Debian Weekly News - June 25th, 2002
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Debian Weekly News - June 25th, 2002
Welcome to this year's twentyfourth issue of DWN, the weekly
newsletter for the Debian community. In order to improve the quality
of DWN and to let new contributors know how we put together each
issue, we updated the contributing page. Here's a nice quote
from Jérôme Marant: The good work Debian folks are doing on their
packages is the real secret for APT's magic.
Preliminary XFree86 4.2.0 Packages. Branden Robinson finally
announced preliminary packages for XFree86 4.2.0. Thanks to
Branden and Ishikawa Mutsumi for the great work. As Branden has
mentioned before, Debian provides the cross-platform testbed for
XFree86. The XFree86.org developers only build for i386. Additionally,
Werner Heuser set up a Mini HOWTO about Debian-XFree86 v4.2, and
Adam Heath and Tollef Fog Heen set up a mirror list.
Debian used in French Schools. The Debian system is used as basis for
a distribution of GNU/Linux used in French schools. It uses a
customized installer. The system will install on a single disk, either
empty or with a single vfat partition. In order to install it, the
user only has to boot from the CD. The installation process is in
French and installs a working Debian system in less than 20 minutes.
There is more information with links pointing to French documents.
Developer's Reference Updated. Raphaël Hertzog announced that a
new version of the Developer's Reference has been installed in the
archive. The number of changes is said to be impressive and include:
documentation of testing, the Package Tracking System, the new
incoming system, IRC channels, madison, new maintainer sponsoring and
a completely new chapter covering Best Packaging Practices.
GNU FDL 1.2 Draft Comment Summary Posted. The Free Software
Foundation finally released the comments they received after
publishing the license draft for the GNU Free Documentation
License (FDL), which Branden Robinson asked for quite a while ago.
However, since Branden is unhappy with the current situation, he
intends to develop the Debian Free Content License (DFCL) which
will be unambiguously DFSG-free. Hence, the APS Free Game License
and the Design Science License were mentioned.
Additional Restrictions for the GPL? A question came up on the
debian-legal list whether the author is permitted to add some kind
of advertisement clause to the license of a package which is otherwise
licensed using the GNU General Public License. Branden Robinson
explains in detail why this package doesn't seem to comply with
the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
Prettyprinting Java Code? Every once in a while programmers would like
to print their code on paper, either for review or for archiving.
However, plain code does look boring. Hence, it's always good to use a
beautifier before actually printing the code, so keywords get printed
bold, etc. For e-mail there are mp and muttprint, for C, C++,
Java, Shell, Perl and Verilog there is trueprint. For Java you may
also use tinyc2l.
Multilingual General Debian Flyers. Several Debian people have
recently worked on an updated general flyer that informs about the
Debian project and the Debian distribution. It should be used at
international exhibitions whenever the Debian project is invited
to attend. It uses free software (i.e. LaTeX) and is organized as
bilingual flyer when printed on both sides of a sheet of paper. The
copyright has been assigned to Software in the Public
Interest, Inc. and the flyer source is already available in
German, English, French, Italian, Dutch,
Portuguese and Swedish.
PGI based Woody Installer. Branden Robinson announced that in
light of the imminent release of Debian 3.0, also known as Woody,
Progeny Linux Systems is publishing a beta version of a Woody
installer, which is based on their Progeny Graphical Installer
(PGI) software. ISO Images of this installer are available from
Reorganizing Debian's Documentation. Osamu Aoki proposed to
reorganize the documentation which Debian installs on the users system
in /usr/share/doc, similar to RFC and HOWTO documents. This will
provide more consistent file location and other benefits like easier
integration on CDs, documentation, which is easier to find, and
Easier Translation of Debian's Web Pages. Denis Barbier posted a
request for comments to debian-www regarding a new way to do
translations. Earlier, there have been many problems regarding the
so-called slices, in which multiple languages are present in the same
file. This causes problems for some multi-byte encodings, such as
Japanese. Denis came up with a solution which uses the familiar
gettext method and .po files.
Debian on Rank 35 on Supercomputer List. The last International
Supercomputing Conference recently took place in Heidelberg, Germany.
The University of Heidelberg did not only host this year's
conference but also built their own cluster at the
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), which
uses Debian as basic operating system. This cluster is the world's
fastest computer cluster running GNU/Linux and made it to rank 35.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* Apache -- Chunk handling vulnerability.
* Apache-SSL -- Chunk handling vulnerability.
* Apache-Perl -- Chunk handling vulnerability.
* OpenSSH -- Remote vulnerability.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* dansguardian -- Web content filter.
* ebview -- EPWING CD-ROM dictionary viewer.
* gkrelldnet -- A dnetc plugin for GKrellM.
* gmessage -- A Gnome based xmessage replacement.
* gnutls0.4 -- GNU TLS library.
* imageviewer -- Image Viewer for GNUstep.
* info2man -- Convert GNU info files to POD or man pages.
* ipband -- Daemon for subnet bandwidth monitoring with
reporting via email.
* lurker -- Archive tools for mailing lists with search engine.
* mailsync -- Synchronize IMAP mailboxes.
* nofgpg -- python-gnome script to manage GPG's keyring.
* postal -- SMTP benchmark.
* python-pisock -- Python tools to communicate with PalmOS PDA
over a serial port.
* python-slides -- Python-based Slide Maker.
* quixote -- A highly pythonic web application framework.
* smalleiffel -- The GNU Eiffel Compiler (emits Java bytecode
and ANSI C).
* tau -- Tuning and Analysis Utilities.
* tcc -- Tiny C Compiler - The Smallest ANSI C compiler.
* texify -- Beautify source code for use with LaTeX.
Orphaned Packages. Two packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 79 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.
* cxhextris -- Color version of hextris. (Bug#150862)
* secpanel -- A Tcl/Tk GUI for SSH and SCP. (Bug#150498)
Seen something interesting? Please drop us a note whenever you see
something noteworthy that you think is appropriate for inclusion in
DWN. We don't see everything, unfortunately, and this month will be a
busy one for us. Of course, we are also thankful for completely
written items from volunteer writers. We're looking forward to
receiving your mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.