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Debian Weekly News - March 8th, 2005

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 8th, 2005

Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Several developers use the campaigning period of
this year's project leader election intensely on the [1]debian-vote
list and ask the candidates to clarify their position. John Goerzen
[2]announced that [3]SPI can now [4]accept donations by check from

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/03/msg00000.html
 3. http://www.spi-inc.org/
 4. http://www.spi-inc.org/news/2005/20050218

Debian Project Leader Election. [5]Anthony Towns, [6]Jonathan
Walther, [7]Branden Robinson and [8]Angus Lees have also nominated
themselves for the upcoming [9]project leader election, so that the
developers can choose among six candidates. The campaigning period has
already will last until March 21st. Helen Faulkner and Martin F.
Krafft will conduct an [10]IRC debate on March 19th and [11]called for
suggestions for questions to be put to the candidates.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/02/msg00119.html
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/02/msg00121.html
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/02/msg00123.html
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/02/msg00114.html
 9. http://www.debian.org/vote/2005/vote_001
 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/03/msg00071.html
 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/02/msg00130.html

The Debian Release Family. Jason Perlow [12]explained that Debian is
not only one distribution but a family of derived distributions. He
emphasised that one should not have to install Debian on the same
system twice or more often. He continued to introduce several
distributions that are derived from pure Debian.

 12. http://www.linuxmagazine.com/content/view/45/115/

Better Asian Support. Two Asian companies [13]announced to jointly
develop a universal Debian GNU/Linux infrastructure and actively
promote the adoption of Debian-based systems in both the Japan and
China markets. "In Asia, especially in Japan and China, Open Source is
getting huge publicity and is now well-received," said Tetsuya Ueda,
President and CEO of VA Linux in Tokyo. Osamu Aoki [14]added that
there are currently not enough Asian developers to develop Asian
support for the various tools and systems.

 13. http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/newsroom/2005/0301/01/
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/03/msg00013.html

Release Team Meeting. Steve Langasek [15]reported that developers
affiliated with the release process have had a meeting in Vancouver,
thankfully sponsored by NUUGF. They discussed the needs to get sarge
out the door, and began preparations for a timely release of etch.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/03/msg00015.html

Debian Project Leader Team. Jeroen van Wolffelaar [16]announced the
project Scud that consists of a number of developers who intend to
support the new project leader after the election. The idea is to lead
the Debian project with better decisions than a single individual
could do. Due to the diversity of the team, but at the same time, the
commitment to cooperate and discuss possible ways of achieving
something in a constructive manner they believe to be able to lead
Debian well.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/03/msg00035.html

APT Migration Status Report. Florian Weimer [17]sent in the first
[18]status report covering the migration of [19]APT 0.6 into sarge
which lists showstoppers and tasks. He also asked for volunteers to
install the new version, recompile their favourite frontend and report
success and problems. Recompilation is required due to a change in the
exported binary interface.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg00969.html
 18. http://www.enyo.de/fw/software/apt-secure/
 19. http://packages.debian.org/experimental/base/apt

Automatic Changelog Generation with Subversion. Torsten Landschoff
[20]wondered if there was a tool that could automatically update the
debian/changelog file when a change is made to the Subversion
repository. Joey Hess [21]provided a script that will use parts of the
changelog file for the log message.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01181.html
 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01258.html

Handling Buildd Problems. Thomas Bushnell [22]started a discussion
about build problems with the buildd network with regards to the new
XFree86 package. While on one architecture the problem is just missing
disk space, the problem on other architectures is more difficult.
Steve Langasek [23]asked the developers to send a mail to the buildd
admin and the release team in such cases.

 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01198.html
 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01260.html

Proper Encoding in Manual Pages. Eric Lavarde [24]noticed that single
quotes and hyphens in manual pages don't always look like they should.
In a response, Clint Adams [25]explained which characters to use for a
hyphen and for a minus sign. Additionally, Adeodato Simó [26]pointed
out a workaround described in the [27]groff package.

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01320.html
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01321.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/02/msg01322.html
 27. http://packages.debian.org/groff

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

 * DSA 691: [28]abuse -- Local root exploit.
 * DSA 692: [29]kdenetwork -- Privileged file descriptor leak.

 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-691
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-692

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [30]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [31]bazaar -- Arch revision control system.
 * [32]beep-media-player-scrobbler -- Beep plugin to send track
   information to audioscrobbler.
 * [33]capiutils -- Utilities for CAPI-capable ISDN cards.
 * [34]doodled -- desktop search engine (daemon).
 * [35]kdoomsday -- Countdown timer panel applet for KDE.
 * [36]rails -- MVC ruby based framework geared for web application
 * [37]rake -- Ruby build program.
 * [38]recoverjpeg -- Recover JPEG pictures from a filesystem image.
 * [39]resmgr -- Resource manager library daemon and PAM module.
 * [40]robotour -- Control mobile robots in this programmer's game.
 * [41]rssreader.app -- RSS reader for GNUstep.
 * [42]xmms-scrobbler -- XMMS plugin that sends your track
   information to audioscrobbler.

 31. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/bazaar
 32. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/beep-media-player-scrobbler
 33. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/capiutils
 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/doodled
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kdoomsday
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/rails
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/rake
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/recoverjpeg
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/resmgr
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/robotour
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/rssreader.app
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-scrobbler

Orphaned Packages. 25 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 225 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [43]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.

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

 * [44]acl-installer -- Installer for Franz' Allegro 6.2 Lisp Trial
   Edition. ([45]Bug#297344)
 * [46]admesh -- Tool for processing triangulated solid meshes.
 * [48]albert -- Common Lisp -> DocBook documenter. ([49]Bug#297346)
 * [50]busybox -- Standalone rescue shell with tons of builtin
   utilities. ([51]Bug#298363)
 * [52]cl-postoffice -- SMTP, POP, & IMAP interface library for
   Common Lisp Programs. ([53]Bug#297382)
 * [54]cl-rsm-memo -- McIntire's Common Lisp Memoization Library.
 * [56]cl-rsm-mpoly -- McIntire's Common Lisp Multivariate Polynomial
   Library. ([57]Bug#297398)
 * [58]enbd -- Enhanced Network Block Device support kernel patch.
 * [60]gtk-engines-mac2 -- Mac2 theme for GTK+. ([61]Bug#298151)
 * [62]hindent -- Reformats HTML code. ([63]Bug#297424)
 * [64]langband -- Langband Common lisp game. ([65]Bug#297426)
 * [66]langband-data -- Langband sound/image/etc files for langband
   engine. ([67]Bug#297427)
 * [68]libmp3hip -- Python interface to the libmp3hip library.
 * [70]lw-per-installer -- Installer for Lispworks ANSI Common Lisp
   System, Personal Edition. ([71]Bug#297429)
 * [72]lw-pro-installer -- Installer for Xanalys' Lispworks ANSI
   Common Lisp System. ([73]Bug#297431)
 * [74]lw-pro-installer-43 -- Installer for Xanalys Lispworks Common
   Lisp System, version 4.3. ([75]Bug#297432)
 * [76]neon -- Header and static library files for libneon24.
 * [78]onlisp -- Book on Common Lisp programming techniques.
 * [80]openmcl -- Native code ANSI Common Lisp compiler and runtime
   environment. ([81]Bug#297473)
 * [82]openmcl-build-tools -- OpenMCL Common Lisp tools for building
   system. ([83]Bug#297475)
 * [84]pdp1-lisp -- Early Lisp interpreter for a PDP-1 emulator.
 * [86]python-aima -- Python code for the an Artificial Intelligence
   book. ([87]Bug#297443)
 * [88]pyzor -- Spam-catcher using a collaborative filtering network.
 * [90]spamprobe -- C++ Bayesian spam filter. ([91]Bug#298368)
 * [92]styx -- Combined parser/scanner generator documentation.

 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/acl-installer
 45. http://bugs.debian.org/297344
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/admesh
 47. http://bugs.debian.org/297345
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/albert
 49. http://bugs.debian.org/297346
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/busybox
 51. http://bugs.debian.org/298363
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cl-postoffice
 53. http://bugs.debian.org/297382
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cl-rsm-memo
 55. http://bugs.debian.org/297395
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cl-rsm-mpoly
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/297398
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/enbd
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/298388
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/gtk-engines-mac2
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/298151
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/hindent
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/297424
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/langband-engine
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/297426
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/langband-data
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/297427
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libmp3hip0
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/298386
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lw-per-installer
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/297429
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lw-pro-installer
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/297431
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lw-pro-installer-43
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/297432
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libneon24
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/298370
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/onlisp-code
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/297436
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/openmcl
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/297473
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/openmcl-build-tools
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/297475
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/pdp1-lisp
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/297441
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-aima
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/297443
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/pyzor
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/297922
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/spamprobe
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/298368
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/styx
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/298369

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