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Debian Weekly News 12/2006

This weeks issue of DWN contains Status of the AMD64 Port, Debian-Installer Etch Beta 2 and Debian Project Leader Debate and much more.
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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/12/
Debian Weekly News – March 21st, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Robert Millan [1]built CD installer images for
installing kfreebsd-amd64 as a standalone system. The [2]OpenVZ
project announced pre-built [3]templates for virtual Debian servers
that allow fast provisioning.

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-amd64/2006/03/msg00266.html
2. http://www.openvz.org/
3. http://openvz.org/download/template/precreated/

Status of the AMD64 Port. Anthony Towns [4]reported about the
inclusion of [5]amd64 in Debian. The packages from
[6]build-essential are first rebuilt and uploaded and will be
followed by the rest of the archive. Maintainer uploads of amd64
packages are currently blocked, and will remain that way until the
archive's rebuilt.

4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00014.html
5. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
6. http://packages.debian.org/build-essential

Debian-Installer Etch Beta 2. Frans Pop [7]announced the second etch
beta release of the [8]debian-installer and thanked all contributors
who helped with this release, especially those from Ubuntu. The
graphical installer is not part of this release although significant
progress has been made in its development. Installation CDs and other
media are [9]available.

7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00013.html
8. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
9. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

Expulsion Process for Developers. Christoph Berg [10]asked other
developers to think at least twice when sending a request to remove a
developer in accordance with the [11]Procedure for the expulsion of
Debian Developers. In his opinion only the person who shall be removed
should decide to make the process public, not the requester, as
described in the process.

10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/03/msg00202.html
11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/08/msg00005.html

Project Leader Interview. Rebecca Sobol [12]interviewed Branden
Robinson about his tenure as Debian Project Leader. Branden discussed
the “Project Scud” leadership team, some of the things which have
happened in Debian over the past year, and why he isn't running for
re-election.

12. http://lwn.net/Articles/174705/

Debian Project Leader Debate. Manoj Srivastava made this year's Debian
project leader debate logs [13]available. Candidates had to answer Don
Armstrong's questions about their motivations for running for DPL and
their opinions on some social issues in Debian. The debate was then up
for open discussion. Thaddeus H. Black also [14]published a list of
all questions that were proposed for this debate.

13. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/suppl_002_debate
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2006/03/msg00466.html

JBoss Application Server for Debian. Torsten Schlabach [15]asked about
the packaging status for JBoss4. Guido Guenther [16]pointed to the
appropriate subversion [17]repository, explained the next necessary
steps and asked for help with [18]packaging the JBoss Application
Server.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-java/2006/03/msg00036.html
16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-java/2006/03/msg00044.html
17. http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-jboss
18. http://wiki.debian.org/JBossPackaging

Debian Project Leader Election. Manoj Srivastava [19]called for votes
for this year's project leader [20]election. Developers can cast their
ballot until April 8th, 2006. Seven candidates nominated themselves
this year. Eligible voters should first read the full text of the
[21]platforms and rebuttals.

19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00018.html
20. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_002
21. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/platforms/

Preferred Documentation Types. Hendrik Sattler [22]wondered which
documentation types (HTML, PS, PDF, text) should be included in a
Debian package. Wouter Verhelst [23]asked to stick to [24]HTML since
HTML files can be easily searched and there are many viewers available
for HTML, which also make it easy to print.

22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00307.html
23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00325.html
24. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-docs#s12.4

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

* DSA 1002: [25]webcalendar — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1003: [26]xpvm — Insecure temporary file.
* DSA 1004: [27]vlc — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1005: [28]xine-lib — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1006: [29]wzdftpd — Arbitrary shell command execution.
* DSA 1007: [30]drupal — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1008: [31]kdegraphics — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1009: [32]crossfire — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1010: [33]ilohamail — Cross-site scripting.
* DSA 1011: [34]kernel-patch-vserver, util-vserver — Local root
exploit.
* DSA 1012: [35]unzip — Arbitrary code execution.

25. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1002
26. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1003
27. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1004
28. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1005
29. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1006
30. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1007
31. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1008
32. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1009
33. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1010
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1011
35. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1012

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [36]recently or contain important updates.

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

* [37]apt-index-watcher — Updater for apt-front indexes.
* [38]array-util — Configuration viewer for HP (Compaq) SmartArray
controllers.
* [39]arrayprobe — Command line HP (Compaq) SmartArray status
checker.
* [40]bcpp — C(++) beautifier.
* [41]beef — Flexible BrainFuck interpreter.
* [42]bitfling — Secure remote access to BitFling.
* [43]bitpim — Utility to communicate with many CDMA phones.
* [44]cableswig — Generate wrappers for Python and Tcl from C++
code.
* [45]chicken-bin — Simple Scheme-to-C compiler – compiler.
* [46]contacts — Lightweight address-book.
* [47]cvsconnect — CVS connection minimiser.
* [48]cvssuck — Inefficient CVS repository grabber using cvs
command.
* [49]dblatex — Produces DVI, PostScript, PDF documents from
DocBook sources.
* [50]exmap — Determine how much physical memory and swap is used
by individual processes.
* [51]gccxml — XML output extension to GCC.
* [52]gcom — Option GlobeTrotter and Vodafone datacard control
tool.
* [53]griffith — Film collection manager.
* [54]harvestman — Flexible web crawler application.
* [55]lat — LDAP Administration Tool.
* [56]moreutils — Additional Unix utilities.
* [57]morse — Morse-code training program for aspiring radio hams.
* [58]nbsmtp — No-brainer SMTP (tool for relaying mails).
* [59]nemerle — Nemerle Compiler.
* [60]netgen — Automatic 3d tetrahedral mesh generator.
* [61]nmzmail — Indexes and searches email in maildir folders.
* [62]open-cobol — COBOL compiler.
* [63]open.app — GNUstep open tool.
* [64]opendict — Computer dictionary for several dictionary
formats.
* [65]pykdeextensions — Python packages to support KDE
applications.
* [66]pyntor — Flexible and componentised presentation program.
* [67]rpmstrap — Bootstrap a basic RPM-based system.
* [68]scanbuttond — Scanner button daemon.
* [69]syncekonnector — Connector-plugin for raki (SynCE-KDE).
* [70]synfig — Vector-based 2D animation package.
* [71]tenshi — Log monitoring and reporting tool.
* [72]treeline — Versatile tree-like structured custom data
manager.
* [73]unfs3 — User-space NFSv3 Server.
* [74]vdradmin-am — Web-based administration tool for vdr.
* [75]wengophone — SIP-based software telephone with video and chat
features.
* [76]wlassistant — User friendly KDE frontend for wireless network
connection.
* [77]zeroc-ice — Metapackage to install all Ice related packages.
* [78]zeroc-ice-services — Metapackage to install all ZeroC Ice
services.

37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/apt-index-watcher
38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/array-util
39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/arrayprobe
40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/bcpp
41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/beef
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/bitfling
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/bitpim
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cableswig
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/chicken-bin
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/contacts
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cvsconnect
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cvssuck
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/dblatex
50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/exmap
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/gccxml
52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/gcom
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/griffith
54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/harvestman
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/lat
56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/moreutils
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/morse
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/nbsmtp
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/nemerle
60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/netgen
61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/nmzmail
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/open-cobol
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/open.app
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/opendict
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/pykdeextensions
66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/pyntor
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/rpmstrap
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/scanbuttond
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/syncekonnector
70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/synfig
71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/tenshi
72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/treeline
73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/unfs3
74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/vdradmin-am
75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/wengophone
76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/wlassistant
77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/zeroc-ice
78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/zeroc-ice-services

Orphaned Packages. 42 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 263 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [79]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.

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

* [80]ace-of-penguins — Solitaire-games with penguin-look.
([81]Bug#357754)
* [82]c2html — Highlight C sources for WWW presentation.
([83]Bug#357504)
* [84]cttex — Thai word separator for Thai teTeX/LaTeX and HTML.
([85]Bug#357875)
* [86]deliver — Local mail delivery agent. ([87]Bug#357079)
* [88]fontforge — Font Editor for PS, TrueType and OpenType fonts.
([89]Bug#357867)
* [90]gnuplot — Command-line driven interactive plotting program.
([91]Bug#357753)
* [92]gsumi — Pressure sensitive “ink” drawing. ([93]Bug#357870)
* [94]java2html — Highlight Java and C++ sources for WWW
presentation. ([95]Bug#357502)
* [96]jsboard — Web-based news/discussion system.
([97]Bug#357204)
* [98]jsboard-theme-aicom-ko — Aicom theme for JSBoard – Korean
version. ([99]Bug#357205)
* [100]jsboard-theme-debian-ko — Debian theme for JSBoard – Korean
version. ([101]Bug#357206)
* [102]jsboard-theme-diary-en — Diary theme for JSBoard – English
version. ([103]Bug#357208)
* [104]jsboard-theme-diary-ko — Diary theme for JSBoard – Korean
version. ([105]Bug#357209)
* [106]jsboard-theme-trash-en — Trash theme for JSBoard – English
version. ([107]Bug#357210)
* [108]jsboard-theme-trash-ko — Trash theme for JSBoard – Korean
version. ([109]Bug#357211)
* [110]jsboard-theme-wizz-ko — Wizz theme for JSBoard – Korean
version. ([111]Bug#357212)
* [112]kimberlite — High Availability Clustering Package.
([113]Bug#358043)
* [114]libbit-vector-minimal-perl — Object oriented wrapper around
vec(). ([115]Bug#357353)
* [116]libdb-file-lock-perl — Provides a wrapper for the DB_File
module, adding locking. ([117]Bug#357344)
* [118]libemail-foldertype-perl — Determine the type of a mail
folder. ([119]Bug#357346)
* [120]libfile-find-rule-perl — Alternative interface to
File::Find. ([121]Bug#357351)
* [122]libjpeg-mmx-dev — Development files for the IJG JPEG library
with MMX optimisation. ([123]Bug#357876)
* [124]libmail-listdetector-perl — Library for detecting mailing
list messages. ([125]Bug#357347)
* [126]libnet-ftpserver-perl — Secure, extensible and configurable
Perl FTP server. ([127]Bug#357085)
* [128]libnumber-compare-perl — Perform numeric comparisons in
perl. ([129]Bug#357348)
* [130]libtext-glob-perl — Match globbing patterns against text.
([131]Bug#357350)
* [132]libtie-array-sorted-perl — Array which is kept sorted.
([133]Bug#357349)
* [134]moniwiki — MoniWiki is yet another WikiEngine written in
PHP. ([135]Bug#357214)
* [136]swath — Thai word segmentation program. ([137]Bug#357877)
* [138]thailatex — Thai Latex package. ([139]Bug#357871)
* [140]type1inst — Install Adobe Type 1 fonts into X11 and
Ghostscript. ([141]Bug#357873)
* [142]wmmand — Dockable Mandelbrot fractal browser.
([143]Bug#357501)
* [144]wmtune — Windowmaker-dockable radio tuner. ([145]Bug#357500)
* [146]xbattle — Concurrent multi-player battle strategy game.
([147]Bug#357751)
* [148]xfonts-thai — Collection of Thai fonts for X.
([149]Bug#357878)
* [150]xfonts-thai-etl — Thai etl fonts for X. ([151]Bug#357879)
* [152]xfonts-thai-manop — Dr. Manop Wongsaisuwan's bitmap fonts
for X. ([153]Bug#357880)
* [154]xfonts-thai-nectec — Thai fixed fonts for X from Nectec.
([155]Bug#357881)
* [156]xfonts-thai-ttf — Thai TrueType fonts from Nectec.
([157]Bug#357869)
* [158]xfonts-thai-vor — Voradesh Yenbut bitmap fonts for X.
([159]Bug#357882)
* [160]xiterm+thai — X-terminal program with Thai languague
support. ([161]Bug#357872)
* [162]xpcd — Photo CD tool collection (marked “obsolete”
upstream). ([163]Bug#357014)

80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ace-of-penguins
81. http://bugs.debian.org/357754
82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/c2html
83. http://bugs.debian.org/357504
84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/cttex
85. http://bugs.debian.org/357875
86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/deliver
87. http://bugs.debian.org/357079
88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/fontforge
89. http://bugs.debian.org/357867
90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/gnuplot
91. http://bugs.debian.org/357753
92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/gsumi
93. http://bugs.debian.org/357870
94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/java2html
95. http://bugs.debian.org/357502
96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard
97. http://bugs.debian.org/357204
98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-aicom-ko
99. http://bugs.debian.org/357205
100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-debian-ko
101. http://bugs.debian.org/357206
102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-diary-en
103. http://bugs.debian.org/357208
104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-diary-ko
105. http://bugs.debian.org/357209
106. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-trash-en
107. http://bugs.debian.org/357210
108. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-trash-ko
109. http://bugs.debian.org/357211
110. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jsboard-theme-wizz-ko
111. http://bugs.debian.org/357212
112. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/kimberlite
113. http://bugs.debian.org/358043
114. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libbit-vector-minimal-perl
115. http://bugs.debian.org/357353
116. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libdb-file-lock-perl
117. http://bugs.debian.org/357344
118. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libemail-foldertype-perl
119. http://bugs.debian.org/357346
120. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libfile-find-rule-perl
121. http://bugs.debian.org/357351
122. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libdevel/libjpeg-mmx-dev
123. http://bugs.debian.org/357876
124. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmail-listdetector-perl
125. http://bugs.debian.org/357347
126. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libnet-ftpserver-perl
127. http://bugs.debian.org/357085
128. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libnumber-compare-perl
129. http://bugs.debian.org/357348
130. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libtext-glob-perl
131. http://bugs.debian.org/357350
132. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libtie-array-sorted-perl
133. http://bugs.debian.org/357349
134. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/moniwiki
135. http://bugs.debian.org/357214
136. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/swath
137. http://bugs.debian.org/357877
138. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/thailatex
139. http://bugs.debian.org/357871
140. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/type1inst
141. http://bugs.debian.org/357873
142. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/wmmand
143. http://bugs.debian.org/357501
144. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/wmtune
145. http://bugs.debian.org/357500
146. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/xbattle
147. http://bugs.debian.org/357751
148. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai
149. http://bugs.debian.org/357878
150. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai-etl
151. http://bugs.debian.org/357879
152. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai-manop
153. http://bugs.debian.org/357880
154. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai-nectec
155. http://bugs.debian.org/357881
156. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai-ttf
157. http://bugs.debian.org/357869
158. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xfonts-thai-vor
159. http://bugs.debian.org/357882
160. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xiterm+thai
161. http://bugs.debian.org/357872
162. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/xpcd
163. http://bugs.debian.org/357014

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