Welcome to this year's 18th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The debian-devel list carried many discussions about releasing sarge in light of recent editorial changes to the social contract, leading to more general resolutions and much cross-talk.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - May 4th, 2004
Welcome to this year's 18th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The debian-devel list carried many
discussions about releasing sarge in light of recent editorial changes
to the social contract, leading to more general resolutions and
Several General Resolutions proposed. Henning Makholm summarised
all recently proposed general resolutions on the social contract
and other foundation documents. In the interest of reducing the risk
of somebody voting for something they did not intend to, simply out of
confusion, he proposed that the actual voting part of the ballot
should contain ultra-short summaries of which option is which, rather
than just "Option A: Steve Langasek's proposal" and so forth.
Bootstraping Debian from Knoppix. Norbert Tretkowski wrote a short
howto on installing Debian stable using Knoppix and
debootstrap. This method is helpful especially when the
boot-floppies from woody don't work with your hardware, but you still
want to install Debian stable.
Is there still a Place for Debian Planet? The Debian Planet staff
wondered if the Debian Planet (DP) news website is still
serving a useful purpose for the community, especially in light of the
more popular and confusingly-similar named Planet Debian weblog
site. Several readers replied that they would miss DP if it went off
air and gave suggestions on possible changes to the site. DP is always
looking for news stories, especially longer articles, tips and tricks,
or Debian specific HOWTOs.
Preliminary Schedule for Debian Conference 4. A preliminary
schedule has been published for the upcoming Debconf, the
annual Debian conference, which will take place in Porto Alegre,
Brazil this year. Andreas Schuldei said the program is so good you
should attend, if necessary selling your car to raise the airfare. He
also announced a limited amount of travel support for developers.
Debian Installer Beta-4. Joey Hess announced the fourth beta of
the new sarge installer on nine of Debian's eleven architectures. New
features include the detection of other installed operating systems
and experimental support for the Linux 2.6 kernel on i386. The new
installer has already been translated into 35 languages. Joey also
wrote a retrospective on the difficult installer release process,
with suggestions on how to improve things next time.
Debian Conference Status Report. Pablo Lorenzzoni reported that
the registration period for the Debian conference in Porto Alegre,
Brazil is almost over. Due to a number of generous sponsors the first
150 attendants will get free accommodation. Additionally, the hotel
has special offers for DebConf attendees who want to stay longer. The
call for papers is over and the most interesting talks will be
selected and published soon.
New /media Hierarchy. Joey Hess reported that new versions of
base-files have introduced the /media directory for new
installations and stopped creating the /cdrom and /floppy directories.
Since the paths are hard-coded in many programs Joey ponders whether
it would be sane to have /cdrom and /floppy be symlinks into /media
Naming Scheme for PEAR and PECL Packages. Andreas Tille is in need
of some PHP PAER packages for the debian-med sub-project. Steve
Langasek pointed out that the current consensus among the php4
maintainers is that packages for PEAR modules ought to be called
php-*, and packages for PECL modules (and extensions shipped with
php4) ought to be called php4-* and php5-* as appropriate.
Request to add Package Tags. Enrico Zini noticed that many
developers still don't know that they can tag their packages using
debtags, nor how this can be done. He explained how developers can
add tags to their packages and asked them to add them. Tags are
grouped by "facet" or "namespace", which basically is a different
point of view from where to look at the package archive.
Draft Position Statement on the GFDL. Manoj Srivastava started a
new discussion on a draft position statement on the GNU Free
Documentation License. The Debian project has been discussing
problems with the FDL since November 2001.
Power Management in Debian. Matthias Grimm wanted to know how to
rearrange the scripts for pbbuttonsd. To become more flexible and
maybe share development and infrastructure with other power management
systems like apmd the script environment and maybe the interface have
to be reformed.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* eterm -- Indirect arbitrary command execution.
* mc -- Several vulnerabilities.
* libpng -- Denial of service.
* rsync -- Directory traversal bug.
* flim -- Insecure temporary file creation.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* aespipe -- AES-encryption tool for tar/cpio and loop-aes
* chan-capi -- Common ISDN API 2.0 implementation for Asterisk.
* elog -- Logbook system to manage notes through a Web
* hashalot -- Read and hash a passphrase.
* knockd -- Small port-knock daemon.
* hyperlatex -- Creating HTML using LaTeX documents.
* no-ip -- Second-generation Linux client for dynamic DNS
* odot -- Task list manager written in Gtk2-Perl.
* paintlib2 -- C++ class library for image manipulation.
* paxctl -- User-space utility to control PaX flags - new major
* pktstat -- Top-like utility for network connections usage.
* qprof -- Profiling utilities for Linux.
* tedia2sql -- Converts a Dia diagram to various SQL dialects.
Orphaned Packages. 8 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 165 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package.
* dcl -- GNU Enterprise - Double Choco Latte. (Bug#247231)
* licq -- ICQ clone. (Bug#246972)
* ptknettools -- Selection of Internet service clients written
in Perl/Tk. (Bug#246855)
* raidtools -- Utilities to support 'old-style' RAID disks.
* raidtools2 -- Utilities to support 'new-style' RAID disks.
* sphinx2 -- Speech recognition library - default acoustic
* splay -- Sound player for MPEG-1,2 layer 1,2,3.
* xosview -- X based system monitor. (Bug#246973)
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