Fixing GPM Bugs. Zephaniah E. Hull worked on
GPM recently, fighting against broken mice which broke mice
protocols on their side and sent more characters to the computer
than expected. Zephaniah publically asked
for bug reports about problems with GPM and PS/2 mice. Even if
these bugs are filed as bugs already, please read his mail and
provide all information he needs.
Quality of Ximian's Debian Packages. Eric Van
Buggenhaut was playing with Ximian's Debian Packages, trying
to get Ximian's version of gdm compile. His fears include the
possibility that some of Ximian's packages could make it into
Debian, even though they lack proper maintenance resulting in: no
Build-depends, no clean target in debian/rules and broken
Automatic Building of non-free Packages? Adrian
Bunk started a discussion
about discrimination of non-free packages. It was noticed that
Debians Build Daemons (buildd) don't seem to automatically build
non-free packages for all architectures, resulting in difficulties
getting non-free packages entering the testing stage. Richard
Braakman and James
Troup (ftp master and maintainer of nearly half a dozen
buildds) explained why buildds can't automatically build non-free
Freeze in Progress. The freeze for Woody is
coming closer which will definitively lead into a released Woody.
Anthony Towns is reviewing the situation of testing/unstable and
problems which the maintainer of these affected packages have to
solve in order to get their packages updated in testing. People who
care about Woody should read the debian-devel mailing
Interpretive Guidelines Regarding DFSG 3.
Branden Robinson proposed
an interpretation to the DFSG clause
3 that covers modifications and derived works. His proposal
reflects the current situation about certain parts of packages are
unmodifiable (e.g. license texts and auxiliary material). Such
auxiliary material was introduced by the GNU Free Documentation
License (GNU FDL).
Quick Reference for Debian. Osamu Aoki started
a new document named Quick Reference for Debian
GNU/Linux which is distributed under the GNU FDL. This document
is mostly a collection of scripts which can be used as quick
reference. It covers many aspects of system administration through
shell command examples and configuration files. Many issues were
picked up from the debian-user mailing
Freeze Update. Anthony Towns sent an update
of the freeze process. After December 9th, no changes (beyond
minimal security backports, or incredibly special exceptions) will
be made to base packages in Woody. After December 9th, standard
packages which have been dropped from Woody won't be reinstated.
See our last issue for details.
LDP Documents in non-free? David Merrill, the
Linux Documentation Project coordinator, mailed the Debian Project
recently with concerns
about LDP documents (affecting packages doc-linux-html and
doc-linux-text, plus the various translations) having to be moved
to non-free. Unfortunately many LDP documents are encumbered by
distribution requirements. Many authors, however, are cooperating
with David and are relicensing their work.
Report from International Linux Kongreß
2001. The Debian Project had the opportunity
to run a booth and a developers workshop during International Linux
Kongreß 2001 which was held at the University of Twente last
week. Joey wrote a
trip report describing some details of the meeting. More than a
dozen Debian people joined the conference, were talking with each
other about various topics and exchanged GnuPG fingerprints. And,
of cource, evening meetings were always fun to attend.
Packages from NSA's SE Linux. Russell Coker
spent some time investigating
SE Linux and assembling a couple of preliminary packages. In
order to benefit from the changes made to SE Linux you'll first
need to have a kernel with extra functionality booted. Russell has
a patch prepared already.
Free Software in Russian Companies. A
targeting Free Software in the Business world was held in Moscow at
the end of November. Peter Novodvorsky and Wartan Hachaturow from
Debian attended the conference and gave a talk about Debian.
One Small Step for Debian... We normally don't
do product announcements, but we thought it was worth mentioning
that HP's new line of Blade servers will debut with Linux before
Windows versions or HP-UX. Naturally, one of the GNU/Linux
distributions available is Debian
GNU/Linux. Unfortunately, the first models won't ship until
January. Too late for stocking-stuffers, but just in time for
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following new
or updated packages were added to the Debian archive since our last
-- Captures communication between two external serial devices.
-- A computational chemistry software package.
wbd -- A
multicast white board application that allows you to share a
virtual white board with other people running wbd.
A Particularly Interesting Package... This one
really caught my eye, it's called "Vipul's
Razor". It's a distributed, collaborative, spam-catching and
filtering program to help weed out SPAM. It rates special mention
because the more folks who use it, the more efficient it will be.
Anything that helps put an end to SPAM is a Good Thing(TM).
Security Updates. Just one security issue to
report this week, be sure to update your systems if it affects
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