#use wml::debian::projectnews::header PUBDATE="2011-01-14" SUMMARY="Debian Squeeze in
Deep freeze, Debian-Installer beta2, Machine-readable format for debian/copyright files"
Welcome to this year's first issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
Squeezeto be released with completely free Linux Kernel
This week in Debianinterviews
Neil McGovern writes in an recent
Following the plan outlined in the previous
release update, we are
now in deep freeze, which means that we'll only be migrating to testing
packages that fix RC bugs. A deep freeze is one of the last phases
before a release of Debian. There is lots of bug fixing and documentation
still to do and you can help. Check out the New in
for example; and if you
find bugs in the installer help report and even fix them.
The second beta release of the installer for Debian Squeeze has been \ released on December 8 2010. Many fixes are part of this release of the installer, along with new improvements: better OS and partition detection, new supported hardware, etc.
The \ errata gather details and a full list of known issues. You are welcome to test the installer and report bugs; media and other information are available on the \ Debian Installer pages.
Squeezeto be released with completely free Linux Kernel
As the Debian project announced, the upcoming stable release Debian 6.0
Squeeze will be shipped with a completely free Linux
Kernel. Thus achieving a long term goal, which was already set for
Etch and 5.0 Lenny. Thanks to the work of the
Debian Kernel team and
various Linux upstream developers, non-free firmware files could be split
of; instead of being integral part of the driver, these files may now be
shipped separately and loaded if needed on runtime. Such allowing those
who wish to have a free system to have it, while allowing those in need of
these non-free firmware files, to still use them.
Steve McIntyre, lead of Debian's CD team, added that unofficial CD images are created, containing non-free, but distributable firmware files, while USB-installations already supported loading additional firmware files for some time. More details can be found in Debian wiki.
Debian Project leader Stefano Zacchiroli also blogged a bit about the background of the changes.
Lars Wirzenius announced,
that the Debian Enhancement
Proposals 5 specifing a machine-readable
format for the copyright information of a Debian package has become a
candidate status, meaning that discussion about the format has been
settled and no major changes are expected anymore: it is ready to be
Debian's policy mandates that Debian software packages must come with copyright information of the used source code, however a specific format isn't mandated. Most packages come with a free text file, making it hard to work with these informations automatically.
Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli send new bits from the DPL. Besides mentioning various talks and interviews he gave, he announced a new contact point for participants of Debian events: firstname.lastname@example.org. A anti-harassment policy for Debian sprints (based upon a draft for such a policy for the DebConf) is about to follow soon.
He also mentioned that he approved two sprints: one for the Web Team (which has already been taken place) and one for the Security Team (which is forthcoming), as well as several cross distribution collaboration activities, like organizing a cross-distro face to face meeting to discuss the topic of integrating third party applications on top of FOSS distributions, a-la Software Center / App Store.
Continuing his intermittent series on Emdebian, Neil Williams described Emdebian's concepts of components and filters. As the package data files of Debian's main distribution became too large to be sanely handled on embedded systems, therefore Emdebian Grib sub-divides Debian's main repository to minimize cached data, so systems not using e.g. any Java components, don't need to download and cache meta data for Java related packages. Neil also explained in detail further filtering techniques done by Emdebian.
The Debian Women project published two new tutorials. In the first
Fuchs gave an introduction
to Debian's bug tracking system, including
explanation of the different tags and usage of package version informations
by the bug tracking system.
In the second tutorial, Enrico Zini introduced the various information sources about Debian packages, ranging from data available through Debian's Package repositories, over debtags and various package tracking tools to the package tracking system.
This week in Debianinterviews
Since the last issue of the Debian Project News, five new issues of the
This week in
Debian podcast have been published: with
Laroia, member of the Debian Mentor Community; with
Yates, host of the Lotta
Linux Links Podcast; with
Castro, discussing Ubuntu as a Debian derivative; with
Nadeau, about the latest Debian news, and the upcoming release of
Squeeze; and with
member of Debian's Webmaster Team, discussing the updated
Debian Website, due for the release of
There have also been two new
people behind Debian interviews with
Dogguy, who became a member of Debian's Release team even though he's
a Debian Developer for barely a year, and with David Kalnischkies, one of
the developers of APT, Debian's package management system. In the spirit
of these Interviews, there has also been a
people behind Debian interview with
Luca Capello announced that the annual general meeting of debian.ch, the official representation of the Debian project in Switzerland and in the Principality of Liechtenstein, will take place 31st of January in Aareheim in the center of Bern.
Sjoerd Simons asked for help in PulseAudio Debian packaging.
Richard Darst reported about the successful first Debian-NYC Novice Night, which is a meeting for everyone who would like to install or configure Debian for his needs. Next session will probably be in January or Feburary, some planning hints are also in place.
Alexander Wirt reported on his blog that six new mailing lists are now available on lists.debian.org:
Kumar Appaiah noted that DuckDuckGo has setted up some shortcuts (the so called !bang) to searching into various Debian sites: !dpkg goes to packages.debian.org, !dpts goes to packages.qa.debian.org and !dbugs goes to bugs.debian.org.
Sandro Tosi mentions on his blog that bts-link has a new home. Since several weeks, in fact, bts-link was migrated from merkel.debian.org to busoni.debian.org.
Christian Perrier noticed that German and French localization reach 100% for po-debconf. Russian, Swedish, Portuguese and Czech localization may also be able to make it, while it shouldn't be the case for Spanish this time.
Stefano Zacchiroli gathered various existing
documentation in order to answer the question
to contribute to Debian?
and thus pointed to the official contribution
page of the website, and its equivalent on the wiki and on the FAQ.
He also pointed less documented
of Debian technical life such as coordination over IRC
or interacting with package maintainers via the BTS.
Raphael Geissert announced
Debian's Automated Code
Analysis (DACA) project, which runs various source code quality
tools over all Debian source packages available.
5 applicants have been accepted as Debian Developers and 1 applicant has been accepted as Debian Maintainer and 12 people started to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Didier Raboud, Benjamin Drung, Kåre Thor Olsen, Scott James Remnant, Jerome Marant, Gregor Jasny, Gildardo Adrian Maravilla Jacome, Cristian Henzel, Colin Darie, Anton Gladky, Lukas Gaertner, Yask Gupta, Michael Lustfield, Pjotr Prins, Monica Ramirez Arceda, Tim Weippert, Milan Kupcevic, and Sven Eckelmann into our project!
It is our special pleasure to welcome with Kåre Thor Olsen, who is our first official non-packaging Debian Developer!
According to the Bugs Search
interface of the Ultimate Debian Database, the upcoming release,
Squeeze, is currently affected by
93 release-critical bugs. Ignoring bugs which are easily solved
or on the way to being solved, roughly speaking, about
25 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 interpret these numbers.
Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): exim4, bind9, xulrunner, collectd, xpdf, tor, libxml2, wordpress, phpmyadmin, libapache2-mod-fcgid, openssl, nss and apache2, dpkg and glibc (updated advisory). Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Backports Team releases advisories for these packages: tor, iceweasel, wordpress, exim4 and subversion. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
Debian's Volatile Team released an update announcement for the package: . 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 volatile list) for announcements.
The following packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently (among others):
Please note that due to the freeze of the upcoming
Squeeze acceptance of new packages has almost ceased.
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