Debian Project News - July 26th, 2010
Welcome to this year's eighth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Debian Day in New York coming up
- Mini Debian conference in India
- Debian Installer beta1 coming up
This week in Debianpodcast?
- How to make Debian more attractive for Users?
- Other news
- New Developers and Maintainers
- Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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Debian Day in New York coming up
The organisers of the DebConf10, the upcoming annual Debian Developer conference, announced that there will again be a Debian Day for everybody interested in free software. It will be on the 1st of August at the Columbia University in New York City. During this event, there will be a full day of talks on several subjects such as free software in government, design and free software, free software advocacy as well as string of talks about the Debian project and operating system. Debian Day is free of charge, but a registration via e-mail is required to ease the organisation of that event. More information is available on http://debianday.org/.
Mini Debian conference in India
Kartik Mistry announced a mini Debian
Conference in India. It will take place on 7th and 8th of August in
Pune. Topics on the agenda range from an introduction of the
operating system to a discussion about
activities. A bug squashing party is planed as well. More details
are available in the Debian
Debian Installer beta1 coming up
Christian Perrier reported about the status
of the upcoming beta1 of the Debian Installer for
version has been translated into 65 languages, work for additional
languages is already on the way. Christian also gave some tips on how
this beta may already be tested, although the packages haven't completely
migrated to Debian
This week in Debian podcast?
Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli was contacted by Jonathan Nadeau,
who produces several podcast for the wider free software community, about creating
a podcast about Debian. This weekly podcast should interview
someone, who refers about a Debian related topic. As Stefano emphasizes:
Any Debian-related topic is a good candidate: a team, an initiative, a
general discussion about a relevant project aspect, etc. You don't even need
any particular upfront preparation, as it'll be interview-like.
Coordination for that has already been started on a wiki page.
How to make Debian more attractive for Users?
Petter Reinholdtsen noticed that the number of submissions to Debian's Popularity Contest (popcon for short) is decreasing since some weeks. Popcon is a system which anonymously sends a list of installed software packages to Debian, which allows Debian to prioritise their work (e.g. ordering of packages on installation media). Currently popcon isn't activated by default, so it was discussed, if this should be done, and if there was a way to do that in way not affect users privacy. Soon the discussion turned into the topic on how to make Debian more attractive to users.
Some of the ideas raised (beside others) where:
- offer phone support for Debian
- offer CD/DVD images allowing the installation of non-free material (such as firmware files; it later turned out, that this has already been implemented)
- automatic backports of updated packages
- improving Debian's webpage (especially the front)
- making it easier to submit bugs
Raphaël Hertzog noted that the upcoming version of dpkg — the core package maintenance tool — won't depend on perl anymore thus making dpkg even more suitable for embedded systems.
Giuseppe Iuculano pointed some differences between Debian's chromium-browser packages and google-chrome out.
The responsibilities of Debian's package maintainers, Debian's porters and Debian's buildd administrators (who take care of systems automatically building packages for specific architectures) has been discussed on the general Debian project mailing list.
New Developers and Maintainers
One applicant has been accepted as Debian Maintainer since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Antoine Beaupré into our project!
Release-critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
According to the unofficial
release-citical bug counter, the upcoming release, Debian 6.0
Squeeze, is currently affected by 348 release-critical bugs. Ignoring
bugs which are easily solved or on the way of being solved, roughly
speaking, about 152 release critical bugs remain to be solved for the
release to happen.
There are also more detailed statistics as well as some hints on how to interprete these numbers.
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): python-cjson, znc, freetype, libmikmod, libpng, mlmmj, and ncompress. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Please note that these are a selection of the more important security advisories of the last weeks. If you need to be kept up to date about security advisories released by the Debian Security Team, please subscribe to the security mailing list for announcements.
New and noteworthy packages
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently (among others):
- archivemount — mounting an archive for access as a file system
- composite — live performance sequencer
- doctrine — tool for object-relational mapping in PHP
- extplorer — web file explorer and manager using Ext JS
- extremetuxracer-extras — additional courses for Extreme Tux Racer
- freediams — pharmaceutical drugs prescriptor
- freeplane — Java program to create and edit mind maps.
- geogebra — dynamic mathematics software for education
- gnome-paint — simple, easy to use paint program for GNOME
- goaccess — log analyzer and interactive viewer for the Apache Webserver
- ifetch-tools — collector, monitoror, and image viewer from ip cameras
- kbackup — easy to use backup program
- logfs-tools — tools to manage LogFS filesystems
- pdfmod — simple tool for modifying PDF documents
- roaraudio — sound server for audio mixing
- screenie-qt — fancy screenshot composer
- slimevolley — unrealistic 2D volleyball simulation
- spacenavd — daemon for using 3D input devices from 3Dconnexion
- xen-qemu-dm-4.0 — Xen Qemu device model virtual machine hardware emulator
- xjadeo — video player with Jack sync
- xz-lzma — XZ-format compression utilities - compatibility commands
Currently 608 packages are orphaned and 143 packages are up for adoption. Please take a look at the recent reports to see if there are packages you are interested in or view the complete list of packages which need your help.
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Alexander Reichle-Schmehl.