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Debian Project News
Debian Project News - month day, year
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* First release candidate of Debian Installer for Lenny
* Debian screenshot service started
* "Open Use Logo" relicensed
* ... and much more.
= First Release Candidate for the new Debian Installer =
Otavio Salvador [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/11/msg00002.html|announced]] the first
release candidate for the installer to be shipped with Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny".
Improvements since the last beta release include:
* Improved support for Live-CD installation media (much faster and more reliable than earlier releases);
* Support for some NAS devices based on Marvell's ARM-compatible Orion chip (QNAP TS-109/TS-209 and TS-409, HP Media Vault mv2120, Buffalo Kurobox Pro);
* Installer images for Netwinder have been added again;
* Installer images for i386 Xen guests;
* Support for hardware speech synthesis (speakup) has been added;
* Upgrade of packages early in pkgsel, for example to get available security updates for base system packages;
* Support for loading firmware from (removable) media during the installation;
* i386/amd64: support for installing to and loading firmware from MMC/SD cards;
* New translations: Welsh, Irish, Northern Sami, Serbian (Amharic and Marathi were added in beta releases).
Images are available for testing at [[http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/|the Debian Installer website]] which also contains an [[http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/errata|errata list]]. After testing the installer please send a report about the installation as explained in the
[[http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch05s03.html#submit-bug|Debian Installer manual]].
= Tracking GCC 4.4 related build errors =
Martin Michlmayr [[http://www.cyrius.com/journal/gcc/gcc-4.4-archive-build|announced]] the results from an archive rebuild with
a snapshot of the upcoming GCC 4.4. About 220 bugs were filed as part
of the archive rebuild and a small number of build failures still need
to be analyzed. The majority of GCC 4.4 related build failures are
trivial, and are often caused because of [[http://www.cyrius.com/journal/gcc/gcc-4.4-preprocessor-errors|improved]] preprocessor checks in GCC 4.4
or [[http://www.cyrius.com/journal/gcc/gcc-4.4-include|missing]] #include statements.
= Debian screenshot service started =
Christoph Haas [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/11/msg00003.html|announced]]
a new [[http://screenshots.debian.net|screenshots.debian.net]] web site that serves as a public
repository of screenshots of applications contained in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
It was created to help users get an impression of what a given piece of software will look like on their
desktops before they install it. Anybody can take screenshots and upload them; the site admin
team will review the contributions before they become publicly visible. Support for screenshots
has already been built into the [[http://packages.debian.org/synaptic|synaptic]] package manager,
while integration in specialised package browsers like [[http://packages.debian.org/goplay|goplay]]
and the [[http://packages.debian.org|general web interface]] are being discussed.
= "Open Use Logo" relicensed =
On the occasion of the production of a [[http://ksvichaar.blogspot.com/2008/11/art-quilts-xiii-lucky-break.html|custom Debian quilt]] Francesco Poli [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2008/11/msg00045.html|noted]] that the license for the [[http://www.debian.org/logos/|"Open Use Logo"]]
(also known as the "swirl") has been changed from a license considered to be non-free to an
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_License|MIT style license]] granting more rights to everyone.
This fixes a long standing [[http://bugs.debian.org/212895|bug]].
The new license grants everyone the right to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute,
sublicense, and/or sell copies of the logo while the logo with the trademarked text "Debian" may
still only be used to refer to the Debian project.
= Call for Help: Debian 5.0 release notes =
Martin Borgert [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-doc/2008/11/msg00034.html|asked for help]] for
the release notes of the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny". Some noteworthy problems
have not yet been documented, so he asks for volunteers who understand some of these issues to
write about them.
His mail contains a list of open issues as well as instructions for how texts should be submitted.
= Custom Debian Distributions renamed to Debian Pure Blends and new services available =
Andreas Tille [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/11/msg00001.html|announced]]
that the Custom Debian Distributions (more or less, package sets for specific needs maintained
inside Debian) should now be referred to as "Debian Pure Blends". The name has been changed,
since the old one was misleading. Many people thought Custom Debian Distributions were something
maintained outside of Debian and which added new features. After some discussion members of all these teams
agreed on the new name, hoping it would clarify their status (though this [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00202.html|was]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00249.html|not]] universally seen as a success).
He also announced two web services for quality assurance: one can be used to list bugs reported
against packages of Debian Pure Blends, while the second one lists packages of interest for them. URLs
for the services for each of the Pure Blends are given in his mail.
= Survey about the Debian Wiki =
Anne Goldenberg, a PhD student in communication and sociology, who is currently studying the Debian Wiki, [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/10/msg00757.html|announced]] a
[[http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/labcmo/portraitdulibre/index.php?sid=65733&lang=en|survey]] aimed at gaining a better understanding of the uses and conceptions of the Debian Wiki within the Debian community. The results will be put online under a free license and announced via the mailing-lists.
A [[http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWikiSurvey|Debian Wiki page describing the survey]] is also available.
= Lenny Release Critical Bugs Ordered by Popularity =
Enrico Zini [[http://www.enricozini.org/2008/tips/popzimmer.html|developed a new script]] that shows Lenny release critical bugs ordered by popularity. For those who are looking to squash the bugs that are causing the most pain, this script lays out exactly where to look. Anyone interested in running the script will need access to people.debian.org where the script can be found at ~enrico/popzimmer.
= Ubuntu Packaging Review: Quality of Packages Not in Debian =
[[http://jameswestby.net/weblog/ubuntu/04-revu.html|James Westby investigated]] the quality of the 886 packages that the Ubuntu developers and community have packaged and included in the Ubuntu universe that are not currently in the Debian repositories. The review explains that there are around 200 open bugs in these packages, many of which have less than 5% untriaged bugs. However, Ubuntu packages do have issues around keeping up with upstream development and many of the packages do not have anyone subscribed to receive bugs reports if/when they come in. James reasons that packages are being submitted to Ubuntu rather than Debian, as Ubuntu packagers find it difficult to setup a Debian testing environment and there is a percieved difficulty surrounding getting new packages into Debian. James proposes creating documentation for the easiest way to test new packages in Debian and the revival of the [[http://wiki.debian.org/Utnubu/|utnubu team]] as possible ways to cooperate and move packages into Debian.
= New Developers =
3 applicants have been [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/11/msg00027.html|accepted]] as Debian Maintainers since
the previous issue of the Debian Project News.
Please welcome Giuseppe Iuculano, Thorsten Glaser and Franck Joncourt to our project!
= Other news =
Florian Weimer [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00310.html|noted]] that the names
of source packages should not be reused, even if the name has not been used for a while. Some parts
of Debian's infrastructure (including the [[http://packages.qa.debian.org|package tracking system]] and
the [[http://security-tracker.debian.net/tracker/|security tracker]] don't handle this very well.
Vincent Bernat [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00343.html|wondered]]
how to name system accounts used for installed services. Referring to a
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00343.html|wiki page]] he asked to
standardise the naming scheme. Some packages use a prefix "debian-", while there is also some support for the way OpenBSD handles it by prefixing system accounts with an underscore.
Holger Levsen [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2008/11/msg00038.html|announced]] a
web service showing how far DebianEdu (the Debian pure blend taking care of the needs
of teachers and schools) is away from Debian itself.
= 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 recently added to the unstable Debian archive ([[http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg|among others]]):
## grhino-data -- othello/reversi boardgame - data-files</a></li>
## libc-client2007d -- c-client library for mail protocols - library files</a></li>
## mseide-msegui -- FreePascal-based GUI development library and IDE</a></li>
Debian Package of the Day featured the packages
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/11/16/remind-a-text-based-agenda-and-todolist-manager/|remind]] (a text based agenda and todolist manager) and
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/11/09/apt-p2p-peer-to-peer-downloading-of-debian-packages/|apt-P2P]] (peer-to-peer downloading for Debian packages).
= Work-needing packages =
Currently 489 packages are orphaned and 118 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
at the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00104.html|recent]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/11/msg00330.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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