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Debian Project News
Debian Project News - November 3rd, 2008
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated
* Debian membership
* First Lenny Bug Sprint finished successfully
* ... and much more.
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= Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated =
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename "Etch"). This update mainly corrects security
problems in the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems.
Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many
packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
New CD and DVD images containing updated packages are available at the regular locations.
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Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt-get)
package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian's many FTP or
HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available [[http://www.debian.org/mirror/list|online]].
More information is available in the [[http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20081023.en.html|press release]].
= Debian membership =
After talking to several of the groups involved, Joerg Jaspert
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/10/msg00005.html|proposed]] changes in the way
Debian membership is handled. The motivation for these changes is to make it possible for people
who contribute to Debian without maintaining packages (such as translators or documentation writers)
to become members of the project. He later [[http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/10/24/developer-status.html|wrote]]
some comments additional to his proposal. However, due to the scope of the envisioned changes, several developers
proposed to [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2008/10/msg00193.html|stop these changes until]]
they have been decided upon via a general resolution, while Peter Palfrader
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2008/10/msg00266.html|asked]] to be allowed to continue trying to solve this problem.
## PP reference seems to be the wrong post (?)
Lars Wirzenius and others would like to see the whole
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/10/msg00145.html|membership system rethought]], not only the process by which membership is granted. Lars proposed that membership must be periodically renewed, while
"People should be allowed to join Debian when there is reasonably widespread consensus that they
agree with the project's goals, are committed to working on those goals, and are trustworthy."
Martin Krafft [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/10/msg00061.html|argued]] that instead of introducing
different classes of membership, Debian should define different privileges and criteria for how to obtain
them. Since these privileges already exist, it would be easier to define the criteria instead of mapping the
privileges to classes.
= First Lenny Bug Sprint finished successfully =
To help clean up release critical bug reports, especially longstanding ones,
Josselin Mouette [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/10/msg00004.html|initiated]]
the first Bug Sprint. In this competition, Debian Developers and other interested people volunteered
to try to fix their assigned release-critical bugs in a five day period. The winners in this competition
would get cookies.
Josselin later added that 27 players [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00636.html|joined]]
the bug sprint and posted [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00046.html|the results]].
(He already sent a more detailed [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00875.html|draft]] earlier).
All in all, he was very satisfied with the results. Stefano Zacchiroli
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00887.html|proposed]] repeating this kind of event.
= Firmware in Lenny and how to deal with DFSG-violating packages =
Ben Finney [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00368.html|wondered]] about several release-critical
bugs getting the "lenny-ignore" tag, which specifies that these bugs are not considered release critical for the upcoming
release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny". Release Manager Marc Brockschmidt
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00369.html|explained]] that "In all of the bugs I recently tagged,
the DFSG violation is usually a formal problem, something that other
distributions and upstream don't consider a problem at all. While fixing
these issues is and should be a goal of Debian, it's hardly something
that can be done in the last few weeks before releasing. The drawbacks
of delaying the release indefinitely for these bugs are much greater
than releasing with these minor DFSG violations."
In the following discussion, Robert Millan [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2008/10/msg00107.html|proposed]]
a general resolution on how to deal with packages violating the
[[http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines|Debian Free Software Guidelines]]. In his proposal, packages having
a bug report open regarding their compliance with the Debian Free Software Guidelines for a certain amount of time
must be moved from the "main" section to the "non-free" section. In his response to Robert's initial
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2008/10/msg00010.html|proposal]], Release Wizard Steve Langasek
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2008/10/msg00128.html|argued]] that Debian has been following the road of incremental improvement. He notes that all bugs reported regarding non-free
firmware for older releases have been dealt with.
= State of NEW queue =
Aurelien Jarno [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/10/msg00071.html|wondered]] whether the NEW queue (where
uploaded source packages creating new binary packages are held back awaiting the check and approval of an ftp-master)
is currently being processed. Joerg Jaspert [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/10/msg00180.html|answered]] that
the NEW queue has indeed not been processed very often recently. He explained further that changes in the software used to process this queue give precedence to packages that only add new binary components, as distinct from packages that add completely new code to the archive.
= Changes to archive.debian.org =
Joerg Jaspert [[http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/10/26/archiving-sarge-aka-oldstable.html|announced]] several
changes for archive.debian.org, the most important being that Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "Sarge" has been moved
from the regular mirrors to archive.debian.org. [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-mirrors-announce/2008/11/msg00000.html|For the convenience of our mirror network]],
the deletion was being performed in several chunks, avoiding problems with mirrors refusing
to delete too many files at once. He later
[[http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/11/02/archivedebianorg-old-bugs-and.html|highlighted]] that the
unofficial port of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "Sarge" to the AMD64 architecture has been moved there, too.
Other changes are the availability of binary packages for Debian GNU/Linux 1.2 "Rex", 1.1 "Buzz" and 0.93R6. An
archive for packages from [[http://www.debian.org/volatile/|volatile.debian.org]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/|security.debian.org]] and [[http://www.backports.org|www.backports.org]] is now also available at archive.debian.org.
During work on this, old mail archives from 1995, which had been lost, were found again as well as old bug
reports ranging from bug #350 to #1750. These will soon be added back to the appropriate archives.
= BTS link in need of new maintainer =
Pierre Habouzit [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/10/msg00006.html|announced]] that
he won't be able to maintain and run the BTS link service any more. This service is used to track activity
in upstream bug tracking systems and update the corresponding bug reports in
Debian's BTS in a semi-automated way. Currently this service needs to be run manually. Don Armstrong,
one of the maintainers of Debian's BTS, [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00860.html|highlighted]]
the importance of the bts-link service, but won't be able to maintain it himself. Christoph Berg
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2008/10/msg00066.html|suggested]] maintainership under the mantle of Debian's Quality
Assurance group if someone would volunteer to act as the main responsible maintainer.
= Porting debian-installer to the DNS-323 =
Matt Palmer [[http://www.hezmatt.org/~mpalmer/blog/general/porting_d-i_to_the_dns_323.html|wrote]] about his
experience when porting debian-installer to the DNS-323 system. The DNS-323 system is a network storage device.
While porting the installer to this device, he took notes and wrote down detailed instructions on how to port the
Debian installer to new architectures.
## debian-installer is the Debian installer
= Miscellaneous news =
## If this section is all the "other news", there shouldn't be more news categories after it
Stefano Zacchiroli [[http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2008/11/debian_developer_portfolio/|started collecting]]
the different web services offering information about a specific Debian Maintainer (e.g.
[[http://email@example.com|an overview of their packages]])
on a dedicated [[http://wiki.debian.org/DDPortfolio|Wiki page]].
He asked maintainers of similar web services to add their pages to the wiki.
Michael Banck wrote a [[http://www.advogato.org/person/mbanck/diary.html?start=38|report]] about
this year's booth at Systems, the second largest computer related exhibition and conference in Germany.
Sandro Tosi [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2008/10/msg00042.html|created]] a script to
group orphaned packages to ease their adoption by individuals or groups interested in specific
sets of packages.
= New developers =
Since the previous issue of the Debian Project News, 2 applicants have been
accepted as Debian Maintainers.
Please welcome Mehdi Dogguy and Olly Betts to 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
# Note: The list of packages is created by a separate script and added later
Debian Package of the Day featured the packages
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/11/02/synfig-the-free-software-alternative-for-2d-animation/|synfig]] (a free software alternative for 2D animation) and
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/10/26/rdiff-backup-easy-incremental-backups-from-the-command-line/|rdiff-backup]] (easy incremental backups from the command line).
= Work-needing packages =
Currently 498 packages are orphaned and 118 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
at the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00609.html|recent]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00869.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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