Debian Project News – February 20th, 2012
Welcome to this year’s fourth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the
Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
* Goodbye Lenny!
* Debian GNU/Hurd on the rails
* DPL and legal work
* Multiarch-ready dpkg
* GPL in Debian: a study
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
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One year after the release of Debian 6.0 alias “Squeeze”, and nearly three
years after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 alias “Lenny”, security
support for the old “Lenny” release has been terminated . The Debian project
is proud to have been able to support its old distribution for such a long
time, even continuing for a full year after the new version was released.
1 : http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120209
Debian GNU/Hurd on the rails
Samuel Thibault sent some bits from Debian GNU/Hurd porters  reporting
recent achievements of the team. Among other news items, Samuel confirmed that
Debian GNU/Hurd might be available as a technological preview for the “Wheezy”
release: the percentage of packages built for it has passed 70% and the
installer is available with a graphical interface.
2 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/02/msg00002.html
Samuel wants to thank Richard Braun who provided a new and faster Debian porter
box, immediately accessible to Debian Developers. For more information on
Debian GNU/Hurd, you can visit the Debian wiki .
3 : http://wiki.debian.org/Debian_GNU/Hurd
DPL and legal work
Stefano Zacchiroli sent some bits from the DPL  which, as usual, reported
his monthly activities. During the last month, Stefano has mostly worked on
patents and legal issues, including helping David PrÃ©vot and other webmasters
in their effort to relicense the Debian website, writing a draft for a Debian
trademark policy (with the help of Benjamin Mako Hill and the SPI lawyers),
and writing a patent policy  for the Debian archive that has just been
4 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/02/msg00001.html
5 : http://www.debian.org/legal/patent
6 : http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120219
Cyril Brulebois mentioned on his blog that “thanks to the hard work of dpkg
developers and many (generations of) developers”, dpkg with multiarch  was
uploaded to experimental. He invites everyone to try and install packages with
a foreign architecture.
7 : http://blog.mraw.org/2012/02/01/dpkg_with_multiarch/
GPL in Debian: a study
Sam Varghese wrote an article analysing John Sullivan’s study on the use of
the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) in the Debian project . John, executive
director at the Free Software Foundation, said during his FOSDEM 2012 talk
titled “Is copyleft being framed?” that 93% of Debian “Squeeze”‘s packages
are released under licences in the GPL family (including the GPL, the Affero
GPL and LGPL), showing a constant and significant increase from the previous
releases. The numbers in the talk were calculated using an existing Debian
tool, but Russ Allbery mentioned that it wasn’t designed to be used this
way , so the current figures are only preliminary.
8 : http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/52838-gpl-use-in-debian-on-the-rise-study
9 : http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/journal/2012-02/002.html
There has also been one further “People behind Debian” interview: with
Ana Beatriz Guerrero LÃ³pez , member of the Debian KDE team.
10 : http://raphaelhertzog.com/2012/02/10/people-behind-debian-ana-beatriz-guerrero-lopez-member-of-the-debian-kde-team/
The Debian Project is calling for contributors to design graphics for the
next release of the Universal Operating System , called “Wheezy”.
11 : http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120213
Holger Levsen wrote a report from the DebConf Video Team sprint  held
last November in Paris, France. During the meeting the Video Team was able
to work on configurations of software and hardware needed for streaming and
recording various important events such as DebConf and FOSDEM.
Holger ended his mail with a thankyou to IRILL who hosted the meeting and
who provide storage for the hardware when not in use.
12 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2012/02/msg00023.html
Moray Allan announced the newly appointed members of the DebConf
Committee : Ana Beatriz Guerrero LÃ³pez, Ana Carolina Comandulli, Bdale
Garbee, Christian Perrier and Guido Trotter.
13 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/02/msg00005.html
Ton Roosendaal, creator of Blender  and the head of the Blender Institute,
mentioned in an interview  that they use Debian for the render farm nodes.
14 : http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/blender
15 : http://letsfollowthewhiterabbit.blogspot.com/2012/02/interviewing-ton-roosendaal-will-it.html
Debian has again been chosen as “Server Distribution of the Year” by
theLinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards  this year. Debian is
also the third desktop distribution .
16 : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-news-59/2011-linuxquestions-org-members-choice-award-winners-928502/
17 : http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2011mca.php
The hardware behind “ftp.debian.org” has recently been replaced , with
the help of “Studenten Net Twente (SNT)” and HP.
18 : http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120218
Christian Perrier noted that Debian bug #660000  was reported by Beatrice
Torracca. Beatrice is a long-time Italian translator in Debian (and other Free
Software projects such as the Italian Linux Documentation Project and
Translation Project) and she’s now particularly active in the translation of
installation messages for Debian packages (aka debconf templates). Well done
19 : http://bugs.debian.org/660000
There are several upcoming Debian-related events:
* March 2-4, Cambridge, UK â€”Bug Squashing Party in Cambridge 
* March 2-4, MÃ¶nchengladbach, Germany â€”Bug Squashing Party in MÃ¶nchengladbach 
* March 10-11, Perth, Australia â€”Bug Squashing Party in Perth 
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 .
20 : http://www.debian.org/events/0302-cambridge-bsp
21 : http://www.debian.org/events/0302-moenchengladbach-bsp
22 : http://www.debian.org/events/0310-perth-bsp
23 : http://www.debian.org/events
24 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
25 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
26 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
27 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-na
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 .
28 : http://www.debian.org/events/talks
29 : mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
New Debian Contributors
Fourteen people have started to maintain packages  since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Peter Drysdale, Dominique
Lasserre, Antono Vasiljev, Bastiaan Franciscus van den Dikkenberg, Tomasz
Buchert, Michael van der Kolff, Daniel Hartwig, Nick Moffitt, Carlos
Borroto, Yauhen Kharuzhy, Romain Bignon, Peter Michael Green, Carlos
Vicente, and Daniel Jared Dominguez into our project!
30 : http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi
Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database , the upcoming release, Debian 7.0 “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 613 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
410 Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.
31 : http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi
There are also some hints on how to interpret  these numbers.
32 : http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats
Important Debian Security Advisories
Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): apache2 , icedove , cvs , php5 ,
devscripts  and libpng . Please read them carefully and take the
33 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2405
34 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2406
35 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2407
36 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2408
37 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2409
38 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2410
Debian’s Stable Release Team released an update announcement for the
package: eglibc . Please read it carefully and take the proper measures.
39 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2012/02/msg00001.html
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.
40 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
41 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
42 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/
New and noteworthy packages
572 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others  are:
* burp â€” simple network backup and restore program 
* fake-hwclock â€” save and restore system clock on machines without working realtime clock 
* gnome-shell-extensions â€” extend functionality of GNOME Shell 
* ical2html â€” create an HTML table from icalendar data 
* pchar â€” characterize the bandwidth, latency and loss on network links 
* smartdimmer â€” change LCD brightness on GeForce cards 
* weboob â€” CLI applications to interact with websites 
43 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
44 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/burp
45 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fake-hwclock
46 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gnome-shell-extensions
47 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ical2html
48 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/pchar
49 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/smartdimmer
50 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/weboob
Currently  409 packages are orphaned  and 142 packages are up
for adoption : please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help .
51 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2012/02/msg00710.html
52 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
53 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
54 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested
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