Welcome to this year's third issue of Debian Weekly News, the
weekly newsletter for the Debian community. We hope you enjoyed the
last week. This week we proudly feature two items by a new
voluntary writer: Yooseong Yang.
Sponsors Needed. Raphaël Hertzog reminded
us that Debian needs more sponsors to look after packages from
prospective future maintainers. The sponsorship system lets
official Debian developers help future maintainers by checking
their packages, by giving them advices, and by uploading their
packages into Debian before they have finished the new-maintainer
process. Currently, there are about 30 people looking
for a sponsor.
Libpng 2/3 Problems Resolved? Daniel Stone
that former problems with libpng2/libpng3 should be resolved with
recently uploaded kdebase, kdegraphics and kdenetwork packages.
Earlier he explained
the problem: Ivan decided that libpng3 was the way forward for
libqt2 people, but then Chris decided that libqt2 should stay with
libpng2, while libqt3 should use libpng3.
Improving QA Work. Adrian Bunk discusses
details about the proposal
he made last year. He is going to publish the final list of tasks
soon and will look for people who will be responsible for a
particular task. Later Edward Betts wondered
when the `help' tag should be used in the Bug Tracking System
(BTS). In order to gather more information, Torsten Landschoff
a modified LDAP gateway to the BTS so one can extract tagged bugs
Problems with GNU Chess. It has been said
that compiling this package can take several days on ARM and M68k
machines. This is somewhat problematic. Philip Blundell wondered
how architecture-specific the chess datafiles are. Maybe the build
process could be modified, so that these files can go into an
architecture-independent package and doesn't have to be regenerated
Chroot Environment for Debian NetBSD. Matthew
the availability of a chroot environment to start with Debian on a
native NetBSD system. After installing this and chroot'ing into it,
you'll be able to use the power of both systems and should be able
to start building preliminary packages. Matthew compiled a web page which
contains further instructions and a todo list.
Public QA Logbook? The Quality Assurance Team
(QA) is currently discussing
a public logbook covering their work. It would probably be a good
idea to make QA work more visible and credit the people who are
actually doing QA work. Maybe somebody wants to watch mails sent to
the Bug Tracking System and to QA lists to compile a weekly or
monthly QA progress report?
Debian Documentation Format. Recently, Cliff
an important article related to writing documenation. He mentioned
several documentation types in his article: aft, Docbook, TeX, and
so on. However, he preferred a simple ASCII format. For Debian,
John R. Daily proposed
using DocBook/XML as documentation format instead of SGML (and
manual pages). We should address this problem: what Documentation
Type Definition (DTD) is useful for both Debian develpers and
OpenPKG versus APT. OpenPKG 1.0 is a
cross-platform Unix software packaging tool based on RPM, which was
recently. Some people discussed
features of this and the Debian package tool. Jörg Wendland
suggested several new functions embedded in APT or in a wrapper
around it, mainly to easier support maintenance of large pools of
similar Debian machine. These features include remote installation,
deinstallation and reconfiguration of software.
Renaming Stale ITPs to RFP. Bas Zoetekouw
to rename ITP bugs (Intent to Package) into RFP (Request for
Packaging) if such a bug report hasn't had any activity in the last
100 days. His list contains more than 300 items, which means more
than 300 pieces of software that people wanted to package but
didn't upload for a long while. Thomas Bushnell proposed
to close the bug rightaway if the last activity was the QA question
asking for a status.
Vanishing /usr/doc symlink. Julian Gilbey
upgraded and lost -- or won. He wondered
why the /usr/doc symlink was gone after the upgrade.
Santiago Vila explained
that he had just upgraded the last package that came with a file in
the /usr/doc directory, as described in the transition
plan from August 1999.
Fifth Release of Potato. Martin 'Joey' Schulze
announced the fifth release of Debian 2.2 (codename 'potato').
This is mainly a security update, while some serious bugs have also
been fixed. Some important security updates are PHP4, INN2, Apache,
OpenSSH, Postfix, Mailman, GPM, mutt and Exim. Also, important
packages like modconf and postgresql have been updated. Joey has a
Also, the changelog
Non-US changelog. If you haven't done so in a while, be sure to
run apt-get update && apt-get upgrade.
Cdimage.debian.org should already have an \ update
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following new
or updated packages were updated or added to the Debian archive
-- A program for converting Microsoft Power Point Files.
-- A program for converting Microsoft Excel Files.
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