Debian Project News - July 8th, 2013

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

* All Debian source are belong to us
* Updating delegations
* Debian Trademark Team
* Architectures supported in Jessie
* Other news
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

All Debian source are belong to us
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Stefano Zacchiroli introduced a new service [1] for browsing and searching through all the source code provided in Debian packages: sources.debian.net [2].

1: http://upsilon.cc/~zack/blog/posts/2013/07/introducing_sources.debian.net/
2: http://sources.debian.net/

Updating delegations
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Following his previous announcement about revocation of obsolete delegations [3], Lucas Nussbaum has updated the delegation for the Policy Editors [4], welcoming Jonathan Nieder to the team, and the delegation for the summer of code administrators [5], welcoming Sukhbir Singh officially among them. More updates will follow.

3: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/06/msg00003.html
4: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/06/msg00004.html
5: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/06/msg00005.html

Debian Trademark Team
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Lucas Nussbaum mentioned that Debian does now have a Trademark Team [6]. A more official announcement is still to come. Besides answering trademark use requests, the Trademark Team is currently working on getting the Debian logo registered, and on clarifying the status of Debian-related domain names.

6: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/06/msg00132.html

Architectures supported in Jessie
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During their previous sprint [7], the Debian System Administrators (DSA) set a list of requirements [8] they consider necessary to support a port for the next stable release. They listed some specific concerns for the following architectures: armel, armhf, hurd, mips, mipsel, sparc, and s390/x. Most of them are currently being addressed, but porters may welcome help.

7: http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/13/#dsasprint
8: http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2013/06/msg00606.html

Other news
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The thirty-third issue of the miscellaneous news for developers [9] has been released, covering the following topics:

* a summary of the Debian System Administration sprint
* the introduction of the sources.debian.net [10] service
* the release of the source code of the search engine behind codesearch.debian.net [11]
* a list of packages that have never had a bug filed against them [12], and which can
serve as a starting point to get more involved in Debian quality assurance work
* various improvements to the central package overview for developers [13]

9: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/07/msg00001.html
10: http://sources.debian.net/
11: http://codesearch.debian.net
12: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/nobugs.cgi
13: http://qa.debian.org/developer.php

New Debian Contributors
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Seven applicants have been accepted [14] as Debian Developers, and six people have started to maintain packages [15] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Boris Pek, Russell Stuart, Mazen Neifer, Sukhbir Singh, Rodolfo García Peñas, Barry Warsaw, Helmut Grohne, Marius Gavrilescu, Graham Inggs, Sebastian Gibb, ShuxiongYe, Tz-Huan Huang and Nitesh A Jain into our project!

14: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
15: http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/new-maintainers.cgi

Important Debian Security Advisories
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Debian's Security Team recently released advisories for these packages (among others): nginx [16], icedove [17], wordpress [18], xml-security-c [19], puppet [20], iceweasel [21], kfreebsd-9 [22], and curl [23]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

16: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2721
17: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2720
18: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2718
19: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2717
20: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2716
21: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2715
22: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2714
23: http://www.debian.org/security/2013/dsa-2713

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 [24] (and the separate backports list [25], and stable updates list [26]) for announcements.

24: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
26: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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235 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [27] are:

* adcli — tool for performing actions on an Active Directory domain [28]
* exempi — command line tool to manipulate XMP metadata [29]
* kazam — screencast and screenshot application created with design in mind [30]
* php-horde-trean — web-based bookmarks application [31]
* sat-xmpp-core — Salut à Toi XMPP-based communication and sharing tool [32]
* scilab-metanet — Scilab graphs and networks computations module [33]

27: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
28: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/adcli
29: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/exempi
30: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/kazam
31: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/php-horde-trean
32: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/sat-xmpp-core
33: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/scilab-metanet

Work-needing packages
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Currently [34] 496 packages are orphaned [35] and 150 packages are up for adoption [36]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [37].

34: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/07/msg00176.html
35: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
36: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
37: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

Want to continue reading DPN?
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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 [38] to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your mail at debian-publicity@lists.debian.org.

38: http://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews/HowToContribute

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Richard Hartmann, David Prévot and Justin B Rye.