Debian Weekly News - December 20th, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 51st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised the events from last year and created the timeline 2004. Thomas Lange announced version 2.9 of FAI, the fully automatic installation for Debian.

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Welcome to this year's 51st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised the events from last year and created the [1]timeline 2004. Thomas Lange [2]announced version 2.9 of FAI, the fully automatic installation for Debian.

1. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2004/timeline 2. http://www.uni-koeln.de/bin2/maillist/linux-fai/20051213.170012/170506

Debian on one DVD? Jaldhar Vyas [3]reported that one of the problems GNU/Linux users in countries like India face is low bandwidth. Therefore a distribution on CD or DVD is preferred over large network installations or updates. He has found a sponsor and is looking for a 1-DVD version of the Debian system. Jörg Jaspert [4]confirmed that the production is easy since he's done it before.

3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/12/msg00089.html 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/12/msg00091.html

Four Years debianforum.de. The web forum [5]debianforum.de, aimed at German speaking Debian Users, has had its fourth anniversary on December 20th. With discussions like "How to install a program" this forum has turned into an important site for both the Debian beginner and the professional in German speaking countries. With booths on several GNU/Linux Events the forum was also active outside the world wide web.

5. http://debianforum.de/

Ballot: Declassification of private Mails. Manoj Srivastava [6]called for [7]vote on the [8]declassification of debian-private list archives from December 18th to December 31th. When passed a committee will be created that will seek to declassify and publish mails of historical or ongoing significance made to the internal private Debian mailing list.

6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/12/msg00075.html 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2005/12/msg00080.html 8. http://www.debian.org/vote/2005/vote_002

Simon Bienlein receives BIENE Award. [9]Simon Bienlein (German), a German Debian contributor has received the [10]BIENE award (German). Simon contributes to the [11]Debian installer and helped to make it fit for use with a braille terminal. He received the award for his [12]website (German) on GNU/Linux for blind people. The BIENE award is given annually to websites whose accessibility is exemplary. Simon even received a special award.

9. http://www.bienlein.com/ 10. http://www.biene-award.de/award/ 11. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ 12. http://www.linux-fuer-blinde.de/

New apt-get and dpkg Guide. [13]All about Linux a GNU/Linux focused blog at blogspot.com published a nice [14]guide on apt-get and dpkg. The article is catered for new users and explains the most common applications of both programs. For more detailed information on these programs you can also refer to Debian's own [15]apt howto.

13. http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/ 14. http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2005/12/concise-apt-get-dpkg-primer-for-new.html 15. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/

Using LSB conforming Init Scripts. Thomas Hood [16]wondered how he is supposed to use the [17]LSB compliant functions for init scripts properly. He noted that arbitrary output would spoil the formatting. Petter Reinholdtsen [18]reported about ideas to send the output of scripts to the syslog server. Henrique Holschuh [19]added that the functions will even work when parallel init scripts execution is implemented.

16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01309.html 17. http://refspecs.freestandards.org/LSB_3.0.0/ 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01329.html 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01343.html

Individually signed Packages. Marc Brockschmidt [20]reported about a change in the archive suite that caused individually signed packages to be rejected. Several people [21]stated that they would like [22]dpkg-sig to continue to work. Marc [23]added that Jörg Jaspert planned to provide a better version of the problematic check that will accept such packages again.

20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01325.html 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01337.html 22. http://packages.debian.org/dpkg-sig 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01352.html

TeX Live in Debian? Norbert Preining [24]reported about the [25]genesis of [26]TeX live for Debian after the [27]packages have been [28]rejected from the [29]incoming directory. Frank Küster [30]added that several TeX live developers and users wanted a simple way to install TeX live in Debian, replacing teTeX and keeping dependencies in order.

24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01649.html 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/06/msg00970.html 26. http://www.tug.org/texlive/ 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01654.html 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01651.html 29. http://incoming.debian.org/ 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/11/msg01658.html

Automatic Bug Closing. Roberto Sanchez [31]wondered if automatic closing of [32]bugs could be adjusted to only work for bugs in the same source package since a typo in the bug number will cause the wrong bug to be closed. Matthew Palmer [33]added that the close message does actually state the source package which closes the bug.

31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/12/msg00033.html 32. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/ 33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/12/msg00037.html

Debian Sarge updated. The Debian project [34]announced the first [35]update for the current [36]stable release. Preparations for this update lasted six months and ended shortly after the first round of [37]kernel [38]updates for this release. This update accumulates 172 security updates and 16 important corrections.

34. http://www.debian.org/News/2005/20051220 35. http://people.debian.org/~joey/3.1r1/ 36. http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/ 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-921 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-922

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

* DSA 920: [39]ethereal -- Arbitrary code execution. * DSA 921: [40]Linux 2.4.27 -- Several vulnerabilities. * DSA 922: [41]Linux 2.6.8 -- Several vulnerabilities. * DSA 923: [42]dropbear -- Arbitrary code execution.

39. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-920 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-921 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-922 42. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-923

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive [43]recently or contain important updates.

43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

* [44]aspell-eo -- Esperanto dictionary for aspell. * [45]cheops-ng -- Network Swiss army knife. * [46]debsecan -- Debian Security Analyser. * [47]fai-client -- Fully Automatic Installation client package. * [48]ihu -- Voice over IP (VoIP) application for Linux (using Qt). * [49]kguitar -- Stringed instrument tablature editor for KDE. * [50]netdiscover -- Active/passive address scanner using ARP requests. * [51]pcmciautils -- PCMCIA utilities for Linux 2.6. * [52]uuidcdef -- Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) generator.

44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/aspell-eo 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/cheops-ng 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/debsecan 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/fai-client 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/ihu 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kguitar 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/netdiscover 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/pcmciautils 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/uuidcdef

Want to continue reading DWN? Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer writers who watch the Debian community and report about what is going on. Please see the [53]contributing page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your mail at [54]dwn@debian.org.

53. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing 54. mailto:dwn@debian.org



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