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Debian Weekly News - July 1, 2001

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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2001/16/
Debian Weekly News - July 1st, 2001
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We've just entered phase one of Woody's freeze process. Although
Release Manager Anthony Towns started off [1]the announcement with
"welcome to the woody freeze", woody is not yet frozen in the
traditional sense of the word. Not quite yet. What we do have is a
deadline -- July 24th -- for phase one of the freeze process to
complete. This first phase involves deciding what we want to release,
by freezing Debian policy, deciding what architectures will be in
shape to release, deciding if this release will include crypto in
main, and getting the base system in shape for the freeze. If these
deadlines are met by the 24th, the next stage will be freezing the
base system. By the way, it's official -- woody will be Debian 3.0.
Quoth AJ: "This is, to put it mildly, a somewhat controversial
decision, but it's one I get to make."

Debian BSD? The Debian-BSD list has picked up a little steam lately.
The Debian-BSD list has been alive since May of 1999, but "never gets
far past the chat stage," to quote [2]Gary Kline. [3]Andreas
Krennmair posted a list of necessary packages, and there seems to be
some intense interest from several people.

GCC 3.0 Status. Interested in using GCC 3.0? There's a instructive
discussion on the Debian-Devel mailing list started by [4]Eray
Ozkural about the status of the GCC 3.0 packages in testing. A note
for newbies, GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection. At one time it stood
for GNU C Compiler, but GCC now supports a number of languages in
addition to C. Some architechtures, such as the IA-64 processor
architechture, have been using GCC 3.0 from the get-go. The Debian
releases for the x86 and other processors will have to be migrated to
GCC 3.0, which will be quite an undertaking.

Is that a Python in your pocket? We're sure many Debian developers
were glad to see the Python 2.0.1 GPL-compatible release. [5]Gregor
Hoffleit has brought the transition topic up on the Debian-Devel list
for discussion.

Debian Events. There are four, count 'em, four events that the Debian
Project will be represented at in the upcoming week. The Debian
Project will have a presence at exhibitions and conferences in France,
Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. You can find out more about
these events, and future events, on the Debian Events page:
[6]http://www.debian.org/events/2001/.

Security. Just one security issue to report this week. Michal Zalewski
discovered a problem with Samba, namely that Samba does not properly
validate names from remote machines [7]using NetBIOS. Any Samba users
will want to upgrade ASAP.

As always write us with your Debian-related news at
[8]dwn@debian.org. Let us know if your project is doing something
exciting, or if there's been interesting news on your mailing list.
Have a great week!

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References
  1. file://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2001/16/mail#1
  2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd-0106/msg00013.html
  3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd-0106/threads.html
  4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0106/msg01384.html
  5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0106/msg01485.html
  6. file://www.debian.org/events/2001/
  7. file://www.debian.org/security/2001/dsa-065
  8. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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