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Debian Project News – April 16th, 2012

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

* Debian project leader elected
* Registration open for DebConf12
* Personal BSP initiatives
* The state of Debian s390x
* Interviews
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian project leader elected

The Debian project has just reelected Stefano Zacchiroli for a third year as
Debian Project Leader [1]. More than 80% of voters put him as their first
choice (or equal first) on their ballot papers.

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Stefano’s large majority over his opponents shows how satisfied the Debian
project is with his work so far, and its wish for him to represent the project
during one last term — Stefano has already announced he won’t be seeking
reelection again next year. Wouter Verhelst and Gergely Nagy also gained a lot
of support from Debian project members, both coming hundreds of votes ahead of
the “None of the above” ballot choice.

Registration open for DebConf12

The Debian project is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the
DebConf12 [2] conference, which will take place in Managua, Nicaragua, from
Sunday 8 July to Saturday 14 July 2012. The conference will be preceded as
usual by a week-long DebCamp, from Sunday 1 July to Saturday 7 July. It will
only be possible to apply for food and accommodation grants and/or travel
grants until 15 May.

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Debian also invites submissions of proposals [3] for papers, presentations,
discussion sessions and tutorials for DebConf12 until 1 June 2012.

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Personal BSP initiatives

We usually give information about BSPs where a group of people meet over a
weekend, but today we’d like to mention two personal initiatives. Gregor
Herrmann has reported every [4] week [5] over [6] ten [7] Release-Critical bugs
squashed. Gerfried Fuchs also regularly reports on stable Release-Critical bugs
squashed, and has managed to squash over [8] thirty [9] bugs [10] each month.
We would like to thank Gregor Herrmann, Gerfried Fuchs and all other RC bug
addicts who are constantly helping to make our distribution better.

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The state of Debian s390x

Philipp Kern posted an update on the current state of the Debian s390x port
[11]. Work started on this port last summer, during DebConf11 [12], and in less
than a month it already had almost 65% of packages built. Unfortunately, a new
GLib release created some problems on this architecture; but recently a new
major release of GLib [13] fixed all the issues. The next steps for this port
will be to fix open bugs [14] and to make Iceweasel build successfully.

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Raphaël Hertzog published a “People behind Debian” interview with Francesca
Ciceri [15], a member of the Debian press and publicity teams, while Petter
Reinholdtsen interviewed Wolfgang Schweer [16], Justin B Rye [17] and Andreas
Mundt [18] for his “Debian Edu interviews” series.

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Other news

Guido Günther sent out some bits from the fifth Debian Groupware Meeting [19],
which was held at the Linux Hotel in Essen, Germany. During the weekend the
group fixed various issues and was able to push new versions of icedove [20]
and d-push [21] to “unstable” while iceowl [22] (dead upstream) remains in
“experimental”. Some work was also done on OpenChange, Zarafa ZCP and SOGo,
and several evolution bugs [23] were worked on.

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Michael Larabel did some benchmarks to compare Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, Debian
GNU/Linux and FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.0 [24] on a dual AMD Opteron 2384 system with 4
GB of RAM and a 160 GB Western Digital SATA drive. It appears that Linux is
generally faster than kFreeBSD for now, but kFreeBSD won on a few tests. For
more details, you can consult the complete results page [25].

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Sebastian Harl called for help with handling the Debian booth [26] at the
Grazer Linuxtage. If you are interested in helping out, please add yourself to
the wiki page [27].

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Mònica Ramírez Arceda wrote a useful tutorial for new Debian Developers [28]
where she explained the useful configuration changes people may want to apply
just after they become DDs.

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Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* April 19-20, San Francisco, USA — Debian table atOpenStack Conference [29]
* April 28, Graz, Austria — Debian booth at Grazer Linuxtage [30]
* April 29-30, Shanghai, China — Debian Bug Squashing Party [31]

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the
events section [32] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events
mailing lists for different regions: Europe [33], Netherlands [34], Hispanic
America [35], North America [36].

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Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware
of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that
you want to link on our talks page [37]? Send an email to the Debian Events
Team [38].

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New Debian Contributors

Five people have started to maintain packages [39] since the previous issue of
the Debian Project News. Please welcome Mike Miller, Elena Grandi, Pierre
Chambart, Prach Pongpanich and Corentin Labbe into our project!

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Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database [40],
the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently affected by 726
Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or on the way to
being solved, roughly speaking, about 517 Release-Critical bugs remain to be
solved for the release to happen.

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There are also some hints on how to interpret [41] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): libpng [42], tiff [43], inspircd [44], sqlalchemy [45],
samba [46] and puppet [47].
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

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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 [48] (and the separate backports list [49], and stable
updates list [50]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

282 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many
others [51] are:

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* 0ad — real-time strategy game of ancient warfare [52]
* dh-ada-library — Debian helper for Ada libraries [53]
* dwb — lightweight WebKit browser [54]
* fonts-dosis — very simple, rounded, sans serif font family [55]
* legit — Git extension to assist in manipulating branches [56]
* openimageio-tools — library for reading and writing images – command line
tools [57]
* shellinabox — publish command line shell through Ajax interface [58]
* sound-theme-freedesktop — sound theme [59]
* xbmc — media center [60]
* xbrlapi — access software for a blind person using a braille display [61]
* xul-ext-automatic-save-folder — download helper which automates the
sorting and saving of files [62]

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Work-needing packages

Currently [63] 406 packages are orphaned [64] and 160 packages are up for
adoption [65]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help

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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 [67] to find out how to help. We’re looking forward to
receiving your mail at [68].

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Cédric
Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri, David Prévot and Justin B Rye [69].

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