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Debian Weekly News - November 11th, 2003

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - November 11th, 2003

Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. According to the latest data from [1]Netcraft
the number of websites running on the Apache web server has shown a
significant gain over the last month and is now at 67.41 percent.
James Maguire wanted to [2]know if Java is dead and concluded that
nothing could be further from the truth. Also, another [3]update for
the stable Debian release (codename woody) is being [4]prepared.

 1. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2003/11/03/november_2003_web_server_survey.html
 2. http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/22629.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/45/index.en.tmp.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0311/msg00004.html

Exec-Shield for Debian? Russell Coker [5]looked at [6]exec-shield
which adds a certain amount of precaution similar to what [7]PaX
does, which is the most desirable feature in [8]GRSecurity.
Exec-shield also has support for 2.6 and looks like it will be a
standard feature in Red Hat. Russell proposed to add exec-shield to
the standard Debian kernel source. If adding exec-shield to the Debian
kernel is not considered a good idea then he'll create a kernel-patch
package for exec-shield.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0311/msg00047.html
 6. http://people.redhat.com/mingo/exec-shield/
 7. http://pageexec.virtualave.net/docs/pax.txt
 8. http://www.grsecurity.net/

Clarification of DFSG Clause 1. Roland Stigge [9]proposed to alter
the [10]Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) in order to add a
little bit of clarification to clause one. This is a reminiscence of
the [11]discussion about the legal status of LaTeX2HTML. Henning
Makholm [12]added that this complies with the consensus on

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0311/msg00013.html
 10. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0310/msg00383.html
 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0311/msg00014.html

Debian Jr. joins OSEF. Ben Armstrong [13]announced that [14]Debian Jr.
joined the [15]Open Source Education Foundation (OSEF). Ben is also a
new board member of their newly expanded board. This will strengthen
both Debian Jr. and OSEF. Both groups aim to improve the quality of
Debian Jr. packages and they share the common goal to introduce
children to Free Software.

 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0311/msg00000.html
 14. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr/
 15. http://www.osef.org/

Discussion about the Social Contract. Branden Robinson [16]summarized
part of the thread about his proposed amendment of the Social
Contract. He stated that he would be willing to consider breaking up
the proposal, and is seeking guidance from the Project Secretary.
Anthony Towns stated that if he were to propose a rewrite of the
[17]Social Contract it would include [18]points like building a free
and superior operating system, supporting the community, being open
and supporting all the software that Debian can.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0311/msg00139.html
 17. http://www.debian.org/social_contract
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0311/msg00148.html

SPI Board Vote begins. Wichert Akkerman [19]announced that the voting
period has begun to elect three new directors to the Software in the
Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) board of directors. The candidates are
[20]David Graham ("cdlu"), [21]Ian Jackson, [22]Jimmy Kaplowitz
("Hydroxide"), and [23]Martin Schulze ("Joey"). All contributing
members can cast their vote [24]online until November 21st. People who
become contributing members during this period are also eligible for
voting. Newsflash: There will be a debate with all candidates on
Monday, November 17th, at 17:00 UTC on Channel #SPI on irc.oftc.net.

 19. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000060.html
 20. http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/votes/vote2/DavidGraham.xhtml
 21. http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/votes/vote2/IanJackson.xhtml
 22. http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/votes/vote2/JimmyKaplowitz.xhtml
 23. http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/votes/vote2/MartinSchulze.xhtml
 24. https://members.spi-inc.org/vote/

Package Version Numbering. Mark Johnson [25]wondered how he is
supposed to update the [26]docbook-simple package from version 1.0cr2
to version 1.0. Neil Roeth [27]suggested to use 1.0.0 as version
string. Andreas Metzler [28]explained that removing the old package
from the archive and uploading a new one would not solve the problem,
because anybody who has already installed the old version would not be
upgraded automatically if the new upload had a lower version-number in
dpkg's understanding.

 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0311/msg00438.html
 26. http://packages.debian.org/docbook-simple
 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0311/msg00454.html
 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0311/msg00447.html

New proposed Apache License. The [29]Apache Software Foundation is
[30]considering the adoption of a new set of [31]licenses for their
open source projects. They have invited the public to review and
comment on the proposed 2.0 [32]license and related material. Brian
Carlson has [33]doubts that part of the new license are even legal, at
least in the U.S.

 29. http://www.apache.org/
 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0311/msg00052.html
 31. http://www.apache.org/licenses/proposed/
 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0311/msg00053.html
 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0311/msg00054.html

Debian Installer Beta 1. Joey Hess [34]announced the first beta
release of [35]debian-installer, the new installation system for
sarge. This first beta is available for the i386 and powerpc
architectures only. More architectures were said to follow in later
betas. Please see the [36]todo if you want to help out.

 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0311/msg00003.html
 35. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 36. http://cvs.debian.org/debian-installer/doc/TODO?rev=HEAD&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup

Debian-Installer Floppies with BRLTTY. Mario Lang [37]announced a new
[38]floppy set based on the new Debian-Installer for Sarge with
support for BRLTTY included. He has also installed a fresh system with
them, so they appear to work. You need to pass a kernel option to lilo
when the first floppy boots, to tell brltty what display you have, and
where it is connected.

 37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-accessibility-0310/msg00023.html
 38. http://people.debian.org/~mlang/install/

New Skolelinux CD Image. Petter Reinholdtsen [39]announced the new
Skolelinux CD [40]image, prerelease 41. He included the changelog
which notes several security and language updates besides updates in
the Debian installer such as improved support for PCMCIA and USB as
well as hardware detection.

 39. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu-0311/msg00000.html
 40. ftp://developer.skolelinux.no/skolelinux-cd/

Debian XML/SGML Policy Draft. Mark Johnson [41]announced a [42]policy
draft for XML and SGML resources. At this point, only chapters 2 and 3
(covering directory layouts, etc.) are anywhere near being finished.
Feedback should be sent to the [43]debian-sgml list.

 41. http://lists.debian.org/debian-sgml-0310/msg00005.html
 42. http://people.debian.org/~mrj/xml-sgml-policy/debian-policy/
 43. http://lists.debian.org/debian-sgml/

Collaborative XML/SGML Packaging Project. Mark Johnson [44]invited all
XML/SGML package maintainers to join a collaborative packaging and
maintenance effort hosted on [45]Alioth. Motivation is provided by the
implementation of the OASIS XML Catalog specification and the
proliferation of newly available XML resources. Another motivation is
to eliminate the hassles of non-maintainer uploads.

 44. http://lists.debian.org/debian-sgml-0310/msg00010.html
 45. http://debian-xml-sgml.alioth.debian.org/

Debian MiniConf3 in Adelaide. The Debian [46]MiniConf will once again
be held in conjunction with [47]Linux Conference Australia in
Adelaide. [48]Registration for the conference also includes
registration for the Debian MiniConf, and the organisers are currently
[49]calling for papers.

 46. http://www.debconf.org/miniconf3/
 47. http://lca2004.linux.org.au/
 48. http://lca2004.linux.org.au/register/
 49. http://www.debconf.org/miniconf3/cfp/

Filesystem Hierarchy Standard 2.3. Martin Michlmayr [50]noted that
[51]FHS 2.3 will be released soon, but there is currently some
controversy over [52]/srv and [53]/media. He thought it would be good
if Debian had an opinion about this and encouraged people to look at
and comment on the proposals.

 50. http://lists.debian.org/debian-lsb-0311/msg00009.html
 51. http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=3402935&forum_id=3128
 52. http://bugs.freestandards.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=16
 53. http://bugs.freestandards.org/cgi-bin/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=27

Debian wins several Readers' Choice Awards. The Debian project
[54]announced that this year was quite successful and it has won
several readers' choice awards from major GNU/Linux magazines. Debian
has won in the category of "Favourite Distribution" of the [55]Linux
Journal 2003 Readers' Choice Awards, in the category "Best Enterprise
Distribution" of [56]Linux Enterprise Reader's Choice 2003 and in the
category "Best Distribution" of the [57]Linux New Media Award 2003.

 54. http://www.debian.org/News/2003/20031110
 55. http://pr.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=785
 56. http://www.linuxenterprise.de/itr/service/show.php3?id=104&nodeid=35
 57. http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/ausgabe/2003/12/award/award.html

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

 * [58]PostgreSQL -- Buffer overflow.
 * [59]conquest -- Local conquest exploit.
 * [60]EPIC4 -- Denial of service.
 * [61]omega-rpg -- Local games exploit.

 58. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-397
 59. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-398
 60. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-399
 61. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-400

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

 * [62]aap -- Make-like "expert system" for building software.
 * [63]anteater -- MTA log analyser written 100% in C++.
 * [64]aqmoney -- Command line utility for HBCI homebanking.
 * [65]arc -- Archive utility based on the MSDOS ARC program.
 * [66]arptables -- ARP table administration.
 * [67]chasen-dictutils -- Japanese Morphological Analysis System -
   utilities for dictionary.
 * [68]cutter -- Disconnect routed IP connections.
 * [69]digikam -- Digital Camera Application for KDE 3.x.
 * [70]discus -- Pretty version of df(1) command.
 * [71]dvdauthor -- Create DVD-Video file system.
 * [72]dvdrtools -- DVD writing program.
 * [73]eagle -- Printed circuit board design tool.
 * [74]eciadsl -- User-space driver for the Globespan-based USB ADSL
 * [75]festalon -- NSF player for OSS (/dev/dsp).
 * [76]fisg -- Fast IRC Statistics Generator.
 * [77]gngeogui -- GUI frontend for gngeo.
 * [78]gnome-office -- The GNOME Office suite.
 * [79]gnusound -- Powerful sound editor.
 * [80]ifmetric -- Set routing metrics for a network interface.
 * [81]lg-issue96 -- Issue 96 of the Linux Gazette.
 * [82]opendb -- Web Open Lending Database.
 * [83]osdsh -- Overlays your screen with various system information.
 * [84]powernowd -- Control CPU speed and voltage using 2.6 kernel
 * [85]prelude-lml -- Hybrid Intrusion Detection System [ Log
   Monitoring Lackey ].
 * [86]prelude-manager -- Hybrid Intrusion Detection System [ Report
   Manager ].
 * [87]prelude-nids -- Hybrid Intrusion Detection System [ Network
   sensor ].
 * [88]pxe -- Free PXE daemon.
 * [89]qalculate -- Powerful and easy to use desktop calculator.
 * [90]smbget -- Downloader for the SMB/CIFS protocol.
 * [91]sng -- Specialized markup language for representing PNG
 * [92]tcltls -- TLS OpenSSL extension to Tcl.
 * [93]toursst -- RSS channel news items where you want them.
 * [94]vpnc -- Cisco-compatible VPN client.
 * [95]vqadmin -- Web based control panel for vpopmail.
 * [96]waproamd -- WLAN roaming daemon.

 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/aap.html
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/anteater.html
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/aqmoney.html
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/arc.html
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/arptables.html
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/chasen-dictutils.html
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/cutter.html
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/digikam.html
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/discus.html
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/dvdauthor.html
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/dvdrtools.html
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/electronics/eagle.html
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/eciadsl.html
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/festalon.html
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/fisg.html
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gngeogui.html
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-office.html
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/gnusound.html
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ifmetric.html
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/lg-issue96.html
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/opendb.html
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/osdsh.html
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/powernowd.html
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/prelude-lml.html
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/prelude-manager.html
 87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/prelude-nids.html
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/pxe.html
 89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/qalculate.html
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/smbget.html
 91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/sng.html
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/tcltls.html
 93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/toursst.html
 94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/vpnc.html
 95. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/vqadmin.html
 96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/waproamd.html

Orphaned Packages. 3 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 187 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [97]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.

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

 * [98]ipmasq -- Securely initializes IP Masquerade
   forwarding/firewalling. ([99]Bug#219173)
 * [100]php4-apc -- Caches PHP scripts to get them loaded much
   faster. ([101]Bug#219571)
 * [102]snd -- Sound file editor. ([103]Bug#219837)

 98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ipmasq.html
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/219173
 100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/php4-apc.html
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/219571
 102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/snd.html
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/219837

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page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your
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 104. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 105. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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