The 19th DWN is here, Unified Terminology for Distribution Names, Moving irc.debian.org and Etch Release Update
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – May 9th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Uwe Hermann investigated changelog files and
recognised a number of interesting release names for packages. Several
Debian developers gather in Oaxtepec, Mexico, where this year's
Debian Conference will take place and is preceded by a working
camp that already started.
Unified Terminology for Distribution Names. Christian Perrier
reported on a discussion on the debian-l10n-french
mailing-list covering different terminology in various Debian
documents referring to stable, sarge, 3.1 etc. He proposed to use
distribution to refer to the Debian distribution in general and suite
when talking about stable, testing etc., using release for release
names and version when referring to the version numbers.
Moving irc.debian.org. Steve McIntyre asked if it would be useful
to move the irc.debian.org alias away from the Freenode network to
the OFTC network, which is a supported project of SPI and
hosts IRC channels for a lot of open source projects. Steve's
intention was seconded by a number of developers. This move would have
the advantage that all Debian related IRC channels could be
concentrated on one IRC network. Paul Johnson asked if it would be
better to move to a Jabber-based network instead of IRC.
Etch Release Update. Andreas Barth confirmed the timeline to
release etch in December. He stated that the ARM port
qualifies as a release architecture again and that the list of release
architectures are not finalised and will be re-evaluated twice before
the release. The kernel that will be used still needs to be decided
upon. More release assistants will help keep the release on track.
Tracking forwarded bugs in the BTS. Pierre Habouzit announced the
creation of a new service called bts-link. It allows Debian
Maintainers to follow the status of the bugs they forward to their
upstream's bug tracking systems directly in the Debian BTS. As of now,
it supports Bugzilla (which is used by KDE, Gnome, X.org, GCC,
Mozilla and others), Trac (used by VideoLAN) and Savannah.
Sourceforge's bug tracking system shall follow.
Automating new Debian Installations with Preseeding. A new
document describes the technique of doing unattended Debian
installations with preseeding. The preseed file contains answers to
all debconf questions asked during the installation. Its
generation is explained in the article. The file's location may be
given as a path or a URL.
Debian participates in the Summer of Code. The Debian project
announced its participation in Google's Summer of Code. More
than 50 development tasks related to Debian cover general
improvements, quality assurance, releasing and testing the
distribution, package management, new applications, security,
infrastructure and the improvement of particular packages. Students
and the mentoring organisation will receive funding after the tasks
have been worked on.
Wiki Development. Petter Reinholdtsen reported about his efforts
to write Wiki pages with OpenOffice.org which is done with the
help of a macro set that converts an OpenOffice.org document into
MoinMoin syntax. Later he reported successful PDF generation from
the Wiki page by exporting the contents as DocBook XML.
Maintainer's Karma revived. Gürkan Sengün was missing the old karma
page from Dirk Eddelbüttel and the package status page by Takuo
Kitame. To fill the gap he has created a new overview page
combining both. This service is hosted on the GNU/kFreeBSD porter
machine, kindly provided by Aurelien Jarno.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1050: clamav — Denial of service or arbitrary code
* DSA 1051: mozilla-thunderbird — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1052: cgiirc — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1053: mozilla — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1054: tiff — Denial of service and arbitrary code
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* btscanner — Ncurses-based scanner for Bluetooth devices.
* derivations — Book: Derivations of Applied Mathematics.
* gbindadmin — GTK+ configuration tool for bind9.
* ikiwiki — Wiki compiler.
* wammu — Phone manager.
Orphaned Packages. 6 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.
* f-prot-installer — F-Prot(tm) Antivirus installer package.
* galternatives — Graphical setup tool for the alternatives
* gnobog — GNOME Bookmarks Organiser. (Bug#366013)
* qtorrent — Graphical BitTorrent client using Qt 3.x.
* rtlinux — Real-Time-Linux, a POSIX-compatible hard realtime
operating system. (Bug#365717)
* svn-arch-mirror — One-way mirroring from Subversion to Arch
revision control. (Bug#364859)
Removed Packages. 10 packages have been removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:
* xmms-alarm-bmp1 — BMP general plugin using beep-media-player as
an alarm clock work
Bug#272859: Request of QA, has never been part of a stable
release, RC-buggy, superseded by bmp-alarm.
* doc-linux-sv — Linux HOWTOs in Swedish – HTML version
Bug#273702: Request of QA, orphaned, very very outdated.
* libdb2-ruby — Interface to Berkeley DB for Ruby 1.6
Bug#344725: Request of Maintainer, depends on obsolete db2.
* libtest-builder-tester-perl — Helper testing library for
Bug#353134: Request of Maintainer, superseded by
* xpcd — PhotoCD tool collection: Base
Bug#357014: Request of Maintainer, orphaned; dead upstream.
* postgresql-8.0 — Object-relational SQL database, version 8.0
Bug#363963: Request of Maintainer, superseded by
* kernel-patch-2.4-preempt — Reduces the latency of the Linux
Bug#361161: Request of Maintainer, deprecated due to requiring
* zope2.7 — Open Source Web Application Server
Bug#362283: Request of Maintainer, superseded by zope2.
* devfsd — Daemon for the device file system
Bug#363402: Request of Maintainer, obsolete.
* mozilla-thunderbird — Mozilla Thunderbird standalone mail client
Bug#363270: Request of Maintainer, superseded by thunderbird.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel,
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