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Debian Project News - May 26, 2014

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity@lists.debian.org
May 26, 2014                  http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2014/09/

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

  * ARM64 help wanted
  * edos.debian.net back as qa.debian.org/dose
  * Bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters
  * Other news
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

ARM64 help wanted

Wookey sent a report [1] about the state of the ARM64 port. Currently,
the port has 2 buildds running, and over 4200 packages built. The ARM64
porters are asking for help and volunteers to assist with over 300
packages that need small trivial updates. They also need assistance with
bug filing, wiki [2] updates, and programming language porting.

    1: https://lists.debian.org/debian-arm/2014/05/msg00078.html
    2: https://wiki.debian.org/Arm64Port

edos.debian.net back as qa.debian.org/dose

Ralf Treinen announced [3] that the analysis of packages that could not
be installed due to dependency issues, carried out from 2006 onward
under the name edos.debian.net, is back on a Debian project machine as
qa.debian.org/dose. This comes with some enhancements: the use of
dose-debcheck [4], a multiarch-aware tool; improved explanations of
non-installability; and a classification according to the duration of
non-installability (going back to April 5, 2014).

    3: https://lists.debian.org/20140522201040.GA4119@free.fr
    4: http://dose.gforge.inria.fr/doc/tools/debcheck-primer.html

Bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters

Michael Banck sent some bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters [5],
retracing the evolution of the GNU/Hurd port during the last two years.
Since their last message [6], they have been working on several fronts:
whereas Debian "Wheezy" does not provide an official Hurd port, last
year they released a "Wheezy-like" version of Debian GNU/Hurd sid [7],
as qemu and Debian Installer images.
On the archive coverage front, more than 80% of the packages available
in the archive now build successfully for hurd-i386. The stability and
uptime of the Hurd autobuilder has been improved, and the up-to-date
package count for wanna-build statistics recently reached 98%.
As a result of last year's GSoC work by Justus Winter, the init system
has been switched to SysVinit. This goes together with numerous advances
in the upstream GNU/Hurd and GNU/Mach projects.

    5: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/05/msg00006.html
    6: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/02/msg00002.html
    7: http://ftp.debian-ports.org/debian-cd/hurd-i386/current/

Other news

Alexander Wirt announced [8] that three new Debian mailing lists have
been created for Squeeze LTS: debian-lts [9], debian-lts-changes [10],
and debian-lts-announce [11].

    8: http://blog.snow-crash.org/some-new-lists
    9: https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts
   10: https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-changes
   11: https://lists.debian.org/debian-lts-announce

Gijs Hillenius reported [12] that the Military Prosecutor's office in
the Bulgarian province of Plovdiv uses Debian as its default operating

   12: https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/osor/news/open-source-everywhere-plovdiv-military-prosecution

The contest for the DebConf15 logo [13] just closed. Vote for your
favorite logo on the dedicated wiki page [14].

   13: https://lists.debian.org/debconf15-team/2014/05/msg00062.html
   14: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf15/Germany/LogoContest/Voting

New Debian Contributors

12 people have started to maintain packages [15] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Aaron Zauner, Christian
Kellner, Robie Basak, Geoffrey Pouzet, Dylan Aïssi, Sven Bartscher,
Corentin Labbé, James McDonald, Razee Marikar, Andrea Claudi, Sergey
Shnatsel Davidoff and Bob Ball into our project!

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

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these
packages (among others): linux [16], libxfont [17], linux-2.6 [18], 
ruby-actionpack-3.2 [19], chromium-browser [20], openssl [21],
qemu [22], qemu-kvm [23], python-django [24], libgadu [25], and
torque [26]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

   16: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2926
   17: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2927
   18: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2928
   19: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2929
   20: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2930
   21: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2931
   22: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2932
   23: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2933
   24: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2934
   25: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2935
   26: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2936

Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for these
packages: tzdata (for wheezy [27] and squeeze [28]) and
libdatetime-timezone-perl [29]. Please read it carefully and take the
proper measures.

   27: https://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/05/msg00000.html
   28: https://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/05/msg00001.html
   29: https://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/05/msg00002.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 [30] (and the separate backports
list [31], and stable updates list [32]) for announcements.

   30: https://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
   31: https://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
   32: https://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages

312 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [33] are:

  * 2048-qt — mathematics based puzzle game [34]
  * cube2 — 3D first-person shooter game engine [35]
  * eso-midas — European Southern Observatory Munich Image Data Analysis System [36]
  * mate-desktop-environment — MATE Desktop Environment [37]
  * ndiff — The Network Mapper - result compare utility [38]
  * nftables — program to control packet filtering rules by Netfilter project [39]
  * openmolar — dental practice management software [40]
  * pyotherside — asynchronous Python 3 bindings for Qt 5 (QML plugin) [41]
  * tcode — creation of a Java file from an associated LaTeX file [42]
  * x4d-icons — X4D Icon set for various online document types [43]

   33: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
   34: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/2048-qt
   35: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cube2
   36: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/eso-midas
   37: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/mate-desktop-environment
   38: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ndiff
   39: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/nftables
   40: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/openmolar
   41: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/pyotherside
   42: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/tcode
   43: https://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/x4d-icons

Work-needing packages

Currently [44] 585 packages are orphaned [45] and 138 packages are up
for adoption [46]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [47].

   44: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/05/msg00820.html
   45: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   46: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   47: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Jean-
Pierre Giraud, Donald Norwood and Justin B Rye.

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