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 Debian Project News

 http://www.debian.org/News/project/2008/17

 Debian Project News - December 15th, 2008
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Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:
 * Release Update
 * Bug Squashing Party held at MIT
 * General Resolution: Project membership procedures
 * ... and much more.


= Release Update =

Luk Claes [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00006.html|reported]]
about the state of the upcoming stable release Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny". While there
are still a lot of release critical bugs open, he explained that there is only <q>a "short list"
of bugs that must absolutely be fixed for Lenny</q>. At the moment the most important blocking issue is
the missing second release candidate for the debian-installer, which is still
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2008/12/msg00209.html|being worked on]]. Christian Perrier
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2008/12/msg00228.html|pointed out]], that the
best way to help the debian-installer team is to test the so called "daily" builds of the
installation images, which are available from the
[[http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/|debian-installer website]].

The release could also be affected by the outcome of the recently [[http://www.debian.org/vote/2008/vote_003|started vote]]
on the General Resolution titled "Lenny and resolving DFSG violations". The vote has been discussed controversially on the
debian-vote mailing list; for the full discussion please refer to the mailing list [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote|archives]].

In related news, Peter Palfrader [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-hppa/2008/12/msg00000.html|wondered]]
whether the PA-RISC architecture (also known as "HPPA") is currently fit to be released with Lenny,
since Debian's own HPPA infrastructure is in very bad shape. When several people offered their private
HPPA hardware, Martin Zobel-Helas [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2008/12/msg00381.html|pointed out]],
that the real problem is not missing hardware, but a kernel related issue, which needs to be fixed.
Helge Deller [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-hppa/2008/12/msg00009.html|reported]] on progress regarding
that issue, but it is not yet fixed completely.


= General Resolution: Project membership procedures =

A recently finished [[http://www.debian.org/vote/2008/vote_002|General Resolution]] was concerned with
the proposal by Debian Account Manager Jörg Jaspert about [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/10/msg00005.html|Debian membership]]
changes, especially in regard to non technical / package-oriented contributions to the project.
Lucas Nussbaum [[http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=322|blogged about]] the different options,
and the general meaning of this General Resolution. In the end, the second option,
"Invite the DAM to further discuss until vote or consensus, leading to a new proposal", won.


= Better backports.org Support =

Gerfried Fuchs [[http://alfie.ist.org/blog/debian/backports-support.en.html|announced]]
two services that facilitate the tracking of what's going on on [[http://www.backports.org|backports.org]],
an unofficial service offering updated packages for the current stable release. One of the new services is a
[[http://security-tracker.debian.net/tracker/status/release/stable-backports|security tracker]],
the other one is a version comparison between the different Debian releases and the package versions available on
backports.org.


= Future of GTK 1.2 =

Since version 1.2 of the [[http://packages.debian.org/src:gtk+1.2|GTK tool kit]] has been orphaned by its upstream developers as well as its
Debian maintainers for quite some time and has also collected a number of [[http://bugs.debian.org/src:gtk+1.2|bugs]] in the
meantime, it is scheduled to be removed during the releasing cycle for Debian "Squeeze", the version following
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny". However, several packages are still depending on that library.
Josselin Mouette [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00294.html|created]] a list of the concerned packages and tried to
find alternative applications.

Morten Kjeldgaard [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00304.html|argued]], that there are still
a lot of useful (scientific) applications depending on GTK+ 1.2, which are still in use. Charles Plessy
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00355.html|explained]], that with nobody taking care of GTK+ 1.2, there
is no other choice but to port these applications to newer versions of that tool kit, which has worked very well for other
examples.


= Bug Squashing Party held at MIT =

Greg Price [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00513.html|reported]]
about a Bug Squashing Party which was held last Sunday and was hosted by the student
computing group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 15 people
contributed to resolutions or partial resolutions of 11 RC bugs, lowering the
number of release critical bugs to 105. Greg also pointed to [[http://debathena.mit.edu/debian-bts/|some scripts]] they found useful to
create lists of relevant bugs.


= Other news =

The 11th issue of the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00001.html|miscellaneous news for developers]]
has been released and covers the following topics:
 * CD/DVD images for Lenny
 * License AGPL v3.0 is suitable for main
 * Building CD/DVD images made easier
 * Mono 2.0 transition in progress
 * SOAP interface to the PTS
 * Tracking GCC 4.4 related build errors
 * Mirror of git repositories on Alioth

Charles Plessy [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00108.html|wondered]] if it would help the
release to file properly justified 'requests for removal' bugs for packages that have a low
[[http://popcon.debian.org|popularity contest value]], more or less inactive maintainers
and generally seem to be in bad shape, maybe even orphaned upstream-wise. Christian Perrier
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00113.html|answered]] affirmed this idea.

Jörg Jaspert [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00003.html|announced]] that Frank
Lichtenheld has been added to the FTP team.

Junichi Uekawa [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00256.html|announced]] an upcoming meeting
taking place in [[http://tokyodebian.alioth.debian.org/2008-12.html|Tokyo, Japan]].

Charles Plessy [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00442.html|proposed a peer review system]]
for the copyright files of Debian packages.


= New Maintainer =

One applicant has been [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/12/msg00049.html|accepted]] as Debian Maintainer since
the prior issue of the Debian Project News.
Please welcome Eugene V. Lyubimkin into our project!

= Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release =

According to the [[http://bts.turmzimmer.net/details.php|unofficial RC-bugs count]],
the upcoming release Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" is currently affected by 112 release critical bugs.
39 of them have already been fixed in Debian's "unstable" branch. Of the remaining 83 release critical bugs,
30 already have a patch (which might need testing) and 7 are marked as pending.

Ignoring these bugs as well as release critical bugs for packages in contrib or non-free, 34 release critical bugs
remain to be solved for the release to happen.


= Important Debian Security Advisories =

Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others):
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1677|cups]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1678|perl]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1680|clamav]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1681|Linux 2.6.24]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1682|squirrelmail]],
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1685|uw-imap]] and
[[http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1687|linux-2.6]].

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]]):

## 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/2008/12/07/gcompris-educational-suite-for-children/|gcompris]] (an educational suite for children) and
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/12/14/ferm-a-straightforward-firewall-configuration-tool/|ferm]] (a straightforward firewall configuration tool).


= Work-needing packages =
Currently 492 packages are orphaned and 118 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
at the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00285.html|recent]]
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00483.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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