Martin Schulze | 1 Aug 21:08 2006

Debian Weekly News - August 1st, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 31st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Christoph Berg [1]announced nine new members of
the QA team who already work on outstanding issues in the [2]etch
release. Gintautas Miliauskas [3]reported that he has been working on
an integrated l10n infrastructure for Debian based on the framework
used by the [4]WorldForge project.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/07/msg00093.html
 2. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
 3. http://gintasm.blogspot.com/2006/06/localization-coordination-for-debian-1.html
 4. http://www.worldforge.org/

Uploading with proper Urgencies. Adeodato Simó [5]reminded developers
to upload fixed packages with urgency high if they fix
security-related bugs. The urgency medium should be used for
release-critical bugs including corrections to failures to build from
source on one or other [6]architecture. Since these uploads will
migrate into [7]testing faster than normal, they should be prepared
with extra care as well.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/07/msg00008.html
 6. http://www.debian.org/ports/
 7. http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/

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Martin Schulze | 3 Aug 19:32 2006

Debian GNU/Linux adopted in the Extremadura

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Debian GNU/Linux adopted in the Extremadura

The councillor for Infrastructure and Technological Development, Luis
Millán Vázquez de Miguel, announced that within one year all the
computers of the Junta of Extremadura (government of the autonomous
region of Extremadura, Spain) will run Free Software office tools and
gnuLinEx, the local flavour of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, as mandatory
operating system.  It will be gradually introduced to all
administrative organisations of the Junta of Extremadura.

>From now on, all workers of the public administration will also use
Open Document Formats (ISO/IEC DIS 26300) for their office
applications as well as PDF/A (Portable Document Format, ISO
19005-1:2005) for document exchange, when guaranteed unalterable
visualisation is required.

Vázquez de Miguel explained that at the end of the period all
additional software must be distributed under a free license.  "This
is an important initiative that the Junta of Extremadura has been
working on for a long time, accumulating experience and analysing the
impact on our organisation so as to guarantee its success", the
councillor declared.  According to Vázquez de Miguel, Free Software
also improves security, autonomy and rationalises public spending.

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Martin Schulze | 8 Aug 21:05 2006

Debian Weekly News - August 8th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Enrico Zini [1]noticed that the description for
Pike packages contains a long explanation of Pike which produces
erroneous search results, Helmut Wollmersdorfer [2]added that PHP
packages have similar issues. Erich Schubert [3]called for artists to
design artwork for the [4]etch release that could be used as the
desktop background.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00281.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/07/msg00332.html
 3. http://blog.drinsama.de/erich/en/linux/debian/2006072002-debian-etch-artwork
 4. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

New SPI Board Officers elected. David Graham, secretary of
[5]Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI), [6]announced that
during the board meeting on August 1st Bdale Garbee was elected as
president, Michael Schultheiss as vice president, Neil McGovern as
secretary and Josh Berkus as treasurer for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
The last three board members have beforehand been [7]elected to the
board by a total of 125 [8]voters (33 % of all eligible voters).

 5. http://www.spi-inc.org/
 6. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2006/000136.html
 7. http://lists.spi-inc.org/pipermail/spi-announce/2006/000135.html
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Martin Schulze | 15 Aug 21:27 2006

Debian Weekly News - August 15th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Debian turns 13 this week, so make sure you find
a [1]party nearby. With enough time compose a melody before the new
release Julien Danjou [2]published his etch song. David Sugar
[3]wondered if the Free Software community should learn to write more
buggy code and invent reasons to reboot the system all the time after
a change has been made in order to be more attractive for the desktop.

 1. http://wiki.debian.org/Debian13th
 2. http://julien.danjou.info/blog/index.php/2006/08/01/312-etch-song
 3. http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/node/1692

Distribution-wide Tracker Tool. Arnaud Fontaine [4]reported about the
status of Wotomae, the [5]distribution-wide tracker tool. The DWTT is
a tool to easily track changes affecting packages, like a library
transition, a switch of the default Python version or a policy change.
It is written during Google's [6]Summer of Code. A demo website is
also [7]available with most of the features up for testing.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/08/msg00039.html
 5. http://wiki.debian.org/DWTT
 6. http://code.google.com/summerofcode.html
 7. http://netu.naquadah.org:8080/

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Martin Schulze | 22 Aug 21:09 2006

Debian Weekly News - August 22nd, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Jörg Jaspert [1]announced that the
[2]backports archive also understands the tilde character in version
strings and that packages are set to NotAutomatic so that they
shouldn't be updated automatically anymore. [3]HP recently
[4]announced that they support Debian GNU/Linux on its ProLiant,
BladeSystem servers, and the new HP t5725 Thin Client server.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/08/msg00118.html
 2. http://www.backports.org/
 3. http://www.hp.com/
 4. http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php/id;311998848;fp;2;fpid;1

Event Coordination in the German-speaking Area. Meike Reichle
[5]announced a new Wiki [6]page for coordinating public events in
the German-speaking area such as fairs, exhibitions and conferences in
which the Debian projects participates. This is one result of a
[7]meeting of Debian event organisers last weekend. Alexander Schmehl
[8]added that the events [9]section on the Debian website will be
overhauled in the near future.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/08/msg00019.html
 6. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEventsDe
 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2006/08/msg00031.html
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Martin Schulze | 29 Aug 21:08 2006

Debian Weekly News - August 29th, 2006

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Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Bug squashing parties have been announced for
September 8th to 10th in [1]Vienna and for September 15th to 17th in
[2]Jülich, Germany. OSDir has taken [3]screenshots of the new
graphical [4]Debian installer. Petr Stehlik [5]reported that the
installation of [6]sarge and [7]etch worked flawlessly in the
recently [8]fixed version of [9]ARAnyM, a 32bit Atari ST/TT/Falcon
virtual machine.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00012.html
 2. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00013.html
 3. http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/slideshow.php?release=724&slide=2
 4. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-68k/2006/08/msg00234.html
 6. http://www.debian.org/releases/sarge/
 7. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-68k/2006/08/msg00226.html
 9. http://packages.debian.org/aranym

General Resolution: Handling Firmware. Steve Langasek [10]proposed a
general resolution to establish how DFSG#2 should be understood to
apply to firmware, especially when distributed with the Linux kernel.
When accepted firmware will be considered as data without the
requirement of matching source code. It would also clarify the
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