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= Bits from the Debian Project Leader =
Steve McIntyre send a new releas of his
[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00006.html "Bits from the DPL"]
reporting his recent activities as elected Project Leader. He starts by pointing to
several interview he gave recently
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/17716/1090/
http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?RSS&entryid=741
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39406494,00.htm
http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2008/04/21/debian_developers_approved/
http://www.tllts.org/audio/tllts_244-05-07-08.ogg

and continues by informing about personal changes in core teams. Jonathan McDowell
has been added as keyring maintainer, and is already working together with James Troup
on easier integration of keyring maintainance and our ldap system for better cooperation
with the Debian System Administrators. He thanks Anthony Towns, who stepped down from the
teams he was in.

Last not least he talks about the upcoming [http://debconf8.debconf.org/ Debian Conference]
in Mar del Plata, Argentinia. The organisational efforts are going on pretty well, with
announcements about papers, talk selection and travell sponsorship soon to be send out.
But as always, the organisers are also still looking for more companies and individuals
to sponsor the conference - please contact sponsors@debconf.org if you can help.

= OpenSSL thingy =
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= Perl 5.10 Transition =
Marc Brockschmidt [announced http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00007.html]
completion of the recently ongoing transition to Perl 5.10 as default version for the upcoming
stable release.
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'''Import noteworthy articles from http://times.debian.net/ here''' He noted that for this transition over 400 packages got updated in testing, including updates for
heimdal, clamav and sendmail/libmilter. The next scheduled, smaller updates are planed for
xulrunner, ocaml, ffmpeg, poppler and nautilus.

= Backports.org unknown? =
During his triage of older bugs reported against OpenOffice.org,
[http://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/why-arent-our-users-familiar-with-backportsorg/ Lior Kaplan]
noticed, that many users are not aware of [http://www.backports.org backports.org], an
unofficial service providing updated packages for users of the stable version of Debian.

In the following discussion several proposals for better integration of that service into
Debian were made. Gerfried Fuchs
[http://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/why-arent-our-users-familiar-with-backportsorg/#comment-362 summarized]
the current state.

= State of SANE =
Since SANE (scanner access now easy, a framework for accessing

= Hints for new Free Software Projects =
Francois Marier [gave hints http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/2008/05/choosing-right-license-for-your-new.html]
on how to choose a license for free software projects. He concludes that using a license incompatible with
mainstream licenses like the GNU General Public License is as bad as writing an own license.

Neil Williams
[added http://www.linux.codehelp.co.uk/serendipity/index.php?/archives/117-Non-code-code-development-upstream-for-estron.html]
some more general hints.

= other News =

Sven Joachim [http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2008/05/msg00248.html wondered] about
the state of translation packages for [http://packages.debian.org/enigmail enigmail], a
GnuPG tool for the mail client [http://packages.debian.org/icedove Icedove]. Alexander
Sack [http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=473168#35 replied], that he will
add them to the main package.

Jörg Jaspert [proposed http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00001.html] to
standardise headers added to e-mails by various tools used by Debian.

Enrico Zini [gave http://www.enricozini.org/2008/tips/d-i-conditional-partitioning.html] a small
howto on "Conditional partitioning in debian installer" for unattended installations preserving
some partitions. He already [wrote a small howto http://www.enricozini.org/2008/tips/simple-cdd-usb.html]
on creating bootable USB keys with simple-cdd.

Since the database used by [http://packages.debian.org packages.debian.org] covers only
supported and upcoming releases, Frank Lichtenheld created [http://archive.debian.net archive.debian.net]
which is capable of searching through archived releases, too. Sadly it has some [http://blog.djpig.de/2008/05/13#archive-debian-net caveheats].
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'''Import released DSAs here'''
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Luca Bruno, Y and Z contributed to this issue of the Debian Luca Bruno and Alexander Schmehl contributed to this issue of the Debian

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(!) [:/Discussion:Discussion]



Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. (Place her an "opener"; several tiny news with one sentence each; the headlines of the following news writen as full sentences, or similar.)

Bits from the Debian Project Leader

Steve ?McIntyre send a new releas of his [http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00006.html "Bits from the DPL"] reporting his recent activities as elected Project Leader. He starts by pointing to several interview he gave recently http://www.itwire.com/content/view/17716/1090/ http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?RSS&entryid=741 http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39406494,00.htm http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2008/04/21/debian_developers_approved/ http://www.tllts.org/audio/tllts_244-05-07-08.ogg

and continues by informing about personal changes in core teams. Jonathan ?McDowell has been added as keyring maintainer, and is already working together with James Troup on easier integration of keyring maintainance and our ldap system for better cooperation with the Debian System Administrators. He thanks Anthony Towns, who stepped down from the teams he was in.

Last not least he talks about the upcoming [http://debconf8.debconf.org/ Debian Conference] in Mar del Plata, Argentinia. The organisational efforts are going on pretty well, with announcements about papers, talk selection and travell sponsorship soon to be send out. But as always, the organisers are also still looking for more companies and individuals to sponsor the conference - please contact sponsors@debconf.org if you can help.

OpenSSL thingy

Perl 5.10 Transition

Marc Brockschmidt [announced http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00007.html] completion of the recently ongoing transition to Perl 5.10 as default version for the upcoming stable release.

He noted that for this transition over 400 packages got updated in testing, including updates for heimdal, clamav and sendmail/libmilter. The next scheduled, smaller updates are planed for xulrunner, ocaml, ffmpeg, poppler and nautilus.

Backports.org unknown?

During his triage of older bugs reported against OpenOffice.org, [http://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/why-arent-our-users-familiar-with-backportsorg/ Lior Kaplan] noticed, that many users are not aware of [http://www.backports.org backports.org], an unofficial service providing updated packages for users of the stable version of Debian.

In the following discussion several proposals for better integration of that service into Debian were made. Gerfried Fuchs [http://liorkaplan.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/why-arent-our-users-familiar-with-backportsorg/#comment-362 summarized] the current state.

State of SANE

Since SANE (scanner access now easy, a framework for accessing

Hints for new Free Software Projects

Francois Marier [gave hints http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/2008/05/choosing-right-license-for-your-new.html] on how to choose a license for free software projects. He concludes that using a license incompatible with mainstream licenses like the GNU General Public License is as bad as writing an own license.

Neil Williams [added http://www.linux.codehelp.co.uk/serendipity/index.php?/archives/117-Non-code-code-development-upstream-for-estron.html] some more general hints.

other News

Sven Joachim [http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2008/05/msg00248.html wondered] about the state of translation packages for [http://packages.debian.org/enigmail enigmail], a GnuPG tool for the mail client [http://packages.debian.org/icedove Icedove]. Alexander Sack [http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=473168#35 replied], that he will add them to the main package.

Jörg Jaspert [proposed http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/05/msg00001.html] to standardise headers added to e-mails by various tools used by Debian.

Enrico Zini [gave http://www.enricozini.org/2008/tips/d-i-conditional-partitioning.html] a small howto on "Conditional partitioning in debian installer" for unattended installations preserving some partitions. He already [wrote a small howto http://www.enricozini.org/2008/tips/simple-cdd-usb.html] on creating bootable USB keys with simple-cdd.

Since the database used by [http://packages.debian.org packages.debian.org] covers only supported and upcoming releases, Frank Lichtenheld created [http://archive.debian.net archive.debian.net] which is capable of searching through archived releases, too. Sadly it has some [http://blog.djpig.de/2008/05/13#archive-debian-net caveheats].

Mention upcoming events here

Point to WNPP-report here

Mention who has contributed here Luca Bruno and Alexander Schmehl contributed to this issue of the Debian Project News.

Want to continue reading DPN? Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer writers who watch the Debian community and report about what is going on. Please see the [:ProjectNews/HowToContribute:contributing page] to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your mail at debian-publicity@lists.debian.org.


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