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Debian Weekly News - May 3rd, 2000

May 05, 2000, 00:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joey Hess)

Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 17:00:03 -0700
From: Joey Hess joeyh@debian.org
To: debian-news@lists.debian.org
Subject: Debian Weekly News - May 3rd, 2000

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - May 3rd, 2000
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian developer community.

Debian has [8]entered the first Test Cycle. Richard Braakman first [9]removed 17 packages with release critical bugs from the distribution, which has reduced the number of release critical bugs to [10]less than 100. The only changes that will occur in potato in next 2 weeks are a final boot-floppies update and CD image creation. Potato should be ready for testing in a few days, once these final pieces have settled. At that point, any interested users are encouraged to upgrade, and help [11]test the distribution.

Wichert Akkerman [12]posted a rough proposal for a new source package format. Some discussion ensued and it became clear that we don't yet have a consensus about everything a new source format should do, or how it should work.

Other discussion topics this week include a [13]long thread about what to do after potato is released and about release management and timelines in general, a thread about phasing out override files, and discussion about [14]Microsoft's patent on "installing and updating program module components" over the net, which we must hope doesn't really cover anything Debian has been doing for the past 4 years.

New packages in Debian unstable this week include the following and [15]45 more:
* [16]digitaldj: An SQL based mp3 player front-end
* [17]libpam-mysql: PAM module allowing authentication from a MySQL server
* [18]libsdl1.1: Simple DirectMedia Layer ([19]dev)
* [20]libterm-stool-perl: Slang widget toolkit for perl
* [21]libxerces1: Validating XML parser library for C++ ([22]dev)
* [23]postal: SMTP benchmark - the mad postman.
* [24]wap-wml-tools: Wireless Markup Language development and test tools

8. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#1
9. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#2
10. http://bugs.debian.org/~wakkerma/bugs/
11. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-testing-0004/msg00027.html
12. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0004/msg01491.html
13. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0004/msg01377.html
14. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#3
15. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000501.html
16. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/sound/digitaldj.html
17. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/libpam-mysql.html
18. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/libsdl1.1.html
19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/libsdl1.1-dev.html
20. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/interpreters/libterm-stool-perl.html
21. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/libxerces1.html
22. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/libxerces1-dev.html
23. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/postal.html
24. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/wap-wml-tools.html

see shy jo