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Debian Weekly News - January 24th, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - January 24th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. The Debian listmasters have decided to [1]revoke
posting permission to a developer centric announce list for a person
[2]pointing out that off-topic [3]mails should be sent elsewhere in
a rather sarcastic and potentially offensive fashion.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00012.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00009.html
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00008.html

Helping the Debian GNOME Team. Josselin Mouette [4]asked for help
with bug triage from Debian GNOME users in order to clean up the large
number of bugs that currently clutter the BTS on GNOME Team packages.
Interested parties should find packages needing attention using the
[5]package tracking system. He also noted that those familiar with
GNOME packages are welcome to join the team itself.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome/2006/01/msg00037.html
 5. http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=pkg-gnome-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org

Debian on LVM2 on RAID. Emidio Planamente wrote a [6]document that
describes how to install Debian [7]sarge on a logical volume (LV)
that resides on a number of disks merged together with RAID. The /boot
directory that contains the initial ram-disk and the kernel needs to
be outside of the LVM, though.

 6. http://emidio.planamente.ch/pages/linux_howto_root_lvm_raid.php
 7. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/

Kaffe Compiler Transition. Wolfgang Baer [8]announced new kaffe
packages that use [9]gcj as their default compiler which has been
discussed with upstream and other Debian Java maintainers at the
[10]Linux developers meeting in Oldenburg. This [11]transition affects
about 110 source package of which only five fail to build and need a
little care.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/01/msg00151.html
 9. http://packages.debian.org/gcj
 10. http://meeting.ffis.de/Oldenburg2005/
 11. http://wiki.debian.org/Java/KaffeTransition

Web Forums for Debian. Andreas Schuldei [12]stated that Debian weak in
forum based support structures. Steve Langasek [13]explained that most
people in the Debian community despise web forums. Michael Banck
[14]added that Debian should be very careful whether it officially
adopts a web forum as part of its support facilities and that the
project will have to be present and mediate when needed.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00225.html
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00226.html
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00233.html

Translated Copyright Notice. Tobias Toedter [15]wondered if he should
translate the [16]GNU GPL copyright notice when it is presented via
[17]gettext. While it seems to be better to leave the license itself
[18]untranslated the copyright notice may be translated as Henning
Makholm [19]pointed out.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00197.html
 16. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
 17. http://packages.debian.org/gettext
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00201.html
 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00208.html

Draft GPLv3 released. Don Armstrong [20]published the draft license of
the [21]GNU GPL version 3 that was released at the [22]GPLv3 launch
conference. It contains a special paragraph about digital restriction
management and explicitly outlaws to sue others for patent
infringement when the software is released under this license.

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00210.html
 21. http://gplv3.fsf.org/
 22. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0116-gplv3launch

Debian Architecture Qualification. Anthony Towns [23]announced
[24]alpha, [25]amd64, [26]hppa, [27]i386, [28]ia64, [29]mips,
[30]mipsel and [31]powerpc as release architectures and provided the
[32]log of the IRC conference with regards to architecture
qualification for the Debian [33]archive.

 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/01/msg00000.html
 24. http://www.debian.org/ports/alpha/
 25. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
 26. http://www.debian.org/ports/hppa/
 27. http://www.debian.org/ports/i386/
 28. http://www.debian.org/ports/ia64/
 29. http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/
 30. http://www.debian.org/ports/mipsel/
 31. http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/
 32. http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/debian-tech/Logs/20051230-archivequalification
 33. http://ftp.debian.org/

Treating Paper Copies. Frank Küster [34]wondered whether a printed
version of a document released under the [35]GPL would be "object
code" as treated in section 3 of the license. Jeremy Hankins
[36]affirmed this and referred to a lawyer. Nathanael Nerode
[37]stated that the [38]GPLv3 says that object code means any
non-source version of a work.

 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00308.html
 35. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
 36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00310.html
 37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00334.html
 38. http://gplv3.fsf.org/

Non-free Non-code? In light of the current debate on the upcoming
[39]general resolution Gerfried Fuchs [40]reported about graphics in a
free package that were rendered by non-free software and about the
Debian [41]logo whose license is non-free as well. As a result a lot
of packages would have to be moved to non-free.

 39. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001
 40. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00333.html
 41. http://www.debian.org/logos/

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

 * DSA 945: [42]antiword -- Insecure temporary file creation.
 * DSA 946: [43]sudo -- Privilege escalation.
 * DSA 947: [44]clamav -- Heap overflow.
 * DSA 948: [45]kdelibs -- Buffer overflow.
 * DSA 949: [46]crawl -- Potential group games execution.
 * DSA 950: [47]cupsys -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 951: [48]trac -- SQL injection and cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 952: [49]libapache-auth-ldap -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 953: [50]flyspray -- Cross-site scripting.

 42. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-945
 43. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-946
 44. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-947
 45. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-948
 46. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-949
 47. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-950
 48. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-951
 49. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-952
 50. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-953

New or Noteworthy Packages. Due to [51]packages.debian.org being down
because of performance issues we are unable to provide the regular
list of new packages.

 51. http://packages.debian.org/

Orphaned Packages. 27 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 202 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [52]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.

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

 * [53]boson-data -- Data files for Boson. ([54]Bug#348589)
 * [55]boson-music -- Music Pack for Boson. ([56]Bug#348588)
 * [57]dancer-ircd -- IRC server designed for centrally maintained
   network. ([58]Bug#348746)
 * [59]dancer-services -- IRC services implementation for
   dancer-ircd. ([60]Bug#348748)
 * [61]dfm -- Desktop-File-Manager for X11. ([62]Bug#349205)
 * [63]enscript -- Converts ASCII text to Postscript, HTML, RTF or
   Pretty-Print. ([64]Bug#349321)
 * [65]gkrelldnet -- Dnetc plugin for GKrellM. ([66]Bug#349581)
 * [67]ieee80211 -- Source for the 802.11 (wireless) network stack
   for Linux. ([68]Bug#349165)
 * [69]ipw2200 -- Source for the ipw2200 driver. ([70]Bug#349164)
 * [71]kexi -- Tool for manipulating database objects in KDE3.
 * [73]libcache-mmap-perl -- Shared data cache using memory mapped
   files. ([74]Bug#348951)
 * [75]libmasonx-interp-withcallbacks-perl -- Mason callback support
   via Params::CallbackRequest. ([76]Bug#348952)
 * [77]libparams-callbackrequest-perl -- Functional and
   object-oriented callback architecture. ([78]Bug#348953)
 * [79]libstring-crc32-perl -- Perl interface for cyclic redundancy
   check generation. ([80]Bug#348954)
 * [81]manpages-fi -- Finnish man pages. ([82]Bug#348790)
 * [83]manpages-ko -- Korean man pages. ([84]Bug#349265)
 * [85]pgaccess -- Tcl/Tk interface to PostgreSQL. ([86]Bug#349243)
 * [87]php-net-checkip -- Check the syntax of IPv4 addresses.
 * [89]qglviewer -- Qt/OpenGL-based viewing widget. ([90]Bug#348793)
 * [91]rep-xmms -- Rep language bindings for XMMS. ([92]Bug#348786)
 * [93]rxvt-unicode -- RXVT-like terminal emulator with Unicode
   support. ([94]Bug#348719)
 * [95]sawfish-xmms -- Sawfish bindings for XMMS. ([96]Bug#348789)
 * [97]scottfree -- Interpreter for Adventure International games.
 * [99]vstream -- Bttv video capture utility aimed at making MPEGs.
 * [101]wmgtemp -- Temperature sensor dock app for Window Maker.
 * [103]wmitime -- Yet another clock dock app for Window Maker.
 * [105]xmailbox -- Mail notifier with animation and sound effects.

 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/boson-data
 54. http://bugs.debian.org/348589
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/boson-music
 56. http://bugs.debian.org/348588
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dancer-ircd
 58. http://bugs.debian.org/348746
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dancer-services
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/348748
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dfm
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/349205
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/enscript
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/349321
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gkrelldnet
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/349581
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ieee80211-source
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/349165
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ipw2200-source
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/349164
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kexi
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/348832
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libcache-mmap-perl
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/348951
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmasonx-interp-withcallbacks-perl
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/348952
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libparams-callbackrequest-perl
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/348953
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libstring-crc32-perl
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/348954
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/manpages-fi
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/348790
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/manpages-ko
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/349265
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/pgaccess
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/349243
 87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/php-net-checkip
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/349007
 89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/libqglviewer1
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/348793
 91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/rep-xmms
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/348786
 93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/rxvt-unicode
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/348719
 95. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/sawfish-xmms
 96. http://bugs.debian.org/348789
 97. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/scottfree
 98. http://bugs.debian.org/348950
 99. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/vstream
 100. http://bugs.debian.org/349197
 101. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/wmgtemp
 102. http://bugs.debian.org/349201
 103. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmitime
 104. http://bugs.debian.org/349245
 105. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/xmailbox
 106. http://bugs.debian.org/348656

Removed Packages. 13 packages have been [107]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * pike7.2 -- Powerful interpreted programming language
   [108]Bug#348546: Request of maintainer, superseded by pike7.6
 * webmin-slbackup -- Webmin module for Skolelinux Backup
   [109]Bug#348307: Request of maintainer, webmin is removed
 * printbill -- Sophisticated print billing / accounting system for
   [110]Bug#282561: Request of QA, unmaintained, unused, dead
 * pyid3lib -- Id3lib wrapper for Python - dummy package
   [111]Bug#348220: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; does not
   work with UTF-8; no rev-deps
 * rocks -- Make network sockets reliable in a transparent way
   [112]Bug#330953: Request of maintainer, broken; unresponsive
 * trophy -- 2D car racing action game
   [113]Bug#341102: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; orphaned;
   many non-trivial bugs
 * xmcpustate -- Displays CPU/Swap/Memory/Network load
   [114]Bug#347851: Request of QA, not compatible with 2.6 kernels
 * libsafe -- Protection against buffer overflow vulnerabilities
   [115]Bug#348230: long-standing RC bugs, gives a false sense of
 * kernel-patch-cryptoloop -- CryptoAPI's Cryptoloop Module
   [116]Bug#348231: Request of QA: doesn't apply to current kernels,
   better alternatives
 * libgnome-gnorba-perl -- Gnorba module for Perl
   [117]Bug#349131: Request of QA, orphaned, obsolete, no rev-deps
 * tkseti -- GUI front-end to the SETI@Home client for UNIX
   [118]Bug#349137: Request of QA, obsolete, doesn't work anymore, no
 * pistachio -- L4 microkernel implementation - development libraries
   [119]Bug#349263: Request of maintainer, unused, slow upstream,
 * xcingb -- Chinese input server (GB) for Crxvt in X11.
   [120]Bug#349320: Request of QA, obsolete, no users, unmaintained,
   no rev-deps

 108. http://bugs.debian.org/348546
 109. http://bugs.debian.org/348307
 110. http://bugs.debian.org/282561
 111. http://bugs.debian.org/348220
 112. http://bugs.debian.org/330953
 113. http://bugs.debian.org/341102
 114. http://bugs.debian.org/347851
 115. http://bugs.debian.org/348230
 116. http://bugs.debian.org/348231
 117. http://bugs.debian.org/349131
 118. http://bugs.debian.org/349137
 119. http://bugs.debian.org/349263
 120. http://bugs.debian.org/349320

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