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Debian Project News
Debian Project News - January 12th, 2009
Dedicated to [[http://www.debian.org/News/2008/20081229|Thiemo Seufer]].
Welcome to this year's first issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Bits from the Debian CD team
* Bits from the Debian Installer team
* Results from the "Lenny release GR"
* ... and much more.
= Bits from the Debian CD team =
Frans Pop sent [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2009/01/msg00002.html|Bits from the Debian CD team]],
summarizing various changes affecting the installation media for the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny".
The most notable change is the replacement of the Xfce installation disc with a "light desktop" installation disc
for installing Xfce or LXDE. Furthermore, all four major desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, Xfce and LXDE) are directly
installable from the first DVD image; the desktop environment to be installed can now be chosen via the boot menu.
The Debian CD team still plans to create the following images:
* businesscard CD
* network install (netinst) CD
* full CD (650 MB) images - users can now choose between:
* standard CD set, which will by default install GNOME
* special KDE CD
* special light desktop environments CD (LXDE + Xfce)
* DVD set
* Blu-ray image (only as jigdo files for i386, amd64 and source)
* alpha/hppa/ia64 network install CD
* i386/amd64/powerpc network install CD
* i386/amd64 DVD; also includes source packages
= Bits from the Debian Installer team =
Christian Perrier [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00013.html|sent]] bits from the
Debian Installer team. With the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny" in mind, he summarized
the improvements made during this release cycle, including (but not limited to) support for loading firmware
during installation, SATA RAID support, early upgrade of packages for security fixes, support for "volatile",
a new boot menu for i386/amd64, and support for installation from Windows through win32-loader.
He also mentioned that the next release candidate version is intended to be the version used
in the Lenny official release. This version will fix a few bugs
discovered in Release Candidate 1 (RC1) and a few more which were
listed in RC1 errata. The team intends to begin the final release process of Debian Installer RC2
in the very early days of January 2009.
He also stresses the need for new blood to join the Debian Installer team after
Lenny has been released, since out of the 180 people with commit access only three
have been active in the coordination list and IRC channel during the last three
= Results from the "Lenny release GR" =
Bdale Garbee [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2009/01/msg00000.html|posted]]
the results of the [[http://www.debian.org/vote/2008/vote_003|"Lenny release GR"]],
a general resolution about the handling of firmware issues and similar bugs
affecting Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 "Lenny".
From all the proposed options, the one titled "Assume blobs comply with GPL unless proven
otherwise" won. With this outcome, the Debian project now assumes that "source less" firmware
(rather small programs that internally control various electronic devices, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firmware)
has been created the way it is (without a source in a higher level programming language) and
therefore fullfils the requirements of the GNU General Public License.
= New maintainer for search.debian.org needed =
[[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org|Thomas Viehmann]] is
a new maintainer for [[http://search.debian.org|search.debian.org]].
The search engine is a slightly patched xapian-omega instance.
You should be a Debian Developer or be willing to be part of a team for access to the installation. Some more
improvements to the language support are desirable, which involve some C++,
but Thomas would try to help out there.
= Security support for next testing (Squeeze) =
The Testing Security Team [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-testing-security-announce/2008/12/msg00019.html|announced]]
that security support for the next Debian testing (codenamed "Squeeze") will not begin immediately after the release of
Lenny as stable. Users of Debian testing who need security support should stay with Lenny until the beginning of security support for Squeeze is announced.
= Internationalization support for planet.debian.org =
Jörg Jaspert [[http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/12/21/planet-i18n.html|announced]] that [[http://planet.debian.org|planet.debian.org]],
a service collecting the personal blogs of various Debian Developers, Maintainers and other Debian-associated people, is now
capable of hosting web pages and RSS/Atom-feeds in different languages, as demonstrated by the
[[http://planet.debian.org/es/|Spanish Planet Debian]].
Adding a new language is quite simple but requires at least ten feeds to be added for the newly created language.
= Personnel change of the Debian Secretary =
Due to criticism while conducting the recent "Lenny release GR" vote, Manoj Srivastava, long term secretary
of the Debian Project, decided to [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00765.html|resign]] from this
position. Following his resignation many developers have thanked him for his work.
Debian Project Leader Steve Mc``Intyre is now [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00011.html|searching]]
for volunteers for this position, while Bdale Garbee, current Chairman of the Technical Committee, is now
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/12/msg00801.html|serving as Acting Secretary]].
= Personnel changes in Debian's Technical Committee =
After being member of Debian's Technical Committee for three years, Anthony Towns
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2009/01/msg00006.html|resigned]] from that position to
get fresh blood into the committee. We would like to thank Anthony for the work he has done over
the past years.
Bdale Garbee, current chair of the Technical Committee, [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2009/01/msg00003.html|announced]]
that Russ Allbery and Don Armstrong have been added to the technical committee. Please join us in congratulating them on achieving
this level of recognition and trust within our community.
= Personnel changes in the New Maintainer front desk =
Christoph Berg [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00010.html|announced]]
some personnel changes in the New Maintainer front desk, handling applications of people interested
in becoming Debian Developers. Marc Brockschmidt, who has been a member since 2005, has resigned
from this position, while Bernd Zeimetz has joined the team.
We would like to thank Marc for his long term dedication.
= Other news =
The 12th issue of the [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/12/msg00009.html|miscellaneous news for developers]]
has been released and covers the following topics:
* Bdale Garbee as Acting Secretary
* New proposal to track maintenance status of all packages
* Packages-arch-specific maintenance changes
* Githubredir available
* Babelbox updated for Lenny
Holger Levsen [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2009/01/msg00002.html|called]] for help to record
the sessions to be held in Debian's Developer Room at the upcoming Free and Open Source Developer Europe Meeting (FOSDEM).
Simon Mc``Vittie wrote a small [[http://smcv.pseudorandom.co.uk/2009/01/08_debian_bzr_to_git/|HOWTO]] about
"converting Debian packaging from bzr to git".
Nagarjuna G. [[http://gnowgi.org/2008/12/16/debian-dependency-map/|launched ]] a [[http://www.gnowledge.org/search_debmap?val=1|service]] drawing graphs representing dependency information for Debian packages, such as [[http://www.gnowledge.org/debmap_view?objid=python|python]] and
Ana Beatriz Guerrero Lopez [[http://ekaia.org/blog/2009/01/01/new-years-proposal-look-at-your-reported-bugs/|proposed]] looking at bug
reports you reported and updating their status as a new year's resolution, and gave a brief explanation on how to do so. She also proposed
helping the maintainers of your favourite package with their bugs.
Luk Claes and Ralf Treinen are looking for some help with [[http://nm.debian.org/gpg.php|GPG Key Signing Coordination]], a service primarily aimed at prospective
contributors, finding existing Debian developers who can sign their key for the ID part of the NM maintainer process. It's not much work; a description of the tasks can be found [[http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/nm/trunk/doc/gpg-coord/README?op=file&rev=0&sc=0|in their Subversion repository]].
Daniel Burrows [[http://algebraicthunk.net/~dburrows/blog/entry/apt-system-diagram/|created]] some diagrams about the APT system and
applications using it.
= New Developers and Maintainer =
Three applicants have been [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2009/01/msg00009.html|accepted]] as Debian Developers
and one applicant has been [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2008/12/msg00086.html|accepted]] as Debian Maintainer since
the previous issue of the Debian Project News.
Please welcome Michael Casadevall, Arthur Loiret, Jelmer Vernooij and Tiago Bortoletto Vaz 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 99 release critical bugs.
26 of them have already been fixed in Debian's "unstable" branch. Of the remaining 73 release critical bugs,
15 already have a patch (which might need testing) and 12 are marked as pending.
Ignoring these bugs as well as release critical bugs for packages in contrib or non-free, 49 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/2009/dsa-1695|ruby1.8 and ruby1.9]],
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
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/2008/12/21/watch-from-procps-execute-a-program-at-regular-intervals-and-show-the-output/|procps]] (watch: Execute a program at regular intervals and show the output),
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2008/12/28/atool-handling-archives-without-headaches/|atool]] (handling archives without headaches) and
[[http://debaday.debian.net/2009/01/04/tellico-collection-manager-for-books-videos-music-and-a-whole-lot-more/|tellico]] (a collection manager for books, videos, music and a whole lot more).
= Work-needing packages =
Currently 482 packages are orphaned and 107 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look
[[http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/01/msg00171.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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