The latest DWN have hit the streets. Compiled by Sebastian Feltel, Thomas Bliesener and Martin 'Joey' Schulze it covers Graphical Debian Installer Images, Sun Java distributed by Debian and DebConf6 successfully finished.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – May 23rd, 2006
Welcome to this year's 21st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Julien Danjou reported that he has
successfully installed NetBSD 3 inside the new Xen 3 virtual machine
monitor available in Debian unstable. Eric Dorland explained the
creation of library packages with debugging capabilities.
Graphical Debian Installer Images. Frans Pop reported that the
graphical installer is part of the regular daily built images
for the i386 platform with AMD and PowerPC following soon. To use the
new installer the boot argument “installgui” or “expertgui” has to be
used. Frans Pop explained that the graphical installer could be
the default in the release after etch.
Sun Java distributed by Debian. Jeroen van Wolffelaar announced
the availability of Sun's Java package in the non-free section of
Debian after Sun has reworked their license. Debian still remains
committed to supporting free runtime and development environments for
Java, such as Kaffe and GCJ. Red Hat, however, complained
that this is not free enough and that Sun should free their virtual
machine (JVM) at least.
DebConf6 successfully finished. The 6th Debian Conference, which
was held last week in Mexico, has ended. Many thanks go to the
sponsors and the organisation team, who made this great Debian
event possible. A lot of photos can be found here and in about
four weeks a DVD with all talks will be available.
Splitting Changelog Files. Nico Golde wondered about the proper
way to handle large and old debian changelog files when they are
edited quite often and grew very large. The predominant opinion is
to keep the entire file as it contains information about why and when
bugs have been fixed. Since it is compressed in the package, the space
consumption is usually acceptable.
Project Leader Report. Anthony Towns encouraged everybody to think
about ways the Debian project could help organisations that would like
to be partners to cooperate better with Debian. He pondered about a
social contract for partners and is seeking input. He also reported
about the large number of sponsors for this year's Debian Conference
and the participation in Google's Summer of Code.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1058: awstats — Arbitrary command execution.
* DSA 1059: quagga — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1060: kernel-patch-vserver — Privilege escalation.
* DSA 1061: popfile — Denial of service.
* DSA 1062: kphone — Information disclosure.
* DSA 1063: phpgroupware — Execution of arbitrary web script
* DSA 1064: cscope — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1065: hostapd — Denial of service.
* DSA 1066: phpbb2 — Execution of arbitrary web script code.
* DSA 1067: Linux 2.4.16 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1068: fbi — Denial of service.
* DSA 1069: Linux 2.4.18 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1070: Linux 2.4.19 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1071: MySQL 3.23 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1072: nagios — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1073: MySQL 4.1 — Several vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* anjuta-dev — GNOME development IDE, for C/C++ – development
* boinc — Core client for the BOINC distributed computing
* kdevelop — IDE for Unix/X11 – development version.
* tasksel-data — Official tasks used for installation on Debian
Orphaned Packages. 6 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 298 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.
* aqsis — Suite of applications implementing the RenderMan
* cyrus-sasl2 — Authentication abstraction library.
* libsdl-erlang — Erlang bindings to the Simple Direct Media
* websieve — Web based Cyrus IMAP user admin client.
* wings3d — Nendo-inspired 3D polygon mesh modeller.
* yaws — High performance HTTP 1.1 webserver written in Erlang.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel,
Thomas Bliesener and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.