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Debian Weekly News - February 13th, 2002

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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - February 13th, 2002

Debian Leader Election. Manoj Srivastava sent in a [1]notice to
prospective candidates for the Debian Project Leader elections. He
intends to collect platform statements from the candidates, and
publish them on a known location (somewhere under
[2]www.debian.org/vote) at the end of the nomination period and the
beginning of the campaign, which makes it roughly the 27th of
February, 2002. Voting shall start on the 21st of March, 2002, and
shall last for 3 weeks, ending on the 10th of April. The first
developer to nominate himself was [3]Rapha?l Hertzog and the second
one was [4]Bdale Garbee.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0202/msg00003.html
2. http://www.debian.org/vote/
3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0202/msg00002.html
4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0202/msg00010.html

PHP4 Orphaned. Petr Czech [5]orphaned PHP4 last week. The main reason
cited was the lack of time required to maintain these packages and fix
bugs in them. Adam Conrad offered to take over these packages and Petr
will sponsor his packages until he eventually completes the
new-maintainer process. Adam says that he is pretty familiar with the
PHP source, and writes PHP modules on his own. Be warned, these
packages need a rebuild or apt-get will remove them in favour of the
new Apache packages.

 5. http://bugs.debian.org/132980

Debian on Zaurus PDA. Joey Hess [6]informed us that it looks like
Sharp's Zaurus PDA (the one with the neat integrated keyboard) uses
busybox dpkg and Debian packages. There's also a [7]sourceforge
project which covers open source development of tools, applications,
and games for the Zaurus PDA.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0202/msg00145.html
7. http://sourceforge.net/projects/zaurus

Boot-Floppies 3.0.19. David Kimdon [8]announced that the source of
boot-floppies 3.0.19 was uploaded. A first problem with this upload
has already been found, unfortunately -- it wasn't possible to load
any network drivers on the idepci flavour. The problem appears to be a
[9]modconf bug which can be avoided by building with the modconf in
testing. Oh dear! Attila Nagy also [10]reported the first severe

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0202/msg00180.html
9. http://bugs.debian.org/132561
10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot-0202/msg00393.html

Commenting on Draft 1.2 of GNU FDL. The [11]Free Software Foundation
is [12]seeking comments on draft 1.2 of the GNU FDL. The draft is
[13]here and they also provide a [14]unified diff against version 1.1.
The FSF is asking for feedback from the Free Software community on
this draft. Please send comments to [15]fdl-comments@fsf.org. The
comment period is open until 1 March 2002.

 11. http://www.fsf.org/
12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0202/msg00046.html
13. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.2-draft.txt
14. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.1-to-1.2-draft.diff
15. mailto:fdl-comments@fsf.org

New Bug-Squashing Party Next Weekend. Colin Watson [16]announced the
seventh Bug-Squashing Party which will take place from the 15th to
17th of February. The effort will be concentrated upon bugs in
[17]base and [18]standard packages. Frivolous NMUs are to be avoided,
but if there is a patch available and there has been no activity for a
while, an NMU might be carried out. The party will be coordinated
through the IRC channel #debian-bugs on OpenProjects, as usual.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0202/msg00007.html
17. http://base.debian.net/
18. http://standard.debian.net/

Security Enhanced Debian. Russell Coker sent in a [19]report about his
effort on a Debian packages including SE patches from the NSA for a
system running an SE enabled kernel. The [20]kernel patch required is
already been uploaded to the Debian archive. Russell put new versions
of core utilities [21]online already. He is getting very close to
having a working SE system.

 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0202/msg00803.html
20. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kernel-patch-2.5-lsm.html
21. http://www.coker.com.au/selinux/

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently.

 * [22]acm4 -- A multi-player aerial combat simulation.
 * [23]arpack2 -- Fortran77 subroutines to solve large scale
   eigenvalue problems.
 * [24]beep -- Advanced pc-speaker beeper.
 * [25]ClanLib -- Core runtime libraries for the ClanLib game SDK.
 * [26]dbbalancer -- Database connection pooling, load balancing and
 * [27]jigdo-file -- Download Debian CD images from any Debian
 * [28]koalamud -- A distributed MUD server.
 * [29]openbabel -- Convert and manipulate chemical data files.
 * [30]renattach -- Rename attachments on the fly.
 * [31]tuxkart -- A 3D go-kart racing game.

 22. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/acm4.html
23. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/arpack2.html
24. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/beep.html
25. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/clanlib.html
26. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/dbbalancer.html
27. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/jigdo-file.html
28. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/koalamud.html
29. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/openbabel.html
30. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/renattach.html
31. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/tuxkart.html

Security Updates. You know the drill, please make sure that you update
your systems if you have this package installed.

 * [32]UUCP -- UUCP uid/gid access.
 * [33]wmtv -- Symlink vulnerability.
 * [34]Faq-O-Matic -- Cross-site scripting vulnerability.
 * [35]CUPS -- Buffer overflow.

 32. http://www.debian.org/security/2001/dsa-079
33. http://www.debian.org/security/2002/dsa-108
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2002/dsa-109
35. http://www.debian.org/security/2002/dsa-110

Orphaned Packages. 8 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 111 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainer who contributed to the Free Software
community. Please see the [36]WNPP pages for the full list, and please
add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you plan to
take over a package.

 * [37]appindex ([38]Bug#133579) -- Simple ncurses-based Freshmeat
   appindex.txt browser.
 * [39]docbook-doc ([40]Bug#133226) -- Documentation for the DocBook
 * [41]zope-eventfolder ([42]Bug#133227) -- Event calendar for Zope.
 * [43]gdl ([44]Bug#133229) -- Gnome Devtool Libraries.
 * [45]gide ([46]Bug#133228) -- Gnome Integrated Development
 * [47]gnome-build ([48]Bug#133231) -- GNOME Build Framework (GBF).
 * [49]gnome-debug ([50]Bug#133232) -- GNOME Debugging Framework
 * [51]maplay3 ([52]Bug#132372) -- An MPEG Audio Player.
 * [53]rxtx ([54]Bug#133233) -- Native interface to serial ports in

 36. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/
37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/appindex.html
38. http://bugs.debian.org/133579
39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/docbook-doc.html
40. http://bugs.debian.org/133226
41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/zope-eventfolder.html
42. http://bugs.debian.org/133227
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libgdl0.html
44. http://bugs.debian.org/133229
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/gide.html
46. http://bugs.debian.org/133228
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libgbf0.html
48. http://bugs.debian.org/133231
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libgdf0.html
50. http://bugs.debian.org/133232
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/maplay3.html
52. http://bugs.debian.org/132372
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/lib-rxtx-java.html
54. http://bugs.debian.org/133233

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 55. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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