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Debian Weekly News – May 3rd, 2000

Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 17:00:03 -0700
From: Joey Hess joeyh@debian.org
To: debian-news@lists.debian.org
Subject: Debian Weekly News – May 3rd, 2000


Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/

Debian Weekly News – May 3rd, 2000


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

Debian has [8]entered the first Test Cycle. Richard Braakman
first [9]removed 17 packages with release critical bugs from the
distribution, which has reduced the number of release critical bugs
to [10]less than 100. The only changes that will occur in potato in
next 2 weeks are a final boot-floppies update and CD image
creation. Potato should be ready for testing in a few days, once
these final pieces have settled. At that point, any interested
users are encouraged to upgrade, and help [11]test the
distribution.

Wichert Akkerman [12]posted a rough proposal for a new source
package format. Some discussion ensued and it became clear that we
don’t yet have a consensus about everything a new source format
should do, or how it should work.

Other discussion topics this week include a [13]long thread
about what to do after potato is released and about release
management and timelines in general, a thread about phasing out
override files, and discussion about [14]Microsoft’s patent on
“installing and updating program module components” over the net,
which we must hope doesn’t really cover anything Debian has been
doing for the past 4 years.

New packages in Debian unstable this week include the following
and [15]45 more:
* [16]digitaldj: An SQL based mp3 player front-end
* [17]libpam-mysql: PAM module allowing authentication from a MySQL
server
* [18]libsdl1.1: Simple DirectMedia Layer ([19]dev)
* [20]libterm-stool-perl: Slang widget toolkit for perl
* [21]libxerces1: Validating XML parser library for C++
([22]dev)
* [23]postal: SMTP benchmark – the mad postman.
* [24]wap-wml-tools: Wireless Markup Language development and test
tools


References
8. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#1

9. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#2

10. http://bugs.debian.org/~wakkerma/bugs/

11.
http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-testing-0004/msg00027.html

12.
http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0004/msg01491.html

13.
http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-devel-0004/msg01377.html

14. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/current/issue/mail#3

15. http://master.debian.org/~tausq/newpkgs-20000501.html

16. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/sound/digitaldj.html

17. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/admin/libpam-mysql.html

18. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/libsdl1.1.html

19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/libsdl1.1-dev.html

20.
http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/interpreters/libterm-stool-perl.html

21. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/libxerces1.html

22.
http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/libxerces1-dev.html

23. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/postal.html

24. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/wap-wml-tools.html


see shy jo

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