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Debian Project News
Debian Project News - September 15, 2008
Welcome to this year's 11th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Some of the topics covered in this issue include:
* Release Update
* Should Security Enhanced Linux be priority "standard"?
* Lenny Upgrade advisor
* ... and much more.
= Release update =
Luk Claes [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/09/msg00000.html|reported]] on the progress regarding
the release of the new stable release Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny". While there are still a lot of release critical bugs
to be fixed, Lenny is in good enough shape to call for upgrade tests and work on the release notes. Regarding the upgrade
tests, he especially asks to test the Linux 2.6.26 kernel.
Regarding the release notes, he asks that any issues that should be documented should be reported as bug against the
[[http://bugs.debian.org/release-notes|release-notes]] pseudo package. Further discussion will happen on
the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc|debian-doc]] mailing list.
= Should Security Enhanced Linux be standard? =
Martin Michlmayr [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00369.html|wondered]] if the packages needed for security enhanced Linux
should still be priority "standard" or if they should be lowered to "optional". Martin noticed, that the installation of these packages takes at least half an hour on
popular devices like the Linksys NSLU2. Frans Pop [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00372.html|noted]] that
the packages where far from being usable without major tweaks, but were made "standard" to gain more testing by being installed but not activated by default.
Russell Coker [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00374.html|reported]] on the improvements during the last month.
Several people [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00403.html|argued]], that SELinux should either not be installed by default
or activated, maybe by offering an option or task during the installation.
= Lenny Upgrade advisor =
Franklin Piat [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00135.html|started to write a script]]
that warns users of potential problems when upgrading their system from Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "Etch" to the upcoming version 5.0 "Lenny".
The intention of his script is to notice potential problems (for instance obsoleted or discontinued package) and point out relevant documentation and solutions.
He asked for further ideas, comments and patches. Christian Perrier [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00145.html|asked]] if the messages could be
internationalized allowing them to be translated.
= Status of translations in the debian-installer =
When the development of the current Debian installation system [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2008/08/msg00684.html|reached]]
a state where changing output strings was discouraged (string freeze), Christian Perrier started coordinated translation efforts
and reported daily about the progress. In the two weeks between his [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2008/08/msg00166.html|first]]
and his [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2008/09/msg00082.html|latest]] report, the number of translations ready for inclusion with
the next Debian release has been trippeled.
Overall it looks, like the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux "Lenny" will be shipped with at least [[http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/doc/i18n/languages.html|60]]
languages activated in the installation system.
= Bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters =
Michael Banck [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/09/msg00004.html|sent]] bits from the Debian GNU/Hurd porters.
Since the last bits had been posted, a lot of development took place, including the release of several snapshot releases.
Michael also reports, that the base packages and the basic toolchain are in pretty good shape and most toolchain packages from Debian's repository
can be used without any changes. He also refers to the possibility of testing Debian GNU/Hurd using XEN and ongoing work to make a Debian GNU/Hurd
box available to all Debian Developers. He closes with a call for help, since Debian GNU/Hurd still misses an installer.
= FAI / Emdebian work session in Extremadura =
Holger Levsen [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/09/msg00002.html|wrote a report]] on the recent work session in Extremadura, Spain.
18 Debian contributors met and worked to get the fully automated install (FAI) in shape for the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" and
to work on the infrastructure for using Debian on embeded architectures. Beside that Holger reports, that 30GB of DebConf7 videos (as ntsc and pal
mpeg1 file formats) where uploaded, so that DVDs can be created soon. He closed with thanks to Junta de Extremadura for sponsoring yet another successful work session.
= Brazilian government-owned IT enterprise SERPRO selects Debian GNU/Linux for its servers and wishes to collaborate =
The Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados (SERPRO), a US$ 1 billion annual revenue Brazilian government-owned IT enterprise, announced during the Debian Day Brasil 2008 in Porto Alegre that it [[http://times.debian.net/?category=success-stories#1272|has selected Debian GNU/Linux as the preferred distribution]] for its hundreds of GNU/Linux development and production servers.
SERPRO has decided to increase supplier independence, flexibility, agility, and participation in technical solutions by direct interaction with the Debian Project community. This is the first time that a federal government institution of this size has reached out to the Debian Project community for a closer relationship.
= Other news =
The 10th issue of the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/09/msg00003.html|miscellaneous news for developers]]
has been released and covers the following topics:
* Package Tracking System news
* Casals replaced by mahler (MIPS porter machine for Debian Developers)
* Personnel changes (Martin Zobel-Helas joins Debian System Administrators, becomes Stable Release Wizard; Philipp Kern joins Stable Release Management)
* Delayed queue moves to ravel (new people.debian.org machine)
* Git user survey 2008
Joey Schulze [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2008/09/msg00008.html|gave an overview]] about the upcoming
Linux and Free Software related events in Europe and asked for volunteers to organize and man booths or give talks.
= New Developers =
5 applicants have been [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/09/msg00040.html|accepted]] as Debian Developers since
the prior issue of the Debian Project News.
Please welcome Laurent Bigonville, Gregory Colpart, Timo Jyrinki, Adriaan Peeters and Soeren Sonnenburg in our project!
= Important Debian Security Advisories =
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others):
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.
= New and noteworthy packages =
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently ([[http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg|among others]]):
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/09/07/mrxvt-fast-light-multitabbed-terminal-emulator/|mrxvt]] where presented by Debian Package of the Day.
= Work-needing packages =
Currently 452 packages are orphaned and 125 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
at the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00096.html|recent]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/09/msg00294.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]].
= Want to continue reading DPN? =
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