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Debian Project News – October 28th, 2013

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

* Bits from the Release Team
* s390 removed from the archive in favour of s390x
* manpages.debian.net now an official service
* Debian increases its popularity on web servers
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Bits from the Release Team
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Niels Thykier announced in the bits from the Release Team [1] that
Jessie, the current testing version of Debian, will be frozen next year
on 5 November 2014, at 23:59 UTC. A draft of the freeze policy,
describing the changes that can be considered for inclusion in Jessie
after the freeze, is already available [2]. Niels also summarised the
results of the porter roll-call [3] of architectures in unstable and
testing, and indicated that the architecture qualification page [4] has
been updated to include the names of the current porters. To conclude,
he itemised the list of release goals that have been proposed and that
will be reviewed by the Release Team for possible adoption, and
indicated that Britney, the testing migration script, and build services
are now able to understand and process “pkg:any” multiarch dependency
relationships.

1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/10/msg00004.html
2: http://release.debian.org/jessie/freeze_policy.html
3: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/09/msg00002.html
4: http://release.debian.org/jessie/arch_qualify.html

s390 removed from the archive in favour of s390x
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Julien Cristau announced the removal of the s390 architecture from
Jessie [5]. s390 was an official architecture for IBM servers since
Woody and has been replaced by s390x, its 64-bit counterpart, since the
release of Wheezy. The process was completed by the removal of s390 from
Sid [6] as reported by Mark Hymers.

5: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/10/msg00005.html
6: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/10/msg00323.html

manpages.debian.net now an official service
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Thanks to Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña [7] and the Debian System
Administrators Team, the service providing on-line versions of any
manual page available in Debian, previously available from the
unofficial debian.net domain, can now be reached at
http://manpages.debian.org. The service is especially useful for users
who need to read manual pages from packages that are not installed.

7: http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2013/10/msg00026.html

Debian increases its popularity on web servers
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According to a recent W3Techs survey [8], Debian continues to be the
most popular GNU/Linux distribution on web servers, and has increased
its popularity from 29.4% in January 2012 (when it overtook CentOS to
take the lead) to 32.7% in October 2013. Debian’s derivative Ubuntu is
also growing, and the two together have a double lead (58.5% of Linux
web servers use Debian/Ubuntu). The survey is based on the analysis of
the top million web sites according to Alexa, in order to select a
representative sample of established sites, and focused only on the
technologies used for web sites (and not individual web pages or desktop
installations).

8: http://w3techs.com/blog/entry/debian_ubuntu_extend_the_dominance_in_the_linux_web_server_market_at_the_expense_of_red_hat_centos

Other news
———-

The eighth update of the oldstable distribution of Debian (codename
“Squeeze”) was released on October 20 [9].

9: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20131020.html

The Debian Outreach Program for Women matching fund 2013 [10] will still
be running for a bit over two more weeks. For details, and to give a
donation, please see the “Donate now” page [11].

10: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/18/#opwmatch
11: http://debian.ch/opw2013/

Upcoming events
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There is one upcoming Debian-related event:

* November 14-17, Cambridge, United Kingdom — Mini-DebConf in ARM offices [12]

12: https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Miniconf-UK/2013

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [13] of the Debian wiki, or subscribe to one of our
events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [14],
Netherlands [15], Hispanic America [16], North America [17].

13: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents
14: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
15: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
16: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
17: 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 [18]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [19].

18: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
19: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
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Two applicants have been accepted [20] and four people have started
to maintain packages [21] since the previous issue of the Debian
Project News. Please welcome Patty Langasek, Christian Hofstaedtler,
Ross Gammon, James Cowgill, Pall Sigurdsson, and Pierre Blanc into
our project!

20: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
21: 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): drupal6 [22], systemd [23], libapache2-mod-fcgid [24],
libxml2 [25], mysql-5.1 [26], python-crypto [27], polarssl [28],
librack-ruby [29], and xorg-server [30]. Please read them carefully and
take the proper measures.

22: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2776
23: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2777
24: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2778
25: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2779
26: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2780
27: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2781
28: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2782
29: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2783
30: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2784

Debian’s Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the
package: multipath-tools [31]. Please read it carefully and take the
proper measures.

31: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2013/10/msg00002.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 [32] (and the separate backports
list [33], and stable updates list [34]) for announcements.

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

New and noteworthy packages
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137 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [35] are:

* acr — autoconf like tool [36]
* findbugs — static Java code analyzer to find bugs [37]
* gnome-session-flashback — GNOME Flashback session [38]
* ifupdown-multi — multiple default gateway support for ifupdown [39]
* libfaketime — library to report faked system time to programs [40]
* meritous — action-adventure dungeon crawl game [41]
* weston — reference implementation of a Wayland compositor [42]

35: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
36: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/acr
37: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/findbugs
38: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gnome-session-flashback
39: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ifupdown-multi
40: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/libfaketime
41: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/meritous
42: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/weston

Work-needing packages
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Currently [43] 535 packages are orphaned [44] and 160 packages are up
for adoption [45]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [46].

43: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/10/msg00579.html
44: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
45: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
46: 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 [47] to find out how to help. We’re
looking forward to receiving your mail at
.

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

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

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