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Debian Jr. Update. We've mentioned before the Debian Jr. project, which strives to make Debian an OS that children of all ages will want to use. The initial focus is children up to 8 years of age. Ben Armstrong has sent out a Debian Jr. update, with the current status of the project. Work is beginning on child-oriented menus, minimum system requirements are being ironed out, and categories for package lists are coming together.
LinuxNewbie reviews Debian installation. This LinuxNewbie.org review looks at .deb packaging and the apt installer. "One of the reasons that Debian is such a cool and intuitive distribution is because of it's packaging system (*.deb). The installation uses a program called apt to download and install programs from cds, nfs, ftp, or http. Because of this, you can install an entirely current system from an old installation cd. The most remarkable thing about apt, however, is that it checks and maintains dependencies for you, so you do not need to go around hunting for libraries that you need before installing your favorite programs. Once you select a program to install, apt will check to see what other software is needed for it to work and then offer you the option of downloading and installing what else is required as well. This NHF should work for Debian, Stormix, Corel, and Libranet (I think)."
Slackware.com compromised. Slackware announced that their main web site - slackware.com - was compromised on December 25th, forcing a shutdown of that site. A complete audit was performed, and backup files were restored. The break in appears to have been due to an older version of imapd, which had known security holes that have since been fixed. Slackware neglected to upgrade imapd on that system, but has now addressed the problem.
Debian Weekly News for January 2nd, 2001. Following the traditionally slow holiday season, an abbreviated Debian Weekly News has been published. The important notes this week include security updates for the dialog, stunnel and gnupg packages.
Kernel Cousin Debian #16 For 29 Dec 2000. Here's the Kernel Cousin #16, with some discussion of Debian package namespace conflict, Debian usability vs Mandrake and other topics.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #73 For 27 Dec 2000. And here's the Kernel Cousin Hurd #73. Topics include Threading In The Hurd and the Status Of Hurd CD Installation Tools.
LinuxPPC 2000 Q4. The newest version of LinuxPPC has been released. LinuxPPC 2000 Q4 is the company's first three CD-ROM set.
Mini/Special Purpose Distributions
VA Linux Sponsorship for Linux Router Project. The Linux Router Project (LRP) acknowledged VA Linux' generous support to help further LRP development, including funding and servers.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
January 4, 2001