The Debian Weekly News
for March 16, 2004
covers a proposed task for Ada development, a bug closed by spam, a new
proposal to distribute non-free, and more.
The Debian popularity contest: As the Debian
project drifts slowly toward its next stable release, it has a bit of a
problem: this release looks like it will include over 13,000 packages on 13
binary CDs. The project is hoping to optimize downloads and installations
by putting the most popular packages together on the low-numbered CDs. To
make that happen, they must find out which packages are installed most
often. So the call has gone out for Debian users to install the
"popularity-contest" package and allow it to phone home with information on
what they have installed. The results end up on the Debian Popularity Contest page.
The second call for votes is out, for the
general resolution concerning non-free. Votes must be received by Sunday,
March 21 23:59:59 UTC 2004.
The platforms for the candidates for the
project leader are available on the on the web. There
will be no IRC debate this year as the
mailing list has been extremely active with both election and non-free
There will be a Bug Squashing Party this
weekend, March 19 - 21, to help fix the release critical bugs in sarge.
The third beta release of the Debian sarge
installer is now available for testing.
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