Debian Project News - January 27th, 2014

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

* Bits from the DPL
* Debian France online shop open
* Valve games for Debian Members and Maintainers
* Debian real-time communication
* Other news
* Upcoming events
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Bits from the DPL
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Lucas Nussbaum sent his monthly report of DPL activities for December 2013 and the first half of January 2014 [1]. Lucas started public discussions on several topics, such as evaluation criteria for trusted organisations [2] and Debian services and Debian infrastructure [3].

1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/01/msg00005.html
2: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00060.html
3: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00010.html

Debian France online shop open
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Sylvestre Ledru reported on his blog [4] that Debian France has opened an online shop [5] with plenty of Debian goodies: some are already familiar as they were sold during FOSDEM or various DebConfs (like the Swiss army knives [6] or the classic polo shirts [7]), but there are also brand-new Wheezy-themed t-shirts [8]. The website is only in French, although an English version might exist in the future.

4: http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/2014/01/15/debian-france-shop
5: http://www.enventelibre.org/debian
6: http://www.enventelibre.org/goodies/couteau-suisse-debian
7: http://www.enventelibre.org/vetement/polo-debian
8: http://www.enventelibre.org/vetement/t-shirt-debian-logo-gris

Valve games for Debian Members and Maintainers
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Neil McGovern announced [9] that Valve [10] wish to express their thanks to the Debian community for the operating system on which they based Steam OS [11], a distribution for gamers. They are offering to all Debian Members and Debian Maintainers a free subscription which provides access to all past and future Valve produced games. If your cryptographic key is in the Debian keyring [12] and you are interested in this offer, send a GPG-signed email to Jo Shields [13].

9: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/01/msg00006.html
10: http://www.valvesoftware.com
11: http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/
12: http://keyring.debian.org/
13: jo.shields@collabora.co.uk

Debian real-time communication
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Daniel Pocock announced [14] the availability of a SIP service [15] for Debian Members. This service, launched during the mini-DebConf in Paris, offers real-time audio and video conversation through the browser (with WebRTC) or a diverse range of traditional softphones, including Empathy, Jitsi, Lumicall, Linphone, and CSIPSimple.

A phonebooth [16] is available [17] for people wanting to reach Debian Members through this service. For more information on how to use this service, please consult the dedicated wiki page [18].

This service has been made possible by a significant effort by the DSA team over the last few weeks. The Debian project is encouraging other free software projects, including Debian derivatives, to emulate what Debian has done so that we can all call each other.

14: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/01/msg00004.html
15: https://rtc.debian.org/
16: https://freephonebox.net
17: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00102.html
18: http://wiki.debian.org/UnifiedCommunications/DebianDevelopers

Other news
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The 34th issue of the miscellaneous news for developers [19] has been released and covers the following topics:

* email notifications for git commits on git.debian.org
* alioth.debian.org now exports project meta-data as RDF (using DOAP/ADMS.SW)
* animate the Debian microblogging accounts!
* cryptographic verification of upstream packages
* state of the debian-keyring
* ci.debian.net

19: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/01/msg00007.html

Lucas Nussbaum mentioned on his blog [20] that thanks to Christophe Siraut, the Debian Maintainer Dashboard [21] (a service based on the Ultimate Debian Database [22]) now provides RSS feeds for recently added tasks.

20: http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=805
21: http://udd.debian.org/dmd.cgi?
22: http://udd.debian.org/

Adam D. Barratt announced that "Wheezy" 7.4 is to be published on February 8 [23], and "Squeeze" 6.0.9 on February 15 [24]. The NEW queue for these distributions will be frozen one week before the actual release date.

23: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00117.html
24: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00118.html

Clint Adams posted [25] some statistics about the Debian keyrings, breaking down the keys used in Debian by their types, lengths, and hash algorithms.

25: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00119.html

Upcoming events
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There are several upcoming Debian-related events:

* February 1-2, Brussels, Belgium — Debian booth at FOSDEM [26]
* February 14-16, Minsk, Belarus — LVEE [27] conference [28], Winter Edition

26: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/be/2014/FOSDEM
27: http://lvee.org/en/main
28: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2014/01/msg00002.html

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section [29] of the Debian wiki, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe [30], Netherlands [31], Hispanic America [32], North America [33].

29: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents
30: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu
31: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-nl
32: http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-ha
33: 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 [34]? Send an email to the Debian Events Team [35].

34: http://www.debian.org/events/talks
35: events@debian.org

New Debian Contributors
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Two applicants have been accepted [36] as Debian Developers, nine applicants have been accepted [37] as Debian Maintainer, and eleven people have started to maintain packages [38] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Apollon Oikonomopoulos, Vincent Cheng Diane Trout, Héctor Romojaro Gómez, Ximin Luo, Reuben Thomas, Sergiusz Pawłowicz, Timo Weingärtner, Christos Trochalakis, Dmitry Shachnev, Chris Boot, Marco Bardelli, Tianon Gravi, Ivan Mincik, Jose Luis Rivero, Richard Stephen Uhler, Rupert Swarbrick, Jorge Soares,Sylvain Pineau, Mark Buda, Jyrki Pulliainen, and Maykel Moya into our project!

36: https://nm.debian.org/public/nmlist#done
37: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/01/msg00057.html
38: 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): asterisk, devscripts [39], openssl [40], libxfont [41], spice [42], srtp [43], movabletype-opensource [44], libspring-java [45], graphviz [46], djvulibre [47], mysql-5.1 [48], libvirt [49], drupal7 [50], and mysql-5.5 [51]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

39: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2836
40: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2837
41: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2838
42: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2839
43: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2840
44: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2841
45: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2842
46: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2843
47: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2844
48: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2845
49: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2846
50: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2847
51: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2848

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 [52] (and the separate backports list [53], and stable updates list [54]) for announcements.

52: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
53: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
54: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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369 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [55] are:

* entr — tool to run arbitrary commands when files change [56]
* htcondor — distributed workload management system [57]
* init-select — init system selection tool [58]
* jmtpfs — FUSE based filesystem for accessing MTP devices [59]
* jscommunicator-web-phone — basic SIP video-phone web page using WebRTC [60]
* kdeconnect — tool to connect smartphones to your KDE Plasma Workspace [61]
* menulibre — advanced FreeDesktop.org compliant menu editor [62]
* noblenote — Qt program for taking notes [63]
* simpleburn — minimalistic application for burning and extracting CDs and DVDs [64]
* thc-ipv6 — The Hacker Choice's IPv6 attack toolkit [65]
* thermald — thermal monitoring and controlling daemon [66]

55: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
56: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/entr
57: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/htcondor
58: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/init-select
59: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/jmtpfs
60: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/jscommunicator-web-phone
61: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/kdeconnect
62: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/menulibre
63: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/noblenote
64: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/simpleburn
65: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/thc-ipv6
66: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/thermald

Work-needing packages
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Currently [67] 520 packages are orphaned [68] and 155 packages are up for adoption [69]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [70].

67: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel//2014/01/msg00451.html
68: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
69: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
70: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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

This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Carl J Mannino, Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.