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Debian Weekly News - May 29th, 2001

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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - May 29th, 2001
New LSB List Created. [1]Mark Johnson announced that a mailing list
has been created for discussing the XML/SGML Linux Standard Base spec.
This isn't a Debian-specific list, but will be of interest to DocBook
users and anyone else making use of SGML/XML on Debian. There's also
the official debian-sgml list for Debian-specific discussions.

Debian Installer for Nubus PowerMacs. Stephen Waters mailed us with
the following announcement:

  With the most Holy Advent of SWIM-3 Floppy Support, work ensues
  toward a floppy-based Debian installation for Nubus-based
  PowerMacs. Help, Testing appreciated; especially those with a knack
  for reverse engineering boot procedures on foreign hardware.
[2]linuxppc-nubus at

Do you ever feel... you are being watched? Want to know if you're
being portscanned? [3]Rudy Gevaert asked the debian-security mailing
list how to detect portscanners, and got quite a response with many

File Globbing Vulnerability in FTP Servers. [4]Andres Herrera pointed
out that the version of ProFTPD in stable is vulnerable to the DoS
attack which is described in this [5]CERT Advisory. According to the
ProFTPD Web site, the candidate version 1.2.2rc2 is not vulnerable to
this attack.

Autoconf 2.50 is out. This has prompted quite a bit of [6]discussion
on the debian-devel mailing list. Autoconf is a program used to create
scripts to configure source code packages. Those scripts check various
features of a platform, to aid in compiling, and to ensure that all
dependencies are met. Autoconf is mostly used only by developers or
for extensive modification of someone else's program. Some breakage of
scripts written for Autoconf 2.13 may occur when upgrading, users of
Autoconf may want to join the discussion on debian-devel.

What's the proper way to package themes? [7]Ben Burton brings up an
interesting point on debian-devel, namely, how should window manager
themes be packaged? Should each theme have its own package, or should
all themes for a window manager be lumped in together into one great
big package? No clear conclusion has been reached yet, but perhaps
this should make its way into Debian Policy?

New packages this week include the interestingly-named [8]grunch, a
package that merges partial scans of an image into one seamless image.
Other notable additions include [9]ipmenu, a ncurses-based program
for configuring iptables, iproute2, and QoS setups without working at
the command line, which is hairy even for many experienced Linux
users, [10]maradns, a simple DNS server focused on security,
[11]mpgtx, a tool to manipulate both audio and video MPEG files, and
[12]crimson a hex-based tactical war game not unlike Battle Isle(TM).

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