Martin Schulze | 1 Jul 23:40 2003

Debian Weekly News - July 1st, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 26th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The South Australian government [1]discusses a
[2]bill that requires government departments to use Free Software
where practicable. British scientists found out that [3]debugging in
open source projects is always faster than in closed source projects.
Eben Moglen, legal advisor of the [4]Free Software Foundation
released a [5]paper in which he tries to correct confusing use of the
term "Linux".

 1. http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,6651968%5e16123%5e%5enbv%5e,00.html
 2. http://www.linuxsa.org.au/oss-bill/open-source-bill.pdf
 3. http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0306511
 4. http://www.fsf.org/
 5. http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/sco-statement.html

Abuse of Changelog Entries. Gerfried Fuchs [6]explained in detail how
changelog entries should not be abused by package maintainers and how
bugs should be closed instead. The general rule is that if there has
been no change made to close a bug, don't close it with a changelog
entry. If a new upstream version fixes some bugs, details should be
written as well.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0306/msg00016.html

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Martin Schulze | 6 Jul 14:13 2003

Debian at several Conferences in Europe

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Debian Project at several Conferences in Europe

Three important exhibitions and conferences that cover Free Software
and GNU/Linux will take place during the next couple of days.

July 9th - 12th      Libre Software Meeting
                     Metz, France
                     http://www.debian.org/events/2003/0709-lsm

       Several members of the Debian project will attend this meeting
       of Free Software developers.  Andreas Tille will give a talk
       discussing whether Open Source Software can meet the
       requirements of the health equity for the global community.
       Martin Michlmayr will also deliver a talk about tracking
       inactive maintainers in the Debian project.

July 10th - 13th     LinuxTag
                     Karlsruhe, Germany
                     http://www.debian.org/events/2003/0710-linuxtag

       The Debian project is attending Europe's largest conference and
       exhibition with Free Software affiliation with a booth inside
       the main exhibition area.  In addition the Debian members
       maintain a one-day conference on Friday and several other
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Martin Schulze | 8 Jul 19:43 2003

Debian Weekly News - July 8th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. A Professor from the University of Göttingen
[1]questioned the enforcability of the GPL in Germany while the German
[2]Institute for Legal Issues on Free and Open Source Software
[3]analysed the study and discovered several flaws. The City of
Austin, in Texas, USA, became one of the latest governments to [4]try
out Linux. And some big companies are [5]collaborating to use Linux
in consumer electronics devices.

 1. http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/02/0245228
 2. http://www.ifross.de/
 3. http://www.ifross.de/ifross_html/home1_2003.html
 4. http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6974&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
 5. http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/2229991

Comments on GNOME 2 Transition. Drew Scott Daniels posted a
[6]summary about the status of the GNOME 2 transition. Christian
Marillat [7]reported that GNOME 2 packages are finally in testing and
that some missing packages will follow soon.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release-0307/msg00003.html
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-gtk-gnome-0306/msg00173.html

Removing RFC from Documentation. Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
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Martin Schulze | 16 Jul 01:12 2003

Debian Weekly News - July 16th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 28th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. This issue is a bit shorter (in text) than
usually because Joey organised LinuxTag and hence didn't have time to
produce DWN during the event. According to [1]Heise (German only) the
salary management system for the Japanese government will be
redesigned with GNU/Linux.

 1. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/jk-09.07.03-000/

Talks during Debian Conference. Andreas Schuldei [2]announced the
[3]schedule for talks during this years' DebConf. Among other talks
Jonas Öberg will talk about legal aspects of Free Software, Javier
Fernández-Sanguino Peña will speak about security and
internationalisation efforts, Branden Robinson will demonstrate how to
manage Debian packages using Subversion.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0307/msg00005.html
 3. http://www.debconf.org/debconf3/schedule.php

Saving an old Laptop with Knoppix. Peter Johansson [4]wrote on
Newsforge that he had to reinstall his laptop due to a filesystem
breakdown. He decided to copy the Knoppix CD-ROM with its compressed
filesystem onto the hard disk. The kernel and initrd files have to be
copied from the boot.img file afterwards for use with lilo or grub.
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Martin Schulze | 22 Jul 18:16 2003

Debian Weekly News - July 22nd, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Linus Torvalds is working on pre-releases of
Linux 2.6, Joseph Pranevich published the [1]Wonderful World of Linux
2.6, so maybe it will be released in time for sarge.

 1. http://www.kniggit.net/wwol26.html

Creating Debian Packages. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, a former DWN
editor, published an [2]article that describes the basics of creating
Debian packages for distributing programs and source code. The article
shows all the necessary components of a package and how to put them
together to end up with a final product.

 2. http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-debpkg.html

LinuxTag Success. This year's LinuxTag, which took place in Karlsruhe,
Germany, was a great [3]success. With more than 19,500 visitors, this
year's LinuxTag has become the largest Linux event in the world.
Amongst other things, the Debian developers in attendance got
[4]together for dinner with both the KDE people and the GNOME people.

 3. http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/15/018235
 4. http://dot.kde.org/1058415564/

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Martin Schulze | 28 Jul 18:47 2003

Successful Debian Conference in Oslo finished

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Successful Debian Conference in Oslo finished

About 140 people attended this year's Debian conference, which took
place from July 18th to 20th at the University of Oslo, Norway.  Of
these circa 90 people attended the first Debian working camp which
preceded the conference from July 12th to 17th.  During debcamp more
than 200 bugs were fixed in the future debian-installer, which
demonstrates the success of this type of developers meeting.

Thanks to strong sponsorship from HP, NUUG Foundation, Lindows,
Trolltech, O'Reilly, Linpro (with Dell) and the University of Oslo
food, facility, abundant computing power and accommodation were free
of charge for attendants.  Many developers both from Europe and abroad
could be supported in their travels as well.  The strong support from
the Norwegian Unix User Group (NUUG) in planning and organisation made
the event go smoothly and left a professional impression.

The current Debian Project Leader, Martin Michelmayr was eminently
impressed with debcamp: "This year's debconf and especially the
preceding debcamp were a great success.  The idea of having a debcamp
in which people can work on various projects together was born during
last year's debconf and got realised this year.  We have seen that it
is very effective when you can put people who normally work together
via the Internet into a single room.  Many design and implementation
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Martin Schulze | 29 Jul 22:01 2003

Debian Weekly News - July 29th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The [1]Open Group has contracted Bruce Perens to
develop an [2]Open Source Strategy for them to [3]prevent a name
change. Our former editor, Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, [4]reviewed the
[5]CheckInstall tool, which automatically creates packages after
compiling from source. Besides Debian packages it can create packages
in RPM and Slackware formats. The OpenGroup has published a detailed
[6]list of the conflicts between the [7]Linux Standards Base and
[8]Posix.

 1. http://www.opengroup.org/
 2. http://www.opengroup.org/tech/open-source/opengroup-os-strategy.htm
 3. http://slashdot.org/articles/03/07/25/1517236.shtml
 4. http://www.unixreview.com/documents/s=8472/ur0307f/
 5. http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/
 6. http://www.opengroup.org/~ajosey/tr28-07-2003.txt
 7. http://www.linuxbase.org/
 8. http://www.everything2.com/?node=Posix

LGPL affecting Client Java Code? In our last issue we reported that an
[9]article said that Dave Turner of the FSF has allegedly decreed
that the steps required to use an LGPL'd Java library will actually
infect client code with substantial GNU-ness via Section 6 of the
LGPL. David Turner [10]clarified the [11]issue and repeats that your
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