Debian Weekly News – May 23rd, 2000

Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 16:54:25 -0700
From: Joey Hess joeyh@debian.org
To: debian-news@lists.debian.org
Subject: Debian Weekly News – May 23rd, 2000


Debian Weekly News

Debian Weekly News – May 23rd, 2000

Welcome to Debian Weekly News, a newsletter for the Debian
developer community.

No Debian Weekly News was published last week because there was
little to report on, except [8]indecision about what to do about
the first test cycle. The test cycle started slowly, and [9]CD
images were not available until this Monday. We have learned
something from this test cycle though — as Richard Braakman said,
“The first test cycle flushed out some coordination problems” and
“We hope that the next cycle will be a more thorough test of the
distribution itself.”

And in the meantime, it has become clear that we do need another
test cycle. Boot-floppies team leader Adam Di Carlo [10]wrote that
“We need a release kernel, not a a pre-release kernel. We need to
fix some rather nasty problems in boot-floppies”. And so Richard
Braakman has [11]called an end to the current test cycle today,
with plans to start another one on the 29th. In preparation for
that, he plans to “remove most of the packages that have
release-critical bugs from potato” on the 25th and 26th. Read
[12]his message for other important details.

[13]Here’s an update on plans for the First Debian Conference in
France, which is being held as part of the Libre Software Meeting.
RMS will be there to talk about the HURD, and Wichert Akkerman will
be there. The organizers hope to have several conferences plus
coding parties where real work can be done. They are looking for
speakers and also for sponsors. Also it’s been proposed that this
not be a one-time affair, but instead be an annual event that moves
to a new country each year. If you are a developer who is
interested in the conference, please fill out [14]this short survey
to let the organizers know what to expect.

Helix Code has [15]released Debian packages of Helix Gnome. It
sounds like they went all out to make these well behaved Debian
packages: “We really want to do this right. In particular, we want
all of our packages to be lintian clean. If you find a policy
violation in a Helix GNOME package, it’s a bug. “

Should packages that depend on packages in non-US/main be put in
main, contrib, or non-US/main? Before non-US was split, the answer
was “contrib”. Now, though, what should be done is less clear. The
most [16]popular choice seems to be non-US/main, with various
arguments being made for each of the choices.

In server news, ftp.debian.org has been [17]upgraded and moved
so it is connected directly to an international network backbone.
When potato is finally released, we’ll be ready …

New packages in Debian this week include the following and
[18]11 more:

  * [19]cbrowser: a C/C++ source code indexing, querying and browsing
  * [20]pharmacy: A GNOME front-end to CVS
  * [21]sqmgrlog: Report generator for squid
  * [22]starfish: X wallpaper generator.
  * [23]viewcvs: Viewing CVS Repositories via HTTP

8. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0005/msg00830.html
9. http://cdimage.debian.org/potato_pre.html
10. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-boot-0005/msg00309.html
11. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#1
12. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0005/msg00009.html
13. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-announce-0005/msg00006.html
14. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0005/msg01366.html
15. http://news.gnome.org/gnome-news/958714217/
16. http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0005/msg01281.html
17. http://www.debian.org/News/2000/20000521
18. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000522.html
19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/cbrowser.html
20. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/pharmacy.html
21. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/sqmgrlog.html
22. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/games/starfish.html
23. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/viewcvs.html

see shy jo

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