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Debian Project News – September 17th, 2012

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

* Bits from the FTP Team
* Bits from the DPL
* Technical Committee Nominations
* 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?

Bits from the FTP Team
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Joerg Jaspert sent some bits from the FTP Team [1], announcing the
ongoing sprint during which the team is working on optimising the
current code behind the main archive, finalising a proposal for Debian
Personal Package Archives (PPAs), and merging into
the main archive host. This year, participation in the Google Summer of
Code initiative helped the team in implementing a true multi-archive
capability, making it possible to merge separated parts of the Debian
archive (like security and backports) into the main archive. Joerg also
added a call for volunteers: if you are a Debian Developer and want to
help one of the key teams of the Debian infrastructure, please consider
joining them.

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Bits from the DPL
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Stefano Zacchiroli sent his usual monthly report of DPL activities [2]:
during August, Stefano continued his efforts on a new trademark policy
and on the DFSG-free logo relicensing (with the help of members of the
Software Freedom Law Center).

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Technical Committee Nominations
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The technical committee has called for nominations [3] to fill Manoj
Srivastava’s seat [4]. To nominate yourself or someone else, send email
to with the subject “CTTE Nomination of
loginname”, where loginname is the nominee’s Debian account login.
Please see the call for nominations [5] for more information.

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Jennifer Cloer interviewed Ben Hutchings [6], member of the Linux kernel
team in Debian.

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Other news
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Cyril Brulebois announced the second beta release of the Debian
Installer 7.0 [7].

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Christian Perrier reported about the state of translations for debconf
screens [8]: five languages [9] have reached 100% (German, Russian,
Swedish, French, Portuguese). Many thanks to all the translators!

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Mattias Wadenstein published some statistics on the number of accesses
to the server hosting DebConf12 video recordings [10]: during July and
August, 3653.8 GiB of data have been downloaded by 7162 unique IP

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Upcoming events
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There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* September, 24, Guaíba, RS, Brazil — talk and debate: What is the Debian Project [11]
* September, 29-30, online on Jabber chat room — JabberFR Bug Squashing Party [12]

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You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [13] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [14],
Netherlands [15], Hispanic America [16], North America [17].

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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 [18]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [19].

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New Debian Contributors
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Four people have started to maintain packages [20] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Ben Howard, Marcin
Juszkiewicz, Alexander Golovko and Ehud Meiri into our project!

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Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
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According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [21], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 443 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 243
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 [22] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories
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Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): moin [23], zabbix [24], mahara [25], beaker [26],
qemu-kvm [27], xen-qemu-dm-4.0 [28], xen [29], qemu [30],
freeradius [31], bind9 [32], tor [33], request-tracker3.8 [34] (updated
announcement), and devscripts [35]. Please read them carefully and take
the proper measures.

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Debian’s Backports Team released an advisory for the package
libreoffice [36]. Please read it 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 [37] (and the separate backports
list [38], and stable updates list [39]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages
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47 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [40] are:

* alot — text mode MUA using notmuch mail [41]
* dmtx-utils — utilities for reading and writing Data Matrix 2D barcodes [42]
* gammaray — tool for examining the internals of Qt applications [43]
* pxz — parallel LZMA compressor [44]
* pynag — command line interface to Nagios configuration [45]
* python3-debian — Python 3 modules to work with Debian-related data formats [46]
* tribler — Python based BitTorrent/Internet TV application [47]

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Work-needing packages
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Currently [48] 457 packages are orphaned [49] and 141 packages are up
for adoption [50]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [51].

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Want to continue reading DPN?
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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 [52] to find out how to help. We’re
looking forward to receiving your mail at

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Don Armstrong, Cédric
Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri and Justin B Rye.

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