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Debian Project News - May 27th, 2013

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May 27th, 2013                http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/11/

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

  * Debian GNU/Hurd release
  * DebConf 13: Call for Papers
  * Debian Edu Wheezy second alpha release
  * Bits from the piuparts maintainers
  * Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference Italia 2013
  * Other news
  * Upcoming events
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
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Debian GNU/Hurd release

The Debian GNU/Hurd team announced the release of Debian GNU/Hurd
2013. [1] This is not an official Debian release, but it is an official
Debian GNU/Hurd port release. On the Debian Ports [2] archive you can
find the installation ISO images to download (netinst, CD or DVD), as
well as a pre-installed disk image which makes it even easier to try
Debian GNU/Hurd. Debian GNU/Hurd is currently available for the i386
architecture with more than 10,000 software packages available.
Please make sure to read the configuration information [3], the FAQ [4],
and the translator primer [5] to get a grasp of the great features of

    1: http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-news
    2: http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian-cd/hurd-i386/current/
    3: http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install
    4: http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/faq.html
    5: http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/hurd/documentation/translator_primer.html

DebConf 13: Call for Papers

Debian invites submissions [6] of proposals for papers, presentations,
discussion sessions and tutorials for its DebConf13 [7] conference which
will take place in Le Camp, Vaumarcus, Switzerland, in August.
Submissions are not limited to traditional talks: you could propose a
performance, art installation, debate, or anything else. Official
submissions will be accepted until 1 June 2013, 23:59 UTC.

    6: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/05/msg00011.html
    7: http://debconf13.debconf.org/

DebConf talks will be broadcast live on the Internet where possible, and
videos of the talks will be published on the web along with the
presentation slides and papers. Regular sessions will be 45 minutes
long, including time for questions, with a 15 minute break between

Debian Edu Wheezy second alpha release

Debian Edu [8], also known as Skolelinux, made its second Wheezy based
alpha release on 14 May. Aiming to provide an out-of-the box environment
of a completely configured school network, this release features a
number of software updates and fixes, which are all documented in the
release announcement [9].

    8: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu
    9: http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Second_alpha_release_of_Debian_Edu___Skolelinux_based_on_Debian_Wheezy.html

If you'd like to contribute to the project's development, please access
the wiki page for new Debian Edu contributors [10].

   10: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/Contribute

Bits from the piuparts maintainers

Holger Levsen sent some bits from the piuparts maintainers [11].
piuparts is an automated tool aimed at testing for errors in the
installation, upgrading and removal of.deb packages. In his mail, Holger
reported that piuparts recently received a few infrastructure upgrades,
providing considerably improved speeds for the service.
The main improvement made was moving piuparts.debian.org [12] away from
the machine piatti.debian.org to the new cluster running at
Bytemark [13].

   11: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/05/msg00013.html
   12: http://piuparts.debian.org
   13: http://bits.debian.org/2013/04/bytemark-donation.html

Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference Italia 2013

On 1-2 June 2013, the second edition of the Debian/Ubuntu Community
Conference Italia (DUCC-IT 2013) will take place in Fermo, Italy. The
experience of DUCC-IT 2013, which follows on from the first such event
held in Perugia in 2010, is aimed both at members of the two communities
and at all Free Software enthusiasts, offering an excellent opportunity
to get in touch and learn more about one another.
You can read the announcement (in Italian) and the full event schedule
on the Italian community website [14].

   14: http://www.ubuntu-it.org/news/2013/05/21/comunicato-stampa-debianubuntu-community-conference-italia-2013

Other news

Ana Guerrero reported that, after the recent discovery of a large number
of security issues in the various X client libraries, several security
fixes for Squeeze and Wheezy systems are now available [15] thanks to
the work of the Debian Security and X.org teams.
You can check the full list of updates in the debian-security-announce
mailing list archive [16].

   15: http://bits.debian.org/2013/05/security-updates-for-xorg.html
   16: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/2013/threads.html

Hideki Yamane announced that the Debian Developer's Reference [17], the
document containing guidelines and information for Debian Developers, is
now also available in epub format [18].

   17: http://packages.debian.org/source/sid/developers-reference
   18: http://henrich-on-debian.blogspot.com/2013/05/add-epub-support-to-developers-reference.html

The DebConf team published the DebConf12 final report [19].

   19: http://media.debconf.org/dc12/documents/DebConf12_FinalReport.pdf

Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

  * May 28-29, Paris, France — Debian booth at Solutions Linux [20]
  * June 1-2, Palazzo dei Priori, Fermo, Marche, Italy — Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference Italia 2013 [21]

   20: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0528-solutionslinux
   21: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0601-ducc-it

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [22] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [23],
Netherlands [24], Hispanic America [25], North America [26].

   22: http://www.debian.org/events
   23: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
   24: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
   25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
   26: 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 [27]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [28].

   27: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
   28: events@debian.org

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): xen [29], mysql-5.5 [30], linux-2.6 [31], linux [32],
request-tracker3.8 [33], request-tracker4 [34], kfreebsd-9 [35],
libdmx [36], libxv [37], libxvmc [38], libxfixes [39], libxrender [40],
mesa [41], xserver-xorg-video-openchrome [42], libxt [43],
libxcursor [44], libxext [45], libxi [46], libxrandr [47], libxp [48],
libxcb [49], libfs [50], libxres [51], libxtst [52], libxxf86dga [53],
libxinerama [54], libxxf86vm [55], libx11 [56] and spip [56]. Please
read them carefully and take the proper measures.

   29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2666
   30: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2667
   31: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2668
   32: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2669
   33: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2670
   34: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2671
   35: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2672
   36: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2673
   37: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2674
   38: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2675
   39: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2676
   40: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2677
   41: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2678
   42: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2679
   43: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2680
   44: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2681
   45: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2682
   46: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2683
   47: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2684
   48: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2685
   49: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2686
   50: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2687
   51: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2688
   52: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2689
   53: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2690
   54: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2691
   55: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2692
   56: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2693

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 [57] (and the separate backports
list [58], and stable updates list [59]) for announcements.

   57: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
   58: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
   59: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages

417 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [60] are:

  * assword — simple and secure password management and retrieval system [61]
  * ergo — quantum chemistry program for large-scale calculations [62]
  * init-system-helpers — helper tools for all init systems [63]
  * libc++1 — LLVM C++ Standard library [64]
  * lldb — next generation, high-performance debugger [65]
  * ostinato — network packet/traffic generator and analyzer [66]
  * perlrdf — RDF command line utilities [67]
  * stoken — software token for cryptographic authentication [68]
  * taopm — sound synthesis software with physical models [69]
  * wxhexeditor — hexadecimal editor for massive files [70]
  * zotero-standalone — tool to organize and share your research sources [71]

   60: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
   61: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/assword
   62: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ergo
   63: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/init-system-helpers
   64: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/libc++1
   65: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/lldb
   66: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ostinato
   67: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/perlrdf
   68: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/stoken
   69: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/taopm
   70: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/wxhexeditor
   71: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/zotero-standalone

Work-needing packages

Currently [72] 505 packages are orphaned [73] and 140 packages are up
for adoption [74]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [75].

   72: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/05/msg01377.html
   73: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   74: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   75: 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, Victor Nițu and Justin B Rye.

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