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Debian Weekly News - September 16th, 2003

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

Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Several readers told us that the first hardware
audio player that supports Ogg/Vorbis is the [1]NeurosAudio and has
been shipping for months. They are said to also support one of the key
Ogg authors and also supply a synchronization manager for GNU/Linux,
[2]positron, which is packaged and distributed with Debian.

 1. http://www.neurosaudio.com/
 2. http://packages.debian.org/positron

Too many Versions of Tcl? Andreas Rottmann [3]wondered why there are
four different versions (8.0, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4) of the Tcl programming
environment in the archive. Matthew Palmer [4]explained that Tcl
isn't particularly backwards compatible. Hence, several packages don't
run or build with newer versions of the language.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00468.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00514.html

Status of Testing Migration. Petter Reinholdtsen [5]reported that the
[6]migration of packages into testing has been slowed down
significantly. At least partially this is due to the mips buildd being
under heavy load. Colin Watson [7]pointed out that the reason is
glibc 2.3.2 and that there is a good chance that this will start to
clear quite shortly.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00485.html
 6. http://developer.skolelinux.no/info/cdbygging/distdiff-all.html.gz
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00498.html

Second Revision of Woody. An official [8]announcement has been sent
out stating the current status of the [9]second revision of Debian
woody (3.0r2). This revision is planned to include about 130 security
updates that have been issued since the first revision. Comments
should be sent to [10]Joey directly.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00002.html
 9. http://master.debian.org/~joey/3.0r2/
 10. mailto:joey@debian.org

No Dueling Banjos from Debian. Some of the most bizarre [11]mails on
debian-devel over the [12]years have been [13]repeated [14]requests by
[15]various people for the sheet music for dueling banjos. Several
list subscribers [16]have been [17]eager to [18]assist the posters in
their search. Jim Penny [19]called this the Dueling Banjo Effect and
explained that this has become a self-perpetuating Google-flop. People
use Google which points them to Debian to get this sheet music, and
the act of asking reinforces Google's notion that Debian is a good
place to get the music.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00851.html
 12. http://www.google.com/search?as_oq=sheet.music+dueling+banjos&as_sitesearch=debian.org&safe=images
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0306/msg01368.html
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00378.html
 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0301/msg00027.html
 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00874.html
 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00862.html
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-curiosa-0308/msg00000.html
 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00382.html

Criteria for Inclusion in Debian. Adam Kessel [20]wondered if there
are guidelines for what gets included in Debian other than what is
required by the [21]DFSG. Steve Langasek [22]explained that it is rare
that Debian would overrule a developer who wishes to maintain a piece
of software which is free and legally distributable. Manoj Srivastava
[23]added that if a developer has spent the time and effort to package
software and made it policy compliant, then as long as Debian can
legally distribute it, it has usually found its way in.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00602.html
 21. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00603.html
 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00656.html

Alternative to the GNU FDL. Wouter Verhelst [24]prepared a draft
documentation license that seeks to retain the spirit of the GNU
[25]Free Documentation License (FDL), but which he thinks is
DFSG-free. Branden Robinson [26]wasn't sure precisely what the FDL's
intent is, but thought that it would be more fruitful to enumerate the
license's intentions before constructing the text.

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00503.html
 25. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00585.html

Attribution-ShareAlike License. John Goerzen [27]wondered whether the
Creative Commons [28]Attribution-ShareAlike License was DFSG-free. On
his own [29]analysis it occurred that it would satisfy each
requirement of the DFSG. Branden Robinson [30]agreed, but warned that
licenses must also pass a more "holistic" reading to make sure they
aren't non-free despite passing each specific clause of the DFSG.
Florian Weimer [31]thought it would depend upon whether the license
was applied to a documentation format suitable for editing.

 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00474.html
 28. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/
 29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00476.html
 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00528.html
 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00514.html

News from the Package Tracking System. Raphaël Hertzog [32]reported
about a new [33]feature which has been added to the [34]Package
Tracking System (PTS) a few months ago. It is now possible to add
custom information to the PTS web page for a particular package. The
PTS features many useful links (BTS, QA statistics, contact
information, DDTP translation status, buildd logs) and gathers much
more information from various places. There are over 3000
subscriptions from 1500 different addresses for 1650 different source

 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00006.html
 33. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/ch-resources.en.html#s-pts-web
 34. http://packages.qa.debian.org/

DebConf 4 in Brazil. Carlos Laviola [35]announced that the Debian
Conference #4 will be held in [36]Porto Alegre, Brazil. This country
has been extremely active in the Free Software movement but is very
unrepresented at past Debian conferences. There are already plans
planning to host the conference some days before or after the
[37]Fórum Internacional de Software Livre (International Free Software
Forum), so that Debian developers can attend this event as well.

 35. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0308/msg00003.html
 36. http://www.uoregon.edu/~sergiok/brasil/portoalegre.html
 37. http://www.softwarelivre.org/forum2003/fotos_evento/

Improvements in the Bug Tracking System. Colin Watson [38]announced
the new tag 'fixed-upstream' which is intended to replace the old
(mis)use of the 'pending' tag and refers to bugs that were fixed
upstream and the maintainer is only waiting for a new release. The new
'owner' attribute allows maintainer teams to divide the work up more
conveniently. If set the address receives the same mail sent to that
bug as a package maintainer would receive.

 38. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00005.html

Installing Sarge with the Debian-Installer. Sebastian Ley [39]reported
that the debian-installer team has cleaned up the build process of
debian-installer images. They also put together a [40]howto which
guides through the process of installing sarge. At the same time the
Debian-CD team has reviewed the netinst iso [41]images for a sarge
installation with the new debian-installer.

 39. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00007.html
 40. http://cvs.debian.org/debian-installer/doc/INSTALLATION-HOWTO?rev=HEAD&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup
 41. http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/netinst/i386/

Maintaining Packages with Subversion. Eduard Bloch maintains the
[42]svn-devscripts package which contains tools that help create and
maintain Debian packages in a large Subversion repository. Joey Hess,
however, has [43]problems with the implementation and proposed
improvements. Graham Wilson also [44]added another method of importing
new upstream source archives.

 42. http://packages.debian.org/svn-devscripts
 43. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00736.html
 44. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00738.html

Debmirror Survey. Goswin von Brederlow would like to [45]know how
other people use the [46]debmirror package to mirror certain parts of
the Debian archive. He has rewritten most of debmirror in an effort to
clean up the codebase and to add flexibility of the actual download
method used. For the configuration part he is seeking input.

 45. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00794.html
 46. http://packages.debian.org/debmirror

Using proper Build Dependencies. Joey Hess [47]discovered a glitch in
the [48]policy with regards to build dependencies. Hence, Wouter
Verhelst [49]explained how Build-Depends and Build-Depends-Indep have
been created as a tool to make autobuilding packages easier and
[50]proposed to rewrite the paragraph in the policy.

 47. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00053.html
 48. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/
 49. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00059.html
 50. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00067.html

Debian-Installer Work Camp. An [51]invitation to the [52]8th Oldenburg
Linux developers meeting was sent to the debian-boot list since it
will host a [53]debian-installer debcamp. The meeting will take place
at the last weekend on September in Oldenburg, Germany. Several
developers who work on the debian-installer already subscribed to the

 51. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0309/msg00146.html
 52. http://oldenburger.linuxtage.de/Oldenburg2003/
 53. http://people.debian.org/~pere/debian-installer/di-debcamp-2003-1.html

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

 * [54]sane-backends -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * [55]XFree86 -- Buffer overflows, denial of service.
 * [56]MySQL -- Buffer overflow.

 54. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-379
 55. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-380
 56. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-381

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

 * [57]athena-jot -- Print out increasing, decreasing, random, or
   redundant data, one per line.
 * [58]axiom -- General purpose computer algebra system.
 * [59]bookcase -- An application for keeping track of your books.
 * [60]gnuift -- GNU Image Finding Tool - index and search images by
 * [61]gtkguitune -- Guitar and other instruments tuner.
 * [62]gtranslator -- PO-file editor by the Gnome I18N team.
 * [63]pconsole -- Parallel console shell for administering clusters.
 * [64]potrace -- Utility to transform bitmaps into vector graphics.
 * [65]quagga -- Inofficial successor of the Zebra BGP/OSPF/RIP
   routing daemon.

 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/athena-jot.html
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/axiom.html
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/bookcase.html
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/gnuift.html
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gtkguitune.html
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/gtranslator.html
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/pconsole.html
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/potrace.html
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/quagga.html

Orphaned Packages. 17 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 212 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [66]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.

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

 * [67]affiche -- Application to "stick" little notes on the desktop.
 * [69]distcc -- Simple distributed compiler client and server.
 * [71]docbook-utils -- Convert Docbook files to other formats (HTML,
   RTF, PS, man, PDF). ([72]Bug#211053)
 * [73]dpkg-cross -- Tools for cross compiling Debian packages.
 * [75]freenet-unstable -- Peer-to-peer network for anonymous
   publishing (unstable branch). ([76]Bug#210590)
 * [77]gamix -- Graphical mixer for ALSA using gtk+. ([78]Bug#210730)
 * [79]mydns -- DNS server using MySQL for data storage.
 * [81]preferences -- GNUstep Preferences.app. ([82]Bug#210594)
 * [83]preferences-app -- GNUstep Preferences.app. ([84]Bug#210595)
 * [85]remind -- Sophisticated reminder service. ([86]Bug#210891)
 * [87]sel -- Fullscreen file-selection and execution tool.
 * [89]tcl-sql -- Tcl generic database interface. ([90]Bug#210393)
 * [91]ttysnoop -- Allows you to spy on telnet+serial connections.
 * [93]xdkcal -- Desktop Calendar for X. ([94]Bug#210889)
 * [95]xotcl -- Object oriented extension for Tcl. ([96]Bug#210239)
 * [97]xpaste -- Program to display the contents of the primary
   paste buffer. ([98]Bug#209359)
 * [99]xxkb -- Keyboard state indicator and switcher for xkb.

 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/affiche.html
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/210592
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/distcc.html
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/210397
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/docbook-utils.html
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/211053
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/dpkg-cross.html
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/211013
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/freenet-unstable.html
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/210590
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/gamix.html
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/210730
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/mydns.html
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/209071
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/preferences.html
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/210594
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/preferences-app.html
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/210595
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/remind.html
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/210891
 87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/sel.html
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/210593
 89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/tcl-sql.html
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/210393
 91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/ttysnoop.html
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/210892
 93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xdkcal.html
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/210889
 95. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/xotcl.html
 96. http://bugs.debian.org/210239
 97. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xpaste.html
 98. http://bugs.debian.org/209359
 99. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xxkb.html
 100. http://bugs.debian.org/210890

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