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Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:59:10 +0100
From: Paolo Didonè <>
To: Joey Hess <>
Subject: Re: debian weekly news needs your help


Ciao Joey!

We are ready and this is the announce we were talking about:


PROSA Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 has been released!

PROSA Debian is  a distribution based entirely on pre-Debian  2.1. It is
intended  for Italian  users: the  installation  is in  Italian, and  it
includes all the latest docs and man pages available in Italian.

Amongst other advanced features, PROSA Debian:

Includes  only free  software, as  defined by  the Debian  Free Software
Guidelines, as well as free non-us software.

Contains  a very  recent release  of GNOME,  as well  as GNOME  .30 (the
latest 'stable' Debian release).

Has  some packages  which have  been rebuilt  using the  latest upstream
sources, in order to provide users with the latest features.

The number  of package has  been reduced, to  meet the needs  of Italian
users  without the  overhead  of a  multi-CD  installation. The  careful
selection of software packages makes it  possible for Prosa Srl to offer
commercial support on all the software we distribute.

PROSA Debian is distributed together  with a book: "Athena Linux", which
covers major Linux  issues, from Debian installation, to  LaTeX. You can
find out  more information about  the book  (sorry, only in  italian) at,  and  more  information about  the  distribution  at

>>> PROSA Progettazione Sviluppo Aperto

PROSA is a company entirely  devoted to providing commercial support for
free software: all software we use, produce, or sell is free software.



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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 13:26:22 -0500
From: Nils Lohner <>
Subject: Debian GNU/Linux 2.0r5 released

Debian GNU/Linux
Debian GNU/Linux 2.0r5 released
February 17, 1999

>> News

Debian GNU/Linux 2.0r5 has been released. This release contains security
and bug fixes for the 2.0 'Hamm' distribution. A changelog is available at
<> and contains a list
of all changes since the release of the 2.0r4 version.  Installation
instructions and other related information is available at

>> About Debian

The Debian project is an organization of many users who volunteer
their time and effort.  Its tasks include maintaining and updating Debian
GNU/Linux which is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system,
and the development of the Debian GNU/Hurd operating system.

>> Contact Information

For further information, please send email to the Debian Press Contact
<> or visit the Debian homepage at <>

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 20:33:13 -0500
From: Branden Robinson <>
Subject: Final test build of XFree86 for slink -- PLEASE TEST

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Sorry for the wide crossposting.

XFree86 is available at

If there are no problems with it, it will be rebuilt tomorrow with the
changelog edited to change its Debian version to -11, and uploaded to

I cannot stress how important it is that this release be tested.

I have abandoned two of my goals for the slink release because it is too

  1) The merging of a lot of patches from the xlib6g buglist regarding
     locales and XKB data.  These are not release critical, and I'm pushing
     the envelope enough as it is.  I am sorry to neglect Debian users who
     do not use ISO-8859-1 by default in this manner, but addressing these bugs
     is very, very high on my priority list for potato X.
  2) There will be no bogus xfnt* or xslib(g) packages that depend upon
     their counterparts with new names.[1]

Thanks especially to Anders Hammarquist, Ben Collins, and Robert Woodcock
for helping me realize the other two goals I had for final slink X
(packages ready for alpha and sparc without modification, and making
xf86config and XF86Setup aware of /etc/X11/Xsession).

[1] Jason Gunthorpe, apt author, has assured me in no uncertain terms that
    Santiago Vila's proposal to create bogus packages with the names of
    the old font and static library packages is the wrong solution because
    apt cannot be guaranteed to do the right thing.
    Indeed the scenario of:
       package A depends on package B
       package B conflicts with package A
    is pathological.  The existing Conflicts: of the new font and static
    library packages with the old is completely within the spirit and
    letter of the Debian packaging manual.  To create bogus packages would
    not be.  This issue is best addressed with something like an
    auto-upgrade script.  I am willing to work with anyone who would like
    to develop a solution that is not abusive of the packaging system.
    This is a problem that must be solved outside the existing packaging
    system.  Any bugs filed against the X packages complaining about this
    will be closed or reassigned.  Sorry to sound defensive, but I have
    been harassed enough about it.  In retrospect, it was a mistake to
    rename the packages, but that genie is out of the bottle.  In practice,
    this problem is not grave because the contents of the font and static
    library packages have not changed substantively since they were renamed.

G. Branden Robinson              |
Debian GNU/Linux                 |    The software said it required Windows           |    3.1 or better, so I installed Linux. |

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Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 16:25:08 -0500
Source: xfree86
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Architecture: source all i386 i386 alpha
Distribution: frozen unstable
Urgency: high
Maintainer: Branden Robinson <>
 rstart     - X remote start client
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 twm        - Tab window manager
 xbase      - XFree86 upgrade convenience package
 xbase-clients - miscellaneous X clients
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 xfree86 ( frozen unstable; urgency=HIGH
   * With any luck, final release for slink.
   * Thanks to Anders Hammarquist, Steve Dunham, Christian Meder and Mike
     Shuey for the Alpha and Sparc architecture patches (affected too many
     files to list)
   * Thanks to Ben Collins for patches to XF86Setup
     + programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/XF86Setup/card.tcl: do not let people
       configure servers that are not installed, and be able to read
       gzipped X server README files
     + programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/XF86Setup/{phase[145].tcl,setuplib.tcl}:
       write to /etc/X11/Xserver instead of juggling symlink, and skip
       checks for various installed files
   * programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/ change "DisableVidMode" to
     "DisableVidModeExtension" for consistency with actual use by X server
   * programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/xf86config.c: correct typo (Fixes: #32946)
   * debian/control: changed dependency of rstart and rstartd from "netstd |
     ssh" to "netstd", since ssh is non-free
   * debian/control: fix some conflicts and replaces (Fixes: #33045)
   * debian/create-server: make symlinks to gzipped chipset README files,
     which actually exist (Fixes: #33080)
   * debian/xbase/README.Debian: minor updates
   * debian/xdm/README.Debian: minor updates
   * debian/xdm/Xsetup_0: fix typo (s/
     (thanks, Greg Stark) (Fixes: #33640)
   * debian/xdm/init: change grep -s to grep -qs (thanks, David Rocher)
     (Fixes: #33573)
   * debian/xdm/prerm: suppress ps | grep output differently to avoid
     SIGPIPE (thanks, Robert Woodcock)
   * debian/xdm/xdm.options.5: removed "HISTORY" section
   * debian/xfree86-common/FAQ: major expansion; now a useful document
   * debian/xfree86-common/README.Debian: minor updates
   * debian/xfree86-common/Xsession: quote $realstartup variable in -z test
     (Fixes: #33026)
   * debian/xfree86-common/Xsession: use ssh-agent if it is found and if
     $SSH_AUTH_SOCK is not already set (Fixes: #33136)
   * debian/xfree86-common/Xsession: clean up ssh-agent usage since we now
     only ever launch one X client directly (thanks, David Luyer and Wichert)
   * debian/xfs/README.Debian: minor updates
   * debian/xfs/xfs.options: default to "no-restart-on-upgrade" (Fixes:
   * debian/xserver-common/parse-xf86config: new version,
     - Monitor/Mode/Flags: Fixed quotes "", which apply to single flags, not
       whole line (reported by Rene Hojbjerg Larsen) (Fixes: #33021)
     - Fixed bug: DisableVidMode -> DisableVidModeExtension (Fixes: #33133)
   * debian/xserver-common/xserver-configure: be more paranoid with string
   * debian/xserver-common/xserver-configure: reverse sense of test; if NOT
     sourced, then exit
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