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Re: DPN 02/2012 frozen. Please review and translate

On 2012-01-20 19:33, Francesca Ciceri wrote:

we just finished the last bits of DPN for the latest issue of the Debian
Project News to be released Monday. We would appreciate reviews and

Instructions can be found on http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews.

As usual, the issue is available on the publicity subversion repository,
even via HTTP:

Thanks to all the editors (and in advance to reviewers and translators)!


Thank you Francesca. Here are some remarks:

<toc-add-entry name="w3techs">Debian ahead on web servers</toc-add-entry>

According to a<a
recent W3Techs survey</a>, Debian has just surpassed CentOS to become the
most popular GNU/Linux distribution on web servers.
The survey is based on the analysis of the top million web sites
according to Alexa, in order to select a representative sample of
established sites, and focused only on the technologies used for web sites (and
not individual web pages or desktop installations).
In fact, at the beginning of 2012, Debian was used by 29.4% of all
Linux-based sites (and by 9.7% of all web sites), while CentOS was used
by 29.1% of all Linux-based sites (and by 9.5% of all web sites).
Debian<q>is also the fastest growing operating system at the moment: every
day 54 of the top 1 million sites switch to Debian</q>, said Matthias
Gelbmann in the article.
With regard to the geographical distribution of web sites using Debian, the
most are in Europe (with 39.7% of all sites in Germany, 36.1% in
Poland, 33.6% in France and 26.4% in Russia).

The sum of all these is above 1. The 33.6% figure means that 33.6% of the sites which are in France use Debian.

Regarding this entry in general, as discussed before, although most of it is technically correct, sending it as it stands is not quite fair to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is more popular than Debian if CentOS is considered as a version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Ben Hutchings wrote an interesting report on<a
security issue in Linux</a>  found by himself while working on<a
href="http://bugs.debian.org/654876";>bug #654876</a>. As his laptop
running Linux 3.0 or 3.1 crashed repeatedly, Simon McVittie — the bug
submitter — thought it could be a driver bug. But, analysing the log of
the crash, Ben noted that<q>a packet received through the wireless
interface was being processed by IGMP, which then divided by zero.</q>
IGMP packets are used to support multicast routers: as Ben explained,
<q>every multicast address corresponds to a dynamic set of hosts, called
a multicast group</q>. In order to know which hosts belong to which groups,
the router sends packets and the computer replies at intervals. There are
three different versions of the IGMP protocol used to define the Maximum
Response Time (MRT) of the computer. Ben found that the crash was caused
by a division by 0 of packets with an MRT of 0.
The patch is included in Linux 3.0.17, 3.1.9, 3.2.1, and the Debian
packaged version 3.1.8-2.
<br />
Well done, Ben!

It's probably late for this feedback, but I find that this entry goes too deeply into the bug, while it's too summary and unclear to let the reader partially understand the problem.

<toc-add-entry name="rcstats">Release-Critical bug 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 7.0<q>Wheezy</q>, is currently affected by
736 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
	or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
495 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the
	release to happen.</p>

As of now, 684 would be more accurate for the high number:

587 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/kfreebsd-headers-9.0-1-686";>kfreebsd-headers-9.0-1-686&mdash; header files for kernel of FreeBSD 9.0</a></li>
<li><a href="http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/linux-source-3.2";>linux-source-3.2&mdash; Linux kernel source for version 3.2 with Debian patches</a></li>

I don't consider these 2 newsworthy.

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