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Debian Weekly News - July 25th, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - July 25th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christoph Berg [1]implemented an overview page
for tasks in the [2]packages overview. He also [3]announced that the
repository has been moved to [4]Subversion and that notifications are
now handled by the Package Tracking System directly.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00055.html
 2. http://qa.debian.org/developer.php
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00086.html
 4. http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/qa/trunk/

DzongkhaLinux launched. The Debian project [5]announced the release
of [6]DzongkhaLinux, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian
GNU/Linux 3.1 that has been localised into Bhutan's national language.
The system [7]consists of one CD which can be either installed or
used as a live system. The Bhutan Department of Information Technology
chose Debian for its high versatility and reliability as well as the
guarantee to always remain 100 % Free Software.

 5. http://www.debian.org/News/2006/20060719
 6. http://dzongkha.sourceforge.net/
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/06/msg00001.html

Consolidating SSL Certificates. Jaldhar Vyas [8]wondered if Debian
should change all SSL certificate using packages to use the snake oil
certificate from the [9]ssl-cert package. Petter Reinholdtsen
[10]explained that [11]Debian-Edu already configures several services
with SSL certificates automatically and that such a change would
simplify this.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/06/msg01288.html
 9. http://packages.debian.org/ssl-cert
 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00087.html
 11. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu

Dealing with Documentation Issues in Stable. Osamu Aoki [12]asked for
an faq tag for the [13]bug tracking system. In many cases, a bug
report against [14]stable is a frequently asked question and the
answer is hidden under an obscure location. Closing such bug reports
or tagging them wontfix doesn't sound right.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00064.html
 13. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/
 14. http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/

Handling Assets for the Project. Manoj Srivastava [15]proposed an
amendment to the Debian [16]constitution and sought seconds. This will
bring the constitution in line with current needs and practices of
handling assets globally, and allowing the project to add and remove
partner organisations currently authorised to hold assets for Debian.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2006/07/msg00005.html
 16. http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Package Tracking System Update. Raphaël Hertzog [17]reported that the
Package Tracking System can be used to relay information from
derivative distributions as well. This allows interested people to
receive regularly small patches instead of big monolithic ones. He is
also seeking help for new [18]features.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00006.html
 18. http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/pts

Release Status Update. Marc Brockschmidt [19]commented on the [20]etch
release status. He clarified the meaning of the release goals and
asked developers to work on lowering the number of critical issues
affecting the release. Bug squashing [21]parties will be organised
[22]around the world. The upcoming release will probably carry 4.0 as
version number and may include Python 2.4, Linux 2.6.17 or newer,
X.org and most of the architectures [23]sarge was released for plus

 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00005.html
 20. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
 21. http://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 22. http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathon
 23. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
 24. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/

Finishing the /usr/doc Transition. Amaya Rodrigo Sastre [25]asked for
a semi-automatic way to test the archive again to make sure there are
no more packages installing a symlink under /usr/doc. Stefan Hühner
[26]suggested the use of an existing [27]lintian check. Joey Hess
[28]confirmed that this is the way he initially used to report bugs
and Luk Claes [29]added that piuparts is also useful for such a check.

 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00044.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00045.html
 27. http://lintian.debian.org/reports/Tpostinst-should-not-set-usr-doc-link.html
 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00084.html
 29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00050.html

Beta 3 of the Debian Installer. Frans Pop [30]announced the start of
the third beta [31]release of the [32]debian-installer now that Linux
2.6.16 is available in [33]etch. He explained that the installer
consumes more memory because of crypto support which will be improved
after the beta release and due to more supported languages.

 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2006/07/msg00895.html
 31. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/EtchBeta3Prep
 32. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 33. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Labelling enhanced CD/DVD Sets. Radu-Cristian Fotescu [34]wondered how
prominent a distributor of an enhanced [35]sarge CD needs to mark that
it's not an official and original sarge CD. MJ Ray [36]pointed out
that the official designation may only be used for official CDs and
that changed CDs are to be [37]labelled "unofficial".

 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/07/msg00066.html
 35. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
 36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/07/msg00076.html
 37. http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#whatlabel

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

 * DSA 1112: [38]mysql-dfsg-4.1 -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1113: [39]zope2.7 -- Information disclosure.
 * DSA 1114: [40]hashcash -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1115: [41]gnupg2 -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1116: [42]gimp -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1117: [43]libgd2 -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1118: [44]Mozilla -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1119: [45]hiki -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1120: [46]Mozilla Firefox -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1121: [47]postgrey -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1122: [48]libnet-server-perl -- Denial of service.
 * DSA 1123: [49]libdumb -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1124: [50]fbi -- Potential deletion of user data.

 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1112
 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1113
 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1114
 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1115
 42. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1116
 43. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1117
 44. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1118
 45. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1119
 46. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1120
 47. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1121
 48. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1122
 49. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1123
 50. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1124

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [51]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [52]awffull -- Web server log analysis program.
 * [53]cdpr -- Cisco Discovery Protocol Reporter.
 * [54]courieruserinfo -- Retrieve courier user account information.
 * [55]dates -- Calendar optimised for embedded devices.
 * [56]dwm -- Dynamic window manager.
 * [57]fslint -- Toolkit to fix various problems with filesystems'
 * [58]ggzd -- GGZ Gaming Zone: main server.
 * [59]gnome-user-guide -- GNOME user's guide.
 * [60]jpegoptim -- Utility to optimise JPEG files.
 * [61]jwchat -- Full featured, web-based Jabber chat client.
 * [62]jython -- Python seamlessly integrated with Java.
 * [63]klamav -- Graphical front-end for ClamAV.
 * [64]live-package -- Debian Live framework.
 * [65]min12xxw -- Printer driver for KonicaMinolta PagePro
 * [66]pcf2bdf -- Convert X11 font from PCF to BDF format.
 * [67]pootle -- Web-based translation and translation management
 * [68]pypar2 -- Graphical frontend for the par2 utility.
 * [69]qemu-launcher -- GTK+ front-end to QEMU computer emulator.
 * [70]ri-li -- Toy simulator game.
 * [71]scim-thai -- Thai Input Method Engine for SCIM.
 * [72]sudoku -- Console based sudoku.
 * [73]trigger -- Free 3D rally racing car game.
 * [74]unicode-data -- Property data for the Unicode character set.
 * [75]yeahconsole -- Drop-down X terminal emulator wrapper.
 * [76]zimpl -- Mathematical modelling language for optimisation

 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/awffull
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/cdpr
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/courieruserinfo
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/dates
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dwm
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/fslint
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ggzd
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-user-guide
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/jpegoptim
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jwchat
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/jython
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/klamav
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/live-package
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/min12xxw
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/pcf2bdf
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/pootle
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/pypar2
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/qemu-launcher
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ri-li
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/scim-thai
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/sudoku
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/trigger
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/unicode-data
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/yeahconsole
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/zimpl

Orphaned Packages. 40 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 355 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [77]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. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the wnpp-alert program from devscripts may be

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

 * [78]alicq -- Flexible ICQ client in pure Tcl/Tk. ([79]Bug#379599)
 * [80]apollon -- KDE-based interface to the giFT file-sharing
   system. ([81]Bug#379346)
 * [82]aptconf -- Debconf infrastructure for setting up apt sources.
 * [84]atari800 -- Atari emulator for X/curses/SDL. ([85]Bug#379022)
 * [86]cbrowser -- C/C++ source code indexing, querying and browsing
   tool. ([87]Bug#378796)
 * [88]configlet -- Alternative debconf configuration interface: core
   API. ([89]Bug#379031)
 * [90]cscope -- Interactively examine a C program source.
 * [92]cthugha -- Oscilloscope on acid. ([93]Bug#378946)
 * [94]discover -- Hardware identification library.
 * [96]discover-data -- Data lists for Discover hardware detection
   system. ([97]Bug#379044)
 * [98]etherconf -- Debconf interface to Ethernet device
   configuration. ([99]Bug#379032)
 * [100]fbi -- Linux frame buffer image viewer. ([101]Bug#379250)
 * [102]gnome-tasksel -- GNOME interface to Debian tasks.
 * [104]gtm -- Multiple files transfer manager. ([105]Bug#379000)
 * [106]htmlgen -- Python library for the generation of HTML.
 * [108]ida -- Image viewer & editor. ([109]Bug#379257)
 * [110]kernel-patch-nfs-swap -- Patch to Linux to enable swapping
   over NFS. ([111]Bug#378928)
 * [112]krecord -- KDE sound recorder. ([113]Bug#379252)
 * [114]libapache-mod-python -- Apache module that embeds Python 2.4
   within the server. ([115]Bug#379680)
 * [116]libooc-vo -- VisualOberon GUI class library for Oberon-2.
 * [118]libooc-x11 -- X11 specific modules for the oo2c compiler
   (devel). ([119]Bug#379223)
 * [120]libooc-xml -- XML parser for the oo2c Oberon-2 compiler
   (devel). ([121]Bug#379222)
 * [122]libpcd -- Library for reading PhotoCD images.
 * [124]libqt-perl -- Perl bindings for the Qt library.
 * [126]localeconf -- Debconf interface to locale configuration.
 * [128]mercury -- New logic/functional programming language.
 * [130]motv -- Motif TV application. ([131]Bug#379256)
 * [132]mozilla-locale-zh-cn -- Mozilla Simplified Chinese (China)
   language/region pack. ([133]Bug#378751)
 * [134]mozilla-locale-zh-tw -- Mozilla Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
   language/region pack. ([135]Bug#378752)
 * [136]oo2c -- Optimising Oberon-2 to ANSI-C Compiler.
 * [138]openmotif -- Open Motif. ([139]Bug#379258)
 * [140]picax -- Tool for creation of aptable media.
 * [142]python-adns -- Python bindings to the asynchronous DNS
   resolver library. ([143]Bug#379683)
 * [144]python-biggles -- Scientific plotting package for Python
   [dummy package]. ([145]Bug#379684)
 * [146]python-parted -- Python bindings for GNU Parted.
 * [148]tcldom -- DOM binding for Tcl. ([149]Bug#379404)
 * [150]timezoneconf -- Debconf interface to system timezone, date,
   and time. ([151]Bug#379035)
 * [152]tv-fonts -- X11 fonts for TV applications. ([153]Bug#379255)
 * [154]wv -- Programs for accessing Microsoft Word documents.
 * [156]xawtv -- Collection of TV and radio applications.

 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/alicq
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/379599
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/apollon
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/379346
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/aptconf
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/379037
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/atari800
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/379022
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cbrowser
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/378796
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/configlet-frontends
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/379031
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cscope
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/378802
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/cthugha
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/378946
 94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/discover
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/379043
 96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/discover-data
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/379044
 98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/etherconf
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/379032
 100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/fbi
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/379250
 102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-tasksel
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/379038
 104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gtm
 105. http://bugs.debian.org/379000
 106. http://packages.debian.org/stable/python/htmlgen
 107. http://bugs.debian.org/379679
 108. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/ida
 109. http://bugs.debian.org/379257
 110. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/kernel-patch-nfs-swap
 111. http://bugs.debian.org/378928
 112. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/krecord
 113. http://bugs.debian.org/379252
 114. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/libapache-mod-python
 115. http://bugs.debian.org/379680
 116. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-vo
 117. http://bugs.debian.org/379221
 118. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-x11
 119. http://bugs.debian.org/379223
 120. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-xml
 121. http://bugs.debian.org/379222
 122. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libpcd2
 123. http://bugs.debian.org/379254
 124. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libqt-perl
 125. http://bugs.debian.org/379681
 126. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/localeconf
 127. http://bugs.debian.org/379033
 128. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mercury
 129. http://bugs.debian.org/379682
 130. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/motv
 131. http://bugs.debian.org/379256
 132. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/mozilla-locale-zh-cn
 133. http://bugs.debian.org/378751
 134. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/mozilla-locale-zh-tw
 135. http://bugs.debian.org/378752
 136. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/oo2c
 137. http://bugs.debian.org/379224
 138. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libmotif3
 139. http://bugs.debian.org/379258
 140. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/picax
 141. http://bugs.debian.org/379039
 142. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-adns
 143. http://bugs.debian.org/379683
 144. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-biggles
 145. http://bugs.debian.org/379684
 146. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-parted
 147. http://bugs.debian.org/379034
 148. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tcldom
 149. http://bugs.debian.org/379404
 150. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/timezoneconf
 151. http://bugs.debian.org/379035
 152. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/tv-fonts
 153. http://bugs.debian.org/379255
 154. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/wv
 155. http://bugs.debian.org/379466
 156. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xawtv
 157. http://bugs.debian.org/379251

Removed Packages. 10 packages have been [158]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * kernel-latest-powerpc -- Linux kernel headers on PowerPC
   [159]Bug#353717: Request of maintainer, outdated, unmaintained
 * kernel-image-2.4.27-alpha -- Headers for building modules for
   Linux 2.4.27
   [160]Bug#367518: Request of maintainer, outdated, not used
   anymore, ftbfs
 * sfio -- Enhanced library for managing I/O streams (development)
   [161]Bug#279812: Request of QA: rc-buggy, unmaintained, almost no
 * doxymacs -- E-lisp package for making doxygen usage easier under
   [162]Bug#321821: Request of QA: rc-buggy, unmaintained, no users
 * tcltk8.0-ja -- Japanese localised version of Tcl 8.0
   [163]Bug#360500: Request of QA, uninstallable, obsolete version of
 * gnome-ruby -- Ruby binding of libart
   [164]Bug#367680: Request of maintainer: obsolete
 * xmule -- eMule client for the edonkey2000 network
   [165]Bug#370524: Request of maintainer, rc-buggy, unmaintained at
   the moment
 * barrendero -- delete messages on the spool dir depending on their
   [166]Bug#378485: Request of maintainer, old, unused, buggy
 * ipsc -- IP Subnet Calculator for X
   [167]Bug#378772: Request of QA, rc-buggy (uninstallable),
   obsolete, dead upstream, maintainer MIA
 * ipfwadm -- Linux 2.0.x firewalling tools
   [168]Bug#378548: Request of QA: unmaintained, very outdated,
   doesn't work anymore on more recent kernels

 159. http://bugs.debian.org/353717
 160. http://bugs.debian.org/367518
 161. http://bugs.debian.org/279812
 162. http://bugs.debian.org/321821
 163. http://bugs.debian.org/360500
 164. http://bugs.debian.org/367680
 165. http://bugs.debian.org/370524
 166. http://bugs.debian.org/378485
 167. http://bugs.debian.org/378772
 168. http://bugs.debian.org/378548

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 169. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 170. mailto:dwn@debian.org

This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Mohammed Adnène
Trojette and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.

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