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    Extremadura adopts Debian-based LINEX distribution
    Submitted by Anonymous on Monday, April 22, 2002 – 16:21
    Acording to this Wired article, the “Junta de Extremadura”, the local government of the Spanish region of Extremadura, has made 80,000 CDs of a home-grown Debian derivative distro called LINEX, which will be distributed to 670 schools within the region, through newspaper inserts to the public, and will be used in public offices throughout the region.
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    Suggestions for Improving Packaging Efficiency?
    Submitted by hackel on Saturday, April 20, 2002 – 23:19
    In light of the rather nasty debate in the KDE story below, I thought it would be a good idea to solicit suggestions for a solution to the issue of large packaging projects getting hung up on one person’s limited availability and/or abilities. Both sides present a valid case — developers volunteering their time do not deserve to be put down for their mistakes or a lack of time, yet if they are unable to do a job, especially when others are willing and able to do it, then those people should be given that chance. What do you think is a good solution to this problem?
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    Install with PXE boot?
    Submitted by pllsaph on Thursday, April 18, 2002 – 23:18
    I have a bunch of 1u rackmount systems with no CDROM or Floppy, but they do have PXE boot capability. Is there any way to set up an installation server to answer these
    systems? I’d like to be able do something similar to RH’s Kickstart or Solaris’ JumpStart. Once I get a base install on the drive, obviously I can customize each one with
    I haven’t yet looked at System Imager from VA, but I was hoping there existed some Debian specific solution.


    Bdale Garbee elected new Project Leader
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 – 07:57
    Bdale Garbee was elected Debian Project Leader (DPL) ahead of Raphael “buxy” Hertzog and Branden “Overfiend” Robinson in results released today by Project Secretary Manoj Srivastava. Congratulations Bdale!

    KDE 3.0
    Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 – 07:20
    KDE 3 is not in Debian. KDE will not be in sid itself until XFree86 4.2 is, but will be available for testing before then.
    If you don’t like this, don’t post abusively. The packager (not me now) has exams in 2 weeks. You can make your own KDE 3 debs and distribute them to the world. Either that, or you might want to consider actually paying the developer.

    Joy: Annoyance expressed in the above message is a trademark of The Debian Maintainers of Large Package Suites. 😉
    Just in case you wondered, DanielS posted this after reading two news submissions for the site that included a fair amount of swearing about not having KDE 3 packages. So if you’re just a normal user, please accept our apologies for making it sound as if you did something wrong.
    It is true that site editors shouldn’t be allowed to rant too much, and I can say that we will try to contain DanielS from further outbursts <shrug> And this article won’t be deleted because a bunch of trolls will then invade the other stories and blame us for censorship ;-p


    Debian-IL Back and Kicking
    Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 – 07:17
    Are you an Israeli? Are you tired of having no place to vent your Israeli specific feelings about Debian? Do you think having no forum for Israeli Debian users to rant with bad English and transilerations of Hebrew words is seriously hurting the Israeli Debian community? Fear no more.

    Brought to you by the courtesy of Alex Shnitman, Itamar Shtull-Trauring and another, yet-unnamed, Debian developer from Israel — a new, improved and all powerful Debian-IL. Be there, or be non-Israeli.


    What happens to testing during the woody freeze
    Submitted by noviota on Monday, April 15, 2002 – 17:45
    Will testing continue to update? If not, why not?

    Being a user who runs testing I am quite interested in this. My apt lines contain “testing” not “woody” and so I am hoping I will continue to get the testing updates not end up in a frozen state waiting for woody to become stable.

    Joy: “testing” is woody, so during the test cycles the testing distribution will be frozen. However, the test cycles aren’t the same as being frozen all the time…


    Potato’s fate
    Submitted by d8A90n on Saturday, April 13, 2002 – 10:38
    I was wondering what was going to happen to Potato once woody comes out. I have a few useful 486 boxes around running potato and I don’t want to update first because it’s painfully slow to install new packages and second because with newer software comes higher requirements. Things might be faster for beefier machines but old boxes don’t like more memory hungry apps.
    So is the potato repository going down? What about security updates?
    Joy: the potato packages will be moved to the archive along with the other old stable releases. The security team might support the old stable for a while after woody release, but don’t take my word for it.

    For the install system testers: Bochs
    Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 13, 2002 – 10:35
    Bochs is an x86 emulator and it can be quite helpful for boot disk testing, because it saves you from lots of reboots. It’s relatively fast and supports the El Torito spec for booting from a CD (or ISO image, no need to burn).
    In addition, major work has recently been done to make configuration easier, so please get the latest version from unstable.


    Mozilla packages breakage?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 13, 2002 – 10:29
    After installing the 0.9.9-5 debs of Mozilla this morning a lot of images (mostly ads: animated GIFs perhaps) appeared corrupted, and Mozilla would sometimes crash when loading a page (presumbaly same problem). I downgraded to 0.9.9-4 and everything worked OK again: looks like something’s gone wrong…
    Joy: the word out on the street is that the workaround is to disable animated GIFs, and that a fix is in incoming.

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