Martin Schulze | 3 Apr 20:37 2002

Debian Weekly News - April 3rd, 2002

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Welcome to this year's fourteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Since Monday was April 1st, here's Debian's
this year's April fools [1]prank, which was a lot funnier than last
year's joke. By the way, here are the pranks from [2]linux-kernel,
[3]Slashdot and [4]Dutch Qt bigots. [5]CPAN announced their shift
towards Java and [6]freashmeat.net turned green/white on black.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0203/msg02337.html
 2. http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/linux/linux-kernel/2002-13/0063.html
 3. http://slashdot.org/articles/02/04/01/1452256.shtml
 4. http://qtconsole.nl.linux.org/
 5. http://www.cpan.org/
 6. http://freshmeat.net/

Debian's Problems, Debian's Future. Eduard Bloch sent a [7]report
listing some of Debian's problems. Eduard believes that it is time to
point out some bad trends in Debian, which have to be terminated, or
otherwise the whole system is going to collapse, sooner or later. Some
people have agreed to postpone such discussions after the Woody
release, though.

 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0203/msg01966.html

Debian Apache 2.0.34. Thom May [8]announced the availability of
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Martin Schulze | 10 Apr 22:34 2002

Debian Weekly News - April 10th, 2002

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Welcome to this year's fifteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. This was an impressive week, not only a
preliminary schedule for this year's Debian Conference was released
and developers are making plans for attending, but also Anthony Towns
released a promising woody status report. The current Project Leader
Election is in [1]full swing until next Tuesday. The next issue of DWN
will probably be able to name the next Project Leader.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0204/msg00081.html

Local init.d Files. Karsten Self [2]proposed that the use of system
local init.d scripts be added to the Debian policy document. Scripts
that are named local-foo should be considered local and sacrosanct by
the system, where -foo could have any arbitrary value, including null
(for the single instance of a local script). The [3]short version for
this request would be that no Debian package should ever use an
initscript ID prefixed by local.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0203/msg02335.html
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0203/msg02336.html

Final Boot-Floppies 3.0.22 for Woody. David Kimdon [4]announced that
he finalized new boot-floppies and uploaded packages for the i386
architecture. Adam Di Carlo later [5]alarmed porters to hurry up or
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Martin Schulze | 17 Apr 22:29 2002

Debian Weekly News - April 17th, 2002

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Welcome to this year's sixteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Not directly related to Debian, but probably
affecting all of us: ZDnet recently [1]reported about two major
players in the computer world which have been busy behind the scenes
for the last two years building a toll booth that could position them
to collect royalties on most if not all Internet traffic.

 1. http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2861123,00.html

Woody CD Image. Raphaël Hertzog [2]asked people to test a new feature
which is planned to get used on the first official binary CD for
Woody. With this feature you are able to select a kernel flavour at
boot-time, instead of booting from a different CD for each flavour.
Please fetch the image from [3]here, burn it on CD and try to boot
it. You can also install Debian with it if you want. :)

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0204/msg00008.html
 3. http://www.phy.olemiss.edu/debian-cd/woody-i386-1.raw

Rsync and Debian. Martin Pool, the current upstream maintainer of
rsync, collected questions and answers about the integration of rsync
in the Debian server network. He compiled them into a [4]document
which hopefully reduces similar threads on our mailing lists. It's
pretty informal, but hopefully will be useful. Please send comments to
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Martin Schulze | 24 Apr 21:39 2002

Debian Weekly News - April 24th, 2002

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Welcome to this year's seventeenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Since the Debian project joined (is planning
to join) [1]OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards) we will keep an eye on them. One thing that was
reported last week covered IBM's [2]patent reservation which would
render ebXML (an open standard for electronic transactions and
business collaboration) useless. However, later IBM [3]clarified the
issue.

 1. http://www.oasis-open.org/
 2. http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ebxml-cppa/200203/msg00155.html
 3. http://lists.ebxml.org/archives/ebxml/200204/msg00004.html

Debian GNU/FreeBSD Base Tarball. Nathan Hawkins recently [4]announced
a new base tarball for those of you who would like to see Debian
GNU/FreeBSD live. A whole bunch of packages had to be [5]modified for
this purpose, but the work seems to be worth it. People should also
check the [6]status of this port.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd-0204/msg00021.html
 5. http://people.debian.org/~utsl/freebsd-i386/patched/
 6. http://people.debian.org/~utsl/freebsd-i386/status.html

Say Thanks. As a reaction to the most recent [7]flamebait Sean Perry
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Martin Schulze | 1 May 16:08 2002

Debian at upcoming events in May

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Several exhibitions and conferences covering Free Software and GNU/Linux
will take place this month.  The Debian project has been offered to
participarte in three of them.  The events take place in Brazil, Mexico
and Germany.

  May  2nd -  4th: Third International Forum on Free Software
                   (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

                   http://www.debian.org/events/2002/0502-softwarelivre

                   Almost all brazilian Debian developers will meet at this
                   event and will promote Debian through a course and
                   a talk.

  May 16th - 19th: Días de Software Libre (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)

                   http://www.debian.org/events/2002/0516-dsl

                   People from the Free Software Foundation, Ximian, the
                   Debian project and others will meet at this event and
                   promote Free Software.  Debian will be represented
                   with an introductory speech and a talk that covers
                   package formats with a special focus on the Debian
                   package format.
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Martin Schulze | 1 May 21:39 2002

Debian Weekly News - May 1st, 2002

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Welcome to this year's eighteenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. It seems a week never goes by without a
flamebait post to the developers' forum. This week's flamebaits
include [1]complaints about delayed archive maintenance, but, of
course, lacks some substance. On a happier note, we're pleased to
include items from Gustavo Noronha Silva and Thomas Bliesener in this
week's issue.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0204/msg01809.html

International Free Software Forum in Porto Alegre. Ronaldo Lages
recently [2]announced the third [3]International Free Software Forum,
to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Many international organizations
will be represented and people from all around the country are coming
to take part in talks and workshops. The Debian Project will be
represented by almost all of our Brazilian developers. They will
promote a course about Debian's installation and use, and will also
give a talk about Debian and Debian-BR.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-user-portuguese-0204/msg00505.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/events/2002/0502-softwarelivre

LILO Boot Screen for Debian. Philipp Wolfer [4]wondered why all the
top commercial distributions come with graphical LILO boot screens and
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