Martin Schulze | 2 Apr 01:34 2003

Debian Weekly News - April 1st, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. [1]Gentoo made an interesting [2]move to adopt
RPM as its package format and abandon its source archive. This leaves
[3]RockLinux as the only distribution that provides make world.
Additionally, a security flag was [4]added to the IPv4 header in
order to distinguish between packets that have malicious intent and
those that are merely unusual.

 1. http://www.gentoo.org/
 2. http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/20030401-newsletter.xml
 3. http://www.rocklinux.org/
 4. ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3514.txt

Martin Michlmayr is the new DPL. Manoj Srivastava [5]announced that
the winner of this year's Debian project leader (DPL) [6]election is
Martin Michlmayr. He won over Bdale Garbee by only four votes.
Congratulations! The new DPL quickly [7]thanked everyone who voted in
this election and noted that the first three candidates were very
close. He will therefore look at the other candidates' platforms again
in detail and incorporate some of their ideas into his program.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0303/msg00025.html
 6. http://www.debian.org/vote/2002/vote_0001
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0303/msg00027.html
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Martin Schulze | 8 Apr 20:54 2003

Debian Weekly News - April 8th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Since the last issue was released on April 1st,
some of you should've been more careful with its content. We knew very
well that Gentoo's move to RPM and the additional IPv4 header were
just pranks. However, we didn't want to leave you without our own
April fools [1]prank, courtesy of Thomas Bliesener and Andreas
Schuldei. However, the new [2]law in Germany was real.

 1. http://people.debian.org/~andreas/newmaint.html
 2. http://www.usk.de/JuSchG/

SPI Resolutions about Donations. Bdale Garbee [3]reported about the
most recent board meeting of [4]Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
(SPI). Donations prior to January 2002 for which not enough
documentation exist anymore are [5]considered to be earmarked for
Debian by 95 %. Donations made later will be [6]credited entirely to
the projects for which they were earmarked.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0304/msg00000.html
 4. http://www.spi-inc.org/
 5. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000049.html
 6. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2003/000050.html

Acquiring Government Support. In an article on [7]NewsForge Alex
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Martin Schulze | 15 Apr 20:37 2003

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Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Watch your machines people, because if you
don't, bad things can happen. If you notice a burning smell, check
your power supply for [1]loitering dragonfly brooches as Hugh Saunders
[2]experienced.

 1. http://h.arqz.com/broachfan.jpg
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-curiosa-0303/msg00008.html

Libcupsys2 Splitting. Jeff Licquia [3]announced that following a
grave bug filed against libcupsys2, he has built the libcupsimage
libraries and header files as separate "libcupsimage2{-dev}" packages
(as of version 1.1.18-3). Although it was technically [4]possible to
address the bug by splitting only the -dev packages, Jeff had other
[5]good reasons and also generally prefers not to have foo-dev
packages without corresponding foo packages.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00581.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00617.html
 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg00645.html

Debian Popularity Contest Web Pages. Bill Allombert [6]thought the
Debian [7]Popularity Contest was a good idea, but wondered if it
could be improved. The Popularity Contest uses anonymised data
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Martin Schulze | 22 Apr 21:08 2003

Debian Weekly News - April 22nd, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 16th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Steven Frank took a [1]look at patents and Free
Software and estimated the danger of the recent [2]lawsuit against
IBM. Bruce Perens also [3]examinated patents and Free Software. The
European Parliament is likely to ratify a Software Patent Directive in
May. The [4]ffii is calling for people to [5]sign their proposed
amendments.

 1. http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1107-997082.html
 2. http://www.opensource.org/sco-vs-ibm.html
 3. http://perens.com/Articles/Patents.html
 4. http://swpat.ffii.org/
 5. http://petition.ffii.org/eubsa/en

Resumé from Bdale Garbee. On the last day of Bdale's leadership of
Debian he sent in a final [6]report about his term and in which he
also talks about the future. Bdale will continue to give [7]talks
about Debian and several events are already being negotiated. His
future focus will be the IA64 port of Debian and keeping it healthy.
He remains concerned about the health of [8]SPI, and SPI's
relationship to Debian.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0304/msg00008.html
 7. http://www.gag.com/~bdale/talks/
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Martin Schulze | 29 Apr 22:18 2003

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Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Robin Miller published an [1]article on
Newsforge in which he discusses why programmers write Free Software. A
similar [2]article on Cybernaut covers the same topic but comes to
different conclusions. [3]Slashdot readers also digested and
discussed both articles.

 1. http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/04/19/2128256.shtml
 2. http://cybernaut.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=8
 3. http://slashdot.org/articles/03/04/26/1417247.shtml

Removal of Pike 0.6 and Roxen 1.3. Turbo Fredriksson [4]reported that
he has discussed removing Pike version 0.6 with Marek Habersack, its
maintainer. Pike versions 0.6 and 7.0 include severe problems and are
already superseded by 7.2 and 7.4. However as Roxen 1.3 requires Pike
0.6, it alongside Pike 0.6 will be removed from unstable and testing.
Users of Roxen 1.3 are strongly encouraged to switch to Caudium, which
should work as a drop-in replacement.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0304/msg01540.html

Debian Free Software License? Jörg Wendland [5]wondered if a license
exists that is modelled on the [6]Debian Free Software Guidelines
(DFSG) and which reflects the DFSG and Debian's sense of Free Software
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