Debian Project News - March 31st, 2014

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

* Debian Installer Jessie Alpha 1 released
* Indian federal state of Tamil Nadu adopts Debian derivative BOSS GNU/Linux as official OS
* Rebuild of the Debian archive with Clang
* BeagleBoard shifts to Debian
* Other news
* New Debian Contributors
* Important Debian Security Advisories
* New and noteworthy packages
* Work-needing packages
* Want to continue reading DPN?

Debian Installer Jessie Alpha 1 released
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On March 19, Cyril Brulebois, member of the Debian Installer team [1], announced the Debian Installer Jessie Alpha 1 release [2]: the first alpha version of the installer for Debian 8 "Jessie".

Several improvements have been introduced, among which are a bug-fix in the apt-setup package and the fact that the grub-installer now supports selecting the GRUB boot disk via a menu. Further, the default desktop environment for the time being is Xfce, though this will be re-evaluated in August. As far as hardware support changes are concerned, a few architectures are no longer supported, and there will be no installer support for sparc systems due to the failure to build the package for that platform; the Release Team are evaluating the future of sparc as an official port. The Linux kernel has been updated from 3.2 to 3.13 and the FreeBSD kernel from 9.0 to 9.2.

Finally, Cyril's message calls on all Debian members and supporters to assist with the release process by finding and submitting bugs against the installer. The CDs and other resources needed for testing it are available on the web page [3]. The team in charge of the Debian installer can also be contacted via the Debian-boot mailing list [4] and the #debian-boot IRC channel on irc.debian.org.

1: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Team
2: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/03/msg00009.html
3: http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer
4: http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/

Indian federal state of Tamil Nadu adopts Debian derivative BOSS GNU/Linux as official OS
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It was as far back as July 2011 when the federal government of India decided to launch a new ICT policy based on the mandatory usage of open source operating systems rather than proprietary software, as a reaction to Microsoft's announcement that they would no longer support Windows XP after April 8, 2014. Later that year, in November 2011, the federal state of Tamil Nadu, located in the very south of the Indian subcontinent, released Government Order No. 15 [5], introducing the Debian derivative BOSS (Bharat Operating Systems Solutions) GNU/Linux as a mandatory operating system to be installed and used on all governmental computer systems, particularly on those of the Department of Information Technology.

BOSS GNU/Linux, developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), has support for all Indian languages, bio-sensing devices, and digital signatures, and can be customised for local environments, as the Indian newspaper The Hindu [6] points out in a recent article. Besides the cost saving effects of switching to BOSS GNU/Linux, it was the reduced risk of being infected by viruses or affected by hacking or phishing attacks that led the Indian Government to implement the new operating system.

Despite the order issued in November 2011, many Tamil Nadu governmental offices had been continuing to use Windows XP, but the recent Microsoft announcement stating that support would not be continued beyond April 8 made the Tamil Nadu government advise its departments to install BOSS GNU/Linux mandatorily on all their systems, issuing another order some weeks ago.

5: http://bosslinux.in/sites/default/files/BOSS-in-DIT.pdf
6: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/tn-state-departments-as...

Rebuild of the Debian archive with Clang
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Sylvestre Ledru published on his blog [7] the results of a complete rebuild of the Debian archive with Clang 3.4, which he ran together with David Suárez. Currently, 2193 packages in the archive are failing to build from source. Although this is about the same number of failing builds as with Clang 3.3 more than a year ago, it is good news because the number of packages in the archive has increased (meaning that the percentage of failures decreased), and Clang 3.4 also has more checks and error detection. Results and statistics are available on a dedicated website [8].

7: http://sylvestre.ledru.info/blog/2014/03/21/rebuild-of-debian-using-clang
8: http://clang.debian.net/

BeagleBoard shifts to Debian
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The BeagleBone Black [9] is a community-supported development platform combining the power of an ARM development board with the hobby potential of two 32-bit microcontrollers. In an interview [10], Jason Kridner, co-founder of BeagleBoard.org [11] indicates that the default operating system on those BeagleBone Black boards, as well as for other BeagleBoard.org boards, is being shifted to Debian [12].

9: http://beagleboard.org/Products/BeagleBone%20Black
10: http://opensource.com/life/14/3/interview-jason-kridner-beagleboard
11: http://beagleboard.org
12: http://beagleboard.org/latest-images/

Other news
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David Moreno announced [13] on his blog that a new mailing list, debian-astro [14], has been set up [15] to create a discussion space for astronomy in Debian, both for professionals and amateurs, and in general for talk about packaging and development of astronomy-related tools in Debian.

13: http://damog.net/blog/new-debian-mailing-list-debian-astro.html
14: http://lists.debian.org/debian-astro
15: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=741538

Lucas Nussbaum, Debian Project Leader, updated [16] the delegation for the New Member Front Desk team, which welcomes two new members: Jan Dittberner and Mike Gabriel.

16: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/03/msg00012.html

The voting period for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2014 [17] is open until April 13 [18]. The new term for the project leader starts on April 17.

17: http://www.debian.org/vote/2014/vote_001
18: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/03/msg00013.html

Adam D. Barratt announced that the "Wheezy" 7.5 point release is scheduled for April 26 [19]. The NEW queue for the stable distribution will be frozen one week before the actual release date.

19: http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2014/03/msg00158.html

New Debian Contributors
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2 people have started to maintain packages [20] since the previous issue of the Debian Project News. Please welcome Gunnar Hjalmarsson, and Akira Mitsui into our project!

20: 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): python2.7 [21], iceweasel [22], extplorer [23], chromium-browser [24], libyaml [25], libyaml-libyaml-perl [26], libxalan2-java [27], ruby-actionmailer-3.2 [28], ruby-actionpack-3.2 [29], and postfixadmin [30]. Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

21: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2880
22: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2881
23: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2882
24: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2883
25: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2884
26: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2885
27: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2886
28: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2887
29: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2888
30: http://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2889

Debian's Stable Release Team released update announcements for these packages: tzdata (for Squeeze [31] and Wheezy [32]) and clamav (for Squeeze [33] and Wheezy [34]). Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.

31: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/03/msg00003.html
32: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/03/msg00004.html
33: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/03/msg00005.html
34: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/2014/03/msg00006.html

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 [35] (and the separate backports list [36], and stable updates list [37]) for announcements.

35: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
36: http://lists.debian.org/debian-backports-announce/
37: http://lists.debian.org/debian-stable-announce/

New and noteworthy packages
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216 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive recently. Among many others [38] are:

* arriero — tool to simplify the management of several Debian packages [39]
* cgroupfs-mount — light-weight package to set up cgroupfs mounts [40]
* djvubind — simple creation of djvu files [41]
* fedmsg — Fedora messaging infrastructure system - general utilities [42]
* fonts-humor-sans — font that looks like handwritten text [43]
* forkstat — process fork/exec/exit monitoring tool [44]
* gmediarender — small headless UPnP media renderer [45]
* larch — tool to copy messages from one IMAP server to another [46]
* ooniprobe — utility to probe for the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) [47]
* pagekite — tool to make localhost servers publicly visible. [48]
* patchelf — utility to modify properties of ELF executables [49]

38: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/newpkg
39: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/arriero
40: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/cgroupfs-mount
41: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/djvubind
42: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fedmsg
43: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/fonts-humor-sans
44: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/forkstat
45: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/gmediarender
46: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/larch
47: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/ooniprobe
48: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/pagekite
49: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/main/patchelf

Work-needing packages
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Currently [50] 567 packages are orphaned [51] and 134 packages are up for adoption [52]: please visit the complete list of packages which need your help [53].

50: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2014/03/msg00521.html
51: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/orphaned
52: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/rfa
53: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/help_requested

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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Stephan Beck, Cédric Boutillier and Justin B Rye.