Debian Weekly News - September 2, 2003
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Debian Weekly News - September 2nd, 2003
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. The discussion about legalizing
software patents in Europe was held so controversial that the
vote was postponed, as Ciaran O'Riordan from the FSF reported.
At the 10th international conference of European Association for
Japanese Studies in Warsaw Janusz Bien gave a talk on Debian
GNU/Linux as a Japanese language teaching platform.
Opteron Support for Debian. The Debian project has received
full access to a Dual Opteron machine for porting efforts.
Mattias Wadenstein also maintains a similar machine and hands out
accounts to interested developers. This port aims at supporting a
mixed 32/64 bit userland, which requires significant changes in
the Debian infrastructure that will most probably not happen in
time for the release of sarge. The developer list has also been
renamed to debian-amd64 to reflect the general
Per-User Init System. Jerry Haltom wondered what others
thought about a per-user init system that would be able to start
user-based services upon system startup without handing out root
access to the users. However, Colin Watson pointed out that
this can already be achieved with an @reboot line in the normal
Binary Packages from multiple Sources. Glenn McGrath
investigated lists of source and binary packages and discovered
that, according to the .dsc files, several binary packages were
provided by more than one source package. In his opinion a virtual
package should be used when a binary package is provided by
multiple source packages.
LWN Subscription for Debian Developers. Bdale Garbee
reported about HP sponsoring LWN subscription for Debian
developers since many people asked whether this offer still stands.
If you are a Debian developer and want full access to lwn.net,
go to their website, create an account for yourself, then send a
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
containing your LWN account name and sign this mail with your key
on the Debian keyring. Eventually, Bdale will process the request
and send an acknowledgement.
Debian Archive Growth. Jason Andrade noticed that the Debian
archive is about to hit the 100 GB mark on his mirror and
wondered if there is any way to reduce the size of the archive over
the next weeks before he can insert a new disk. Josip Rodin
answered that about 7 GB will be freed when potato is moved to
Marcelo Magallon added the size of all binary packages
belonging to the given architecture in the specified suites.
Survey about the Freeness of the FDL. Branden Robinson posted
the results of a survey to measure the level of consensus
on whether the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) is
considered a free license according to the Debian Free Software
Guidelines (DFSG) or not. The majority of Debian developers and
also the majority of non-developers don't regard the GNU FDL as a
license that can easily satisfy the DFSG.
Installer Packages spread throughout "main" and "contrib". Tore
Anderson wondered why installers of non-free software are
located in supposedly free sections. He explained that one
would not expect non-free software to be installed on the system,
when using the contrib section. Mathieu Roy added that software
in contrib that has only the purpose of installing non-free
software in its postinst script is a good candidate for non-free
Interview with Morphix Founder. Prakash Advani conducted an
interview with Alex de Landgraaf, the founder and the lead
maintainer of the Morphix project. He explained that Morphix,
which is based on Knoppix, has a modular design to build a live
CD, which would relieve all remasterers and let them work on the
actual task at hand.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you
update your systems if you have any of these packages
- libpam-smb -- Buffer overflow.
- node -- Remote root vulnerability.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to
the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important
- atlc -- Arbitrary Transmission Line Calculator.
- beneath-a-steel-sky -- Science fiction adventure game.
- cgdb -- Curses-based interface to the GNU Debugger
- darkice -- Live audio streamer.
- duali -- Arabic Spell Checker.
- knutclient -- KDE GUI that displays UPS statistics from
- macchanger -- Utility for manipulating the MAC address of
- meterbridge -- Collection of Audio meters for the JACK
- nicotine -- Graphical client for the SoulSeek peer-to-peer
- raggle -- Console RSS aggregator.
- uncc -- Decompiler for i386.
- xtrojka -- Fast paced columns-like game.
Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned this week and require
a new maintainer. This makes a total of 206 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.
- fpm -- Password Manager. (Bug#207849)
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