Debian has entered the first Test Cycle. Richard Braakman
first removed 17 packages with release critical bugs from the
distribution, which has reduced the number of release critical bugs
to 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 test the
Wichert Akkerman 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 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 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 45 more:
* digitaldj: An SQL based mp3 player front-end
* libpam-mysql: PAM module allowing authentication from a MySQL
* libsdl1.1: Simple DirectMedia Layer (dev)
* libterm-stool-perl: Slang widget toolkit for perl
* libxerces1: Validating XML parser library for C++
* postal: SMTP benchmark - the mad postman.
* wap-wml-tools: Wireless Markup Language development and test
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