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Debian Weekly News 42/2005

This weeks DWN has arrived – it contains news about Debian Installer Beta Preparation, Installing Debian Sarge and Debian Security Update.
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Debian Weekly News – October 18th, 2005
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Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Flavio Villanustre [1]reviewed Elive 0.3, a
live CD based on Debian and Morphix that features Enlightenment 0.17.
Steve Langasek [2]announced that the [3]m68k port is being ignored
for the propagation of packages from unstable into testing.

1. http://flaviostechnotalk.com/wordpress/index.php/2005/09/04/elive-03-review/
2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/10/msg00079.html
3. http://www.debian.org/ports/m68k/

Debian Installer Beta Preparation. Joey Hess [4]reported about his
trial building the [5]debian-installer with the build daemon network.
A few of the [6]issues [7]include building on HPPA, reducing the
size of boot images on sparc and mipsel, and creating CD image builds.

4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2005/10/msg00227.html
5. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
6. http://wiki.debian.org/?DebianInstallerToday
7. http://wiki.debian.org/?DebianInstallerEtchBeta1Prep

GNOME 1 Transition. Thomas Bushnell [8]reported on the state of GNOME
1 since libpng10 has been removed and thus a number of GNOME packages
don't build anymore. New core libraries that depend on a newer library
have been uploaded already. Packages that link against those core
libraries need to be rebuilt as well. He asked maintainers of related
packages to upload new versions that will be linked against the newer
libraries.

8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/10/msg00279.html

Installing Debian Sarge. Edd Dumbill wrote an [9]introduction for the
new Debian installer and walks through the Debian installation
[10]process. Partitioning the hard disk is described in detail and
some selectable targets are shown. In case of hardware problems Ed
proposes to use [11]Knoppix for hardware detection.

9. http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2005/09/29/installing_debian.html
10. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/installmanual
11. http://www.knoppix.org/

Message ID Lookup. Andrew Suffield [12]announced a web page that
provides a special search feature over the Debian [13]lists archive.
Using a specially composed URL it is now possible to search the lists
archives for a particular message ID. The index is updated roughly
every five minutes and covers the entire public archive.

12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/10/msg00043.html
13. http://lists.debian.org/

Debian OpenSolaris. Alex Ross [14]announced that he has compiled large
chunks of Debian packages for a system based on the open Solaris
kernel from [15]Sun Microsystems. These packages already run on the
[16]GNU/Solaris server that will provide ISO images and packages for
download soon.

14. http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/click.jspa?searchID=5860&messageID=11119
15. http://www.sun.com/
16. http://www.gnusolaris.org/

Debian Security Update. Branden Robinson [17]reported about the
modified security [18]infrastructure that was implemented faster than
anticipated after discussions at the Oldenburg developers [19]meeting
and now consists of three public machines combined in a DNS rotation.
He also mentioned the ongoing process of updating the kernel in the
Debian's releases that will probably lead to new packages soon.

17. http://necrotic.deadbeast.net/~branden/blog/exuberance/Debian/dpl_security_snapshot_2005.10.12.html
18. http://www.debian.org/News/2005/20051004
19. http://meeting.ffis.de/Oldenburg2005/

Licensing Pictures inside of Applications. Christian Jodar
[20]wondered if it is possible to distribute a package that contains
software released under the [21]GNU GPL and pictures or movies
released under the [22]Creative Commons BY-SA license. MJ Ray
[23]asserted that the result cannot be distributed under the GPL alone
and proposed to use the [24]MIT/X11 license instead.

20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/09/msg00558.html
21. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
22. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/09/msg00559.html
24. http://www.x.org/Downloads_terms.html

Dependency on GNU Binary Utilities. Camm Maguire [25]wondered if there
will be a stable binary interface to the GNU binary utilities that can
be used by other packages. Daniel Jacobowitz [26]asserted that the
included libraries are subject to change and that other packages would
have to link to them statically instead.

25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00928.html
26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00927.html

License for Debian Wiki Content. John Dowland [27]requested a clear
[28]license statement to be added to the new [29]Debian Wiki.
Francesco Poli [30]proposed to use the [31]Expat, [32]MIT/X11, [33]BSD
license or the [34]GNU GPL for the Wiki content.

27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/09/msg00565.html
28. http://wiki.debian.org/WikiLicencingTerms
29. http://wiki.debian.org/
30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/10/msg00001.html
31. http://www.jclark.com/xml/copying.txt
32. http://www.x.org/Downloads_terms.html
33. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/info/BSD_2Clause.html
34. http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.txt

Firewall Support at Startup. Samuel Jean [35]wrote a script to load
and activate firewall rules during the system boot process. Matthew
Palmer [36]suggested looking at the existing [37]shorewall package
instead. Steve Langasek [38]pointed out the current [39]proposal.
Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña [40]added a note about the [41]Adding
firewall capabilities section of the Securing Debian Manual.

35. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00952.html
36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00959.html
37. http://packages.debian.org/shorewall
38. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00970.html
39. http://wiki.debian.org/FirewallByDefault
40. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00999.html
41. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/securing-debian-howto/ch-sec-services#s-firewall-setup

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

* DSA 863: [42]xine-lib — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 864: [43]ruby1.8 — Safety bypass.
* DSA 865: [44]hylafax — Insecure temporary files.

42. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-863
43. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-864
44. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-865

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [45]recently or contain important updates.

45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

* [46]acidbase — Basic Analysis and Security Engine.
* [47]aldo — Portable Morse code trainer.
* [48]amule-daemon — aMule daemon.
* [49]aptsh — APT interactive shell.
* [50]asymptote — Script-based vector graphics language inspired by
MetaPost.
* [51]aylet — Ncurses-based player for Spectrum '.ay' music files.
* [52]bsdtar — tar(1) from FreeBSD, using libarchive.
* [53]gcolor2 — GTK2 colour selector and picker.
* [54]gspot — GNOME applet to query the network.
* [55]krita — Pixel-based image manipulation program for the KDE
Office Suite.
* [56]orpheus — Light-weight text mode menu- and window-driven
audio player.
* [57]peercast — P2P audio and video streaming server metapackage.
* [58]shanty — Creates Postscript file from an image and some text.

46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/acidbase
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/aldo
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/amule-daemon
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/aptsh
50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/asymptote
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/aylet
52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/bsdtar
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gcolor2
54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gspot
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/krita
56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/orpheus
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/peercast
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/shanty

Orphaned Packages. 5 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 205 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [59]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.

59. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

* [60]bibcursed — Interactive program to edit BibTeX
bibliographies. ([61]Bug#334244)
* [62]juke — Curses-based jukebox program. ([63]Bug#334375)
* [64]okle — DVD player for KDE. ([65]Bug#333816)
* [66]r-cran-xml — XML package for the R language. ([67]Bug#334323)
* [68]statdataml — XML-based data exchange format StatDataML.
([69]Bug#333683)

60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/bibcursed
61. http://bugs.debian.org/334244
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/juke
63. http://bugs.debian.org/334375
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/okle
65. http://bugs.debian.org/333816
66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/r-cran-xml
67. http://bugs.debian.org/334323
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/octave-statdataml
69. http://bugs.debian.org/333683

Removed Packages. 37 packages have been [70]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

70. http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt

* libapache-mod-witch — Apache module to log the access_log via
syslog
[71]Bug#328537: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* elastic — High-level object-oriented interpreted language
[72]Bug#328540: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* gman — Small man(1) front-end for X
[73]Bug#328541: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* brahms — Graphical music editor and MIDI sequencer
[74]Bug#328543: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* spip-eva — User Friendly but powerful Content Management System
build in PHP
[75]Bug#328544: Request of maintainer, old, RC buggy
* glimmer — Programmer's editor with multiple windows and syntax
highlighting
[76]Bug#328546: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* libopengl-dylan — Support for OpenGL in Gwydion Dylan
[77]Bug#328547: Request of QA, old, RC buggy
* xa+cv — XCIN Anywhere +CV wrapper for Chinese input in X
applications
[78]Bug#328583: Request of QA, rc-buggy, unused, very old
* gfont — Create GIF image rendered with TeX-available Font
[79]Bug#328594: Request of QA, unused, non-free
* perl2html — Highlight perl sources for WWW presentation
[80]Bug#328600: Request of QA, unused, old, alternatives available
* libsoap-perl — SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)
implementation in Perl
[81]Bug#328592: Request of QA, unused, out of date
* tkirc — Tcl/Tk based client to the Internet Relay Chat
[82]Bug#328601: Request of QA, unused, out of date, alternatives
available
* libdebconf-ruby — Uses debconf from Ruby
[83]Bug#328662: Request of QA, unused, out of date, useless
* ctklight — Light compiler toolkit in Haskell
[84]Bug#328663: Request of maintainer, old, out of date, unused
* bnlib — Multiple precision mathematics library.
[85]Bug#328669: Request of QA, unused, upstream dead, old
* lexmark7000linux — Printer driver for Lexmark 7000 “GDI” printers
[86]Bug#328792: Request of QA, unused, useless, old
* lxtools — Allows file management on HP100/200LX palmtops
[87]Bug#328800: Request of QA, unused, upstream dead, old
* scandetd — Portscan detector for Linux
[88]Bug#328803: Request of QA, unused, rc-buggy, old, upstream
dead
* nonlock — Thai (and other) Keyboard switcher using XKB
[89]Bug#328796: Request of QA, unused, old, upstream dead,
alternatives available
* userlink — BSD IP Tunnelling Driver for Linux
[90]Bug#328804: Request of QA, unused, deprecated
* ayuda — Help for Spanish speakers
[91]Bug#328805: Request of QA, unused, buggy, old
* acidwarp — Linux port of the popular DOS program Acidwarp
[92]Bug#328807: Request of QA, unused, buggy, old
* zone-file-check — Syntax-checker for BIND zone files
[93]Bug#328808: Request of QA, unused, old, alternatives
available
* escm — Embedded Scheme Processor
[94]Bug#328809: Request of QA, unused, buggy, old, upstream dead
* xodo — Odometer tracking the distance travelled by your mouse
[95]Bug#328810: Request of QA, unused, old, upstream dead
* doc-linux-ko — Linux HOWTOs, mini-HOWTOs, and FAQs in Korean
[96]Bug#328812: Request of QA, unused, old, deprecated
* gmgaclock — Matrox G400 graphics card overclocking tool
[97]Bug#328815: Request of QA, unused, buggy, old
* tik — Tcl/Tk client for the AOL Instant Messenger service
[98]Bug#328820: Request of QA, unused, buggy, old, alternatives
available
* emwin — Weather Data processing
[99]Bug#328821: Request of QA, unused, old
* camlp4-doc — Documentation for camlp4 in ps and html format
[100]Bug#328838: Request of QA, unused, old
* pc532down — Downloader for pc532 monitor ROM.
[101]Bug#328840: Request of maintainer, old, few users
* tag-types — Utilities for handling 'tagged' files
[102]Bug#328853: Request of QA, unused, old, upstream dead
* nwutil — Netwinder hardware utilities
[103]Bug#328854: Request of QA, unused, old, buggy
* samba-doc-ja — Japanised Samba documentation.
[104]Bug#328856: Request of QA, unused, old
* libfloat — Soft floating point library
[105]Bug#328857: Request of QA, unused, old
* opennap — Open Source Napster server.
[106]Bug#328866: Request of maintainer, unused, old
* qssl — QSSL development files
[107]Bug#333527: Request of maintainer, not used; no upload in ~2
years

71. http://bugs.debian.org/328537
72. http://bugs.debian.org/328540
73. http://bugs.debian.org/328541
74. http://bugs.debian.org/328543
75. http://bugs.debian.org/328544
76. http://bugs.debian.org/328546
77. http://bugs.debian.org/328547
78. http://bugs.debian.org/328583
79. http://bugs.debian.org/328594
80. http://bugs.debian.org/328600
81. http://bugs.debian.org/328592
82. http://bugs.debian.org/328601
83. http://bugs.debian.org/328662
84. http://bugs.debian.org/328663
85. http://bugs.debian.org/328669
86. http://bugs.debian.org/328792
87. http://bugs.debian.org/328800
88. http://bugs.debian.org/328803
89. http://bugs.debian.org/328796
90. http://bugs.debian.org/328804
91. http://bugs.debian.org/328805
92. http://bugs.debian.org/328807
93. http://bugs.debian.org/328808
94. http://bugs.debian.org/328809
95. http://bugs.debian.org/328810
96. http://bugs.debian.org/328812
97. http://bugs.debian.org/328815
98. http://bugs.debian.org/328820
99. http://bugs.debian.org/328821
100. http://bugs.debian.org/328838
101. http://bugs.debian.org/328840
102. http://bugs.debian.org/328853
103. http://bugs.debian.org/328854
104. http://bugs.debian.org/328856
105. http://bugs.debian.org/328857
106. http://bugs.debian.org/328866
107. http://bugs.debian.org/333527

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108. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
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