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Debian Project News - January 21st, 2013

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January 21st, 2013            http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/02/

Welcome to this year's second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * Bits from Debian Med
  * A look into the Linux kernel of Debian "Wheezy"
  * Other news
  * Upcoming events
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

Bits from Debian Med

Andreas Tille sent some bits from the Debian Med team [1], reporting
some recent initiatives of the team, such as the Mentoring of the
Month [2] efforts. Andreas also announced that in February there will be
a real life meeting of Debian Med developers and users [3], in Kiel
(Germany); all interested people are invited to join.

    1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/01/msg00004.html
    2: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMed/MoM
    3: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMed/Meeting/Kiel2013

A look into the Linux kernel of Debian "Wheezy"

Ben Hutchings, member of the Debian Kernel team and maintainer of the
3.2.y stable series at kernel.org, wrote a series of three blogposts
(part 1 [4], part 2 [5], part 3 [6]) about the additional features
(missing from mainline 3.2) that will be included in the Linux kernel to
be shipped with the next Debian stable.

    4: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/whats-in-the-linux-kernel-for-debian-70-wheezy-part-1.html
    5: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/whats-in-the-linux-kernel-for-debian-70-wheezy-part-2.html
    6: http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/whats-in-the-linux-kernel-for-debian-70-wheezy-part-3.html

Other news

Petter Reinholdtsen analysed the Debian archive to compile a list of the
20 most supported MIME types in Debian [7].

    7: http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/What_is_the_most_supported_MIME_type_in_Debian_.html

Bernhard R. Link took a closer look at cryptographic signatures in an
informative article [8].

    8: http://blog.brlink.eu/index.html

Ian Jackson summarised the ongoing discussion on a trademark policy for
Debian [9].

    9: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/01/msg00037.html

Upcoming events

There is one upcoming Debian-related event:

  * February, 2-3, Brussels, Belgium — Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) [10]

   10: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0202-fosdem

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [11] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [12],
Netherlands [13], Hispanic America [14], North America [15].

   11: http://www.debian.org/events
   12: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
   13: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
   14: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
   15: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-na

Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are
you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a
Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page [16]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [17].

   16: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
   17: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors

One person has started to maintain packages [18] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Alexandre Raymond into
our project!

   18: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [19], the upcoming release, Debian "Wheezy", is currently
affected by 249 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 84
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

   19: http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi

There are also more detailed statistics [20] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [21] these numbers.

   20: http://richardhartmann.de/blog/posts/2013/01/18-Debian_Release_Critical_Bug_report_for_Week_03/
   21: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): zendframework [22], emacs23 [23], rails [24],
asterisk [25], proftpd-dfsg [26], qemu-kvm [27], qemu [28] and
rails [29]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

   22: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2602
   23: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2603
   24: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2604
   25: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2605
   26: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2606
   27: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2607
   28: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2608
   29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2609

Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
freetype [30] and icinga [31]. Please read them carefully and take the
proper measures.

   30: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2013/01/msg00000.html
   31: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2013/01/msg00001.html

Please note that these are a selection of the more important security
advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about
security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please
subscribe to the security mailing list [32] (and the separate backports
list [33], and stable updates list [34]) for announcements.

   32: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
   33: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
   34: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages

35 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [35] are:

  * liblingua-en-findnumber-perl — module for locating (written) numbers in English text [36]
  * libmath-prime-util-perl — utilities related to prime numbers, including fast sieves and factoring [37]
  * libsgml-dtdparse-perl — Perl modules and scripts for manipulating SGML and XML DTDs [38]
  * python-secretstorage — Python module for storing secrets - Python 2.x version [39]

   35: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
   36: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/liblingua-en-findnumber-perl
   37: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/libmath-prime-util-perl
   38: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/libsgml-dtdparse-perl
   39: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/python-secretstorage

Work-needing packages

Currently [40] 521 packages are orphaned [41] and 142 packages are up
for adoption [42]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [43].

   40: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/01/msg00427.html
   41: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   42: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   43: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier,
Francesca Ciceri and Justin B Rye.

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