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<p>Welcome to this year's fifteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:</p>

<toc-add-entry name="help">Volunteers needed for publicity team</toc-add-entry>

As you may have noticed, it has been quite some time since the last edition of
Debian Project News. To improve the frequency of
<acronym lang="en" title="Debian Project News" >DPN</acronym> and expand its
other activities, the Debian Publicity team is looking for new contributors.
Did you ever want to help Debian, but every piece software you are interested
in is already packaged? You don't consider yourself a <q>technical person</q>? You
have basic skills in written English?  Perfect! Have you considered
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/11/msg00055.html";>joining</a>
the Publicity Team? If you are a Debian member, the Press team is also looking
for new contributors.

<toc-add-entry name="javarm">sun-java6 removed from the archive</toc-add-entry>

The release of Java update 29 from Oracle marks not only security updates,
but a change to the licensing, removing Debian's ability to distribute the
non-free JVM. The clause in the Java license under which we were able to
distribute Java, the <acronym lang="en" title="Operating System Distributor License for Java" >DLJ</acronym>
has been removed. As a result, the sun-java6 package is no longer suitable
for the archive, and has been removed, as documented on
<a href="http://bugs.debian.org/646524"; >Debian Bug #646524</a>. Sylvestre Ledru
<a href = "http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/sylvestre/2011/10/25/removal_of_sun_java6_from_debian"; >suggests</a>
that sun-java6 installs be migrated to openjdk, the open-source alternative using the
following command: <code>apt-get --purge remove sun-java6-jre &amp;&amp; apt-get install openjdk-7-jre</code>.
It's also been pointed out <a href="http://www.carbon-project.org/Removal_of_sun_java6_and_ElsterOnline.html"; >elsewhere</a>
that this upgrade path might not be suitable for all Java programs, and special
attention should be paid to re-testing installed Java applications on OpenJDK.

<toc-add-entry name="sdl">Debian SDL packaging team revival</toc-add-entry>

The <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianSdlGroup";>SDL packaging
team</a> has recently been seriously <a href="http://ddumont.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/sdl-team-revival/";>revived</a>,
with Dominique Dumont reorganising the team and Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo
joining the effort. Packaging is progressively moving to Git for easier
collaboration, and developers maintaining SDL-related packages not in the team's
repository have been invited to join, too. A lot of old bugs have already been
fixed and new SDL 1.3 and sdl-perl packages have been uploaded to experimental.
SDL 1.3 brings support for newer OpenGL <acronym lang="en" title="Application
programming interface">APIs</acronym>, input improvements like multi-touch,
gestures and force feedback device support, better Unicode support and support
for multiple windows and displays.

<toc-add-entry name="dpl">Bits from the DPL</toc-add-entry>
Stefano Zacchiroli sent his <q>Bits from the <acronym lang="en" title="Debian Project Leader">DPL</acronym></q>
for <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/11/msg00001.html";>October</a>
and <a href="https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/12/msg00000.html";>November</a>.
He reminds us of the renaming of the New Maintainer Process to
the New Member Process and that a list of <q>easy hacks</q> is
a very effective way of attracting contributors to teams.
He notes that Ubuntu plan to deprecate their package review platform
(REVU) in favour of converging on <tt>mentors.debian.net</tt>.
This will need some debexpo changes and also
more package sponsorship by Debian members.
Stefano has approved funds for the recent DebConf
video team sprint and also hardware replacements for
<tt>lists.debian.org</tt> and <tt>ftp.debian.org</tt>,
which have now arrived and are in the process of being setup by
<acronym lang="en" title="the Debian System Administrators">DSA</acronym>.
He reported that Fathi Boudra represented
Debian at the Software Freedom Day in Algeria.
Stefano also reported on his trademark-related activities, including a contact
point for inquiries related to the Debian trademark, seeking legal advice
on how trademark law applies to Debian packaging activities and starting a
discussion on the relationships between the <acronym lang="en" title="Debian
Free Software Guidelines">DFSG</acronym> and trademark restrictions.
He is also working on a statement to make explicit the position of the Debian
Project on software patents.
The <acronym lang="en" title="Open Source Initiative">OSI</acronym>
have invited the Debian Project to their upcoming affiliation program.
There is also work in progress to have the Debian Project become a member of
the forums for <acronym lang="en" title="Internet Systems Consortium">ISC</acronym>
software that we distribute.
Stefano also mentioned his continuing work in creating a discussion forum for
companies that have a strategic interest in Debian.

<toc-add-entry name="ubuapprdeb">Ubuntu appreciates Debian</toc-add-entry>

<p>As part of Ubuntu's recent <a href="http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UCADay";>Community
Appreciation Day</a>, Michael Hall sent Debian
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/11/msg00626.html";>a message
of appreciation</a>, stating <q>Without you we wouldn't be able to make the
contributions we do.  Ubuntu is great because Debian is great, and we appreciate
all of the work that goes into making it that way.</q> Michael
<a href="http://www.jonobacon.org/2011/11/17/welcoming-our-new-horseman-michael-hall/";>will 
be joining</a> of Canonical's Community Team, focusing on projects that are
upstream for Ubuntu.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="indiamangalore">India mini-DebConf, Mangalore edition</toc-add-entry>

Christian Perrier <a href="http://lists.debian.org/20111105184310.GD4138@mykerinos.kheops.frmug.org";>reported</a>
on his participation in the <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIndia/MiniDebConf2011/MangaloreEdition";>mini-DebConf
in Mangalore, south-west India</a>. The conference was held at Nitte MahaLinga
Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology and organised by Vasudev Kamath and
a team of computer-science students from the college with support from staff,
including the college principal, Dr. S. Y. Kulakarni. Christian gave the opening
talk, introducing Debian, how to contribute and information about Debian
internationalisation and localisation. Later Jonas Smedegaard presented a talk
about Debian Pure Blends, focusing on how distributions derived from Debian can
work inside Debian instead of outside of it. This was part of his
<a href="http://dr.jones.dk/blog/debianasia2011/";>trip</a> promoting Debian and
Debian Pure Blends in Asia. The talks were followed on the second day with
sessions on localisation, packaging, OpenPGP keys and contributing to Debian.
The event was publicised in one of the major newspapers in India, namely <q>The
Hindu</q>. Events such as these are vital to local communities. The participation
of <q>international</q> contributors in these events often brings more attention on
them and is highly appreciated by the local community.

<toc-add-entry name="mirror">New mirror in El Salvador</toc-add-entry>

<p>The Debian mirrors team is happy to announce the first mirror in <a
href="http://ftp.sv.debian.org/debian/";>El Salvador</a>, sponsored by <a
href="http://www.salud.gob.sv/";>the Ministry of Health</a>, with the help of
René Mayorga and Carlos Juan Martín Pérez.
Salvadorian Debian users are invited to update their
<code>/etc/apt/sources.list</code> in order to use

To quote Carlos Juan Martín Pérez <q>For us, the Ministry of Health, and as
members of the Salvadorian Community of Free Software, is an honour to belong
to the great Debian family.</q>

For other countries, the <a href="$(HOME)/mirror/list">full list of mirrors</a>
is available online.
There are still many countries lacking good connectivity to a Debian mirror:
interested hosting sponsors are invited to contact the mirrors team.

<toc-add-entry name="debexpo">Debexpo maintainers call for contributions</toc-add-entry>

<p>Discussing the potential integration of packaging teams into Debexpo, the
software behind the <a href="http://mentors.debian.net/";>mentors.debian.net</a>
service, Arno Töll issued a <a
href="http://lists.debian.org/4ECD5330.40104@toell.net";>call for
contributions</a>, since the current team members are busy.

<p><a href="http://wiki.debian.org/Debexpo";>Debexpo</a> is maintained as an
<a href="https://alioth.debian.org/projects/debexpo/";>Alioth project</a>.

<toc-add-entry name="bsp">Bug squashing party marathon started</toc-add-entry>

<a href="http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathon";>Similar</a> 
<a href="http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathonEtch";>to</a>
<a href="http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathonLenny";>previous</a>
<a href="http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathonSqueeze";>releases</a>
a marathon of Bug squashing parties (BSP) has been started with concurrent BSP
being held in <a href="http://www.debian.org/events/2011/1202-hildesheim-bsp";>Hildesheim</a>,
Germany and <a href="http://www.debian.org/events/2011/1204-ubulocjam-debbsp";>Portland</a>,
OR, USA.  While the first one concentrated on fixing Release Critical Bugs, the
second one concentrated on creating multiarch patches for different libraries.

Both BSP where quite successful.  In Hildesheim <a
href="http://blog.schmehl.info/Debian/events/bsp-hi-2011-3";>60 release critical bugs
where addressed</a> and several improvements to the <a
software</a> introduced, while in Portland <a
multiarch</a> where created! They also noted down how to <a
href="http://www.outflux.net/blog/archives/2011/12/05/ec2-instances-in-support-of-a-bsp/";>prepare some cloud
instances</a> in preparation of Bug Squashing Parties.

<p>The next Bug Squashing parties in Mönchengladbach, Germany (January or
February) and Paris, France (17 to 19 February) are <a
href="http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathonWheezy";>already being organised</a>.
The Debian Wiki has <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/HostingBSP";>more information
about organising a BSP</a>, should you consider organising your own.<p>

<p>Debian would like to thank <a
href="http://pengutronix.com/index_en.html";>Pengutronix</a> (in Hildesheim) and
<a href="http://puppetlabs.com/";>PuppetsLabs</a> (in Portland) for their support
in organising these two events.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="fosdem-cft">Call for Talks: FOSDEM 2012</toc-add-entry>

Wouter Verhelst send a <a href="http://lists.debian.org/20111111113115.GZ17352@grep.be";>Call for Talks for the distribution developers room</a> at
the upcoming <a href="http://www.debian.org/events/2012/0204-fosdem";>FOSDEM 2012</a>, the Free and Open Source Software developers' Europe
Meeting. The FOSDEM takes place in Brussels, Belgium in early February 2012.
Acceptable sessions can be any wide range of things, including talks,
BoF sessions, and round tables. Two cross-distributions devrooms are intended to be
for people from any participating distribution project, and may cover
Debian-specific subjects, or indeed targeted at Debian developers only.

<toc-add-entry name="s390">New s390 buildd at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology</toc-add-entry>
Philipp Kern <a
that <a
href="http://db.debian.org/machines.cgi?host=zemlinsky";>zemlinsky</a>, a new <a
buildd hosted at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology</a>, is now available to
support the <a href="http://www.debian.org/ports/s390/";>s390(x) ports</a>.

Thanks to this new host, s390x is progressing <a
quick</a>: this new fast builder is one of the reasons why the slope is so steep.

	<toc-add-entry name="twid">Further interviews</toc-add-entry>

	<p>There has been 
three further <q>People behind Debian</q> interviews: with
<a href="http://www.perrier.eu.org/weblog/2011/11/05#interview-raphael";>Raphaël
Hertzog</a>, dpkg maintainer, book author; with
<a href="http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/11/17/people-behind-debian-mark-shuttleworth-ubuntus-founder/";>Mark
Shuttleworth</a>, Ubuntuâ??s founder; and with
<a href="http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/11/22/people-behind-debian-stefano-zacchiroli-debian-project-leader/";>Stefano
Zacchiroli</a>, Debian Project Leader.

<p>Stefano Zacchiroli was also interviewed by Karen Sandler
<a href="http://faif.us/cast/2011/nov/29/0x1D/";>on the <acronym lang="en"
title="Free as in Freedom">FaiF</acronym> oggcast</a>, Amber Granger during
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p64OUfcfe5M";>the Ubuntu Developer Summit</a> and
<a href="http://interview.lici.it/2011/11/15/an-interview-for-linux-to-stefano-zacchiroli/";>by
<acronym lang="en" title="Linux Certification Institute">Lici.it</acronym></a>
(<a href="http://interview.lici.it/it/2011/11/15/an-interview-for-linux-to-stefano-zacchiroli/";>original in Italian</a>).
In addition the <a href="http://neuro.debian.net/";>NeuroDebian team</a> were
<a href="http://www.floss4science.com/interview-neurodebian/";>interviewed</a>
by FLOSS for Science.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="newcontributors">New Debian Contributors</toc-add-entry>

Four applicants have been
<a href="https://nm.debian.org/nmlist.php#newmaint";>accepted</a>
	as Debian Developers,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/11/msg00012.html";>thirteen</a>
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/12/msg00004.html";>applicants</a>
have been accepted
	as Debian Maintainer, and
twenty-five people have <a href="http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi";>started
        to maintain packages</a> since the previous issue of the Debian
	Project News. Please welcome
Nicholas Breen,
Vincent Legout,
Antoine Beaupré,
Gergely Nagy,

Wolodja Wentland,
Vasudev Kamath,
Matthias Klumpp,
José Manuel Santamaría Lema,
Floris Bruynooghe,
Cédric Boutillier,
Christophe Trophime,
Tobias Hansen,
Nicolas Dandrimont,
Simone Rosetto,
Jonas Genannt,
Laszlo Kajan,
James Page,

Mikolaj Izdebski,
Félix Arreola Rodríguez,
Henry Velez,
Gastón Ramos,
Stephen M. Webb,
Miguel de Val Borro,
Simon Chopin,
Paolo Greppi,
B. Clausius,
Mateusz Kijowski,
José Luis Segura Lucas,
Marcin Kulisz (kuLa),
Teus Benschop,
Ole Streicher,
Paolo Rotolo,
Martin Erik Werner,
Raoul Gunnar Borenius,
Geoffrey Thomas,
Alkis Georgopoulos,
Jerome Kieffer,
Christopher Gervais,
Håkon Nessjøen,
David Stone,
Nicolas Bourdaud
Mathias Ertl
	into our project!</p>

<toc-add-entry name="rcstats">Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release</toc-add-entry>

	<p>According to the <a href="http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi";>Bugs Search
        interface of the Ultimate Debian Database</a>, the upcoming release,
	Debian 6.0 <q>Squeeze</q>, is currently affected by
1656 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
	or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
849 release-critical bugs remain to be solved for the
	release to happen.</p>

	<p>There are also <a
href="http://blog.schmehl.info/Debian/rc-stats/7.0-wheezy/2011-49";>more detailed
	statistics</a> as well as some <a
	href="http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats";>hints on how to
	interpret</a> these numbers.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="dsa">Important Debian Security Advisories</toc-add-entry>

Moritz Muehlenhoff reminded that <a
support</a> for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 <q>Lenny</q> will end on 6 February 2012.

	<p>Debian's Security Team recently released
	advisories for these packages (among others):
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2338">moodle</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2339">nss</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2336">ffmpeg</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2340">postgresql</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2341">iceweasel</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2342">iceape</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2343">openssl</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2344">python-django-piston</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2345">icedove</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2346">proftpd-dfsg</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2347">bind9</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2349">spip</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2350">freetype</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2348">systemtap</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2351">wireshark</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2352">puppet</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2353">ldns</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2354">cups</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2355">clearsilver</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2356">openjdk-6</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2357">evince</a>,
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2358">openjdk-6</a> (for <q>Lenny</q>),
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2359">mojarra</a> and
<a href="$(HOME)/security/2011/dsa-2361">chasen</a>.
	Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.</p>

        <p>Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00000.html";>libvirt</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00001.html";>libreoffice</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00002.html";>puppet</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00003.html";>iceweasel</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00004.html";>openssl</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00005.html";>apache2</a>,
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00006.html";>libsndfile</a> and
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/11/msg00007.html";>nss</a>.
        Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.</p>

        <p>Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package:
<a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2011/11/msg00001.html";>linux-2.6</a>.
        Please read it carefully and take the proper measures.</p>

<p>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 <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/";>security mailing
list</a> (and the separate <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/";>backports
list</a>, and <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/";>stable updates
list</a> or <a href="http://lists.debian.org/debian-volatile-announce/";>volatile
list</a>, for <q>Lenny</q>, the oldstable distribution) for announcements.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="nnwp">New and noteworthy packages</toc-add-entry>

761 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive
recently. <a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg";>Among
many others</a> are:</p>

<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/4digits";>\
4digits &mdash; guess-the-number game, aka Bulls and Cows</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/guacamole";>\
guacamole &mdash; HTML5 web application for accessing remote desktops</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/knot";>\
knot &mdash; authoritative domain name server</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/mgen";>\
mgen &mdash; packet generator for IP network performance tests</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/minetest";>\
minetest &mdash; InfiniMiner/Minecraft-inspired open game world</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/musique";>\
musique &mdash; simple but sophisticated graphical music player</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/pinpoint";>\
pinpoint &mdash; hacker-friendly presentation program</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/r8168-dkms";>\
r8168-dkms &mdash; dkms source for the r8168 network driver</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/redsocks";>\
redsocks &mdash; redirect any TCP connection to a SOCKS or HTTPS proxy server</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/uhub";>\
uhub &mdash; high performance Advanced Direct Connect p2p hub</a></li>

<toc-add-entry name="wnpp">Work-needing packages</toc-add-entry>

	<p>Currently <a href="$(DEVEL)/wnpp/orphaned">\
392 packages are orphaned</a> and <a href="$(DEVEL)/wnpp/rfa">\
143 packages are up for adoption</a>: please visit the complete 
	list of <a href="$(DEVEL)/wnpp/help_requested">packages
	which need your help</a>.</p>

<toc-add-entry name="continuedpn">Want to continue reading DPN?</toc-add-entry>

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