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    Debian new maintainer process reaches 100 applicants
    Submitted by robster on Saturday, November 11, 2000 – 14:38
    “In the last week, the number of new members admitted into Debian by the New-Maintainer process has passed the 100 mark. There are more than 100 applicants currently being processed by Application Managers and fewer than 100 potential applicants waiting in the queue for the next available Application Manager. This represents a major milestone in the new procedure, indicating that the machinery is in full operation and doorway into Debian is fully open once again.”

    Said the email that dropped into my mailbox, the rest follows.

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    Resolution to Abolish Non-free Expires
    Submitted by solomon on Friday, November 10, 2000 – 20:23
    The controversial General Resolution for the removal of non-free from Debian has expired. The expiration is surrounded by some disturbing circumstances: the Project Secretary went absent for a long time while the resolution was discussed, and upon returning did not expire the Resolution until ballots had already been issued and the votes sent (but not tallied). The short thread regarding the expiration is not very explanatory, but more information can be found by browsing the last few months of the debian-vote mailing list.
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    Debian FAQ-O-Matic online
    Submitted by ressu on Friday, November 10, 2000 – 08:50
    Debian project has gotten it’s >FAQ-O-Matic online, it has help on installing, upgrading, ports and much more.. for the moment it’s quite empty, but FOM was designed to be a user maintained FAQ, you submitting your entries is something it depends on.

    Putting packages on hold?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, November 09, 2000 – 16:07
    I’ve read somewhere that you can put a package ‘on hold’ so that the normal package tools won’t try to upgrade it. When I’ve made some local modification to something that an upgrade would clobber, I really want to use this feature, but I can’t find the documentation on how. I run potato some places and woody others, if that makes any difference. Thanks in advance!
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    Hard Drive problems
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, November 09, 2000 – 08:21
    I’ve been running potato for a few months now and love it (converted from RH6). I have run RH on and off for a few years, but still consider myself a Linux newbie. Anyways, onto my problem …
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    Ian Murdock responds to comparisons between ‘pure’ Debian and Progeny
    Submitted by Netsnipe on Thursday, November 09, 2000 – 07:51
    In the very short history of DebianPlanet (3 weeks), we’ve managed to quickly establish ourselves as a landmark both for users and the developers of the Debian community. My recent article, “Blurring the Line Between Pure Debian and its Commercial Variants” and the accompanying poll would prove to become our most controversial to date and a major talking point in #debian.

    In light of the release of Progeny Debian Beta 1, questions arose on the standing of commercial variants of Debian among the many purists to Debian’s non-commercial principles who would find it hard-pressed to stray from mainstream Debian. The accompanying poll revealed that an resounding 58% of respondents would not use a commercial variant of Debian as opposed to 32% who would.

    Ian Murdock, a founding and former member of the Debian GNU/Linux project who went on to found and become CEO of Progeny Linux Systems has written a reply to my original article and is shown below.
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    Ipfwadm and ipchains: is upgrade from slink safe ?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 08, 2000 – 20:17
    “I am running a slink production server which does ipmasquerading and firewalling.
    I’d like to know if upgrading to potato will
    break things or if the rules will be converted to ipchains’ format.
    Being a Debian fan, I think the upgrade will be ok, but anyway, are there known issues ?”
    (Question was submitted)
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    Building entire distro from src packages?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 08, 2000 – 11:36
    I know there’s not really an “ask debianplanet” section, but I’m asking you guys anyways. I am currently running slink, and I’m going to upgrade to potato very soon, and probably to woody (I haven’t been paying attention to all the upgrades, so I’m a bit behind). I am wondering if there is a way I can get the source packages instead of the binaries, and have apt-get build them all for me (so I’d end up with a version of potato built entirely on my machine, well, accept the packages not upgraded since slink, if there are any). I am very interested to know because I’d rather binaries be custom to my machine so they run most efficiently. Let me know.


    Dpkg 1.7.0 and 1.7.1
    Submitted by ressu on Tuesday, November 07, 2000 – 07:26
    New dpkg package (1.7.0) has been uploaded to woody, and new one to Incoming.. according to wichertIt seems I made a `slight’ mistake in dpkg 1.7.0 which broke
    update-alternatives. Combined with a perl upgrade that can have some
    nasty effects. I fixed this in dpkg 1.7.1, and I strongly advise
    everyone to immediately upgrade to that version if you have 1.7.0

    Update: here are the links that i promised earlier dpkg 1.7.0 warning
    and new features in dpkg 1.7.1
    1 comment · read more

    Setting up X4 in Debian with 3DFX cards
    Submitted by robster on Sunday, November 05, 2000 – 12:34
    Here’s the article i promised to some of the #debian people having X problems although it deals with 3DFX specifically it might help you. Feel free to spread the word about this article.

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