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Debian Weekly News - August 15th, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - August 15th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Debian turns 13 this week, so make sure you find
a [1]party nearby. With enough time compose a melody before the new
release Julien Danjou [2]published his etch song. David Sugar
[3]wondered if the Free Software community should learn to write more
buggy code and invent reasons to reboot the system all the time after
a change has been made in order to be more attractive for the desktop.

 1. http://wiki.debian.org/Debian13th
 2. http://julien.danjou.info/blog/index.php/2006/08/01/312-etch-song
 3. http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/node/1692

Distribution-wide Tracker Tool. Arnaud Fontaine [4]reported about the
status of Wotomae, the [5]distribution-wide tracker tool. The DWTT is
a tool to easily track changes affecting packages, like a library
transition, a switch of the default Python version or a policy change.
It is written during Google's [6]Summer of Code. A demo website is
also [7]available with most of the features up for testing.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/08/msg00039.html
 5. http://wiki.debian.org/DWTT
 6. http://code.google.com/summerofcode.html
 7. http://netu.naquadah.org:8080/

New Version Naming for Pre-Releases. Martin F. Krafft [8]announced
that the archive software finally supports the use of the tilde ('~')
in version numbers. This special character is intended to be used to
denote pre-releases of software. It is sorted before the zero-length
string, so that version 1.0~rc4-1 will be superseded by the final
version 1.0-1. The build daemon software can't cope with this new
character yet, though.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00006.html

Release Update: First Packages frozen. Andreas Barth [9]announced
that the essential toolchain has been [10]frozen. He is also seeking
input for the release notes and asks library maintainers to talk to
the release team before uploading new packages that may require other
packages to be rebuilt. They are still seeing many uncoordinated
uploads to unstable.

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00005.html
 10. http://ftp-master.debian.org/testing/hints/freeze

Status of the Python Transition. Matthias Klose [11]reported that the
default version of Python will soon be changed to version 2.4. He
reported that 90 % of the first batch of bug reports are solved and
that another batch has been filed against all remaining packages that
contain private Python modules, which mostly need to be byte-compiled
again. The preliminary [12]documentation explains the scripts running
during this change.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00004.html
 12. http://people.debian.org/~doko/tmp/python-rtupdate.txt

Debian turns 13. On August 16th, 1993 Ian Murdock [13]announced a new
type of distribution and listed the goals he wanted to achieve. 13
years later the Debian community will [14]celebrate this birthday
around the world. A lot has happened since Ian's first mail: The
project is lead by its ninth leader and more than a thousand
developers are registered to work voluntarily on one of the largest
distributions of Free Software.

 13. http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3bcdcc6?output=gplain
 14. http://wiki.debian.org/Debian13th

Project Leader Report. Anthony Towns published a new [15]report in
which he resumes the past. Steve McIntyre has been added to the leader
alias and helps managing the project. He reported about two women who
became developers recently, thanked the organisers of this year's
[16]Debian conference, explained delays for the next stable update,
and reported on a meeting with the Australian Attorney-General's
department regarding the drafting of changes to the Australian
copyright act.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00007.html
 16. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0514-debconf

Debian-Installer Etch Beta 3 Released. Frans Pop [17]announced the
release of the third beta release of the installer for Debian
GNU/Linux etch. It is the first release to install the AMD64
architecture from official Debian mirrors and to use and install the
2.6.16 kernel. 2.6 is now the default kernel for the [18]Sparc,
[19]MIPS, [20]little endian MIPS and [21]S/390 architectures.
Installation CDs, other media and detailed errata are [22]available.
All changes are documented in the development version of the
[23]installation guide.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00009.html
 18. http://www.debian.org/devel/ports/sparc
 19. http://www.debian.org/devel/ports/mips
 20. http://www.debian.org/devel/ports/mipsel
 21. http://www.debian.org/devel/ports/s390
 22. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 23. http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual

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

 * DSA 1146: [24]krb5 -- Privilege escalation.
 * DSA 1147: [25]drupal -- Cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 1148: [26]gallery -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1149: [27]ncompress -- Potential code execution.
 * DSA 1150: [28]shadow -- Privilege escalation.
 * DSA 1151: [29]heartbeat -- Denial of service.

 24. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1146
 25. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1147
 26. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1148
 27. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1149
 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1150
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1151

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [30]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [31]biosquid -- Utilities for biological sequence analysis.
 * [32]cdrskin -- Burns preformatted data to CD-R or CD-RW via
 * [33]ceferino -- Action game similar to Super Pang.
 * [34]dmenu -- Dynamic menu.
 * [35]elfutils -- Collection of utilities to handle ELF objects.
 * [36]foff -- X/GTK+ FTP client - Free Open FTP Face.
 * [37]kerry -- Beagle desktop search daemon frontend for KDE.
 * [38]komparator -- Directories comparator for KDE.
 * [39]ksystemlog -- System log viewer tool for KDE.
 * [40]omins -- Collection of LADSPA plugins aimed at modular
 * [41]oxine -- Xine OSD (on screen display) GUI.
 * [42]pymsnt -- MSN transport for Jabber.
 * [43]rest2web -- Web site builder using ReStructured Text as basic
   content format.
 * [44]rocklight -- Xmms visualisation plugin for Thinklights on IBM
 * [45]ser -- Sip Express Router, very fast and configurable SIP
 * [46]serendipity -- Weblog manager with extensive theming and
   plugin support.
 * [47]svn-autoreleasedeb -- Automatically release/upload Debian
   packages from SVN.
 * [48]ttf-sil-charis -- Smart Unicode font family for Roman or
   Cyrillic-based writing systems.
 * [49]ttf-sil-doulos -- Smart Unicode font for Latin and Cyrillic
 * [50]unsermake -- Tool for generating Makefiles, a replacement for
 * [51]w3c-linkchecker -- W3C Link Checker.

 31. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/biosquid
 32. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/cdrskin
 33. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ceferino
 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dmenu
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/elfutils
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/foff
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kerry
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/komparator
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/ksystemlog
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/omins
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/oxine
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/pymsnt
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/rest2web
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/rocklight
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ser
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/serendipity
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/svn-autoreleasedeb
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/ttf-sil-charis
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/ttf-sil-doulos
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/unsermake
 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/w3c-linkchecker

Orphaned Packages. 13 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 338 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. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the wnpp-alert program from devscripts may be

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

 * [53]blogtk -- GTK weblogging client. ([54]Bug#382797)
 * [55]classworlds -- Java ClassLoader Framework. ([56]Bug#382813)
 * [57]cvsps -- Tool to generate CVS patch set information.
 * [59]d4x -- Graphical download manager. ([60]Bug#382732)
 * [61]forrest -- XML based documentation framework. ([62]Bug#382814)
 * [63]gnome-extra-icons -- Optional GNOME icons. ([64]Bug#382810)
 * [65]groovy -- Agile dynamic language for the Java Virtual Machine.
 * [67]jswat -- JPDA Java debugger. ([68]Bug#382816)
 * [69]jswat2 -- JPDA Java debugger. ([70]Bug#382817)
 * [71]libproc-process-perl -- Perl library for accessing process
   table information. ([72]Bug#382811)
 * [73]mined -- Powerful text editor with extensive Unicode and CJK
   support. ([74]Bug#382750)
 * [75]mockobjects -- Framework for developing and using mock
   objects. ([76]Bug#382818)
 * [77]xearth -- Shows a rotating earth on your X root window.

 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/blogtk
 54. http://bugs.debian.org/382797
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/libclassworlds-java
 56. http://bugs.debian.org/382813
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cvsps
 58. http://bugs.debian.org/382809
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/d4x
 60. http://bugs.debian.org/382732
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/forrest
 62. http://bugs.debian.org/382814
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-extra-icons
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/382810
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/groovy
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/382815
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/jswat
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/382816
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/jswat2
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/382817
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libproc-process-perl
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/382811
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/mined
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/382750
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/libmockobjects-java
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/382818
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/xearth
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/382654

Removed Packages. 15 packages have been [79]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * libjpeg-mmx -- Development files for the IJG JPEG library with MMX
   [80]Bug#158474: Request of QA, RC-buggy, security-buggy, orphaned,
   upstream gone
 * uncc -- C decompiler for i386
   [81]Bug#314672: Request of QA, orphaned, unusable
 * acidlab -- Analysis Console for Intrusion Databases
   [82]Bug#319389: Request of maintainer, superseded by acidbase
 * xcircuit -- Draw circuit schematics or almost anything
   [83]Bug#323678: Request of QA, orphaned, RC-buggy
 * swt-pocketpc -- Standard Widget Toolkit for PocketPC JAR library
   [84]Bug#324778: Request of QA: orphaned, out of date, non-free,
   few users
 * nsmon -- Intranet/Internet server checker
   [85]Bug#327623: Request of QA, orphaned, no upstream, better
 * qglviewer -- Qt/OpenGL-based viewing widget
   [86]Bug#348793: Request of QA: orphaned, upstream gone, out of
 * psys -- P-system emulation libraries for Chipmunk tools
   [87]Bug#354496: Request of QA, orphaned, unused
 * zope-zshell -- Command line interface to Zope
   [88]Bug#361018: Request of QA, orphaned, not packaged for current
 * eroaster -- GNOME CD burning frontend
   [89]Bug#364280: Request of QA, orphaned, RC-buggy
 * rfb -- VNC Server for X11 - exports current display
   [90]Bug#364347: Request of QA, orphaned, no upstream, alternatives
 * ri -- Emacs interface for ri1.6
   [91]Bug#367006: Request of maintainer, ruby1.6 removal, RC-buggy
 * animal -- AN IMAging Library written in C
   [92]Bug#369209: Request of QA, obsolete, orphaned, alternatives
 * yank -- Yet another note keeper
   [93]Bug#374129: Request of QA, unmaintained, buggy, old, has
 * ruby1.6 -- Curses interface for Ruby 1.6.x
   [94]Bug#378111: Request of maintainer, obsolete

 80. http://bugs.debian.org/158474
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/314672
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/319389
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/323678
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/324778
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/327623
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/348793
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/354496
 88. http://bugs.debian.org/361018
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/364280
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/364347
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/367006
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/369209
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/374129
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/378111

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 95. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 96. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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

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