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Debian Newsletter

 Welcome to this year’s ninth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…
* The Debian project Release Team announces an official Freeze
* Annual Debian Developer Conference 2010 ended
* A free (as in speech) Debian book in the making
* Second alpha version for “Squeeze” -based Debian Live images
* Net-installation CD images with firmware available
* Debian Edu/Skolelinux 6.0.0 alpha0 test release
* ZFS support in unstable on kFreeBSD ports

Canonical developer decodes Apple's Magic Trackpad

&nbsp;Canonical developer Chase Douglas says Ubuntu 10.10 will have multi-touch support for Apple's Magic Trackpad, iPod, iPad, iPhone, MacBook and MacBook Pro. Canonical's announcement <a href="http://mac.linux.be/content/canonical-release-utouch-10-multi-touch-ubun... that it had released uTouch 1.0, a multi-touch gesture recognising stack for multi-touch based devices, prompted queries about which Apple multi-touch devices were supported.

Canonical release uTouch 1.0 - multi-touch for Ubuntu 10.10

&nbsp;Canonical has <a href="http://blog.canonical.com/?p=414">announced</a> the release of uTouch 1.0, a multi-touch and gesture stack which will appear in Ubuntu 10.10.

Lightspark 0.4.3 released

&nbsp;A cou&shy;ple of inter&shy;est&shy;ing fea&shy;tures as been added since the RC and a good amount of bug fixes thanks to user reports. The aggre&shy;gate changelog since 0.4.2 is huge! Here it&nbsp;is:
<li>Liq&shy;uid lay&shy;out support</li>
<li>Faster ren&shy;der&shy;ing of the input&nbsp;layer</li>
<li>Reduced mem&shy;ory consumption</li>
<li>Sup&shy;port for H263/MP3 videos</li>

Debian Squeeze frozen

&nbsp;During DebConf10, currently being held in New York, the Debian developers announced that Debian 6.0 &quot;Squeeze&quot; has been frozen. This means that the ongoing development of the next version of Debian has moved into a new phase where the focus will be on bug-fixing and polishing the distribution ready for release at some point in the future.

Kernel 2.6.35 released

&nbsp;Nearly eleven weeks after the release of Linux 2.6.4, Linus Torvalds has <a rel="external" href="http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1017120" target="_blank">released Linux 2.6.35</a>. It supports many power management features offered by Radeon graphics chips and the Intel-Ironlake driver's H.264 decoding feature.

Linux Mint 9 LXDE for Intel machines released

&nbsp;Linux <a href="http://distrowatch.com/mint">Mint</a> 9 &quot;LXDE&quot; edition, featuring the lightweight LXDE desktop and designed for older computers with limited resources, has been released: &quot;The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 9 LXDE.

Lightspark will bring Flash support to Linux PPC users

&nbsp;Linux PowerPC users will finally have something cheer about when open-source Flash implementation 'Lightspark' releases version 0.4.3 later this year.

LXDE in OpenSUSE 11.3

&nbsp;Need something to play with over the weekend? The OpenSUSE 11.3 release is the first ever to include the OpenSUSE LXDE flavor. LXDE version 0.5.5 is included on the OpenSUSE DVD along with other desktop options KDE, GNOME, and XFCE. LXDE 0.5.5 is integrated into OpenSUSE along with Lxdm 0.2.0 as the default Login Manager, Pcmanfm 0.9.7 has been completely rewritten to have GVFS and Trash support, LXDE Control Center and Lxdm-conf configuration tool are included by default and Brasero works without GNOME dependencies.

Yaboot creates serious threat to the future of Linux on PowerPC

&nbsp;As I was reading the mailing list of debian-powerpc I saw this very threatening mail from Rick Thomas. He filed a <a href="http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=580455">bug report</a> against yaboot/ybin. Until now, nothing happened since he filed it (may 2010, so we are talking about 2 months). It seems that there are no longer people working on yaboot/ybin in this world. This is a serious problem, as it will render Squeeze unusable in the future for PowerPC based computers.


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