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Debian Weekly News 08/2006

Last weeks edition of DWN contains Etch Beta1 broken installation media, Debian Live Initiative and Team Maintenance for Debian Packages.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – February 22nd, 2006

Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Frederick Noronha [1]reported about the Martus
project that pits the best of the open source software world against
abusers to create a safe and secure environment in which human rights
activists can record and store data on abuses without fear.


Requirements for hosted Applications. David Besonen [2]wondered if
the [3]GNU GPL address hosted application and requirements to provide
its source code. Glenn Maynard [4]answered that the [5]GPLv3 draft
attempts to address this issue but not in a [6]satisfactory way,
causing various practical problems.


Etch Beta1 broken installation media. Frans Pop [7]announced that as
a consequence to changes to the Debian archive, most of the
installation media from Etch Beta1 are known to break. The only images
that should still be usable are the full installation CDs. These
changes are necessary for the Etch Beta2 release of Debian Installer.
If you need to use one of the other installation methods, use the
[8]daily built images.


Device Driver Test Page. Lars Wirzenius [9]reminded us Debian of the
GNU/Linux device driver check [10]page think. Basically, the output of
“lspci -n” is pasted into it, and the system describes which hardware
on the PCI bus is supported, and by which driver.


Debian Live Initiative. Daniel Baumann [11]reported about the new
Debian Live Initiative which is an official sub-project of Debian and
produces a live CD. Debian Live reflects the current state Debian,
runs on as much architectures as possible, consists of unchanged
Debian packages only and does not contain any unofficial package.


Team Maintenance for Debian Packages. Frans Jessop [12]asked the
Debian project to emphasise more on teams for package maintenance than
single developers. Petter Reinholdtsen [13]added that Debian needs
people working on translations, documentation, testing, web pages,
system administration, press relations and probably more tasks.


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

* DSA 972: [14]pdfkit.framework — Denial of service.
* DSA 973: [15]otrs — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 974: [16]gpdf — Denial of service.
* DSA 975: [17]nfs-user-server — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 976: [18]libast — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 977: [19]heimdal — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 978: [20]gnupg — Invalid success return.
* DSA 979: [21]pdfkit.framework — Several vulnerabilities.


Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned last week and requires a new
maintainer. This makes a total of 219 orphaned packages. Many thanks
to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free Software
community. Please see the [22]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.


* [23]ftplib — Library of callable FTP routines (development).


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