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Debian Project News – September 30th, 2013

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

* A summary of Debian GSoC 2013
* Coming updates for Wheezy and Squeeze
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

A summary of Debian GSoC 2013
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The Google Summer of Code [1] has now come to an end, and the 15
students working the whole summer on improving Debian have sent in their
final reports. They’ve worked on various subjects such as ZFS on Linux
integration [2], a rewrite of the package tracking system [3],
improvements to Debian search [4], scan-building the Debian archive [5],
a MIPS N32/N64 port [6], and a redesign of metapackage creation for
Debian Blends [7]. The full list of Debian GSoC students and their
projects can be found on the Debian blog [8]. The Debian project thanks
the GSoC students for their amazing work and the Debian mentors who
followed them during these four months.

1: https://developers.google.com/open-source/soc/
2: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001888.html
3: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001884.html
4: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001879.html
5: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001881.html
6: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001889.html
7: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2013-September/001873.html
8: http://bits.debian.org/2013/05/welcome-gsoc-students-2013.html

Coming updates for Wheezy and Squeeze
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Adam D. Barratt announced that both stable and oldstable Debian releases
will be updated in the coming weeks: the Wheezy 7.2 minor revision is
scheduled for October 12 [9] and the Squeeze 6.0.8 minor revision for
October 19 [10].

9: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/09/msg00089.html
10: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/09/msg00090.html

Other news
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Andreas Tille wrote a detailed report [11] of his experiences in
DebConf13 in Switzerland this summer.

11: http://debianmed.blogspot.fr/2013/09/debconf-13-report-by-andreas-tille.html

Paul Tagliamonte wrote an interesting article [12] on his blog about how
and why system package managers like APT and pip, a tool to install
Python modules, can coexist.

12: http://notes.pault.ag/debian-python/

Debian Edu 7.1+edu0, the sixth Debian Edu / Skolelinux release, based on
Debian 7 “Wheezy”, was released on September 28 [13].

13: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130928

Upcoming events
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There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* October 3-5, Montrouge, France — Debian booth at the Open World Forum [14];
* October 10-12, Oslo, Norway — Bug squashing party for Debian and Ubuntu [15].

14: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/fr/2013/OWF
15: http://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2013/10/12/no/Oslo

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [16] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [17],
Netherlands [18], Hispanic America [19], North America [20].

16: http://www.debian.org/events
17: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
18: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
19: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
20: 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 [21]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [22].

21: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
22: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
———————–

One applicant has been accepted [23] as Debian Developer, and seven
people have started to maintain packages [24] since the previous issue
of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Jacob Appelbaum, Doug
Torrance, Mattia Rizzolo, Yann Amar, Simon Gareste, Kevin Bortis,
Octavio Alvarez, and M. Hamish Bowman into our project!

23: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
24: 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): python-django [25], iceweasel [26], chrony [27],
puppet [28], icedove [29], pyopenssl [30], libvirt [31], and
davfs2 [32]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

25: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2758
26: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2759
27: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2760
28: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2761
29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2762
30: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2763
31: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2764
32: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2765

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 [33] (and the separate backports
list [34], and stable updates list [35]) for announcements.

33: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
34: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
35: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
—————————

213 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [36] are:

* anomaly — detection of anomalous data in a numeric stream [37]
* catch — C++ Automated Test Cases in Headers [38]
* clang-modernize-3.4 — tool to convert C++98 and C++03 code to C++11 [39]
* cubemap — scalable video reflector, designed to be used with VLC [40]
* fonts-ebgaramond-extra — EB Garamond Initials and TrueType fonts [41]
* gpg-remailer — tool to forward re-encrypted PGP/GPG mail to a group [42]
* ipv6toolkit — security assessment and troubleshooting tool for the IPv6 protocols [43]
* keysync — synchronization of OTR identities between the different chat programs [44]
* musl — standard C library [45]
* rel2gpx — creation of GPX-track from OSM relation [46]
* squishyball — audio sample comparison testing tool [47]
* ssh-agent-filter — filtering proxy for ssh-agent [48]
* view3dscene — VRML / X3D browser, and a viewer for other 3D model formats [49]

36: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
37: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/anomaly
38: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/catch
39: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/clang-modernize-3.4
40: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cubemap
41: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fonts-ebgaramond-extra
42: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gpg-remailer
43: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ipv6toolkit
44: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/keysync
45: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/musl
46: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/rel2gpx
47: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/squishyball
48: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ssh-agent-filter
49: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/view3dscene

Work-needing packages
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Currently [50] 537 packages are orphaned [51] and 150 packages are up
for adoption [52]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [53].

50: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/09/msg00551.html
51: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
52: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
53: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

Want to continue reading DPN?
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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 [54] to find out how to help. We’re
looking forward to receiving your mail at
.

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

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

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