Martin Schulze | 10 Jan 21:29 2007

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 archived

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Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 archived

The old stable release Debian GNU/Linux (codename 'woody') has been
archived.  The official source for this distribution is the dedicated
archive host called archive.debian.org.  It is no longer available on
regular Debian mirror servers.

After four and a half years this marks the final end of life for
GNU/Linux 3.0.  This distribution has been superseded by Debian
GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename 'sarge') which the Debian project has released
on June 6th, 2005.  Security support for woody has therefore ended
already in June 2006, one year after the release of sarge.

The Debian security team is able to support up to two distributions at
the same time for about one year.  This way users are given a one year
period to upgrade their systems to the current stable distribution.
After this period security support for the old stable distribution is
discontinued and the distribution itself is archived on the dedicated
archive host.

About Debian
------------

The Debian Project is a organisation of more than thousand Free
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Martin Schulze | 23 Jan 22:24 2007

Debian Weekly News - January 23rd, 2007

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Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. [1]Erinn Clark, co-founder and leader of [2]Debian
Women is [3]selected one of the top 10 girl geeks who are influential
in Open Source. Linux-Watch posted Chris Fearnley's [4]rebuttal to
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols argument that Debian is in trouble.

 1. http://erinn.org/about/
 2. http://women.debian.org/
 3. http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/unix/bsd/archives/top-10-girl-geeks-13100
 4. http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS9097794891.html

Debian and the one Laptop per Child Project. Michael Voigt
[5]wondered if Debian is supporting the [6]One Laptop per Child
project. It has been founded by the [7]MIT Media Laboratory and is
about creating an cheap and affordable laptop for children in the
third world and developing countries. Petter Reinholdtsen
[8]explained that Debian is [9]participating with its [10]DebianEdu
sub-project.

 5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/12/msg00069.html
 6. http://www.laptop.org/
 7. http://www.media.mit.edu/
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-edu/2006/12/msg00073.html
 9. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/OLPC
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Chandan M C | 24 Jan 05:25 2007
Picon

Indian Version of GNU/Linux named as BOSS GNU/Linux 1.0 (Bharat Operating System Solutions) code named as Tarnag, based on

Indian Version of GNU/Linux named as BOSS GNU/Linux 1.0 (Bharat Operating System Solutions) code named as Tarnag, based on
 Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (Etch) is launched

BOSS, an Indian version of Linux, is the result of the efforts initiated by NRCFOSS (National Resource centre for Free/OpeSource Software)

resided at C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Chennai, India) a Scientific Society of Minitry of Communications and

Information Technology, in the country, made specfically for the Indian environment, it consists of a pleasing Desktop environment coupled with

Indian languages support and other pacakges that are most relevant for use in the Government
domain.The ulitmate goal is to localise it into all
22 official Indian languages so that Information Technology can reach even the non-english speaking masses who are denied its benefits today.


The NRCFOSS choose Debian for its high versatility and reliability as well as the guarantee to always remain 100% Free Software.

BOSS developers are in the process of contributing their work on some of the products they have included in BOSS, such as BulkDocConverter

(An openoffice macro) and Presentation tool (based on Keyjnote) and few others.


The system consists of Three CDs

1. Install Cd
2. Live Cd
3. Utility Cd (An Add on Cd)



About India
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India (Devanagari:Bharat), officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area,
the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India has a coastline of over seven thousand kilometres,


bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east. India borders Pakistan to the west;
China, Nepal and Bhutan to the north-east and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is the vicinity of Srilanka,


Maldives and Indonesia.


About NRCFOSS

The National ResourceCentre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) is a program of the department of Information Technolofy, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. NRCFOSS aims to contribute to the growth of FOSS in India through Research and Development, Human Resource Development, Networking and Entrepreneurship Development and as well serve as the reference point for all FOSS related activities in the country.


Website: http://www.nrcfoss.org.in


About C-DAC

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) established in March 1988, as a Scientific Society of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. CDAC is primarily an R&D institution involved i nthe design, development and deployment of electronics and advanced Information Technology (IT) products and solutions.



About Debian
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Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the
Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux


distributions.

The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best

operating system possible.



References
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BOSS Gnu/Linux


http://www.nrcfoss.org.in/boss


NRCFOSS


http://www.nrcfoss.org.in



C-DAC


http://www.cdac.in
Martin Schulze | 30 Jan 21:31 2007

Debian Weekly News - January 30th, 2007

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Welcome to this year's 2nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Anthony Towns was [1]interviewed by Liz Tay on
whether [2]Dunc Tank was a failure or success. Joey Schulze
[3]reported that the [4]alpha port has caught up and is fitter than
before since it now has two working build daemon.

 1. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;189708751;pp;1
 2. http://www.dunc-tank.org/
 3. http://www.infodrom.org/~joey/log/?200701291912
 4. http://www.debian.org/ports/alpha/

Dealing with personal Configuration and Data. Aigars Mahinovs
[5]proposed a standard for applications to organise data and
configuration files stored in the user's home directory as an
extension to the [6]Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. It should first
implemented in Debian and then passed upstream. Mark Hymers
[7]pointed out that the [8]XDG Base Directory Specification from
Waldo Bastian addresses configuration files already.

 5. http://www.aigarius.com/blog/2007/01/10/fhs-extension-for-user-home-folders/
 6. http://www.pathname.com/fhs/
 7. http://www.aigarius.com/blog/2007/01/10/fhs-extension-for-user-home-folders/#comment-20060
 8. http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-0.6.html

Social Committee for Debian? Josip Rodin [9]proposed to found a
social committee that will deal with social problems within the Debian
project, similar to the technical committee handling technical issues.
It would have its own charter and would delegate communications
coordinators to particular teams and mailing lists to observe and
ensure that no complaints go unnoticed.

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2007/01/msg00063.html

Request for Translation Updates. Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
[10]asked maintainers to take the chance to upload packages with only
translation updates. Such modification have a good chance to be
granted a freeze exception by the release team. Even after the [11]NMU
Campaign aimed to fix pending [12]localisation bugs in the [13]bug
tracking system, there are still many packages with open bugs.
Maintainers are encouraged to sent a message to [14]debian-i18n asking
for translation updates.

 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/01/msg00002.html
 11. http://people.debian.org/~lwall/i18n/nmu/
 12. http://people.debian.org/~lwall/i18n/
 13. http://bugs.debian.org/
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n

Debian-Installer Loader. Robert Millan [15]announced the availability
of a Debian-Installer Loader for win32. The program, inspired by
Ubuntu's [16]similar project, features 64-bit CPU auto-detection,
download of kernel and initrd netboot images, and chain-loading into
Debian-Installer via [17]grub4dos. Graphical installations are
[18]supported as well. The frontend site [19]goodbye-microsoft.com has
been setup for advocacy purposes.

 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2007/01/msg01083.html
 16. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/install.exe
 17. http://grub4dos.sf.net/
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2007/01/msg01092.html
 19. http://goodbye-microsoft.com/

New UTF-8 Migration Wizard. Martin-Éric Racine [20]announced that a
new GTK2-based [21]migration tool for UTF-8 has been uploaded into the
[22]unstable distribution. It allows an easy migration to UTF-8 for
both locale settings and user file encodings. Martin-Éric Racine
[23]recently took over the development of this tool which was
previously developed for Ubuntu.

 20. http://q-funk.blogspot.com/2007/01/utf-8-migration-tool-now-in-debian.html
 21. http://packages.debian.org/utf8-migration-tool
 22. http://www.debian.org/releases/unstable/
 23. http://q-funk.blogspot.com/2006/12/rfa-utf8-migration-tool-debian-utf-8.html

Proposal for an official Screenshot Repository. Roberto C. Sanchez
[24]requested comments about the idea of having an official archive of
screenshots that would allow users to browse through images of GUI
packages, a service similar to [25]packages.debian.org for
descriptions. Nico Golde [26]pointed a similar [27]discussion in 2006.

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00089.html
 25. http://packages.debian.org/
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00091.html
 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/04/msg00915.html

Debian at the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2007. The Debian project will
maintain a booth at the this years' [28]Chemnitzer Linux-Tage taking
place from March, 3rd to 4th at the Technical University of Chemnitz.
Torsten Werner will give a talk about [29]advanced Debian packaging
and Jörg Jaspert will discuss [30]virtualisation using Xen on Debian.

 28. http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2007/info/
 29. http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2007/vortraege/detail.html?idx=508
 30. http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2007/vortraege/detail.html?idx=578

Debian Conference Deadline. Jörg Jaspert [31]announced that
participants need to register on [32]Pentabarf until Wednesday January
31st, 2007 if they would like to apply for sponsored accommodation,
food or travel, or if they are planning to submit a talk or event
proposal. This years' [33]Debian Conference will take place in
Edinburgh from June 17th to 23rd, 2007.

 31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/01/msg00001.html
 32. http://penta.debconf.org/
 33. http://debconf7.debconf.org/

Keeping virtual Disks clean. Aleksandr Koltsoff [34]announced
[35]zerotools, a set of tools to aid keeping virtual disks clean by
filling binary zero to those regions which are no longer in use. These
tools should not be used to make data retrieval close to impossible.
The author also noticed that no Debian packages were available. Amaya
Rodrigo Sastre [36]added information about zum, a similar tool that is
part of [37]perforate, a package maintained by her.

 34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00054.html
 35. http://koltsoff.com/pub/zerotools/
 36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00058.html
 37. http://packages.debian.org/perforate

Updates during the Etch Life Cycle. Luis Matos [38]proposed to add
kernel updates on stable point releases in order to support more
hardware and to keep using [39]volatile and [40]backports for other
programs. Moritz Mühlenhoff [41]added that there are plans for a
second set of kernels (and probably X servers) nine months after the
release of [42]etch, which will also have security support. However,
nothing is fixed yet, as the current focus is on getting etch ready
for release.

 38. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00080.html
 39. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-volatile/
 40. http://www.backports.org/
 41. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/01/msg00094.html
 42. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Architecture Release Requirements? Thomas Bushnell [43]wondered why
[44]alpha is a release architecture since it doesn't fulfil the
architecture [45]requirements of having [46]build daemon redundancy,
since the main alpha machine has been offline for more than ten days.
Martin Schulze [47]added that the machine was being moved to a new
location. Steve Langasek [48]answered that this requirement has been
waived as a hard requirement for release qualification so that this
particular outage doesn't affect the release status of alpha port.

 43. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2007/01/msg00820.html
 44. http://www.debian.org/ports/alpha/
 45. http://release.debian.org/etch_arch_qualify.html
 46. http://www.debian.org/devel/buildd/
 47. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2007/01/msg00823.html
 48. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2007/01/msg00839.html

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

 * DSA 1252: [49]vlc -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1253: [50]Mozilla Firefox -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1254: [51]bind9 -- Denial of service.

 49. http://www.debian.org/security/2007/dsa-1252
 50. http://www.debian.org/security/2007/dsa-1253
 51. http://www.debian.org/security/2007/dsa-1254

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [52]recently or contain important updates.

 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

 * [53]ascii2binary -- Convert between ASCII, hexadecimal and binary
   representations.
 * [54]cone -- COnsole Newsreader and Emailer.
 * [55]cortado -- Streaming applet for Ogg formats.
 * [56]djplay -- DJ application for Linux.
 * [57]eancheck -- Check digit validator for EAN/PLU/UPC barcode
   numbers.
 * [58]extcalc -- Multifunctional scientific graphic calculator.
 * [59]flickrfs -- Virtual filesystem for flickr online photosharing
   service.
 * [60]formed -- Formula editor for first-order logic formulae.
 * [61]funionfs -- User-space directory concatenation.
 * [62]glbsp -- Nodes builder for Doom-style games; has support for
   OpenGL.
 * [63]gplcver -- Verilog simulator.
 * [64]gt5 -- Shell program to display visual disk usage with
   navigation.
 * [65]hdapsd -- HDAPS daemon for IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads.
 * [66]kallery -- Image gallery generator for the KDE.
 * [67]kxgenerator -- KDE X Server configuration utility.
 * [68]lazarus -- Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for Free
   Pascal.
 * [69]mace2 -- Program that searches for finite models of
   first-order statements.
 * [70]mailody -- Fast IMAP mail user agent for KDE.
 * [71]nfdump -- Netflow capture daemon.
 * [72]odt2txt -- Simple converter from OpenDocument Text to plain
   text.
 * [73]otter -- Resolution-style theorem prover.
 * [74]pdfcube -- PDF document viewer with 3D effects.
 * [75]qct -- GUI commit tool.
 * [76]stalonetray -- Standalone freedesktop.org and KDE systray
   implementation.
 * [77]xournal -- GTK+ Application for note taking.

 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/ascii2binary
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/cone
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/cortado
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/djplay
 57. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/eancheck
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/extcalc
 59. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/flickrfs
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/formed
 61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/funionfs
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/glbsp
 63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/gplcver
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/gt5
 65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/misc/hdapsd
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kallery
 67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/kxgenerator
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/lazarus
 69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/mace2
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/mailody
 71. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/nfdump
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/odt2txt
 73. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/math/otter
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/pdfcube
 75. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/qct
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/stalonetray
 77. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/xournal

Orphaned Packages. 4 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 371 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [78]WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the wnpp-alert program from devscripts may be
helpful.

 78. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

 * [79]open21xx -- Tool suite for Analog Devices 21xx DSPs.
   ([80]Bug#408485)
 * [81]pxe -- Free PXE daemon. ([82]Bug#407907)
 * [83]quack-el -- Enhanced Emacs support for Scheme programming.
   ([84]Bug#408288) ([85]Bug#408291)
 * [86]usbmount -- Automatically mount and unmount USB mass storage
   devices. ([87]Bug#408621)

 79. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/electronics/open21xx
 80. http://bugs.debian.org/408485
 81. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/pxe
 82. http://bugs.debian.org/407907
 83. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/quack-el
 84. http://bugs.debian.org/408288
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/408291
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/usbmount
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/408621

Removed Packages. 1 package has been [88]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

 88. http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt

 * fixedpoint -- Fixed point math object for Python [dummy package]
   [89]Bug#405168: Request of maintainer, superseded by 'decimal' in
   python2.4.

 89. http://bugs.debian.org/405168

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