Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Erinn Clark reported that a bit of content is on the Debian Women website now. Steve Langasek reminded maintainers to rebuild their package if it depends on libtiff since the new version has hit unstable already.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - August 10th, 2004
Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Erinn Clark reported that a bit of content is
on the Debian Women website now. Steve Langasek reminded
maintainers to rebuild their package if it depends on libtiff since
the new version has hit unstable already.
Sarge Release Update. Colin Watson reported that no base and
standard packages will be able to enter sarge via unstable. He said
that we need to be fixing release critical bugs as quickly as possible
from now on, and that these bugs should not be staying open for longer
than a week. Business card and network installation CD images of the
installer have been built, and full CD sets are building. The
installation manual is also refined and prepared for release.
Debian-Installer Retrospective. Joey Hess summarised the events
that led to the current debian-installer. The saga begun in 2000
in a club in New York city where he met Adam Di Carlo. He said that,
luckily, this project was never about coming in on time and under
budget, but about doing something "right". According to sloccount
the installer contains about 51 thousand lines of code, or 12 person
years, which is quite amazing.
Compatibility Problem with Bash 3.0. Blars Blarson noticed that
bash 3.0, which was supposed to go into sarge has a stronger
(POSIX compliant) syntax for the trap built-in command and breaks
compatibility with other Bourne-compatible shells. At least cnews
and sendmail are affected by this. Steve Langasek asserted
that the upload is too late for sarge anyway, so the problem only
needs to be fixed in unstable.
Debian-Installer Release Candidate 1. The Debian-Installer team
announced the first release candidate of the Debian sarge
installer. Significant improvements in this release of the installer
include: support for all 11 architectures, support for installing with
the 2.6 kernel, support for firewire CD drives and firewire Ethernet,
translated into 40 languages, numerous bug fixes and improvements and
a lot more.
Sarge Release Problems. Adrian Bunk spotted a problem in the
libtiff transition for sarge. Unfortunately, a new version of
libgpg-error0 was uploaded to unstable with a new shlibs file a
couple of days after the version in sarge was frozen as part of the
base freeze. Hence, packages not yet frozen that build against the new
version won't be able to enter sarge at all. This affects GNOME,
Evolution at least.
Call for Participation: Popularity Contest. Petter Reinholdtsen
called for participation in the Debian popularity contest. The
collected information is used as a measure to calculate the order of
packages for the official Debian CDs. To make sure this order reflects
our user base, it is important that as many as possible install and
participate in popularity-contest.
Distributing Binary Blobs without building. Shaun Jackman wondered
if it was ok to distribute a binary file as provided by upstream
instead of compiling it from the accompanied source. Roland Stigge
mentioned the problems we run into if we need to patch the library
(e.g. for security updates).
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* libpng -- Multiple vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* automake1.9 -- Tool for generating GNU Standards-compliant
* cgiirc -- Web based IRC client.
* cimg-dev -- Powerful image processing library.
* flyspray -- Lightweight Bug Tracking System (BTS) in PHP.
* gnubik -- 3D Rubik's cube game.
* grub2 -- Next generation of GNU GRUB [EXPERIMENTAL].
* kipina -- Training program to log physical activities of
* konserve -- KDE kicker applet that performs periodic backups.
* qgo -- Go client and full featured SGF editor.
* sibyl -- Boot loader for Broadcom SiByte MIPS boards.
* sysfence -- System resources guard.
* teapop-ldap -- Powerful and flexible RFC-compliant POP3
* traffic-vis -- Sniffer that can display reports in HTML,
Postscript and other formats.
* utf8script -- Binfmt_misc plugin for UTF-8 scripts.
* vserver-debiantools -- Tools to manage Debian virtual servers.
Debian Packages introduced last Week. Every day, a different Debian
package is featured from the testing distribution. If you know
about an obscure package you think others should also know about, send
it to Andrew Sweger. Debian package a day introduced the following
packages last week.
* woody -- Hierarchic text editor.
* ncftp -- User-friendly and well-featured FTP client.
* tzwatch -- Displays time and date in specified time zones on
* hping2 -- Active Network Smashing Tool.
* lftp -- Sophisticated command-line FTP/HTTP client programs.
* console-tools -- Linux console and font utilities.
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