Debian Weekly News - September 30, 2003
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Debian Weekly News - September 30th, 2003
Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Joey attended the "Joey meets Joey"
session also known as Oldenburg Linux Developers meeting last
weekend where both finally met. The meeting was quite
successful, both in terms of Debian as well as for the Linux
kernel. A longer report on the Debian part will probably be sent to
the list later.
Lessons in Packaging Linux Applications. Billy Biggs and Doug
Bell wrote about their experiences in packaging tvtime for
many distributions, including communication between packagers and
developers, dependency problems, dealing with bugs, and the Debian
menu system. They conclude that coordination between packagers from
different distributions could reduce work for the packagers and
reduce the number of distribution-specific bugs.
Committee for FSF-Debian Discussion. Bruce Perens organised
people from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Debian to
discuss issues revolving around the GNU Free Documentation
License (FDL). Eben Moglen and Henri Poole (from the FSF), and
Benj. Mako Hill (from Debian) will serve on the committee. Bruce is
seeking another Debian representative with a constructive and
dispassionate attitude. The committee will bring the results of
their discussion back to their respective organisations for
Python Transition Problems. Colin Watson summarised the
transition problems that are currently blocking Python 2.3 from
entering testing. It may be slightly incomplete, though. He listed
six packages that contain bugs which prevent them from entering
testing. The python-gnome package also suffers from various
Timeout of ITP bugs. Søren Boll Overgaard wondered how
long an ITP (Intent to Package) should be allowed to exist without
an uploaded package until it times out. In particular he was
looking at the packaging notification for thunderbird.
Anthony Towns explained that ITPs should be considered as
advisory locks. If one doesn't get responses from the person who
wanted to work on the package, one can just maintain the package on
Converting configure Scripts. Richard Atterer wondered how
he is supposed to regenerate all the libtool and auto* files after
fixing some bugs. Martin Quinson described in detail how to
proceed and provided a script to build the autotools
Position Statement on the GNU FDL. After Branden Robinson
announced that he had updated his Free Documentation
License (FDL) webpage, Manoj Srivastava started crafting a
position statement. He believes that a position statement
should be issued under the Debian constitution section 4.1.5.
Manoj's page includes an annotated FDL, details of practical
problems with the FDL, results from Branden's FDL survey, and
Pristine Source Archives. Matthias Urlichs noticed that many
packages seem to contain .orig.tar.gz files which may not be
directly related to the files actually available from upstream.
Manoj Srivastava explained that pristine sources are already
desired, but not required. There are enough strange upstream
packaging practices that Debian can not mandate pristine
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you
update your systems if you have any of these packages
- marbles -- Buffer overflow.
- freesweep -- Buffer overflow.
- webfs -- Buffer overflows, file and directory
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to
the unstable Debian archive recently or contain important
- cpu -- Console based LDAP user management tool.
- firedns -- Runtime binaries for firedns, an asynchronos DNS
- imms -- Unobtrusive, automatic, and learning XMMS playlist
- kbarcode -- A KDE Barcode Creation And Printing
- magicdev -- A GNOME daemon for automatically
- mlview -- XML editor for GNOME environment.
- pupa -- The next generation of GNU GRUB.
- pyro -- Distributed object system for Python.
- sound-juicer -- GNOME 2 CD Ripper.
- sumika -- Management utility for dictionaries for input
Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned this week and requires
a new maintainer. This makes a total of 195 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainer 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.
- squidtaild -- Squid log monitoring program.
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