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Debian Project News
Debian Project News - August 4th, 2008
Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Some of the topics covered in this issue include:
* "Lenny" frozen
* Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated to include support for newer hardware
* Schedule for 8th annual Debian Conference announced
* Debian Days around the world
* ... and much more.
= "Lenny" frozen =
Marc Brockschmidt, a Release Manager, announced that "Lenny", the upcoming new stable release, has been
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/07/msg00005.html|planned]]. The automatic transition of new versions of packages from
the development branch ("sid" or "unstable") to the current testing branch ("lenny") has been stopped and new versions of packages need manual approval.
New versions which fix release critical bugs, other important bugs, add documentation, or include translation fixes can be approved by the release
team upon request.
Lenny is still scheduled to be released in September 2008.
= Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated to include support for newer hardware =
The Debian project [[http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20080726|released]] an updated version of its current
stable release Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" called "etch and a half". While this update mainly includes security fixes and fixes for
severe bugs, the Debian project has for the first time also added support for newer hardware by adding new drivers with updated
Linux kernel and X.org packages. The new drivers are optional and the old versions will still be supported.
Detailed upgrade instructions are available in the respective [[http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20080726|announcement]], the
[[http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/etchnhalf|etch and a half release notes]] and the
[[http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/debian-installer/etchnhalf|etch and a half installation guide]].
= Schedule for 8th annual Debian Conference announced =
Jörg Jaspert [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/08/msg00001.html|announced]] the
[[https://penta.debconf.org/dc8_schedule/|schedule]] for the 8th annual Debian Conference which will be held
from August 10th to August 16th, 2008 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. As usual the schedule should considered a
"work in progress" as session slots will be filled during the conference with spontaneous sessions,
including so called BoF ("Birds of a feather") sessions.
For those who can't attend the conference physically, the DebConf video team will try to stream all sessions, so
interested people can point their media player (e.g. xine or totem) to http://video.debconf.org:8000/microcine.ogv.m3u and
Users in North America, Europe and Australia should use http://video.eu.debconf.org:8000, http://video.na.debconf.org:8000 and http://video.au.debconf.org:8000, respectively, with the corresponding filename.
IRC channels which can be used to participate in discussion sessions will be announced separately; a schedule with
times in UTC is in preparation. After DebConf8 the sessions will also be available as videos at
http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/, where you can also find older DebConf videos.
In related news, the organizers of the Debian Conference are soliciting
for the 10th annual Debian Conference to be held in 2010. Groups interested in hosting the 10th DebConf
conference should prepare their proposal according to this [[http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/LocationCheckList|checklist]]
and send it to email@example.com.
= Debian Days around the world =
Debian users around the world are preparing to celebrate [[http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDay2008|Debian Day]] on August 16th 2008. This will be a celebration of the '''15th'''
anniversary of the Debian project. Currently Debian Days are planned in Nicaragua,
Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Chile, Argentina and eight different locations in Brazil. Apart from general
celebration, the Debian Days will feature install fests, talks, discussion panels, LAN parties, Debian
merchandise, software demonstrations, advanced installation workshops, knowledge exchange, and much
The Brazilian Portuguese event will be transmitted on-line by tv.softwarelivre.org and torrents
will be available after. Other Brazilian Debian User Groups interested in their own event
transmissions may visit the event page for details.
= Limited Xen support in Lenny =
A recent discussion on the debian-devel list highlighted that due to the
upstream delays in getting Xen support integrated into kernels beyond 2.6.18,
Lenny will need to ship with limited Xen support. Pasi Kärkkäinen explained
and Bastian Blank wrote [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00476.html|an article]]
about the options the Debian Project has. His conclusion is to support a 2.6.18 kernel in Lenny,
until "lenny-and-a-half" adds better Xen support. However, the release managers
have not yet made a final decision.
= Screenshots of GUI applications =
Roberto Sanchez [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00770.html|raised the topic of screenshots for GUI applications]].
Since it's often difficult to judge a package based only on the textual package description, he suggested being able
to add screenshots of specific applications to Debian. This would allow package search and maintenance tools to show the user what can be
expected from a specific package.
During the discussion Raphael Hertzog [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00782.html|remarked about a previous discussion during the 6th Debian Conference]] and Paul Wise [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00774.html|added]] that the Debian Package Games Team already creates screenshots for their games
which are available in the [[http://packages.debian.org/games-thumbnails|games-thumbnails]] package, and are used by [[http://packages.debian.org/goplay|goplay]], a
debtags-based browser for game-related packages. Jon Dowland [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00877.html|pointed out that there may be possible legal issues]],
since screenshots could be seen as derivative works of the original application in some legislations.
= Bits from the Debian Eee PC team =
Ben Armstrong [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/08/msg00002.html|reported]]
on the current activities of the [[http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC|Debian Eee PC team]]:
Debian's next release Lenny will work with all of the earliest models of the Eee PC and the
Eee PC team hopes to soon realize its goal of a completely DFSG free system for the earliest
models of the Eee Pc. Newer models are now able to install using the atl1e ethernet driver
from eeepc.debian.net; support for wireless and other aspects of the new hardware will follow
soon. The wireless custom Debian-installer is also making good progress. There are currently
two Debian-live USB images available: a demo of the [[http://lxde.org/|LXDE desktop]] (a lightweight
desktop environment that is made with the Eee PC in mind) and a minimal console-only
image for rescue/backup. The team is also always looking for new members to contribute to Debian's
support for the Eee Pc.
= SELinux and linux =
Russel Coker [[http://etbe.coker.com.au/2008/07/31/installing-se-linux-on-lenny/|gave]]
[[http://etbe.coker.com.au/2008/08/04/lenny-se-linux-on-the-desktop/|updates]] on security enhanced
Linux in the upcoming stable release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny".
= adept package manager alpha release of version 3.0 =
Petr Ročkai gave a [[http://web.mornfall.net/blog/adept_3.0_alpha_5.html|report]] about his work on a rewritten version of
adept, a package management tool for KDE. He points out that the new version of adept has improved upon the speed,
reliability and user experience of previous versions. Notable among the new features he added are full text searching and handling of interactive
installation prompts (for example, debconf prompts and dpkg prompts about changed configuration files).
= Debian Project at FrOSCon 2008 =
From Saturday the 23rd of August 2008 to Sunday the 24th of August 2008,
the Debian Project will participate with a booth at Free and Open Source
Software Conference 2008 in St. Augustin, Germany. Please see the respective
[[http://www.debian.org/events/2008/0823-froscon|events page]] for further details.
= Other news =
Stefano Zacchiroli [[http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2008/07/reminder:_Homepage_pseudo_fields_are_GONE/|reminded]]
package maintainers that the old pseudo-header for upstream Homepages in the package description has been replaced
by a proper header which should now be used instead.
Ian Jackson [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/07/msg00844.html|pointed out]] how to properly rename a package
to ease the transition of other package's dependencies upon the renamed package.
##Juan Luis Belmonte wrote a small [http://gnucrash.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/open-source-people-life-cycle/ article] about
##how and why he got involved in open source in general and Debian in special.
Christian von Essen [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2008/07/msg00105.html|reported]] about his
[[http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20080427|Google Summer of Code project]] the
[[http://wiki.debian.org/UltimateDebianDatabase|"Ultimate Debian Database"]], which combines Debian
information from various sources. He's also looking for
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2008/08/msg00002.html|example queries]] to allow for further testing of his database layout.
By popular request, DPN will once again feature a list of new and noteworthy packages that have recently
been added to the unstable branch. The list will feature editorial picks from the official list of [http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
new packages] and will be appended to each issue of Debian Project News.
= Important Debian Security Advisories =
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): [[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1613|libgd]],
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security advisories of the last
two weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about security advisories
released by the Debian Security Team, please subscribe to the
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/|security mailing list]] for announcements.
= Work-needing packages =
Currently 461 packages are orphaned and 118 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/2008/08/msg00004.html|reports]] to see if there are packages
you are interested in or view the complete list of
[[http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested|packages]] which need your help.
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