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Debian weekly News 04/2006

The 4th DWN is here – read about Draft GPLv3 released, Debian on LVM2 on RAID and Helping the Debian GNOME Team.
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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/04/
Debian Weekly News – January 24th, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. The Debian listmasters have decided to [1]revoke
posting permission to a developer centric announce list for a person
[2]pointing out that off-topic [3]mails should be sent elsewhere in
a rather sarcastic and potentially offensive fashion.

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00012.html
2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00009.html
3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/01/msg00008.html

Helping the Debian GNOME Team. Josselin Mouette [4]asked for help
with bug triage from Debian GNOME users in order to clean up the large
number of bugs that currently clutter the BTS on GNOME Team packages.
Interested parties should find packages needing attention using the
[5]package tracking system. He also noted that those familiar with
GNOME packages are welcome to join the team itself.

4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome/2006/01/msg00037.html
5.
http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=pkg-gnome-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org

Debian on LVM2 on RAID. Emidio Planamente wrote a [6]document that
describes how to install Debian [7]sarge on a logical volume (LV)
that resides on a number of disks merged together with RAID. The /boot
directory that contains the initial ram-disk and the kernel needs to
be outside of the LVM, though.

6. http://emidio.planamente.ch/pages/linux_howto_root_lvm_raid.php
7. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/

Kaffe Compiler Transition. Wolfgang Baer [8]announced new kaffe
packages that use [9]gcj as their default compiler which has been
discussed with upstream and other Debian Java maintainers at the
[10]Linux developers meeting in Oldenburg. This [11]transition affects
about 110 source package of which only five fail to build and need a
little care.

8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/01/msg00151.html
9. http://packages.debian.org/gcj
10. http://meeting.ffis.de/Oldenburg2005/
11. http://wiki.debian.org/Java/KaffeTransition

Web Forums for Debian. Andreas Schuldei [12]stated that Debian weak in
forum based support structures. Steve Langasek [13]explained that most
people in the Debian community despise web forums. Michael Banck
[14]added that Debian should be very careful whether it officially
adopts a web forum as part of its support facilities and that the
project will have to be present and mediate when needed.

12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00225.html
13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00226.html
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/01/msg00233.html

Translated Copyright Notice. Tobias Toedter [15]wondered if he should
translate the [16]GNU GPL copyright notice when it is presented via
[17]gettext. While it seems to be better to leave the license itself
[18]untranslated the copyright notice may be translated as Henning
Makholm [19]pointed out.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00197.html
16. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
17. http://packages.debian.org/gettext
18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00201.html
19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00208.html

Draft GPLv3 released. Don Armstrong [20]published the draft license of
the [21]GNU GPL version 3 that was released at the [22]GPLv3 launch
conference. It contains a special paragraph about digital restriction
management and explicitly outlaws to sue others for patent
infringement when the software is released under this license.

20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00210.html
21. http://gplv3.fsf.org/
22. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0116-gplv3launch

Debian Architecture Qualification. Anthony Towns [23]announced
[24]alpha, [25]amd64, [26]hppa, [27]i386, [28]ia64, [29]mips,
[30]mipsel and [31]powerpc as release architectures and provided the
[32]log of the IRC conference with regards to architecture
qualification for the Debian [33]archive.

23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/01/msg00000.html
24. http://www.debian.org/ports/alpha/
25. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
26. http://www.debian.org/ports/hppa/
27. http://www.debian.org/ports/i386/
28. http://www.debian.org/ports/ia64/
29. http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/
30. http://www.debian.org/ports/mipsel/
31. http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc/
32. http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/debian-tech/Logs/20051230-archivequalification
33. http://ftp.debian.org/

Treating Paper Copies. Frank Küster [34]wondered whether a printed
version of a document released under the [35]GPL would be “object
code” as treated in section 3 of the license. Jeremy Hankins
[36]affirmed this and referred to a lawyer. Nathanael Nerode
[37]stated that the [38]GPLv3 says that object code means any
non-source version of a work.

34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00308.html
35. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00310.html
37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00334.html
38. http://gplv3.fsf.org/

Non-free Non-code? In light of the current debate on the upcoming
[39]general resolution Gerfried Fuchs [40]reported about graphics in a
free package that were rendered by non-free software and about the
Debian [41]logo whose license is non-free as well. As a result a lot
of packages would have to be moved to non-free.

39. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001
40. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/01/msg00333.html
41. http://www.debian.org/logos/

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

* DSA 945: [42]antiword — Insecure temporary file creation.
* DSA 946: [43]sudo — Privilege escalation.
* DSA 947: [44]clamav — Heap overflow.
* DSA 948: [45]kdelibs — Buffer overflow.
* DSA 949: [46]crawl — Potential group games execution.
* DSA 950: [47]cupsys — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 951: [48]trac — SQL injection and cross-site scripting.
* DSA 952: [49]libapache-auth-ldap — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 953: [50]flyspray — Cross-site scripting.

42. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-945
43. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-946
44. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-947
45. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-948
46. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-949
47. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-950
48. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-951
49. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-952
50. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-953

New or Noteworthy Packages. Due to [51]packages.debian.org being down
because of performance issues we are unable to provide the regular
list of new packages.

51. http://packages.debian.org/

Orphaned Packages. 27 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 202 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [52]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.

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

* [53]boson-data — Data files for Boson. ([54]Bug#348589)
* [55]boson-music — Music Pack for Boson. ([56]Bug#348588)
* [57]dancer-ircd — IRC server designed for centrally maintained
network. ([58]Bug#348746)
* [59]dancer-services — IRC services implementation for
dancer-ircd. ([60]Bug#348748)
* [61]dfm — Desktop-File-Manager for X11. ([62]Bug#349205)
* [63]enscript — Converts ASCII text to Postscript, HTML, RTF or
Pretty-Print. ([64]Bug#349321)
* [65]gkrelldnet — Dnetc plugin for GKrellM. ([66]Bug#349581)
* [67]ieee80211 — Source for the 802.11 (wireless) network stack
for Linux. ([68]Bug#349165)
* [69]ipw2200 — Source for the ipw2200 driver. ([70]Bug#349164)
* [71]kexi — Tool for manipulating database objects in KDE3.
([72]Bug#348832)
* [73]libcache-mmap-perl — Shared data cache using memory mapped
files. ([74]Bug#348951)
* [75]libmasonx-interp-withcallbacks-perl — Mason callback support
via Params::CallbackRequest. ([76]Bug#348952)
* [77]libparams-callbackrequest-perl — Functional and
object-oriented callback architecture. ([78]Bug#348953)
* [79]libstring-crc32-perl — Perl interface for cyclic redundancy
check generation. ([80]Bug#348954)
* [81]manpages-fi — Finnish man pages. ([82]Bug#348790)
* [83]manpages-ko — Korean man pages. ([84]Bug#349265)
* [85]pgaccess — Tcl/Tk interface to PostgreSQL. ([86]Bug#349243)
* [87]php-net-checkip — Check the syntax of IPv4 addresses.
([88]Bug#349007)
* [89]qglviewer — Qt/OpenGL-based viewing widget. ([90]Bug#348793)
* [91]rep-xmms — Rep language bindings for XMMS. ([92]Bug#348786)
* [93]rxvt-unicode — RXVT-like terminal emulator with Unicode
support. ([94]Bug#348719)
* [95]sawfish-xmms — Sawfish bindings for XMMS. ([96]Bug#348789)
* [97]scottfree — Interpreter for Adventure International games.
([98]Bug#348950)
* [99]vstream — Bttv video capture utility aimed at making MPEGs.
([100]Bug#349197)
* [101]wmgtemp — Temperature sensor dock app for Window Maker.
([102]Bug#349201)
* [103]wmitime — Yet another clock dock app for Window Maker.
([104]Bug#349245)
* [105]xmailbox — Mail notifier with animation and sound effects.
([106]Bug#348656)

53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/boson-data
54. http://bugs.debian.org/348589
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/boson-music
56. http://bugs.debian.org/348588
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dancer-ircd
58. http://bugs.debian.org/348746
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/dancer-services
60. http://bugs.debian.org/348748
61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dfm
62. http://bugs.debian.org/349205
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/enscript
64. http://bugs.debian.org/349321
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/gkrelldnet
66. http://bugs.debian.org/349581
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ieee80211-source
68. http://bugs.debian.org/349165
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ipw2200-source
70. http://bugs.debian.org/349164
71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kexi
72. http://bugs.debian.org/348832
73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libcache-mmap-perl
74. http://bugs.debian.org/348951
75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmasonx-interp-withcallbacks-perl
76. http://bugs.debian.org/348952
77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libparams-callbackrequest-perl
78. http://bugs.debian.org/348953
79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libstring-crc32-perl
80. http://bugs.debian.org/348954
81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/manpages-fi
82. http://bugs.debian.org/348790
83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/manpages-ko
84. http://bugs.debian.org/349265
85. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/pgaccess
86. http://bugs.debian.org/349243
87. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/php-net-checkip
88. http://bugs.debian.org/349007
89. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/libqglviewer1
90. http://bugs.debian.org/348793
91. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/rep-xmms
92. http://bugs.debian.org/348786
93. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/rxvt-unicode
94. http://bugs.debian.org/348719
95. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/sawfish-xmms
96. http://bugs.debian.org/348789
97. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/scottfree
98. http://bugs.debian.org/348950
99. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/vstream
100. http://bugs.debian.org/349197
101. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/wmgtemp
102. http://bugs.debian.org/349201
103. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmitime
104. http://bugs.debian.org/349245
105. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/xmailbox
106. http://bugs.debian.org/348656

Removed Packages. 13 packages have been [107]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

* pike7.2 — Powerful interpreted programming language
[108]Bug#348546: Request of maintainer, superseded by pike7.6
* webmin-slbackup — Webmin module for Skolelinux Backup
[109]Bug#348307: Request of maintainer, webmin is removed
* printbill — Sophisticated print billing / accounting system for
lprng
[110]Bug#282561: Request of QA, unmaintained, unused, dead
upstream
* pyid3lib — Id3lib wrapper for Python – dummy package
[111]Bug#348220: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; does not
work with UTF-8; no rev-deps
* rocks — Make network sockets reliable in a transparent way
[112]Bug#330953: Request of maintainer, broken; unresponsive
upstream
* trophy — 2D car racing action game
[113]Bug#341102: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; orphaned;
many non-trivial bugs
* xmcpustate — Displays CPU/Swap/Memory/Network load
[114]Bug#347851: Request of QA, not compatible with 2.6 kernels
* libsafe — Protection against buffer overflow vulnerabilities
[115]Bug#348230: long-standing RC bugs, gives a false sense of
security
* kernel-patch-cryptoloop — CryptoAPI's Cryptoloop Module
[116]Bug#348231: Request of QA: doesn't apply to current kernels,
better alternatives
* libgnome-gnorba-perl — Gnorba module for Perl
[117]Bug#349131: Request of QA, orphaned, obsolete, no rev-deps
* tkseti — GUI front-end to the SETI@Home client for UNIX
[118]Bug#349137: Request of QA, obsolete, doesn't work anymore, no
rev-deps
* pistachio — L4 microkernel implementation – development libraries
[119]Bug#349263: Request of maintainer, unused, slow upstream,
FTBFS
* xcingb — Chinese input server (GB) for Crxvt in X11.
[120]Bug#349320: Request of QA, obsolete, no users, unmaintained,
no rev-deps

108. http://bugs.debian.org/348546
109. http://bugs.debian.org/348307
110. http://bugs.debian.org/282561
111. http://bugs.debian.org/348220
112. http://bugs.debian.org/330953
113. http://bugs.debian.org/341102
114. http://bugs.debian.org/347851
115. http://bugs.debian.org/348230
116. http://bugs.debian.org/348231
117. http://bugs.debian.org/349131
118. http://bugs.debian.org/349137
119. http://bugs.debian.org/349263
120. http://bugs.debian.org/349320

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