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Re: Open Questions regarding DPN

On 4/25/08, Alexander Schmehl <alexander@schmehl.info> wrote:
> Hi!
> Some questions we should think about for the next issue of the DPN:
> The old Debian Weekly News had some lists attached at their end (released
> Debian Security advisories, Noteworthy new packages, Orphaned and up for
> adoption packages).
> I didn't thought about that for the last DPN, since creating these list
> up to the last DWN would have been to long ;)

These were the sections of DWN I enjoyed the most, actually. It was
nice to have a regular summary of DSAs and new packages all in one
place. With so many things to fill my time with already, checking the
new packages list isn't something I usually do, but when it was in DWN
I did read it.

> However, now I'm wondering if we should add them. (BTW: The following
> arguments are mainly based on the assumption, that the main audience of
> the DPN are Users like "Joe Average"; I'm not sure, if that's
> accurate.)

While there might be some Joe Average users subscribing, I think the
main audience is those who watch Debian fairly closely but aren't
maintainers or DDs.

> Let's see... DSAs are quite usefull to have, but a) there's a sepperate
> announcement list for them and b) since DPN is send out on a biweekly
> basis, it would mean that we might list two week old security
> advisories. That's IMHO quite useless.

The announcements list is fine if you run a server and are very
security-conscious, but for people who don't pay that much attention
to security (e.g. myself), particularly desktop users, a regular list
is still useful.

> Noteworthy new packages:  Since Joe Average is using the stable
> distribution, announcing new packages, which might end up in the next
> stable release is quite useless; there should be a better place to
> report them (e.g. release-notes).

IME, Joe Average probably uses testing, or stable with backports or
testing pinned.

> Orphaned packages / packages up for adoption:  Not interesting for the
> main audience; are allready reported weekly to the debian-devel list
> (where they are IMHO more appropriate); if Joe Average is really
> interested in them, it's easier to install the devscript package and
> run "wnpp-alert".

That I can agree with. The WNPP lists are really only useful for DDs/DMs.

> Any other opinions?

Add the lists :) Maybe not the WNPP list.

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