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Debian Weekly News 13/2006

This weeks edition of the weekly Debian news has arrived.
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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/13/
Debian Weekly News – March 28th, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. David Moreno Garza [1]built an RSS [2]feed for
the Debian Weekly News. Manoj Srivastava [3]called for votes for this
year's project leader [4]election which has seen the lowest
participation ever in a Debian project leader election seen so far.
Votes must be received by April 8th, 2006.

1. http://www.damog.net/?p=473
2. http://www.g33k.com.ve/~damog/debian/feeds/dwn.xml
3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00022.html
4. http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_002

Deprecating debmake after etch. Santiago Vila [5]announced that
[6]debmake will be removed from testing and unstable some time after
the release of [7]etch. Maintainers of the remaining packages (less
than 60) that still use debmake for packaging should switch to other
tools soon. In a few months he will open bug reports against the
remaining packages.

5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00019.html
6. http://packages.debian.org/debmake
7. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Past Events Notes. Alexander Schmehl [8]reported about past
[9]events where the Debian project was present. There were booths and
participation at the [10]FOSDEM in Belgium, the [11]Chemnitzer
Linux-Tage and the [12]CeBIT in Hannover. Alexander also seeks for
support for upcoming events like the South Pacific Linux World in
Australia or the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Korea.

8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/03/msg00215.html
9. http://www.debian.org/events/
10. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0225-fosdem
11. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0304-linuxtag-chemnitz
12. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0309-cebit

New Debian-Edu/Skolelinux Release. Finn-Arne Johansen [13]announced
the new version 2.0 of Skolelinux after a long period of development.
It contains many updates and new features such as sound on thin
clients, improved hardware detection, a new version of KDE and many
updated translations for an increasing number of languages. A lot of
documentation has also been [14]improved to provide a better overview
about the project and make it easier to join the team.

13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/03/msg00067.html
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/03/msg00128.html

Limitations of reportbug. Kamaraju Kusumanchi [15]reported that the
[16]reportbug utility has displayed more than 600 bug report titles
when he wanted to report a bug. Since searching for keywords in bug
reports is not supported Marco d'Itri [17]suggested using [18]Google
groups for this.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00523.html
16. http://packages.debian.org/reportbug
17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg00530.html
18. http://groups.google.com/group/linux.debian.bugs.dist

Debian Fonts Task Force. Christian Perrier [19]explained the goals of
the foundation of a font packages maintenance team for Debian. One of
the goals for this team is setting up a font packaging policy to
improve the incorporation of new fonts in Debian. A dedicated
[20]project was set up on [21]Alioth along with a Subversion
repository and a [22]mailing-list.

19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/03/msg00248.html
20. http://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-fonts/
21. http://alioth.debian.org/
22. http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-fonts-devel/

Supported Languages for the Debian-Installer. Just after the second
beta [23]release of the [24]debian-installer, Christian Perrier
[25]indicated that work was going on for the installer localisation.
He [26]cleaned out his debian-installer supported languages [27]list.
New languages are [28]still being added but if people want their
language to be supported in etch's installer, work must start now.

23. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/News/2006/20060315
24. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00055.html
26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00054.html
27. http://people.debian.org/~bubulle/d-i/i18n-doc/languages.html
28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2006/03/msg00074.html

Archive Recompilation with GCC 4.1. Martin Michlmayr [29]announced
that over the last two weeks he has compiled the whole Debian archive
on a quad-core Broadcom MIPS box using GCC 4.1. The aim was to
discover problems in GCC 4.1 itself and bugs in packages exhibited by
GCC's increased standards conformance (in particular regarding C++
code). Through the compilation of about 6200 packages, he found 500
new bugs: 280 of which are due to the increased strictness of GCC 4.1.

29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/03/msg01084.html

Writing Copyright Files. Jörg Jaspert [30]reported about the
requirements of information in copyright files since many rejects from
the [31]NEW queue are still due to broken or incomplete
copyright-files. It must contain the author(s) name, the year(s) of
the copyright, the used license(s) and the URL to the upstream source.

30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/03/msg00023.html
31. http://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

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

* DSA 1013: [32]snmptrapfmt — Insecure temporary file.
* DSA 1014: [33]firebird2 — Denial of service.
* DSA 1015: [34]sendmail — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1016: [35]evolution — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1017: [36]Linux 2.6.8 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1018: [37]Linux 2.4.27 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1019: [38]koffice — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1020: [39]flex — Insecure code generation.

32. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1013
33. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1014
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1015
35. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1016
36. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1017
37. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1018
38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1019
39. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1020

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [40]recently or contain important updates.

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

* [41]brltty-x11 — Access software for a blind person using a soft
braille terminal.
* [42]cl-parenscript — JavaScript embedded in a Common Lisp host.
* [43]cps-site — Pre-configured Zope instance containing a plone
site.
* [44]dctrl-tools — Command-line tools to process Debian package
information.
* [45]erlang-mode — Erlang editing mode for emacsen editors.
* [46]iaxmodem — Software modem with IAX2 connectivity.
* [47]gromacs — Molecular dynamics simulator, with building and
analysis tools.
* [48]kolab-resource-handlers — Scripts for the Kolab groupware
server.
* [49]lanmap — Network discovery tool that produces nice 2d images.
* [50]latex-sanskrit — Pre-processor and fonts to typeset Sanskrit
in TeX.
* [51]mtasc — ActionScript 2 to Flash (SWF) compiler.
* [52]o3read — Standalone converter for OpenOffice.org documents.
* [53]polgen — SELinux policy generation scripts.
* [54]pyqonsole — X Window terminal written in Python.

41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/brltty-x11
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cl-parenscript
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/cps-site
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/dctrl-tools
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/erlang-mode
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/iaxmodem
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/gromacs
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/kolab-resource-handlers
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/lanmap
50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/latex-sanskrit
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mtasc
52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/o3read
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/polgen
54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/pyqonsole

Orphaned Packages. 13 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 273 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [55]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.

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

* [56]apcd — APC Smart UPS daemon. ([57]Bug#358513)
* [58]arla — Free client for the AFS distributed network
filesystem. ([59]Bug#358482)
* [60]falselogin — False login shell. ([61]Bug#358516)
* [62]haskell-hsql — Multi-Database Interface System for Haskell.
([63]Bug#358873)
* [64]libemail-abstract-perl — Library that presents unified
interface to mail representations. ([65]Bug#358895)
* [66]liblogfile-rotate-perl — Perl module to rotate logfiles.
([67]Bug#358573)
* [68]libmodule-pluggable-perl — Automatically provide your module
the ability to accept plugins. ([69]Bug#358894)
* [70]multisync — Program to synchronise PIM data. ([71]Bug#358485)
* [72]restartd — Process checker and/or restarter. ([73]Bug#358514)
* [74]rscheme — Threaded, persistent, OO, scheme interpreter and
compiler. ([75]Bug#359135)
* [76]tdtd — Emacs major mode for editing SGML and XML DTDs.
([77]Bug#358437)
* [78]tictactoe — Tic-tac-toe game written in Ruby.
([79]Bug#358574)
* [80]ttylog — Serial port logger. ([81]Bug#358515)

56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/apcd
57. http://bugs.debian.org/358513
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/arla
59. http://bugs.debian.org/358482
60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/falselogin
61. http://bugs.debian.org/358516
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/libghc6-hsql-dev
63. http://bugs.debian.org/358873
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libemail-abstract-perl
65. http://bugs.debian.org/358895
66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/liblogfile-rotate-perl
67. http://bugs.debian.org/358573
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmodule-pluggable-perl
69. http://bugs.debian.org/358894
70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/multisync
71. http://bugs.debian.org/358485
72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/restartd
73. http://bugs.debian.org/358514
74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/rscheme
75. http://bugs.debian.org/359135
76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/tdtd
77. http://bugs.debian.org/358437
78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/tictactoe
79. http://bugs.debian.org/358574
80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ttylog
81. http://bugs.debian.org/358515

Removed Packages. 25 packages have been [82]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

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

* python-bsddb3 — Python interface to libdb3
[83]Bug#264695: Request of QA, orphaned, bundled with Python 2.3+
* oonsoo — Solitaire game for X
[84]Bug#275774: Request of QA, orphaned for 500+ days, many
alternatives
* icecast-client — Streaming MPEG Layer III feeder
[85]Bug#279526: Request of QA, orphaned for 500+ days,
alternatives exist
* kmatplot — Gnuplot-like tool for plotting data sets in 2D or 3D
[86]Bug#285735: Request of QA, orphaned, has never been part of a
stable release, buggy, dead upstream
* rawrec — Buffered raw audio recorder/player
[87]Bug#288215: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, no upstream
* soundgrab — Play a raw audio file and interactively select and
save pieces
[88]Bug#288216: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy
* gcombust — GTK+ based CD mastering and burning program
[89]Bug#288267: Request of QA, orphaned, upstream inactive
* cscvs — System for integrating CVS repositories into Arch
archives
[90]Bug#305462: Request of QA, orphaned, alternatives exist
* kbear — Graphical FTP client for KDE
[91]Bug#315340: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, no upstream
activity
* mysql-dfsg — MySQL database client library
[92]Bug#356751: Request of maintainer, superseded by
mysql-dfsg-5.0
* mysql-dfsg-4.1 — MySQL database client library
[93]Bug#356752: Request of maintainer, superseded by
mysql-dfsg-5.0
* linux-kernel-di-alpha — Braille support (udeb)
[94]Bug#357940: Request of maintainer, superseded by 2.6 images
* memprof — Memory profiler and leak detector
[95]Bug#324607: Request of QA, orphaned, buggy, alternatives
exist
* kernel-image-2.4.27-hppa — Header files related to Linux kernel
version 2.4.27 on PA-RISC.
[96]Bug#352011: Request of maintainer, superseded by 2.6
* thy — Tiny and fast http daemon
[97]Bug#355852: Request of maintainer, unmaintained upstream,
buggy
* lablgtk — Runtime libraries for lablgtk.
[98]Bug#355673: Request of maintainer, replaced by gtk2 versions,
obsolete
* dvtitler — Title generator for use with kino
[99]Bug#352580: Request of maintainer, superseded by kino
* goldedplus — Offline mail reader for Fidonet and Usenet
[100]Bug#334743: Request of QA, orphaned, several vulnerabilities,
license unclear
* preferences — GNUstep Preferences application
[101]Bug#356599: Request of maintainer, renamed to preferences.app
* gorm — Visual Interface Builder for GNUstep
[102]Bug#356600: Request of maintainer, renamed to gorm.app
* projectcenter — IDE for GNUstep Development
[103]Bug#356607: Request of maintainer, renamed to
projectcenter.app
* terminal — Terminal Emulator for GNUstep
[104]Bug#ERROR: Request of maintainer, renamed to terminal.app
* tyvis — UC's VHDL Simulation Runtime Libraries – shared library
only
[105]Bug#356940: Request of QA, uninstallable, not updated since
2004-07, RC-buggy
* dbtcp — Miscellaneous command-line DBTCP utils
[106]Bug#357857: Request of maintainer, unused, unmaintained,
bitrot
* waiho.app — Simple FTP client for GNUstep
[107]Bug#358122: Request of maintainer, replaced from ftp.app

83. http://bugs.debian.org/264695
84. http://bugs.debian.org/275774
85. http://bugs.debian.org/279526
86. http://bugs.debian.org/285735
87. http://bugs.debian.org/288215
88. http://bugs.debian.org/288216
89. http://bugs.debian.org/288267
90. http://bugs.debian.org/305462
91. http://bugs.debian.org/315340
92. http://bugs.debian.org/356751
93. http://bugs.debian.org/356752
94. http://bugs.debian.org/357940
95. http://bugs.debian.org/324607
96. http://bugs.debian.org/352011
97. http://bugs.debian.org/355852
98. http://bugs.debian.org/355673
99. http://bugs.debian.org/352580
100. http://bugs.debian.org/334743
101. http://bugs.debian.org/356599
102. http://bugs.debian.org/356600
103. http://bugs.debian.org/356607
104. http://bugs.debian.org/ERROR
105. http://bugs.debian.org/356940
106. http://bugs.debian.org/357857
107. http://bugs.debian.org/358122

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