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Debian Weekly News - September 6th, 2005

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - September 6th, 2005

Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christoph Berg [1]created a Debian [2]quiz
where you can test your knowledge about Debian's distribution, people,
mailing lists, etc. So far, about 1600 people have participated. After
their summer holidays 16,000 pupils in northern Italy (south Tyrol)
will find their 2,460 classroom computers [3]migrated to a
customised, multi-language [4]derivative of Debian GNU/Linux.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-curiosa/2005/08/msg00020.html
 2. http://www.df7cb.de/debian/quiz/
 3. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS2079183879.html
 4. http://www.fuss.bz.it/

KDE Transition Status. Adeodato Simó [5]reported that the archive now
contains versions of qt-x11-free, aRts, and kdelibs for all
architectures that depend on the new C++ library. Therefore he asked
developers to update the packages that depend on one of these
libraries and enclosed a list of maintainers and packages.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/09/msg00000.html

License for Wiki Content. Geert Stappers [6]wondered which license
should be used for the [7]content of a Wiki system, which is intended
to be modified and improved by others. Nathanael Nerode [8]explained
that Debian is working with the [9]Creative Commons people on a draft
of a new version of their license that should be DFSG-free, since the
current one isn't. Andrew Suffield [10]proposed to use the MIT license
unless there is a really good reason not to do so.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/08/msg00070.html
 7. http://faiwiki.informatik.uni-koeln.de/
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/08/msg00078.html
 9. http://www.creativecommons.org/
 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/08/msg00101.html

Using the PHP License for Packages. Charles Fry [11]noticed that the
current version of the [12]PHP license (version 3.0) contains several
clauses which are specific to the PHP language, and either
inapplicable or even problematic for applications written in PHP.
Francesco Poli [13]suggested to use the 2-clause BSD license and use
the PHP license only for PHP itself.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/08/msg00190.html
 12. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2005/36/www.php.net/license/3_0.txt
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/08/msg00233.html

Curl reverts to OpenSSL. Domenico Andreoli [14]announced that he has
paused the plan to link [15]curl library against [16]GNU TLS instead
of [17]OpenSSL which he considered after license concerns. The
upstream developer was [18]not happy to restrict the binary packages
to either libraries since their implementations contain partially
different features.

 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00314.html
 15. http://packages.debian.org/libcurl3
 16. http://packages.debian.org/libgnutls11
 17. http://packages.debian.org/libssl0.9.7
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00367.html

Purging Database Data? Philipp Kern [19]wondered under which
circumstances user-supplied data should be removed upon package
removal. Joey Hess [20]confirmed that using debconf during postrm
purge is fine as long as the script checks whether [21]debconf is
installed and falls back to reasonable behaviour if it isn't.

 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00318.html
 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00390.html
 21. http://packages.debian.org/debconf

New Runlevel Design. Timo Aaltonen [22]wondered if there were plans to
change the runlevel concept more into the direction of the [23]Linux
Standard Base. John Hasler [24]asserted that most probably there won't
be a change into supporting multiple multi-user runlevels. Hamish
Moffatt [25]explained the emergency mode which is what several people
[26]expect as single-user mode.

 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00596.html
 23. http://refspecs.freestandards.org/LSB_3.0.0/LSB-Core-generic/LSB-Core-generic/runlevels.html
 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00609.html
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00689.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00613.html

Notification on API Changes. Marc Brockschmidt [27]asked developers to
notify others when the application program interface (API) is changed
in a new version. Ron Johnson [28]pointed out that apt-rdepends works
fine for normal reverse dependencies. Kurt Roeckx [29]added a means to
discover the reverse build-dependencies of a package.

 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00660.html
 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00669.html
 29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00784.html

Quality of the README File. Wolfgang Borgert [30]gave several examples
of confusing, irrelevant, redundant, or useless README files
distributed in Debian packages. He asked maintainers to not include
the upstream README file in the binary package, if it's not really
important to the user and strip irrelevant information otherwise.

 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg00705.html

Differing Library Memory Consumption. Stephane Chauveau [31]noticed
that a self-compiled GTK library consumes less (140 kB) memory for
non-static data than the one provided by Debian. Thiemo Seufer
[32]explained that this does not matter due to copy-on-write done by
the kernel. The reason for this is still unknown.

 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2005/08/msg00076.html
 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/08/msg01556.html

Debian QA Meeting. Martin Zobel-Helas [33]reported about the Debian QA
[34]meeting that will take place at the Technical University of
Darmstadt from the 9th to the 11th of September. The attendants will
give talks on various topics such as portability issues, the
installer, lintian, autotools, new maintainer, collaborative
maintenance and others.

 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2005/08/msg00085.html
 34. http://wiki.ftbfs.de/ftbfs/DebianQaMeeting

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

 * DSA 792: [35]pstotext -- Arbitrary command execution.
 * DSA 793: [36]sqwebmail -- Cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 794: [37]polygen -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 795: [38]proftpd -- Format string vulnerability.
 * DSA 796: [39]affix -- Remote command execution.
 * DSA 797: [40]zsync -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 798: [41]phpgroupware -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 799: [42]webcalendar -- Remote code execution.
 * DSA 800: [43]pcre3 -- Arbitrary command execution.
 * DSA 801: [44]ntp -- Group id confusion.

 35. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-792
 36. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-793
 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-794
 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-795
 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-796
 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-797
 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-798
 42. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-799
 43. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-800
 44. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-801

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [45]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [46]binfmtc -- Execute C program as script.
 * [47]bootchart -- Boot process performance analyser.
 * [48]cl-cedilla -- Best-effort Unicode text printer.
 * [49]cowdancer -- Copy-on-write directory tree utility.
 * [50]driconf -- DRI configuration GUI.
 * [51]fldiff -- Graphical diff program.
 * [52]fteqcc -- FTE QuakeC compiler.
 * [53]gparted -- GNOME partition editor.
 * [54]gpass -- Password manager for GNOME2.
 * [55]imview -- Image viewing and analysis application.
 * [56]ipodder -- Podcast receiver.
 * [57]jwm -- Very small lightweight pure X11 window manager with
   tray and menus.
 * [58]kbstate -- Keyboard status applet for KDE.
 * [59]kdesvn -- Subversion client with tight KDE integration.
 * [60]kiki -- Tool for Python regular expression testing.
 * [61]kode -- Helper library for programmatic generation of C++
 * [62]ksayit -- Frontend for the KDE Text-to-Speech system.
 * [63]kttsd -- Text-to-Speech system for KDE.
 * [64]kvirc2 -- Fully scriptable graphical IRC client with plugin
 * [65]mpdscribble -- Last.fm reporting client for mpd.
 * [66]mydms -- Open source document management system based on PHP
   and MySQL.
 * [67]networkstatus -- KDE network status monitor.
 * [68]psignifit -- Fitting and testing hypotheses about psychometric
 * [69]pype -- Python programmers editor.
 * [70]qd -- Double-double and quad double types in C++ and F90.
 * [71]spe -- Stani's Python Editor.
 * [72]vncommand -- VNC server which monitors a specified program.
 * [73]webgen -- Template based static website generator.

 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/binfmtc
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/bootchart
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/cl-cedilla
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/cowdancer
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/driconf
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/fldiff
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/fteqcc
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gparted
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gpass
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/imview
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ipodder
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/jwm
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kbstate
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kdesvn
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/kiki
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kode
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ksayit
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kttsd
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/kvirc2
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/mpdscribble
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/mydms
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/networkstatus
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/psignifit
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/pype
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libqd2.1.142
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/spe
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/vncommand
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/webgen

Orphaned Packages. 3 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 203 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [74]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.

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

 * [75]konq-speaker -- Text-to-speech plugins for Konqueror and Kate.
 * [77]qbble -- XMMS playlist manager with search support.
 * [79]wmfire -- Very cool fiery way of showing your CPU usage.

 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/konq-speaker
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/325996
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms-qbble
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/325995
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmfire
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/326779

Removed Packages. 8 packages have been [81]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

 81. http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt

 * pdfscreen -- Make PDF documents which are printable and readable
   on screen too
   [82]Bug#214928: Request of QA, orphaned, no longer used by
 * kernellab -- Manage kernel configurations for many machines easily
   [83]Bug#264219: Request of maintainer, no upstream, doesn't work
   with current kernels
 * openduke -- Duke Nukem 3D map viewer
   [84]Bug#314675: Request of QA, orphaned, RC bugs, limited
   functionality, in contrib
 * python-rrd -- Python bindings for RRD
   [85]Bug#323208: Request of maintainer, obsolete; now included in
   rrdtool source
 * cfdisk-utf8 -- Small UTF8 capable version of cfdisk
   [86]Bug#323769: Request of maintainer, obsolete
 * kcd -- CD player applet for KDE Kicker
   [87]Bug#325992: Request of maintainer, buggy, dead upstream,
   redundant in KDE 3.4
 * kmerlin -- Instant messaging (IM) client for the MSN messenger
   [88]Bug#326086: Request of maintainer, dead upstream, buggy,
   alternatives exist, like kopete, gaim
 * bsmtpd -- Batched SMTP mailer for sendmail and postfix
   [89]Bug#326118: Request of maintainer, buggy, dead upstream,
   hardly used

 82. http://bugs.debian.org/214928
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/264219
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/314675
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/323208
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/323769
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/325992
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/326086
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/326118

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