Welcome to this year’s twenty-fifth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Bits from the DPL * Wheezy freeze: reviewers needed for unblock requests * Report from Bug Squashing Party in Mechlin * Other news * 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 DPL
Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report of DPL activities for
November : among other things, he described recent progress in the
work of the debian-cloud initiative , the budget approval process for
DebConf13, and IRC  meetings  of the “DPL helpers”, a group of
people who have offered to share the load of DPL duties.
Wheezy freeze: reviewers needed for unblock requests
Niels Thykier, a member of the release team, blogged about the progress
of the release process for Wheezy . Wheezy has now been frozen for
almost six months. More than the total number of RC bugs, it is the
number of RC bugs fixed in unstable but not in Wheezy that worries
Niels. This situation is mainly due to “unblock” requests that none of
the members of the release team has had time to respond to. If you want
to help with the release, and don’t find any RC bugs to fix, you can
review some of the unblock requests, and help to decrease the number
that remain unanswered.
Report from Bug Squashing Party in Mechlin
Wouter Verhelst published a report about the BSP  he organized in his
company’s office in Mechlin, Belgium. A couple of RC bugs were fixed and
progress was made on a few more. Although Wouter regrets that he was the
only Belgian Debian Developer present, he was happy to welcome local
newcomers who had never contributed to Debian before. Because of this
and the fun they all had, the event can be considered to have been a
Sylvestre Ledru announced  the availability of videos  and
slides  for the presentations given during the Mini DebConf held last
month in Paris.
Petter Reinholdtsen blogged about Bitcoin support  in Debian.
New Debian Contributors
2 applicants have been accepted  as Debian Maintainers and 8 people
have started to maintain packages  since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Rahul Amaram, Markus Frosch, Thiago
Franco de Moraes, Markus Tornow, Gert Wollny, Denis Laxade, Gary
Kramlich, Richard Ulrich, Michael Franzl and Csillag Tamas into our
Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database , the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 323 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 133
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
There are also more detailed statistics  as well as some hints on
how to interpret  these numbers.
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): rssh , apache2 , libxml2 , mysql-5.1 ,
xen , iceweasel , iceape , bogofilter , perl ,
libcgi-pm-perl , icedove  and tiff . 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  (and the separate backports
list , and stable updates list ) for announcements.
New and noteworthy packages
194 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* drumkv1 — old-school drum-kit sampler 
* git-bzr-ng — bi-directional Git to Bazaar bridge 
* julia — high-performance programming language for technical computing 
* mailnag — mail notification daemon for GNOME 3 
* minidisc-utils — command line utilities for MiniDisc access 
* php-horde — Horde application framework 
* pixz — parallel, indexing XZ compressor/decompressor 
* razorqt — lightweight desktop environment 
* sonic-visualiser — viewer and analyser of music audio files 
* undistract-me — program to send notifications when long-running terminal commands complete 
Currently  528 packages are orphaned  and 138 packages are up
for adoption : please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help .
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Cédric
Boutillier and Justin B Rye.