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Debian Weekly News - November 23rd, 2004

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - November 23rd, 2004

Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. In an [1]interview Richard Stallman explained
why it is important in terms of freedom and cooperation to have
schools use Free Software. VA Linux Systems Japan recently announced
the release of [2]VA Balance, a load balancing system, based on
UltraMonkey and Debian GNU/Linux.

 1. http://www.brunotorres.net/en/interviews/richard-stallman
 2. http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/products/balance/

Bug Squashing Parties. Several bug squashing parties (BSP) will take
place during the last weekend of this month, on November 27th and
28th. Alexander Schmehl [3]announced the BSP in [4]Frankfurt/Main
(Germany). Anand Kumria [5]announced the BSP in Sydney (Australia).
David Moreno Garza [6]announced the virtual BSP in [7]Latin America.
Finally Steve McIntyre [8]announced the BSP in [9]Cambridge (UK).
The overall planning is done through the [10]Debian wiki. As usual,
#debian-bugs on irc.debian.org will be the virtual counterpart to the
real-life parties.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/11/msg00002.html
 4. http://wiki.ftbfs.de/tiki-index.php?page=BSP-Coordination
 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00193.html
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-spanish/2004/11/msg00016.html
 7. http://wiki.debian.net/index.cgi?LatinAmericanBSP
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/11/msg00004.html
 9. http://wiki.earth.li/DebianBugSquashPartyNov2004
 10. http://wiki.debian.net/?BSPlanning

Mass Filing of Documentation Bugs? Brian M. Carlson [11]proposed to
file serious bugs against packages that contain documentation licensed
under the [12]GNU FDL since it is not free according to the [13]Debian
Free Software Guidelines. Colin Watson, however, [14]recommended not
to file bugs on documentation until after sarge since the project
agreed by [15]vote that it was not to be considered release-critical
for the sarge release.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00429.html
 12. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html
 13. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00432.html
 15. http://www.debian.org/vote/2004/vote_004

Debian and LCC? Laszlo Boszormenyi [16]wondered if the Debian project
would join to the [17]Linux Core Consortium (LCC, [18]FAQ) or
implement it. Implementation would refer to [19]LSB 2.0 compatibility.
Ian Murdock tried to [20]explain that it may require to provide a
different set of core packages than Debian provides, even for a
Debian-based distribution.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00528.html
 17. http://www.progeny.com/news/pressreleases/20041117_lcc.html
 18. http://www.mandrakesoft.com/lcc/faq
 19. http://www.linuxbase.org/build/lsb20.html
 20. http://ianmurdock.com/archives/000235.html

Speeding up the Boot Process. Jochen Voss was [21]inspired by Ziga
Mahkovec and [22]inspected boot process of some Debian systems. The
[23]result is not as beautiful as Ziga's, though. Adrian von Bidder
[24]added that he has moved everything needed by interactive users
early in the boot process, while moving things like postfix, apache,
postgres, ... to the end. With this, he could already log in while the
system was still booting.

 21. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2004-November/msg00561.html
 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00547.html
 23. http://seehuhn.de/comp/bootlog.html
 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/11/msg00552.html

Alioth Update in Progress. Wichert Akkerman [25]reported that he has
been working on a new machine that is planned to replace haydn in the
future as Alioth host. The new machine and software are now
approaching a more or less stable state where user experience is
sought. Wichert has copied an all Subversion repositories from Alioth
so the new [26]WebSVN gateway can be tested.

 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/11/msg00009.html
 26. http://costa.wiggy.net/svn/

First Debian Women IRC Meeting. Erinn Clark has [27]invited interested
people to participate in the first meeting of the [28]Debian women
sub-project. Helen Faulkner took [29]minutes of the meeting which was
attended by people who are involved with and use Debian in a variety
of ways. Attendants discussed the success of the Debian Women project
so far, and plans for future activities that will further the goal of
increasing the participation of women in Debian.

 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2004/10/msg00031.html
 28. http://women.alioth.debian.org/
 29. http://women.alioth.debian.org/wiki/index.php/English/IRCMeetingMinutes

Debian Installer Release Candidate 2. Joey Hess [30]announced the
second [31]Debian-Installer release candidate which is also expected
to be the final release of the installer for the upcoming Debian 3.1
(sarge). Only a few changes have been made to the installer since the
pre-rc2 release last month. Support for LVM volumes on software RAID
has been added among many improvements, though.

 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/11/msg00010.html
 31. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

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

 * DSA 594: [32]Apache -- Arbitrary code execution.

 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-594

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [33]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [34]ejabberd -- Distributed fault-tolerant Jabber/XMPP server
   written in Erlang.
 * [35]idle-python2.4 -- IDE for Python (v2.4) using Tkinter.
 * [36]nagios-common -- Host/service/network monitoring and
   management system.
 * [37]u++ -- Object-oriented concurrent language extensions for C++.

 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ejabberd
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/idle-python2.4
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/nagios-common
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/u++

Orphaned Packages. 16 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 231 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [38]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.

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

 * [39]doc-central -- Web-based documentation browser.
 * [41]fenris -- Program execution path analysis tool.
 * [43]ic35link -- Synchronisation tools for the Siemens IC35 PDA.
 * [45]jed -- Editor for programmers. (x11 version). ([46]Bug#282297)
 * [47]libiksemel -- C library for the Jabber IM platform.
 * [49]libmail-box-perl -- Manage a message-folder. ([50]Bug#282298)
 * [51]libobject-realize-later-perl -- Delayed creation of objects.
 * [53]libtlen -- API for Tlen.pl (development files).
 * [55]libunicode -- GNOME Unicode library. ([56]Bug#282075)
 * [57]metalog -- Modern logging daemon with regexp support.
 * [59]mmx-emu -- MMX Emulation Library. ([60]Bug#282073)
 * [61]mysqlcc -- Official GUI interface for MySQL. ([62]Bug#282554)
 * [63]tleenx2 -- Tlen.pl IM protocol client. ([64]Bug#282303)
 * [65]ucd-snmp -- NET SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
   Library. ([66]Bug#281837)
 * [67]wpp -- Web Preprocessor - a Perl script to preprocess HTML
   files. ([68]Bug#282304)
 * [69]zsi -- Zolera Soap Infrastructure. ([70]Bug#282199)

 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/doc-central
 40. http://bugs.debian.org/282198
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/fenris
 42. http://bugs.debian.org/282295
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/ic35link
 44. http://bugs.debian.org/282426
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/jed
 46. http://bugs.debian.org/282297
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libiksemel1
 48. http://bugs.debian.org/282296
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmail-box-perl
 50. http://bugs.debian.org/282298
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libobject-realize-later-perl
 52. http://bugs.debian.org/282299
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libtlen1
 54. http://bugs.debian.org/282300
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libunicode0
 56. http://bugs.debian.org/282075
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/metalog
 58. http://bugs.debian.org/282302
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/mmx-emu
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/282073
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/mysqlcc
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/282554
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/tleenx2
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/282303
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libsnmp4.2
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/281837
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/wpp
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/282304
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-zsi
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/282199

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