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Debian Weekly News - June 15th, 2004

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - June 15th, 2004

Welcome to this year's 24th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Tom Adelstein [1]wrote about GNU/Linux on the
desktop and concluded that it can help enterprises, especially those
short of resources like city governments.

 1. http://consultingtimes.com/desktoplinux.html

Status of the AMD64 Port. Chris Cheney [2]asserted that "the" AMD64
port of Debian is ready for inclusion in Debian unstable. The port is
currently at 97 % compiled packages with most of the remaining
packages failing to build on other architectures as well.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/06/msg00002.html

Updated Debian Flyers. Michael Banck is [3]working on updating the
[4]general flyer for Debian. Even though it was written as a general
flyer some bits should be updated to reflect sarge and other releases

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2004/06/msg00032.html
 4. http://www.debian.org/events/materials/flyers/general/

Packaging Firefox 0.9. Eric Dorland [5]wondered how to handle the
next release candidate of Firefox. Since the release of sarge will
happen soon, he doesn't want it to be left with a potentially buggy
version. Anthony Towns [6]suggested that he uploads the new version
of Firefox to experimental as soon as possible in order to see if it
works as expected. When it doesn't cause problems, it can be moved to
unstable without much hassle.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/06/msg00557.html
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/06/msg00560.html

License for Documentation? Matthieu Delahaye [7]wondered which
license an upstream project should use for their documentation. The
author wrote a consistent manual for this [8]software which is not
(yet) compliant with the [9]Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG).
Walter Landry [10]proposed to simply stick to the license of the
program and don't use a different license for the documentation.

 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00053.html
 8. ftp://plg.uwaterloo.ca/pub/uSystem/u++-5.0.ps.gz
 9. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00054.html

Cyclic Build Dependencies. Jeroen van Wolffelaar [11]noticed that
[12]oaklisp contains a binary file which is used for bootstrapping.
There are at least half a dozen such [13]loops in Debian already.
Edmund Grimley Evans [14]assumed that such cyclic build dependencies
are acceptable in Debian.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00113.html
 12. http://packages.debian.org/oaklisp
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00116.html
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00114.html

Mozilla Public License. Jim Marhaus [15]noticed that the new
[16]Mozilla license 1.1 is not compliant with the DFSG. He also
phrased a [17]draft summary. This mainly affects Mozilla itself, since
the other packages (Firebird, OpenH323, Bugzilla etc.) are not yet
relicensed under the new license.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00177.html
 16. http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/MPL-1.1.html
 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/06/msg00221.html

Debian Kernel Maintenance. Christoph Hellwig [18]compiled a short todo
list for sarge kernels and [19]wondered if more architectures besides
i386, powerpc and ia64 are working on Linux 2.6. Martin Michlmayr
[20]added a list of housekeeping issues that have to be dealt with.
William Lee Irwin II [21]contributed the current blacklist of tainted
files that need to be sanitised and/or removed from the kernel.

 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/06/msg00008.html
 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/06/msg00018.html
 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/06/msg00037.html
 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2004/06/msg00104.html

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

 * [22]cvs -- Buffer overflow.
 * [23]kdelibs -- URI handler vulnerabilities.
 * [24]cvs -- Several potential security problems.

 22. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-517
 23. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-518
 24. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-519

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [25]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [26]bluez-cups -- Bluetooth printer driver for CUPS.
 * [27]cantlr -- Language tool for constructing recognizers,
   compilers etc.
 * [28]dfsbuild -- Build Debian From Scratch CD/DVD images.
 * [29]dropbear -- Lightweight SSH2 server.
 * [30]dzedit -- Cernlib's ZEBRA documentation editor.
 * [31]galternatives -- Graphical setup tool for the alternatives
 * [32]gnomoradio -- Free peer to peer music application.
 * [33]greylistd -- Simple greylisting daemon for use with Exim and
   other MTAs.
 * [34]imgseek -- Image viewer and manager with content based query.
 * [35]juic -- The Qt Java UI Compiler.
 * [36]kdc2tiff -- Convert Kodac kdc files to jpeg or tiff.
 * [37]kjc -- Compiler for the Java language written in Java.
 * [38]kjscmd -- Script interpreter using the KDE JavaScript library.
 * [39]kuipc -- Cernlib's Kit for a User Interface Package (KUIP)
 * [40]lcov -- Summarise Code coverage information from GCOV.
 * [41]madman -- Advanced music manager application.
 * [42]moagg -- 2D gravity game.
 * [43]monodevelop -- C# Development Environment.
 * [44]petris -- Peter's Tetris - a Tetris(TM) clone.
 * [45]raidutils -- Adaptec I2O compliant RAID controller management
 * [46]starfighter -- 2D scrolling shooter game.
 * [47]supercollider -- Realtime sound synthesis server and network
   language interpreter.
 * [48]ucarp -- User-space replacement to VRRP -- automatic IP
 * [49]wondershaper -- Easy to use traffic shaping script.

 26. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/bluez-cups
 27. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cantlr
 28. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/dfsbuild
 29. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dropbear
 30. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/dzedit
 31. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/galternatives
 32. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/gnomoradio
 33. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/greylistd
 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/imgseek
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libdevel/juic
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kdc2tiff
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/kjc
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/kjscmd
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kuipc
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lcov
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/madman
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/moagg
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/monodevelop
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/petris
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/raidutils
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/starfighter
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/supercollider
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ucarp
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/wondershaper

Debian Packages introduced last Week. Every day, a different Debian
package is [50]featured from the testing distribution. If you know
about an obscure package you think others should also know about, send
it to [51]Andrew Sweger. Debian package a day introduced the following
packages last week.

 50. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/
 51. http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=debaday

 * [52]shfs-utils -- (secure) SHell File System mount programs.
 * [53]mozilla-plugin-vlc -- Multimedia plugin for Mozilla based on
 * [54]fwbuilder -- Firewall administration tool GUI.
 * [55]dh-make-perl -- Create debian packages from perl modules.
 * [56]deborphan -- Find orphaned libraries.
 * [57]wajig -- Simplified Debian package management front end.

 52. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/17067.html
 53. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/17177.html
 54. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/17589.html
 55. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/17735.html
 56. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/18154.html
 57. http://www.livejournal.com/users/debaday/18368.html

Orphaned Packages. 19 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 184 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [58]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.

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

 * [59]atmelwlandriver -- Driver source for Atmel based Wireless
   adaptors USB/PCI/PCMCIA. ([60]Bug#254330)
 * [61]barrendero -- Delete messages on the spool dir depending on
   their age. ([62]Bug#254394)
 * [63]bchunk -- CD image format converter from bin/cue to
   iso/cdr/wav. ([64]Bug#254397)
 * [65]dansguardian -- Web content filtering. ([66]Bug#254395)
 * [67]drsync -- Two-way remote file synchronisation.
 * [69]gloo -- Two-way pipes and serial/network to STDIO pipes.
 * [71]gtk-gnutella -- Shares files in a peer to peer network.
 * [73]gtk-menu -- Simple X11/GTK menu system (for ion-hh).
 * [75]htget -- File grabber that will get files from HTTP servers.
 * [77]matchbox -- X11 Window manager for handheld devices.
 * [79]mmenu -- Simple X11 Debian menu. ([80]Bug#254335)
 * [81]motion -- V4L Capture Program supporting Movement Detection.
 * [83]shx -- Console hotline client. ([84]Bug#254399)
 * [85]sigrot -- Signature file rotation program. ([86]Bug#254393)
 * [87]xclip -- Command line interface to X selections.
 * [89]xkbd -- Compact window keyboard (Development files).
 * [91]xmms-liveice -- XMMS plugin that sends your audio to a
   shoutcast server. ([92]Bug#254398)
 * [93]xstroke -- X11 Pen-based Character input. ([94]Bug#254338)

 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/source/atmelwlandriver
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/254330
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/barrendero
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/254394
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/bchunk
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/254397
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/dansguardian
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/254395
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/drsync
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/254331
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/gloo
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/254332
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/gtk-gnutella
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/254390
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gtk-menu
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/254333
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/htget
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/254402
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/matchbox
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/254334
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/mmenu
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/254335
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/motion
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/254336
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/shx
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/254399
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/sigrot
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/254393
 87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xclip
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/254392
 89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xkbd
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/254337
 91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-liveice
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/254398
 93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xstroke
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/254338

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