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Debian Project News – June 24th 2011

Welcome to this year’s tenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…

* Upcoming Debian GNU/Linux update
* Spreading the world
* New IRC Training Sessions
* Report from the Debian Edu developer meeting
* Meet Planet Debian Derivatives!
* “Squeeze” debian-installer with Linux 2.6.38
* DebConf11: Call for keys for keysigning
* Graphical installer for Debian GNU/kFreeBSD
* Iceweasel 5.0 in “experimental”
* Further interviews
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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Upcoming Debian GNU/Linux update

Philip Kern announced the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.2 [1].
This update, scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, will mainly add
corrections for security problems to stable release, along with some
adjustments for serious problems.

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Spreading the world

Christian Perrier published his annual report about the number of
developers per country [2]. Among these numbers, we can noticed that
Debian developers are present [3] in fifty-seven countries. Twenty-three
more active Debian developers have been counted this year, along with two
more countries.

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New IRC Training Sessions

The Debian Project started a new round of IRC Training Sessions [4],
which will be held on IRC by experienced community members. This time,
there will be two different series: non-technical, called “Ask the …”
and more technical “One day with …” . Additional information and
scheduled sessions are always available on the relatedwiki page [5].

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The first session, held on June 22th and featuring Stefano Zacchiroli,
current Debian Project Leader, was followed by more than 70 attendees who
asked Stefano various interesting questions; it is also available the log
of the session [6]. In the next one, scheduled for July 1st at 19:00
UTC, Gregor Herrmann will tell us about the day-to-day work of the Debian
Perl Team and how join it. Don’t miss it!

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Report from the Debian Edu developer meeting

Holger Levsen sent a report from the Debian Edu developer gathering in
Hamburg, Germany. [7] The main goal of the sprint was preparing the
release of Debian Edu “Squeeze”. Debian Edu developers discussed and
worked on various things like documentation, Samba integration, and
testing of “Squeeze” installation images. More than 200 commits were
pushed to the Debian Edu’s Subversion repository and 18 bugs fixed (and a
bunch of bugs filed Participants also had a
long discussion with two persons from “Chaos macht Schule”, which is a
CCC subproject. In the end of his mail Holger thanks CCC Hamburg,, the association and the Debian sprints program for
their financially supporting the event.

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Meet Planet Debian Derivatives!

Paul Wise blogged about creation [8] of [9] “Planet Debian Derivatives”
which aggregates the blogs and planets of all the distributions
represented in the derivatives census. As say Paul it’s first concrete
outcome from the Debian derivatives census [10]. He also shared his plans
about integration of information about derivatives with Debian
infrastructure and thanks Jörg Jaspert “for doing the necessary setup

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“Squeeze” debian-installer with Linux 2.6.38

Kenshi Muto announced the release of backported amd64 debian-installer
for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 [11] “Squeeze”, which is available onhis images
archive page [12]. This image is based on Debian 6.0.1 and contain
firmwares. Also Kenshi added in the image a new DHCP client which fixes
an interacting problem with some DHCP servers. Please note that this is
an unofficial image and you should use it only if you really need this.

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DebConf11: Call for keys for keysigning

Anibal Monsalve Salazar sent an announcement about organization of
keysigning at DebConf11 [13] which will be held at Banja Luka, Republika
Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. All who intend to participate in the
keysigning should send their ASCII armored public key no later than 23:59
UTC on Sunday 10 July 2011. All needed information can be found on
corresponding page [14].

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Graphical installer for Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

Robert Millan announced that a graphical installer is now available for
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD [15]: with it is now possible to install “Wheezy” in
a more comfortable way. You can find it on thedaily images page [16].

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Iceweasel 5.0 in “experimental”

Mike Hommey blogged about adding Iceweasel 5.0 to [17] “experimental”.
Mike also noticed that he discontinued the Iceweasel 4.0 backport for
“Squeeze”, but he will still backports patches to 3.5 in “Squeeze” and
3.0 in “Lenny”. At the end of the post he added: “In the coming weeks,
there will also be some additional changes to [18]
repository, but I’ll give more details when that happens”.

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Further interviews

There has been two further “People behind Debian” interviews: withPhilipp
Kern [19], Stable Release Manager and member of the wanna-build team; and
with Sam Hartman [20], Kerberos package maintainer explains how he uses
Debian despite his blindness.

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Christian Perrier noticed that the bug #630000 [21] has been reported
Friday, 10 Jun 2011.

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Daniel Barlow blogged about how to clone a Debian system [22] installing
on it identical packages and versions.

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Martin Zobel-Helas wrote an interesting article on how start contributing
to Debian [23]. He listed various ways to help Debian: from reporting
bugs and try to reproduce them, to write documentation or translate the
existing one, to organize events or deliver talk on Debian-related
topics. And, if you haven’t time to actively work with Debian, you could
always help it donating money or hardware. As Martin said: “Find your
own area to work on within Debian, and don’t think you can’t help. Even
graphic designers, lawyers or clerks can help Debian!” .

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New Debian Contributors

14 people have started to maintain packages [24] since the previous issue
of the Debian Project News. Please welcome John T. Nogatch, Matthias
Kämmerer, Jonathan Riddell, Alexey S Kravchenko, Cleto Martan, Petr
Hlozek, Nikolaus Rath, Maxime Chatelle, Gergely Nagy, Leonid Borisenko,
Julien Dutheil, Manish Sinha, Bastian Blywis, and Wences Arana into our

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): tiff [25], vlc [26], kolab-cyrus-imapd [27], fex [28],
rails [29], redmine [30], moodle [31], movabletype-opensource [32],
linux-2.6 [33], perl [34], Please read them carefully and take the proper

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Please note that these are a selection of the more important security
advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about
security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please
subscribe to the security mailing list [38] (and the separate backports
list [39], and stable updates list [40] or volatile list [41], for
“Lenny” , the oldstable distribution) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

263 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [42] are:

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* apt-clone — Script to create state bundles [43]
* brltty-espeak — Access software for a blind person – espeak driver [44]
* c2esp — Driver for Kodak ESP 5xxx AiO color inkjet printers [45]
* cardstories — multiplayer online card guessing game [46]
* clementine — modern music player and library organizer [47]
* espeakup-udeb — Configure the speech synthesizer voice [48]
* extundelete — utility to recover deleted files from ext3/ext4 partition [49]
* hunspell-ml — Malayalam dictionary for hunspell [50]
* jack-stdio — program to pipe audio-data from and to JACK [51]
* letodms — open source document management system based on PHP and MySQL [52]
* linux-headers-2.6.39-2-486 — Header files for Linux 2.6.39-2-486 [53]
* linux-image-2.6.39-2-686-pae — Linux 2.6.39 for modern PCs [54]
* m2300w — Driver for the Minolta magicolor 2300W/24000W color laser printers [55]
* preprocess — portable multi-language file preprocessor [56]
* rhash — utility for computing hash sums and magnet links [57]
* xul-ext-linky — iceweasel extension to handle web and image links [58]

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Work-needing packages

Currently 306 packages are orphaned [59] and 142 packages are up for
adoption [60]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your
help [61].

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Want to continue reading DPN?

Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer
writers to watch the Debian community and report about what is going on.
Please see the contributing page [62] to find out how to help. We’re
looking forward to receiving your mail at [63].

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Francesca Ciceri,
Jeremiah C. Foster, David Prévot, Alexander Reichle-Schmehl, Alexander
Reshetov and Justin B Rye [64].

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