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Debian Weekly News - September 23rd, 2003

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - September 23rd, 2003

Welcome to this year's 38th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Since [1]Knoppix only uses KDE these days,
several GNOME people have created [2]Gnoppix which includes their
favourite desktop environment. Matt Zimmerman also [3]discovered
horrific new levels of changelog abuse.

 1. http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/
 2. http://www.gnoppix.org/
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00893.html

New CD Image Server. Mattias Wadenstein [4]announced the new
[5]cdimage.debian.org with iso images and an authoritative directory
structure. Since many people still don't use [6]Jigdo to download and
build the Debian [7]images, they are available as well. He is also
looking for sites to [8]mirror the server.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-mirrors-0309/msg00000.html
 5. http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/
 6. http://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/
 7. http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/images/
 8. http://www.acc.umu.se/~maswan/debian-push/cdimage/

Skolelinux Debian Labs? Martin Michlmayr [9]reported that Skolelinux
is very successful in Norway and has gained some funding. Everything
Skolelinux does is being integrated into Debian, they are working
especially hard on making debian-installer a functional installer.
Hence, they could name its foundation with the name "Skolelinux Debian
Labs" to reflect their origins and relationship with the Debian

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project-0309/msg00020.html

Bits from the Project Leader. Martin Michlmayr [10]summarised the time
he spent at several conferences. He reported about several Opteron
machines that were and are planned to be donated to the project.
[11]Xandros has agreed to work with Debian to make sure that sarge
will be LSB compliant. He also said that there is a great demand for
Debian from governments and educational institutions.

 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00008.html
 11. http://www.xandros.com/

Export Clauses in XFree86 License. Henning Makholm [12]noticed some
clauses in XFree86's copyright file which appeared to be non-free. It
was [13]generally [14]agreed that these clauses fail the requirements
of the [15]Debian Free Software Guidelines. Branden Robinson
[16]concurred with that view and resolved to identify which code is
affected. He thought it might be easier get the code dual licensed,
rather than completely re-licensed. Branden would like assistance with
this and offered commit access to the X Strike Force Subversion
repository as temptation.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00723.html
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00800.html
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00811.html
 15. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00847.html

Rpmseek includes Debian Packages. Newsforge [17]reports that
rpmseek.com has expanded its search facilities to include .deb
packages from Debian's distribution, as well as numerous other
archives of Debian packages. The [18]rpmseek.com site is one of the
largest web directories for Linux software in general, although one
reader noted that apt-cache search string achieves much the same
result for Debian users. And if the default repository choices aren't
enough, [19]apt-get.org contains many more suggestions to add to your
list of repositories to search.

 17. http://newsvac.newsforge.com/newsvac/03/09/18/158209.shtml?tid=52
 18. http://www.rpmseek.com/index.html?hl=com
 19. http://www.apt-get.org/

Skolelinux merging with Debian-Edu. Andreas Schuldei [20]announced
that the [21]Skolelinux project and the [22]Debian-Edu sub-project
will merge in order to continue the Debian-Edu effort and to avoid the
Knoppix effect. The [23]goal is to create a Debian distribution
especially geared towards easy and large-scale deployment in schools.
The subproject will also create courseware (lessons, homework, exams,
solutions to exams) in the future, which are compatible with Debian.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00011.html
 21. http://www.skolelinux.no/
 22. http://wiki.debian.net/DebianEdu
 23. http://developer.skolelinux.no/arkitektur/arkitektur.html.en

Debian Kernel Packages overly patched? Martin F. Krafft [24]complained
about the Debian kernel packages containing too many patches,
especially some that make the grsecurity patch not apply anymore.
Herbert Xu carefully selected some backports to include such as

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg01133.html
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg01135.html

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

 * [26]OpenSSH -- Possible remote vulnerability.
 * [27]OpenSSH-KRB -- Possible remote vulnerability.
 * [28]sendmail -- Buffer overflows.
 * [29]hztty -- Buffer overflows.
 * [30]libmailtools-perl -- Input validation bug.
 * [31]gopherd -- Buffer overflows.
 * [32]kdebase -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
 * [33]ipmasq -- Insecure packet filtering rules.

 26. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-382
 27. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-383
 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-384
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-385
 30. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-386
 31. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-387
 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-388
 33. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-389

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

 * [34]alex -- Lexical analyser generator for Haskell.
 * [35]bashdb -- GNU Bourne Again SHell Debugger.
 * [36]dvb-utils -- Viewer programs for DVB cards.
 * [37]freedroid -- Clone of Paradroid - a strategic shoot-em up.
 * [38]gclcvs -- GNU Common Lisp compiler, CVS snapshot.
 * [39]geant321 -- Particle detector description and simulation tool.
 * [40]gnome-blog -- GNOME applet to post to BloggerAPI weblogs.
 * [41]ire-ed -- IRE's word editor.
 * [42]jamin -- Audio mastering from a mixed down multi-track source
   with JACK.
 * [43]kxterm -- Cernlib's KUIP terminal emulator.
 * [44]lsbappchk -- Linux Standard Base application compliance
   checking tool.
 * [45]opensched -- Tool for project management.
 * [46]paw -- Physics Analysis Workstation - a graphical analysis
 * [47]sear -- 3D client for the Worldforge game servers.
 * [48]smarty -- Template engine for PHP.
 * [49]socklog-run -- Small and secure replacement for syslogd.
 * [50]tdiary -- New generation weblog, which has many features like
 * [51]tvtime -- High quality television application.
 * [52]zftp -- Cernlib's file transfer program.

 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/alex.html
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/shells/bashdb.html
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/dvb-utils.html
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/freedroid.html
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/gclcvs.html
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/geant321.html
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-blog.html
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ire-ed.html
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/jamin.html
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/kxterm.html
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/lsbappchk.html
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/opensched.html
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/paw.html
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/sear.html
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/smarty.html
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/socklog-run.html
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/tdiary.html
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/tvtime.html
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/zftp.html

Orphaned Packages. 15 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 209 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [53]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.

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

 * [54]asd4 -- Utility commands for Advanced Sound Daemon.
 * [56]dxpc -- Differential X protocol compressor. ([57]Bug#212108)
 * [58]etktab -- ASCII guitar tab editor. ([59]Bug#211696)
 * [60]gkrellm-newsticker -- Scrolling News plugin for gkrellm.
 * [62]gkrellm-reminder -- Useful reminder plugin for gkrellm.
 * [64]hwtools -- Collection of tools for low-level hardware
   management. ([65]Bug#211921)
 * [66]libmail-bulkmail-perl -- Platform independent mailing list
   module. ([67]Bug#211310)
 * [68]phpsysinfo -- PHP Based Host Information. ([69]Bug#211701)
 * [70]python-stats -- Collection of statistical functions for
   Python. ([71]Bug#212110)
 * [72]snes9express -- GTK+ frontend for snes9x. ([73]Bug#212123)
 * [74]xmake -- Powerful project making make program.
 * [76]xmms-bumpscope -- Bump Scope visualization plugin for XMMS.
 * [78]xmms-goom -- "What a GOOM!" visualization plugin for XMMS.
 * [80]xmms-jess -- XMMS visualization plugin using various 2D and 3D
   methods. ([81]Bug#211704)
 * [82]xmms-synaesthesia -- Synaesthesia visualization plugin for
   XMMS. ([83]Bug#211705)

 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/asd4.html
 55. http://bugs.debian.org/211830
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dxpc.html
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/212108
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/etktab.html
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/211696
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gkrellm-newsticker.html
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/211697
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gkrellm-reminder.html
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/211699
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/hwtools.html
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/211921
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmail-bulkmail-perl.html
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/211310
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/phpsysinfo.html
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/211701
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-stats.html
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/212110
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/snes9express.html
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/212123
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/xmake.html
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/211498
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-bumpscope.html
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/211702
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-goom.html
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/211703
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-jess.html
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/211704
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-synaesthesia.html
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/211705

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