Martin Schulze | 2 May 21:09 2006

Debian Weekly News - May 2nd, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 18th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Jörg Jaspert [1]reported that the web content
for past Debian Conferences is online again. In an effort to remove
old cruft Andreas Barth [2]proposed to remove packages from unstable
which are neither available in the current [3]sarge nor in the
upcoming [4]etch distribution.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/02/msg01032.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/04/msg00067.html
 3. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
 4. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

PowerPC Port needs Help. Frans Pop [5]asked for help with the PowerPC
port of the [6]debian-installer. In particular someone is needed to
take responsibility for architecture-specific issues. This comprises
of regularly testing of the installer, keeping an eye on installation
reports, taking care of architecture specific components of the
installer, resolving bugs and taking care of daily builds.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2006/03/msg00490.html
 6. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

Relicensing the Debian Web Pages. Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
[7]pointed out that there is still an open [8]bug in the [9]bug
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Martin Schulze | 8 May 16:20 2006

Debian participates in Googles Summer of Code

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The Debian project participates in this year's Summer of Code.  More
than 50 development tasks cover general improvements, quality
assurance, releasing and testing the distribution, package management,
new applications, security, infrastructure and the improvement of
particular packages.  For these tasks students will be assigned a
Debian developer acting as their mentor.  The coordinator for Debian's
participation is Baruch Even <baruch <at> debian.org>.

The Summer of Code encourages interested students to participate in
open source development and gain additional programming experience.
They get to work on an open source project of their choice for three
months.  Some ideas are more coding-intensive, while others need a
stronger theoretical background.

Students can apply to the Summer of Code and a particular task from
May 1st to May 8th (17:00 Pacific Daylight Time).  Google routes to
the mentor organisation, and the proposals are ranked by mentors
working with those organisations.  On May 23rd Google will publish the
list of accepted student proposals.  Participants will work on
fulfilling the tasks until August 21st.

Debian's task proposals are listed in the Wiki at

               http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2006
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Martin Schulze | 9 May 21:05 2006

Debian Weekly News - May 9th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Uwe Hermann [1]investigated changelog files and
recognised a number of interesting release names for packages. Several
Debian developers gather in Oaxtepec, Mexico, where this year's
[2]Debian Conference will take place and is preceded by a working
camp that already started.

 1. http://www.hermann-uwe.de/blog/debian-packages-release-names
 2. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0514-debconf

Unified Terminology for Distribution Names. Christian Perrier
[3]reported on a discussion on the [4]debian-l10n-french
mailing-list covering different terminology in various Debian
documents referring to stable, sarge, 3.1 etc. He [5]proposed to use
distribution to refer to the Debian distribution in general and suite
when talking about stable, testing etc., using release for release
names and version when referring to the version numbers.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/05/msg00000.html
 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-l10n-french/
 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/05/msg00122.html

Moving irc.debian.org. Steve McIntyre [6]asked if it would be useful
to move the irc.debian.org alias away from the [7]Freenode network to
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Martin Schulze | 16 May 21:03 2006

Debian Weekly News - May 16th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. In an [1]interview, Anthony Towns stated that
the immediate plan is to organise the ideas he had during project
leader campaigning and that the people who volunteered to help don't
go away without some good ideas about extra things they can do.

 1. http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/04/11/1818237

Web-Interface for Preseeding. A new [2]website developed by open
source enthusiasts based on code released by Hewlett Packard allows
users to point and click through a few simple screens to generate a
small (less than 30 MB) installation image. When booted, it will
install an operating system via the network according to the user's
specifications. Debian, Ubuntu and KUbuntu are all supported on x86
and x86_64 platforms, as well as several other distributions.

 2. http://instalinux.com/

Multiarch Status Update. Matt Taggart [3]pointed out a [4]report by
Canonical Ltd. and HP which investigates potential implementation
strategies of multiarch in Debian. Scott James Remnant [5]prepared a
[6]specification for the changes needed in [7]dpkg. Multiarch will
allow Debian many improvements like a better support for systems that
can run multiple binary targets, like i386 on amd64, or i386 on ia64.
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Martin Schulze | 23 May 22:24 2006

Debian Weekly News - May 23rd, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 21st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Julien Danjou [1]reported that he has
successfully installed NetBSD 3 inside the new Xen 3 virtual machine
monitor available in Debian unstable. Eric Dorland [2]explained the
creation of library packages with debugging capabilities.

 1. http://julien.danjou.info/blog/index.php/2006/04/07/259-netbsd-3-in-xen
 2. http://ze-dinosaur.livejournal.com/7036.html

Graphical Debian Installer Images. Frans Pop [3]reported that the
graphical [4]installer is part of the regular daily built [5]images
for the i386 platform with AMD and PowerPC following soon. To use the
new installer the boot argument "installgui" or "expertgui" has to be
used. Frans Pop [6]explained that the graphical installer could be
the default in the release after [7]etch.

 3. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/05/msg00734.html
 4. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/GUI
 5. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2006/05/msg00503.html
 7. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Sun Java distributed by Debian. Jeroen van Wolffelaar [8]announced
the availability of Sun's [9]Java package in the non-free section of
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Martin Schulze | 31 May 07:13 2006

Debian Weekly News - May 29th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Joey Hess has produced a [1]detailed
explanation and HOWTO for secure apt in Debian. Martin Michlmayr
[2]reported about this year's [3]FOSDEM event and noted that there
seems to be a six month delay before a new applicant is assigned an
Application Manager which hinders the big-endian ARM port.

 1. http://wiki.debian.org/SecureApt
 2. http://www.cyrius.com/journal/travel/crazy-fosdem
 3. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0225-fosdem

Creating a Debian Layout for Desktops. Luis Matos [4]asked for a
Debian theme layout to [5]improve the [6]user experience of the
Debian desktop. The theme should include a background image, splash
screens and [7]icons. He also proposed a guided contest to be
organised.

 4. http://bugs.debian.org/368594
 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-desktop/2006/05/msg00007.html
 6. http://bugs.debian.org/288393
 7. http://bugs.debian.org/368599

Debian IRC moving to OFTC. Steve McIntyre [8]announced that the
Debian project will move the Alias irc.debian.org over to the [9]Open
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