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Debian Weekly News - December 6th, 2005

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

Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Roland Stigge [1]planned to file bugs against
packages that provide no pristine source package, but are not native
Debian packages either. Andreas Barth [2]announced that the LDAP
gateway to the [3]bug tracking system has been moved to a new host
with a configurable address.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00364.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00604.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/

General Resolution: Opening the Archive. Manoj Srivastava
[4]announced the discussion period for the general resolution about
the [5]Declassification of debian-private list archives. Anthony
Towns has proposed this resolution in accordance with principles of
openness and transparency to declassify and publish posts of
historical or ongoing significance made to the private mailing list.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/11/msg00070.html
 5. http://www.debian.org/vote/2005/vote_002

Final Debian Conference 5 Report. Fabian Fagerholm [6]announced the
final [7]report about this year's [8]Debian Conference in Helsinki.
The document is intended for those who attended the conference and the
general public. It includes impressions and facts from the conference.
A more detailed financial report will be available later.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/12/msg00001.html
 7. http://media.debconf.org/dc5/FinalReport.pdf
 8. http://www.debian.org/events/2005/0710-debconf

Temporary Directories per User? Noah Meyerhans [9]reported about a
discussion within the security team to push the use of per-user
temporary directories as default. With proper code this is only a
question of an adjusted PAM configuration. However, some programs
hardcode the /tmp directory.

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00297.html

C++ Transition Status Update. Nathanael Nerode [10]reported about the
transition of C++ libraries due to the [11]use of a different memory
allocator in the standard C++ library. Two libraries are still linked
to an older library version and can be [12]ignored, five packages
still need to be [13]transitioned regularly, five other packages
haven't been built on all architectures yet and a large number of
libraries still need to be transitioned.

 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/12/msg00000.html
 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/11/msg00010.html
 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/12/msg00003.html
 13. http://people.debian.org/~djpig/gcc-transition/

Device Nodes with udev. Miles Bader [14]noticed that several old-style
device nodes were created after booting a Debian kernel with [15]udev
also installed. Marco d'Itri [16]explained that they result from the
kernel configuration. However their creation can easily be prevented
with a proper configuration file for udev.

 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00507.html
 15. http://packages.debian.org/udev
 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00511.html

New Kernel Package. Manoj Srivastava [17]announced new features in the
new [18]kernel-package package which has undergone a major
restructuring. Ramdisk generation has been improved and can now be
controlled via a configuration variable. The kernel image maintainer
scripts now use [19]debconf and the post-installation script has
become less verbose by that.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00590.html
 18. http://packages.debian.org/kernel-package
 19. http://packages.debian.org/debconf

Determining the intended Debian Version. Christopher Crammond
[20]wondered if there is a way to determine which version of Debian a
given package belongs to. Marc Brockschmidt [21]explained that almost
all packages in stable have been uploaded to unstable before, were
migrated to testing and then were released as stable.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00684.html
 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00693.html

Dropping Kerberos 4 Packages? Andreas Barth [22]noticed that the
[23]krb4 packages accumulate several release-critical bugs that are
difficult to fix and that their [24]upstream doesn't seem to be active
anymore. Russ Allbery [25]added that MIT Kerberos is also going to
drop Kerberos v4 support as of May of 2006.

 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00803.html
 23. http://packages.debian.org/src:krb4
 24. http://www.pdc.kth.se/kth-krb/
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00808.html

Dropping Support for GCC 2.95? Thiemo Seufer [26]wondered how many
users GCC 2.95 still has. Since only 9 packages declare build
dependencies on it, he proposed to remove this compiler version from
etch before its release.

 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg00999.html

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

 * DSA 912: [27]centericq -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 913: [28]gdk-pixbuf -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 914: [29]horde2 -- Cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 915: [30]helix-player -- Arbitrary code execution.

 27. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-912
 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-913
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-914
 30. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-915

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [31]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [32]culmus-fancy -- Type1 Fancy Hebrew Fonts for X11.
 * [33]eclipse -- Extensible Tool Platform and Java IDE.
 * [34]gdhcpd -- GTK+ configuration tool for dhcpd3-server.
 * [35]gproftpd -- GTK+ configuration tool for proftpd.
 * [36]irmp3 -- Multimedia Audio Jukebox application.
 * [37]kalgebra -- Calculator based on the MathML language.
 * [38]linuxdcpp -- Linux port of the famous dc++ client.
 * [39]mazeofgalious -- Maze of Galious.
 * [40]remctl-client -- Client for Kerberos-authenticated command
 * [41]remctl-server -- Server for Kerberos-authenticated command
 * [42]uim-qt -- Qt 4.x immodule for uim.

 32. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/culmus-fancy
 33. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/eclipse
 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/gdhcpd
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/gproftpd
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/irmp3
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kalgebra
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/linuxdcpp
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/mazeofgalious
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/remctl-client
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/remctl-server
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/uim-qt

Orphaned Packages. 4 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 192 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [43]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.

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

 * [44]cpbk -- Mirroring utility for backing up your files.
 * [46]elvis -- Powerful clone of the vi/ex text editor.
 * [48]procmeter -- X based system status monitor, older version.
 * [50]qps -- Qt based process status. ([51]Bug#341907)

 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/cpbk
 45. http://bugs.debian.org/341724
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/elvis
 47. http://bugs.debian.org/341821
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/procmeter
 49. http://bugs.debian.org/341505
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/qps
 51. http://bugs.debian.org/341907

Removed Packages. 24 packages have been [52]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * macrosystem -- Text file template system for C++
   [53]Bug#263871: Request of QA, orphaned, RC bug, no upstream
 * regexx -- C++ wrapper to the GNU regex functions
   [54]Bug#263873: Request of QA, orphaned, RC bug, no upstream
 * zope-callprofiler -- Profile your Zope website
   [55]Bug#310675: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-cmfpgforum -- CMFpgForum is a CMF forum that uses a
   PostgreSQL database
   [56]Bug#310676: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-dtmlcalendar -- Calendar DTML Tag - Zope
   [57]Bug#310677: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-kinterbasdbda -- Zope Database Adapter for Interbase/Firebird
   [58]Bug#310680: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-lockablefolder -- Variant of the standard Folder that can
   restrict access to its contents
   [59]Bug#310681: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-cmfldap -- Zope CMF LDAP membership management tools
   [60]Bug#312854: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-ldapuserfolder -- Zope LDAP user folder
   [61]Bug#312855: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-cmfworkflow -- Zope CMF workflow module
   [62]Bug#312856: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-parsedxml -- ParsedXML Zope Product
   [63]Bug#312857: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-emarket -- Simple e-commerce system for Zope
   [64]Bug#312858: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-ldap -- Driver for connecting Zope with LDAP system
   [65]Bug#312860: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-cmf -- Zope Content Management Framework (CMF)
   [66]Bug#312861: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-znavigator -- Zope product for creating navigation bars
   [67]Bug#312862: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-xmlmethods -- XMLMethods Zope Product
   [68]Bug#312863: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zopectl -- Zope instances controlling utility
   [69]Bug#312865: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * zope-mysqlda -- Zope Database Adapter for MySQL
   [70]Bug#312877: Request of maintainer, outdated, not many users
 * xlander -- Lunar landing simulation for X
   [71]Bug#327672: Request of QA, orphaned, unplayable
 * kernel-patch-2.4.19-arm -- Diffs to the Linux kernel source 2.4.19
   for ARM
   [72]Bug#340281: Request of maintainer, obsolete
 * zodb3.4 -- set of tools for using the Zope Object Database (ZODB)
   [73]Bug#340617: Request of maintainer, superseded by zodb
 * zope2.7-archetypes -- framework for developing and deploying new
   content types
   [74]Bug#340618: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * automake1.6 -- Tool for generating GNU Standards-compliant
   [75]Bug#340921: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * hitop -- High-level website description language
   [76]Bug#340700: Request of maintainer, old, unmaintained upstream

 53. http://bugs.debian.org/263871
 54. http://bugs.debian.org/263873
 55. http://bugs.debian.org/310675
 56. http://bugs.debian.org/310676
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/310677
 58. http://bugs.debian.org/310680
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/310681
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/312854
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/312855
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/312856
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/312857
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/312858
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/312860
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/312861
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/312862
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/312863
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/312865
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/312877
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/327672
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/340281
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/340617
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/340618
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/340921
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/340700

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