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Debian Weekly News 03/2006

This week's edition of DWN is here – read about Status of the m68k Port, Releasing Software under the GPL and Collaborative Maintenance of Packages.
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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/03/
Debian Weekly News – January 17th, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Simon Josefsson [1]proposed a license sufficient
for Debian and FreeBSD for the [2]Internet Engineering Task Force
that releases RFC documents. Michael Banck [3]announced the
availability of X.org packages for the Hurd.

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/11/msg00214.html
2. http://www.ietf.org/
3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2006/01/msg00018.html

Status of the m68k Port. Wouter Verhelst [4]announced future plans of
the m68k port team after it lacks too many [5]requirements for
[6]etch. [7]Freescale's m68k successor, the [8]ColdFire variant
with MMU (memory management unit) would boost the buildds' speed by
factor 4 and more compared to the actual buildds. For the purpose of
evaluating the possibilities of such an hybrid port, Freescale offered
Debian five ColdFire boards which are currently on the way to the
Debian m68k port team.

4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00005.html
5. http://release.debian.org/etch_arch_qualify.html
6. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
7. http://www.freescale.com/
8. http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?nodeId=02VS0lDFTQYTLC

Debian Mirror Split. Anthony Towns [9]announced that the primary
Debian mirror will soon only contain the [10]i386 architecture instead
of all, the [11]amd64 architecture may be added later. For other
architectures special host names will be created. He asked for help
communicating with mirror admins and maintaining the master mirror
list.

9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00007.html
10. http://www.debian.org/ports/i386/
11. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/

Releasing Software under the GPL. Svante Signell [12]wondered how to
mark files in a software package that is to be released under the GNU
[13]General Public License (GPL). Justin Pryzby [14]stated that all
files with creative content should be marked accordingly. Brian Nelson
[15]added that most of these questions are [16]answered by the Free
Software Foundation already.

12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/11/msg00202.html
13. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/11/msg00204.html
15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/11/msg00206.html
16. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html

Discovering neglected Packages. Thomas Huriaux [17]wrote a number of
scripts to [18]discover packages that have been neglected by their
maintainers. The output should help developers to decide which package
to help working on. The list is sorted by the number of [19]bugs,
[20]date of the last maintainer upload, number of [21]non-maintainer
uploads and the number of [22]release-critical bugs.

17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2005/12/msg00023.html
18. http://haydn.debian.org/~thuriaux-guest/qa/
19. http://haydn.debian.org/~thuriaux-guest/qa/bugs.html
20. http://haydn.debian.org/~thuriaux-guest/qa/date.html
21. http://haydn.debian.org/~thuriaux-guest/qa/nmu.html
22. http://haydn.debian.org/~thuriaux-guest/qa/rc_bugs.html

Distributing GPL Software. Daniel Carrera [23]wondered how he is
supposed to fulfil the source code requirement of the GNU [24]GPL when
he is handing out OpenOffice.org CDs during an exhibition. Andrew
Suffield [25]explained that the easiest way is to prepare copies of
the source and give them to anybody who asks for them.

23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00118.html
24. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00134.html

Collaborative Maintenance of Packages. Following the last discussion
at the Debian-QA meeting in Darmstadt, Raphaël Hertzog [26]described
the [27]basics for maintaining packages by a team using a version
control system. The goal is to find a decent way for Debian to let
external contributors integrate their work within Debian.

26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2005/12/msg00026.html
27. http://wiki.debian.org/CollaborativeMaintenance

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

* DSA 935: [28]libapache2-mod-auth-pgsql — Format string
vulnerability.
* DSA 936: [29]libextractor — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 937: [30]tetex-bin — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 938: [31]koffice — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 939: [32]fetchmail — Denial of service.
* DSA 940: [33]gpdf — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 941: [34]tuxpaint — Insecure temporary file creation.
* DSA 942: [35]albatross — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 943: [36]perl — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 944: [37]mantis — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 945: [38]antiword — Insecure temporary file creation.

28. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-935
29. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-936
30. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-937
31. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-938
32. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-939
33. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-940
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-941
35. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-942
36. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-943
37. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-944
38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-945

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [39]recently or contain important updates.

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

* [40]alacarte — Easy GNOME menu editing tool.
* [41]bcrelay — Broadcast relay daemon.
* [42]blinken — KDE version of the Simon Says electronic memory
game.
* [43]bluemon — Activate or deactivate programs based on bluetooth
link quality.
* [44]cue2toc — Converts CUE files to cdrdao's TOC format.
* [45]debian-archive-keyring — GnuPG archive keys of the Debian
archive.
* [46]fatsort — Utility for sorting FAT directory structures.
* [47]freetalk — Console based Jabber client.
* [48]havp — HTTP Anti Virus Proxy.
* [49]k3dsurf — Tool for mathematical surfaces.
* [50]kanagram — Letter order game for KDE.
* [51]kitty — Qt/KDE based RSS podcast and video aggregator.
* [52]kmobiletools — KDE control application for the mobile phone.
* [53]knetwalk — Game for system administrators.
* [54]kthesaurus — Thesaurus for the KDE Office Suite.
* [55]kunittest — Unit testing library for KDE.
* [56]linuxprinting.org-ppds — Linuxprinting.org printer support -
PostScript PPD files.
* [57]pcsx — Sony PlayStation emulator.
* [58]update-manager — GNOME application that manages apt updates.
* [59]zsnes — Emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
(TM).

40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/alacarte
41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/bcrelay
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/blinken
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/bluemon
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/cue2toc
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/debian-archive-keyring
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/fatsort
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/freetalk
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/havp
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/k3dsurf
50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/kanagram
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/kitty
52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kmobiletools
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/knetwalk
54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kthesaurus
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/kunittest
56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/linuxprinting.org-ppds
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/pcsx
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/update-manager
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/zsnes

Orphaned Packages. 7 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 171 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [60]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.

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

* [61]boson-base — Core package for the Boson OpenGL war game.
([62]Bug#348062)
* [63]installwatch — Track installation of local software.
([64]Bug#347469)
* [65]oneko — Cat chases the cursor (now a mouse) around the
screen. ([66]Bug#348199, [67]Bug#348205)
* [68]wmtop — Dockapp that displays 3 top memory or CPU using
processes. ([69]Bug#347529)
* [70]x-symbol — WYSIWYG TeX mode for XEmacs. ([71]Bug#348060)
* [72]xmix — Xt based mixer for X11. ([73]Bug#348196)
* [74]xtalk — BSD talk compatible X Window System client.
([75]Bug#347571)

61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/boson-base
62. http://bugs.debian.org/348062
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/installwatch
64. http://bugs.debian.org/347469
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/oneko
66. http://bugs.debian.org/348199
67. http://bugs.debian.org/348205
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmtop
69. http://bugs.debian.org/347529
70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/editors/x-symbol
71. http://bugs.debian.org/348060
72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/xmix
73. http://bugs.debian.org/348196
74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/xtalk
75. http://bugs.debian.org/347571

Removed Packages. 22 packages have been [76]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

* zope-backtalk — Document annotation, editing, and production
system – Zope
[77]Bug#310673: Request of maintainer, orphaned package
* eli — Compiler construction kit
[78]Bug#319463: Request of maintainer, very few users and up for
adoption for several months
* openmosix — Open Source Linux Cluster Project
[79]Bug#319817: Request of QA, outdated and buggy
* polypaudio — Development files for the polypaudio sound server
library
[80]Bug#339589: Request of maintainer, has never been part of a
stable release; dead upstream
* gwydion-dylan, libpng-dylan — Gwydion Dylan
[81]Bug#342860: Request of QA, FTBFS; RC-buggy; maintainer MIA?
* torsmo — System monitor that sits in the corner of your desktop
[82]Bug#342919: Request of maintainer, superseded by conky; dead
upstream
* php-clamav — PHP bindings for libclamav
[83]Bug#343908: Request of maintainer, superseded by
php-clamavlib; dead upstream
* libtoolbutton-java — extension of Java swing component JButton
[84]Bug#344129: Request of maintainer, superseded by
libtoolbar-java; no rev-deps
* gtk-engines-icegradient — Ice-Gradient theme for GTK+
[85]Bug#344249: Request of maintainer, dead upstream
* libbusiness-onlinepayment-bankofamerica-perl — Bank of America
backend for Business::OnlinePayment
[86]Bug#344326: Request of maintainer, obsolete, doesn't work
anymore
* ubit — Development files for libubit
[87]Bug#344597: Request of QA, orphaned, out-of-date, unnoticed
grave breakage
* xerces25 — Validating XML parser library for C++ (development
files)
[88]Bug#344860: Request of maintainer, superseded by xerces27
* figfonts — User contributed fonts for figlet
[89]Bug#345743: included fonts are undistributable due to lack of
license information
* pmp-common — hotplug/udev scripts for portable music players
[90]Bug#346131: Request of maintainer, obsolete
* rbscrobbler — Send rhythmbox track information to audioscrobbler
[91]Bug#347471: Request of maintainer, orphaned; obsolete
* winesetuptk — Windows Emulator (Configuration and Setup Tool)
[92]Bug#347640: Request of maintainer, superseded by wine-fg,
unmaintained
* pcmcia-modules-2.4.26-i386 — PCMCIA modules for Linux (kernel
2.4.26-1-386)
[93]Bug#344839: Request of QA, obsoleted, unusable in Debian
* webmin-* — Web interface for system maintenance, and modules
[94]Bug#343897: Request of maintainer, outdated; unmaintained
* zope-loginmanager, zope-zpatters — Zope modules
[95]Bug#312864: Request of maintainer, orphaned, superseded
* 855resolution — Resolution modify tool for Intel graphic chipset
[96]Bug#347310: Request of maintainer, superseded by
915resolution
* mooix — MOO built on top of the Unix system
[97]Bug#347811: Request of maintainer, not suitable for release
* oftc-hybrid — Hybrid 7 IRC daemon – OFTC branch
[98]Bug#347874: Request of maintainer, unmaintained

77. http://bugs.debian.org/310673
78. http://bugs.debian.org/319463
79. http://bugs.debian.org/319817
80. http://bugs.debian.org/339589
81. http://bugs.debian.org/342860
82. http://bugs.debian.org/342919
83. http://bugs.debian.org/343908
84. http://bugs.debian.org/344129
85. http://bugs.debian.org/344249
86. http://bugs.debian.org/344326
87. http://bugs.debian.org/344597
88. http://bugs.debian.org/344860
89. http://bugs.debian.org/345743
90. http://bugs.debian.org/346131
91. http://bugs.debian.org/347471
92. http://bugs.debian.org/347640
93. http://bugs.debian.org/344839
94. http://bugs.debian.org/343897
95. http://bugs.debian.org/312864
96. http://bugs.debian.org/347310
97. http://bugs.debian.org/347811
98. http://bugs.debian.org/347874

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