Debian Weekly News - August 3rd, 2004
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - August 3rd, 2004
Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Debian's 11th birthday is near (August 16th),
and, so several partis are planned. Pablo Lorenzzoni announced that
the Brazilian Debian community have postponed the celebrations to
August 21st. Holger Levsen invited all interested bodies to
celebrate on Castle Hohenholz, 100 km north of Berlin and 30 km far
away from Szczecin (Stettin).
Improved Debian Developer Packages Overview. Igor Genibel
announced an improved packages overview page.
It now contains links to upstream watch information, excuse
analysis by Björn Stenberg. Information is generally displayed in
UTF-8 as well. Some information can be hidden as well, configured
stateful via cookies.
Sarge Package Removals. Because of the approaching freeze of sarge,
the debian-release list has seen a flurry of "please remove foo
from sarge" requests. Typically, such packages are still undergoing
extensive upstream development and are not yet ready for a stable
release. Steve Langasek asked that such requests be accompanied by
a release critical bug report with details on why the package should
not be included in sarge.
OSCON Talks Jay Lyman reviewed talks given by three Debian
developers at this year's O'Reilly Open Source Conference. Bdale
Garbee spoke about community development and noted that people are
surprised when something comes from amateurs because not many people
recognise what they can do. Jeff Licquia described Progeny's model of
componentised GNU/Linux. Jeff Waugh discussed the future of GNOME.
New RFH Tag for orphaned Packages. Frank Lichtenheld announced a
new "request for help" tag for the Work Needed and Prospective
Packages for packages. This tag is meant for situations in which
the current maintainer wants to continue maintaining the package, but
needs some help to do this, because his time is limited or the package
is quite big and needs several maintainers.
Sarge Release Timeline. Steve Langasek posted another release
update. There are still several major bugs in the base system that are
being worked on. With the base system frozen, CD images of
debian-installer release candidate 1 will be made available within
a day or two afterward. On August 8th official security support for
sarge is said to begin with the number of release critical bugs
dropped by 100. The timeline predicts them to drop to zero on
September 1st, followed by the relase on September 15th.
New Debian GNU/Hurd Installation Method. Michael Banck has
announced a new installation method for the Debian GNU/Hurd
port. It uses the xattr-hurd support for ext2 by Roland McGrath
mentioned earlier. Using his kernel patch and star, one
can extract a base tarball and get a working Debian GNU/Hurd
Status of GNOME 2.6 in Sarge. Jordi Mallach wrote an update on
GNOME 2.6 in sarge. gnome-applets and a number of other less
important packages depending on libgtop2 has finally made it into
testing. The only two remaining packages that keep the metapackages
for GNOME 2.6 out of testing are eog and gnome-games. The
latter package will take a while since it is affected by several
release transitions currently ongoing.
Bug Squashing Parties. With the release of sarge coming closer and
closer, bug squashing parties become more important in order to reduce
the number of release critical bug reports and to stabilise the
debian-installer. Martin Zobel-Helas announced a bug squashing
party from August 20th to 22nd in Darmstadt, Germany. Debian people
from Europe and Germany are invited to participate this event.
Versioning and Stabilising of Debtags. Enrico Zini wondered how he
should handle the libraries for debtags properly. The debtags codebase
is getting fairly stable and I'm planning to release version 1.0.
Andrew Suffield asserted that no shared libraries should be
uploaded for binary interfaces (ABI) that are not yet stable enough.
Enrico would also appreciate people to help him with packaging.
Introducing Debian Lieutenants? Glenn McGrath wondered if the
Debian project needs a structural change, and maybe Lieutenants who
would be located between the project leader and maintainers. He
asserted that Debian is more a "team of champions" than a "champion
team" and that it is difficult to change something which does not lay
within one's own responsibility.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* squirrelmail -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* akregator -- RSS feed aggregator for KDE.
* caspar -- Makefile snippets for common tasks.
* cvs-mailcommit -- Send CVS commitments via mail.
* dtach -- Emulates the detach feature of screen.
* fillets-ng -- Puzzle game about witty fish saving the world
* matchbox-desktop -- Desktop application launcher for
* pathogen -- Puzzle game about matching 3D model structures.
* pgpool -- Connection pool server for PostgreSQL.
* yapps2 -- Yet Another Python Parser System.
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.
* dirvish -- Filesystem based backup system using rsync.
* sipcalc -- Advanced console-based ip subnet calculator.
* ipsc -- IP Subnet Calculator for console.
* intuitively -- Automatic IP configuration detection for
* mimms -- MMS (mms://) streaming media download utility
Orphaned Packages. 11 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 177 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.
* fftw -- Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms.
* fftw3 -- Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms.
* gwrapguile -- G-wrap: Tool for exporting C libraries into
Scheme interpreters. (Bug#263127)
* k6fftwgel -- Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms on
AMD K6-2. (Bug#263131)
* k7fftwgel -- Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms on
AMD K7. (Bug#263132)
* libofx -- Development package for libofx0. (Bug#263129)
* mmake -- Makefile generator for Java programs.
* modemu -- Telnet services for communication programs.
* p4fftwgel -- Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms on
Intel P4. (Bug#263133)
* photopc -- Interface to digital still cameras.
* rdiff-backup -- Backup program to use deltas for history.
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