Debian Weekly News - March 27th, 2002
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Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - March 27th, 2002
Welcome to this year's thirteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community.
Daemon Outages During Upgrade. Adrian Bridgett reported a drawback
of Debian, in his eyes. Before an upgrade daemons will be stopped,
then the package gets upgraded, and finally they are restarted. On
fast machines you won't notice the outage normally, but on slow
machines there's a certain amount time where the daemon in question is
not running. Adam Heath explained that daemons have to be stopped
before an upgrade, since start-stop-daemon checks the binary on the
Packages Still Located in Potato. Otto Wyss published a list of
packages whose files still reside in the potato directory of the
Debian archive. Before releasing Woody, somebody probably needs to
check if they are suitable for release and request their removal if
not. Some packages may not even be required anymore.
Crypto Software in the Main Archive. Anthony Towns finally
announced that cryptographic software is permitted to be uploaded
to the main archive of Debian. Some time ago (January 2000?) the US
government decided that cryptographic software was actually already
available outside the US and that it wouldn't matter too much if the
controls were relaxed. A specialized group, consisting of Debian
developers and lawyers, have prepared legal advice for this.
Please see Anthony's article for details.
Preparing Another Stable Revision. In another quixotic attempt, Joey
is working on an update to the stable Debian version (alias 2.2).
The list of packages contains no less than 24 security uploads and
seven important updates currently. The plan is to get this revision
out at the beginning of April. People should comment to Joey
directly if they disagree.
New IceWM Maintainer Required. J=E9r=F4me Marant told us that the
IceWM package does not have any active upstream developers anymore.
What a pity for such a nice window-manager. Since the Debian
maintainer for IceWM doesn't want to become the upstream maintainer
new people are required to keep this piece of software alive. It's
been added to the list of unmaintained free software.
Project Leader Election. The Debian Project Secretary started the
first call for votes for the Debian project leader election 2002.
Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC on April 16th, 2002. Manoj
Srivastava rewrote the voting machinery which works a little bit
differently to before. Apparently, there were some problems
encountered, which have now been resolved.
New Boot-Floppies 3.0.21. The boot-floppies team has released a
new set of Woody boot-floppies. Robert Bihlmeyer submitted a
success report afterwards. This set of boot-floppies is not
available for alpha, arm, s390 and sparc yet. Porters need to take
care of these architectures.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* listar -- Buffer overflow.
* mtr -- Buffer overflow.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* bochs -- IA-32 (x86) PC emulator.
* dcgui -- Direct Connect Graphical client (peer-based
* devscripts -- Scripts to make the life of a Debian Package
* googlizer -- Utility to search Google via your GNOME
* gpaint -- GNU Paint - a small, easy to use paint program for
* iptstate -- Top-like state for netfilter/iptables.
* ksimus -- KDE tool for simulating electrical circuits.
* kwave -- A sound editor for KDE2.
* snoopy -- An execve() wrapper and logger.
* yencode -- Powerful yEnc decoder/encoder.
Orphaned Packages. 4 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 97 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the 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.
* fidelio -- Gnome hotline client. (Bug#139347)
* giflib -- Shared library for GIF images. (Bug#139387)
* musicbrainz -- Indexes both digital compressed audio and CDs.
* srecord -- Manipulate EPROM load files. (Bug#138940)
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