Debian Project News - March 5th, 2012

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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
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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].

1 : http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/sylvestre/2012/02/29/rebuild_of_the_deb...
2 : http://clang.debian.net/

Debian Peru revival
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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].

3 : http://blog.stone-head.org/debianperu/
4 : http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPeru
5 : http://listas.apesol.org/listinfo.cgi/debian-apesol.org

DebConf11 final report is out
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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.

6 : http://media.debconf.org/dc11/report/
7 : http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120301

Debian Utsav
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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".

8 : https://flossexperiences.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/debian-utsav-coep-04-0...
9 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-dug-in/2012/01/msg00003.html

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

10 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/03/msg00000.html

* 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.

11 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2012/03/msg00000.html

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.

12 : http://leogg.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/debconf-needs-you/

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].

13 : http://blog.waja.info/2012/02/26/booth-at-chemnitzer-linux-tage-2012-clt14/
14 : http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEventsDe/2012/ChemnitzerLinuxTage2012

Upcoming events
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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 [16]

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].

15 : http://www.debian.org/events/2012/0310-perth-bsp
16 : http://www.debian.org/events/2012/0317-linuxtage-chemnitz
17 : http://www.debian.org/events
18 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
19 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
20 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
21 : 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 [22]? Send an email to the Debian Events Team [23].

22 : http://www.debian.org/events/talks
23 : mailto:events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
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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!

24 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2012/02/msg00011.html
25 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2012/02/msg00135.html
26 : http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Release-Critical bugs statistics for the upcoming release
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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.

27 : http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi

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

28 : http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/RC-Stats

Important Debian Security Advisories
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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.

29 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2411
30 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2412
31 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2413
32 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2414
33 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2415
34 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2416
35 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2417
36 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2418
37 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2419
38 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2420
39 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2421
40 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2422
41 : http://www.debian.org/security/2012/dsa-2423

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.

42 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
43 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
44 : http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

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

45 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg

* 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]

46 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/alt-key
47 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/bookletimposer
48 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cde
49 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/comparepdf
50 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/dh-lua
51 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/icc-profiles-free
52 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/maitreya
53 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/transcode
54 : http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/vavoom

Work-needing packages
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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].

55 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
56 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
57 : http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

Want to continue reading DPN?
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58 : http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute
59 : mailto:debian-publicity@lists.debian.org

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Moray Allan, Cédric Boutillier, Francesca Ciceri, Sylvestre Ledru, David Prévot and Justin B Rye [60].

60 : mailto:debian-publicity@lists.debian.org