Debian Weekly News - April 17th, 2002
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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - April 17th, 2002
Welcome to this year's sixteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Not directly related to Debian, but probably
affecting all of us: ZDnet recently reported about two major
players in the computer world which have been busy behind the scenes
for the last two years building a toll booth that could position them
to collect royalties on most if not all Internet traffic.
Woody CD Image. Raphaël Hertzog asked people to test a new feature
which is planned to get used on the first official binary CD for
Woody. With this feature you are able to select a kernel flavour at
boot-time, instead of booting from a different CD for each flavour.
Please fetch the image from here, burn it on CD and try to boot
it. You can also install Debian with it if you want. :)
Rsync and Debian. Martin Pool, the current upstream maintainer of
rsync, collected questions and answers about the integration of rsync
in the Debian server network. He compiled them into a document
which hopefully reduces similar threads on our mailing lists. It's
pretty informal, but hopefully will be useful. Please send comments to
Determining a Suitable Filesystem. Recently, Michal Frackowiak
asked which filesystem is most suitable for his laptop. Even
though some journaling filesystems like Ext3FS, ReiserFS are supported
by the Linux kernel 2.4, the performance seemed not to be fully
tested. Mark Janssen pointed out that ext3 will keep the disk busy
writing the journal, so shutting down the harddisk won't work anymore.
Installing Debian on an iBook. A while ago Edd Dumbill released an
article in which he describes how an iBook can be installed with
Debian GNU/Linux. After years wandering in the cranky wilderness of
mix-and-match PCs he wanted to work on a computer that feels like it
has a soul. The best resource, however, covering the Installation of
Debian on this machine is Branden Robinson's Installing Debian 3.0
onto an Apple iBook page.
Open Letter to Lindows.com. Bruce Perens, former Debian Project Leader
and Free Software evangelist, recently sent an open letter to
Michael Robertson, CEO of Lindows.com, Inc. Bruce points out very
politely that they are both partners, who have agreed to certain
rules. The main reason for sending this letter is that a first beta
version (binary-only) of LindowsOS, which is said to be based on
Debian, has been released to a limited number of beta testers and the
company hasn't yet fulfilled its source-code obligation. Bruce was
also distressed by Robertsons treatment of the FSF and Bradley
Kuhn, which was reported in Newsforge.
Building Debian on top of OpenBSD. Andreas Schuldei planned for a
while to create a secure Debian/GNU/OpenBSD, consisting of the best of
both worlds. He recently released tools required for creating
Debian packages of software on an OpenBSD system. This effort will
succeed faster and will be more fun for each person if more people
work on it, of course. If you have questions, please contact
KDE3 for Debian. Several people asked when packages for
KDE3 will be ready. Chris Cheney released his plans for this
version. KDE 3.0 will not go into sid until woody is released, which
is currently scheduled for May 1. Chris may also wait until after
XFree 4.2 is released so that recompilation won't be needed. However,
preliminary packages will be made available once packaging kdebase
is finished. For those of you, who are worried about interaction
between development files of KDE2 and KDE3, here's a document
describing the issue.
CVS Repository for OpenOffice. Peter Novodvorsky, the person who
initially built a Debian package from OpenOffice, announced that a
several Debian people have joined their efforts more closely and are
now working through a public CVS archive. The mail referenced above
contains all details you'll need to know in order to access the
archive anonymously. Since commit messages are sent to the
debian-openoffice list, subscribers can follow development of
Debian packages. It has also been very recently mentioned that
OpenOffice could even be uploaded into main since the last remaining
dependency for a non-free library was removed.
Bdale Garbee is new Project Leader. Manoj Srivastava, current project
secretary, announced the results of our Project Leader Election.
According to the results page, the winner is Bdale Garbee (here is
his campaign platform). We would like to thank Branden Robinson
and Raphaël Hertzog for their service to the project, and congratulate
Bdale Garbee for this honorable service.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have these packages installed.
* IMP, Horde -- Cross-site scripting.
* xpilot-server -- Remote Buffer Overflow.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* aplus-fsf -- A+ programming language run-time environment.
* aris-extractor -- Scan system logs for security incidents and
report them to ARIS.
* arla -- A free client for the AFS distributed network
* babygimp -- An icon editor in Perl-Tk.
* cacti -- Frontend to rrdtool for monitoring systems and
* dgen -- Sega Genesis/MegaDrive emulator.
* emuga -- Extended Modelling of Group Access.
* enigma -- A game where you control a marble with the mouse.
* fenris -- Program execution path analysis tool.
* freenet -- A peer-to-peer network for anonymous publishing.
* fwbuilder-ipf -- FreeBSD 4.4 ipf policy compiler for Firewall
* fwbuilder-pf -- OpenBSD pf policy compiler for Firewall
* glabels -- GUI program to creating labels and business cards.
* gotmail -- Script to fetch mail out of a hotmail account.
* kdessh -- Frontend to ssh for KDE.
* leaktracer -- Simple and efficient memory-leak tracer for C++
* migrationtools -- Migration scripts for LDAP.
* mrproject -- A Project Management Application for GNOME.
* weex -- A non-interactive FTP client for updating web pages.
Orphaned Packages. 4 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 106 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.
* chktex -- Finds typographic errors in LaTeX. (Bug#142678)
* htp -- An HTML pre-processor. (Bug#142251)
* loadwatch -- Run a program using only idle cycles.
* zope-pygresqlda -- A Zope Database Adapter for PostgreSQL.
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