Martin Schulze | 1 Oct 21:02 2002

Debian Weekly News - October 1st, 2002

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Welcome to this year's 38th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community, which includes items by Ludovic Rousseau and
Andrew Pollock this time. After over four years (1757 days) of
computation effort and millions of cpu-hours of work,
[1]distributed.net has [2]brute forced the key to RSA Security's 64
bit encryption [3]challenge, winning a US$ 10,000 prize.

 1. http://www.distributed.net/
 2. http://www.rsasecurity.com/news/releases/pr.asp?doc_id=1400
 3. http://www.rsasecurity.com/rsalabs/challenges/

High-profile Uses of Debian. Colin Walters [4]announced that he is
gathering information about high-profile [5]usage of Debian. Good
examples include deployment as a standard workstation at a university
or college, as a server for well known web sites such as Sourceforge
and Thawte.com, or in a high-reliability/availablity context (such as
a life support system in a hospital).

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0209/msg01609.html
 5. http://www.debian.org/users/

Support for Smart Cards. Ludovic Rousseau packaged most of the
[6]MuscleCard utilities provided by [7]Muscle (Movement for the Use
of Smart Card in a Linux Environment). This includes high-level
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Martin Schulze | 8 Oct 18:59 2002

Debian Weekly News - October 8th, 2002

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Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This week we are pleased to include two items by
both Matt Black and Richard Wale. Now that the Free Standards Group
has released specification of Linux Standard Base 1.2 (LSB), it is
seeking [1]items missing from it, which probably also affects Debian.

 1. http://www.freestandards.org/linuxfuture/

OpenSSL with CPU Optimisation. Christoph Martin [2]announced that he
has uploaded new packages for the OpenSSL library. The new version
exploits the ability of the shared library loader to include special
directories depending on the CPU architecture. Optimisation is
currently available for i486, i586, i686, sparc-v8, sparc-v9,
alpha-ev4 and alpha-ev5. For details see the file README.optimizations
in /usr/share/doc/openssl/.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0210/msg00061.html

Problematic BitKeeper License. Branden Robinson [3]pointed out that
some of us may be exposed to tort claims from BitMover, Inc., the
company that produces BitKeeper, the software that is the primary
source management tool for the Linux kernel. Your license to use
BitKeeper free of charge is revoked if you or your employer develop,
produce, sell, or resell a source management tool. Debian distributes
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Martin Schulze | 15 Oct 20:20 2002

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Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This week we are pleased to include items by
Matt Black and Andre Lehovich. Additionally, a new web-based [1]Debian
forum has been discovered. Looking at security, NewsFactor is running
an [2]article comparing security of GNU/Linux and other systems.

 1. http://www.design2i.com/debian/
 2. http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/19649.html

Debian and Freedom CPU. Russell Coker [3]contacted the [4]Freedom
CPU project (F-CPU) to find out what can be added to Debian to make it
a better platform for F-CPU development work. This is a CPU developed
with the techniques of Free Software and released under a free
license. In order for the interested people to better understand in
what world F-CPU lives, please read an [5]interview with Rudolf
Usselmann about [6]OpenCores.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0210/msg00477.html
 4. http://www.f-cpu.org/
 5. http://opencollector.org/cgi-bin/news/more.pl?story=1033941197
 6. http://www.opencores.org/

Space in the Shebang Line. Joel Backer, who works on the NetBSD port
of Debian, [7]discovered that several debian/rules files have a
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Martin Schulze | 22 Oct 21:45 2002

Debian Weekly News - October 22nd, 2002

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Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This week we are pleased to include items by
Matt Black, Andre Lehovich and Tollef Fog Heen. We noticed that the
NASA finished their [1]FlightLinux project which uses a real-time
variation of the Linux Kernel for onboard spacecraft use. If you are
pondering what to do in winter or spring, what about [2]skiing with
other geeks?

 1. http://flightlinux.gsfc.nasa.gov/
 2. http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/pipermail/debian-uk/2002-October/001285.html

Help with Internationalisation Support. Michael Bramer [3]asked for
help with modifying APT for better support of translated packages
descriptions. The plan is to let apt-get download one or more files
containing the translation and display a translated description
instead of the English version if a translated description was found
accompanyied with a valid MD5 checksum of the English.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0210/msg00619.html

How do you want to help Debian today? Josselin Mouette [4]started a
public [5]todo list for Debian tasks. This page tries to keep track
of which tasks and groups in the project need help. It is already full
of good ideas from Martin Schulze and Raphaƫl Hertzog. Many of the
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Martin Schulze | 29 Oct 19:32 2002

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Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This week we are pleased to include items by
Matt Black and Andre Lehovich. As if we didn't know this already,
IndustryWeek [1]reports that more and more companies are adopting
Linux. After reading many of the posts regarding the recent Debian
review Clinton De Young took the opportunity and wrote a very verbose
[2]installation walkthrough. The Danish Board of Technology
[3]suggested the use of an open exchange format for text documents
within the public administration, paving the way for Free Software.

 1. http://www.industryweek.com/CurrentArticles/Asp/articles.asp?ArticleId=1344
 2. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=2016
 3. http://lwn.net/Articles/13301/

Debian Desktop Subproject Initiated. Colin Walters [4]started the
[5]Debian desktop subproject that aims at bringing Debian, GNU, and
Linux to the mainstream world. The goal is to create the best possible
operating system for home and corporate workstation use. In short,
this subproject wants to ensure that installing, configuring, and
using Debian is as easy and foolproof as possible. Slashdot [6]notes
that the Debian Project is now officially addressing its usability on
the desktop.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0210/msg00016.html
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