Welcome to this year’s second issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Bits from Debian Med * A look into the Linux kernel of Debian “Wheezy” * 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 Debian Med
Andreas Tille sent some bits from the Debian Med team , reporting
some recent initiatives of the team, such as the Mentoring of the
Month  efforts. Andreas also announced that in February there will be
a real life meeting of Debian Med developers and users , in Kiel
(Germany); all interested people are invited to join.
A look into the Linux kernel of Debian “Wheezy”
Ben Hutchings, member of the Debian Kernel team and maintainer of the
3.2.y stable series at kernel.org, wrote a series of three blogposts
(part 1 , part 2 , part 3 ) about the additional features
(missing from mainline 3.2) that will be included in the Linux kernel to
be shipped with the next Debian stable.
Petter Reinholdtsen analysed the Debian archive to compile a list of the
20 most supported MIME types in Debian .
Bernhard R. Link took a closer look at cryptographic signatures in an
informative article .
Ian Jackson summarised the ongoing discussion on a trademark policy for
There is one upcoming Debian-related event:
* February, 2-3, Brussels, Belgium — Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) 
You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section  of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe ,
Netherlands , Hispanic America , North America .
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 ? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team .
New Debian Contributors
One person has started to maintain packages  since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Alexandre Raymond into
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 249 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 84
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): zendframework , emacs23 , rails ,
asterisk , proftpd-dfsg , qemu-kvm , qemu  and
rails . Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian’s Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
freetype  and icinga . Please read them carefully and take the
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
35 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* liblingua-en-findnumber-perl — module for locating (written) numbers in English text 
* libmath-prime-util-perl — utilities related to prime numbers, including fast sieves and factoring 
* libsgml-dtdparse-perl — Perl modules and scripts for manipulating SGML and XML DTDs 
* python-secretstorage — Python module for storing secrets – Python 2.x version 
Currently  521 packages are orphaned  and 142 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 Cédric Boutillier,
Francesca Ciceri and Justin B Rye.