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Debian Weekly News - March 1st, 2005

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 1st, 2005

Welcome to this year's 9th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Harald Welte [1]reported a 2.1 M pps (packets per
second) UDP packet forwarding rate over four gigabit ethernet ports,
which is a new record for Linux. After [2]OASIS, of which Debian is a
member, has accepted a patent policy that has bad consequences on
implementation of the standards, John Goerzen [3]called for support
for an open letter.

 1. http://gnumonks.org/~laforge/weblog/2005/02/23#20050223-olsson-newrecord
 2. http://www.oasis-open.org/
 3. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-general/2005-February/001227.html

Debian Release Update. Andreas Barth [4]sent in a new update for the
release progress in which he outlines the timeline for the third
release candidate of the [5]debian-installer. The buildd
infrastructure is also getting some improvements, and will soon be in
shape for the release. A lot of bugs were fixed and several out-dated
libraries will be removed from sarge.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/02/msg00010.html
 5. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

Debian Cluster Components. The Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Croatia
has [6]released their Debian Cluster Components, which is a fairly
complete toolbox for building Debian based high-performance computing
clusters. It consists of a set of Debian packages which simplify the
creation and deployment of Debian based clusters.

 6. http://dcc.irb.hr/

Report from LinuxWorld. Jaldhar Vyas and others ran a Debian booth at
the [7]LinuxWorld Expo in Boston and [8]reported about the event.
They believed that the show was quite a success, as they handed out a
lot of Debian CDs, and collected a number of donations. More people
have now heard of Debian and its derivatives, which were heavily
represented in the .org pavilion. They were disappointed, though, that
the Free Software community had been separated by a wall from the rest
of the expo.

 7. http://www.debian.org/events/2005/0215-lwe
 8. http://www.braincells.com/debian/2005/02/24#report

GNU/Hurd Progress with L4. After Marcus Brinkmann finished the process
initialisation code in [9]Hurd/L4, an ambitious effort to port the
Hurd to the high-performance [10]L4 microkernel, the first program was
[11]executed on top of it. Porting Hurd to L4 has slowed down the
development a lot, but the execution of the first user program on
Hurd/L4 is a very important first step.

 9. http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd-l4.html
 10. http://l4ka.org/
 11. http://portal.wikinerds.org/gnu-hurd-l4-first-program

Common Release Questions. Drew Daniels has [12]set up a wiki
[13]document that is intended to cover most questions that users may
have with the upcoming Debian release, especially its availability and
temporary problems. It also answers questions about new or critical
uploads and the inclusion of packages in sarge.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/02/msg00113.html
 13. http://wiki.debian.net/?DebianReleaseFAQ

Close Relationship between Maintainer and Upstream. Andrew Pollock
[14]asked Debian developers to maintain a close relationship with the
upstream authors of the software they package for Debian. He mentioned
some examples where he was more or less taking over packages and
discussed bugs with their respective upstream developers who hadn't
known about the Debian bug tracking system yet. This should be done
when the bug is not a result of the Debian packaging.

 14. http://blog.andrew.net.au/2005/02/25#upstream

AMD64 Port Status Update. Goswin von Brederlow [15]sent a progress
report for the [16]AMD64 port of Debian. Both GNOME and KDE now have
their dependencies fulfilled in the sarge tree. With the recent
reports of successful debian-installer tests on AMD64, this port has
finally caught up with the official release.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01161.html
 16. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/

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

 * DSA 688: [17]squid -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 689: [18]mod_python -- Information leak.
 * DSA 690: [19]bsmtpd -- Arbitrary command execution.

 17. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-688
 18. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-689
 19. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-690

Want to continue reading DWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
We still need more volunteer writers who watch the Debian community
and report about what is going on. Please see the [20]contributing
page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your
mail at [21]dwn@debian.org.

 20. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 21. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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