Debian Project News – March 5th, 2012

Welcome to this year’s fifth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian
community. Topics covered in this issue include:

* Rebuild of the Debian archive with clang
* Debian Peru revival
* DebConf11 final report is out
* Debian Utsav
* 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
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Rebuild of the Debian archive with clang

Sylvestre Ledru performed a study that rebuilt the Debian archive using clang
[1], a new C/C++/Objective-C compiler. The goal was to evaluate the current
capabilities of clang for compilation and C/C++/objective-C support. Results
are available on the Debian clang web pages [2].

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Debian Peru revival

Rudy Godoy blogged about a revival of the Debian Peru local group [3]. The
Debian Peru users group was founded in 2004 and was quite active in spreading
the word about Debian and Free Software, but then slowed down its activity.
However, in the two last weeks, the group has become active again and they’re
planning various events and meetings aimed at helping people to contribute to
Debian. You can find more information in the group wiki page [4] or on their
mailing list [5].

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DebConf11 final report is out

The DebConf organisation team released the final report of the 2011 Debian
Conference, which was held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The report
can be downloaded from the DebConf media website [6].

In related news, the DebConf committee decided that DebConf13 will take place
in Switzerland [7], likely in the middle of August. The Swiss bid narrowly won
over the bid from Riga, Latvia.

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Debian Utsav

Shirish Agarwal reported on the Debian Utsav [8] which took place in Pune last
month. “Debian Utsav is celebration of Debian folks — meet at one place,
eat, drink and work on Debian!” as Praveen — one of the main organisers —
explained in anannouncement message [9]. During the meeting there were some
interesting talks and workshops, such as “Debian history”,
“What goes on in making Debian” and “Introducing to packaging”.

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Other news

The 29th issue of the miscellaneous news for developers [10] has been released
and covers the following topics:

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* New Iceweasel add-on to help looking up developer sites
* Realtime collaborative text editing services for Debian
* DEP9: Availability of reconf-inetd (replacement for update-inetd)
* Security tracker improvements
* Derivatives census improvements
* mentors.d.n software upgrade
* Support for copyright format 1.0 (developed as DEP5)

Sylvestre Ledru wrote a report from the Parisian bug squashing party [11] at
IRILL’s offices. 104 bugs were fixed. One of the key achievements of this BSP
was that Cyril Brulebois fixed the last few packages that had been still using
the Yada packaging tool.

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Leandro Gómez sent out a call for volunteers for DebConf12 [12] on his blog.
Leandro explained how DebConf brings a lot of benefits to the Debian project:
during the conference, Debian contributors can share knowledge and have
discussions in order to improve various aspects of Debian, including packages,
translations, and the infrastructure.

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Jan Wagner sent out a call for volunteers to help at the Debian booth [13]
during Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. For more information, you can visit the
organisation wiki page [14].

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Upcoming events

There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* March 10-11, Perth, Australia —Perth Bug Squashing Party [15]
* March 17-18, Chemnitz, Germany —Debian booth at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the
events section [17] of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events
mailing lists for different regions: Europe [18], Netherlands [19], Hispanic
America [20], North America [21].

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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 [22]? Send an email to the Debian Events
Team [23].

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New Debian Contributors

Four applicants have been accepted [24] as Debian Developers,
four applicants have been accepted [25] as Debian Maintainers, and six
people have started to maintain packages [26] since the previous issue
of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Thorsten Alteholz, Javi Merino,
Liang Guo, Oliver Sallou, Timo Aaltonen, Emile Joubert, Brian Thomason,
Barry Warsaw, bojo42, Geoff Levand, Jerome Benoit, Cédric Pineau,
Jeroen Keiren, and Samuel Bronson
into our project!

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Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian Database
[27], the upcoming release, Debian 7.0 “Wheezy”, is currently affected
by 575 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved or
on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 385 Release-Critical
bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.

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There are also some hints on how to interpret [28] these numbers.

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Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these
packages (among others): mumble [29], libvorbis [30], libarchive [31],
fex [32], libmodplug [33], notmuch [34], libxml2 [35],
postgresql-8.4 [36], puppet [37], openjdk-6 [38], moodle [39], file [40] and
movabletype-opensource [41].
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

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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 [42] (and the separate backports list [43], and stable
updates list [44]) for announcements.

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New and noteworthy packages

105 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many
others [45] are:

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* alt-key — tool to help developers improve keyboard accelerators [46]
* bookletimposer — PDF imposition toolkit [47]
* cde — package everything required to execute a Linux command on another
computer [48]
* comparepdf — command line tool for comparing two PDF files [49]
* dh-lua — helper tools for maintaining Lua-related packages [50]
* icc-profiles-free — ICC color profiles for use with color profile aware
software [51]
* maitreya — software for Vedic and western astrology [52]
* transcode — text console video-stream processing tool [53]
* vavoom — advanced Doom/Heretic/Hexen/Strife engine [54]

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Work-needing packages

Currently 144 packages are orphaned [55] and 442 packages are up for
adoption [56]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [57].

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Want to continue reading DPN?

Please help us create this newsletter. We still need more volunteer writers to
watch the Debian community and report about what is going on. Please see the
contributing page [58] to find out how to help. We’re looking forward to
receiving your mail at [59].

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Cédric
Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri, Sylvestre Ledru, David Prévot and Justin B Rye

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