The latest DWN contains topics about Google Summer of Code 2006, Debian from Scratch and Upgrade Conflict: Kernel and GRUB.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – April 25th, 2006
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 website. Aníbal Monsalve Salazar is
soliciting ASCII armoured public keys for the keysigning party
at the upcoming Debian Conference.
Using Alioth for Packaging. Raphaël Hertzog provided
documentation on maintaining Debian packages via Alioth. For
single packages the 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.
Google Summer of Code 2006. Google is organising a 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 asked whether Debian should participate and set up an
Wiki page were ideas for Debian-related projects are collected.
Anthony Towns approved this and applied for the Debian project.
Debian from Scratch. John Goerzen informed about the availability
of a new release of the Debian From Scratch 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.
Upgrade Conflict: Kernel and GRUB. Bastian Blank pointed out
anticipated problems with regards to the kernel and grub when
upgrading from sarge to etch since the new kernel-package
utilises debconf for user interaction. He asserted that grub
needs to be updated before the kernel image.
Properly Closing old resolved Bug Reports. Adam Majer 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 confirmed that a changelog entry should only
document the changes and resolved bugs in this particular upload.
Removing Mozilla. Andreas Metzler reported that current release of
Mozilla is the last and that it isn't supported upstream anymore.
Hence, it should be removed from the Debian distribution as well.
All functionality that is needed to embed gecko and friends has been
moved to xulrunner on which these packages should depend upon. The
interface shouldn't have changed, so that the conversion should be
Project Leader Bits. Anthony Towns 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.
AMD64 added to the Etch. Anthony Towns reported that the AMD64
architecture has been added to the 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 buildd graphs.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1037: zgv — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1038: xzgv — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1039: blender — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1040: gdm — Local root exploit.
* DSA 1041: abc2ps — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1042: cyrus-sasl2 — Denial of service.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* apt-watch-gnome — Applet that monitors apt sources for
* deutex — Composition tool for doom-style WAD files.
* ggz-utils — GGZ Gaming Zone: utilities.
* ivman — Daemon to auto-mount and manage media devices.
* latex-make — Easy compiling of complex (and simple) LaTeX
* mono-mbas — Mono Basic compiler.
* mono-mjs — Mono JScript compiler.
* mono-runtime — Mono runtime.
* php-cache — Framework for caching of arbitrary data.
* pykaraoke — Free CDG/MIDI/MPEG karaoke player.
* synfigstudio — Vector-based 2D animation package (graphical
* tk2 — Tk GUI for the ICOM IC-R2 receiver.
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 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.
* 3dchess — 3D chess for X11. (Bug#363498)
* atitvout — ATI TV Out Support Program. (Bug#364342)
* autopilot — Monitor the DTR line of /dev/palm and run a
command to start sync. (Bug#364470)
* distributed-net — Donate unused CPU cycles – client for
distributed.net [non-free]. (Bug#363503)
* emelfm — File manager for X/Gtk. (Bug#364442)
* epic4-script-light — Light – It's Just Not Lame.
* eroaster — GNOME CD burning frontend. (Bug#364280)
* hwb — The Hardware Book. (Bug#363504)
* mgapdesk — Configuration tool for Matrox video card.
* pfe — Portable Forth Environment, ANS standard, all wordsets.
* rfb — VNC Server for X11 – exports current display.
* rhyme — Console based rhyming dictionary. (Bug#363499)
* svncviewer — Virtual network computing client software for
* xclass — C++ GUI toolkit for X. (Bug#364349)
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