The 14th issue of DWN is here, containing items on Debian Project Leader Election, Extending Voting Privileges and Oracle Repository for Debian.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – April 4th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Robert Millan reported that he has built a
CD installer images for GNU/kFreeBSD on AMD64. Joey Schulze
earlier announced that the changelog files have been regenerated
on the new packages.debian.org system.
Moving GFDL Documentation to non-free. After the Debian Project
decided upon the freeness of documentation released under the GNU
Free Documentation license (GFDL), Jérôme Marant wondered
about the best way to move non-free parts from his emacs package to
non-free. Jörg Jaspert answered that the source tarball has to be
split into two parts and that the free source package should not be
Debian Project Leader Election. Manoj Srivastava called for votes
for the third time for this year's project leader election. Debian
developers can cast their ballots until April 8th and may base their
decision on the platforms of the leader candidates.
Extending Voting Privileges? Clytie Siddall complained about the
fact that only Debian developers are eligible to cast a ballot for the
project leader election. Mako Hill would also like to see those
who have made long-term, sustained, and significant contributions to
be recognised more significantly, maybe through a new enfranchised
category of contributor. Wouter Verhelst asserted that the major
problem is the proper identification of regularly contributors.
DFSG-Free IETF License. Simon Josefsson wondered if the proposed
license of a recently approved IETF document that contains reference
code for SHA-2 is sufficiently free according to Debian's
guidelines (DFSG). Steve Langasek asserted that the license
grants permission to use, copy, redistribute and create derivative
works which makes it clearly DFSG-compliant.
Oracle Repository for Debian. Frits Hoogland reported about
Oracle's apt repository containing Oracle Express Edition. Since
the Oracle database is an important part of the infrastructure of many
companies, this repository simplifies deployment of Debian based
database servers in these environments. At this time, the repository
supports Debian unstable (sid) only.
Debian Conference Video License. Holger Levsen proposed to apply
the “by attribution” license, version 2.5, with the changes for
Scottish legislation for past and future conference videos instead of
a MIT-style license. Don Armstrong suggested to postpone any move
from a non-controversially DFSG free license to one that is
controversial until these issues are dealt with.
Freeness of the NDIS Wrapper. Robert Millan claimed that the
ndiswrapper belongs in the contrib section instead of main
since its purpose is to run non-free drivers. The only a free one
is a port of the driver for Linux. Michael Poole, however,
compared the situation with another package that is useless on its
own but require input from third parties.
Testing Sarge to Etch Upgrades. Lars Wirzenius reported about his
effort to test the upgrade path from sarge to etch. This test
basically went fine. Raphaël Hertzog added that tests to install
all packages which are listed in a particular task and then to upgrade
them should be included as well.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1021: netpbm-free — Arbitrary command execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* brutalchess — 3D chess with reflection of the chessmen.
* fgfs-atlas — Flight Gear Map Viewer.
* firefox-greasemonkey — Firefox extension which enables
customisation of web pages with user scripts.
* freebsd-manpages — Manual pages for a GNU/kFreeBSD system.
* gcc-4.1 — The GNU compiler collection.
* ibverbs-utils — Examples for the libibverbs library.
* kolabd — Kolab groupware server.
* kplato — Integrated project management and planning tool.
* littlewizard — Development environment for children.
* mediawiki1.5 — Website engine for collaborative work.
* metche — Configuration monitor to ease collective
* pitivi — Non-linear audio/video editor using GStreamer.
* qdacco — Offline Dacco Catalan <-> English dictionary
* scripturechecks — Bible translation tool – checker.
* sshpass — Non-interactive SSH password authentication.
Orphaned Packages. 5 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 275 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.
* chbg — Tool for changing the desktop background image in X11.
* compilercache — Caching wrapper around compilers to speed up
* sanduhr — Alarm clock, which is designed as a hourglass.
* sgf2tex — Creates TeX files from Go game records.
* tkps — X-based process management tool similar to 'top'.
Removed Packages. 1 package has been removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:
* krb4 — Clients for Kerberos4 from KTH
Bug#358480: Request of maintainer, superseded by krb5
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Mohammed Adnène
Trojette, Sebastian Feltel, Adrian von Bidder and Martin 'Joey'