Debian Weekly News - March 7th, 2006
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 7th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. If you are in doubt about the proper
distribution for you, try the Linux distribution chooser. Manoj
Srivastava called for votes on the General Resolution to
address the Debian project's position on the GNU Free
Documentation License a second time. Ballots can be casted until March
Requirements and Rights for Sub-Projects. Martin Michlmayr started
a discussion on requirements and rights for official Debian
sub-projects. He asked in particular if a sub-projects may handle
their own finances and ask for donations if they have special needs
such as Debonaras.
Debian/kFreeBSD for AMD64. Robert Millan announced the
availability of an experimental base Debian GNU/kFreeBSD system for
the amd64 architecture. It uses the GNU C library ported by Petr
Salinger and requires a running version of FreeBSD 6.0 on amd64 and
works only as chroot environment. Aurelien Jarno added a note
about the setup of a build daemon for this system.
Subscribing to new CDD Packages? Enrico Zini reported about an
idea to create a mechanism that will allow users to receive new
packages for their custom Debian distribution (CDD) when they are
properly tagged for this particular suite. A solution still needs to
be found to mark packages for installation, though.
IRC Debate for the Project Leader Election. Thaddeus Black
announced the live debate of this year's project leader candidates
on IRC. The debate will be moderated by Don Armstrong and take place
on Thursday, 16 March 2006 from 22:30 UTC to 01:00 UTC on
#debian-dpl-debate on irc.debian.org. He asked for volunteers for the
panel and questions to be asked the candidates.
Supporting Backports officially. Joseph Smidt wondered if
backports will ever be officially supported by Debian. Norbert
Tretkowski explained that it may be possible to provide some
official backports in the future but quite unlikely to make all
packages from backports.org official.
QA Activities List. Lars Wirzenius asked if there exists a list of
what QA activities are being performed as he contemplates to help but
not duplicate the effort of others. Such a list is composed within the
Wiki for easier maintenance. Jeroen van Wolffelaar additionally
asked for help maintaining the qa.debian.org website.
DPL Campaigning Summaries. David Schmitt announced that he is
producing a summary of the questions asked and answers given by
the 2006 project leader candidates during the election campaign.
The summary will be updated as questions are asked and answers
New packages.debian.org Host. The Debian project announced the
re-availability of the packages.debian.org service on a new
machine. The system has been donated by Schlund + Partner where it
is hosted as well. It is a Dual-Core Opteron and only runs this
service for Debian users and developers.
Checking Build Logs. Samuel Thibault demonstrated that missing
function declarations can cause problems in running systems and
proposed to add compiler flags that will cause the build to fail when
a function is not declared. Kurt Roeckx added more problematic
programming errors that should be taken care of. Steve Greenland
stated that there is no excuse for these bugs since they are easy
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 984: xpdf -- Several problems.
* DSA 985: libtasn1-2 -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 986: gnutls11 -- Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 987: tar -- Arbitrary code execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* dibbler-client -- Portable DHCPv6 client.
* fontconfig-config -- Generic font configuration library -
* galago-daemon -- Galago presence daemon.
* lastfmsubmitd -- Submission daemon for the Last.fm social
* optipng -- Advanced PNG (Portable Network Graphics) optimiser.
* slimscrobbler -- SlimServer plugin that submits listening data
* zatacka -- Arcade multiplayer game like nibbles.
Orphaned Packages. 2 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 234 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.
* drsync -- Wrapper for file synchronisation via rsync.
* yaboot -- Yet Another Bootloader. (Bug#354974)
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