Debian Weekly News - November 26th, 2003
Debian Weekly News - November 26th, 2003
Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. We were not able to produce and publish DWN in
time this week due to the security breach the Debian project faced.
An interesting interview with several developers from
freedesktop.org regarding aspects of their project, including
interoperability, hardware abstraction, accessibility and more has
Debian Servers compromised. The Debian project had to report that
four servers were compromised by an unknown attacker. The admin
team, with site admins and service admins are busy checking and
resurrecting machines and services. As a first reaction all
accounts have been locked as a safety precaution. If the same password
was used for Debian machines and others, you are strongly advised to
change it as soon as possible.
Testing Propagation Status. Nathanael Nerode looked at several
packages and their migration to testing and concluded that things look
pretty good actually. Perl and GNOME should be fine after their
quarantine time. Mozilla, however, does not build on two
architectures. Several packages, though, are waiting for Perl and
PostgreSQL which is waiting for Perl as well.
Results for new SPI Board of Directors Member Vote. Wichert Akkerman,
SPI board secretary, announced that a total of 52 people did
cast their vote, which is 18 % of all eligible voters. The three
winners are David Graham, Ian Jackson and Martin 'Joey' Schulze. The
lists of voters, votes and results are also published. After a
dispute period the three winners will be automatically appointed to
the board of directors.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 Updated. Nearly one year after the last update to
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0, the project finally updated the woody
release again. This revision adds 143 security updates to the stable
release, that were formerly distributed through
security.debian.org, and 18 important bugfixes to various
packages. Details of this update are on the preparation page.
Beginners Guide to GNU/Linux. Not exactly Debian related, but Chris
Walden released a nine part series that guides beginners to
GNU/Linux on IBM developerWorks. This roadmap is designed to help you
take the experience and knowledge that you already have in computing
and redirect it to working in GNU/Linux.
Review of both new Installers for Debian. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier
reviewed the new Debian Installer and Progeny's anaconda port.
Debian-installer is an improvement over the old boot-floppies,
especially since hardware is automatically detected, however it will
still be intimidating for new users. Anaconda for Debian is not yet
ready for primetime, but once finished will be easier to use on x86
EU Open Source Migration Guidelines. A strategic initiative (IDA,
Interchange of Data between Administrations) of the European
Commission has released the IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines
which provide practical and detailed recommendations on how to migrate
to office applications, calendaring, e-mail and other standard
applications based on Free Software. IT experts from several European
countries have been involved in creating this document.
Distro Taste: If Debian was a Beer... Indranath Neogy wrote a short
article about GNU/Linux distribution taste and beer which was
discussed on Slashdot as well. This diversity of GNU/Linux is
reflected in the enormous number of flavors (or distributions) it is
available in. The author would pair Debian with a something like
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. The Debian Free Software Guidelines
would be a reminiscent of the German Beer Purity laws, which mandate
that the beer be made out of malt, hops, yeast and water alone.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* arkrpg -- Roleplaying kernel.
* diveintopython -- Free Python book for experienced
* gwget2 -- GNOME 2 wget front-end.
* openuniverse -- 3D Universe Simulator.
* prokyon3 -- Mp3 and Ogg/vorbis manager and tag editor.
* pyxmms-remote -- Command-line interface to XMMS.
* racoon -- Racoon IKE server.
* tclparser -- Tcl extension to access Tcl's internal parser.
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