Martin Schulze | 3 Aug 23:10 2004

Debian Weekly News - August 3rd, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Debian's 11th birthday is near (August 16th),
and, so several partis are planned. Pablo Lorenzzoni [1]announced that
the [2]Brazilian Debian community have postponed the celebrations to
August 21st. Holger Levsen [3]invited all interested bodies to
celebrate on Castle Hohenholz, 100 km north of Berlin and 30 km far
away from Szczecin (Stettin).

 1. http://hackers.propus.com.br/~pablo/blog/?id=34
 2. http://www.debian-br.org/
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2004/08/msg00002.html

Improved Debian Developer Packages Overview. Igor Genibel
[4]announced an improved [5]packages overview page.
It now contains links to [6]upstream watch information, [7]excuse
analysis by Björn Stenberg. Information is generally displayed in
UTF-8 as well. Some information can be hidden as well, configured
stateful via cookies.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/07/msg00017.html
 5. http://qa.debian.org/developer.php
 6. http://dehs.alioth.debian.org/
 7. http://bjorn.haxx.se/debian/

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Martin Schulze | 10 Aug 22:58 2004

Debian Weekly News - August 10th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Erinn Clark [1]reported that a bit of content is
on the [2]Debian Women website now. Steve Langasek [3]reminded
maintainers to rebuild their package if it depends on libtiff since
the new version has hit unstable already.

 1. http://cytosine.org/~helix/lemonade/blog/dw_1.html
 2. http://women.alioth.debian.org/
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/08/msg00000.html

Sarge Release Update. Colin Watson [4]reported that no base and
standard packages will be able to enter sarge via unstable. He said
that we need to be fixing release critical bugs as quickly as possible
from now on, and that these bugs should not be staying open for longer
than a week. Business card and network installation CD images of the
installer have been built, and full CD sets are building. The
installation manual is also refined and prepared for release.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/08/msg00003.html

Debian-Installer Retrospective. Joey Hess [5]summarised the events
that led to the current [6]debian-installer. The saga begun in 2000
in a club in New York city where he met Adam Di Carlo. He said that,
luckily, this project was never about coming in on time and under
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Martin Schulze | 17 Aug 20:45 2004

Debian Weekly News - August 17th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Of interest to large-scale installations:
Hewlett-Packard finally [1]offers 24x7 support for [2]Debian
GNU/Linux with HP Extensions. In an [3]article Chris DiBona
highlighted the services offered by GNU/Linux vendors and pointed out
that their repositories are miles ahead of competing proprietary
commercial offerings.

 1. http://www.hp.com/hps/linux/lx_debian.html
 2. http://www.hp.com/hps/linux/lx_debian_faq.html
 3. http://os.newsforge.com/os/04/07/11/1748243.shtml

Investigating Sarge Security. Joey Hess [4]looked through every
[5]security advisory issued in 2004 and checked to see if the
security hole was fixed in sarge as well. Security holes not fixed yet
in sarge include those in [6]libpng, [7]libpng3, [8]php4,
[9]netkit-telnet-ssl, [10]pavuk, [11]www-sql, [12]lha, [13]log2mail,
[14]hsftp, [15]trr19, and [16]slocate. The other 1.5 years worth of
security advisories back to the release of woody would probably take
several more days to check. [17]Investigation of security advisories
from 2003 revealed that security updates for [18]tomcat4 and
[19]gtksee are missing in sarge.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2004/08/msg00144.html
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Martin Schulze | 24 Aug 21:25 2004

Debian Weekly News - August 24th, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. A lot of work has been done to help release
sarge soon. Several recommendations and removals were requested on the
[1]debian-release list. Claus Fischer even [2]requested to document
important issues in the release notes. Jeroen van Wolffelaar [3]asked
maintainers to answer some [4]questions if they maintain one or more
packages with different versions in sarge and sid in order to help the
release management.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2004/08/msg00355.html
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2004/08/msg00009.html
 4. http://www.wolffelaar.nl/~sarge/

KDE Package Descriptions. Enrico Zini [5]noticed that the description
of many packages containing KDE components start with the same four
line text describing KDE. He believes that it would make more sense to
first describe the package and then describe KDE. This affects 75
packages.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/08/msg00878.html

Reusing a Package Name? Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona [6]wondered if he
could reuse cil as package name for the [7]C Intermediate Language
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Martin Schulze | 31 Aug 20:36 2004

Debian Weekly News - August 31st, 2004

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Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. In an [1]interview, id Software's Timothee
Besset confirmed that he loves the Debian distribution. In a different
[2]review Leo Spalteholz described how he tried to escape Debian and
switch to an "easier" distribution, but ended up with Debian again.

 1. http://www.linuxgames.com/?dataloc=articles/ttimo/
 2. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=7314

Splitting the Packages File. Daniel Ruoso [3]wondered how he could
keep a 486 with 8 MB RAM updated in unstable with only PPP on the
serial line. He proposed to split the Packages file into sections so
that clients can operate on smaller files. Peter Eisentraut
[4]asserted that with more than 30 sections this would make the
sources.list file unmaintainable. He added that most but very
specialised clients would probably need to include all sections
anyway.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/08/msg01221.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/08/msg01234.html

Standard 2.4 kernel for Sarge? Dann Frazier [5]proposed to use 2.4.27
as the 2.4 kernel for all architectures with 2.4 kernels in the
upcoming release. The strongest [6]argument is that this version
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