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Debian Project News - June 25th, 2012

From:  David Prévot <>
Subject:  Debian Project News - June 25th, 2012
Date:  Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:54:51 -0400
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The Debian Project                      
Debian Project News          
June 25th, 2012     

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

  * DebConf11 financial report
  * Countdown to the freeze
  * Debian mirror redirector
  * Internationalisation sprint
  * Salzburg bug squashing party
  * Presentation in Romania
  * Bits from the DPL
  * Other news
  * Upcoming events
  * New Debian Contributors
  * Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
  * Important Debian Security Advisories
  * New and noteworthy packages
  * Work-needing packages
  * Want to continue reading DPN?

DebConf11 financial report

Richard Darst posted a financial report for DebConf11 [1]. Approximate
numbers had been known since last year, but Richard checked all
transactions against SPI and FFIS records to confirm that, thanks to the
support of the Republika Srpska government, the conference generated a
surplus for Debian of around €20,000. This surplus is expected to be
reinvested in future DebConf costs.

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Countdown to the freeze

Neil McGovern, on behalf of the Release Team, announced that the freeze
will start on 30 June [2]. That means that no new packages, and no new
versions, will automatically migrate to testing after that point.
Developers can then focus on fixing the last release critical issues in
order to offer everyone a best quality Wheezy stable release once it's

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Debian mirror redirector

Raphael Geissert widely announced a new mirror redirector service [3], [4], that aims to reduce the impact of occasionally
offline or out-of-date mirrors, and to use the worldwide network of
mirrors more effectively. For now this service is unofficial, though
Raphael hopes that it might be used as default in future. You're welcome
to test and use the service by following the instructions on its
website [5], and send feedback to Raphael [6].

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Internationalisation sprint

Christian Perrier sent a report from the internationalisation (or
"i18n") sprint [7] that was hosted by IRILL [8] in Paris last weekend.
Seven people attended the meeting, mainly in order to move some
previously unofficial services onto Debian infrastructure, including the
package description translation system. It was a success — new servers
were configured during the sprint, and the actual services are now
migrating to them.

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Salzburg bug squashing party

Bernd Zeimetz published a report from the Salzburg bug squashing
party [9] that was hosted by conova communications GmbH [10] last
weekend. Fifteen to seventeen people from five countries were present,
mainly working on release critical bugs in testing and unstable. About
68 bugs in unstable and testing were triaged, patched, fixed, or at
least pinged.

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Presentation in Romania

Victor Nițu gave a presentation on the Debian Project, its philosophy
and achievements, and the global and Romanian communities: A universal
project, with a global community [11]. This is the first local Debian
event in Romania after a year and a half of online presence. Fundația
Ceata [12], a local Free Software and Free Culture organisation,
supported the community by providing the event location, the after-
party, and the new domain name, [13].

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Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report [14] on DPL activities. May
saw the first IRC meeting of the Technical Committee [15], and they plan
to set up a monthly pattern for these meetings, continuing in June. He
mentioned his (failed) attempt to reach an agreement with the debian- archive maintainers [16], and the ongoing Debian for
Scientific Facilities Days [17] conference that is also hosting a Debian
Science Sprint [18]. Three people replied to his call for help with DPL
tasks, and a calendar of periodic IRC public meetings will be published
soon. There's still time to apply if you are interested.

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Other news

Simon Kainz announced the availability of a new service [19], DUCK — the
Debian URL checker [20], which aims to monitor the Homepage field of
packages' control files.

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Martin Zobel-Helas sent a request for comments [21] on a proposed policy
change for, a DNS zone where Debian Developers can create
entries for their projects.

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Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

  * July 1-7, Managua, Nicaragua — DebCamp [22]
  * July 7-12, UniMail, Geneva, Switzerland — Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre
(RMLL) [23]
  * July 7-14, Managua, Nicaragua — Debian Conference [24]

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You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on
the events section [25] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of
our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [26],
Netherlands [27], Hispanic America [28], North America [29].

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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 [30]? Send an email
to the Debian Events Team [31].

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New Debian Contributors

Six applicants have been accepted [32] as Debian Developers, four
applicants have been accepted [33] as Debian Maintainer, and six people
have started to maintain packages [34] since the previous issue of the
Debian Project News. Please welcome Daniel Leidert, Ulrich Dangel, Hans-
Christoph Steiner, Stuart Prescott, Paul Richards Tagliamonte, Andreas
B. Mundt, Keng-Yu Lin, Andreas Noteng, Jonathan McCrohan, Keith
Winstein, Andy Hawkins, Sebastian Hilbert, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz,
Steffen Rumberger, Timo Weingärtner, and Boro Sitnikovski into our

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Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [35], the upcoming release, Debian "Wheezy", is currently
affected by 582 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 376
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

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There are also more detailed statistics [36] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [37] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): asterisk [38], ffmpeg [39], openconnect [40],
mysql-5.1 [41], quagga [42], dhcpcd [43], icedove [44], mantis [45],
xen [46], and python-crypto [47]. Please read them carefully and take
the proper measures.

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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 [48] (and the separate backports
list [49], and stable updates list [50]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

393 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [51] are:

  * blhc — build log hardening check [52]
  * ciderwebmail — IMAP webmail service [53]
  * debpear — tool to build and install automatically PHP PEAR packages as Debian packages [54]
  * http-icons — classic MIME icons [55]
  * icinga-web — host and network monitoring system - modern web interface [56]
  * juju — next generation service orchestration system [57]
  * looptools — integral evaluator of one-loop Feynman diagram [58]
  * misery — simple accounting package for groups, clubs, holidays [59]
  * sushi — D-Bus-based IRC suite (suite) [60]
  * veromix — mixer for the PulseAudio sound server (GUI) [61]

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Work-needing packages

Currently [62] 464 packages are orphaned [63] and 149 packages are up
for adoption [64]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [65].

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Want to continue reading DPN?

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 [66] to find out how to help. We're
looking forward to receiving your mail at

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Cédric
Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri, Victor Nițu, Simon Paillard, David Prévot,
Justin B Rye and Martin Zobel-Helas.

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