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Debian Weekly News - September 16, 2003

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Debian Weekly News - September 16th, 2003

Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Several readers told us that the first hardware audio player that supports Ogg/Vorbis is the [1]NeurosAudio and has been shipping for months. They are said to also support one of the key Ogg authors and also supply a synchronization manager for GNU/Linux, [2]positron, which is packaged and distributed with Debian.

1. http://www.neurosaudio.com/
2. http://packages.debian.org/positron

Too many Versions of Tcl? Andreas Rottmann [3]wondered why there are four different versions (8.0, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4) of the Tcl programming environment in the archive. Matthew Palmer [4]explained that Tcl isn't particularly backwards compatible. Hence, several packages don't run or build with newer versions of the language.

3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00468.html
4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00514.html

Status of Testing Migration. Petter Reinholdtsen [5]reported that the [6]migration of packages into testing has been slowed down significantly. At least partially this is due to the mips buildd being under heavy load. Colin Watson [7]pointed out that the reason is glibc 2.3.2 and that there is a good chance that this will start to clear quite shortly.

5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00485.html
6. http://developer.skolelinux.no/info/cdbygging/distdiff-all.html.gz
7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00498.html

Second Revision of Woody. An official [8]announcement has been sent out stating the current status of the [9]second revision of Debian woody (3.0r2). This revision is planned to include about 130 security updates that have been issued since the first revision. Comments should be sent to [10]Joey directly.

8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00002.html
9. http://master.debian.org/~joey/3.0r2/
10. mailto:joey@debian.org

No Dueling Banjos from Debian. Some of the most bizarre [11]mails on debian-devel over the [12]years have been [13]repeated [14]requests by [15]various people for the sheet music for dueling banjos. Several list subscribers [16]have been [17]eager to [18]assist the posters in their search. Jim Penny [19]called this the Dueling Banjo Effect and explained that this has become a self-perpetuating Google-flop. People use Google which points them to Debian to get this sheet music, and the act of asking reinforces Google's notion that Debian is a good place to get the music.

11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00851.html
12. http://www.google.com/search?as_oq=sheet.music+dueling+banjos&as_sitesearch=debian.org&safe=images
13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0306/msg01368.html
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00378.html
15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0301/msg00027.html
16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00874.html
17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0009/msg00862.html
18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-curiosa-0308/msg00000.html
19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00382.html

Criteria for Inclusion in Debian. Adam Kessel [20]wondered if there are guidelines for what gets included in Debian other than what is required by the [21]DFSG. Steve Langasek [22]explained that it is rare that Debian would overrule a developer who wishes to maintain a piece of software which is free and legally distributable. Manoj Srivastava [23]added that if a developer has spent the time and effort to package software and made it policy compliant, then as long as Debian can legally distribute it, it has usually found its way in.

20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00602.html
21. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00603.html
23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00656.html

Alternative to the GNU FDL. Wouter Verhelst [24]prepared a draft documentation license that seeks to retain the spirit of the GNU [25]Free Documentation License (FDL), but which he thinks is DFSG-free. Branden Robinson [26]wasn't sure precisely what the FDL's intent is, but thought that it would be more fruitful to enumerate the license's intentions before constructing the text.

24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00503.html
25. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html
26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00585.html

Attribution-ShareAlike License. John Goerzen [27]wondered whether the Creative Commons [28]Attribution-ShareAlike License was DFSG-free. On his own [29]analysis it occurred that it would satisfy each requirement of the DFSG. Branden Robinson [30]agreed, but warned that licenses must also pass a more "holistic" reading to make sure they aren't non-free despite passing each specific clause of the DFSG. Florian Weimer [31]thought it would depend upon whether the license was applied to a documentation format suitable for editing.

27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00474.html
28. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/
29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00476.html
30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00528.html
31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0309/msg00514.html

News from the Package Tracking System. Raphaël Hertzog [32]reported about a new [33]feature which has been added to the [34]Package Tracking System (PTS) a few months ago. It is now possible to add custom information to the PTS web page for a particular package. The PTS features many useful links (BTS, QA statistics, contact information, DDTP translation status, buildd logs) and gathers much more information from various places. There are over 3000 subscriptions from 1500 different addresses for 1650 different source packages.

32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00006.html
33. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/ch-resources.en.html#s-pts-web
34. http://packages.qa.debian.org/

DebConf 4 in Brazil. Carlos Laviola [35]announced that the Debian Conference #4 will be held in [36]Porto Alegre, Brazil. This country has been extremely active in the Free Software movement but is very unrepresented at past Debian conferences. There are already plans planning to host the conference some days before or after the [37]Fórum Internacional de Software Livre (International Free Software Forum), so that Debian developers can attend this event as well.

35. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0308/msg00003.html
36. http://www.uoregon.edu/~sergiok/brasil/portoalegre.html
37. http://www.softwarelivre.org/forum2003/fotos_evento/

Improvements in the Bug Tracking System. Colin Watson [38]announced the new tag 'fixed-upstream' which is intended to replace the old (mis)use of the 'pending' tag and refers to bugs that were fixed upstream and the maintainer is only waiting for a new release. The new 'owner' attribute allows maintainer teams to divide the work up more conveniently. If set the address receives the same mail sent to that bug as a package maintainer would receive.

38. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00005.html

Installing Sarge with the Debian-Installer. Sebastian Ley [39]reported that the debian-installer team has cleaned up the build process of debian-installer images. They also put together a [40]howto which guides through the process of installing sarge. At the same time the Debian-CD team has reviewed the netinst iso [41]images for a sarge installation with the new debian-installer.

39. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0309/msg00007.html
40. http://cvs.debian.org/debian-installer/doc/INSTALLATION-HOWTO?rev=HEAD&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup
41. http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/netinst/i386/

Maintaining Packages with Subversion. Eduard Bloch maintains the [42]svn-devscripts package which contains tools that help create and maintain Debian packages in a large Subversion repository. Joey Hess, however, has [43]problems with the implementation and proposed improvements. Graham Wilson also [44]added another method of importing new upstream source archives.

42. http://packages.debian.org/svn-devscripts
43. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00736.html
44. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00738.html

Debmirror Survey. Goswin von Brederlow would like to [45]know how other people use the [46]debmirror package to mirror certain parts of the Debian archive. He has rewritten most of debmirror in an effort to clean up the codebase and to add flexibility of the actual download method used. For the configuration part he is seeking input.

45. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0309/msg00794.html
46. http://packages.debian.org/debmirror

Using proper Build Dependencies. Joey Hess [47]discovered a glitch in the [48]policy with regards to build dependencies. Hence, Wouter Verhelst [49]explained how Build-Depends and Build-Depends-Indep have been created as a tool to make autobuilding packages easier and [50]proposed to rewrite the paragraph in the policy.

47. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00053.html
48. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/
49. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00059.html
50. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy-0309/msg00067.html

Debian-Installer Work Camp. An [51]invitation to the [52]8th Oldenburg Linux developers meeting was sent to the debian-boot list since it will host a [53]debian-installer debcamp. The meeting will take place at the last weekend on September in Oldenburg, Germany. Several developers who work on the debian-installer already subscribed to the meeting.

51. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0309/msg00146.html
52. http://oldenburger.linuxtage.de/Oldenburg2003/
53. http://people.debian.org/~pere/debian-installer/di-debcamp-2003-1.html

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

  • [54]sane-backends -- Several vulnerabilities.
  • [55]XFree86 -- Buffer overflows, denial of service.
  • [56]MySQL -- Buffer overflow.
54. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-379
55. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-380
56. http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-381

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

  • [57]athena-jot -- Print out increasing, decreasing, random, or redundant data, one per line.
  • [58]axiom -- General purpose computer algebra system.
  • [59]bookcase -- An application for keeping track of your books.
  • [60]gnuift -- GNU Image Finding Tool - index and search images by content.
  • [61]gtkguitune -- Guitar and other instruments tuner.
  • [62]gtranslator -- PO-file editor by the Gnome I18N team.
  • [63]pconsole -- Parallel console shell for administering clusters.
  • [64]potrace -- Utility to transform bitmaps into vector graphics.
  • [65]quagga -- Inofficial successor of the Zebra BGP/OSPF/RIP routing daemon.
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/athena-jot.html
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/axiom.html
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/bookcase.html
60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/gnuift.html
61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gtkguitune.html
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/gtranslator.html
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/pconsole.html
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/potrace.html
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/quagga.html

Orphaned Packages. 17 packages were orphaned this week and require a new maintainer. This makes a total of 212 orphaned packages. Many thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free Software community. Please see the [66]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.

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

  • [67]affiche -- Application to "stick" little notes on the desktop. ([68]Bug#210592)
  • [69]distcc -- Simple distributed compiler client and server. ([70]Bug#210397)
  • [71]docbook-utils -- Convert Docbook files to other formats (HTML, RTF, PS, man, PDF). ([72]Bug#211053)
  • [73]dpkg-cross -- Tools for cross compiling Debian packages. ([74]Bug#211013)
  • [75]freenet-unstable -- Peer-to-peer network for anonymous publishing (unstable branch). ([76]Bug#210590)
  • [77]gamix -- Graphical mixer for ALSA using gtk+. ([78]Bug#210730)
  • [79]mydns -- DNS server using MySQL for data storage. ([80]Bug#209071)
  • [81]preferences -- GNUstep Preferences.app. ([82]Bug#210594)
  • [83]preferences-app -- GNUstep Preferences.app. ([84]Bug#210595)
  • [85]remind -- Sophisticated reminder service. ([86]Bug#210891)
  • [87]sel -- Fullscreen file-selection and execution tool. ([88]Bug#210593)
  • [89]tcl-sql -- Tcl generic database interface. ([90]Bug#210393)
  • [91]ttysnoop -- Allows you to spy on telnet+serial connections. ([92]Bug#210892)
  • [93]xdkcal -- Desktop Calendar for X. ([94]Bug#210889)
  • [95]xotcl -- Object oriented extension for Tcl. ([96]Bug#210239)
  • [97]xpaste -- Program to display the contents of the primary paste buffer. ([98]Bug#209359)
  • [99]xxkb -- Keyboard state indicator and switcher for xkb. ([100]Bug#210890)
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/affiche.html
68. http://bugs.debian.org/210592
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/distcc.html
70. http://bugs.debian.org/210397
71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/docbook-utils.html
72. http://bugs.debian.org/211053
73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/dpkg-cross.html
74. http://bugs.debian.org/211013
75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/freenet-unstable.html
76. http://bugs.debian.org/210590
77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/gamix.html
78. http://bugs.debian.org/210730
79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/mydns.html
80. http://bugs.debian.org/209071
81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/preferences.html
82. http://bugs.debian.org/210594
83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/preferences-app.html
84. http://bugs.debian.org/210595
85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/remind.html
86. http://bugs.debian.org/210891
87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/sel.html
88. http://bugs.debian.org/210593
89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/tcl-sql.html
90. http://bugs.debian.org/210393
91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/ttysnoop.html
92. http://bugs.debian.org/210892
93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xdkcal.html
94. http://bugs.debian.org/210889
95. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/xotcl.html
96. http://bugs.debian.org/210239
97. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xpaste.html
98. http://bugs.debian.org/209359
99. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xxkb.html
100. http://bugs.debian.org/210890

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101. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
102. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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