Debian Weekly News - September 17th, 2002
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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - September 17th, 2002
Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. We are happy to include two items from Richard
Wale this time. It was recently reported (German only) that the
German Federal Cartel Office will use a modified Debian system on
their desktop computers (German only) system and servers.
Debian supporting Sincere Choice? Gustavo Noronha Silva asked
whether the Debian project is going to support Sincere Choice,
which was recently founded by former Debian project leader Bruce
Perens. Sincere Choice is a political platform for projects and
individuals who believe that there should be a fair, competitive
market for computer software, both proprietary and Open Source. It was
founded in response to a clever fraud.
XFree86 4.2.x. Branden and his X Strike Force colleagues continue to
work towards a 4.2.x release for Debian, with new "experimental"
pre-release packages. He also responded to the recently
announced Xlib security hole; Debian is not affected as "XFree86 4.2.0
hasn't been released to it yet." Since then he has released packages
for XFree86 4.2.1-0pre1v1, which contains the fix.
Debian on RS/6000. After the recent pSeries-related activity on the
PowerPC mailing list proposing a kernel repository for "working"
kernels for RS/6000 machines, discussion jumped from
debian-powerpc to debian-boot suggesting that CHRP/PReP kernels be
revised to work towards a set of working install floppies. While no
timescales are mentioned, the consensus seems to be the current
CHRP/PReP kernels are broken (where RS6K's are concerned) and need
investigation and reworking. Hopefully over time, Debian will
become more viable on the pSeries platform.
Status of Perl 5.8.0 Update. Brendan O'Dea reported that the
transition to Perl 5.8.0 in the unstable distribution (sid) is almost
complete. Three architectures haven't rebuilt the packages, but for
those that were released with woody, this should probably be fixed by
the most recent source package. Brendan lists five remaining packages
that still suffer from dependency problems. In general the transition
went as smoothly as possible.
How can I help? Several people have shown that they don't know how to
help to improve Debian. Not all people raise their voice when they are
swamped and need help. To help, we provide some links to common
resources. To improve the quality of Debian, see this small HOWTO
document. If would like to spend time on packaging, the wnpp list
(Work-Needing and Prospective Packages) refers to packages that
require work. As a general task, the debian-installer requires
assistance with non-i386 architectures. For those who would like
to work on the web services, this list contains tasks for the
website. Finally, here's a list of overall tasks that require
GNOME Transition Stagnated. A while ago we reported about ongoing
discussions that deal with the process of adding GNOME 2 to
the Debian archive. Finally, a discussion was held on IRC
involving the technical committee (ctte) and the GNOME release
manager. It seems that people agree to keep GNOME 1 libraries as long
as possible and that GNOME 2 should replace GNOME 1 at some stage in
the future. However, it doesn't seem to be decided yet where to
develop GNOME 2 packages. Raphaël would rather like to see a
decision by the Technical Committee rather than implementing a
Discussing the Task System. Eduard Bloch started a discussion
about the task system and proposed to add more tasks for the user.
This includes a division between GNOME, KDE and plain X11 and basic
internet clients for X11 or the text console. It turned out that the
scope of the task system isn't clearly defined. Some people believe
that it should help new users install software without knowing
details, while others believe that tasks exist to install large chunks
of software in one batch.
Debian Jobs Database. Andreas Müller reported that he finished
implementing a job database for Debian and asked for a public beta
test. This is a job database for Debian related jobs, based on a
Debian-LAMP system. The database aims at both companies that seek new
employees as well as people seeking a new employer.
Blender is Free Software. After the company behind Blender, a very
fast and versatile 3D modeller and renderer, went bankrupt, the
Blender Foundation was created. The purpose was to secure and
maintain the Blender source. 100,000 Euro were required to purchase
the source from the company, and this was donated by many
volunteers from around the world. To celebrate this, a
conference will be held in October, closing with a party at which
Blender 2.26 will be released as free software.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* PostgreSQL -- Integer and buffer overflows.
* Purity -- Buffer overflow.
* kdelibs -- Cross site scripting.
* OpenSSL -- Multiple remote exploits.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* 6in4tunnel -- Interactively setup a tunnel to the IPv6
* adonthell -- A 2D graphical roleplaying game.
* ccrypt -- Secure encryption and decryption of files and
* chntpw -- NT SAM password recovery utility.
* decompyle -- Python byte-code decompiler.
* doclifter -- Convert troff to DocBook.
* drbd -- RAID 1 over tcp/ip for Linux utilities.
* dvbstream -- Broadcast a DVB Transport stream over a LAN.
* dvdrecord -- A tool for writing DVD's and CD's.
* fbiterm -- FrameBuffer Internationalized TERMinal emulator
* iog -- Network I/O byte grapher.
* makejail -- Automatically create chroot jails for programs.
* mftrace -- Converts Metafont fonts into Type1 fonts.
* synergy -- Share mouse and keyboard over the network.
* thy -- A tiny and fast http daemon.
* vux -- Rating-based ogg and mp3 player.
* wuzzah -- Inobtrusively monitor your friends.
* xiterm -- Internationalized Terminal Emulator for X.
Orphaned Packages. 2 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 111 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.
* filterproxy -- A filtering proxy, which can among other things
remove ads.. (Bug#160773)
* gnut -- A command-line based client compatible with
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