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Debian Weekly News 17/2006

The latest DWN contains topics about Google Summer of Code 2006, Debian from Scratch and Upgrade Conflict: Kernel and GRUB.
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Debian Weekly News
http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/17/
Debian Weekly News – April 25th, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The Debian Live Initiative that aims to produce
a pure Debian live CD summarises links to mailing lists, ISO images
and other resources on their [1]website. Aníbal Monsalve Salazar is
[2]soliciting ASCII armoured public keys for the keysigning [3]party
at the upcoming [4]Debian Conference.

1. http://live.debian.net/
2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/04/msg00733.html
3. http://debconf.org/ksp/ksp-dc6.html
4. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0514-debconf

Using Alioth for Packaging. Raphaël Hertzog [5]provided
[6]documentation on maintaining Debian packages via [7]Alioth. For
single packages the [8]collab-maint project is probably sufficient.
Maintaining a set of related packages is best done by a new dedicated
project and Subversion configured to send commit notifications to the
package tracking system.

5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/04/msg00013.html
6. http://wiki.debian.org/AliothPackagingProject
7. http://alioth.debian.org/
8. http://alioth.debian.org/projects/collab-maint/

Google Summer of Code 2006. Google is organising a [9]Summer of Code
event like last year. This is a program where Google sponsors the
creation and future development of open source software. Petter
Reinholdtsen [10]asked whether Debian should participate and set up an
Wiki [11]page were ideas for Debian-related projects are collected.
Anthony Towns [12]approved this and applied for the Debian project.

9. http://code.google.com/soc/
10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/04/msg00259.html
11. http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2006
12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/04/msg00282.html

Debian from Scratch. John Goerzen [13]informed about the availability
of a new release of the Debian From Scratch [14]CD. With this CD it is
possible to install a Debian system in a Gentoo fashioned manner by
compiling the programs just before installing them. This CD also
offers a fully functional rescue system with a lot of filesystem
tools, backup and repair utilities, administrative tools and so on.

13. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/04/msg00633.html
14. http://people.debian.org/~jgoerzen/dfs/

Upgrade Conflict: Kernel and GRUB. Bastian Blank [15]pointed out
anticipated problems with regards to the kernel and [16]grub when
upgrading from [17]sarge to [18]etch since the new [19]kernel-package
[20]utilises [21]debconf for user interaction. He asserted that grub
needs to be updated before the kernel image.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/04/msg00081.html
16. http://packages.debian.org/grub
17. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
18. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
19. http://packages.debian.org/kernel-package
20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/04/msg00084.html
21. http://packages.debian.org/debconf

Properly Closing old resolved Bug Reports. Adam Majer [22]wondered if
it is appropriate to close old resolved bugs with the most recent
changelog entry if they were fixed with an older upload already.
Matthew Palmer [23]confirmed that a changelog entry should only
document the changes and resolved bugs in this particular upload.

22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/04/msg00145.html
23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/04/msg00146.html

Removing Mozilla. Andreas Metzler [24]reported that current release of
Mozilla is the last and that it isn't supported upstream anymore.
Hence, it should be [25]removed from the Debian distribution as well.
All functionality that is needed to embed gecko and friends has been
moved to [26]xulrunner on which these packages should depend upon. The
interface shouldn't have changed, so that the conversion should be
fairly simple.

24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/04/msg00133.html
25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/04/msg00151.html
26. http://packages.debian.org/xulrunner

Project Leader Bits. Anthony Towns [27]reported that he has added
Steve McIntyre as “Second In Charge” to share some of the regular
project leader responsibilities. Manoj Srivastava has kindly agreed to
continue as project secretary for another year, and is eager to do
some more work on the devotee scripts.

27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/04/msg00015.html

AMD64 added to the Etch. Anthony Towns [28]reported that the [29]AMD64
architecture has been added to the [30]etch release. It should be
possible to bootstrap this architecture at this point and it only
lacks X. From now on developers with AMD64 machines are able to upload
new versions of their packages built locally. AMD64 is also now
included in the [31]buildd [32]graphs.

28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/04/msg00011.html
29. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/
30. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
31. http://buildd.debian.org/
32. http://buildd.debian.org/stats/graph-week-big.png

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

* DSA 1037: [33]zgv — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1038: [34]xzgv — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1039: [35]blender — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1040: [36]gdm — Local root exploit.
* DSA 1041: [37]abc2ps — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1042: [38]cyrus-sasl2 — Denial of service.

33. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1037
34. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1038
35. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1039
36. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1040
37. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1041
38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1042

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [39]recently or contain important updates.

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

* [40]apt-watch-gnome — Applet that monitors apt sources for
upgrades.
* [41]deutex — Composition tool for doom-style WAD files.
* [42]ggz-utils — GGZ Gaming Zone: utilities.
* [43]ivman — Daemon to auto-mount and manage media devices.
* [44]latex-make — Easy compiling of complex (and simple) LaTeX
documents.
* [45]mono-mbas — Mono Basic compiler.
* [46]mono-mjs — Mono JScript compiler.
* [47]mono-runtime — Mono runtime.
* [48]php-cache — Framework for caching of arbitrary data.
* [49]pykaraoke — Free CDG/MIDI/MPEG karaoke player.
* [50]synfigstudio — Vector-based 2D animation package (graphical
user interface).
* [51]tk2 — Tk GUI for the ICOM IC-R2 receiver.

40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/apt-watch-gnome
41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/deutex
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ggz-utils
43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/ivman
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/latex-make
45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mono-mbas
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mono-mjs
47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/mono-runtime
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/php-cache
49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/pykaraoke
50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/synfigstudio
51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/tk2

Orphaned Packages. 17 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 302 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [52]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.

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

* [53]3dchess — 3D chess for X11. ([54]Bug#363498)
* [55]atitvout — ATI TV Out Support Program. ([56]Bug#364342)
* [57]autopilot — Monitor the DTR line of /dev/palm and run a
command to start sync. ([58]Bug#364470)
* [59]distributed-net — Donate unused CPU cycles – client for
distributed.net [non-free]. ([60]Bug#363503)
* [61]emelfm — File manager for X/Gtk. ([62]Bug#364442)
* [63]epic4-script-light — Light – It's Just Not Lame.
([64]Bug#363500)
* [65]eroaster — GNOME CD burning frontend. ([66]Bug#364280)
* [67]hwb — The Hardware Book. ([68]Bug#363504)
* [69]mgapdesk — Configuration tool for Matrox video card.
([70]Bug#364344)
* [71]pfe — Portable Forth Environment, ANS standard, all wordsets.
([72]Bug#363497)
* [73]rfb — VNC Server for X11 – exports current display.
([74]Bug#364347)
* [75]rhyme — Console based rhyming dictionary. ([76]Bug#363499)
* [77]svncviewer — Virtual network computing client software for
SVGA. ([78]Bug#364499)
* [79]xclass — C++ GUI toolkit for X. ([80]Bug#364349)

53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/3dchess
54. http://bugs.debian.org/363498
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/atitvout
56. http://bugs.debian.org/364342
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/autopilot
58. http://bugs.debian.org/364470
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/distributed-net
60. http://bugs.debian.org/363503
61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/emelfm
62. http://bugs.debian.org/364442
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/epic4-script-light
64. http://bugs.debian.org/363500
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/eroaster
66. http://bugs.debian.org/364280
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/hwb
68. http://bugs.debian.org/363504
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/mgapdesk
70. http://bugs.debian.org/364344
71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/pfe
72. http://bugs.debian.org/363497
73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/rfb
74. http://bugs.debian.org/364347
75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/rhyme
76. http://bugs.debian.org/363499
77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/svncviewer
78. http://bugs.debian.org/364499
79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/xclass-common
80. http://bugs.debian.org/364349

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and report about what is going on. Please see the [81]contributing
page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your
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81. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
82. mailto:dwn@debian.org

This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel,
Mohammed Adnène Trojette and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.

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