Debian Project News - June 9th, 2014
Welcome to this year's tenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:
- A logo for DebConf15
- Hello, MATE!
- The Debian Continuous Integration project
- Other news
- New Debian Contributors
- Important Debian Security Advisories
- New and noteworthy packages
- Work-needing packages
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DebConf15, which will be held
in Heidelberg, Germany, ran a logo
competition in May. After the votes were tallied, they are pleased to
Valessio Brito as the winner with his submitted design.
The winning design (with ongoing work on optimisation for print, web, etc.) can be found on the
DebConf15 artwork page.
Mike Gabriel from the MATE package team announced
that the MATE 1.8 desktop environment has fully arrived in Debian. MATE is a
fork of what was previously the GNOME v2 desktop environment. It is available
in unstable, testing, and wheezy-backports. Feel free to use and test via the
meta-packages mate-desktop-environment and mate-desktop-environment-extras.
Antonio Terceiro wrote on his blog
about how new versions of packages can potentially break some functionality in other
packages, and what can be done about this. He detailed the Debian Continuous
Integration project which checks inter-package dependencies across the entire
Debian archive. The origins of the project go back to the introduction of
the autopkgtest tool,
which tests packages in their installed form, and was later adopted as the
The continuous integration tool, called
debci, is run against the entire archive for
packages that declare a test suite using the DEP-8 format. Debian CI runs at most four tests per day
and publishes its results at ci.debian.net every
hour along with a global status. With the introduction of Debian CI earlier
this year there has been a rise in the number of packages with test suites.
Maintainers are encouraged to use test suites in their packages and read the
documentation about the system.
The 35th issue of the
miscellaneous news for developers
has been released and covers the following topics:
- duck: checks URLs in debian/control and debian/upstream files
- mentors.debian.net attracting more and more contributions
- Debian Maintainer Dashboard: RSS feed available
- how-can-i-help: monitor opportunities for contributions, and more!
- Common mistakes with OpenPGP keys in Debian
- DEP-12 supported by the PTS
In an update
of the Release Team delegation, DPL Lucas Nussbaum announced that Emilio
Pozuelo Monfort was joining the Release Team, and
Five applicants have been
as Debian Maintainers, and
six people have started
to maintain packages since the previous issue of the Debian
Project News. Please welcome
into our project!
Debian's Security Team recently released
advisories for these packages (among others):
Please read them carefully and take the proper measures.
The Debian team in charge of squeeze long term support released a
security update announcement for these packages:
Please read it carefully and take the proper measures.
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 (and the separate backports
list, stable updates
list, and long term
support security updates) for announcements.
185 packages were added to the unstable Debian archive
many others are:
- cwm — lightweight and efficient window manager for X11
- gnome-online-miners — tool to crawl through your online content
- jamnntpd — NNTP Server allowing newsreaders to access a JAM messagebase
- marble-touch — globe and map widget for tablets
- pencil2d — tool to create hand-drawn animation using both bitmap and vector graphics
- r-cran-expm — GNU R computation of the matrix exponential and related quantities
- ykneomgr — Yubico YubiKey NEO manager tool
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This issue of Debian Project News was edited by Cédric Boutillier, Donald Norwood and Justin B Rye.