This weeks DWN mentions Filibustering General Resolutions, City of Munich migrates to Debian and Debian experiments with Funding + much more.
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News – September 26th, 2006
Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Jeroen van Wolffelaar announced a bug
squashing party to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from September
29th to October 1st. Manoj Srivastava announced that the general
resolution on asset handling has passed. As Debian experiments
with funding, the author of DWN is going to experiment with spending
less time on Debian. Please understand that due to this there may be
no future issues of DWN in the current form or that they will only be
released less frequently.
Distributing DVD CSS from ftp.skolelinux.org? Petter Reinholdtsen
wondered if libdvdcss2 could be distributed from
ftp.skolelinux.org as there is no DMCA law in Norway. Holger
Levsen stated that users in countries other then Norway might get
into legal problems if this is done, and asked for legal advice.
Alexander Schmehl pointed him to Gregory Pomerantz, the legal
advisor of SPI.
Filibustering General Resolutions. Manoj Srivastava reported that
due to a loop hole in the constitution, any group of 6 Debian
developers can delay any general resolution indefinitely by putting up
their own amendment. Due to past accusations he has decided that
stopping this could be seen as abuse of his secretary powers and asked
the project to determine how it wants to handle filibustering.
City of Munich migrates to Debian. The City of Munich announced
(German only) that they have started migrating their desktops to a
Debian-based computing platform. As part of the project called
LiMux nearly 14,000 computers will be running a distribution based
on sarge accompanied by more recent versions of popular
productivity tools like KDE, OpenOffice.org and others.
Debian experiments with Funding. Howard Dahdah reported that
Debian experiments with funding the release managers to release
etch in time as previously announced. However, technically this is
not the Debian project but this is how it is publicly received.
Several developers are not happy with the
Dunc-Tank and have raised concerns before it went public already.
Project Leader to be recalled? Denis Barbier proposed a general
resolution to recall the project leader in order to remove any
confusion whether the Debian project leader is involved in
Dunc-Tank or not. The Computerworld article reported that
Debian is experimenting while Dunc-Tank is officially outside of
Debian. So it already failed to be seen as a separate entity.
Procedural Rules about General Resolutions. Manoj Srivastava
announced procedural rulings about proposing and sponsoring
general resolutions due to the high number of such resolutions and
amendments. Every proposal must clearly indicate the bounds of the
proposal and every proposal and sponsoring email must be signed with
the cryptographic key that lives in the Debian keyrings.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 1181: gzip — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 1182: gnutls11 — RSA signature forgery cryptographic
* DSA 1183: Linux 2.4.27 — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 1184: Linux 2.6.8 — Several vulnerabilities.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* astronomical-almanac — Astronomical almanac – calculate
planet and star positions.
* broffice.org — BrOffice.org office suite (version 2.0).
* dcl — GNU Enterprise – Double Choco Latte.
* diakonos — Customisable, usable console-based text editor.
* gnash — Free Flash movie player.
* ipset — Administration tool and iptables modules for kernel
* keyjnote — PDF presentation tool with eye candies.
* klash — Free Flash movie player.
* psi3 — Quantum Chemical Program Suite.
* qwik — Group communication system with Wiki and ML.
* strongswan — IPSec utilities for strongSwan.
* update-inetd — Update tool for inetd.conf.
Orphaned Packages. 7 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 306 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
* feta — Simpler interface to APT, dpkg, and other package
* pathological — Puzzle game involving paths and marbles.
* pathological-music — Puzzle game involving paths and marbles.
* tkcon — Enhanced interactive console for developing in Tcl.
* uligo — Tsumego (go problems) practice tool. (Bug#388362)
* zope-docfindereverywhere — Find documentation for a Zope
product using a doc tab. (Bug#389312)
* zope-docfindertab — Find documentation for a Zope product
using a doc tab. (Bug#389313)
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