Debian Weekly News - November 15th, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - November 15th, 2005
Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Members of the Debian-Edu sub-project have
proposed codenames for the upcoming Skolelinux release such as
Terra, Tellus and Oslo. Adrian von Bidder was looking for very old
Debian installation images. Many can still be found on
Status of Big Endian ARM Port. Lennert Buytenhek reported that the
big endian ARM port has seen steady progress in the recent weeks.
The sarge distribution is nearly rebuilt and two build daemons are
working on the unstable distribution, both of which are available from
a separate server.
Travel Sponsorship for Debian Conference. Andreas Schuldei offered
active Debian people limited travel sponsorship if they can't afford
the entire trip. In order to be able to plan the budget he asked those
to register in time. A committee will later decide about the
Oldenburg DevJam Meeting Report. Arnaud Vandyck reported that
several Java people from different distributions have met at the
DevJam for the first time. Developers from different distributions
and upstream packages have discussed the state and development of
the free Java toolchain.
Automatic Clam AntiVirus Database Updates. Marc Haber announced
that a script checks every 30 minutes if new virus patterns have been
released and rebuilds the virus database for Clam AntiVirus on the
volatile host if necessary. If all tests are passed automatically
packages will be moved into the volatile archive. Older packages are
Debian-Installer Etch Beta 1. Joey Hess announced the first etch
beta release of the debian-installer and explained why the release
took so long. The most time-consuming problem was chasing recently
introduced bugs in various packages the installer depends on. Daily
building installer images only rarely result in working images, which
needs to be improved.
Mozilla Public License 1.1. Fathi Boudra sought cover for the
SugarCRM license which is based on the Mozilla Public License
1.1 (MPL). Matthew Garrett reported that various people believe
that the MPL alone is non-free, however, Mozilla is being
relicensed under the GNU GPL and, hence, stays in the main
FOSDEM: Call for Talks. Wouter Verhelst called for talks for the
Debian room at the upcoming FOSDEM conference that will take place
on February 25th and 26th, 2006 in Brussels, Belgium. The talks should
cover a technical issue and aimed towards people familiar with the
License for Debian Conference Material. Francesco Poli stated that
DebConf speakers should be required to publish their paper under a
license compatible with the DFSG. Anthony Towns pointed out
that Debian already distributes lots of content that isn't DFSG-free,
such as mailing lists and bug reports.
October Debian-Installer Meeting. Christian Perrier published the
minutes of the sixth Debian-Installer team meeting held in
October. The progress on the GTK installer has been amazing and all
attendees agreed to make it available as soon as possible. Switching
to udev became a major goal for the future.
Development Package Dependencies. Gabor Gombas noticed problems in
dependencies of development packages since linking statically and
dynamically requires different packages and because some packages
conflict with each other since they provide the same files. Russ
Allbery explained that the include file path is part of the
programming interface of the Kerberos implementation.
Maintaining Basic Network Utilities. Noah Meyerhans wondered how
to best continue maintaining the iputils package that provides basic
network utilities such as ping since the pristine package is
Linux-specific and doesn't compile or work on the Hurd or
kFreeBSD port of Debian. An official fork may lead in the proper
direction but could imply that new kernel features may not be
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 890: libungif4 -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 891: gpsdrive -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 892: awstats -- Arbitrary command execution.
* DSA 893: acidlab -- SQL injection.
* DSA 894: abiword -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 895: uim -- Privilege escalation.
* DSA 896: linux-ftpd-ssl -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 897: phpsysinfo -- Several vulnerabilities
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* 915resolution -- Resolution modify tool for Intel graphic
* avscan -- GTK frontend for the Clam AntiVirus scanner.
* bricolage -- Bricolage Content Management System.
* flac123 -- Command-line flac player.
* kannasaver -- Japanese character screensaver.
* kommando -- KDE wheel-menu to quickly pick menu items with the
* parrot -- Virtual machine to execute bytecode for interpreted
* preload -- Adaptive read-ahead daemon.
* pygmy -- PyGTK client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD).
* rsibreak -- KDE utility which can help to prevent the RSI.
Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned this week and requires a new
maintainer. This makes a total of 204 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.
* euler -- Interactive mathematical program. (Bug#338949)
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