Debian Weekly News - May 10th, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - May 10th, 2005
Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Shortly before the release a discussion on
the version number for sarge arose. In light of the upcoming release
of sarge, the debian-release list has seen a flood of requests to
update packages in sarge which the release team are dealing with.
Sarge is frozen. Steve Langasek eventually announced the freeze of
sarge. All updates need to be approved manually and should go in via
unstable if possible. He explained which changes are still allowed to
go into sarge and emphasised on only fixing critical bugs without
other changes. If everything goes well, we'll be ready to release at
the end of the month.
Debian Server in 3.1 Watts. Alex Perry installed Debian woody on a
Peplink Manga. This unit combines an ARM based processor, two
Ethernet interfaces, a four port switch, USB 2.0 and a power draw of 3
Watts (including the AC adaptor). He installed Debian on a 1 GB USB
flash drive and explains step by step how it went.
Second Project Leader Report. Branden Robinson wrote his second
report in which he reported about the sarge release progress,
about three new ARM machines that have been added to the buildd
network, upcoming hardware upgrades, about Debian assets and hardware
donations, an interview and travel plans among other topics.
AMD64 Port Update. Jörg Jaspert announced that the AMD64 archive
has been moved from Alioth to a dedicated server in order to
decrease the load and disk usage on the old host. The system uses a
copy of the Debian archive suite and has special tools added to
keep their inofficial sarge distribution in sync with the Debian sarge
distribution. CD images of the release will also be hosted on
License Incompatibilities. Christian Hammers reported about a
problem with Quagga which is licensed under the GNU GPL
but is supposed to be linked against NetSNMP. This poses a problem
since NetSNMP depends on OpenSSL which is not GPL compatible.
APT Migration Status. Florian Weimer reported the status of the
apt 0.6 migration into sid and maybe sarge. He has set up a public
test suite so that interested users can test the behaviour of apt
0.6 with different test data. Matt Zimmerman added that uploading
a new version even into experimental is non-trivial due to library
Surveys in Debian. MJ Ray wrote a summary that describes
recent surveys done with affiliation to the Debian project. It also
include some pointers to advice on producing good surveys. Andrew
Suffield added more cynical comments to it such as that surveys
have to be treated with extreme scepticism.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 721: squid -- ACL bypass.
* DSA 722: smail -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 723: xfree86 -- Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* belpic -- SmartCard utilities from the OpenSC project.
* cget -- Web page downloader.
* cherokee -- Extremely fast and flexible web server.
* dokuwiki -- Standards compliant simple to use Wiki.
* kronolith2 -- Calendar component for Horde Framework.
* londonlaw -- London law game.
* nag2 -- Task list component for Horde Framework.
* stopmotion -- Program for creating stop motion animations.
* switchconf -- Switch between system configuration sets.
* unison2.9.1 -- File-synchronisation tool for Unix and Windows.
* weechat -- Fast, light and extensible IRC client.
Orphaned Packages. 2 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 219 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.
* battfink -- GNOME Power Management Configuration.
* zeiberbude -- Program for administering Internet cafes.
Removed Packages. 6 packages have been removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:
* vreng -- Virtual Reality Engine
Bug#279817: Request of QA; Buggy and outdated
* openwebmail -- WebMail based on Neomail
Bug#301561: Request of QA; Riddled with security holes,
* libmrproject -- MrProject Engine library
Bug#305033: Request of QA; Redundant library incorporated in
* xmgr -- An XY plotting tool
Bug#307362: Request of Maintainer; Outdated, dead upstream
* animals-game -- Simple animals guessing game
Bug#307542: Request of Maintainer; Duplicate of animals
* smurf -- SoundFont editor for Linux / *nix
Bug#305874: Request of Maintainer; Orphaned upstream,
functionality absorbed by swami
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