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Debian Weekly News - March 9th, 2004

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 9th, 2004

Welcome to this year's tenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christoph Berg [1]reported about a Knoppix based
[2]live CD including lots of the hamradio software Debian ships.
Wichert Akkerman [3]announced that the [4]alioth service has been
moved to a new server. Additionally, Ethan Sommer has set up a
[5]collection of Open Source advocacy papers.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-hams-0402/msg00019.html
 2. http://hubert.fink.bei.t-online.de/knoppix.html
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0403/msg00002.html
 4. http://alioth.debian.org/
 5. http://ossadvocacy.org/

Questions for the Candidates. Anthony Towns formulated a set of
[6]questions for the project leader candidates. In his platform only
Gergely Nagy mentioned changes to the distribution, replace perl
scripts in base by [7]shoop scripts. The questions include the
new-maintainer process, announcements, installer development, release
process/progress and more. Andreas Tille also submitted a set of

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00010.html
 7. http://packages.debian.org/shoop
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00018.html

DPL Bits. Martin Michlmayr sent in another [9]report and said that
over the last two weeks he attended three conferences: [10]Open Source
World Conference in Spain, [11]FOSDEM in Belgium, and a conference in
Italy organized by Firenze Tecnologia. He added reports for these
conferences as well. Also, a London based company is interested in
having a 64 bit port of Debian to PowerPC and are willing to invest
resources in this.

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0403/msg00000.html
 10. http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0218-oswc
 11. http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0221-fosdem

11 Keystrokes away from Debian. Joey Hess [12]counted the keystrokes
in a Debian installation with DHCP and partman's spiffy streamlined
autopartitoning. 11 keystrokes from the boot prompt to the "Welcome to
Debian" screen. 10 of them even were "Enter". The one extra was
selecting the "Yes, please nuke my drive" button. He believes that
perhaps two more keystrokes could be removed.

 12. http://kitenet.net/~joey/blog/entry/11_keystrokes_to_debian-2004-03-04-01-58.html

Video Cluster running Debian. The [13]Visualization Group at Penn
State University has been [14]building a graphics cluster and tiled
video display wall using it for Architecture and Engineering
applications. They utilise [15]Distributed Multiheaded X and
[16]Chromium for an interactive, parallelized application environment.
Applications are developed with [17]VTK and [18]OpenSG. [19]VideoLAN
is also used to stream a video source to multiple displays via
multicast for tiled video.

 13. http://viz.aset.psu.edu/
 14. http://viz.aset.psu.edu/ga5in/ImmersiveEnvironmentsLab.html
 15. http://dmx.sourceforge.net/
 16. http://chromium.sourceforge.net/
 17. http://www.vtk.org/
 18. http://www.opensg.org/
 19. http://www.videolan.org/

Does Debian scare away Women? Amaya Rodrigo Sastre [20]asked the
project leader candidates about their ideas to encourage more women to
be involved and what the benefits would be. Helen Faulkner
[21]explained that women face subtle problems and that on average,
women are likely to be not so confident that their skills will allow
them to survive in an environment like debian, compared to their male
counterparts. The following discussion seems to have very well
[22]proven this.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00040.html
 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00067.html
 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00132.html

Call for Votes on a General Resolution. Manoj Srivastava [23]called
for votes on a [24]General Resolution to decide on future handling of
the non-free section. Votes must be received by Sunday, March 21st.
The vote is being conducted in accordance with the policy delineated
in section Standard Resolution Procedure of the [25]Debian

 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0403/msg00377.html
 24. http://www.debian.org/vote/2004/vote_002
 25. http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Supporting Hurd with ext2. Roland McGrath has [26]written a patch for
Linux 2.6 which makes it possible to get and set [27]passive
translators for Hurd via extended attributes for the ext2 filesystem
on Linux 2.6. This makes it possible to archive passive translators
using [28]star. Using experimental [29]kernel packages, Michael Banck
was able to extract a Debian GNU/Hurd base tarball and
[30]successfully boot into a working Debian GNU/Hurd installation
without having to setup translators natively. This could considerable
ease the installation of Debian GNU/Hurd if this patch gets accepted

 26. http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2004-02/msg00108.html
 27. http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-doc-translator#actpas
 28. http://packages.debian.org/star
 29. http://people.debian.org/~mbanck/xattr-hurd/
 30. http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-hurd/2004-03/msg00029.html

Debian Conference: Call for Papers. Andreas Schuldei sent out the
[31]call for papers for this years' [32]Debian Conference which will
take place from May 26th to June 2nd in Porto Alegre, Brazil. On day
one there will be an introductory talk for all speakers covering
public speaking. The deadline for submissions is April 1st and
interested people should only submit a short description of the
presentation and provide technical details.

 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0403/msg00004.html
 32. http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0526-debconf

Debian Source Archive. Joachim Breitner [33]wondered whether it is
possible and useful, to have a website with all source packages from
the Debian archive extracted and available, including older versions.
Shaun ONeil [34]mentioned the peek of mirror.ac.uk to look into
archives and Roland Bauerschmidt [35]suggested to use Subversion and

 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0403/msg00008.html
 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0403/msg00023.html
 35. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0403/msg00034.html

Transition Plan for non-free. Michael Banck [36]proposed a transition
plan to move the non-free archive off of debian.org and on
nonfree.org. In particular he talks about replicating the FTP archive,
the [37]bug tracking system, the [38]package tracking system and some
mailing lists. He also called for help since the services would have
to be set up at the beginning. At the end, only a few people would be
required to maintain the service.

 36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project-0403/msg00202.html
 37. http://bugs.debian.org/
 38. http://packages.qa.debian.org/

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

 * [39]libxml -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * [40]Linux 2.2.19 (arm) -- Local root exploit.
 * [41]wu-ftpd -- Multiple vulnerabilities.

 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-455
 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-456
 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-457

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [42]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [43]adabrowse -- HTML generator for Ada 95 library unit
 * [44]apollon -- KDE-based interface to the giFT file-sharing
 * [45]apwal -- Icon-based floating application launcher with
 * [46]bacula -- Network backup, recovery and verification.
 * [47]blogtk -- GTK Weblogging client.
 * [48]camera -- GNUstep application for digital still cameras.
 * [49]clipbook -- GNUstep Pasteboard Viewer.
 * [50]cscvs -- System for integrating CVS repositories into Arch
 * [51]darcs -- David's advanced revision control system.
 * [52]dcoprss -- KDE RSS utilities.
 * [53]dvbackup -- Backup tool using MiniDV camcorders.
 * [54]emms -- The Emacs MultiMedia System.
 * [55]gwremote -- GNUstep Remote Workspace Manager.
 * [56]highlight -- Universal source code converter.
 * [57]kbruch -- Fraction calculation teaching tool for KDE.
 * [58]kdewebdev -- Web development applications from the official
   KDE release.
 * [59]kfilereplace -- Batch search-and-replace component for KDE.
 * [60]kgamma -- Gamma correction KControl module.
 * [61]kig -- Interactive geometry program for KDE.
 * [62]kmilo -- KDE kded hardware support module.
 * [63]kpdf -- PDF viewer for KDE.
 * [64]ksvg -- SVG viewer for KDE.
 * [65]kwalletmanager -- KDE Wallet Manager.
 * [66]kwifimanager -- KDE Wireless LAN Manager.
 * [67]kxsldbg -- Graphical XSLT debugger for KDE.
 * [68]latex-xcolor -- Easy driver-independent TeX class for color.
 * [69]muine -- Simple music player.
 * [70]netselect-apt -- Choose the fastest Debian mirror with
 * [71]nyquist -- Language for music composition and sound synthesis.
 * [72]okle -- DVD player for KDE.
 * [73]openload -- Tool for load testing of web applications.
 * [74]pgf -- TeX Portable Graphic Format.
 * [75]phpbb2 -- Fully featured and skinneable flat (non-threaded)
 * [76]popfile -- E-Mail classification tool.
 * [77]pscan -- Format string security checker for C files.
 * [78]pycaml -- OCaml bindings to embed Python interpreter and
 * [79]readpst -- Converts Outlook PST files to mbox and others.
 * [80]udev -- /dev/ management daemon.
 * [81]vrel -- Virtual Reality Engine Language parser.
 * [82]wordpress -- Semantic personal publishing platform.

 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/adabrowse
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/apollon
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/apwal
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/bacula
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/blogtk
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/camera
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/clipbook
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cscvs
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/darcs
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dcoprss
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/dvbackup
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/emms
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/gwremote
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/highlight
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/kbruch
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdewebdev
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kfilereplace
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/kgamma
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/kig
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kmilo
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/kpdf
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/ksvg
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kwalletmanager
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/kwifimanager
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/kxsldbg
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/latex-xcolor
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/muine
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/netselect-apt
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/nyquist
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/okle
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/openload
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/pgf
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/phpbb2
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/popfile
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/pscan
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libdevel/pycaml
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/readpst
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/udev
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/vrel
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/wordpress

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