Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – March 7th, 2000
Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian
developer community. This is a combined 2 week summary.
We’ve now passed the first Release Critical Bug Horizon, and 20
packages will soon be removed from potato. The bug horizon has
been a success, based on the number of release critical bugs that
have been closed in the past 2 weeks — for a while less than 200
were open, down from 300+ a few weeks ago — fewer RC bugs than any
time since last summer. The number of bugs is on the rise again
though, and another bug horizon may be called.
Project leader elections close in just a few days. Do remember
to vote. Linux.com has posted interviews with Wichert
Akkerman and Matthew Vernon. Joel Klecker was not interviewed,
but he did make a brief statement.
Two new ways to show people Debian in action:
* Install Debian wherever you go with the latest version of
LinuxCare’s Bootable Business Card which allows installation of
the Debian base system, right off the mini-CD.
* Compaq’s testdrive program now includes accounts on i386 and
alpha Debian systems.
Ddiff was announced. Ddiff is a tool to generate binary
diffs between different versions of .deb packages.
Two security problems were fixed this week. Fixes are available
for remote exploits of the nmh and htdig packages in slink.
There was discussion of a man exploit on bugtraq, but Debian uses a
different man package and is not vulnerable. Similarly, bugtraq
discussion indicates we aren’t vulnerable to the dosemu
problems present in Corel Linux.
New packages in Debian this week include the following and
* corewars: The classic corewars game with gtk-look
* dhis: Dynamic Host Information System client (server)
* libsdl-mixer1.0: mixer library for Simple DirectMedia Layer
* libvds-dev: The view-dependent simplification library
* unison: A file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows
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