Election results: Wichert Akkerman was re-elected Debian
project Leader. Congratulations to Wichert, and thanks to the other
candidates who volunteered for the job.
Debian 2.1r5 has been released. Like the last couple of minor
releases, it consists of security and Y2K updates.
We're now past the second bug horizon. 28 packages were not
fixed in time, of those about 12 are too important to really be
removed. Though it is clear that bug horizons do work to reduce the
number of release critical bugs, they're not as effective at
motivating people to fix bugs in very important packages.
Beware Debian's vast corporate might. This article talks
about how ports of major distributions to the PowerPC may affect
existing distributions there: "Linux PPC and Yellow Dog Linux are
relatively new upstart companies when it comes to the Linux world,
and they just do not have the corporate power and user base that
both Debian and SuSE boast. Despite that small gaffe, it does raise
some interesting questions.
Does the policy process need to be reformed? It certainly can
have problems, as in the case of the /usr/share/doc issue last
year, when things are added to policy without enough forethought.
Ian Jackson believes that the policy process needs to be
changed back to something like what it was 2 years ago, with a
few people having absolute control over policy. Others
disagree, and think that while adding a chairman to the process
may be a good idea, the process should remain in the hands of the
people on the debian-policy mailing list. This will be discussed
further on IRC on the 29th.
A thread about default colors of programs like mutt, ls, and so
on has raised some interesting issues. Anyone who is not a
"bug-eyed alien" with ultraviolet vision has probably struggled
to read dark blue text on a black background, or bright yellow text
on a white background, before giving up and changing a program's
colors to something more usable. Two things are keeping Debian from
changing the colors by default: First, there's a lot of variation
in personal preferences and setups; some use a black
background, and some a white. It's difficult to come up with
default colors that work well on both backgrounds. Second, large
changes from upstream defaults are likely to annoy just as many
people as they please. So while we can fix extremely bad default
color choices, the rest will still have to be up to the individual
A new master archive server is in the works, thanks to an
impressive hardware donation from Sun. The new server will
eventually take over some of the duties of master.debian.org.
The amount of spam to Debian lists, the bug tracking system, and
individual developers has been on the rise lately. What can we do
about it? Jason Gunthorpe looked at the effects of using 4
different RBLs. Most people agree that any additional spam-blocking
should be carefully considered, to make sure we don't also block
legitimate Debian users.
Confirmation: Transmeta's Mobile Linux is based on Debian,
as was rumored earlier.
Every week Debian Weekly News reports on a very few of the more
important and newsworthy happenings in Debian. But don't be fooled
by the apparent slimness of these summaries. A lot is happening
beneath the surface, as this letter points out:
I was recently auditing some data I had collected from the
Debian project and came across the following statistic: Code
changes are submitted to or accepted by the Debian project once
every 13 seconds to 7 minutes (depending on time of day). In other
words, in the time it takes to dial a 1-800 number, someone may
have fixed a bug in or added a feature to Debian, sometimes before
the first ring, and definitely before you finally get off the
holding queue and talk to a real human being.
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