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Debian Weekly News - February 24th, 2004

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - February 24th, 2004

Welcome to this year's eighth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Finally, we can send mail using [1]morse code,
since the [2]International Telecommunications Union assigned a new
[3]code (. - - . - .) for the "@" sign. Andreas Barth [4]reported
that 16 packages were broken by a recently uploaded broken tar
version, that was fixed later.

 1. http://www.npg.si.edu/edu/brush/guide/unit2/morse.html
 2. http://www.itu.int/
 3. http://www.cjonline.com/stories/021704/pag_morsecode.shtml
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0402/msg00591.html

Storing RRD Data and Graph Files. Jean-Michel Kelbert [5]asked where
to store [6]RRD files. Since it is [7]impossible to rebuild RRD
files without data loss due to log rotation, it must not be stored in
/var/cache, he asserts later. However, since the graph files are
generated from the data files, they have to go into /var/cache.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0402/msg00960.html
 6. http://packages.debian.org/rrdtool
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0402/msg01015.html

Investigation of the new XFree86 License. Branden Robinson
[8]inspected the new [9]license for XFree86 4.4 and higher. He
concluded that the de facto impact of the change to the XFree86
Project, Inc.'s own license is to render the XFree86 source
distribution GPL-incompatible in many aspects. Keith Packard
[10]asserted that he has a strong desire to make the released software
on freedesktop.org from that source completely [11]DFSG-free.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0402/msg00102.html
 9. http://www.xfree86.org/legal/licenses.html
 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0402/msg00116.html
 11. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

Expiration of the GIF/LZW Patent. Roland Stigge [12]wondered if it is
still possible for sarge to be released before 7 July 2004. If not,
Debian could start preparing to move GIF/LZW patent encumbered
packages from non-free and contrib to main since that's the day when
the patent US4558302 expires internationally.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0402/msg00168.html

Report from Solutions Linux. Julien Blache wrote a [13]report about
this years' [14]Solutions Linux exhibition and conference in France.
Several Debian developers met at the Debian booth inside the .Org
pavilion and were even interviewed by a French web radio station about
Debian in general and the upcoming release of sarge. The number of
interested visitors at the booth was also higher, compared to past

 13. http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0203-solutionslinux-report
 14. http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0203-solutionslinux

Release Progress Report. Colin Watson wrote a new [15]report about
progress made with the release of sarge since December 1st. He said
that the [16]debian-installer is improving, that GNOME 2.4 and KDE
3.1.5 have entered testing and that XFree86 4.3 has been uploaded to
unstable recently. An important task left is to finish
debian-installer and port it to the [17]remaining architectures. There
are also still 350 release-critical bugs on packages in testing. This
isn't something we can release with.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0402/msg00009.html
 16. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0401/msg00015.html

Pure 64-Bit AMD64 Port? John Goerzen [18]proposed to stay with a pure
64-bit port to the [19]AMD64 architecture. When a way forward with the
multiarch is finally laid out they can transition to becoming a
multiarch platform while still supporting those that want a pure
64-bit environment. Josh Hansen [20]added that both efforts will
continue as long as people are willing to devote time to them.

 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0402/msg00235.html
 19. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0402/msg00263.html

Mozilla Firefox Packages. Eric Dorland [21]announced that he had
uploaded packages for Mozilla Firefox 0.8. Since the package has gone
through a name change (the package was formerly known as phoenix, then
as firebird) it will take about one week until they appear in the
archive. For the interested and impatient he has copied the files to
[22]people.debian.org as well.

 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0402/msg01501.html
 22. http://people.debian.org/~eric/debian/

Man-pages to be moved to non-free? A recent [23]change in the upstream
[24]man-pages project was detected. As of version 1.65 manual pages
from the POSIX standard are [25]included in the upstream man-pages
distribution. Their copyright, however, doesn't talk about
distribution and modification, but the latter is explicitly not
permitted, according to the upstream maintainer. Since this would
render the entire package non-free, its packaging has changed slightly
so that non-free parts are stripped off in time.

 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0402/msg00190.html
 24. ftp://ftp.win.tue.nl/pub/linux-local/manpages/
 25. http://linuxpr.com/releases/6599.html

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

 * [26]Linux 2.4.18 (alpha+i386+powerpc) -- Local root exploit.
 * [27]Linux 2.4.16 (arm) -- Local root exploits.
 * [28]Linux 2.4.17 (powerpc/apus) -- Local root exploits.
 * [29]Linux 2.4.17 (mips+mipsel) -- Local root exploit.
 * [30]Linux 2.4.17 (s390) -- Local root exploits and more.
 * [31]XFree86 -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
 * [32]Linux 2.4.17 (ia64) -- Local root exploit.
 * [33]lbreakout2 -- Buffer overflow.
 * [34]synaesthesia -- Insecure file creation.
 * [35]hsftp -- Format string vulnerability.
 * [36]pwlib -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
 * [37]metamail -- Arbitrary code execution.

 26. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-438
 27. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-439
 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-440
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-441
 30. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-442
 31. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-443
 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-444
 33. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-445
 34. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-446
 35. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-447
 36. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-448
 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-449

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [38]recently or contain important updates.

 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

 * [39]aclock -- Analog dockapp clock for GNUstep.
 * [40]arabtex -- Arabic/Hebrew macros for TeX/LaTeX.
 * [41]attal -- Turn by turn game in the spirit of HoMM II.
 * [42]directoryassistant -- Small LDAP address book manager.
 * [43]efp -- Escape from Pong NES game.
 * [44]fgetty -- Very small, efficient, console-only getty and login.
 * [45]fwatch -- Kernel module, reporting changes on files to
 * [46]gmines -- Minesweeper for GNUstep.
 * [47]impose+ -- Postscript utilities for two-up printing, bbox,
 * [48]javacc -- Parser generator for use with Java.
 * [49]latex-beamer -- LaTeX class to produce presentations.
 * [50]mined -- Small, easy to use, unicode-capable text editor.
 * [51]munin -- Network-wide graphing framework (grapher/gatherer).
 * [52]openggsn1 -- OpenSource Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN).
 * [53]par2 -- Parity Archive Volume Set, for checking and repair of
 * [54]pdftk -- Tool for manipulating PDF documents.
 * [55]pm-dev -- Proxy management protocol development files.
 * [56]proxycheck -- Simple tool to quickly recon a running open
   proxy server.
 * [57]pvpgn -- Gaming server that emulates Battle.net(R).
 * [58]rapidsvn -- GUI client for subversion.
 * [59]renaissance -- GNUstep GUI Development Framework.
 * [60]rng-tools -- Daemon to use the Intel/AMD/VIA Hardware RNG.
 * [61]squid-prefetch -- Simple page-prefetch for Squid web proxy.
 * [62]steptalk -- The GNUstep Scripting Framework.
 * [63]tdom -- XML/DOM/XPath/XSLT implementation for Tcl.
 * [64]uim -- Simple, secure, and flexible input method collection
   and library.
 * [65]util-vserver -- Tools for Virtual private servers and context
 * [66]waiho -- Simple FTP client for GNUstep.
 * [67]xrestop -- X11 server resource usage monitor.
 * [68]yafray -- Modern, xml-speaking raytracing-based rendering

 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/aclock
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/arabtex
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/attal
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/directoryassistant
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/efp
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/fgetty
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/fwatch
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/gmines
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/impose+
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/javacc
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/latex-beamer
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/mined
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/munin
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/openggsn1
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/par2
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/pdftk
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libdevel/pm-dev
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/proxycheck
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/pvpgn
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/rapidsvn
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/renaissance
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/rng-tools
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/squid-prefetch
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/steptalk
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tdom
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/uim
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/util-vserver
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/waiho
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xrestop
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/yafray

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