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Debian Weekly News - May 22nd, 2001

May 22, 2001, 15:10 (0 Talkback[s])
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From: Debian Weekly News <dwn@debian.org>
Subject: Debian Weekly News - May 22th, 2001
Date: 22 May 2001 13:37:50 +0200

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Hurd F2 ISO Images are now available[1]. Get 'em while they're hot!  For those folks who
haven't heard of Hurd, Debian GNU/Hurd is an OS based on the GNU Mach microkernel. It's
not quite up to production quality, but if the idea of a OS based on a microkernel
interests you be sure to check it out.

Bloated /etc. /etc is supposed to be small, since it has to be in /.  However, some
packages put some big files in there; samba has it's codepages directory taking
2.5MB. Bill Allombert raised[2] the issue, and the general consensus was that this should
be fixed by moving some of those files from /etc to /usr/share.

Debian-User Weekly FAQ This subject pops up from time to time on the Debian-User mailing
list, but this time Yotam Rubin[3] popped the question on the Debian-Doc list. The
Debian-User mailing list sees quite a bit of traffic, but would a specific FAQ cut it down
any? The discussion hasn't come to a specific resolution yet, but you can check out the
regular [4]Debian FAQ.

Accessing Secure Sites with Mozilla Apparently, the Mozilla package currently available in
main is outdated, based on Milestone 18, while version 0.9 is now available. It also comes
without support for secure Web sites. Tham Kine Seng[5] got a quick response from several
kind folks on the list, and summarized instructions to install an "unofficial" Mozilla
package with security enabled.

Using Public IP addresses in DMZ. An interesting discussion, with some helpful advice,
popped up on the Debian-Firewall[6] discussion list.

Am I Insane? A lot of people on the Debian-User mailing list were asking that question
when the list suddenly received more than 100 messages in German on Saturday. Apparently,
someone had a news to mail gateway misconfigured, but the problem seems to have abated
now.  Chris Cyll[7], who's been studying too hard for German exams, was particularly
alarmed.

New Packages. Some of this week's most notable packages are agrep[8], a text search tool
with support for approximate patterns, autotrace[9], a package for converting bitmaps to
vector graphics, cowsay[10], an absolutely vital program for turning text into happy ASCII
cows with speech balloons, and junior-programming[11] programming packages for kids, part
of the Debian Jr. project. There's also the HTTP compression module for Apache
libapache-mod-gzip[12] and scalemail[13] a Scaleable virtual mail domain system built with
Postfix and LDAP.

FAI 2.0 Released. Another interesting program is FAI[14], a program that performs a fully
automatic installation of Debian on one or more PCs. Thomas Lange made the announcement on
the Debian-Beowulf mailing list.

Keep in Touch... If you have Debian-related news, be sure to send an
email to dwn@debian.org[15].

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References
  1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-cd-0105/msg00052.html
  2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0105/msg01250.html
  3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc-0105/msg00022.html
  4. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/
  5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-0105/msg00071.html
  6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-firewall-0105/msg00055.html
  7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-user-0105/msg03042.html
  8. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/agrep.html
  9. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/autotrace.html
  10. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/cowsay.html
  11. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/junior-programming.html
  12. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/libapache-mod-gzip.html
  13. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/scalemail.html
  14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-beowulf-0105/msg00012.html
  15. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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