The testing of the new maintainer process is in full swing! For
the first time in nearly a year, new blood is entering the
Debian project. The lucky first person through the new
new-maintainer process is Brendan O'Dea. Brendan and others who are
finishing up their applications went through the process in a trial
run to work any bugs out of the new system, which is not yet open
to all comers. Those persons who had pending applications when new
maintainer closed are due to be processed next, and the process
will open to the public as soon as a web page interface is
Richard Braakman would like to start the first test cycle in
2 weeks, on May 2nd. "After a fixed-length testing period we will
evaluate the results and decide whether or not to release what we
have." If we did release after only one test cycle, that would mean
releasing in about one month. On the other hand, multiple test
cycles may be required..
Wichert Akkerman posted a list of changes to dpkg that are
planned for woody. Some of these changes, including using objdump
instead of ldd and doing file reordering when a package is built,
are already in CVS; while others, like integrating suidmanager and
debconf and supporting signed packages, are just planned to be
implemented in time for woody's release. Many of the listed items
are things that have long been missing from dpkg; it's great to see
work progressing on Debian's fundamental program.
Wichert also posted about the sad state of documentation
registration in Debian. We have multiple competing systems for
registering documentation, and so there is no central registry that
lists all documentation. Wichert proposed a new system that is
similar to doc-base but borrows ideas from the menu package. Adam
Di Carlo pointed out that he has similar changes planned for
the next release of doc-base.
Other discussions this week included installing Debian from
floppies and fixing package priorities.
New packages in Debian this week include the following and
* bnc: IRC Proxy
* libterm-slang-perl: Perl interface to the S-Lang terminal
* scsitools: Collection of tools for SCSI hardware
* sillypoker: A poker game
* tkheadlines: Headline clicker for some Linux news/software
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