Debian Weekly News - June 21st, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - June 21st, 2005
Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Jordi Mallach reported that the GNOME team
has completed all uploads needed to bring GNOME 2.10.1 into unstable.
With the presence at this year's LinuxTag and the first sarge DVD
after the release this will become a hectic week for European Debian
Woody to Sarge Upgrades. Bill Allombert summarised the major
problems people have reported in upgrade reports. Circular
dependencies in woody and the dependency of apt-get and aptitude
on C++ seem to be the most problematic ones. There are far too many
packages that alter configuration files for which dpkg requires
approval before overwriting them.
The Debian Legacy. Nick Myra reported about the sarge release and
that Debian's popularity has inspired dozens of variants, many of them
run directly from CD. Knoppix and its derivatives have encouraged the
current growth in GNU/Linux users. Debian helps show that GNU/Linux
and its broader social, political, and economical implications are a
force to be reckoned with.
SELinux and BSD Ports. Aurelien Jarno reported about problems for
the BSD ports of Debian with the integration of SELinux support to
regular packages. Since SELinux is Linux-specific these patches won't
work on the BSD ports and the Hurd. He added a code snippet that adds
proper support for libselinux1.
Menu System Update. Bill Allombert reported about improvements
done in the menu package during the preparations of sarge on which
packages may now depend. Translations of menu sections, different
character sets and XDG menus are now supported. He also asked
developers to let the menu item start with a capital letter and to
move menu files to /usr/share in order to support the Filesystem
Debian in embedded Systems. The fifth annual market survey
reported that Debian was the most popular distribution. The
OpenEmbedded project appears to be a notable up-and-comer. It began as
the OpenZaurus project, and then evolved into a cross-platform
build system supporting a wide variety of embedded targets.
Debian Project on Tour. The Debian project announced its presence
at the OSS Symposium for business and public administration in
Ostfildern, Germany, at this year's LinuxTag and at the fifth
Debian Conference in Helsinki, Finland. The finalised schedule
of Debian related talks during LinuxTag contain archive
descriptions, sub-projects, detailed use cases, porting and a lot
Javi's Etch Wishlist. Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña outlined
wishlist items for the next Debian release. The list contains several
improvements into a more security hardened system, rollback mechanism
for upgrades, an alternate boot system, the switch to xinetd, the
need for better documentation, improved package search and tracking
mechanisms and much more.
PostgreSQL Transition. Martin Pitt announced that the switch to a
new architecture of PostgreSQL packages is being implemented now. The
new structure is a lot easier to maintain and also offers many new
features for users. All packages that formerly depended on
postgresql-dev need to be altered and uploaded again.
Debian Mini Conference in Japan. Yukiharu Yabuki announced a mini
Debian conference taking place on October in Osaka, Japan. He already
organised a Debian birds of a feather session at the Kansai OpenSource
conference. At least some talks will be given in English.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* bzr -- Next-generation distributed version control system.
* dav-text -- Minimalist ncurses-based text editor.
* gff2ps -- Produces PostScript graphical output from GFF-files.
* im-switch -- Input method switch framework.
* klineakconfig -- KDE configurator for lineakd.
* mercurial -- Scalable distributed SCM.
* vncsnapshot -- Utility that takes JPEG snapshots from VNC
* whitelister -- Postfix Whitelister daemon.
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