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Debian Weekly News - March 14th, 2000

Mar 15, 2000, 05:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joey Hess)

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 20:29:29 -0800
From: Joey Hess joeyh@debian.org
To: debian-news@lists.debian.org
Subject: Debian Weekly News - March 14th, 2000

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 14th, 2000
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer community.

Another Bug Horizon has been set for March 27th. [8]115 packages are in danger of being removed and once again some very important packages are among them. Richard Braakman also [9]mentioned that he hopes to start the first test cycle "right after that date", and only important bugfixes are now allowed into frozen. Debian 2.1 has been out for a year as of this week.

The new-maintainer process is beginning to reopen. Dale Scheetz [10]posted a call for sponsors of prospective new maintainers to submit them to the application process. This will be used to test the identification process.

Deja vu: Important new releases of [11]X, the kernel, and apache are out or looming on the horizon, and Debian is in the middle of a freeze. What to do? Mainly [12]discuss the same issues we did last time: package pools, changing release frequency, updates to stable, etc.

Debian GNU/Linux For Dummies is due in May, according to [13]this web page. With [14]7 Debian books already in print, in 3 languages, it's clear we've reached the point where another Debian book is no big deal. It's more interesting to consider how a "Dummies" book with Debian on the cover may change our userbase..

Debian Project Leader elections [15]close on the 16th. Note that DWN incorrectly reported they would close last week; the date on the ballots was wrong. If you still haven't voted, a few days remain.

A security fix for mtr is [16]available.

New packages in Debian this week include the following and [17]6 more:
* [18]netscape-base-472: 4.72 base support for netscape
* [19]netscape-smotif-472: This installs a standard set of netscape programs
* [20]netscape-smotif-472-libc5: This installs a standard set of netscape programs (libc5 version)
* [21]netscape-java-472: Netscape Java support for version 4.72
* [22]communicator-base-472: Communicator base support for version 4.72 ([23]help, [24]static motif bin, [25]static motif bin (libc5), [26]spell-check)
* [27]navigator-base-472: Navigator base support for version 4.72 ([28]help, [29]static motif bin, [30]static motif bin (libc5))

8. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0003/msg00015.html
9. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0003/msg00014.html
10. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0003/msg00013.html
11. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0003/msg00534.html
12. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0003/msg00495.html
13. http://www.buy.com/books/product.asp?sku=30576349
14. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/distrib/books
15. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0003/msg00011.html
16. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/security/2000/20000309
17. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000313.html
18. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/netscape-base-472.html
19. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/netscape-smotif-472.html
20. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/netscape-smotif-472-libc5.html
21. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/netscape-java-472.html
22. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/communicator-base-472.html
23. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/communicator-nethelp-472.html
24. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/communicator-smotif-472.html
25. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/communicator-smotif-472-libc5.html
26. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/communicator-spellchk-472.html
27. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/navigator-base-472.html
28. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/navigator-nethelp-472.html
29. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/navigator-smotif-472.html
30. http://master.debian.org/www-master/debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/navigator-smotif-472-libc5.html

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