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THIS NEWS HAS [[http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2008/06/|BEEN RELEASED]]!


 Debian Project News


 Debian Project News - July 7th, 2008

Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Some of the topics covered in this issue:
 * DebianDay 2008
 * DPL-initiated teams survey finished
 * Bits from the testing security team
 * And much more.

= Debian Day 2008 around the Globe =
16 August 2008 will mark the 15th birthday of the Debian project since its
[[http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3bcdcc6|first announcement]]
by founder Ian Murdock on comp.os.linux.development. A coordination page
for local Debian User Groups organizing and announcing birthday events is
[[http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDay2008|already available at the Debian Wiki]].

= DPL-initiated teams survey finished =
Debian Project Leader Steve McIntyre has published the
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/06/msg00009.html|summary of the results]]
of his teams survey. The survey yielded 116 replies, which covered a total of 77 teams. The
overall result of the survey is that the vast majority of the respondents are very happy
working within their respective teams, and most think that their teams are working well.
Concerning negative aspects of their team work the respondents mainly named personal lack
of time, the need for more team members, and a lack of communication between teams.

Steve McIntyre further noticed that many of Debian's longest-standing developers are very
overworked but most are still happy about their Debian work. Considering individual teams
the Perl team turned out to be the one with the most positive feedback, while i18n and
l10n teams tend to be rather informally organized, but are still working well. The porter
teams are especially short of manpower and are urgently looking for skilled people.

= Bits from the Testing Security Team =
Nico Golde [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/06/msg00006.html|sent bits from the testing security team]].
He summarized the security status of the current testing branch "Lenny" as very good and
also added that even if it may appear to be so, the testing security team does not support the unstable branch "Sid". He also invited volunteers to join the team, especially to offer support for Lenny's kernel packages which are currently unsupported.

In related news, Enrico Zini [[http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debtags-devel/2008-June/001795.html|announced]]
that a set of security-related tags are now acquired automatically from the security team,
making it easy to spot non-supported packages.

= New members for the New Maintainer Front Desk =
Christoph Berg [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/06/msg00007.html|announced]] that
Wouter Verhelst and Michael Koch have been added to the New Maintainer Front Desk.

= Desktop environments and menu policy =
Daniel Dickinson [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00107.html|initiated a discussion]]
about the behavior of the three major desktop environments (KDE, GNOME and Xfce) regarding their
application menu. They, as well as other desktop environments, use .desktop files supplied by applications
to create their menu, while the Debian policy only requires .menu files to be supplied by Debian packages.
While some people judged the .menu files to be obsoleted by .desktop files,
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00124.html|Bernhard Link]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00148.html|others]] pointed out some disadvantages. In the end
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00133.html|Russ Allbery]] proposed to start by extending
the existing freedesktop.org standard for desktop files to fit Debian's needs before changing the policy.

= Call for talks: DebianDay Argentina =
The organizers of this year's DebianDay, a general information event taking place during the annual
[[http://debconf8.debconf.org/|Debian Conference]], are still searching for talks. This year's DebianDay
will take place on 18 August 2008 in Buenos Aires. Attendees of this year's Debian Conference,
who'll be staying in Argentina a few more days after the conference, are invited to give a talk on
Debian related topics: e.g., Debian in Latin America, Internationalization in Debian, How to help Debian,
Debian Live, Making a Debian derivative distribution, Packaging for Debian or other general Debian topics.

= Ideas for improved diversions and alternatives handling =
Goswin von Brederlow [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/06/msg00586.html|proposed some changes]]
regarding the Debian package management system's handling of diversions and alternatives.
Steve Langasek found some flaws in the initial proposal, which proposed adding new control files to
the packages. However, the general consensus seems to be that declaring diversions explicitly is superior to
the current approach of handling diversions as alternatives in the maintainer scripts of packages.

= Dpkg triggers and user experience =
Franklin Piat [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/06/msg00768.html|voiced his concern]] that users might
take the recent introduction of dpkg triggers (which are a mechanism for registering required actions such as man page database updates) as something negative. User's might just notice that something called "triggers"
is now additionally called after packages have already been installed, without noticing that the triggers do actually
save computing time during a package's installation. Charles Plessy [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/06/msg00781.html|argued]] that the problem
might be solved by changing the text displayed to the user to something more transparent.

= Meike Reichle and Alexander Schmehl married =
After getting to know each other three years ago
[[http://blog.alphascorpii.net/english/personal/debian-love-story.html|through their Debian work]]
Debian Developers Meike Reichle and Alexander Schmehl were
[[http://www.alphascorpii.net/wed/|married]] on Saturday, 28 June 2008, at Lake Constance in Germany.
This marks the first time two Debian Developers were joined in marriage.
[[http://www.alphascorpii.net/wed/DDs.jpg|Several other DDs]], one of whom served as the groom's best man,
were present to celebrate with Meike's and Alexander's friends and families. As a wedding gift they
presented a cookbook including the favorite recipes of many members of the Debian community. Version
1.1 of the book is already in the works, hopefully with a clarified license and maybe also incorporating
changes required by FTBFS bugs if any are filed by the newlyweds in time. The Debian project's
congratulations go out to the happy couple, and we hope this may be the start of a very joyful
time in both their lives.

= Other news =

The 9th issue of the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/07/msg00000.html|miscellaneous news for developers]]
has been released and covers the following topics: advice on quilt usage and compatibility with the new source format;
update-grub's switch to using UUIDs by default; the wxwidgets2.8 upload to unstable; and a call for
volunteers needed to handle the updating of the release notes.

Dann Frazier [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2008/06/msg00142.html|asked for reviews]] of the release
notes of the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r4. Since this point release will optionally support
newer versions of the Linux kernel, additional care is needed with them.

Johannes Wiedersich [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00049.html|wondered]] what
to do with bug reports closed by spam e-mails. Lars Wirzenius
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00050.html|pointed out]] that spam mails should be reported
(e.g., via the web interface) so they can be removed, and the bugs should be reopened (and unarchived if necessary) using
the mail interface.

= Important Debian Security Advisories =
Debian's Security Team released among others advisories for the packages
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1601|wordpress]] and
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

Please note that those are only the most important security advisories of the last
two weeks. If you would like to be kept up to date about the security advisories
released by the Debian Security Team, please subscribe to
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/|our mailing list for security announcements.]]

= Work-needing packages =
Currently 497 packages are orphaned and 110 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
at the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/06/msg00762.html|recent]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00081.html|reports]] if there are packages
you are interested in or view the complete archive of packages requesting

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Raphael Hertzog, Sebastian, Justin Rye, Jon Evans, Andre Felipe Machado, Wouter Verhelst, Meike Reichle and Alexander Schmehl contributed to this issue of the Debian
Project News.