Debian Weekly News - February 16th, 2000
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The candidates for Debian Project Leader participated on a debate on IRC. Issues discussed included new-maintainer, dealing with Debian's growth, ports to other OS's, the infamous Debian cabal, and the future of Debian. A transcript is available, and the debate web site also has speeches and platforms to help you get to know the candidates. Elections start in one week.
Speaking as release manager, Richard Braakman outlined his new plan for cutting down on the number of release critical bugs. The plan centers around the "Bug Horizon", which is now set for the 28th. Any package that passes through the bug horizon with release critical bugs that have been unchanged for 2 weeks will be removed from Debian. This is rather draconian, but seems likely to be quite effective at motivating people to fix release critical bugs!
Version 2.2.7 of the boot floppies has been released, and as usual anyone can help the boot floppies team by testing the new release.
Lots of Roxen modules were uploaded to unstable this week. The following packages are also brand-new to Debian, along with 121 more.
- cadaver: command-line client for WebDAV server
- dclock: Digital clock for X Windows with flexible display.
- epplets: Epplets for the Enlightenment Window Manager (dev, lib)
- ewipe: Yet another presentation tool based on Tcl/Tk
- libcdk4: Curses Development Kit (dev, examples, perl interface, perl examples, perl widgets)
- palbart: An enhanced version of the PAL PDP8 assembler
- sporum: a powerful Web-based discussion forum.
Followups to last week's news:
- The Debian for kids project that started last week has been renamed Debian Jr., and now has a website listing the goals of the project.
- The reorganized new-maintainer team has spent the past week working on a procedure for processing new maintainers. Interested parties can follow the team's discussions on the nm-discuss mailing list.
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This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Joey Hess.