Debian Weekly News - February 22nd, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - February 22nd, 2005
Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Manoj Srivastava announced that only one week is
left for nominations for the upcoming project leader elections. In
order to achieve international standards recognition, the LSB has
been submitted to the ISO/IEEE.
Debconf Template Translation. Christian Perrier gave an update on
the status of debconf translations in Debian. Most debconf templates
are now handled through po-debconf, which makes it much easier to
handle translations. There are only 102 packages left which are not
using this utility. He plans to start uploading non-maintainer
versions of these with translation support enabled. Lucas Wall
provided a status page for those packages.
Moria Author found. Robert Koeneke, the original author of Moria
(a rogue-like game) contacted debian-devel and was amazed to see
people were still playing the game he had started developing 20 years
ago. He is now looking into re-licensing it under the GNU GPL,
which would help move Moria, Angband and derivatives into the main
Roles and Responsibilities of the FTPmaster Team. Matthew Garrett
wrote an explanation of what the ftpmasters do, the first in a
series of articles about the various teams in Debian. They manage the
master archive, add and remove packages from it, and work with the
release managers to ensure that files in the archive are in the
correct place. The ftpmaster team wrote and maintain the scripts used
to automate much of this. They only worry about the master archive,
the mirror network is handled by the mirror team.
Broken Dependencies in Unstable. Dan Jacobson wondered about the
broken dependencies he notices every now and then. Colin Watson
answered that this is the problem that the testing distribution is
intended to solve. Goswin Brederlow explained that this is caused
by strictly versioned dependencies to binary-all packages.
Archive Verification for Sarge? Andreas Barth mentioned that there
is a chance to get apt updated in sarge. Therefore a call for
help was sent to developers who are interested in having automatic
archive verification in the upcoming release. To achieve this Florian
Weimer created a detailed status report.
Automatic Dependency Calculation. Joel Aelwyn proposed to
implement dh_devincludes that would calculate the proper development
library dependencies of a given package during the build stage. He
wondered if this needs special treatment for versioned dependencies
and whether other languages than C should be supported.
Dropping Architectures? In response to build failures on some
architectures due to missing disk space it was quickly
suggested to drop some architectures from the release. Goswin
Brederlow asserted that several bugs have been found while porting
which improves the software and Steve Langasek explained this in
detail and asked where exactly Debian wasted time.
New mplayer for Debian. Andrea Mennucc announced that has uploaded
new mplayer packages that should comply with Debian's needs.
Upstream developers have resolved the remaining license issues over
the last months. The support for DeCSS has also been removed from the
Debian package because of legal problems.
Potential License Problem with PHP. Martin 'Joey' Schulze quoted
parts of the PHP licenses and wondered if Debian was allowed to name
their packages as upstream did. MJ Ray pointed out that the
relevant phrase has been strengthened for PHP4 and asserted that it
doesn't forbid Debian to continue naming the packages PHP. Steve
Langasek, however, explained that Debian does indeed not have
permissions to do so.
Debian Expos Visibility. The Debian project announced its presence
at seven conferences and exhibitions: CONSOL in Mexico City
(February 22nd - 25th), FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium (February 26th
- 27th), Asia Open Source Software Symposium in Beijing, China
(February 28th - March 4th), Chemnitzer Linux-Tage in Chemnitz,
Germany (March 5th - 6th), CeBIT in Hannover, Germany (March 10th
- 16th), and IT/Linux Days in Lörrach, Germany (March 11th -
14th). Several talks with Debian affiliation will be held as well.
Debian Package Status Graphs. Wouter Verhelst pondered whether to
continue generating package status graphics. There's a graph for each
developer email address that shows the evolution of the number of
packages, bugs, and the average number of bugs per package, e.g for
the QA group.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 683: postgresql -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 684: typespeed -- Arbitrary group games code execution.
* DSA 685: emacs21 -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 686: gftp -- Directory traversal vulnerability.
* DSA 687: bidwatcher -- Format string vulnerability.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* capiutils -- Utilities for CAPI-capable ISDN cards.
* doodled -- Desktop search engine (daemon).
* mpich-bin -- MPI parallel computing system implementation.
* mpich-mpd-bin -- MPI parallel computing system implementation,
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