Debian Weekly News - July 27th, 2004
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - July 27th, 2004
Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Pablo Lorenzzoni reported that the
Brazilian Debian community has decided to celebrate a huge
nation-wide party on August 21st for Debian's 11th birthday.
New License Test. Branden Robinson and Matthew Palmer developed
the Dictator Test, which has the ability to determine if a license is
not compliant with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. A license
is not Free if it prohibits actions which, in the absence of
acceptance of the license, would be allowed by copyright or other
Update on Java in Main. Arnaud Vandyck reported that kaffe has
entered testing recently. A lot of the effort of moving Java into
main was based on building these Java packages with Kaffe. Another
good news is that a lot of these packages can now be build with
SableVM, which is also in testing.
Proposed General Resolution: Force AMD64 into Debian. Manoj Srivastava
opened the proposal and amendment discussion period for the
general resolution proposed by Josselin Mouette to force the pure
AMD64 port into sarge and sid. However, with Chris Cheney
rescinding his second the proposal lacks enough sponsors.
The project leader also noted that there is no agreement at all
among the amd64 porters concerning the inclusion in sarge.
Lightweight GNU/Linux Desktop. Knut Yrvin cited an article
from eWeek in which Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports about
lightweight approaches to the GNU/Linux desktop, i.e. a GNU/Linux
thin-client solution with LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project). To
deploy LTSP properly without expertise in the house one can use
Skolelinux, which was designed for school use with minimal resources
in every sense of the word.
New debtags Alioth Project created. Given the raise of interest grown
around debtags, Enrico Zini spun debtags development from
Deb-Usability into an Alioth project of its own. With the spin
off, new infrastructure has been added including a developers
mailing list for developers interested in contributing or
integrating debtags in their own projects.
Debian Booth Appearance Charter. Alexander Schmehl resumed the
presence at this year's LinuxTag which was quite successful. He
described several issues that caused problems or were nasty and
therefore should be done better next year. This discussion is not
limited to the presence at LinuxTag, so everybody is invited to
The Release Problem. Joey Hess complained that the
debian-installer team experiences problems that Debian has in
overall release management in Debian, in miniature. He reported about
a string freeze that was turned into a waterfall of new strings
instead which also broke all kinds of stuff. This behaviour is quite
Sarge Release Status. Steve Langasek announced the release team
has been hard at work on finalising a viable release schedule. With
the release of debian-installer's second test candidate at the
beginning of August, there is a need to provide a fixed target for
them. Hence, starting 31 July, no more non-RC changes are allowed into
testing for base packages or for packages of priority standard and
New Crypto Library for Sarge? Matthias Urlichs wanted to update
gcrypt and gnutls to the current version, especially since the
upstream developers have requested this. This would alter the
dependencies for the debian-installer, though. Ray Dassen
reminded him of the fiasco in connection with the last upgrade,
but Andreas Metzler explained why this update will be smoother.
However, Steve Langasek asserted that the packages need to be
present in unstable and Matthias finally found a path to go.
Draft Summary of Creative Commons 2.0 Licenses. Evan Prodromou sent in
a draft summary of comments about various creative commons
licenses. Comments and criticism welcome and should be sent to the
debian-legal mailing list.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* php4 -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
* libapache-mod-ssl -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
* courier -- Cross-site scripting vulnerability.
* mailreader -- Directory traversal vulnerability.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* allegro-demo -- Cool game, demonstrating power of the Allegro
* cpp-3.4 -- The GNU C preprocessor.
* crip -- Terminal-based ripper/encoder/tagger tool.
* debian-builder -- Rebuild Debian packages from source code.
* doscan -- Port scanner for discovering services on large
* freebsd-sendpr -- FreeBSD fork of send-pr (from GNU GNATS).
* freepats -- Free patch set for MIDI audio synthesis.
* g++-3.4 -- The GNU C++ compiler.
* g77-3.4 -- The GNU Fortran 77 compiler.
* gcc-3.4 -- The GNU C compiler.
* gcj-3.4 -- The GNU compiler for Java(TM).
* gij-3.4 -- The GNU Java bytecode interpreter.
* gnat-3.4 -- The GNU Ada compiler.
* gobjc-3.4 -- The GNU Objective-C compiler.
* gpc-2.1-3.4 -- The GNU Pascal compiler.
* mpatrolc102 -- Library for debugging memory allocations.
* orange -- Extracts CAB files from self-extracting installers.
* rsnapshot -- Local and remote filesystem snapshot utility.
* rzip -- Compression program for large files.
* sitebar -- Web based bookmark manager written in PHP.
* synce-serial -- SynCE connection manipulation scripts.
* treelang-3.4 -- The GNU Treelang compiler.
* ttf-alee -- A Lee's GPL'd Hangul truetype fonts.
* ttf-arabeyes -- Arabeyes GPL TrueType Arabic fonts.
Debian Packages introduced last Week. Every day, a different Debian
package is featured from the testing distribution. If you know
about an obscure package you think others should also know about, send
it to Andrew Sweger. Debian package a day introduced the following
packages last week.
* smartmontools -- Control and monitor storage systems using
* unclutter -- Hides the cursor in X after a period of
* filelight -- Show where your diskspace is being used.
* unison -- File-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.
Orphaned Packages. 8 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 173 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the 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.
* gif2png -- GIF to PNG conversions. (Bug#261583)
* if-transition -- Change in the Weather, an interactive short
story (non-free). (Bug#260720)
* imgvtopgm -- PalmPilot/III Image Conversion utility.
* int-fiction-installer -- Installer for interactive fiction
games from the if-archive. (Bug#260719)
* librsync -- Binary diff library based on the rsync algorithm.
* mmake -- Makefile generator for Java programs.
* modemu -- Telnet services for communication programs.
* rdiff-backup -- Backup program to use deltas for history.
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