Debian Weekly News - January 18th, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - January 18th, 2005
Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Roger So sent a reminder for the Call for Papers
for the Asia Debian Mini-Conf taking place at the end of February in
Beijing, China. Jeroen van Wolffelaar compiled a list of packages
in contrib which should be forced into the testing stage of contrib.
Ankit Malik listed ten ways to pay back to the Free Software
Final DebConf 4 Report. Pablo Lorenzzoni announced the final
report about the Debian Conference held last year in Porto Alegre.
The report is more a spreadsheet and lists 163 people who have
attended this conference representing many teams inside the Debian
project. Several sponsors have made this event possible and the
organisers even document things that can be improved next time.
Development on dpkg. Scott James Remnant announced the
experimental branch of dpkg. This branch is intended to see fairly
rapid releases incorporating both bug fixes and new
development/features. It may be slightly more unstable than you may be
used to. Development plans are documented in the dpkg wiki.
New Policy for Debian Consultants. Tobias Toedter proposed a new
policy regarding the addition of entries to the Debian consultants
list. The consultants team didn't reach consensus on which part of the
address is mandatory. Additionally, a discussion came up why Debian is
now requiring the consultant to link to the Debian website as well.
Call for Papers for Mini-DebConf. Jonathan Oxer called for
speakers for the upcoming Debian Miniconf taking place before the
Linux Conference Australia. Presentation topics have to be
directly related to Debian and be intended for a technical audience.
Presentation slots are 1 hour long with 45 minutes for presentation,
10 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for speaker changeover. The
format is pretty casual and relaxed though so anything can happen on
Keeping old Library Versions intact. Thomas Bushnell wondered how
to keep an older library intact but also providing a newer version.
Santiago Vila proposed to upload the old version with a higher
version number than the current and the new version with a new binary
name and an adjusted library soname. When both libraries are
compatible, the old -dev package is not required anymore and the
library should go into section oldlibs.
Different Architectures Binary Packages. Norbert Preining wondered
if there is support for placing binaries of different architectures
and operating systems in the same Debian package. Steve Langasek
explained that the proposed location of architecture specific
files would even be a violation of the Filesystem Hierarchy
Disabling Daemon Services. Erik Schanze wondered how to disable
the start of daemons so that this setting will be kept upon upgrades.
Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña referred to the Securing Debian
Manual where it is explained that you need to leave one link intact.
Editing History? Frank Küster wondered if it would be acceptable
to add information about closed bugs to older changelog entries.
Jeroen van Wolffelaar considered it fine to correct and improve
older items. He added that Branden Robinson improves the changelog
file in order to be able to correctly lookup when a certain bug was
Essential Packages for Building Packages. Scott James Remnant
wondered if debhelper is or rather should be declared
build-essential since 92 % of all source packages declare a
build-dependency on it. This could remove a large chunk of versioned
dependencies on one hand, but on the other hand new versioned
dependencies against build-essential would be introduced when
newer versions of debhelper are required for building.
Turck-MMCache undistributable? Elizabeth Fong sought advice since
Andres Solomon reported Turck-MMCache as undistributable. The
software has been abandoned upstream with an unresponsive developer,
but forked. However, its license (GPL) is not compatible with the
license of PHP4 which it needs to be linked against. In combination
this means that Debian can not distribute binary packages of
License of graphviz. Somebody wondered why graphviz was in
non-free when the license on its homepage was considered free by
the FSF and debian-legal. Marco d'Itri pointed out that
the software has recently been relicensed. Andrew Suffield added
that the new upstream version may go into main.
Debian From Scratch. Bruce Byfield wrote an introduction to
Debian from scratch (DFS). It comprises of a bootable CD and the
programs to generate it. By default only core packages are installed.
DFS supports most major file systems, RAID, and LVM2, and includes
several partition editors which make it a useful rescue CD.
Properly Crafting the debian/copyright File. Jochen Voss wondered
how to properly write the debian/copyright file. Henning Makholm
explained that all authors who claim copyright in a source file
should be credited in the Debian copyright file, together with the
exact statement of license they issued. He added some compression
practices to improve the readability of that file.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 635: exim -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 636: glibc -- Insecure temporary files.
* DSA 637: exim-tls -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 638: gopher -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 639: mc -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 640: gatos -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 641: playmidi -- Local root exploit.
* DSA 642: gallery -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 643: queue -- Buffer overflows.
* DSA 644: chbg -- Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* gazpacho -- GTK+ User Interface Designer.
* gpx2shp -- Convert GPS or GPX file to ESRI Shape file.
* jabber-irc -- IRC transport for jabber.
* micro-httpd -- Really small HTTP server.
* mozilla-enigmail -- GPG support for Mozilla MailNews.
* openclipart -- Open Clip Art Library.
* packagesearch -- GUI to allow easy searching of packages.
* quodlibet -- Audio library manager and player for GTK+.
* rbot -- IRC bot written in ruby.
* ttf-junicode -- Unicode font for medievalists (Latin, IPA and
* wakeonlan -- Sends 'magic packets' to wake-on-LAN enabled
* xdesktopwaves -- Simulation of water waves on the X Window
Orphaned Packages. 10 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 255 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.
* encore -- Core database for lambdamoo. (Bug#290410)
* ghostcore -- Core database for lambdamoo. (Bug#290411)
* goats -- A sticky-note type program for Gnome 2.
* hanterm-classic -- Another X terminal emulator with Hangul
* hanterm-xf -- X terminal emulator with Hangul support.
* jhcore -- Jay's House Core, an enhanced core database for
* lambdacore -- Core database for lambdamoo. (Bug#290412)
* lambdamoo -- Server for an online multiuser virtual world.
* lambdamoo-docs -- LambdaMOO user and programmer manuals.
* ratmenu -- Creates X menus from the shell. (Bug#290415)
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