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  • Debian Installer Lenny Beta 2 released
    on 12.06.2008, 15:00
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    Debian Installer Lenny Beta 1 released
    on 18.03.2008, 23:24
    in news, release
    Debian 3.1r7 ("sarge") CD/DVD images available
    on 18.01.2008, 19:50
    in news, release
    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated
    on 16.08.2007, 00:21
    in news, release
    Debian Installer: Support for sparc32 dropped
    on 21.07.2007, 13:10
    in news
    Debian Installer: Experimental support for Serial ATA RAID
    on 19.07.2007, 23:00
    in news, release
    BTS subscription fixed
    on 13.05.2007, 23:20
    in news
    DebConf6 Final report, DebConf7 list of events and reconfirmation
    on 20.04.2007, 23:45
    in event-announce, news
    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released
    on 08.04.2007, 12:42
    in news, release
    Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated
    on 07.04.2007, 22:17
    in news, release
    win32-loader 0.3.0 has been released
    on 30.03.2007, 08:38
    in news, release
    Debian Installer Etch Release Candidate 2 released
    on 19.03.2007, 14:46
    in news, release
    Debian to participate in Google Summer of code
    on 17.03.2007, 11:57
    in news

    Announcing BrDesktop for the Brazilian home desktop user

    contributed by andremachado, published on Tue May 12 20:01:15 2009 in news

    Announcing BrDesktop for the Brazilian home desktop user

    What is BrDesktop?

    It is a selection of official Debian GNU/Linux packages. A Pure Blend, pre-configured and targeted for Brazilian Debian GNU/Linux home desktop users.

    ALL of its packages are installable from the official Debian GNU/Linux repositories. The BrDesktop difference is in the selection, default language, programs and security preconfigurations for home desktop users, a streamlined installation aided by preconfigurations, a Live-CD option, a unique desktop theme, and the participation of the Brazilian Debian community.

    The BrDesktop Lenny iso image uses the Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 Lenny packages up-to-date as of 11-April-2009.

    Some of the default BrDesktop packages are:

    • GNOME desktop environment
    • Iceweasel web browser and Icedove email client
    • Gimp, Inkscape and Gthumb for visualization and image editing
    • BrOffice.org office suite
    • Listen for playing and organizing music
    • Totem for videos
    • Amule and Deluge-torrent for peer-to-peer sharing
    • Cheese for taking photos and videos with a web cam
    • and more....

    Where to download BrDesktop?

    You can download 32 and 64 bit versions from the Downloads section of the BrDesktop site.

    Join BrDesktop

    The BrDesktop is developed and maintained by Brazilian users and developers. The development process is coordinated on the discussion list and IRC, which is available to all interested persons to participate. All improvements will become part of the Debian Project official repository, and as such must follow the Debian Policy for quality. Visit the Development section of BrDesktop site.

    End user support is done at the Portuguese Debian User mailing list as it is a Debian GNU/Linux Pure Blend.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free libre operating systems, with a broad list of officially maintained packages on 11 hardware platforms, from cell phones to mainframes, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate on the Debian Project.

    The Debian Project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, to the Debian Social Contract and the non-profit nature of the Debian Constitution, its open and meritocratic development model, its organization and social governance and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, solutions, and registering experiences during its history.

    One can help the Debian Project by joining it even though not a programmer, or being a development and/or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply by making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found on the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at the debian-publicity list.

    Debian 5.0 Lenny is coming: target release date

    contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Feb 4 00:25:45 2009 in news

    Debian 5.0 Lenny is coming: target release date

    With the Debian Installer RC2 announcement (and following the plan outlined in the previous release update) we are now in deep freeze, which means that we will only be migrating to testing those packages which fix RC bugs.

    The weekend of February 14th is going to be our tentative target for release. We've checked with all the involved teams (which are many!) and the date works for all of them.

    The intention is to only lift that date if either something really critical pops up which could not possibly be handled as an errata, or if we end up technically unable to release that weekend (e.g., a needed machine crashes). Every other fix that doesn't make it in time will be r1 material.

    We also intend for there to be a "Lenny and a half" release half-way through the Squeeze release cycle, as was done for Etch. If necessary, during the "Lenny and a half" release additional hardware support will be considered.

    Read the full announcement.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free libre operating systems, with a broad list of officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones to mainframes, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate on the Debian Project.

    The Debian Project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, to the Debian Social Contract and the non-profit nature Debian Constitution, its open and meritocratic development model, its organization and social governance and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, solutions, and registering experiences during its history.

    One can help Debian Project joining it or even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Debian Installer Lenny Beta 2 released

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Thu Jun 12 15:00:19 2008 in news, release

    The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second beta release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Lenny.

    Improvements in this release of the installer

    • This new version of the installer uses and installs the 2.6.24 kernel.
    • Support for the armel (arm little endian) architecture, using the new Embedded ABI. Note that none of the currently supported systems support installing from CD images.
    • Installer images for i386 and amd64 have a new boot menu using syslinux's vesamenu. This allows for a more user-friendly selection of for example the regular or graphical installer. For the multi-architecture CD/DVD images this change means the 64-bits version of the installer needs to be selected manually from the menu. See the \ Installation Guide for details on how to use the new menu.
    • The graphical installer now has full support for encrypted partitioning.
    • Support for column alignment in cdebconf resulting in improved language selection in the graphical installer. This will be extended to other installer components (notably the partitioner) in future releases.
    • Many improvements in the component for language, country and locale selection. The most visible are that it's now possible to back up between dialogs within the component and that the overly long full country list has been split into separate dialogs for continent and country.
    • The installer will warn users when the translation of the installer to their language is incomplete and displays which language(s) the installer will fall back to.
    • Improved support for mouse configuration for the graphical installer makes use of a serial mouse possible.
    • The relatime file system mount option is now usable.
    • Issues during installs from CD/DVD due to the addition of support for multiple CDs have been resolved.
    • When using the KDE or Xfce CD images it is now possible to select additional tasks, similar to the normal CD set (which by default installs GNOME).
    • The following additional languages are now supported: Marathi (only in the graphical installer).

    Known issues in this release

    • As a result of a recent switch to Perl 5.10, the installation logs will show some Perl warnings. As far as we know these are harmless and can be ignored.
    • Installations in Russian (and possibly some other languages) may fail due to an error from aptitude; most languages seem unaffected.
    • i386: for this release installation from floppy disk is not supported.
    • i386/amd64:GRUB installation on cpqarray RAID volumes (/dev/ida/cXdX) may fail.
    • arm: this release does not support Netwinder systems.
    • There are still a few issues for some PowerPC subarchitectures.
    • Known issues for the graphical installer:
      • some non-US keymaps are not fully supported (deadkeys and combining characters do not work);
      • keys for accented or special characters may not work correctly; this is a regression compared to previous releases which will hopefully be fixed again soon;
      • touchpads should work, but support may not be optimal; if you experience problems, you should use an external mouse instead;
      • should work on almost all PowerPC systems that have an ATI graphics card, but is unlikely to work on other PowerPC systems.

    See the errata for details and a full list of known issues.

    Our thanks to everybody who has contributed to this release.

    Installation CDs and DVDs, other media, errata, and everything else you'll need are available from our web site.

    19 new Debian Developers: The Debian Project improves its New Maintainer process

    contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Apr 23 20:37:45 2008 in news

    19 new Debian Developers this week: The Debian Project improves its New Maintainer process

    At april 18th 2008, 19 new Debian Developers (DD) accounts were created.

    Debian Project is a volunteer effort, and needs more skilled manpower at many human knowledge areas.

    One of the bottlenecks is the Debian Accout Management (DAM), and Sam Hocevar delegated some important tasks to more people, distributing future workload. While the batch of new DD accounts were created, he issued a Debian Project Leader (DPL) announcement just before transferring position to the new elected DPL, Steve McIntyre.

    This decision is a measure to quickly improve its New Maintainer process.

    The added DAM and FTP Master immediately set to work and announced a number of changes to the archive software as well as outlining some more TODO items, adding a call for help for those tasks that do not require special privileges.

    Last year, the Debian Maintainer status was approved as another decision to improve process, granting partial rights of a full DD.

    All Applicants' progress can be tracked at every phase, by anyone.

    Ongoing discussions are being held at debian-project mailing list to find a better New Maintainer process management with a more scalable and permanent solution.

    Debian Project has a long history of debating its own key solutions, and the emerging ones, having the colective wisdom of many, had been proven under real situations.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems ( GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Steve McIntyre elected Debian Project Leader 2008

    contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Apr 16 11:17:45 2008 in news

    Steve McIntyre elected Debian Project Leader 2008

    The winner of the Debian Project Leader (DPL) 2008 election is Steve McIntyre, His term as DPL will extend for one year starting on April 17th, 2008.

    The full Debian Project Leader Election 2008 results are available at this page. The Debian Project Secretary announced the results at this email. You can read all three DPL 2008 candidate platforms at the election page.

    This year, over 49% of developers eligible to vote sent their votes to the Condorcet system.

    The Debian Project's Constitution specifies the roles and duties of the DPL and the voting method used to select them. Elections are held annually for the position which carries a one year term.

    The Debian Project community designed and evolved a solid governance system since 1993, having established shared conceptions of formal authority, leadership and meritocracy, limited by defined democratic adaptative mechanisms.

    The Debian Project Leader 2008 election is another confirmation of the suitability of the framework to the Project objectives, defined by the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, ratified at Debian Policy, and one of the reasons why its developers are so committed.

    The evolution of the Debian Project's system of governance was thoroughly studied by Siobhán O'Mahony, Assistant Professor at the University of California's Graduate School of Management, and Fabrizio Ferraro, General Management Professor at IESE. You can read more about it at this page , which includes a link to the complete scientific study with detailed research data and analysis.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems ( GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Debian Installer Lenny Beta 1 released

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Tue Mar 18 23:24:52 2008 in news, release

    The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the first beta of Debian Lenny's Installer.

    This is the first release since Etch and the whole team has been hard at work during the past 11 months to make this release full of new features and bugfixes.

    We do need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer, so please try it.

    Improvements in this release of the installer

    A comprehensive changelog of what has changed since the release of Etch is available on the wiki.

    Support for CD/DVD sets is back

    Support for loading additional CDs or DVDs from a set (a feature missing in Etch) has been added again. As language-related packages do not all fit on the first CD, this greatly improves the situation for non-English speakers performing installations without internet connectivity.

    Clock synchronization using NTP

    By default, the installer will now attempt to synchronize the system clock using the Network Time Protocol (NTP) when a network connection has been configured. The hardware clock will be updated before the system is rebooted.

    This ensures a valid system time during installation, preventing odd behaviors with cryptographic signatures or filesystem checks.

    Support for "volatile" has been added

    The installer now supports adding the "volatile.debian.org" repository when adding additional APT sources. In the same way as security.debian.org, it will be configured by default when the "stable" distribution is installed.

    In addition, it is now possible to disable the security and volatile sources when the installer is run in expert mode and security.debian.org will be configured by default for installations of "testing".

    Please read the debian-volatile homepage for more information about the volatile project.

    Starting the installer from Microsoft Windows

    Since the integration of the win32-loader package, it is now possible to start the installer directly from Microsoft Windows without the need to change BIOS settings. Upon insertion of a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or USB stick, an autorun program will be started, offering a step-by-step process to start the Debian Installer. A few installer settings (including language) will be preconfigured from this process.

    Experimental support for Serial ATA RAID (dmraid)

    As previously announced, the debian-installer now includes experimental support for installing Debian on systems with Serial ATA RAID as supported in Linux via the dmraid utility. Please see the dedicated wiki page for more information.

    Other noteworthy changes

    • The installer has been updated to use Linux 2.6.22
    • Various changes have resulted in reduced memory usage
    • Rescue mode now supports LUKS encrypted partitions
    • Various code cleanups, reorganizations and refactorings have been done
    • A new language, Amharic, has been added (graphical installations only)

    No longer supported

    • DECstation (mipsel) and RiscPC (arm) machines are no longer supported
    • The sparc32 architecture is no longer supported as kernel support for it was dropped.

    Known issues in this release

    • Support for the "relatime" mount option has been added, but is currently broken. See #460824
    • i386: kernel oops during installer startup on Thinkpad T41. See #470522
    • mips: the installer won't start on at least SGI O2 and qemu
    • arm: this release doesn't support Netwinder
    • s390: the "tape" installation method is unusable due to a kernel issue. See #466906

    Plans for next Beta release

    The next beta will be focused mainly on getting an installer version working with Linux 2.6.24.

    Other contributors have nevertheless mentioned working on non-free firmware support, improvements in the partioner, locale support and mirror selection and improvements in the graphical installer.

    The debian-installer team is still looking for active contributors for new features, bug triaging and squashing, improvements on the manual and the developer documentation. If you want Lenny to release on time, please join and help!

    Installation CDs, other media, and everything else you'll need are available from our web site.

    Debian 3.1r7 ("sarge") CD/DVD images available

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Fri Jan 18 19:50:07 2008 in news, release

    After some delay because of an omission in the 3.1r7 release regarding the Debian Installer images, the Debian CD team is happy to announce that new CD and DVD images for Sarge are now available from the Sarge installation information web page.

    The new CD/DVD images and other installer images solve an issue regarding the use of a network mirror during installation that affected Sarge installs since it became "oldstable". For details see the web page linked above.

    Dzongkha Debian Linux updated for the Bhutanese people

    contributed by andremachado, published on Fri Sep 14 13:19:24 2007 in news

    At August 28th 2007, the Research Division of Department of Information and Technology (DIT) of the Bhutanese Ministry of Information and Communications updated its Dzongkha Debian Linux from the previous Dzongkha Linux 1.0 launched in June 2006. The installer is based on Debian Linux 4.0 Etch while the LiveCD is based on Morphix Linux.

    According to Pema Geyleg, head developer of the Dzongkha Debian Linux, the launch of the Dzongkha Debian Linux marks Bhutan’s move towards free and open source software. Linux is a free operating system and we customised the Debian Linux according to the need of our Dzongkha users, he said. Since Debian Linux is recognised worldwide, we encourage people to use it.

    The updated version will fully support Dzongkha computing on standard programs or applications like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web browsing and chatting.

    Developed over a period of 13 months and at about US$ 80,000, the upgraded version has also dual booting system. It's a bilingual software, meaning that it supports both English and Dzongkha language, said Pema Geyleg.

    DIT is aiming to develop software like text to speech, speech recognition system, and optical character recognition system on Dzongkha Debian Linux in the second phase. Text to speech program will read out text from the screen in Dzongkha. This will be of big use to people, who cannot read or write, he said. The Speech Recognition system will make the computer type any dictation. We have the capacity and are confident of doing it, said Pema Geyleg.

    DIT has also released a 222-paged book on dzongkha computer terms. Officials said that they will also conduct a training for interested people. Meanwhile, the software will be posted on Druknet soon and will be downloaded for free also at the project site. Live CDs are available at DIT.

    About Bhutan

    The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked South Asian nation situated between India and Tibet, People's Republic of China, and is often described as the last surviving traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture. The official language is Dzongkha, a language from the Sino-Tibetan family. Bhutan is very committed to preserve its local culture and traditions.

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet.

    Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

    Bdale Garbee interview: Debian stays true to its roots

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sat Sep 1 14:41:36 2007 in news

    Bdale Garbee, former Debian Project Leader, now chief technologist at HP Open Source & Linux Organization, talked about Debian Project.

    He highlighted the history, his and other developers motivations and some of the key advantageous characteristics of Debian Project, like its Constitution, Social Contract, elected Debian Project Leader, Secretary, Technical Commitee, and Debian Policy for developers.

    He talked about Debian Project being a social phenomenon.

    Since Debian isn't a company, developers don't have to worry about being bought or sold, going through a hostile take-over, answering to shareholders or going bankrupt, Garbe said. A motivated developer with an aligned profile to the project culture could become a New Maintainer.

    Other people beyond coders and developers can help, for example, translating, creating art, giving legal advice, accounting, maintaining infrastructure, documentation and much more.

    Debian runs on more kinds of computer hardware than any other Linux distribution, and includes more packaged and tested software than any other distribution I know of. It's used in everything from wrist watches to mainframes, including desktops, notebooks, handheld devices and mobile phones. Without the constraints of a financial enterprise, people are free to work on the things that really matter to them. The Debian Project is a collaborative community that enables tremendous innovation and endless possibilities, which is why you may hear Debian referred to as the universal operating system. Debian continues to thrive after 14 years.

    As I roll the clock forward, I realize that derivatives will come and go, but -- unless the Debian Project loses its way in the next five to 10 years -- it will still be around, still be an industry enigma. There will always be people who don't understand how it works or why we volunteers do what we do, but Debian will continue to fuel technical innovation and evolve its social processes. People will still have fun working together and making an extraordinarily significant contribution to computer users around the world, Garbe said.

    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

    contributed by aba, published on Thu Aug 16 00:21:36 2007 in news, release

    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

    The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename Etch). This update adds security updates to the stable release, together with a few corrections to serious problems. As always, the first point release also corrects a few issues that have been noticed too late in the release process to stop the release, but still should be fixed.

    This point release for Etch also includes an updated release of the installer, which includes the following changes:

    • kernels used in the installer have been updated to ABI 2.6.18-5; as a result, some "small" images (for example netboot and floppy images) included with the original Etch release will no longer work (but the new images included with the point release will work, as well as the full CD/DVD images from both the original release as well as from this point release)
    • updated mirror list
    • support added for certain USB CD drives that were not being detected
    • incorrect setup of gksu fixed when user chooses to install with the root account disabled; this prevented the execution of administrative tasks in GNOME
    • important translation fixes in partman for Catalan and Romanian

    Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 DVDs/CDs. Instead you only need to update against ftp.debian.org or a mirror after an installation, in order to incorporate those changes. New CD and DVD images will be available within the next week at the regular locations.

    Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:

    http://www.debian.org/distrib/ftplist

    Miscellaneous Bugfixes

    This stable update adds a few important corrections to the following packages.

    Package                Reason
    
    apache2                Fix #423653 and #419552; better documentation
    apache2-mpm-itk        Rebuild against apache2 2.2.3-4+etch1.
    apt-setup              Default suite to code name.
    cdrom-detect           Scan also for things that look like USB floppies.
    choose-mirror          Update mirrors list.
    debian-archive-keyring Adding debian volatile keyring
    debian-installer-utils Support scanning for USB sticks and discs that are misdetected as floppies.
    debian-installer       Updates for the 2.6.18-5-kernels and misc fixes
    debootstrap            Add support for lenny.
    desktop-base           Fix kde default wallpaper appearance between kdm to ksplash switch.
    epiphany-browser       Add language to gconf defaults
    fai-kernels            Include arcmsr scsi-driver which is included in the etch kernels
    file                   Fix possible denial of service
    glibc                  Fix CPU hog on 64 bits machines, dependencies of nscd, wrong assertion and unaligned memory access
    gnome-mount            Rebuild against libeel2-2.14
    initramfs-tools        Added missing esp module to scsi modules list so it gets installed in the initrd
    kernel-wedge           Reupload to match packages in r1
    libofa                 Rebuild in a clean environment.
    librsvg                Fix dependency (#403977)
    lifelines              Fix file conflict by versioning a dependency.
    lilo-installer         Support multiple disks when devfs device names are used
    linux-latest-2.6       Assist upgrade to new linux-2.6 ABI
    lsb                    Don't remove PID files of daemons that aren't actually killed
    madwifi                Fix two remote and one local DoS
    mail-notification      Fix uninstallability on sparc
    mixmaster              Fix buffer overflow in mixmaster (#418662)
    mozilla-traybiff       less restrict depends on icedove-dev
    mpop                   fix CVE-2007-1558
    mutt                   Add imap_close_connection to fully reset IMAP state
    nano                   Fix segfaults.
    neon26                 Fix kerberos authentication.
    nfs-utils              Fix memory leaks.
    openoffice.org         Fix crashes when saving files.
    orage                  Memory leak
    orbit2                 Allow non-local IPv4.
    partman-auto           d-i translation update
    partman-partitioning   d-i translation update
    php5                   Fix regression in single quote escaping.
    pppconfig              Fix upgrade issue from sarge, #418350
    rdesktop               Segfault regression caused by libx11-6 security fix prior Etch release
    tetex-base             Ease transition to texlive, #420390
    trac                   Fix CSS and remote exploitable issues.
    user-setup             Fix chroot calls to properly setup gksu alternatives.
    vice                   Regression caused by libx11-6 security fix prior Etch release
    xorg                   Updated conflicts for easier upgrades and corrected dependencies for x11-common.
    

    Removed Package

    This package has been removed due to non-fixable issues:

    vdrift: license issues, #420965
    

    Missing Builds

    One or more missing or out-of-date architectures have been added to these packages in this point release:

    asterisk-chan-capi
    banshee
    codespeak-lib
    democracyplayer
    dfsbuild
    dwm
    dwm-tools
    hpodder
    ivtv
    mercurial
    metar
    ocp
    pekwm
    rlwrap
    setpwc
    slcfitsio
    stalin
    twinkle
    xfce4-session
    xserver-xorg-input-acecad
    xserver-xorg-input-evdev
    xserver-xorg-input-joystick
    xserver-xorg-input-keyboard
    xserver-xorg-input-mouse
    xserver-xorg-input-summa
    xserver-xorg-video-apm
    xserver-xorg-video-ark
    xserver-xorg-video-i128
    xserver-xorg-video-nsc
    xserver-xorg-video-nv
    xserver-xorg-video-rendition
    xserver-xorg-video-s3
    xserver-xorg-video-savage
    xserver-xorg-video-sis
    xserver-xorg-video-tseng
    xserver-xorg-video-via
    xserver-xorg-video-voodoo
    

    Security Updates

    This revision adds the following security updates to the stable release. The Security Team has already released an advisory for each of these updates.

    Advisory ID   Package(s)               Correction(s)
      DSA 1280    aircrack-ng              Fix remote exploitable buffer overflow
      DSA 1281    clamav                   Fix several remote vulnerabilities
      DSA 1282    php4                     Fix several remote vulnerabilities
      DSA 1283    php5                     Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1284    qemu                     Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1285    wordpress                Fix multiple vulnerabilities
      DSA 1286    linux-2.6                Fix several vulnerabilities (superseded by DSA 1289)
      DSA 1288    pptpd                    Fix denial of service vulnerability
      DSA 1289    linux-2.6                Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1290    squirrelmail             Fix cross-site scripting
      DSA 1291    samba                    Fix multiple vulnerabilities
      DSA 1292    qt4-x11                  Fix missing input validation
      DSA 1293    quagga                   Fix denial of service vulnerability
      DSA 1295    php5                     Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1296    php4                     Fix privilige escalation
      DSA 1297    gforge-plugin-scmcvs     Fix arbitrary shell command execution
      DSA 1298    otrs2                    Fix cross-site scripting
      DSA 1299    ipsec-tools              Fix denial of service vulnerability
      DSA 1300    iceape                   Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1301    gimp                     Fix arbitrary code execution
      DSA 1302    freetype                 Fix integer overflow
      DSA 1303    lighttpd                 Fix denial of service vulnerability
      DSA 1305    icedove                  Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1306    xulrunner                Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1307    openoffice.org           Fix arbitrary code execution
      DSA 1309    postgresql-8.1           Fix privilage escalation.
      DSA 1310    libexif                  Fix integer overflow
      DSA 1311    postgresql-7.4           Fix privilige escalation.
      DSA 1312    libapache-mod-jk         Fix information disclosure
      DSA 1313    mplayer                  Fix arbitrary code execution
      DSA 1314    open-iscsi               Fix several vulnerabilities
      DSA 1315    libphp-phpmailer         Fix arbitrary shell command execution
      DSA 1316    emacs21                  Fix denial of service vulnerability
      DSA 1318    ekg                      Fix denial of service vulnerability
    

    The complete list of all accepted and rejected packages together with rationale is on the preparation page for this revision:

    http://release.debian.org/stable/4.0/4.0r1/

    URLs

    The complete lists of packages that have changed with this revision:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/etch/ChangeLog

    The current stable distribution:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/etch

    Proposed updates to the stable distribution:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/proposed-updates

    Stable distribution information (release notes, errata etc.):

    http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

    Security announcements and information:

    http://www.debian.org/security/

    Debian Installer: Support for sparc32 dropped

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Sat Jul 21 13:10:00 2007 in news

    In line with the recent announcement that the port has been retired, sparc32 is no longer supported in daily images of the Debian Installer for Lenny.

    The sparc64 port remains fully supported.

    Debian Installer: Experimental support for Serial ATA RAID

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Thu Jul 19 23:00:00 2007 in news, release

    The Debian Installer team is happy to announce that daily built images of Debian Installer (for Lenny) now include experimental support for installing Debian on systems configured with Serial ATA RAID 1), as supported in Linux by using the dmraid utility.

    The support is experimental because

    • it has not yet had very much testing;
    • only the GRUB bootloader installer supports it, which effectively limits support to i386 and amd64;
    • dmraid devices are currently not really supported by either libparted (partitioning) or any bootloaders; the current support in the installer works around this, but this results in some limitations in usability.

    Users are invited to test this new feature of the installer.
    Installation instructions and an overview of limitations can be found on the Debian Installer Wiki. Please read that page carefully. Installer and CD images are available from the Debian Installer website; you will need one of the "daily built" images.
    Please report any issues by filing an installation report.

    The support for Serial ATA RAID is scheduled to be included in the first Beta release of the installer for Lenny.

    On behalf of the Debian Installer team,
    Frans Pop

    Notes

    1. To confuse the general public, this is also referred to as ATA RAID, BIOS RAID, fake RAID and software RAID, as well as a number of vendor specific terms such as Intel Matrix Storage.

    BTS subscription fixed

    published on Sun May 13 23:20:55 2007 in news

    The mechanism that allows to subscribe to bug reports in the Debian BTS has been broken for some time (how long exactly is unknown).

    The problem only affected bug reports for which no "mailing list" existed yet. Basically what this means that if you subscribed to a bug report but never received a mail asking to confirm the subscription, you were not subscribed and will have missed any mails sent to that bug report.

    Note that if you did receive a confirmation for your subscription to a bug report, you will not have missed any mails for that bug report due to this issue.

    The system works again now. You will need to subscribe again for any subscriptions that were lost. You may also want to review the bug history in the BTS for those bug reports.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

    Frans Pop Debian Listmaster

    DebConf6 Final report, DebConf7 list of events and reconfirmation

    contributed by Joerg Jaspert, published on Fri Apr 20 23:45:00 2007 in event-announce, news

    The DebConf team has released the final report for the seventh annual Debian Conference, which took place in Oaxtepec, Mexico in May, 2006. The report is intended for a large audience, and includes impressions and facts from the conference.

    Meanwhile, preparations for DebConf7, to be held in Edinburgh from Sunday 17 June until Saturday 23 June, continue. Recently the team has released a list of events that have been planned to occur during the conference. Whilst the actual scheduling has not yet occured, the draft schedule gives a good impression that the upcoming conference will again cover a wide set of topics, providing a good forum for not only developers, but interested users and wannabe maintainers.

    If you are interested to meet the people that produce your favorite Linux Distribution you are encouraged to register in the conference management system, to let the organisers know you want to attend. If you have already registered for an account, make sure you reconfirm your attendance before May 3rd.

    About DebConf

    DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. In addition to a full schedule of technical, social and policy talks, DebConf provides an opportunity for developers, contributors and other interested people to meet in person and work together more closely. It has taken place annually since 2000 in locations as varied as Canada, Finland and Mexico.

    DebConf is preceded by DebCamp, which is a smaller, less formal event that gives an opportunity for group work on Debian projects. Between both events, DebianDay takes place. DebianDay is a short conference aimed at Debian users, and others interested in learning more about free software.

    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released

    published on Sun Apr 8 12:42:18 2007 in news, release

    The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 4.0, codenamed etch, after 21 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of eleven processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments. It also features cryptographic software and compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.1 of the LSB.

    Using a now fully integrated installation process, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 comes with out-of-the-box support for encrypted partitions. This release introduces a newly developed graphical frontend to the installation system supporting scripts using composed characters and complex languages; the installation system for Debian GNU/Linux has now been translated to 58 languages.

    Also beginning with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, the package management system has been improved regarding security and efficiency. Secure APT allows the verification of the integrity of packages downloaded from a mirror. Updated package indices won't be downloaded in their entirety, but instead patched with smaller files containing only differences from earlier versions.

    Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. A total of eleven architectures are supported including: Sun SPARC (sparc), HP Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386) and IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm), IBM S/390 (s390) and – newly introduced with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 – AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64).

    Debian GNU/Linux can be installed from various installation media such as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network. GNOME is the default desktop environment and is contained on the first CD. The K Desktop Environment (KDE) and the Xfce desktop can be installed through two new alternative CD images. Also newly available with Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 are multi-arch CDs and DVDs supporting installation of multiple architectures from a single disc.

    Debian GNU/Linux can be downloaded right now via bittorent (the recommended way), jigdo or HTTP; see Debian GNU/Linux on CDs for further information. It will soon be available on DVD and CD-ROM from numerous vendors, too.

    This release includes a number of updated software packages, such as the K Desktop Environment 3.5 (KDE), an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 2.14, the Xfce 4.4 desktop environment, the GNUstep desktop 5.2, X.Org 7.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4a, GIMP 2.2.13, Iceweasel (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox 2.0.3), Icedove (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5), Iceape (an unbranded version of Mozilla Seamonkey 1.0.8), PostgreSQL 8.1.8, MySQL 5.0.32, GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.1, Linux kernel version 2.6.18, Apache 2.2.3, Samba 3.0.24, Python 2.4.4 and 2.5, Perl 5.8.8, PHP 4.4.4 and 5.2.0, Asterisk 1.2.13, and more than 18,000 other ready to use software packages.

    Upgrades to Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 from the previous release, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 codenamed sarge, are automatically handled by the aptitude package management tool for most configurations, and to a certain degree also by the apt-get package management tool. As always, Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded quite painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime, but it is strongly recommended to read the release notes for possible issues. For detailed instructions about installing and upgrading Debian GNU/Linux, please see the release notes. Please note that the release notes will be further improved and translated to additional languages in the coming weeks.

    Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

    contributed by aba, published on Sat Apr 7 22:17:00 2007 in news, release

    The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename Sarge). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.

    In preparation for the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename Etch), Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 will be moved to the 'oldstable' part of the archive. Users who would like to continue using Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 are advised to update their /etc/apt/sources.list network source to refer to 'sarge' instead of 'stable'.

    Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 3.1 CDs. Instead you only need to update against ftp.debian.org or a mirror after an installation, in order to incorporate those changes. New CD and DVD images will be delayed until after the release of Etch and will be available at the regular locations.

    Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the 'apt' package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:

    http://www.debian.org/distrib/ftplist

    Miscellaneous Bugfixes

    This stable update adds a few important corrections to the following packages.

    Package                Reason
    base-installer         Fix for kernel ABI bump (fix regression from 3.1r5)
    glibc                  Get architectures back in sync
    

    Security Updates

    This revision adds the following security updates to the stable release. The Security Team has already released an advisory for each of these updates.

    Advisory ID   Package(s)               Correction(s)
    DSA 1240      links2                   Arbitrary shell command execution
    DSA 1262      gnomemeeting             Arbitrary code execution
    DSA 1263      clamav                   Denial of service
    DSA 1264      php4                     Several vulnerabilities
    DSA 1265      mozilla                  Several vulnerabilities
    DSA 1266      gnupg                    Signature forgery
    DSA 1267      webcalendar              Remote file inclusion
    DSA 1268      libwpd                   Arbitrary code execution
    DSA 1269      lookup-el                Insecure temporary file
    DSA 1270      openoffice.org           Several vulnerabilities
    DSA 1271      openafs                  Remote privilege escalation
    DSA 1272      tcpdump                  Denial of service
    DSA 1273      nas                      Multiple remote vulnerabilities
    DSA 1274      file                     Arbitrary code execution
    DSA 1275      zope2.7                  Cross-site scripting flaw
    DSA 1276      krb5                     Several vulnerabilities
    DSA 1277      xmms                     Arbitrary code execution
    DSA 1278      man-db                   Arbitrary code execution
    

    The complete list of all accepted and rejected packages together with rationale is on the preparation page for this revision:

    http://release.debian.org/stable/3.1/3.1r6/

    URLs

    The complete lists of packages that have changed with this revision:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sarge/ChangeLog

    The current stable distribution:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable

    Proposed updates to the stable distribution:

    http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/proposed-updates

    Stable distribution information (release notes, errata etc.):

    http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/

    Security announcements and information:

    http://www.debian.org/security/

    win32-loader 0.3.0 has been released

    contributed by aba, published on Fri Mar 30 08:38:16 2007 in news, release

    Today the developers announced that win32-loader 0.3.0 has been released and is available from http://goodbye-microsoft.com/

    What's new in 0.3.0:

    • Supports compressed NTFS (by uncompressing individual files needed by GRUB).
    • Supports Windows 9x family. Some peculiarities: - Use wget as fallback since NSISdl segfaults (see http://bugs.debian.org/412285) - No reboot is required. It just runs grub.exe and Windows gives full power automatically.

    Debian Installer Etch Release Candidate 2 released

    contributed by Frans Pop, published on Mon Mar 19 14:46:00 2007 in news, release

    The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second release candidate (RC2) of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch. Unless release critical issues are discovered, this will be the version of the installer that will be included in the release of Etch.

    There are no real major changes in this release, but we have been able to use the time since RC1 to fix quite a few important and minor issues.

    Improvements in this release of the installer

    • This new version of the installer uses and installs the 2.6.18 kernel.
    • Resizing Windows Vista NTFS partitions is now supported.
    • Both the regular (newt frontend) and graphical (gtk frontend) installer now offer a theme using high-contrast colors and increased font size for visually impaired people. This theme can be activated by adding the parameter theme=dark when booting the installer.
    • There have been several important bug fixes and usability improvements in the graphical installer. Most importantly, it is now possible to switch consoles on amd64.
      Information about the graphical installer and the most important differences between the graphical and regular installer has been added in an appendix in the installation guide.
    • In expert mode or by using preseeding it is possible to select the FTP protocol instead of HTTP to access a Debian mirror. The hostname of an FTP mirror can only be entered manually, selection from a list is not supported.
    • The time-out when searching for a security mirror has been reduced significantly. This may mean that a security mirror will not be found if the network connection is bad, but it also means that the time spent waiting if no security mirror is available at all is now acceptable.
    • It is now possible to blacklist a (driver) module by setting a special parameter when the installer is booted. This may help to work around buggy or conflicting kernel modules. See the installation guide for details.
    • Architecture specific:
      • arm: there have been several improvements for the NSLU2:
        • the kernel now uses the Ethernet driver developed by Christian Hohnstaedt
        • the kernel also adds LED support and fixes real time clock support
        • selection of the correct timezone during installation
      • powerpc: RAID installation with macintosh partition tables should now work
      • s390: most usability issues from RC1 have been fixed
    • The following additional languages are now supported: Belarusian, Kurdish; and only in the graphical installer: Georgian, Malayalam.

    No longer supported as of this release

    • The boot parameter to enable the auto mode for preseeding has been changed from auto-install/enabled to auto-install/enable for consistency with rescue mode. The auto alias and boot option remain valid.

    Known issues in this release

    • The installer is currently not able to resize ext3 partitions that have the dir_index and/or resize_inode features enabled. This includes ext3 partitions created with the Etch installer.
      It is possible to manually resize ext3 partitions from a shell during the installation.
    • The sky2 network driver is known to be broken in kernel version 2.6.18.dfsg.1-11 and may cause kernel panics.
    • There are still a few issues for some PowerPC subarchitectures.
    • For sparc32 CD-ROM support is broken in the esp kernel driver; use the netboot installation method instead.
    • Known issues for the graphical installer:
      • some non-US keymaps are not fully supported (deadkeys and combining characters do not work);
      • touchpads should work, but support may not be optimal; if you experience problems, you should use an external mouse instead;
      • limited support for creating encrypted partitions;
      • should work on almost all PowerPC systems that have an ATI graphics card, but is unlikely to work on other PowerPC systems.

    See the errata for details and a full list of known issues.

    New CD/DVD images

    With this release of the installer, Debian also offers some new types of CD/DVD images:
    • a full CD that installs a KDE desktop environment by default
    • a full CD that installs an Xfce desktop environment by default
    • a multi-architecture CD for i386/amd64/powerpc and one for alpha/hppa/ia64 that effectively behave like a netinst CD (the images contain the base system for all three architectures)
    • a multi-architecture DVD for i386/amd64/powerpc which also includes source packages; this makes the image ideal for promotion purposes at trade shows and other events

    Our thanks to everybody who has contributed to this release. Special thanks to Attilio Fiandrotti, the lead developer behind the graphical installer.

    Installation CDs, other media, errata and everything else you'll need are available from our web site.

    Debian popularity-contest reaches new milestone - 30 000 submissions

    contributed by Petter Reinholdtsen, published on Sat Mar 17 12:32:21 2007 in news

    On Thursday, popularity-contest the Debian system allowing users to tell the developers which packages are in use, reached another milestone. The number of submissions passed 30 000 machines, after months of steady climbing. The results are available from http://popcon.debian.org/.

    The information collected is used to make sure the most popular Debian packages are on the installation CDs, to prioritize translation work, and other aspects of the distribution work where package usage is interesting to know.

    popcon can also to some degree show package usage. For example, to display the relative popularity of three often user GUI packages:

    1. gnome-session (used last week by 30%)
    2. kdebase-bin (used last week by 20%)
    3. xfce4-mcs-manager (used last week by 4%)

    Not surprising, gnome is slightly more popular than KDE, as it is the default desktop installed by the debian installer.

    It also show the architectures in use. As the 30000 mark was passed, this was the relative use of various architectures:

    totalrelativearch
    2487583.55%i386
    356611.98%amd64
    5371.80%arm
    3901.31%powerpc
    1520.51%sparc
    560.19%alpha
    450.15%mipsel
    440.15%hppa
    330.11%ia64
    180.06%mips
    120.04%kfreebsd-i386
    110.04%armeb
    100.03%m68k
    80.03%s390
    80.03%armel
    40.01%hurd-i386
    20.01%ppc64
    20.01%i486
    10.00%kfreebsd-amd64

    Popularity-contest sets up a cron job that will periodically anonymously submit to the Debian developers statistics about the most used Debian packages on this system.

    Users who want to participate and make the statistic even more accurate, should install the popularity-contest package and answer yes when asked if they want the machine participate.

    Debian to participate in Google Summer of code

    published on Sat Mar 17 11:57:34 2007 in news

    Debian has just been informed that it has again been accepted as a mentoring organization during this year's Google Summer of Code. In the Google summer of Code program students can work on a specific project while being paid by Google and being mentored by a Debian Developer.

    Students interested in doing a Debian related project need to register and should get in contact with us as soon as possible either via the debian-project mailing list or via irc (server: irc.debian.org, channel: #debian-soc).

    While there exists a list of projects Debian would like to see worked on during the summer of code, students may propose their own projects as well.