bugs.debian.org/201381
 144. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/usbmgr.html
 145. http://bugs.debian.org/201385
 146. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/vje-delta.html
 147. http://bugs.debian.org/201388
 148. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/visual-tcl.html
 149. http://bugs.debian.org/201415
 150. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmmatrix.html
 151. http://bugs.debian.org/201368
 152. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/wmxmms-spectrum.html
 153. http://bugs.debian.org/201366
 154. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/x-ttcidfont-conf.html
 155. http://bugs.debian.org/201376
 156. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-jmk.html
 157. http://bugs.debian.org/201390
 158. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/xhangglider.html
 159. http://bugs.debian.org/201373
 160. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xvt.html
 161. http://bugs.debian.org/201412
 162. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/yadex.html
 163. http://bugs.debian.org/201391

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 164. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
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