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Debian Project News – November 12th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s twenty-second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Code search engine for Debian * Bits from the DPL * One step closer to “Wheezy” * Other news * Upcoming events * New Debian Contributors * Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release * Important Debian Security Advisories * Work-needing packages * Want to continue reading DPN?

Code search engine for Debian

Michael Stapelberg announced the birth of Debian Code Search [1], a
search engine for source code within Debian. “It allows you to search
all ≈ 17000 source packages, containing 130 GiB of FLOSS source code
(including Debian packaging) with regular expressions”, explained
Michael. The search engine [2] is already available for use.


Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report of DPL activities for
October [3]: among other things, Stefano reported the boost of activity
in the recently created debian-cloud mailing list [4]. This new mailing
list is dedicated to discussions of the development and use of Debian on
public and private clouds, such as for instance the ongoing discussion
about the integration of Debian on popular clouds like Windows Azure or
the Amazon Web Services Marketplace.


One step closer to “Wheezy”

Neil McGovern sent an update on the state of the “Wheezy” freeze [5],
explaining that the Release Team is now particularly focused on managing
unblock requests (where these comply with the freeze policy [6]) and
removing buggy leaf packages. Meanwhile, the Release Critical bug count
is decreasing, thanks also to the great number of Bug Squashing Parties
held during recent months. More Debian Bug Squashing Parties [7] are
scheduled for the upcoming weeks: you can help Debian to release sooner
by participating!


Other news

The Polish Debian User Group [8] created a nice graph of the number of
Release Critical bugs in Debian over the last year [9].


Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* November 14, Helsinki, Finland — mini Debian bug squashing party [10]
* November 23-25, Essen, Germany — Debian bug squashing party at Linuxhotel [11]
* November 23-25, Munich, Germany — Debian bug squashing party at LiMux Office [12]
* November 24-25, Paris, France — Paris Mini-DebConf 2012 [13]
* November 24, Tokyo, Japan — Debian bug squashing party at Plat’Home Office [14]


You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [15] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [16],
Netherlands [17], Hispanic America [18], North America [19].


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


New Debian Contributors

Two people have started to maintain packages [22] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Hendrik Jaeger and
Steven Chamberlain into our project!


Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [23], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 425 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 220
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
Richard Hartmann published some more detailed statistics [24].


Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): request-tracker3.8 [25], rtfm [26], icedove [27], [28], libproxy [29], and iceape [30]. Please read them
carefully and take the proper measures.


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 [31] (and the separate backports
list [32], and stable updates list [33]) for announcements.


Work-needing packages

Currently [34] 486 packages are orphaned [35] and 138 packages are up
for adoption [36]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [37].


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


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

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