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Debian Weekly News 30/2006

This weeks DWN contains items on DzongkhaLinux launched, Consolidating SSL Certificates and Dealing with Documentation Issues in Stable.
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http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2006/30/
Debian Weekly News – July 25th, 2006
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Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christoph Berg [1]implemented an overview page
for tasks in the [2]packages overview. He also [3]announced that the
repository has been moved to [4]Subversion and that notifications are
now handled by the Package Tracking System directly.

1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00055.html
2. http://qa.debian.org/developer.php
3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00086.html
4. http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/qa/trunk/

DzongkhaLinux launched. The Debian project [5]announced the release
of [6]DzongkhaLinux, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian
GNU/Linux 3.1 that has been localised into Bhutan's national language.
The system [7]consists of one CD which can be either installed or
used as a live system. The Bhutan Department of Information Technology
chose Debian for its high versatility and reliability as well as the
guarantee to always remain 100 % Free Software.

5. http://www.debian.org/News/2006/20060719
6. http://dzongkha.sourceforge.net/
7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/06/msg00001.html

Consolidating SSL Certificates. Jaldhar Vyas [8]wondered if Debian
should change all SSL certificate using packages to use the snake oil
certificate from the [9]ssl-cert package. Petter Reinholdtsen
[10]explained that [11]Debian-Edu already configures several services
with SSL certificates automatically and that such a change would
simplify this.

8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/06/msg01288.html
9. http://packages.debian.org/ssl-cert
10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00087.html
11. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu

Dealing with Documentation Issues in Stable. Osamu Aoki [12]asked for
an faq tag for the [13]bug tracking system. In many cases, a bug
report against [14]stable is a frequently asked question and the
answer is hidden under an obscure location. Closing such bug reports
or tagging them wontfix doesn't sound right.

12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00064.html
13. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/
14. http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/

Handling Assets for the Project. Manoj Srivastava [15]proposed an
amendment to the Debian [16]constitution and sought seconds. This will
bring the constitution in line with current needs and practices of
handling assets globally, and allowing the project to add and remove
partner organisations currently authorised to hold assets for Debian.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2006/07/msg00005.html
16. http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution

Package Tracking System Update. Raphaël Hertzog [17]reported that the
Package Tracking System can be used to relay information from
derivative distributions as well. This allows interested people to
receive regularly small patches instead of big monolithic ones. He is
also seeking help for new [18]features.

17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00006.html
18. http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/pts

Release Status Update. Marc Brockschmidt [19]commented on the [20]etch
release status. He clarified the meaning of the release goals and
asked developers to work on lowering the number of critical issues
affecting the release. Bug squashing [21]parties will be organised
[22]around the world. The upcoming release will probably carry 4.0 as
version number and may include Python 2.4, Linux 2.6.17 or newer,
X.org and most of the architectures [23]sarge was released for plus
[24]AMD64.

19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00005.html
20. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
21. http://wiki.debian.org/BSP
22. http://wiki.debian.org/BSPMarathon
23. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
24. http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/

Finishing the /usr/doc Transition. Amaya Rodrigo Sastre [25]asked for
a semi-automatic way to test the archive again to make sure there are
no more packages installing a symlink under /usr/doc. Stefan Hühner
[26]suggested the use of an existing [27]lintian check. Joey Hess
[28]confirmed that this is the way he initially used to report bugs
and Luk Claes [29]added that piuparts is also useful for such a check.

25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00044.html
26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00045.html
27. http://lintian.debian.org/reports/Tpostinst-should-not-set-usr-doc-link.html
28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00084.html
29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00050.html

Beta 3 of the Debian Installer. Frans Pop [30]announced the start of
the third beta [31]release of the [32]debian-installer now that Linux
2.6.16 is available in [33]etch. He explained that the installer
consumes more memory because of crypto support which will be improved
after the beta release and due to more supported languages.

30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2006/07/msg00895.html
31. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/EtchBeta3Prep
32. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
33. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Labelling enhanced CD/DVD Sets. Radu-Cristian Fotescu [34]wondered how
prominent a distributor of an enhanced [35]sarge CD needs to mark that
it's not an official and original sarge CD. MJ Ray [36]pointed out
that the official designation may only be used for official CDs and
that changed CDs are to be [37]labelled “unofficial”.

34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/07/msg00066.html
35. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/07/msg00076.html
37. http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#whatlabel

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

* DSA 1112: [38]mysql-dfsg-4.1 — Denial of service.
* DSA 1113: [39]zope2.7 — Information disclosure.
* DSA 1114: [40]hashcash — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1115: [41]gnupg2 — Denial of service.
* DSA 1116: [42]gimp — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1117: [43]libgd2 — Denial of service.
* DSA 1118: [44]Mozilla — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1119: [45]hiki — Denial of service.
* DSA 1120: [46]Mozilla Firefox — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1121: [47]postgrey — Denial of service.
* DSA 1122: [48]libnet-server-perl — Denial of service.
* DSA 1123: [49]libdumb — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1124: [50]fbi — Potential deletion of user data.

38. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1112
39. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1113
40. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1114
41. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1115
42. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1116
43. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1117
44. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1118
45. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1119
46. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1120
47. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1121
48. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1122
49. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1123
50. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1124

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [51]recently or contain important updates.

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

* [52]awffull — Web server log analysis program.
* [53]cdpr — Cisco Discovery Protocol Reporter.
* [54]courieruserinfo — Retrieve courier user account information.
* [55]dates — Calendar optimised for embedded devices.
* [56]dwm — Dynamic window manager.
* [57]fslint — Toolkit to fix various problems with filesystems'
data.
* [58]ggzd — GGZ Gaming Zone: main server.
* [59]gnome-user-guide — GNOME user's guide.
* [60]jpegoptim — Utility to optimise JPEG files.
* [61]jwchat — Full featured, web-based Jabber chat client.
* [62]jython — Python seamlessly integrated with Java.
* [63]klamav — Graphical front-end for ClamAV.
* [64]live-package — Debian Live framework.
* [65]min12xxw — Printer driver for KonicaMinolta PagePro
1[225]xxW.
* [66]pcf2bdf — Convert X11 font from PCF to BDF format.
* [67]pootle — Web-based translation and translation management
tool.
* [68]pypar2 — Graphical frontend for the par2 utility.
* [69]qemu-launcher — GTK+ front-end to QEMU computer emulator.
* [70]ri-li — Toy simulator game.
* [71]scim-thai — Thai Input Method Engine for SCIM.
* [72]sudoku — Console based sudoku.
* [73]trigger — Free 3D rally racing car game.
* [74]unicode-data — Property data for the Unicode character set.
* [75]yeahconsole — Drop-down X terminal emulator wrapper.
* [76]zimpl — Mathematical modelling language for optimisation
problems.

52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/awffull
53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/cdpr
54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/courieruserinfo
55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/dates
56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/dwm
57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/fslint
58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ggzd
59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-user-guide
60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/jpegoptim
61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/jwchat
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/jython
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/klamav
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/live-package
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/min12xxw
66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/pcf2bdf
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/pootle
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/pypar2
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/qemu-launcher
70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ri-li
71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/scim-thai
72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/sudoku
73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/trigger
74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/unicode-data
75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/yeahconsole
76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/zimpl

Orphaned Packages. 40 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 355 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [77]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.

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

* [78]alicq — Flexible ICQ client in pure Tcl/Tk. ([79]Bug#379599)
* [80]apollon — KDE-based interface to the giFT file-sharing
system. ([81]Bug#379346)
* [82]aptconf — Debconf infrastructure for setting up apt sources.
([83]Bug#379037)
* [84]atari800 — Atari emulator for X/curses/SDL. ([85]Bug#379022)
* [86]cbrowser — C/C++ source code indexing, querying and browsing
tool. ([87]Bug#378796)
* [88]configlet — Alternative debconf configuration interface: core
API. ([89]Bug#379031)
* [90]cscope — Interactively examine a C program source.
([91]Bug#378802)
* [92]cthugha — Oscilloscope on acid. ([93]Bug#378946)
* [94]discover — Hardware identification library.
([95]Bug#379043)
* [96]discover-data — Data lists for Discover hardware detection
system. ([97]Bug#379044)
* [98]etherconf — Debconf interface to Ethernet device
configuration. ([99]Bug#379032)
* [100]fbi — Linux frame buffer image viewer. ([101]Bug#379250)
* [102]gnome-tasksel — GNOME interface to Debian tasks.
([103]Bug#379038)
* [104]gtm — Multiple files transfer manager. ([105]Bug#379000)
* [106]htmlgen — Python library for the generation of HTML.
([107]Bug#379679)
* [108]ida — Image viewer & editor. ([109]Bug#379257)
* [110]kernel-patch-nfs-swap — Patch to Linux to enable swapping
over NFS. ([111]Bug#378928)
* [112]krecord — KDE sound recorder. ([113]Bug#379252)
* [114]libapache-mod-python — Apache module that embeds Python 2.4
within the server. ([115]Bug#379680)
* [116]libooc-vo — VisualOberon GUI class library for Oberon-2.
([117]Bug#379221)
* [118]libooc-x11 — X11 specific modules for the oo2c compiler
(devel). ([119]Bug#379223)
* [120]libooc-xml — XML parser for the oo2c Oberon-2 compiler
(devel). ([121]Bug#379222)
* [122]libpcd — Library for reading PhotoCD images.
([123]Bug#379254)
* [124]libqt-perl — Perl bindings for the Qt library.
([125]Bug#379681)
* [126]localeconf — Debconf interface to locale configuration.
([127]Bug#379033)
* [128]mercury — New logic/functional programming language.
([129]Bug#379682)
* [130]motv — Motif TV application. ([131]Bug#379256)
* [132]mozilla-locale-zh-cn — Mozilla Simplified Chinese (China)
language/region pack. ([133]Bug#378751)
* [134]mozilla-locale-zh-tw — Mozilla Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
language/region pack. ([135]Bug#378752)
* [136]oo2c — Optimising Oberon-2 to ANSI-C Compiler.
([137]Bug#379224)
* [138]openmotif — Open Motif. ([139]Bug#379258)
* [140]picax — Tool for creation of aptable media.
([141]Bug#379039)
* [142]python-adns — Python bindings to the asynchronous DNS
resolver library. ([143]Bug#379683)
* [144]python-biggles — Scientific plotting package for Python
[dummy package]. ([145]Bug#379684)
* [146]python-parted — Python bindings for GNU Parted.
([147]Bug#379034)
* [148]tcldom — DOM binding for Tcl. ([149]Bug#379404)
* [150]timezoneconf — Debconf interface to system timezone, date,
and time. ([151]Bug#379035)
* [152]tv-fonts — X11 fonts for TV applications. ([153]Bug#379255)
* [154]wv — Programs for accessing Microsoft Word documents.
([155]Bug#379466)
* [156]xawtv — Collection of TV and radio applications.
([157]Bug#379251)

78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/alicq
79. http://bugs.debian.org/379599
80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/apollon
81. http://bugs.debian.org/379346
82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/aptconf
83. http://bugs.debian.org/379037
84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/otherosfs/atari800
85. http://bugs.debian.org/379022
86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cbrowser
87. http://bugs.debian.org/378796
88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/configlet-frontends
89. http://bugs.debian.org/379031
90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cscope
91. http://bugs.debian.org/378802
92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/cthugha
93. http://bugs.debian.org/378946
94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/discover
95. http://bugs.debian.org/379043
96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/discover-data
97. http://bugs.debian.org/379044
98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/etherconf
99. http://bugs.debian.org/379032
100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/fbi
101. http://bugs.debian.org/379250
102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gnome-tasksel
103. http://bugs.debian.org/379038
104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gtm
105. http://bugs.debian.org/379000
106. http://packages.debian.org/stable/python/htmlgen
107. http://bugs.debian.org/379679
108. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/ida
109. http://bugs.debian.org/379257
110. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/kernel-patch-nfs-swap
111. http://bugs.debian.org/378928
112. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/krecord
113. http://bugs.debian.org/379252
114. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/libapache-mod-python
115. http://bugs.debian.org/379680
116. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-vo
117. http://bugs.debian.org/379221
118. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-x11
119. http://bugs.debian.org/379223
120. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libooc-xml
121. http://bugs.debian.org/379222
122. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libpcd2
123. http://bugs.debian.org/379254
124. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libqt-perl
125. http://bugs.debian.org/379681
126. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/localeconf
127. http://bugs.debian.org/379033
128. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/mercury
129. http://bugs.debian.org/379682
130. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/motv
131. http://bugs.debian.org/379256
132. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/mozilla-locale-zh-cn
133. http://bugs.debian.org/378751
134. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/mozilla-locale-zh-tw
135. http://bugs.debian.org/378752
136. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/oo2c
137. http://bugs.debian.org/379224
138. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libmotif3
139. http://bugs.debian.org/379258
140. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/picax
141. http://bugs.debian.org/379039
142. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-adns
143. http://bugs.debian.org/379683
144. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-biggles
145. http://bugs.debian.org/379684
146. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-parted
147. http://bugs.debian.org/379034
148. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tcldom
149. http://bugs.debian.org/379404
150. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/timezoneconf
151. http://bugs.debian.org/379035
152. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/tv-fonts
153. http://bugs.debian.org/379255
154. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/wv
155. http://bugs.debian.org/379466
156. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xawtv
157. http://bugs.debian.org/379251

Removed Packages. 10 packages have been [158]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

158. http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt

* kernel-latest-powerpc — Linux kernel headers on PowerPC
[159]Bug#353717: Request of maintainer, outdated, unmaintained
* kernel-image-2.4.27-alpha — Headers for building modules for
Linux 2.4.27
[160]Bug#367518: Request of maintainer, outdated, not used
anymore, ftbfs
* sfio — Enhanced library for managing I/O streams (development)
[161]Bug#279812: Request of QA: rc-buggy, unmaintained, almost no
users
* doxymacs — E-lisp package for making doxygen usage easier under
Emacs
[162]Bug#321821: Request of QA: rc-buggy, unmaintained, no users
* tcltk8.0-ja — Japanese localised version of Tcl 8.0
[163]Bug#360500: Request of QA, uninstallable, obsolete version of
Tcl/Tk
* gnome-ruby — Ruby binding of libart
[164]Bug#367680: Request of maintainer: obsolete
* xmule — eMule client for the edonkey2000 network
[165]Bug#370524: Request of maintainer, rc-buggy, unmaintained at
the moment
* barrendero — delete messages on the spool dir depending on their
age
[166]Bug#378485: Request of maintainer, old, unused, buggy
* ipsc — IP Subnet Calculator for X
[167]Bug#378772: Request of QA, rc-buggy (uninstallable),
obsolete, dead upstream, maintainer MIA
* ipfwadm — Linux 2.0.x firewalling tools
[168]Bug#378548: Request of QA: unmaintained, very outdated,
doesn't work anymore on more recent kernels

159. http://bugs.debian.org/353717
160. http://bugs.debian.org/367518
161. http://bugs.debian.org/279812
162. http://bugs.debian.org/321821
163. http://bugs.debian.org/360500
164. http://bugs.debian.org/367680
165. http://bugs.debian.org/370524
166. http://bugs.debian.org/378485
167. http://bugs.debian.org/378772
168. http://bugs.debian.org/378548

Want to continue reading DWN? Please help us create this newsletter.
We still need more volunteer writers who watch the Debian community
and report about what is going on. Please see the [169]contributing
page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your
mail at [170]dwn@debian.org.

169. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
170. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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

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