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Debian Project News – July 8th, 2013

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

* All Debian source are belong to us
* Updating delegations
* Debian Trademark Team
* Architectures supported in Jessie
* Other news
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

All Debian source are belong to us

Stefano Zacchiroli introduced a new service [1] for browsing and
searching through all the source code provided in Debian packages: [2].


Updating delegations

Following his previous announcement about revocation of obsolete
delegations [3], Lucas Nussbaum has updated the delegation for the
Policy Editors [4], welcoming Jonathan Nieder to the team, and the
delegation for the summer of code administrators [5], welcoming Sukhbir
Singh officially among them. More updates will follow.


Debian Trademark Team

Lucas Nussbaum mentioned that Debian does now have a Trademark Team [6].
A more official announcement is still to come. Besides answering
trademark use requests, the Trademark Team is currently working on
getting the Debian logo registered, and on clarifying the status of
Debian-related domain names.


Architectures supported in Jessie

During their previous sprint [7], the Debian System Administrators (DSA)
set a list of requirements [8] they consider necessary to support a port
for the next stable release. They listed some specific concerns for the
following architectures: armel, armhf, hurd, mips, mipsel, sparc, and
s390/x. Most of them are currently being addressed, but porters may
welcome help.


Other news

The thirty-third issue of the miscellaneous news for developers [9] has
been released, covering the following topics:

* a summary of the Debian System Administration sprint
* the introduction of the [10] service
* the release of the source code of the search engine behind [11]
* a list of packages that have never had a bug filed against them [12], and which can
serve as a starting point to get more involved in Debian quality assurance work
* various improvements to the central package overview for developers [13]


New Debian Contributors

Seven applicants have been accepted [14] as Debian Developers, and six
people have started to maintain packages [15] since the previous issue
of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Boris Pek, Russell Stuart,
Mazen Neifer, Sukhbir Singh, Rodolfo García Peñas, Barry Warsaw, Helmut
Grohne, Marius Gavrilescu, Graham Inggs, Sebastian Gibb, ShuxiongYe, Tz-
Huan Huang and Nitesh A Jain into our project!


Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): nginx [16], icedove [17], wordpress [18],
xml-security-c [19], puppet [20], iceweasel [21], kfreebsd-9 [22], and
curl [23]. 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 [24] (and the separate backports
list [25], and stable updates list [26]) for announcements.


New and noteworthy packages

235 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [27] are:

* adcli — tool for performing actions on an Active Directory domain [28]
* exempi — command line tool to manipulate XMP metadata [29]
* kazam — screencast and screenshot application created with design in mind [30]
* php-horde-trean — web-based bookmarks application [31]
* sat-xmpp-core — Salut à Toi XMPP-based communication and sharing tool [32]
* scilab-metanet — Scilab graphs and networks computations module [33]


Work-needing packages

Currently [34] 496 packages are orphaned [35] and 150 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
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier,
Richard Hartmann, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.

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