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Over 100 packages are in danger of being removed from Debian.
Richard Braakman posted a list of packages that are headed for
the Release Critical Bug Horizon and are due to be removed less
than a week from now if their bugs remain unfixed. Threatened
package include apache, fetchmail, gpm, and samba.
Already this has led to a significant decrease in the size of the
Release Critical bug list as people work to get bugs fixed on
time. Perhaps the best example of this work is this project to
fix all of openssh's bugs. However, the 28th still bodes to be a
very interesting and eventful day.
Elections for the next Debian Project Leader have opened, and
will close in two weeks. Developers can grab a ballot and vote.
Linux.com is posting interviews with the candidates, starting with
an interview of Ben Collins.
Dale Scheetz posted a summary of what the New Maintainer
team is doing: work is progressing on the web site, backend
database, and Applicant's FAQ. The team is mostly done with writing
an Applicant's Checklist. Soon, they plan to "run a "test case"
through the process to shake out any issues", and then begin on the
backlog of people who have waited so long for new-maintainer to
reopen. This should all happen within the next few weeks.
Will Debian Alpha be fit for release with the rest of potato?
David Huggins-Daines raised a number of concerns -- many
packages cannot be built on alpha right now, C++ programs have
major problems, Debian Alpha is not binary-compatabile with Red
Hat, and "in short, our system is in a mess due to circumstances
entirely beyond our control". David proposed that we revert to an
older version of egcs for Alpha, as it seems gcc is at the root of
all these problems.
New packages in Debian this week including the following at
* libpam-opie: Use OTP's for PAM authentication
* luci: LUCI is a Universal Configuration Interface
* lvs: Linux Virtual Server kernel patches and support
* portsentry: Portscan detection daemon [non-free]
* scanlogd: A portscan detecting tool
* solid-pop3d: POP3 server supporting Maildir, PAM,
* spf: Stateful Packet Filter
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