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Debian Project News – October 1st, 2012

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

* Update for Debian 6.0: 6.0.6 released
* Reports from the latest BSPs
* Results from Debian’s Google Summer of Code
* Mini DebConf in Paris
* 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?

Update for Debian 6.0: 6.0.6 released

The sixth update for Debian 6.0 (codenamed “Squeeze”) [1] has been
released. This update mainly adds corrections of security problems to
the stable release, along with some adjustments for serious problems.

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Reports from the latest BSPs

The bug squashing party held in Dublin [2] on Saturday, 8 September was
hosted in Google office space and gathered 15 people. In addition to its
impact on the Release-Critical bugs list it triggered the bootstrapping
of a local Debian community with the desire to hold a second such party
in October.

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The following weekend, another bug squashing party held in Berlin [3]
gathered approximately 25 people who also worked on German translations
besides dealing with Release-Critical bugs.

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Results from Debian’s Google Summer of Code

Ana Guerrero sent a report about Debian’s Google Summer of Code [4].
Debian has been participating in the Google Summer of Code since 2006,
and sponsored 15 projects this year, of which 12 finished successfully.
Students supervised by Debian mentors worked on various aspects of the
project, including improvements to, the development
of multi-arch cross-toolchains, and metrics for team activities, to name
just three. Some of these results have already been included into
Debian. The Debian project thanks those who took part, including
especially the students for their contributions, and invites them to
continue being involved in making Debian better.

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Mini DebConf in Paris

Sylvestre Ledru, on the behalf of the organisation team [5], announced
that the second Mini DebConf in Paris [6] will take place on 24 and
25 November and will be hosted by EPITA [7]. His message [8] mentions
that a BSP will be in progress through the entire event, and that
they’re currently soliciting talks for the event.

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There has been a DebianEdu interview [9] with Giorgio Pioda [10] who
describes, among other things, how he got involved in Debian Edu and his
views about it.

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Other news

Since the CIA service [11] for monitoring VCS repositories via IRC is
now dead, Martín Ferrari proposed KGB [12] as a replacement.

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Ansgar Burchardt, on behalf of the FTP team, announced some changes to
the Debian Maintainer upload permissions system [13]. The new interface
replaces the old DMUA field, which will stop working on
24 November 2012.

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Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* October 13-14, Utrecht, Netherlands — Debian bug squashing party at Randomdata [14]
* October 13-17, New Orleans, USA — Debian booth at Neuroscience 2012 [15]

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You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [16] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [17],
Netherlands [18], Hispanic America [19], North America [20].

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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 [21]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [22].

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New Debian Contributors

Eight applicants have been accepted [23] as Debian Developers, six
applicants have been accepted [24] as Debian Maintainers, and two people
have started to maintain packages [25] since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Tobias Hansen, Cédric Boutillier,
Sébastien Villemot, Thibaut Jean-Claude Paumard, Nicolas Boulenguez,
Janos Guljas, Asias He, Per Andersson, Emilien Klein, Sascha Steinbiss,
Ahmed Toulan, Bernhard Schmidt, Jeroen Dekkers, Andreas Rönnquist, Josue
Ortega, and Kai Lüke 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 [26], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 480 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 266
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 [27] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): devscripts [28], asterisk [29], isc-dhcp [30],
iceweasel [31], iceape [32], and tiff [33]. 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 [34] (and the separate backports
list [35], and stable updates list [36]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

114 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [37] are:

* hdav — command-line WebDAV client [38]
* jvm-7-avian-jre — lightweight virtual machine using the OpenJDK class library [39]
* glyr — search engine for music-related metadata [40]
* openstreetmap-client — OpenStreetMap client for the GNOME Desktop [41]
* xul-ext-reloadevery — Iceweasel extension to reload web pages in regular intervals [42]

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Work-needing packages

Currently [43] 470 packages are orphaned [44] and 137 packages are up
for adoption [45]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [46].

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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 [47] 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 Cédric Boutillier, David
Prévot and Justin B Rye.

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