Martin Schulze | 4 May 20:53 2004

Debian Weekly News - May 4th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 18th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The [1]debian-devel list carried many
discussions about releasing sarge in light of recent editorial changes
to the [2]social contract, leading to more general resolutions and
much cross-talk.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/
 2. http://www.debian.org/social_contract

Several General Resolutions proposed. Henning Makholm [3]summarised
all recently proposed general resolutions on the [4]social contract
and other foundation documents. In the interest of reducing the risk
of somebody voting for something they did not intend to, simply out of
confusion, he proposed that the actual voting part of the ballot
should contain ultra-short summaries of which option is which, rather
than just "Option A: Steve Langasek's proposal" and so forth.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote-0405/msg00062.html
 4. http://www.debian.org/social_contract

Bootstraping Debian from Knoppix. Norbert Tretkowski wrote a [5]short
howto on installing Debian stable using [6]Knoppix and
[7]debootstrap. This method is helpful especially when the
boot-floppies from woody don't work with your hardware, but you still
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Martin Schulze | 6 May 13:07 2004

Debian adds integrated XML Support

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Debian adds integrated XML Support

The upcoming stable Debian release (code-named sarge) will feature fully
integrated XML support.  Multiple toolchains for XSL(T) processing, a
fully standards-compliant XML catalog system, and a Debian XML policy
document for both Debian developers and users provide the backbone of a
complete, out-of-the-box system for XML developers and authors.

Supplementing the already integrated SGML and DSSSL infrastructure and
packages, the resulting innovative XML subsystem positions Debian as a
premier platform for SGML and XML developers, offering a complete
working set of tools for documenters and markup programmers with no
manual setup required.

Features
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 * Standards-compliant hierarchical implementation[1] of the OASIS
   XML Catalogs specification[2].

   1. http://debian-xml-sgml.alioth.debian.org/xml-policy/xml-catalogs.html
   2. http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/4952/wd-entity-xml-catalogs-1.0_2e.html

 * XML catalog system maintenance tool (update-xmlcatalog).
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Martin Schulze | 11 May 22:41 2004

Debian Weekly News - May 11th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. If you were a fan of the original PacMan game,
you'll probably like the [1]New York version of it as well. The
[2]FFII has learned that the EU Council of Ministers has decided to
ignore the EU Parliament, and instead plan to establish a reckless
"patent everything" approach to software and business models.

 1. http://pacmanhattan.com/
 2. http://www.ffii.org/

Debian OASIS Membership. Mark Johnson [3]reported about Debian's
membership in OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of
Structured Information Standards. Debian is the only Free Software
organization with any representation at this standards organization,
and hence provides the only Free Software voice at OASIS. All Debian
developers are welcome to join any OASIS Technical Committee in which
they are interested and are encouraged to do so.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/05/msg00002.html

How much Documentation is there? In light of recent discussion of
[4]documentation quality, Karsten M. Self looked at the [5]quantity
of documentation included in Debian. A typical desktop installation
includes about 1,600 manpages which correspond to over 27,000 printed
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Martin Schulze | 15 May 12:41 2004

Debian mourns the Loss of two Project Members

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Debian mourns the loss of two project members

Recently, the Debian Project has lost two members of its community.
Manuel Estrada Sainz (ranty) and Andrés García (ErConde) were killed in
a tragic car accident while returning from the Free Software conference
held at Valencia, Spain.

Manuel Estrada Sainz was a kernel hacker and maintained a number of
packages in Debian including the VisualOS educational tool, for which he
was the lead developer as well.  The Orinoco USB driver as well as the
multi-purpose firmware loading support he developed for the Linux kernel
are also provided in Debian.

Andrés García was a Debian advocate, a contributor in the development of
the custom Debian distribution for the Junta de Andalucia (regional
government for most of southern Spain) and also an active member (and
administrator) within the Spanish Hispalinux association.

The Debian Project honors their good work and strong dedication to
Debian and Free Software.  The contributions of both Manuel and Andrés
will not be forgotten, and other developers will continue their work.

Manuel and Andrés will both be missed.

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Martin Schulze | 18 May 21:46 2004

Debian Weekly News - May 18th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. In an [1]interview Miguel de Icaza [2]said that
Debian's community commitment is fantastic, but it is a very hard
platform to support for an independent software vendor. Philip Charles
also [3]announced new K6 mini [4]iso [5]images.

 1. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=6989
 2. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=6989&page=2
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd/2004/05/msg00034.html
 4. http://na.hurd.gnuab.org/pub/debian-cd/K6/
 5. http://eu.hurd.gnuab.org/pub/debian-cd/K6/

Two Debian Developers died. Debian [6]mourns the loss of two project
members. Manuel Estrada Sainz (ranty) and Andrés García (ErConde) were
killed in a tragic car accident while returning from the [7]Free
Software conference held in Valencia, Spain. The Debian Project honors
their good work and strong dedication to Debian and Free Software. The
contributions of both Manuel and Andrés will not be forgotten, and
other developers will continue their work.

 6. http://www.debian.org/News/20040515
 7. http://www.lliurex.net/congres/cas/

Status of Java to main Effort. Arnaud Vandyck [8]reported on the
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Martin Schulze | 24 May 15:44 2004

Debian Conference 2004

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Debian Conference 2004

This year's Debian Conference will take place from May 26th to June 5th
at SESC in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  This is a conference with, by and for
Debian Developers.  Interested and sophisticated users are welcome as
well.  This is a chance for developers to work together in an less
formal setting.  This Debian Conference will also be participating in
the V Fórum Internacional do Software Livre from June 3rd to 5th.

More information: <http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0526-debconf>

The schedule is composed of talks and birds of a feather sessions (BOF):

Wednesday, May 26th

  16:00  Jeff Bailey            Public Speaking - For the speakers
  16:00  Rudy Godoy             Helping Debian - Workshop for non-DDs (pt_br)
  21:00  Andreas Schuldei       Official Welcome

Thursday, May 27th

  11:00  Scott James Remnant    The GNU auto*tools
  14:00  Steve Langasek         Escaping the dependency hell
  16:00	 Matt Taggart           BOF: Backporting packages
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Martin Schulze | 25 May 21:15 2004

Debian Weekly News - May 25th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 21st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The June [1]issue of the Australian Personal
Computer magazine includes a Debian 3.0 DVD and an installation guide.
We've been told that users can install Debian seamlessly through
[2]Overclockix, another [3]Knoppix variant, as well.

 1. http://www.apcmag.com/apc/v3.nsf/dir/latest
 2. http://overclockix.octeams.com/
 3. http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/

Debian from Scratch. John Goerzen [4]announced a Debian From Scratch
(DFS) rescue or rather installer CD. The CD supports all major
filesystems and has the usual, plus some unusual, recovery tools. DFS
can be used to do a Gentoo-like installation of i386 woody, i386
sarge, i386 sid, or amd64 sid. John will package the scripts used to
build the CD soon.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/05/msg01431.html

Package Build Errors. Goswin von Brederlow [5]wondered how severe it
is for a package not to build on a given architecture because of the
use of uname instead of dpkg-architecture. This will fail on
architectures where the Debian architecture string differs from the
Linux architecture string in the kernel, e.g. when running an i386
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Martin Schulze | 27 May 19:10 2004

Debian Project at LinuxWochen and Wizards of OS

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Debian Project at LinuxWochen and Wizards of OS

Two exhibitions and conferences that cover Free Software and
GNU/Linux will take place next month in several cities in Europe.

May 26th - 29th      LinuxWochen Wien
                     Wien, Austria
                     http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0526-linuxwochen

       The Debian project will be represented in Vienna with a booth run
       by Gerfried Fuchs.  He is organizing the keysigning party, like
       every year.

June 10th - 12th     Wizards of OS
                     Berlin, Germany
                     http://www.debian.org/events/2004/0610-wizardsofos

       The Debian project will run a booth by Alexander Schmehl in the
       exhibition area.  There will also be a keysigning party.

We invite all interested people in these areas to attend these
conferences, meet Debian developers and users, exchange GnuPG
fingerprints, discuss various topics on Debian and Free Software,
and otherwise participate in our vibrant community.
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