The 27th DWN this year contains items on Python Policy Transition, Spanish Planet Debian and about the Five Years of DWN!
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – July 4th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Andreas Barth announced that four more
assistants have been added to the release team. There are rumours
to start a port of Debian to the recently freed Minix 3 operating
system. Steve Kemp noted that he has become a full member of the
security team recently which now consists of four full members.
Python Policy Transition. Raphaël Hertzog reported that the
infrastructure for the Python policy transition is in place. The
instructions contain detailed descriptions how to update existing
Python packages. About 60 % of the Python modules have already been
updated and only about 100 packages are left.
Spanish Planet Debian. David Moreno Garza announced that a
Spanish variant of the popular feed aggregator Planet Debian
has been set up on planeta.debian.net, comprising 10 people at the
moment. More people writing about Debian in Spanish are welcome to be
Five Years of DWN. Martin 'Joey' Schulze has been editing the
Debian Weekly News for the last five years. The DWN is a weekly
online edition which informs about what is going on in the Debian
community and was first published in 1999 by Joey Hess. Many
thanks to all the contributors and editors of the last seven years. If
you want to help, please read the contributing page and jump in!
Package Selections for Debian Live. Daniel Baumann asked for
suggestions for package selections for the three Debian Live CD
images to fit the user's needs best. The small image will contain only
packages of standard priority, and three larger ones will contain one
of the common desktop-environments: GNOME, KDE, XFCE.
Project Leader Updates. Steve McIntyre reported that a new stable
update is expected soon which will contain an updated
debian-installer for the first time. He stated that etch is
still targeted for release by the end of this year and asked for help.
He also announced a report about the trip of David Moreno Garza to
Debian Flash Group. Paul Wise announced the creation of the Debian
flash group that aims to support the free flash community. For
Debian packages the pkg-flash project on Alioth has been started.
Maintainers of flash-related packages are invited to participate in
this and add their packages.
LSB Scripts and multiple Output Lines. Martin Krafft wondered how
to implement an init script which is LSB-conforming and also produces
multiple sub-lines of output. Daniel Jacobowitz suggested to
generate totally independent lines instead.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1104: OpenOffice.org — Several vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* cvschangelogbuilder — Perl utility to generate ChangeLogs or
HTML CVS reports.
* democracyplayer — GTK+ based RSS video aggregator.
* dialign — Segment-based multiple sequence alignment.
* emacs-jabber — Jabber client for Emacsen.
* kalign — Global and progressive multiple sequence alignment.
* kscope — Source editing environment for KDE.
* latexmk — Perl script for running LaTeX the correct number of
* mp3val — Program for MPEG audio stream validation.
* nexuiz — 3D network deathmatch game.
* num-utils — Programs for dealing with numbers from the
* otrs2 — Open Ticket Request System Version 2.
* postgis — Geographic objects support for PostgreSQL.
* probcons — PROBabilistic CONSistency-based multiple sequence
* rcov — Code coverage tool for Ruby.
* swapspace — Dynamic swap space manager.
* texlive — TeX Live: A decent selection of the TeX live
* tworld — Chip's Challenge Game Engine Emulation.
* xprintidle — Small utility that prints user's idle time in X.
* xwota — GTK client to the WOTA Database.
Orphaned Packages. 1 package was orphaned this week and require a new
maintainer. This makes a total of 315 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. To find out which orphaned packages are installed
on your system the wnpp-alert program from devscripts may be helpful.
* pythoncard — wxPython-based GUI construction framework.
Removed Packages. 3 packages have been removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:
* gandalf — C library for image processing and computer vision
Bug#263047: Request of QA, old, unused, unmaintained, rc buggy
* intuitively — Automatic IP configuration detection for laptops
Bug#304169: Request of maintainer, obsolete, alternatives
* bcm43xx — Broadcom 43xx Wireless LAN driver module for Linux
Bug#374990: Request of maintainer, unsupported in kernel
2.6.16, superseded by 2.6.17
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Sebastian Feltel,
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