Martin Schulze | 4 Nov 20:38 2003

Debian Weekly News - November 4th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Bruce Perens [1]reserved nonfree.org as a
possible home for non-free if it ever spins off of Debian. Currently
it's just a CNAME to ftp.debian.org but with a little work it could be
a good facility to manage a non-free cut-over.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0310/msg02212.html

Debian faster than Gentoo? Matt Garman [2]wondered why his C++
program ran dramatically slower when compiled on a Gentoo machine than
when compiled with Debian Sid. He later [3]reported that recompiling
the Gentoo C++ libraries with less aggressive optimization flags (-O2
instead of -O3) eliminated the speed difference. Matt also [4]added
that Debian and other distributions are conservative, but set up by
very experienced people.

 2. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/50924
 3. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/50973
 4. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/50953

System Recovery with Knoppix. IBM Developerworks has an [5]article by
Carla Schroder that describes how to rescue a non-booting Linux
system, edit files, mount networked filesystems, and do a bare-metal
rebuild with only a [6]Knoppix disk and an Internet connection.
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Martin Schulze | 10 Nov 12:43 2003

Debian wins several Readers' Choice Awards

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Debian wins several Readers' Choice Awards

This year was quite successful for the Debian project and it has
won several readers' choice awards from major GNU/Linux magazines.
They are listed in chronological order below.

Linux Journal 2003 Readers' Choice Awards

  Debian has won in the category of "Favourite Distribution".

  More information:
  http://pr.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=785

Linux Enterprise Reader's Choice 2003

  Debian has won in the category "Best Enterprise Distribution".

  More information:
  http://www.linuxenterprise.de/itr/service/show.php3?id=104&nodeid=35

Linux New Media Award 2003

  Debian has won in the category "Best Distribution".  Together with
  Knoppix, a system based on Debian, they received more than 60% of
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Martin Schulze | 11 Nov 22:58 2003

Debian Weekly News - November 11th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. According to the latest data from [1]Netcraft
the number of websites running on the Apache web server has shown a
significant gain over the last month and is now at 67.41 percent.
James Maguire wanted to [2]know if Java is dead and concluded that
nothing could be further from the truth. Also, another [3]update for
the stable Debian release (codename woody) is being [4]prepared.

 1. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2003/11/03/november_2003_web_server_survey.html
 2. http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/22629.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/45/index.en.tmp.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce-0311/msg00004.html

Exec-Shield for Debian? Russell Coker [5]looked at [6]exec-shield
which adds a certain amount of precaution similar to what [7]PaX
does, which is the most desirable feature in [8]GRSecurity.
Exec-shield also has support for 2.6 and looks like it will be a
standard feature in Red Hat. Russell proposed to add exec-shield to
the standard Debian kernel source. If adding exec-shield to the Debian
kernel is not considered a good idea then he'll create a kernel-patch
package for exec-shield.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0311/msg00047.html
 6. http://people.redhat.com/mingo/exec-shield/
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Martin Schulze | 19 Nov 06:50 2003

Debian Weekly News - November 18th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Daniel Silverstone [1]announced a Debian
Christmas or rather a Santa Claus [2]meeting on December 6th in
Cambridge. The [3]World Wide Web Consortium has released the Portable
Network Graphics (PNG) [4]specification as a W3C recommendation,
which has also become an international ISO standard.

 1. http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/pipermail/debian-uk/2003-November/001909.html
 2. http://wiki.earth.li/DebianXmasMeet
 3. http://www.w3c.org/
 4. http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-PNG-20031110/

Getting GNU/Linux on the Desktop. At the recent [5]Desktop Linux
Conference Bruce Perens suggested that in order to get GNU/Linux on to
the enterprise desktop, the community [6]should base their
[7]efforts on one single distribution, namely on Debian. Bruce went
on to say that enterprises will be willing to pay companies to
engineer versions of GNU/Linux to suit their needs, but that the base
distribution should remain [8]free.

 5. http://www.butrain.com/itp/desklinux.asp?source=15632
 6. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/11/10/HNdesktopwalk_1.html
 7. http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,61166,00.html
 8. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
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Martin Schulze | 19 Nov 12:52 2003

Debian Weekly News - November 18th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Daniel Silverstone [1]announced a Debian
Christmas or rather a Santa Claus [2]meeting on December 6th in
Cambridge. The [3]World Wide Web Consortium has released the Portable
Network Graphics (PNG) [4]specification as a W3C recommendation,
which has also become an international ISO standard.

 1. http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/pipermail/debian-uk/2003-November/001909.html
 2. http://wiki.earth.li/DebianXmasMeet
 3. http://www.w3c.org/
 4. http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-PNG-20031110/

Getting GNU/Linux on the Desktop. At the recent [5]Desktop Linux
Conference Bruce Perens suggested that in order to get GNU/Linux on to
the enterprise desktop, the community [6]should base their
[7]efforts on one single distribution, namely on Debian. Bruce went
on to say that enterprises will be willing to pay companies to
engineer versions of GNU/Linux to suit their needs, but that the base
distribution should remain [8]free.

 5. http://www.butrain.com/itp/desklinux.asp?source=15632
 6. http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/11/10/HNdesktopwalk_1.html
 7. http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,61166,00.html
 8. http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
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Martin Schulze | 26 Nov 19:28 2003

Debian Weekly News - November 26th, 2003

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Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. We were not able to produce and publish DWN in
time this week due to the security [1]breach the Debian project faced.
An interesting [2]interview with several developers from
[3]freedesktop.org regarding aspects of their project, including
interoperability, hardware abstraction, accessibility and more has
been published.

 1. http://www.debian.org/News/2003/20031121
 2. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5215
 3. http://www.freedesktop.org/

Debian Servers compromised. The Debian project had to [4]report that
four servers were [5]compromised by an unknown attacker. The admin
team, with site admins and service admins are busy checking and
resurrecting machines and services. As a first [6]reaction all
accounts have been locked as a safety precaution. If the same password
was used for Debian machines and others, you are strongly advised to
change it as soon as possible.

 4. http://www.debian.org/News/2003/20031121
 5. http://cert.uni-stuttgart.de/files/fw/debian-security-20031121.txt
 6. http://lists.infodrom.org/misc/2003/0013.html

Testing Propagation Status. Nathanael Nerode [7]looked at several
packages and their migration to testing and concluded that things look
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