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Debian Weekly News - August 22nd, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - August 22nd, 2006

Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Jörg Jaspert [1]announced that the
[2]backports archive also understands the tilde character in version
strings and that packages are set to NotAutomatic so that they
shouldn't be updated automatically anymore. [3]HP recently
[4]announced that they support Debian GNU/Linux on its ProLiant,
BladeSystem servers, and the new HP t5725 Thin Client server.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/08/msg00118.html
 2. http://www.backports.org/
 3. http://www.hp.com/
 4. http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php/id;311998848;fp;2;fpid;1

Event Coordination in the German-speaking Area. Meike Reichle
[5]announced a new Wiki [6]page for coordinating public events in
the German-speaking area such as fairs, exhibitions and conferences in
which the Debian projects participates. This is one result of a
[7]meeting of Debian event organisers last weekend. Alexander Schmehl
[8]added that the events [9]section on the Debian website will be
overhauled in the near future.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/08/msg00019.html
 6. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEventsDe
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2006/08/msg00031.html
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/08/msg00022.html
 9. http://www.debian.org/events/

WNPP Bug Report Page. Hendrik Sattler [10]noticed that the [11]page
for Work-Needing and Prospective Packages (WNPP) in the [12]bug
tracking system causes problems with Konqueror and Firefox due to the
sheer size of 3 MB. Ben Armstrong [13]reminded the existence of light
[14]pages with direct links to the different WNPP packages sections.

 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/08/msg00236.html
 11. http://bugs.debian.org/wnpp
 12. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/
 13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/08/msg00237.html
 14. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

Review of Debian Development Tools. As part of his research on Debian,
Martin Krafft [15]asked about the tools that have been successfully
adopted or those that have been rejected by the developers. Michael
Banck [16]mentioned [17]CDBS, [18]Alioth and Debian's [19]Subversion
repository, but [20]Debhelper, patch management systems and
distributed version control systems have also been widely adopted.
Debian Developers also appreciated [21]devscripts and package checkers
like [22]lintian, [23]linda and [24]piuparts. A list of tools is

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg01358.html
 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg01360.html
 17. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cdbs
 18. http://alioth.debian.org/
 19. http://svn.debian.org/
 20. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/debhelper
 21. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/devscripts
 22. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lintian
 23. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/linda
 24. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/piuparts
 25. http://wiki.debian.org/madduck/adoptions

New Desktop Features. Gustavo Noronha Silva [26]announced the upload
of a new version of [27]update-notifier. This tool, that was initially
made by Ubuntu, puts a notification icon in the notification area and
warns the user about updates being available. The version of the
Debian package notifies about reboot requirements for critical
packages only and informs about Debian CDs/DVDs inserted in the drive.
Such features should contribute to make Debian a nicer desktop

 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/08/msg00629.html
 27. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/update-notifier

Publicity for Debian Events. Joey Schulze [28]asked to emphasise
events a bit more again. He suggested also more talks and workshops
with a Debian background and more promotion. This would generate more
interest by users to meet Debian people at exhibitions and conferences
and would give developers a better chance to talk to users in person.
It would also be nice if a [29]report would be written after the

 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/08/msg00000.html
 29. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0624-froscon-report.wml

Alioth Updates. Roland Mas [30]reported that the [31]Alioth host costa
now supports both git and bzr for hosting source archives. He added an
explanation how to use both systems to access the repositories. User
replication has also been improved so that the downtime drops from 15
minutes to only a few seconds.

 30. http://roland.entierement.nu/blog/2006/08/17/bits-about-alioth.html
 31. http://alioth.debian.org/

Etch Kernel Schedule Proposal. Frederik Schüler [32]suggested to
select 2.6.18, which is to be released within the next four weeks, as
final kernel for [33]etch and freeze it at the beginning of November.
Frans Pop, however, would [34]prefer the kernel to remain in
[35]unstable at least one month before it migrates into [36]testing.

 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2006/08/msg00413.html
 33. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2006/08/msg00415.html
 35. http://www.debian.org/releases/unstable/
 36. http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/

New Architectures for Packages. Ludovic Brenta [37]wondered how to
inform [38]build daemon that a package should be built on another
architecture than before. Luk Claes [39]answered that the maintainers
of [40]Packages-arch-specific need to be contacted. Wouter Verhelst
[41]added an explanation why the wanna-build database doesn't use
control files but archive index files.

 37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00537.html
 38. http://www.debian.org/devel/buildd/
 39. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00538.html
 40. http://cvs.debian.org/srcdep/Packages-arch-specific?cvsroot=dak
 41. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00583.html

Managing Packages with Subversion. Marcus Better recently [42]started
to use [43]subversion to maintain his packages and wondered what the
recommended repository layout would be. The point of having a common
layout is that it would be possible to write support tools that make
this layout less cumbersome to work with.

 42. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00835.html
 43. http://packages.debian.org/subversion

Creative Commons 3.0 Public Draft. Evan Prodromou [44]reported on the
[45]public [46]draft of the next version of Creative Commons licenses.
The changes from the 2.x version are largely due to an effort to make
the licenses compatible with the Debian Free Software [47]Guidelines
(DFSG). He wondered if the anti-DRM requirement in the license draft,
without a parallel distribution proviso, make it incompatible with the

 44. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/08/msg00051.html
 45. http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/6017
 46. http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-licenses/2006-August/003855.html
 47. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

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

 * DSA 1152: [48]trac -- Information disclosure.
 * DSA 1153: [49]clamav -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1154: [50]squirrelmail -- Information disclosure.

 48. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1152
 49. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1153
 50. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1154

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]flamerobin -- Graphical database administration tool for
   Firebird DBMS.
 * [53]gcdmaster -- GNOME GUI for cdrdao.
 * [54]kildclient -- Powerful MUD client with a built-in Perl
 * [55]page-crunch -- Frontend to psutils programs, like psnup,
 * [56]seccure -- Tools for using algorithms based on elliptic curve
   cryptography (ECC).
 * [57]sim-qt -- Simple Instant Messenger (Qt).
 * [58]subcommander -- Graphical client for subversion.
 * [59]subtitleeditor -- Graphical subtitle editor with sound waves
 * [60]videolink -- Assembles a DVD video filesystem from HTML pages
   and video files.
 * [61]xmms2 -- Client/server based media player system.

 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/flamerobin
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/gcdmaster
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/kildclient
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/page-crunch
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/seccure
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/sim-qt
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/subcommander
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/subtitleeditor
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/videolink
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmms2

Orphaned Packages. 12 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 334 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [62]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

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

 * [63]gdtclft -- Tcl interface to GD graphics creation library.
 * [65]libtk-img -- Extended image format support for Tcl/Tk.
 * [67]pgpdump -- PGP packet visualiser. ([68]Bug#383129)
 * [69]rsjog -- Handler for Sony Vaio "Jog Dial". ([70]Bug#383134)
 * [71]tclmagick -- Tcl bindings for ImageMagick. ([72]Bug#383653)
 * [73]tclparser -- Tcl extension to access Tcl's internal parser.
 * [75]tclsoap -- SOAP implementation for Tcl. ([76]Bug#383530)
 * [77]tclthread -- Tcl extension implementing script level access to
   Tcl threading capabilities. ([78]Bug#383655)
 * [79]tclvfs -- Exposes Tcl 8.4's virtual filesystem C API to the
   Tcl script level. ([80]Bug#383656)
 * [81]tdom -- XML/DOM/XPath/XSLT implementation for Tcl.
 * [83]tkcon -- Enhanced interactive console for developing in Tcl.
 * [85]zapata -- Zapata telephony interface library (development).

 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/gdtclft
 64. http://bugs.debian.org/383651
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/libtk-img
 66. http://bugs.debian.org/383652
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/pgpdump
 68. http://bugs.debian.org/383129
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/rsjog
 70. http://bugs.debian.org/383134
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/tclmagick
 72. http://bugs.debian.org/383653
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tclparser
 74. http://bugs.debian.org/383654
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tclsoap
 76. http://bugs.debian.org/383530
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tclthread
 78. http://bugs.debian.org/383655
 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tclvfs
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/383656
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tdom
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/383657
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tkcon
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/383658
 85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libzap1
 86. http://bugs.debian.org/383834

Removed Packages. 24 packages have been [87]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

 * fidogate -- Gateway Fido <-> Internet
   [88]Bug#374520: Request of QA, security issues, RC-buggy,
   orphaned, few users.
 * gnat -- GNU Ada 95 compiler
   [89]Bug#377331: Request of maintainer, superseded by gcc-defaults.
 * eskuel -- Pretty PHP administration tool for MySQL databases
   [90]Bug#380202: Request of maintainer, abandoned upstream,
   superseded by phpmyadmin.
 * gch -- Ada quality & style checker
   [91]Bug#380193: Request of QA, abandoned upstream, unmaintained,
   superseded by adacontrol, RC-buggy.
 * 44bsd-rdist -- 4.4BSD rdist.
   [92]Bug#380192: Request of QA, RC-buggy, few users, orphaned.
 * kernel-patch-nfs-swap -- Patch to Linux to enable swapping over
   [93]Bug#379328: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable
   release; orphaned; RC-buggy.
 * python-parted -- Python bindings for GNU parted
   [94]Bug#379034: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable
   release, orphaned, RC-buggy.
 * libhoard -- Fast memory allocation library
   [95]Bug#332538: Request of QA: orphaned, out of date, few users.
 * qmailadmin -- Web interface for managing qmail with virtual
   [96]Bug#333082: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable
   release, few users.
 * libgtk2-podviewer-perl -- Perl Gtk2 widget for displaying Plain
   Old Documentation (POD)
   [97]Bug#351889: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * net-dict-leo -- Perl module to translate English words to German
   and vice versa
   [98]Bug#362016: Request of maintainer, no longer legally usable.
 * libaudio-flac-perl -- Perl interface to FLAC file information and
   comment fields
   [99]Bug#344077: Request of maintainer, superseded by
 * ipchains -- Network firewalling for Linux 2.2.x
   [100]Bug#382665: Request of QA, kernel 2.2 only.
 * kernel-patch-2.4-supermount-ng -- Automatically mount and unmount
   removable media
   [101]Bug#298998: Request of QA, orphaned, out of date.
 * kernel-image-2.4.27-[!i386,!m68k] -- Linux 2.4.27 kernel images
   [102]Bug#383553: Request of maintainer, obsolete.
 * amap -- Network protocol probing tool
   [103]Bug#381185: Request of maintainer, non-free.

 88. http://bugs.debian.org/374520
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/377331
 90. http://bugs.debian.org/380202
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/380193
 92. http://bugs.debian.org/380192
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/379328
 94. http://bugs.debian.org/379034
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/332538
 96. http://bugs.debian.org/333082
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/351889
 98. http://bugs.debian.org/362016
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/344077
 100. http://bugs.debian.org/382665
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/298998
 102. http://bugs.debian.org/383553
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/381185

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 104. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 105. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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

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