Debian Weekly News - October 12th, 2004
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - October 12th, 2004
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christian Perrier reported the new
debian-installer can be understood by two third of the world
population since it is translated into 40 languages.
2003 SPI Annual Report. David Graham announced the annual
report for Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI), the
non-profit corporation which manages Debian's bank accounts and other
legal affairs. The report discusses SPI bylaws, membership, and
finances as well as hardware donations and reports that wxWidget was
invited to become a SPI member project.
Consistent Themes for Debian. Jaap Haitsma noticed that there are
many nice themes for grub, bootsplash, GDM, desktop splash and
backgrounds, but in general it's difficult to find a combination that
fits together nicely. Therefore he created DebBlue, a set of
themes, which can be used to give a nice consistent look to the Debian
Desktop from boot until shutdown.
Developers Reference revisited. Andreas Barth reported that he has
updated large parts of the developers reference. This includes,
among others, synchronisation with the Work needed and prospective
packages, updated information about upload queues, ftp-master features
and the testing distribution. A new package is pending and some
bugs need more input.
Different Types of Bug Submitters. Benjamin Drieu classified bug
submitters based on his experience as Debian developer and upstream
software developer. He described the enthusiast, the anonymous
clueless submitter, the rigorous, the clever (but mislead) submitter,
the battler, the (annoying) badger, the Taiwanese and finally the
patcher who has the skills to join development.
New SpamAssassin Package. Martin F. Krafft noted that SpamAssassin
3.x has been uploaded but has a different program interface (API) than
its predecessor. He proposed to remove all packages from sarge that
depend on SpamAssassin but don't work with the new version. Its
maintainer wants to keep this version out of sarge though.
Setting up Databases for Packages. Philipp Hahn asked about the
best practice when a package requires an SQL database and needs to
create its own catalog and/or tables. Peter Eisentraut opted for
creating tables when the program starts first. Andrew Pollock
mentioned wwwconfig-common which works well but lacks
documentation. Oliver Elphick raised more concerns.
Archive for volatile Packages. Andreas Barth discussed the idea of
maintaining an archive for volatile packages such as virus
scanners and intrusion detection systems. Those packages require
periodical updates that the main Debian archive cannot provide.
However, packaging new upstream versions should be avoided as long as
this is possible.
Producing CDs and DVDs for Sarge. Steve McIntyre discussed CD and
DVD image generation for the upcoming release. Creating the images
will take a while even when using JTE. He raised the question for
which architectures a DVD set should be create and whether source DVDs
should be built as well. Creating a double-layer DVD will also require
pruning of packages, since the Debian archive contains more than can
fit on such a DVD.
Debian Desktop Goals. Stefano Fabri started a discussion on common
desktop goals for Debian, UserLinux and Ubuntu, such as a graphical
installer, but listed many admin gadgets. Adrian von Bidder added
KDE-GNOME integration, font support/management and multimedia support.
Cesar Martinez Izquierdo would like to see more
internationalisation and localisation.
LSB Status of Sarge. Roger So noticed that the thread
implementation in glibc (NPTL) in sarge is too old to pass the LSB 2.0
tests. Jeff Licquia explained that updating to NPTL 0.61 is
evidently difficult without upgrading to the most recent glibc. Jeff
offered to backport NPTL 0.61 to the Debian glibc.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* mod_dav -- Potential denial of service.
* net-act -- Insecure temporary file creation.
* lesstif -- Several vulnerabilities.
* xfree86 -- Several vulnerabilities.
* mysql -- Several vulnerabilities.
* cyrus-sasl -- Arbitrary code execution.
* samba -- Arbitrary file access.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following package was added to the
unstable Debian archive recently.
* grace6 -- XY plotting tool.
Orphaned Packages. 9 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 188 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.
* eclipse -- Extensible Tool Platform and Java IDE.
* eskuel -- MySQL databases administration interface in
* exult -- Engine for Ultima VII (BG, FOV, SI, SS).
* fcheck -- IDS filesystem baseline integrity checker.
* nwall -- Version of wall that uses GNU readline.
* oonsoo -- Solitaire game for X. (Bug#275774)
* plucker -- Pluck stuff from the web and read on your PalmOS
* www6to4 -- Lightweight WWW proxy that communicates over IPv4
and IPv6. (Bug#274888)
* xdiskusage -- Displays a graphic of your disk usage with du.
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