Martin Schulze | 2 Aug 23:49 2005

Debian Weekly News - August 2nd, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Geert Stappers [1]noted that the twelfth
[2]birthday of the Debian project will take place this month. Simon
Wright [3]reported that the Debian [4]swirl is shipped as standard
brush in a proprietary commercial drawing program.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2005/07/msg00064.html
 2. http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3bcdcc6?output=gplain
 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/06/msg00340.html
 4. http://www.debian.org/logos/

Reviewing Package Descriptions. Wolfgang Borgert [5]asked whether it
was appropriate for package descriptions to include technical and
extraneous details. While both sides were argued for, Lars Wirzenius
[6]noted that many package descriptions contain other errors, and
suggested that a group should wade through the descriptions and
improve them. Clément Stenac [7]followed up with a Wiki page
[8]documenting procedures and calling for volunteers.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/07/msg01074.html
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/07/msg01095.html
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/07/msg01395.html
 8. http://wiki.debian.net/?PackagesDescriptionsReview

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Martin Schulze | 9 Aug 12:28 2005

Debian Project mourns the loss of Jens Schmalzig

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Debian Project mourns the loss of Jens Schmalzig

The Debian Project has lost another member of its community.  Jens
Schmalzig (jensen) died on July 30th in a tragic accident at his
workplace in Munich.

Jens was involved in Debian as a maintainer of several packages, as
supporter of the PowerPC port, as a member of the kernel team, and was
instrumental in taking the PowerPC kernel package to version 2.6.  He
also maintained the Mac-on-Linux emulator and its kernel modules,
helped with the installer and with local Munich activities.  The
kernel team dedicates the 2.6.12-2 release to him.

The Debian Project honours his good work and strong dedication to
Debian and Free Software.  The contribution of Jens will not be
forgotten, and other developers will continue his work.

Jens will be missed. He left behind a wife and three children, who
have our sympathy.

About Debian

The Debian project is an organisation of many developers who volunteer
their time and effort, collaborating via the Internet.  Their tasks
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Martin Schulze | 9 Aug 21:35 2005

Debian Weekly News - August 9th, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Andreas Barth [1]reported that etch has almost
800 release-critical bugs due to small glitches in connection with the
new compiler and asked maintainers to fix their bugs soon.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/07/msg00020.html

Risk of a Package Upload. Loïc Minier [2]requested a tool that is
able to display the risk of an upload at build time. This would help
when transitions are in place or when a lot other packages [3]wait
for a fulfilled dependency in order to enter testing, where a new
upload would cause the quarantine to be reset and may cause more
problems than it solves.

 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/08/msg00001.html
 3. http://bjorn.haxx.se/debian/stalls.html

GNUstep, FHS and Debian. Eric Heintzmann [4]wondered how to continue
maintaining GNUstep in Debian since its directory layout is not
compatible with the [5]Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) and
upstream developers don't want to change the layout. He had to admit
that he's not able to make GNUstep FHS compliant without breaking it.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/07/msg00128.html
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Martin Schulze | 11 Aug 16:16 2005

Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

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Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

The Debian project adds security support for the stable amd64
distribution.  This port is not yet part of the Debian archive, but it
will be included in unstable/testing soon and users already benefit
from security updates distributed via security.debian.org.

A special advisory will be released soon by the security team to cover
newly built amd64 packages for all security updates since the release
of sarge.  These packages will replace already existing files in the
proposed-updates directory in the amd64 archive.

Because the project has released version 3.1 (codename: sarge) of its
distribution without the amd64 port due to technical reasons, the
porters have released their packages on a different server with only
minimal differences to the Debian 3.1 archive.  This port will be
included in the unstable and testing distribution soon.

As a first step to adding full support for the amd64 port the
ftpmasters have added this architecture to security.debian.org and
connected a new build daemon to the archive.  Future security
advisories will therefore list 12 architectures for the sarge release
and users of this port will be able to use the regular source for
security updates as well.
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Martin Schulze | 13 Aug 16:39 2005

The Debian Project receives Funding

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The Debian Project receives Funding

The Debian project is pleased to announce that it is funded by the
LinuxFund with $500 per month for an entire year.  The Linux-oriented
credit card organisation will be disbursing $6,000 in total. This
money will be given to the project as part of the mission of LinuxFund
to support Free Software projects.

This funding is greatly appreciated by the project and will be used
prudentially to continue building the universal operating system,
improve the distribution and foster Free Software.  The Debian
project's expenses include hardware acquisition and sponsorship of its
developers' attendance at numerous technical conferences, including
the sixth annual Debian Developers' Conference in Espoo, Finland, last
month.

The Debian project maintains over fourty machines that are used for
developing the distribution, maintaining the project's infrastructure
and providing both internal and external services.

Project Leader Branden Robinson observes, that "this funding will not
only help us to be more flexible and reactive when dealing with the
inevitable hardware failures that crop up, but it should also enable
us to do a bit more forward planning.  Debian runs entirely on
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Martin Schulze | 16 Aug 21:38 2005

Debian Weekly News - August 16th, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Today is Debian's twelfth birthday. On August
16th, 1993 Ian Murdock [1]announced a new type of distribution and
listed the goals he wanted to achieve. Ramakrishnan Muthukrishnan
[2]announced the first Bangalore Debian Developer [3]Conference to
be held on August 20th in Bangalore, India.

 1. http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.development/msg/a32d4e2ef3bcdcc6?output=gplain
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/08/msg00132.html
 3. http://people.debian.org/~rkrishnan/debconf-india.pdf

Removing Packages from Testing. Frank Lichtenheld [4]explained that
packages are sometimes removed from testing when they are not in a
releasable state. To get such packages back into testing, it should be
sufficient to fix all reported release-critical bugs in them. For most
removals the information is available in the [5]package tracking
system.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/08/msg00004.html
 5. http://packages.qa.debian.org/

Linux Kernel Source Package Rename. Andres Salomon [6]suggested
renaming the Linux kernel source packages and proposed to maintain
only one version 2.6 in a release. The [7]ability to fall-back to an
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Martin Schulze | 23 Aug 21:20 2005

Debian Weekly News - August 23rd, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The Debian project leader has [1]delegated to
Don Armstrong the authority to make a decision regarding the use of
the Debian trademark by the (as currently named) DCC Alliance. Mick
Weiss [2]thought about setting up [3]torrents for large sets of
data, not only CD and DVD images but also [4]videos.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/08/msg00219.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/07/msg01313.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/CD/torrent-cd/
 4. http://dc5video.debian.net/

Installing Debian on Sun Blade 150. Nishant Sharma wrote a short
[5]howto on installing Debian on a Sun Blade 150, a 64 bit
workstation based on the UltraSPARC processor. The installation goes
by the book, using the network installer. Since configuring XFree86 is
a bit tricky he provides a proper snippet from the configuration file.

 5. http://nishants.net/articles/sunblade150.htm

Kernel Version Dependency. Masanori Goto [6]noticed that building
glibc is not possible on 2.4 kernels anymore due to NPTL threading
support, which requires certain kernel versions. This poses a problem
when more architectures get NPTL support while their buildds still run
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Martin Schulze | 30 Aug 21:18 2005

Debian Weekly News - August 30th, 2005

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Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Carla Schroder [1]explained reasons to use
Debian and gave an overview about several derived distributions. Sean
Michael Kerner [2]reported about Debian's debut in China with Sun
Wah's enterprise Debian offering.

 1. http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netos/article.php/3526396
 2. http://www.serverwatch.com/news/article.php/3527151

Rejections from NEW. Jörg Jaspert [3]announced the requirements for
packages to pass the NEW queue. Basically, all rules should be
logical, but still broken packages get uploaded. The [4]FAQ includes
gross howlers and issues that contribute to a higher probability of a
rejection.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/08/msg00011.html
 4. http://ftp-master.debian.org/REJECT-FAQ.html

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Development Machine. Guillem Jover [5]announced
the availability of a network connected machine running the Debian
GNU/[6]kFreeBSD port. All developers can be granted access to it. He
also reported that 81.69 % of packages in main are available for the
kfreebsd-i386 architecture.

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