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Debian Weekly News - March 28th, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 28th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. David Moreno Garza [1]built an RSS [2]feed for
the Debian Weekly News. Manoj Srivastava [3]called for votes for this
year's project leader [4]election which has seen the lowest
participation ever in a Debian project leader election seen so far.
Votes must be received by April 8th, 2006.

 1. http://www.damog.net/?p=473
 2. http://www.g33k.com.ve/~damog/debian/feeds/dwn.xml
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00022.html
 4. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_002

Deprecating debmake after etch. Santiago Vila [5]announced that
[6]debmake will be removed from testing and unstable some time after
the release of [7]etch. Maintainers of the remaining packages (less
than 60) that still use debmake for packaging should switch to other
tools soon. In a few months he will open bug reports against the
remaining packages.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00019.html
 6. http://packages.debian.org/debmake
 7. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Past Events Notes. Alexander Schmehl [8]reported about past
[9]events where the Debian project was present. There were booths and
participation at the [10]FOSDEM in Belgium, the [11]Chemnitzer
Linux-Tage and the [12]CeBIT in Hannover. Alexander also seeks for
support for upcoming events like the South Pacific Linux World in
Australia or the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Korea.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/03/msg00215.html
 9. http://www.debian.org/events/
 10. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0225-fosdem
 11. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0304-linuxtag-chemnitz
 12. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0309-cebit

New Debian-Edu/Skolelinux Release. Finn-Arne Johansen [13]announced
the new version 2.0 of Skolelinux after a long period of development.
It contains many updates and new features such as sound on thin
clients, improved hardware detection, a new version of KDE and many
updated translations for an increasing number of languages. A lot of
documentation has also been [14]improved to provide a better overview
about the project and make it easier to join the team.

 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/03/msg00067.html
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/03/msg00128.html

Limitations of reportbug. Kamaraju Kusumanchi [15]reported that the
[16]reportbug utility has displayed more than 600 bug report titles
when he wanted to report a bug. Since searching for keywords in bug
reports is not supported Marco d'Itri [17]suggested using [18]Google
groups for this.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00523.html
 16. http://packages.debian.org/reportbug
 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00530.html
 18. http://groups.google.com/group/linux.debian.bugs.dist

Debian Fonts Task Force. Christian Perrier [19]explained the goals of
the foundation of a font packages maintenance team for Debian. One of
the goals for this team is setting up a font packaging policy to
improve the incorporation of new fonts in Debian. A dedicated
[20]project was set up on [21]Alioth along with a Subversion
repository and a [22]mailing-list.

 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/03/msg00248.html
 20. http://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-fonts/
 21. http://alioth.debian.org/
 22. http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-fonts-devel/

Supported Languages for the Debian-Installer. Just after the second
beta [23]release of the [24]debian-installer, Christian Perrier
[25]indicated that work was going on for the installer localisation.
He [26]cleaned out his debian-installer supported languages [27]list.
New languages are [28]still being added but if people want their
language to be supported in etch's installer, work must start now.

 23. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/News/2006/20060315
 24. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00055.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00054.html
 27. http://people.debian.org/~bubulle/d-i/i18n-doc/languages.html
 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00074.html

Archive Recompilation with GCC 4.1. Martin Michlmayr [29]announced
that over the last two weeks he has compiled the whole Debian archive
on a quad-core Broadcom MIPS box using GCC 4.1. The aim was to
discover problems in GCC 4.1 itself and bugs in packages exhibited by
GCC's increased standards conformance (in particular regarding C++
code). Through the compilation of about 6200 packages, he found 500
new bugs: 280 of which are due to the increased strictness of GCC 4.1.

 29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/03/msg01084.html

Writing Copyright Files. Jörg Jaspert [30]reported about the
requirements of information in copyright files since many rejects from
the [31]NEW queue are still due to broken or incomplete
copyright-files. It must contain the author(s) name, the year(s) of
the copyright, the used license(s) and the URL to the upstream source.

 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00023.html
 31. http://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

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

 * DSA 1013: [32]snmptrapfmt -- Insecure temporary file.
 * DSA 1014: [33]firebird2 -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1015: [34]sendmail -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1016: [35]evolution -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1017: [36]Linux 2.6.8 -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1018: [37]Linux 2.4.27 -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1019: [38]koffice -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1020: [39]flex -- Insecure code generation.

 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1013
 33. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1014
 34. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1015
 35. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1016
 36. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1017
 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1018
 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1019
 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1020

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [40]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [41]brltty-x11 -- Access software for a blind person using a soft
   braille terminal.
 * [42]cl-parenscript -- JavaScript embedded in a Common Lisp host.
 * [43]cps-site -- Pre-configured Zope instance containing a plone
 * [44]dctrl-tools -- Command-line tools to process Debian package
 * [45]erlang-mode -- Erlang editing mode for emacsen editors.
 * [46]iaxmodem -- Software modem with IAX2 connectivity.
 * [47]gromacs -- Molecular dynamics simulator, with building and
   analysis tools.
 * [48]kolab-resource-handlers -- Scripts for the Kolab groupware
 * [49]lanmap -- Network discovery tool that produces nice 2d images.
 * [50]latex-sanskrit -- Pre-processor and fonts to typeset Sanskrit
   in TeX.
 * [51]mtasc -- ActionScript 2 to Flash (SWF) compiler.
 * [52]o3read -- Standalone converter for OpenOffice.org documents.
 * [53]polgen -- SELinux policy generation scripts.
 * [54]pyqonsole -- X Window terminal written in Python.

 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/brltty-x11
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cl-parenscript
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/cps-site
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/dctrl-tools
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/erlang-mode
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/iaxmodem
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/gromacs
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/kolab-resource-handlers
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/lanmap
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/latex-sanskrit
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mtasc
 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/o3read
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/polgen
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/pyqonsole

Orphaned Packages. 13 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 273 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [55]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.

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

 * [56]apcd -- APC Smart UPS daemon. ([57]Bug#358513)
 * [58]arla -- Free client for the AFS distributed network
   filesystem. ([59]Bug#358482)
 * [60]falselogin -- False login shell. ([61]Bug#358516)
 * [62]haskell-hsql -- Multi-Database Interface System for Haskell.
 * [64]libemail-abstract-perl -- Library that presents unified
   interface to mail representations. ([65]Bug#358895)
 * [66]liblogfile-rotate-perl -- Perl module to rotate logfiles.
 * [68]libmodule-pluggable-perl -- Automatically provide your module
   the ability to accept plugins. ([69]Bug#358894)
 * [70]multisync -- Program to synchronise PIM data. ([71]Bug#358485)
 * [72]restartd -- Process checker and/or restarter. ([73]Bug#358514)
 * [74]rscheme -- Threaded, persistent, OO, scheme interpreter and
   compiler. ([75]Bug#359135)
 * [76]tdtd -- Emacs major mode for editing SGML and XML DTDs.
 * [78]tictactoe -- Tic-tac-toe game written in Ruby.
 * [80]ttylog -- Serial port logger. ([81]Bug#358515)

 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/apcd
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/358513
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/arla
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/358482
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/falselogin
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/358516
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/libghc6-hsql-dev
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/358873
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libemail-abstract-perl
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/358895
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/liblogfile-rotate-perl
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/358573
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmodule-pluggable-perl
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/358894
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/multisync
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/358485
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/restartd
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/358514
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/rscheme
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/359135
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/tdtd
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/358437
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/tictactoe
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/358574
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ttylog
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/358515

Removed Packages. 25 packages have been [82]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * python-bsddb3 -- Python interface to libdb3
   [83]Bug#264695: Request of QA, orphaned, bundled with Python 2.3+
 * oonsoo -- Solitaire game for X
   [84]Bug#275774: Request of QA, orphaned for 500+ days, many
 * icecast-client -- Streaming MPEG Layer III feeder
   [85]Bug#279526: Request of QA, orphaned for 500+ days,
   alternatives exist
 * kmatplot -- Gnuplot-like tool for plotting data sets in 2D or 3D
   [86]Bug#285735: Request of QA, orphaned, has never been part of a
   stable release, buggy, dead upstream
 * rawrec -- Buffered raw audio recorder/player
   [87]Bug#288215: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, no upstream
 * soundgrab -- Play a raw audio file and interactively select and
   save pieces
   [88]Bug#288216: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy
 * gcombust -- GTK+ based CD mastering and burning program
   [89]Bug#288267: Request of QA, orphaned, upstream inactive
 * cscvs -- System for integrating CVS repositories into Arch
   [90]Bug#305462: Request of QA, orphaned, alternatives exist
 * kbear -- Graphical FTP client for KDE
   [91]Bug#315340: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, no upstream
 * mysql-dfsg -- MySQL database client library
   [92]Bug#356751: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * mysql-dfsg-4.1 -- MySQL database client library
   [93]Bug#356752: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * linux-kernel-di-alpha -- Braille support (udeb)
   [94]Bug#357940: Request of maintainer, superseded by 2.6 images
 * memprof -- Memory profiler and leak detector
   [95]Bug#324607: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, alternatives
 * kernel-image-2.4.27-hppa -- Header files related to Linux kernel
   version 2.4.27 on PA-RISC.
   [96]Bug#352011: Request of maintainer, superseded by 2.6
 * thy -- Tiny and fast http daemon
   [97]Bug#355852: Request of maintainer, unmaintained upstream,
 * lablgtk -- Runtime libraries for lablgtk.
   [98]Bug#355673: Request of maintainer, replaced by gtk2 versions,
 * dvtitler -- Title generator for use with kino
   [99]Bug#352580: Request of maintainer, superseded by kino
 * goldedplus -- Offline mail reader for Fidonet and Usenet
   [100]Bug#334743: Request of QA, orphaned, several vulnerabilities,
   license unclear
 * preferences -- GNUstep Preferences application
   [101]Bug#356599: Request of maintainer, renamed to preferences.app
 * gorm -- Visual Interface Builder for GNUstep
   [102]Bug#356600: Request of maintainer, renamed to gorm.app
 * projectcenter -- IDE for GNUstep Development
   [103]Bug#356607: Request of maintainer, renamed to
 * terminal -- Terminal Emulator for GNUstep
   [104]Bug#ERROR: Request of maintainer, renamed to terminal.app
 * tyvis -- UC's VHDL Simulation Runtime Libraries - shared library
   [105]Bug#356940: Request of QA, uninstallable, not updated since
   2004-07, RC-buggy
 * dbtcp -- Miscellaneous command-line DBTCP utils
   [106]Bug#357857: Request of maintainer, unused, unmaintained,
 * waiho.app -- Simple FTP client for GNUstep
   [107]Bug#358122: Request of maintainer, replaced from ftp.app

 83. http://bugs.debian.org/264695
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/275774
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/279526
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/285735
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/288215
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/288216
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/288267
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/305462
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/315340
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/356751
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/356752
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/357940
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/324607
 96. http://bugs.debian.org/352011
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/355852
 98. http://bugs.debian.org/355673
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/352580
 100. http://bugs.debian.org/334743
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/356599
 102. http://bugs.debian.org/356600
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/356607
 104. http://bugs.debian.org/ERROR
 105. http://bugs.debian.org/356940
 106. http://bugs.debian.org/357857
 107. http://bugs.debian.org/358122

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