April 26, 2002

Debian Weekly News - April 24th, 2002

Debian: Debian Weekly News for the week of April 24th is out. Subjects covered include why XFree86 4.2 isn't included in Woody, Hurd, activating keys on extended keyboards, and more.

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - April 24th, 2002

Welcome to this year's seventeenth issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter
for the Debian community. Since the Debian project joined (is planning
to join) [1]OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards) we will keep an eye on them. One thing that was
reported last week covered IBM's [2]patent reservation which would
render ebXML (an open standard for electronic transactions and
business collaboration) useless. However, later IBM [3]clarified the

 1. http://www.oasis-open.org/
2. http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ebxml-cppa/200203/msg00155.html
3. http://lists.ebxml.org/archives/ebxml/200204/msg00004.html

Debian GNU/FreeBSD Base Tarball. Nathan Hawkins recently [4]announced
a new base tarball for those of you who would like to see Debian
GNU/FreeBSD live. A whole bunch of packages had to be [5]modified for
this purpose, but the work seems to be worth it. People should also
check the [6]status of this port.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-bsd-0204/msg00021.html
5. http://people.debian.org/~utsl/freebsd-i386/patched/
6. http://people.debian.org/~utsl/freebsd-i386/status.html

Say Thanks. As a reaction to the most recent [7]flamebait Sean Perry
[8]noted, that we should say thanks to the people who make our day
easier. He says, that just mailing out a big "thank you, your work is
used every day and I love it" is worth more than anything.

 7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0204/msg01289.html
8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0204/msg01316.html

Why XFree86 4.2 Isn't in Woody. As another reaction to the most recent
[9]flamebait on missing XFree86 4.2 packages Branden Robinson sent an
[10]article to the list. He explains that he has been busy with
getting 4.1.x stable, which has to run on no less than 11
architectures. [11]XFree86 doesn't test or prepare distribution
tarballs for several of these architectures. Hence, Debian is the de
facto portability laboratory for XFree86 on Linux.

 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0204/msg01289.html
10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0204/msg01343.html
11. http://www.xfree86.org/

Hurd Ceased? Some people may have noticed that all packages from the
hurd-i386 architecture have been removed recently. Don't worry too
much, since Jeff Bailey [12]requested this, so the Hurd team can start
uploading packages with the new [13]ABI (Application Binary
Interface), the interface by which an application program gains access
to operating system and other services. It's probably best to wipe out
your existing Hurd system and re-install it. No effort has been made
to make this an easy transition.

 12. http://lists.debian.org/debian-hurd-0204/msg00096.html
13. http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?ABI

Activating Keys on Extended Keyboards. It's a frequently asked
question from laptop owners: How is one supposed to make use of
additional keys? If the Linux kernel and XFree86 generate key codes
for them, [14]hotkeys or just plain [15]xmodmap may be helpful. If
Linux doesn't know about the keys, you'll have to go [16]patching the
kernel first.

 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-laptop-0204/msg00369.html
15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-laptop-0204/msg00376.html
16. http://fake.by-infonet.de/laptop/

Potato's Fate? Several users [17]wondered what will happen to Debian
2.2 alias Potato when Woody has been released. Those who have slow or
small machines that run Potato just fine, may be reluctant to upgrade
to Woody, since Woody requires more space and more powerful machines
than Potato. One thing is certain, once Woody is released, the Potato
release will be moved to the [18]archive where other old releases like
buzz, rex, bo, hamm and slink are saved. The security team might
support the old stable release for a while after Woody has been
released, but it would be better not to depend on that, revealed Josip

 17. http://debianplanet.org/article.php?sid=646
18. ftp://archive.debian.org/debian-archive/dists/

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
Debian archive recently or contain important updates.

 * [19]archivemail -- Archive and compress your old email.
 * [20]asnparser -- ASN.1 to C/C++ converter.
 * [21]bins -- Generate static HTML photo albums using XML and EXIF
 * [22]gpsdrive -- Car navigation system.
 * [23]iodbc -- GTK config frontend for the iODBC Driver Manager.
 * [24]kmplot -- KDE function plotter.
 * [25]mpb -- MIT Photonic-Bands.
 * [26]odontolinux -- Dental office management software (PHP4 +
 * [27]ohphone -- Command line H.323 client with X, SVGA and SDL
 * [28]openam -- H.323 answering machine.
 * [29]openmcu -- H.323 conferencing server.
 * [30]pygfarm -- Collection of add-on modules for Pygopherd.
 * [31]python-dns -- DNS client module for Python.
 * [32]switchconf -- Change network config for laptops.
 * [33]sylpheed -- Light weight e-mail client with GTK+.
 * [34]turba -- A web based contact manager.
 * [35]ucstring -- Unicode support for eiffel.
 * [36]webcamd -- Capture images from video devices.

 19. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/mail/archivemail.html
20. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/devel/asnparser.html
21. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/bins.html
22. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/gpsdrive.html
23. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/misc/iodbc.html
24. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/math/kmplot.html
25. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/science/mpb.html
26. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/odontolinux.html
27. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/comm/ohphone.html
28. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/comm/openam.html
29. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/comm/openmcu.html
30. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/net/pygfarm.html
31. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/interpreters/python-dns.html
32. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/utils/switchconf.html
33. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/mail/sylpheed.html
34. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/web/turba.html
35. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/libs/ucstring.html
36. http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/net/webcamd.html

Orphaned Packages. 7 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 88 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [37]WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package.

 37. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

* [38]chos -- Easy Boot loader with a Boot-Menu. ([39]Bug#143650)
 * [40]ditty -- Allows you to play melodies from your built-in
   speaker. ([41]Bug#143758)
 * [42]gkermit -- A serial and network communications package..
 * [44]gnuhtml2latex -- A Perl script that converts html files to
   latex. ([45]Bug#143681)
 * [46]hermes1 -- The Hermes pixel-format library. ([47]Bug#143651)
 * [48]kascade -- Client for Kascade, a distributed Open directory
   search-engine. ([49]Bug#143759)
 * [50]zope-pygresqlda -- A Zope Database Adapter for PostgreSQL.

 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/chos.html
39. http://bugs.debian.org/143650
40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/ditty.html
41. http://bugs.debian.org/143758
42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/gkermit.html
43. http://bugs.debian.org/143652
44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/gnuhtml2latex.html
45. http://bugs.debian.org/143681
46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/hermes1.html
47. http://bugs.debian.org/143651
48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/kascade.html
49. http://bugs.debian.org/143759
50. http://packages.debian.org/stable/web/zope-pygresqlda.html
51. http://bugs.debian.org/142845

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 52. mailto:dwn@debian.org

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