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Debian Project News – February 18th, 2013

Welcome to this year’s fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Debian Installer 7.0 RC1 released * 700,000th bug reported * Bits from the DPL * Reports from FOSDEM * Update on Clang and Debian * 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?

Debian Installer 7.0 RC1 released
———————————

The first release candidate of the installer for Debian Wheezy was
released on 17 February [1]. Many fixes are included in this release of
the installer, along with new improvements, including better speech
synthesis support, various improvements for GNU/kFreeBSD, fixes for the
grub2 package, new supported hardware, etc.

1: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/News/2013/20130217

A full list of known issues with details is collected on the errata [2]
page. Everyone is encouraged to test the installer and report bugs;
media and further information are available on the Debian Installer
pages [3].

2: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata
3: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer

This release was delayed a few weeks because of a technical
disagreement [4] about one package. Thanks to prompt action [5] in
response to the problem, a solution has now been implemented.

4: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=699382#69
5: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=699808

700,000th bug reported
———————-

Christian Perrier won the 700,000th bug contest [6], by betting more
than two years ago on the date of bug #700000 [7], which was recently
reported by Cédric Boutillier. He now invites everyone to
participate [8] in contests to predict the dates when Debian’s 800,000th
and 1,000,000th bug reports will be filed [9].

6: http://www.perrier.eu.org/weblog/2013/02/09#bug-700000-now
7: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=700000
8: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/02/msg00002.html
9: http://wiki.debian.org/800000thBugContest

Bits from the DPL
—————–

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report of DPL activities for January
2013 [10]. Stefano reminded readers that the election process for the
next DPL term will start in early March, so there are only a few days
left to convince Debian developers to run. He confirmed that he will not
run again for another term. Meanwhile he is also looking for help in
organising Debian activities in the Google Summer of Code program, and
in maintaining an authoritative list of DFSG-free licenses [11]. Among
other things, Stefano also mentioned an updated policy draft for Debian
marks [12].

10: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/02/msg00003.html
11: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/01/msg00023.html
12: http://www.debian.org/trademark

Reports from FOSDEM
——————-

During the first weekend of February, the Debian Project participated at
FOSDEM 2013 [13] in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to the official
Debian booth, several project members delivered talks about different
topics: among others, Andreas Tille presented the Debian Med
project [14] (video [15]), Tollef Fog Heen and Michael Biebl gave an
overview of systemd in Debian [16] (video [17]), Samuel Thibault
reported on the GNU/Hurd architecture in Debian [18], and Ian Campbell
spoke about the future of paravirtualisation under Xen [19]. Most of the
FOSDEM talks are available as video recordings [20].

13: https://fosdem.org/2013/
14: http://people.debian.org/~tille/talks/201302_fosdem_distro/index_en.html
15: http://video.fosdem.org/2013/crossdistro/Debian_Med___a_Debian_Pure_Blends_for_medical_care_and_microbiological_research.webm
16: https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/event/debian_systemd/
17: http://video.fosdem.org/2013/crossdistro/systemd_in_Debian.webm
18: http://people.debian.org/~sthibault/hurd-i386/2013-02-02-fosdem.pdf
19: http://xenbits.xen.org/people/ianc/talks/2013-02-fosdem-evolving-xen-paravirt.pdf
20: http://video.fosdem.org/2013/

Update on Clang and Debian
————————–

Sylvestre Ledru posted an article on his blog about the results of
rebuilding the archive using Clang 3.2 [21]. To make the results more
visible, Paul Wise has integrated them into the Package Tracking
System [22]. In the meantime, Hideki Yamane has written a patch to make
it easier to use Clang instead of gcc when building with pbuilder [23].
You can find more information about current efforts related to building
Debian with Clang and other alternative compilers in Sylvestre’s FOSDEM
talk [24].

21: http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/sylvestre/2013/02/06/rebuild_of_debian_using_clang_3_2
22: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=699936
23: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=700290
24: http://mirror.geeksoc.org/fosdem/2013/crossdistro/Make_Debian_compiler_agnostic___Building_Debian_with_LLVM_Clang.webm

Other news
———-

Stefano Zacchiroli renewed Kurt Roeckx’s appointment as Project
Secretary [25].

25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/02/msg00001.html

Julien Danjou wrote an article about Cloud tools for Debian [26],
explaining the basics and giving hints about the tools needed to run a
cloud platform.

26: http://julien.danjou.info/blog/2013/cloud-init-utils-debian

Francesca Ciceri published instructions on making your own Debian swirl
plush keyring [27].

27: http://blog.zouish.org/posts/swirl_how_to/

Raphael Geissert has continued his A bashism a week [28] series, now
containing more than ten articles.

28: http://rgeissert.blogspot.com/search/label/bashisms

Upcoming events
—————

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* February 22-24, Calicut, India — India Mini-DebConf 2013, Calicut Edition [29]
* February 22-24, Los Angeles, USA — Debian booth at the eleventh annual Southern California Linux Expo [30]

29: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0222-minidebconf-india-calicut
30: http://www.debian.org/events/2013/0222-scale11x

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [31] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [32],
Netherlands [33], Hispanic America [34], North America [35].

31: http://www.debian.org/events
32: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
33: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
34: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
35: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-na

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 [36]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [37].

36: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
37: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
———————–

Three people have started to maintain packages [38] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Paul Belanger, Jakub
Safarik and Andrew Bartlett into our project!

38: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
———————————————————

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [39], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 194 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 66
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

39: http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi

There are also more detailed statistics [40] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [41] these numbers.

40: http://richardhartmann.de/blog/posts/2013/02/15-Debian_Release_Critical_Bug_report_for_Week_07/
41: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats

Important Debian Security Advisories
————————————

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): samba [42], ircd-hybrid [43], xen-qemu-dm-4.0 [44],
rails [45], openssl [46], polarssl [47], openconnect [48], ffmpeg [49],
wireshark [50], lighttpd [51] and nginx [52]. Please read them carefully
and take the proper measures.

42: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2617
43: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2618
44: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2619
45: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2620
46: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2621
47: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2622
48: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2623
49: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2624
50: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2625
51: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2626
52: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2627

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 [53] (and the separate backports
list [54], and stable updates list [55]) for announcements.

53: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
54: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
55: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

Work-needing packages
———————

Currently [56] 531 packages are orphaned [57] and 141 packages are up
for adoption [58]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [59].

56: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/02/msg00250.html
57: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
58: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
59: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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 [60] to find out how to help. We’re
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60: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute

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

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