Archive.debian.org is Back. The server that
holds old Debian releases, aliased to archive.debian.org, has been
after it was offline for several months due to hardware problems.
The machine now runs with a nice new 144 GB RAID and a new host,
the Computer Science Department at the University of Minnesota and is now
administered by Scott Dier. However, sad news: One of the new disks
began to fail recently.
Hurd H2 CD Images. The Hurd team informed us
about new Hurd
CD Images. Snapshot images are produced at a four to eight week
interval and the H2 images are the tenth of the series. The Hurd
has grown from one CD image in August 2000 (A1) to four images in
December 2001 (H2). These images are a snapshots of a developing
operating system, so suitable precautions must be taken when making
an installation. Similar as with other architectures, most
important programs reside on CD 1, while the other ones contain
less important packages.
On Fixing Security Critical Bugs. Javier
Fernández-Sanguino Peña made some analysis
regarding vulnerabilities detected and posted to the Bugtraq list
and those sent as Debian
Security Announcements (DSAs). His analysis reveal that for the
last year it has taken Debian an average of 35 days to fix
security-related vulnerabilites. However, over 50% of the
vulnerabilities where fixed in a 10-days time frame, and over 15%
of them where fixed the same day the advisory was released!
More On Acronyms. We received some feedback
about the item covering acronyms in our last issue. It was pointed
out that several acronyms are already explained through using the
dict program or one of it's graphical frontends (like
kdict or wordinspect). In case you
haven't heard about dict yet, it is the client that queries the
dictd server. The DICT Development Group maintains several public
servers which can be accessed from any machine connected to the
Internet. Another interesting resource is the List of
New Mailing Lists. The listmaster team created
three new lists: debian-qa-packages,
which is used by the QA Team to handle bug reports against orphaned
packages, debian-ssh, which will be
used for Debian ssh packages maintenance and coordination and
which will be used for maintenance and coordination of packages for
the Apache webserver and related packages.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Gergely Nagy
posted a big rant
about packaging software for Debian too quick and not paying enough
attention at packaging. He is worried, because packages whose
maintainer don't pay at least a little attention to packaging, do
not reflect the image he had about Debian. Face it, Debian is known
for its quality. This is something we can lose.
Porting Kaffe. John R. Daily was doing some
work to ensure kaffe's availability on the IA-64 port. He sent
report on issues that are holding back Kaffe on some platforms.
reports that the latest package does not build on mips, mipsel,
hppa, and sparc. The report covers detailed problem reports for
Security Stuff. We've got two new security
alerts this week. As usual, if your system is affected, be sure to
get the updated packages right away.
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