Debian Project News - May 13th, 2013
Welcome to this year's tenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- Debian 7.0
- What's new in Debian
- DebConf11 and 12 videos
- Debian beyond the cloud
- Debian in Google Compute Engine
- Bits from the DPL
Coding Freedom: a closer look at Debian contributors
- Other news
- Upcoming events
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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27 months after the release of Debian 6.0
Squeeze, a new
stable version of the Debian operating system, Debian 7.0
Wheezy, was released
on May 4, 2013. Among other improvements, this release
brings to its users multiarch
support, various tools to
deploy private clouds, an improved installer supporting software
speech, which makes accessibility one of its strong points,
and an expanded set of multimedia codecs.
Adam D. Barratt, Release Team manager, has already announced a first point release planned for next month and given advice to maintainers about further uploads to
unstable: the development of
Jessie is already
Joerg Jaspert, Debian FTP master, gave some insight into the workflow needed by the FTP team to release a new stable version of Debian, while Raphael Geissert noted that
in the first 48 hours after its log files were rotated last Sunday, http.debian.net handled almost 2 million
requests, for an average of 11 requests per second.
Meanwhile, Debian users and enthusiasts from all over the world are organising parties to celebrate the release of
Wheezy: the Catalan
Debian community and some
Indian Debian users already seem to have had some fun! If you're going to
have a party, share your report and pics with us using the identi.ca hashtag
What's new in Debian
Michael Prokop launched the #newinwheezy
initiative aimed at presenting to users and fellow developers the packages
that have been newly introduced in
Wheezy. According to the Debian
contributors who joined the initiative, among the most interesting new packages
forensic tools; vcsh
manage config files in $HOME via fake bare git repositories);
a popular and solid IRC server which is the base of the software behind the
Freenode network); packages
from the Grml system; mosh
UDP based remote shell terminal which works better than SSH in case of
lightweight browsers (dillo, netsurf, surf and xxxterm); libghc-stm-dev,
a tool to help with writing non-buggy threaded programs; scratch
an easy, interactive, collaborative programming environment designed for
creation of interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art) and plymouth
a boot-time I/O multiplexer).
DebConf11 and 12 videos
IRILL, sponsor of Debian for DebConf videos, has published all of the videos from DebConf11 and 12. They are available both in MP4 (H.264) and (recommended) Ogg formats, and easily available through their video player (DebConf11: 56 videos; DebConf12: 72 videos).
Debian beyond the cloud
Keith Chuvala, the manager of Space Operations Computing (SpOC) for NASA,
announced this week that the agency will switch to Debian on the International
Space Station's laptops. Specifically, the ISS astronauts will be
using computers running Debian 6. Chuvala mentioned they
needed an operating
system that was stable and reliable, and that they will rely on the Linux
Foundation for training their astronauts and IT specialists.
Debian in Google Compute Engine
Google recently announced the availability of Debian images on its
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS),
Engine. At the moment, both 6.x and 7.x versions of Debian are distributed on
their infrastructure, in order to provide an easier workload migration.
For fast performance and to reduce bandwidth costs, Google is hosting a Debian
package mirror for use by Google Compute Engine Debian instances.
As Google announced, Debian will be the default image type for Compute Engine from now on.
Bits from the DPL
Lucas Nussbaum sent his first monthly report of DPL activities. Besides thanking the other candidates, the voters and the previous project leader, Stefano Zacchiroli, the newly elected Project Leader summarised his first thirteen days of activity. Lucas focused particularly on the ongoing discussion about the Debian logo as a registered trademark, planned - with the help of Moray Allan - a survey of the main Debian teams to verify their health status, and started work on improving and documenting paths into the project.
Coding Freedom: a closer look at Debian contributors
Gabriella Coleman announced the recent publication of her book,
"Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics
of Hacking", which was mostly inspired by Debian's community and active
members. The book strives to identify and explain the key factors that have
influenced the development of free software projects, while examining the
social impact they have had. A good portion was based on Debian, following two years
of ethnographic research. There is one chapter dedicated to the project and
many others draw on interviews with Debian developers.
The book is available under a Creative Commons license and freely available for download.
Guido Günther sent a report from the 6th Debian Groupware Meeting held in Essen, Germany.
Gunnar Wolf announced that the deadline for sponsored registration for DebConf13 in Switzerland has officially been extended to Sunday May 19. For more information about how to register, you can check the original announcement about the opening of registration.
There is one upcoming Debian-related event:
- May, 28-29, Paris, France — Debian booth at Solutions Linux
You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe, Netherlands, Hispanic America, North America.
Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page? Send an email to the Debian Events Team.
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): mysql-5.5, xen, stunnel and strongswan. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the package: clamav. Please read it 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 (and the separate backports list, and stable updates list) for announcements.
New and noteworthy packages
373 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others are:
- corekeeper — tool to enable core files and report crashes to the sysadmin
- debian-lan-config — FAI config space for the Debian-LAN system
- ext4magic — tool to recover deleted files from ext3 or ext4 partitions
- gmsl — extra functions to extend functionality of GNU Makefiles
- iceowl — standalone calendar application
- nsnake — classic snake game with textual interface
- python-odf — complete API for OpenDocument in Python
- qupzilla — lightweight web browser based on libqtwebkit
- sanewall — easy to use but powerful iptables stateful firewall
- watchcatd — process monitoring daemon
- wfrog — web-based customizable weather station software
Currently 512 packages are orphaned and 139 packages are up for adoption: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help.
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri, Sylvestre Ledru, Victor Nițu and Justin B Rye..