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Debian Weekly News - April 8, 2003

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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - April 8th, 2003

Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Since the last issue was released on April 1st,
some of you should've been more careful with its content. We knew very
well that Gentoo's move to RPM and the additional IPv4 header were
just pranks. However, we didn't want to leave you without our own
April fools [1]prank, courtesy of Thomas Bliesener and Andreas
Schuldei. However, the new [2]law in Germany was real.

 1. http://people.debian.org/~andreas/newmaint.html
 2. http://www.usk.de/JuSchG/

SPI Resolutions about Donations. Bdale Garbee [3]reported about the
most recent board meeting of [4]Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
(SPI). Donations prior to January 2002 for which not enough
documentation exist anymore are [5]considered to be earmarked for
Debian by 95 %. Donations made later will be [6]credited entirely to
the projects for which they were earmarked.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0304/msg00000.html
 4. http://www.spi-inc.org/
 5. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000049.html
 6. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000050.html

Acquiring Government Support. In an article on [7]NewsForge Alex
Perry talks about his [8]ideas about how Free Software developers can
get more U.S. government contracts. His idea is to create very
specialized CDs containing a base installation, an office suite and a
full distribution, which would be sold at rather high prices but
including support and training. This would compete better with
proprietary vendors' offerings and would support Free Software
projects if the contractor would be SPI for example.

 7. http://newsforge.com/
 8. http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/03/25/1539222.shtml

Installing Debian Woody. Jonathan Oxer contributed an [9]article to
[10]linmagau entitled "The Debian Universe". He admits that the
current Debian installer is ugly but also notes that some people
believe that a not so easy installer will keep horde of unwashed
masses away from Debian who aren't worthy of such a fine OS! In the
article Jonathan describes in detail how the installer works and how
packages are installed.

 9. http://www.linmagau.org/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=46
 10. http://www.linmagau.org/

Policy compliant init Scripts. Bill Allombert [11]noticed that a lot
of init.d scripts [12]fail to implement policy properly. Bill wants
all init.d script to behave the same and supposed to standardise on
the [13]LSB 1.3 which has an extended description of init.d scripts

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00079.html
 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00100.html
 13. http://www.linuxbase.org/spec/refspecs/LSB_1.3.0/gLSB/gLSB/iniscrptact.html

Debian Usability Research. After the enthusiasm gathered at the
[14]Linux Conference Australia, Enrico Zini [15]announced the birth of
a new [16]Debian effort. The Debian Usability Research is a volunteer
research effort focused on identifying and addressing Debian-specific
usability issues, not necessarily tied to the desktop.

 14. http://www.debian.org/events/2003/0120-linuxconf
 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00127.html
 16. http://deb-usability.alioth.debian.org/

First Metadistros Coordination Meeting. Teófilo Ruiz Suárez
[17]announced the first project coordination meeting for
[18]Metadistros, which tries to simplify the process of building
customized Debian-based distributions ([19]whitepaper), for example
live CDs. Hispalinux organises this meeting on April 14th and 15th at
the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain.

 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00134.html
 18. http://metadistros.hispalinux.es/
 19. http://metadistros.hispalinux.es/whitepaper.pdf

Revised LaTeX Project Public License. Jeff Licquia [20]posted a new
working draft of the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL). After the
debate that took place months ago, Jeff and several members of the
LaTeX Project worked off and on towards solving the [21]problems that
had been raised before. This version, a near-total rewrite, is the

 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0304/msg00006.html
 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0207/msg00250.html

Security Administration with Debian GNU/Linux. José Salvador González
Rivera wrote a [22]paper on security administration with Debian
GNU/Linux. Jose concentrates on specific issues and situations not
considered frequently, such as the use of limits and files attributes.
He hopes that the article can help people get a little bit more
interest in GNU/Linux security, and specifically with Debian.

 22. http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue89/gonzales.html

Apt-get for Users. Thomas Petazzoni [23]wondered if it would be
possible to enable normal users to install software in their home
directories with apt-get on systems where only the administrator has
root access. Chad Walstrom [24]pointed out several problems with the
idea, including binaries with hardcoded paths. Emile van Bergen
[25]thought these could be overcome, although Corrin Lakeland
[26]suggested that it might only be achieved by using apt-src instead
of apt-get because so many packages need to be configured at compile

 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00348.html
 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00385.html
 25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00391.html
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00395.html

Installing WINE. The issue of [27]installing wine was raised this week
on the [28]DebianHelp forums. A user discovered that apt-get install
wine winesetuptk gave him an installation without the necessary
wine.conf file and his attempts to run winesetup were unsuccessful.
The problem stemmed from trying to run winesetup as root. After
installing wine, winesetup should be run in normal user mode.

 27. http://www.debianhelp.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpBB_14&file=index&action=viewtopic&topic=1179
 28. http://www.debianhelp.org/

Debconf Template Translation Management. Andre Luis Lopes [29]planned
to provide patches for packages that aren't using po-debconf for
managing debconf template translations yet. This, however, requires a
build dependency against po-debconf. He wonders if a stronger
dependency against debconf would be sufficient. Andre Luis also has
the impression that changing packages to use po-debconf will actually
make things worse for backporters who are trying to make packages
build correctly on woody.

 29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00366.html

Familiar Packages for Debian? Russell Coker [30]pondered packaging the
[31]Familiar distribution of Linux for Debian. It consists of a boot
loader (non-linux binary), an image of the root file system (JFFS2
file system image) which is about 13 MB, a kernel patch for 2.4.19,
gcc and binutils for cross-compiling ARM code on an i386 platform and
finally a complete tool chain. This is a total of about 130 MB.

 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00398.html
 31. http://familiar.handhelds.org/

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

 * [32]lpr-ppd -- Local root exploit.
 * [33]S/390 kernel -- Local root exploit.
 * [34]apcupsd -- Local root exploit.
 * [35]sendmail -- DoS and arbitrary code execution.
 * [36]metrics -- Insecure temporary file.
 * [37]Samba -- Local root exploit.
 * [38]moxftp -- Arbitrary code execution.

 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-275
 33. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-276
 34. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-277
 35. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-278
 36. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-279
 37. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-280
 38. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-280

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

 * [39]chipcard-tools -- Tools for accessing chip card readers and
   chip cards.
 * [40]datefudge -- Fake the system date.
 * [41]fiaif -- Easy to use, yet complex firewall.
 * [42]gambit -- Game theory analysis software and tools.
 * [43]iisemulator -- Emulation for the IIS web server.
 * [44]iperf -- Internet bandwidth measuring tool.
 * [45]lmule -- eMule client.
 * [46]lufs-utils -- Linux Userland Filesystem - utilities.
 * [47]pimd -- PIMv2 multicast routing daemon.
 * [48]sork-passwd -- Horde2 module for users to change their
 * [49]wiliki -- Yet another Wiki clone written in Scheme.
 * [50]wy60 -- Curses based emulator for the Wyse 60tm terminal.

 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/chipcard-tools.html
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/datefudge.html
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/fiaif.html
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/gambit.html
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/iisemulator.html
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/iperf.html
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/lmule.html
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/lufs-utils.html
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/pimd.html
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/sork-passwd.html
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/wiliki.html
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/wy60.html

Orphaned Packages. 27 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 203 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [51]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.

 51. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

 * [52]blatte -- Powerful text markup and transformation language.
 * [54]cdcd -- Command line or console based CD player.
 * [56]dia2code -- Dia-UML to C/C++/Java code generator.
 * [58]exim-tls -- Exim Mailer - with TLS (SSL) support.
 * [60]filerunner -- X-Based FTP program & file manager.
 * [62]gnuhtml2latex -- Perl script that converts html files to
   latex. ([63]Bug#188174)
 * [64]greg -- Tool testing framework. ([65]Bug#188103)
 * [66]gstar -- GTK front-end for the starchart program.
 * [68]hdate -- Prints Hijra (Islamic lunar) dates, calendar, Islamic
   prayer times. ([69]Bug#188178)
 * [70]kernel-patch-2.2.18-openwall -- patch to add extra
   security-related features. ([71]Bug#188172)
 * [72]kernel-patch-int -- International patch for the Linux kernel.
 * [74]latte -- The Language for Transforming Text (currently to
   html). ([75]Bug#188177)
 * [76]libcdaudio -- Library for controlling a CD-ROM when playing
   audio CDs. ([77]Bug#188104)
 * [78]libnids -- IP defragmentation TCP segment reassembly library.
 * [80]netenv -- Configure your system for different network
   environments. ([81]Bug#188167)
 * [82]quickppp -- PPP configuration tool. ([83]Bug#188176)
 * [84]sing -- Fully programmable ping replacement. ([85]Bug#188168)
 * [86]stringlist -- StringList - library for handling misc
   Enlightenment functions. ([87]Bug#188182)
 * [88]tardy -- tar(5) post-processor. ([89]Bug#188105)
 * [90]udhcp -- Very small DHCP client and server. ([91]Bug#188106)
 * [92]webbase -- Crawler/indexer for the Internet.
 * [94]xcb -- Pigeon holes for your cut and paste selections.
 * [96]xonix-jahu -- Xonix clone for X11. ([97]Bug#188169)
 * [98]xpaste -- Program to display the contents of the primary
   paste buffer. ([99]Bug#188180)
 * [100]zcip -- Autonomously obtain an IP address. ([101]Bug#188107)
 * [102]zed -- Powerful, multipurpose, configurable text editor.
 * [104]zope-worldpilot -- Web based organizer and messenger built on
   zope. ([105]Bug#187449)

 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/blatte.html
 53. http://bugs.debian.org/188179
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/cdcd.html
 55. http://bugs.debian.org/188044
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/dia2code.html
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/187731
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/non-us/exim-tls.html
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/188170
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/filerunner.html
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/188175
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/gnuhtml2latex.html
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/188174
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/greg.html
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/188103
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/gstar.html
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/188183
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/hdate.html
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/188178
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kernel-patch-2.2.18-openwall.html
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/188172
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/non-us/kernel-patch-int.html
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/188173
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/latte.html
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/188177
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libcdaudio0.html
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/188104
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libnids1.html
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/188171
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/netenv.html
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/188167
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/quickppp.html
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/188176
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/sing.html
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/188168
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libstringlist0.html
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/188182
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/tardy.html
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/188105
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/udhcpd.html
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/188106
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/webbase.html
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/187261
 94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xcb.html
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/187732
 96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/xonix-jahu.html
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/188169
 98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xpaste.html
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/188180
 100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/zcip.html
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/188107
 102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/zed.html
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/188181
 104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/zope-worldpilot.html
 105. http://bugs.debian.org/187449

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