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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 [1]software patents in Europe was held so [2]controversial that the vote was postponed, as Ciaran O'Riordan from the [3]FSF reported. At the 10th international conference of [4]European Association for Japanese Studies in Warsaw Janusz Bien gave a [5]talk on Debian GNU/Linux as a Japanese language teaching platform.

1. http://swpat.ffii.org/
2. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/foren/go.shtml?read=1&msg_id=4088125&forum_id=46660
3. http://www.fsf.org/
4. http://www.eajs.org/
5. http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/~jsbien/slajdy/JSB-EAJS03-s.pdf

Opteron Support for Debian. The Debian project has [6]received full access to a Dual Opteron [7]machine for [8]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 [9]changes in the Debian infrastructure that will most probably not happen in time for the release of sarge. The developer list has also been [10]renamed to [11]debian-amd64 to [12]reflect the general architecture name.

6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0308/msg00035.html
7. http://db.debian.org/machines.cgi?host=pergolesi
8. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0308/msg00046.html
10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0308/msg00104.html
11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64/
12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64-0308/msg00022.html

Per-User Init System. Jerry Haltom [13]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 [14]pointed out that this can already be achieved with an @reboot line in the normal crontab.

13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03466.html
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03476.html

Binary Packages from multiple Sources. Glenn McGrath [15]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.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03560.html

LWN Subscription for Debian Developers. Bdale Garbee [16]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 [17]lwn.net, go to their website, create an account for yourself, then send a mail to lwn-subscription@debian.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.

16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0308/msg00019.html
17. http://lwn.net/

Debian Archive Growth. Jason Andrade [18]noticed that the Debian archive is about to hit the 100 GB mark on his [19]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 [20]answered that about 7 GB will be freed when potato is moved to [21]archive.debian.org/. Marcelo Magallon [22]added the size of all binary packages belonging to the given architecture in the specified suites.

18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03887.html
19. http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/
20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03914.html
21. http://archive.debian.org/debian-archive/
22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03929.html

Survey about the Freeness of the FDL. Branden Robinson posted the [23]results of a [24]survey to measure the level of consensus on whether the [25]GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) is considered a free license according to the [26]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.

23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0308/msg00017.html
24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0308/msg01031.html
25. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html
26. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

Installer Packages spread throughout "main" and "contrib". Tore Anderson [27]wondered why installers of non-free software are located in supposedly free sections. He [28]explained that one would not expect non-free software to be installed on the system, when using the contrib section. Mathieu Roy [29]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 itself.

27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03987.html
28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03990.html
29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0308/msg03991.html

Interview with Morphix Founder. Prakash Advani conducted an [30]interview with Alex de Landgraaf, the founder and the lead maintainer of the [31]Morphix project. He explained that Morphix, which is based on [32]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.

30. http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/08/19/1518217.shtml
31. http://morphix.sourceforge.net/
32. http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/

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

  • [33]libpam-smb -- Buffer overflow.
  • [34]node -- Remote root vulnerability.
33. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-374
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-375

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

  • [35]atlc -- Arbitrary Transmission Line Calculator.
  • [36]beneath-a-steel-sky -- Science fiction adventure game.
  • [37]cgdb -- Curses-based interface to the GNU Debugger (GDB).
  • [38]darkice -- Live audio streamer.
  • [39]duali -- Arabic Spell Checker.
  • [40]knutclient -- KDE GUI that displays UPS statistics from NUT's upsd.
  • [41]macchanger -- Utility for manipulating the MAC address of network interfaces.
  • [42]meterbridge -- Collection of Audio meters for the JACK audio server.
  • [43]nicotine -- Graphical client for the SoulSeek peer-to-peer system.
  • [44]raggle -- Console RSS aggregator.
  • [45]uncc -- Decompiler for i386.
  • [46]xtrojka -- Fast paced columns-like game.
35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/electronics/atlc.html
36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/beneath-a-steel-sky.html
37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cgdb.html
38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/darkice.html
39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/duali.html
40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/knutclient.html
41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/macchanger.html
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/meterbridge.html
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/nicotine.html
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/news/raggle.html
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/uncc.html
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/xtrojka.html

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 [47]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.

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

  • [48]fpm -- Password Manager. ([49]Bug#207849)
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/fpm.html
49. http://bugs.debian.org/207849

Want to continue reading DWN? Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer writers who investigate the Debian community and report about events in the community. Please see the [50]contributing page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your mail at [51]dwn@debian.org.

50. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
51. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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