Archives 'updates'

1 March 10

15 February 10

1 February 10
  • Python 2.6 is now available in unstable and testing . Also, Python 2.6 is now a supported version (while writing these lines only in unstable). It will take at least a couple of weeks until 2.6 is the default version.
  • Python 2.7 alpha 2 is available in experimental. It is not expected to be in squeeze.
  • Python 3.1.1 also has been uploaded to unstable and it is co-installable with python 2.6. However, Python 3.1 is not a supported version and the Python Policy for handling 3.1 needs to be updated; this means some modules might not be available. You can try Python 3.1 by installing the package «python3» and running «python3».

1 February 10
  • Interesting software updates:
    • SpamAssassin 3.3.0 (unstable)
    • Sylpheed 3.0.0 betas continue being uploaded to experimental, latest is beta7.
  • X.Org 7.5 reached testing some days ago.
  • KDE 4.3.5 won’t be packaged and KDE 4.4.0 expected next February 9th might take a while.
  • René Mayorga has announced a mini-DebConf in Panamá, during March 19-21, 2010.

23 January 10

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3 January 10

The Lenny version of the spamassassin package contains a regular expressions that considers as “coming from the future” mails dated in 2010. Starting from a couple of days ago, that has increased the possibility of false positives.
More information about that can be found in some blog posts such as this one and in the Debian BTS, bug #563245.

If you are running spamassassin on a Debian machine, you should probably upgrade it to avoid false positives. That can be easily achieved using the volatile version of spamassassin 3.2.5-2+lenny1.1~volatile1. More information about this update and instructions of how to update in this announcement from the debian-volatile-announce mailing list.

Generally, it is a good idea to have a volatile line in your sources.list. Read more about the debian-volatile project in their website.

Unstable users only need to make sure they update to the latest version available in the archive 3.2.5-7.

Stefano Zacchiroli

30 December 09

21 December 09

Ten years ago, on December 21st, 1999, Thomas Lange announced the release of version 1.0 of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation).

FAI is a non-interactive system to install, customize and manage Linux systems and software configurations on computers as well as virtual machines and chroot environments, from small networks to large infrastructures and clusters.

It is a tool for mass unattended Linux installation. You can take one or more virgin systems, turn on the power, and after a few minutes, the systems are installed, and completely configured to your exact needs, without any interaction necessary.

The tool was developed at the University of Cologne, because the author was too lazy to install Debian on 16 hosts manually.FAI now also supports the installation of Ubuntu and RPM-based Linux distributions. It is used worldwide in very different environments; even installations on two zSeries z10 mainframes are reported.

A detailed report in German about the 10 years of the FAI project can be found at

Thomas Lange

20 December 09

Several LXDE components have been updated recently in sid. They bring some new features and improve flexibility of customization. Below you have a summary of the most important changes:

  • lxde-common 0.5.0-2:
    The nuoveXT2 icon theme has been removed from lxde-common and it is has been moved to lxde-icon-theme package instead.
    The startlxde script now executes 'lxsession -s LXDE -e LXDE' rather than 'lxsession -s LXDE' to reflect the changes in lxsession.
  • lxsession 0.4.1-1:
    There is a new command line argument: -e. This let you set the internal name of the DE. This value is exported via the environment variable $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP. The DE name can be used to match desktop files which contain compatible OnlyShowIn and NotShowIn key values.
    The -s argument is reserved for session name only and was used to load related config files for the desktop session. For example, you can execute: lxsession -s Lubuntu -e LXDE This should load config files from Lubuntu directory, but the DE is still recognized as LXDE by applications.
  • lxpanel
    Now you can determine the visibility of applications in the menu by comparing OnlyShowIn and NotShowIn key values and $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP. This means, you can have lxpanel show Gnome menu by the following export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=3DGNOME . Then lxpanel will show gnome applications instead of LXDE ones.
  • Finally, lxnm and lxpanel-netstat-plugin are now deprecated.
    lxnm has been already requested to be removed from the archive and it is recommended to use wicd instead. lxpanel-netstat-plugin has also dropped from lxpanel in the upload

Andrew Lee