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Debian Project News – September 16th, 2013

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

* Debian Women IRC meeting
* Bits from the Release Team
* Bits from the DPL
* Videos of DebConf13 available
* Other news
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Women IRC meeting
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The Debian Women group held an IRC meeting [1] on September 7 on the
topic of how to encourage women to get involved in Debian. Projects were
discussed for the next Outreach Program for Women, but also smaller
tasks and rewards for people that do not know how to contribute. It was
also proposed to hold local events, possibly with other groups of women
involved in FLOSS, and to restart IRC training sessions. The meeting was
well attended and discussions continued after the official end.
Margarita Manterola published minutes of the meeting [2].

1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2013/09/msg00020.html
2: http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2013/09/msg00032.html

Bits from the Release Team
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Niels Thykier sent some bits from the Release Team [3], containing
proposals to improve the Jessie development cycle: a change to the
testing migration rule, automated removals and automated metrics for
architecture qualification for Jessie.

3: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/08/msg00006.html

In related news, Jonathan Wiltshire called for release goals for
Jessie [4]. To propose a goal, create a wiki page [5] before September
30 with a short description of the goal, details of the advocate(s) and
how the goal will be achieved.

4: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/09/msg00001.html
5: http://wiki.debian.org/ReleaseGoals

Bits from the DPL
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Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for August
2013 [6]. Among other things, Lucas mentioned the status of MariaDB in
Debian and the fact that Debian was invited to participate in the
OpenZFS community. He also summarised some actions taken as a
consequence of the survey of new contributors [7], such as the creation
of a package how-can-i-help, and moves to encourage the asking of
packaging questions on localised mailing lists. He also mentioned that
the next Outreach Program for Women will start soon. If you are willing
to be a coordinator for the Debian side, please contact the Debian Women
mailing list [8].

6: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/09/msg00002.html
7: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/08/msg00011.html
8: http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/

Videos of DebConf13 available
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Thanks to the amazing work of the DebConf Video Team, there are video
recordings available for download [9] of many sessions of
DebConf13 [10], which took place in August, in Vaumarcus, Switzerland.
Sylvestre Ledru announced on his blog [11] that they can be viewed
through a nice HTML5 interface on the IRILL website [12].

9: http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2013/debconf13/
10: http://debconf13.debconf.org/
11: http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/2013/08/19/video-of-debconf-13-available
12: http://www.irill.org/videos/debconf13

Francesca Ciceri made a start on providing English subtitles for some of
these videos [13] and getting them translated into various languages.
Some are already available [14] online. If you would like to help with
this initiative, have a look at the dedicated page on the DebConf
wiki [15].

13: http://lists.debconf.org/lurker/message/20130816.100346.cce380e6.en.html
14: http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2013/debconf13/subtitles/
15: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Videoteam/Subtitles

If you enjoyed the work of the DebConf Video Team, you can leave a kind
message on their wiki page [16].

16: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf13/Videoteam/Thanks

Other news
———-

Raphaël Hertzog announced on his blog [17] that the first chapters of
the Debian Administrator’s Handbook are now available updated for
Debian 7.

17: http://debian-handbook.info/2013/first-chapters-of-the-debian-administrators-handbook-updated-for-debian-7/

Andreas Tille put a spotlight on two Debian infrastructure teams that
are in need of contributors: Internationalisation and DebTags [18]. If
you want to contribute to Debian’s infrastructure and do work directly
visible for users, please consider joining these teams.

18: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/09/msg00065.html

Martin Zobel-Helas sent his report of the GanetiConf 2013 [19], where he
gave a talk about Debian’s experience of Ganeti. Ganeti is a cluster
virtual server management software tool that has been deployed to all of
the new Debian KVM virtualization servers.

19: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/09/msg00042.html

New Debian Contributors
———————–

8 applicants have been accepted [20] as Debian Developers, 12 applicants
have been [21] accepted [22] as Debian Maintainers, and 33 people have
started to maintain packages [23] since the previous issue of the Debian
Project News.

Please welcome Hannes von Haugwitz, Nicolas Dandrimont,
Brian Gupta, Richard Michael Hartmann, Agustin Henze, Alberto Garcia,
James Downing Page, Michael Beattie, Apollon Oikonomopoulos, Joao
Eriberto Mota Filho, Maarten Lankhorst, Martijn van Brummelen, Salvo
‘LtWorf’ Tomaselli, Uwe Kleine-König, Colin King, Joe Healy, Adrien
Grellier, Phillip Susi, Sergey Suslov, Tom Jampen, Adam Stokes, Oliver
Sander, Daniel Mizyrycki, Petr Salinger, David Suárez, Stephen Nelson,
Pablo Oliveira, Maarten Lankhorst, Laurent Destailleur, Bas Couwenberg,
Emanuele Aina, Daniel Pfeiffer, Jack Bates, Dirk Huenniger, Andrea Rota,
Guillaume Bouteille, Jose M Calhariz, Olof Johansson, Jackson Doak,
Simon Kainz, Micah Gersten, Miles Lubin, Axel Wagner, Anton Balashov,
Benjamin Barenblat, Tonnerre Lombard, Federico Brega, David Parsons,
Axel Wagner, Léo Cavaillé, Stewart Smith, Maarten L. Hekkelman, and
Thomas Bechtold into our project!

20: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
21: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/07/msg00024.html
22: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/09/msg00038.html
23: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Important Debian Security Advisories
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Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): php-radius [24], openjdk-6 [25], bind9 [26],
openafs [27], gnupg [28], libgcrypt11 [29], chromium-browser [30, 39],
otrs2 [31], wireshark [32, 53], iceweasel [33], putty [34], swift [35],
ruby1.9.1 [36], cacti [37, 45], python-django [38, 52],
php5 [40], kfreebsd-9 [41], tiff [42], linux [43], icedove [44],
cacti [45], exactimage [46, 51], asterisk [47], imagemagick [48],
libmodplug [49], phpbb3 [50],
and wordpress [54]. Please read them carefully and take
the proper measures.

24: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2726
25: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2727
26: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2728
27: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2729
28: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2730
29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2731
30: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2732
31: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2733
32: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2734
33: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2735
34: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2736
35: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2737
36: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2738
37: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2739
38: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2740
39: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2741
40: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2742
41: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2743
42: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2744
43: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2745
44: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2746
45: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2747
46: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2748
47: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2749
48: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2750
49: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2751
50: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2752
51: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2754
52: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2755
53: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2756
54: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2757

Debian’s Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the
packages: tzdata [55] and libdatetime-timezone-perl [56]. Please read it
carefully and take the proper measures.

55: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2013/09/msg00000.html
56: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2013/09/msg00001.html

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 [57] (and the separate backports
list [58], and stable updates list [59]) for announcements.

57: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
58: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
59: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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1598 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [60] are:

* apt-listdifferences — source differences notification tool [61]
* ben — toolbox for Debian maintainers [62]
* berusky2 — logic game Bugs Escape 3D [63]
* calypso — CalDAV/CardDAV server with git backend [64]
* codesearch — regular expression search over large bodies of source code [65]
* curseofwar — fast-paced action strategy game for Linux based on ncurses [66]
* cyclograph — route altimetry plotting application [67]
* dateutils — nifty command line date and time utilities [68]
* dgit — git interoperability with the Debian archive [69]
* dianara — client for the pump.io federated social network [70]
* git-remote-gcrypt — encrypted git repositories [71]
* how-can-i-help — opportunities for contributing to Debian [72]
* iwyu — tool to analyze #includes in C and C++ source files [73]
* jitsi — VoIP and Instant Messaging client [74]
* mnemonicode — tool to convert binary data into a sequence of words [75]
* morris — nine men’s morris game [76]
* seahorse-adventures — help Barbie the seahorse float on bubbles to the moon [77]
* stegsnow — steganography using ASCII files [78]

60: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
61: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/apt-listdifferences
62: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ben
63: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/berusky2
64: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/calypso
65: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/codesearch
66: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/curseofwar
67: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cyclograph
68: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dateutils
69: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dgit
70: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dianara
71: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/git-remote-gcrypt
72: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/how-can-i-help
73: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/iwyu
74: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/jitsi
75: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/mnemonicode
76: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/morris
77: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/seahorse-adventures
78: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/stegsnow

Work-needing packages
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Currently [79] 535 packages are orphaned [80] and 135 packages are up
for adoption [81]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [82].

79: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/09/msg00217.html
80: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
81: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
82: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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83: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier,
Justin B Rye and Thomas Vincent.

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