Debian Project News – November 26th, 2012

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

* Help your language reach 100% support in the Debian Installer
* Debian Installer 7.0 Beta4 released
* Debian newcomer experience survey
* Interviews
* Other news
* 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?

Help your language reach 100% support in the Debian Installer

Christian Perrier recently sent a message to the Debian translators
mailing list [1] looking for people interested in translating the Debian
installer into the following languages: Lithuanian, Bosnian, Tamil, Lao,
Hungarian, Icelandic, Macedonian, Dzongkha, Nepali, Norwegian Nynorsk,
Albanian, Amharic, Kurdish, Tagalog, Wolof (which is currently disabled
because too many important strings are missing) and Tibetan. These
languages are almost complete, but the regular contributors have not
responded to the usual calls. Currently 55 out of 70 supported languages
have reached 100% completion, the highest number ever.


Debian Installer 7.0 Beta4 released

Cyril Brulebois announced the fourth beta release of the installer for
Debian 7.0 [2]. This release features, among other things, many updates
to the Linux kernel as well as some major improvements in the netcfg
package, which is the tool used to configure the network during the
installation. As usual, the Debian Installer team asks users to test
this new release: installer CDs, other media and everything you might
need to install Debian on one of the thirteen architectures supported
are available from the web site [3].


Debian newcomer experience survey

Kevin Carillo, a PhD student from Wellington, New Zealand, is currently
doing research about Free/Open Source Software communities [4]: if you
are a Debian contributor who started work in Debian after January 2010,
you should consider participating in his online survey [5]. You can find
more information about Kevin’s research on his website [6].



There has been a Debian Edu interview [7] with Angela Fuß [8], who
describes, among other things, how she got involved in Debian Edu and
her views about it.


Other news

David Paleino announced that unofficial packages for the latest revision
of wicd from the upstream repository [9] are now available, thanks to an
automatic build process powered by Jenkins [10].


New Debian Contributors

Eight applicants have been accepted [11] as Debian Developers, and
twelve people have started to maintain packages [12] since the previous
issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Julien Patriarca,
Nathan Harrison Handler, Daniel Pocock, John Paul Adrian Glaubitz,
Andrew Starr-Bochicchio, Sebastian Ramacher, Alejandro Garrido Mota,
Jonathan Nieder, Dima Kogan, Bojana Borkovic, Tom Lee, Barbara Jana
Wisniowska, Sebastien Jodogne, Agustin Henze, Nandaja Varma, Ross
Glover, Anish A, Nicholas Robinson-Wall, Sébastien Boisvert and Daniel
Skinner into our project!


Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release

According to the Bugs Search interface of the Ultimate Debian
Database [13], the upcoming release, Debian “Wheezy”, is currently
affected by 366 Release-Critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily
solved or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about 175
Release-Critical bugs remain to be solved for the release to happen.


There are also more detailed statistics [14] as well as some hints on
how to interpret [15] these numbers.


These figures were current as of last Saturday.

Important Debian Security Advisories

Debian’s Security Team recently released advisories for these packages
(among others): radsecproxy [16], typo3-src [17], tiff [18] and
trousers [19]. 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 [20] (and the separate backports
list [21], and stable updates list [22]) for announcements.


New and noteworthy packages

220 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among
many others [23] are:

* bambam — keyboard mashing game for babies [24]
* cinnamon — innovative and comfortable desktop [25]
* dvd-slideshow — set of tools to create DVD slideshows with menus [26]
* dvdwizard — fully automated creation of a DVD-structure [27]
* garmin-plugin — browser plugin for communication with the Garmin Connect service [28]
* grive — Google Drive client [29]
* ktouchpadenabler — kded daemon to enable/disable touchpad [30]
* nikola — simple yet powerful and flexible static website and blog generator [31]
* openclonk — multiplayer game of strategy, action and skill [32]
* sweethome3d-furniture — interior 2D design application with 3D preview (additional furniture) [33]


Work-needing packages

Currently [34] 487 packages are orphaned [35] and 138 packages are up
for adoption [36]: please visit the complete list of packages which need
your help [37].


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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Francesca
Ciceri, Andrei Popescu and Justin B Rye.

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