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Debian Project News - April 18th, 2011

From:  David Prévot <taffit-AT-debian.org>
To:  debian-news-AT-lists.debian.org
Subject:  Debian Project News - April 18th, 2011
Date:  Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:47:59 +0200
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The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Project News                    debian-publicity@lists.debian.org
April 18th, 2011              http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2011/06/
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Welcome to this year's sixth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

  * Bits from the Release Team -- Kicking off "Wheezy" 
  * Registration now open for DebConf11 and call for contributions
  * Report from the FTP Master meeting
  * The Canterbury Project: an amazing example of cross-distro collaboration
  * Report from Med@Tel
  * Further interviews
  * Other news
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?


Bits from the Release Team -- Kicking off "Wheezy"
--------------------------------------------------

Neil McGovern sent some bits from the Release Team [1] calling for
feedback on the recent release. He also addresses various subjects that
are currently under discussion: time-based freezes, transitions,
release goals, sprint organisation and 0-day NMU policy.

   1 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/03/msg...

Luk Claes proposed (amongst other ideas) continuing the removal of
obsolete libraries [2]. Josselin Mouette suggested starting [3] with
HAL [4] and gnome-vfs [5]. Although there has been some progress
towards getting rid of HAL (still used by xserver-xorg [6] on
kFreeBSD), Cyril Brulebois pointed out that this effort is stalled for
now [7]. Christian Perrier also proposed to drop [8]defoma [9].

   2 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2011/03/msg00492.html
   3 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2011/03/msg00493.html
   4 : http://packages.debian.org/src:hal
   5 : http://packages.debian.org/src:gnome-vfs
   6 : http://packages.debian.org/xserver-xorg
   7 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01194.html
   8 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01166.html
   9 : http://packages.debian.org/defoma

Limitations [10] in ifupdown [11] led to calls for an overhaul [12] of
Debian's default network management infrastructure. network-manager
[13] could be adopted [14] to this end, though this proposal has
provoked a great many objections, whether rational [15] or less so
[16].

   10 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01146.html
   11 : http://packages.debian.org/ifupdown
   12 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01167.html
   13 : http://packages.debian.org/network-manager
   14 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/04/msg00041.html
   15 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/04/msg00051.html
   16 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/04/msg00120.html

Among other release goal proposals [17] (such as read-only root file
system and C.UTF-8 provided by default), Roger Leigh started a
discussion about supporting [18]/run for  "Wheezy" .

   17 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01136.html
   18 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/03/msg01118.html

Stefano Zacchiroli proposed some further release goals [19] relating to
package quality, and relaunched the time based freezes [20] proposal.
He argued that fixed freeze dates would allow Debian's developer base
to improve planning and coordination with upstream developers, and
underlined that the first part of the "Squeeze" freeze (blocking
library transitions while being lax about general migration of new
packages) was quite successful, and that it should be done similarly in
the future. While the time frame for such freezes (andhow they should
be announced [21]) is still being discussed, there generally seems to
be a consensus in favour [22].

   19 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2011/03/msg00510.html
   20 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/04/msg00091.html
   21 : http://lists.debian.org/20110404070550.GL21476@rivendell....
   22 : http://lists.debian.org/20110407160009.GA25468@upsilon.cc


Registration now open for DebConf11 and call for contributions
--------------------------------------------------------------

Gunnar Wolf announced the opening of DebConf11 registration [23].
Registration instructions [24] are available and the deadline for
sponsored food and accommodation is 8 May 2011. A call for
contributions [25] has also been sent, and the organisers welcome all
sort of submissions: performances, art installations, debates, or
anything else can be proposed as well as traditional talks. There will
be a poster session this year. More information on submissions of
events or posters is available on the DebConf11 website [26] and the
deadline for submissions is also 8 May 2011.

   23 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/04/msg...
   24 : http://debconf11.debconf.org/register.xhtml
   25 : http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110408
   26 : http://debconf11.debconf.org/cfp.xhtml


Report from the FTP Master meeting
----------------------------------

Jörg Jaspert sent a report from the FTP Master meeting [27] which was
held at Linux Hotel in Essen, 21--27 March. During the meeting a lot of
work was done, in various areas:

   27 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/03/msg...


  * an upgrade of the main archive machine (as well as backports and security
    machines) to "Squeeze" was performed;

  * the update frequency of the DD accessible copy of thedak installation
    (moved from merkel.debian.org to ries.debian.org) was changed to reflect
    the database changes immediately

  * a new field (Built-Using) was implemented in dak and a related patch for
    dpkg [28] has been prepared

  * the creation of theMaintainers and Uploaders files was sped up (from
    roughly 15 minutes to about a minute)

  * the project of enabling autosigning for the buildds has finally been
    completed

  * binary-alldists files were added

Meanwhile, in a discussion with the Debian GNU/Hurd porters it was
decided that the Hurd port will stay on ftp-master.debian.org until
"Wheezy" is released, while the alpha port will be completely removed
from Debian and the hppa port will move over todebian-ports.org. As a
side note, Jörg added that during the meeting Ansgar Burchardt was
appointed to the post of FTP Assistant; congratulations, Ansgar!

   28 : http://packages.debian.org/dpkg


The Canterbury Project: an amazing example of cross-distro collaboration
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Gerfried Fuchs blogged from behind the scenes of one of the most
hilarious -- and well orchestrated -- April Fools' pranks of this year:
the Canterbury Project [29]. As you probably noticed, on the morning of
April the first, the homepages of Arch Linux, Debian, Gentoo, Grml and
OpenSUSE were replaced by a placeholder [30] announcing the merging of
all these distributions into one new one. In the posting, Gerfried said
that the initial idea was to simply do a sort of exchange of homepages
between participants.  "Then the thing happened which the Free Software
community is so well known for: additional ideas came in, two people
independently addressed me whether it wouldn't be better that instead
of a circle replacement of the frontpage, why not display the same page
on all of them. And one of them added that a corresponding news item
might make sense." said Gerfried. Another example of new ideas coming
up during the whole Canterbury Project was the introduction of thecant
package manager [31] (see also Alexander's blog for details [32]).
Gerfried revealed also the reason behind the name "Canterbury" : it
was adopted when Alexander Reichle-Schmehl noticed that, according to
the relevantWikipedia page [33],  "the earliest recorded association
between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury
Tales (1392)". As a final note, Gerfried added that even if the
all-in-one distribution was only a joke, the cross-distro collaboration
was real and exciting, and thanked all the participants for their
efforts.

   29 : http://rhonda.deb.at/blog/debian/the-canterbury-project.html
   30 : http://www.debian.org/misc/canterbury
   31 : http://packages.debian.org/cant
   32 : http://blog.schmehl.info/Debian/cant-package-manager
   33 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day


Report from Med@Tel
-------------------

Andreas Tille sent a report from the Med@Tel conference [34] held in
Luxembourg and dedicated to medicine informatics. This year, Andreas
delivered a talk titled	[35] "Benefits of Free/Libre Open Source
Software in Health Care (FLOSS-HC): Communities, Collaboration,
Development Issues, Technology Transfer", based on a paper written by
the Debian Med team. As Andreas reported, the talk was well received
and the main impression is that the Debian Med Blend itself is
considered as a really helpful and needed thing. It also seems that
Debian Med and other important -- and very useful -- Blends are little
known by the wider public. For this reason, Andreas proposed to use
microblogging to better promote the existence of Debian Med and -- in
the following thread -- many other ways to improve the visibility of
Debian Blends [36].

   34 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/04/msg00024.html
   35 : http://people.debian.org/~tille/talks/201104_luxembourg
   36 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/04/msg00032.html


Further interviews
------------------

Since the last issue of the Debian Project News, two new issues of the
[37] "This week in Debian" podcast have been published: with Jonathan
Nadeau [38], about current Debian news; and with Roberto Sanchez [39],
who gave a talk at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest.

   37 : http://wiki.debian.org/ThisWeekInDebian
   38 : http://frostbitemedia.libsyn.com/this-week-in-debian-epis...
   39 : http://frostbitemedia.libsyn.com/this-week-in-debian-epis...

There have also been two further  "People behind Debian" interviews:
withBdale Garbee [40], chair of the technical committee; and with Adam
D.  Barratt [41], release manager.

   40 :
http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/03/28/people-behind-debian...
   41 : http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/04/07/people-behind-debian...


Other news
----------

Steve McIntyre made available online a new cdimage search tool [42]
that has knowledge of just about all the Debian CDs and DVDs produced
by Debian since the Woody release, covering all the official releases
(both older archived releases and the current  "stable" release) and
the current sets of daily and weekly testing builds.

   42 : http://cdimage-search.debian.org

	
Stefano Zacchiroli has just been reelected as Debian Project Leader
[43], supported by 98% of valid voters.  Congratulations, and keep up
the good work!

   43 : http://www.debian.org/vote/2011/vote_001

Guido Günther sent some bits from the fourth Debian Groupware Meeting
[44], held at the Linux Hotel in Essen, Germany. During the weekend the
group has fixed various issues (mostly related to gnome-shell [45] in
iceowl [46]), and has been able to push new versions of icedove [47]
and iceowl [48] to "unstable" and to resurrect theiceowl-l10n [49]
language packs. Some work was also done on Citadel [50], Z-Push and
SOGo.

   44 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2011/04/msg...
   45 : http://packages.debian.org/gnome-shell
   46 : http://packages.debian.org/iceowl
   47 : http://packages.debian.org/icedove
   48 : http://packages.debian.org/iceowl
   49 : http://packages.debian.org/iceowl-l10n
   50 : http://packages.debian.org/src:citadel

Raj Mathur sent a report about a large Debian installation in India
[51]: the installation involved about 2,500 desktops and 40 servers, on
which were installed  "Squeeze" and "Wheezy" . The installation was
done in six different locations in India for a large call-out business
headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Well done!

   51 : http://www.mail-archive.com/ilugd@lists.linux-delhi.org/m...

Cyril Brulebois published the eighth [52], ninth [53] and tenth [54]
issues of his Debian XSF News.

   52 : http://blog.ikibiki.org/2011/04/03/DXN-8/
   53 : http://blog.ikibiki.org/2011/04/10/DXN-9/
   54 : http://blog.ikibiki.org/2011/04/11/DXN-10/

Raphaël Hertzog blogged about his  "journey of a new GNOME 3 Debian
packager [55]" .

   55 : http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/04/11/journey-of-a-new-gno...


New Debian Contributors
-----------------------

	
Seven applicants [56] have been accepted as Debian Maintainers since
the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Pau
Garcia i Quiles, Andrew O. Shadoura, Ignace Mouzannar, Hans-Christoph
Steiner, Timo Juhani Lindfors, Jaromir Mikes, and Asias He into our
project!

   56 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2011/04/msg00004.html


Important Debian Security Advisories
------------------------------------

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): gdm3 [57], mahara [58], tomcat5.5 [59], bind9 [60], tgt
[61], tiff [62], vlc [63], tmux [64], x11-xserver-utils [65], ikiwiki
[66], gitolite [67], isc-dhcp [68], dhcp3 [69], and vlc [70].  Please
read them carefully and take the proper measures.

   57 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2205
   58 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2206
   59 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2207
   60 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2208
   61 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2209
   62 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2210
   63 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2211
   64 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2212
   65 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2213
   66 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2214
   67 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2215
   68 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2216
   69 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2217
   70 : http://www.debian.org/security/2011/dsa-2218

Debian's Backports Team released advisories for these packages:
iceweasel [71], nss [72], squid3 [73], and tmux [74].  Please read them
carefully and take the proper measures.

   71 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/03...
   72 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/03...
   73 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/04...
   74 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/2011/04...

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 [75] (and the separate backports
list [76], and stable updates list [77] or volatile list [78], for
"Lenny" , the oldstable distribution) for announcements.

   75 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
   76 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
   77 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/
   78 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-volatile-announce/


New and noteworthy packages
---------------------------

1244 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [79] are:

   79 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg


  * 4store -- RDF database storage and query engine [80]
  * biogenesis -- artificial life program that simulates evolution of organisms [81]
  * brewtarget -- GUI beer brewing software [82]
  * clam-networkeditor -- prototyping tool for CLAM [83]
  * cliquer -- clique searching program [84]
  * commit-patch -- utility to commit fine grained patches to source code control repositories
[85]
  * cpan-listchanges -- package change history notification tool [86]
  * cpanminus -- script to get, unpack, build and install modules from CPAN [87]
  * ctioga2 -- polymorphic plotting program [88]
  * daisy-player -- player for DAISY Digital Talking Books [89]
  * darnwdl -- WDL document format viewer [90]
  * downtimed -- monitor of downtime, shutdown, and crashes [91]
  * facturlinex2 -- ERP/CRM for small and medium businesses [92]
  * fadecut -- toolset to rip audiostreams, cut, fade in/out and tag the resulting audiofiles [93]
  * fcitx-config-gtk -- graphic fcitx configuration tool [94]
  * florence -- extensible and scalable virtual keyboard for GNOME [95]
  * gaduhistory -- EKG history viewer [96]
  * gem2deb -- Debian Ruby packaging suite [97]
  * get-flash-videos -- program to download Flash videos [98]
  * haci -- web based IP(v6) address and network administration tool [99]
  * hydra -- very fast network login cracker [100]
  * ipxe -- PXE boot firmware [101]
  * jstest-gtk -- joystick testing and configuration tool [102]
  * laditools -- set of tools to control and monitor LADI (JACK+LASH) system [103]
  * logtop -- real time log line rate analyzer [104]
  * npm -- package manager for node.js [105]
  * openafs-fuse -- AFS distributed file system experimental FUSE client [106]
  * oxref -- cross reference utility [107]
  * photofilmstrip -- slide show creator with Ken Burns effect [108]
  * pnp4nagios -- Nagios addon to create graphs from performance data [109]
  * psensor -- display graphs for monitoring hardware temperature [110]
  * qmail -- secure, reliable, efficient, simple message transfer agent [111]
  * scolasync -- graphic tool to copy data to or from a set of USB storage media [112]
  * scute -- OpenPGP smartcard plugin for Mozilla Network Security Services [113]
  * ssl-cert-check -- proactively handling X.509 certificate expiration [114]
  * sslstrip -- SSL/TLS man-in-the-middle attack tool [115]
  * starman -- high-performance preforking PSGI/Plack web server [116]
  * synapse -- semantic file launcher [117]
  * twms -- tiny web map service [118]

   80 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/4store
   81 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/biogenesis
   82 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/brewtarget
   83 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/clam-networkeditor
   84 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cliquer
   85 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/commit-patch
   86 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cpan-listchanges
   87 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cpanminus
   88 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ctioga2
   89 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/daisy-player
   90 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/darnwdl
   91 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/downtimed
   92 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/facturlinex2
   93 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fadecut
   94 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fcitx-config-gtk
   95 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/florence
   96 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gaduhistory
   97 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gem2deb
   98 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/get-flash-videos
   99 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/haci
   100 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/hydra
   101 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ipxe
   102 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/jstest-gtk
   103 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/laditools
   104 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/logtop
   105 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/npm
   106 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/openafs-fuse
   107 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/oxref
   108 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/photofilmstrip
   109 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/pnp4nagios
   110 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/psensor
   111 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/qmail
   112 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/scolasync
   113 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/scute
   114 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ssl-cert-check
   115 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/sslstrip
   116 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/starman
   117 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/synapse
   118 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/twms


Work-needing packages
---------------------

Currently 314 packages are orphaned [119] and 154 packages are up for
adoption [120]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [121].

   119 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
   120 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
   121 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested


Want to continue reading DPN?
-----------------------------

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writers to watch the Debian community and report about what is going
on. Please see the contributing page [122] to find out how to help.
We're looking forward to receiving your mail at
debian-publicity@lists.debian.org [123].

   122 : http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute
   123 : mailto:debian-publicity@lists.debian.org

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Francesca Ciceri, David
Prévot and Alexander Reichle-Schmehl [124].

   124 : mailto:debian-publicity@lists.debian.org




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