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Debian Weekly News - October 28th, 2003

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - October 28th, 2003

Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The [1]XPde team [2]discussed the legal
implications of emulating aspects of proprietary desktop environments.
Andreas Steinel [3]announced a set of pictures that he took at
[4]OpenSaar ([5]info) and [6]Linux-Kongress ([7]info, [8]report).
Alongside, the Debian user group in Sao Paulo has been [9]organising
a Debian [10]workshop.

 1. http://www.xpde.com/
 2. http://www.xpde.com/docs/Windows_Linux_Lookalikes_v02.pdf
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu-0310/msg00034.html
 4. http://w5.cs.uni-sb.de/~lnxbil/08.10.2003_OpenSaar/
 5. http://www.debian.org/events/2003/1007-opensaar
 6. http://w5.cs.uni-sb.de/~lnxbil/14.10.2003_LK/
 7. http://www.debian.org/events/2003/1014-linuxkongress
 8. http://www.debian.org/events/2003/1014-linuxkongress-report
 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01277.html
 10. http://www.debian-sp.org/oficina2003/

SPI Board Election. Wichert Akkerman [11]announced that Software in
the Public Interest (SPI) is holding an election to fill three
vacancies in its board of directors. [12]SPI is a non-profit
organisation which assists Debian and other Free Software projects in
legal matters such as holding trademarks/copyrights or accepting
donations. November 6th is the deadline to declare candidacy, voting
will run from November 7th to 21st.

 11. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000058.html
 12. http://www.spi-inc.org/

Constitutional Amendment of Section 4.1.5. Manoj Srivastava posted the
second [13]call for votes in the proposed constitutional amendment.
All three [14]proposals passed the quorum requirements within the
first 72 hours of the polls being open. So far, there have been 124
valid votes, which is lower participation than this year's DPL vote
(which in turn trailed last year's DPL vote). Romain Francoise also
tracked down a major bug in the [15]DEbian VOTE Engine (Devotee),
which had caused some votes to be rejected.

 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0310/msg00098.html
 14. http://www.debian.org/vote/2003/vote_0003
 15. http://arch.debian.org/arch/private/srivasta/archive-2003/devotee/

Linux Brochure Project. Martin Michlmayr forwarded a [16]mail from the
[17]Linux Brochure Project which documents key Linux information in
standard-size brochures whose source is released under the [18]GNU
GPL. Currently there are two versions of the brochure: a "Linus"
version, which features famous quotes from Linus and a VLUG version,
which has been adapted as the Victoria Linux Users Group (VLUG)
official brochure. Frank Lichtenheld [19]adopted it to produce a
[20]Debian brochure that could use some help.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu-0310/msg00031.html
 17. http://lbproject.sourceforge.net/
 18. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu-0310/msg00037.html
 20. http://www.djpig.de/projekte/debian/debianb/

How to build Debian Packages. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier [21]explained
how to build Debian packages. His article provides a well-structured
discussion, ranging from what a package is to the final steps of
building. He also includes links to other resources, including the
[22]Debian Policy Manual and the [23]pkgwrite tool, which assists in
making both Debian and RPM packages from a single specification file.

 21. http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT8047723203.html
 22. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/
 23. http://www.ffem.org/daveb/pkgwrite/

Installing Debian with Red Hat? Ian Murdock [24]announced that
[25]Progeny has ported Red Hat's Anaconda installer to Debian and
ceased work on PGI (Progeny Graphical Installer). They are also
working with various parties to add RPM support into the mainline APT
tree, to [26]allow Debian- and RPM-based distributions to be managed
using a single APT codebase, and possibly even to allow Debian and RPM
packages to coexist side by side.

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01880.html
 25. http://www.progeny.com/
 26. http://arstechnica.com/archive/news/1067056799.html

Debian in the World Solar Challenge. During the seventh [27]World
Solar Challenge the Western Australian Solar Team [28]Sungroper is
also competing for the Yahoo most [29]unusual or remote Internet
[30]cafe. Onno Benschop runs his workstation (Debian testing) as the
gateway and teams from around the globe flock to the satellite dish
each night to send emails back home.

 27. http://www.wsc.org.au/
 28. http://www.sungroper.asn.au/
 29. http://www.pcchatshow.com/articles/showarticle.php?ArticleID=142
 30. http://www.sungroper.asn.au/cafe/

Bug Reports belong in the Debian BTS. Russell Coker [31]noticed that a
maintainer closed a bug he discovered with a note "submitting upstream
bugs to Debian BTS only slows down the packaging work by requiring the
maintainer to act as go between on the bug". However, Debian users
should submit bugs to the Debian Bug Tracking System (BTS) from where
the maintainer can forward the bugs upstream if it is an upstream bug.
Consequently, Adrian Bunk [32]reopened all such bug reports.

 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01641.html
 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01685.html

Making zopectl a Pre-Dependency of Zope. As per policy, Luca De Vitis
[33]asked for consensus to add a pre-dependency to [34]zopectl for
[35]zope since zopectl is required to discover file locations when
Zope is purged. Since the location of these files is configurable, it
would be difficult to discover them without zopectl.

 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01850.html
 34. http://packages.debian.org/zopectl
 35. http://packages.debian.org/zope

Supporting different Kernels and Configuration. Mattia Dongili
[36]wondered how he is supposed to provide a default configuration for
[37]cpufreqd which is a speedstep applet that monitors battery level,
power state and running programs to adjust the cpu frequency. The
kernel interface has changed between the 2.4 and 2.6 mainstream line.
Wouter Verhelst [38]suggested to calculate the speed based on the main
processor speed.

 36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01851.html
 37. http://packages.debian.org/cpufreqd
 38. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01853.html

Debian Bug-Squashing Party. Erik Rossen [39]announced a Debian
bug-squashing party on Sunday, November 9th 2003, in Ecublens,
Switzerland. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Debian GNU/Linux
distribution, the Groupe romand des Utilisateurs de Linux et de
Logiciels Libres will lock 10 to 40 volunteers in a large room and
provide them with all of the computers, bandwidth, electricity, pizza,
and beer that they need to work well.

 39. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg01911.html

Debian Installer Packages. Joey Hess [40]wondered how the
debian-installer is supposed to create binary packages once it is in a
state where buildds can pick it up -- apart from regular .deb and
.udeb files. The two choices seem to be to include all the boot images
in a .deb file as Alastair's original build/debian does, or to create
a tarball that will have to be processed manually by the FTP people
and unpacked into a proper directory. The latter will be the method to
be [41]implemented.

 40. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0310/msg01291.html
 41. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0310/msg01331.html

Debian Installer with low Memory Consumption. Goswin von Brederlow
[42]noticed that the debian-installer currently needs a lot of RAM to
install the udeb files on the CDROM. Large memory requirement would
lock out several machines with only 16 MB or less of RAM. He proposed
to use a huge initrd which is loopback mounted and an lvm snapshot
device set over that with a ramdisk as copy-on-write storage.

 42. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0310/msg01295.html

New Glibc for Sid. Dan Jacobowitz [43]announced that there's nothing
left in the TODO file of glibc that he considers a showstopper. Hence,
he proposed to freeze CVS on Tuesday, build and test 2.3.2.ds1-8 on as
many architectures as possible, and upload it probably straight into

 43. http://lists.debian.org/debian-glibc-0310/msg00650.html

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

 * [44]athcool -- Enable powersaving mode for Athlon/Duron
 * [45]cassbeam -- Program for Cassegrain antenna modelling.
 * [46]ftm -- Frogfoot Networks Traffic Monitoring Utility.
 * [47]sux -- Wrapper around su which will transfer your X
 * [48]translucency-source -- Filesystem translucency module.
 * [49]ttt -- Standalone program for local traffic-monitoring.
 * [50]tttprobe -- Probe to collect traffic-data and send it to a
 * [51]tttview -- Graphical viewer for remote captured traffic-data.
 * [52]nut-usb -- USB Driver subsystem for the nut - Network UPS
 * [53]umbrello -- UML modelling tool.
 * [54]wesnoth -- Battle for Wesnoth is a fantasy turn-based strategy
 * [55]xautomation -- Control X from the command line, and find
   things on the screen.

 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/athcool.html
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/cassbeam.html
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ftm.html
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/sux.html
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/translucency-source.html
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ttt.html
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/tttprobe.html
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/tttview.html
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/nut-usb.html
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/umbrello.html
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/wesnoth.html
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xautomation.html

Orphaned Packages. 15 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 195 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [56]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.

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

 * [57]arts -- Analog Realtime Synthesizer (aRts) metapackage.
 * [59]kdeadmin -- KDE Administration tools metapackage.
 * [61]kdebase -- KDE Base metapackage. ([62]Bug#217103)
 * [63]kdegraphics -- KDE Graphics metapackage. ([64]Bug#217104)
 * [65]kdelibs -- KDE core libraries metapackage. ([66]Bug#217105)
 * [67]kdenetwork -- KDE Network metapackage. ([68]Bug#217106)
 * [69]kdepim -- KDE Personal Information Management metapackage.
 * [71]kdeutils -- KDE Utilities metapackage. ([72]Bug#217108)
 * [73]libboulder-perl -- Perl module for hierarchical tag/value
   structures. ([74]Bug#217111)
 * [75]libcflow-perl -- Perl module for analysing raw flow files
   written by cflowd. ([76]Bug#217112)
 * [77]libconfigreader-perl -- Perl module for reading config files.
 * [79]libnet-patricia-perl -- Perl module for fast IP address
   lookups. ([80]Bug#217115)
 * [81]meta-kde -- The K Desktop Environment. ([82]Bug#217118)
 * [83]pyne -- Python-GTK powered GUI mail- and newsreader.
 * [85]roleplaying -- Database system for role players.

 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/arts.html
 58. http://bugs.debian.org/217097
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdeadmin.html
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/217102
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdebase.html
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/217103
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdegraphics.html
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/217104
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdelibs.html
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/217105
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdenetwork.html
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/217106
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdepim.html
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/217107
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdeutils.html
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/217108
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libboulder-perl.html
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/217111
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libcflow-perl.html
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/217112
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libconfigreader-perl.html
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/217113
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libnet-patricia-perl.html
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/217115
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kde.html
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/217118
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/pyne.html
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/216890
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/roleplaying.html
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/216879

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