It's Weekly News-time again: Process to remove debmake, More volunteer Contributions and Launchpad for Debian? and much, much more from the maillists.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – January 31st, 2006
Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Martin Michlmayr reported about two development
MIPS boards donated to Debian that will be used as build daemon for
the MIPS architectures. Stephen Shankland reported about Eben
Moglen who is explaining the updated version of the GNU GPL
which resulted in discussions on Debian lists.
Call for Papers. Margarita Manterola called for papers for the
upcoming Debian Day which will take place on Saturday, May 13th,
before this years DebConf in Oaxtepec, Mexico. The presentations
should be easy to understand, very clear and concise in their content,
and not require any previous knowledge about Debian from the audience.
Process to remove debmake. Santiago Vila reported about the demise
of debmake. One year ago, the use of debmake for new packages was
deprecated and the included program deb-make removed. The next steps
are switching away from this tool and eventually opening
release-critical bug reports against remaining packages. Anthony
Towns suggested to file wishlist bugs now with a proper usertag.
More volunteer Contributions. Joseph Michael Smidt stated that all
people want to feel important when they're making a contribution to
Debian. He would like to see an official title for all contributers so
they become a visible part of the community, especially since the
new-maintainer process could be seen as a barrier. The following
discussion demonstrated several means to get involved.
New Semantic of /var/run. Peter Eisentraut forwarded a user
request to create a directory within /var/run upon service
startup. Henrique Holschuh suggested to go ahead since
initscripts are leaning towards an ephemeral /var/run that will be
removed upon reboot.
Debian Archive Key Maintenance. Petter Reinholdtsen noticed
problems upgrading etch due to a missing new archive key. Joey
Hess pondered whether this could result in a stable Debian release
being uninstallable. Distributing updated keys in a security
update would break past policies concerning stable releases and
users won't be able to install the current stable release without the
Launchpad for Debian? Frans Jessop asked if it would be helpful,
more organised and efficient if Debian developers would work with
launchpad. Matthew Garrett pointed out that the general use is
unlikely as long as it is not Free Software. Andrew Suffield added
that removing the ability to manage things from the shell doesn't
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 954: wine — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 955: mailman — Denial of service.
* DSA 956: lsh-utils — Local vulnerabilities.
* DSA 957: imagemagick — Arbitrary command execution.
* DSA 958: drupal — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 959: unalz — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 960: libmail-audit-perl — Insecure temporary file.
New or Noteworthy Packages. Due to packages.debian.org being down
because of performance issues we are unable to provide the regular
list of new packages.
Orphaned Packages. 2 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 197 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the 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.
* ivi — Graphical front-end for various HDL simulators.
* ud — Uptime Daemon. (Bug#349833)
Removed Packages. 4 packages have been removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:
* roxen3 — Roxen Challenger Webserver
Bug#348646: Request of maintainer, superseded by roxen4
* wmkbd — WindowMaker dock application which can
define/modify/switch keyboard maps
Bug#349255: Request of maintainer, RC buggy; unreponsive
* libmail-audit-perl — Perl library for creating easy mail filters
Bug#349551: Request of maintainer, obsolete; alternative
* libdigest-nilsimsa-perl — Nilsimsa message digest algorithm
Bug#350057: Request of maintainer, no rev-deps; not needed
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