Debian Weekly News - July 30th, 2002
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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - July 30th, 2002
Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. If you ever wanted to know how you could fund
Free Software development, see what Drew Scott Daniels sent us. You
may also find a good job in the UK, that recently released a
policy for using Free Software within the UK government.
New Jigdo Howto. This week we found out that Peter Jay Salzman wrote a
Debian Jigdo mini-Howto which was added to the Linux Documentation
Project recently. Getting Debian ISOs has always been a painful, slow
and supremely inefficient process. Jigdo is a new tool for obtaining
Debian iso images in an easy, fast and very efficient manner. This
HOWTO describes why you should use jigdo, adds a small explanation how
it works and how it is used to get and update Debian iso images.
Policy for Woody Point-Releases. Several developers would
like to add new packages and updates to their packages to the
recently released stable distribution of Debian. Adding new packages
and random updates to the stable distribution, however, would nullify
the entire idea of having a stable release, Joey explained. Hence,
the same policy as before will be used for point-releases of woody.
Gnome2 for Woody. Gustavo Noronha Silva announced that he was
backporting Gnome2 for Woody. For installing his packages, you have to
add the line deb http://gluck.debian.org/~kov/debian woody gnome2 to
your /etc/apt/sources.list. Gustavo is backporting some applications
as well. Here are screenshots of gdm2 and Gnome2.
A Review of the Release Process. Anthony Towns wrote a review
about the woody release process. He gave a short summary of the
release history and pointed out the main blocking things: a six month
delay before trying to release, the twelve-month-development of
boot-floppies, the fact that the CDs weren't ready in time and the
late noticing that security wasn't ready. His wishlist for sarge
includes less wasted time, better communication and transparency and a
testing distribution which is kept permanently in a releasable state.
Help Needed with GIMP Bugs. Martin Michlmayr investigated bug
reports against packages for GIMP 1.0 and 1.1. Both were removed from
Debian a while ago, but several bug reports are still open. Martin is
looking for someone who has some time and knows GIMP well to go
through these bug reports and either close them with an appropriate
message if it's fixed in 1.2 or reassign them to the corresponding
Solving the libpng Problem. Marcelo Magallon investigated the
situation with libpng version 2 and 3 and lists development packages
that depend on the older version of this library. Junichi Uekawa
proposed an upgrade path for libraries that depend on the old
libpng package. However, people disagree on the need to change the
library's SONAME when changing the version of a library dependency.
Ceasing Support for Linux 2.0 in Glibc. Ben Collins announced that
he's going to cease support for Linux kernel prior to 2.2.0 in the
upcoming glibc release for Debian unstable. This change only affects
the architectures i386 and m68k. All others already have a similar
default. This means that if you have machine that runs a 2.0.X kernel
and Debian unstable, you'd better stay with woody or upgrade the
Status of the debian-installer. Tollef Fog Heen wrote a status
report about what is supposed to be the installer for sarge. Tollef
will lead its development and says that it already works for users on
i386 if you tell them what buttons they are supposed to press. Anthony
Towns added some interesting bits to that. For those who would
like to try it, here are step-by-step instructions for building
Future glibc Maintenance. Ben Collins announced that he copied the
Debian part of the glibc package into CVS. In order to use it,
you'll need the glibc_2.2.5.orig.tar.gz/ tarball from the archive to go
with it. Log messages of code commits are forwarded to the
debian-glibc list so people stay updated.
Perl 5.8.0. Raphaël Hertzog reports that Perl 5.8.0 is released
and once again we have a binary incompatibility for binary modules.
With Debian growing, this affects more packages than last time, of
course. Brendan O'Dea, the current Perl maintainer, intends to set
up a staging area in his home directory on people.debian.org/ that
should help a smooth transition. In order to speed up this effort,
non-maintainer uploads (NMU) are discussed.
Reviving SuperH. It seems that the Debian SuperH people would like to
revive the SuperH port -- and add four new architectures with it.
Takeshi Yaegashi requested the creation of binary directories for
the four architectures sh3, sh4, sh3eb and sh4eb. There is still an
ongoing discussion about the binary incompatibility between SH3
and SH4, though.
Ceasing /usr/doc/. Joey Hess wondered what other developers think
about if he would remove the code in debhelper that makes postinst
scripts manage /usr/doc links. Joey added that since we'll be
recompiling a lot of packages the gcc 3.0 transition anyway, we will
lose the links in /usr/doc stuff essentially for free. However, Adam
Heath objected to this proposal in order to support backwards
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* OpenSSL -- Multiple remote exploits.
* MM -- Insecure temporary files.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* apt-build -- Frontend to apt to build, optimize and install
* apt-src -- Manage Debian source packages.
* bluez-sdp -- BlueZ Bluetooth SDP daemon and tool.
* elinks -- Character mode WWW/FTP browser.
* exif -- Command-line utility to show EXIF information in JPEG
* frost -- A graphical filesharing and messaging client for
* gsendfile -- GNOME frontend to sendfile.
* haddock -- Documentation tool for annotated Haskell source
* jabber -- Daemon for the jabber.org Open Source Instant
* ninvaders -- A space invaders-like game using ncurses.
* openbox -- A window manager for X.
* posh -- Policy-compliant Ordinary SHell.
* totd -- Small DNS proxy that supports IPv6/IPv4 record
* vcheck -- Utility to check and download the most recent
* vegastrike -- A 3d space combat game.
Orphaned Packages. 15 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 97 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.
* ada-mode -- Ada mode for Emacs and XEmacs. (Bug#154094)
* adacgi -- CGI programs in Ada. (Bug#154089)
* adasockets -- Bindings for the socket services in Ada.
* asis -- Ada Semantic Interface Specification. (Bug#154095)
* erlang -- A real-time, concurrent and distributed functional
* erlang-doc-html -- Erlang HTML pages. (Bug#154096)
* erlang-manpages -- Erlang man pages. (Bug#154097)
* gnat -- The GNU Ada 95 compiler. (Bug#154098)
* gnat-doc -- Documentation for the GNU Ada compiler.
* gnat-glade -- Distributed systems in Ada. (Bug#154100)
* gnat-glade-doc -- GNAT Distributed Systems Annex
* gvd -- GNU Visual Debugger. (Bug#154103)
* libgtkada -- Ada binding for the GTK library. (Bug#154105)
* simulpic -- Microchip PIC simulator. (Bug#154106)
* ubit -- Development files for libubit0. (Bug#154093)
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