Debian Weekly News - June 28th, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - June 28th, 2005
Welcome to this year's 26th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Rafael Laboissiere wondered if bug reports
for woody can now be closed, but Frank Lichtenheld added that they
should be kept if they are security related and that others may be
usefull to prevent others from reporting them again. Martin F. Krafft
announced his new book that was introduced at LinuxTag.
Package Policy Committee. Branden Robinson officially founded the
package policy commitee that has the authority to handle the
Debian policy manual. He appointed Manoj Srivastava (chair),
Andreas Barth and Matt Zimmerman to maintain the document and define
levels of conformance other standards.
Release Policy for Etch. Andreas Barth announced changes in the
release policy for the etch release. It is now required that all
content in main and contrib is DFSG-free. It is also not permitted
that the changelog or build dependencies are altered during the
XML Application Files. Christian Heller wondered where to place
programs that are written in the XML-based language CYBOL and
interpreted by CYBOI. Marc Brockschmidt asserted that this program
and interpreter situation looks like Perl and hence should be handled
in a similar way.
Conflicting Program Names. Sebastian Kuzminsky noticed that two
packages provide a git binary. To avoid this file conflict the
packages did conflict with each other, but this is seriously
wrong. Steve Greenland asserted that renaming the cogito
binary would make Debian incompatible with other distributions and
Architecture-specific Packages. Russ Allbery maintains the
OpenAFS which is not supported on four architectures. Goswin
Brederlow explained three mechanisms that are used by the build
daemons to avoid packages they shouldn't try to build.
Packages-arch-specific is the proper resource for this type of
TeXlive versus teTeX. Norbert Preining announced to package
TeXlive, one of the most complete TeX systems. The advantage of
TeXlive is a more fine-grained package structure, while teTeX would
still be around and could make use of TeXlive modules. Frank Küster
explained that both packages are well maintained but use a
Debian Presentations in Peru. The DebianPeru user group started a
series of presentations across the country to spread the word of
Free Software and the new release of Debian, give an introduction into
our philosophy and have fun. They will hand out CDs to attendees and
send CD sets to the main cities as well.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* expect-tcl8.3 -- Program that "talks" to other programs.
* gallery2 -- Web-based photo album written in PHP.
* gdpc -- Visualiser of molecular dynamic simulations.
* gtkdialog -- GUI-creation command-line utility based on GTK+
* gxemul -- Machine emulator for multiple architectures.
* laptop-detect -- Attempt to detect a laptop.
* lsdvd -- Read the content info of a DVD.
* mousepad -- Simple Xfce oriented text editor.
* sdparm -- Output and modify SCSI device parameters.
* slsh -- S-Lang shell.
* xfce4-terminal -- Xfce terminal emulator.
* xtla -- Emacs front-end to tla (GNU Arch client).
Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned this week and requires 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.
* tuxtype -- Educational Typing Tutor Game Starring Tux.
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