My Free Software Activities in May 2018

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-seventh month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 24,25 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 21.05.2018 until 27.05.2018 I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I investigated and triaged CVE in glusterfs, tomcat7, zookeeper, imagemagick, strongswan, radare2, batik, mupdf and graphicsmagick.
  • I drafted a announcement for Wheezy’s EOL that was later released as DLA-1393-1 and as an official Debian news.
  • DLA-1384-1. I reviewed and uploaded xdg-utils for Abhijith PA.
  • DLA-1381-1. Issued a security update for imagemagick/Wheezy fixing 3 CVE.
  • DLA-1385-1. Issued a security update for batik/Wheezy fixing 1 CVE.
  • Prepared a backport of Tomcat 7.0.88 for Jessie which fixes all open CVE (5) in Jessie. From now on we intend to provide the latest upstream releases for a specific Tomcat branch. We hope this will improve the user experience. It also allows Debian users to get more help from Tomcat developers directly because there is no significant Debian specific delta anymore. The update is pending review by the security team.
  • Prepared a security update for graphicsmagick fixing 19 CVE. I also investigated CVE-2017-10794 and CVE-2017-17913 and came to the conclusion that the Jessie version is not affected. I merged and reviewed another update by László Böszörményi. At the moment the update is pending review by the security team. Together these updates will fix the most important issues in Graphicsmagick/Jessie.
  • DSA-4214-1. Prepared a security update for zookeeper fixing 1 CVE.
  • DSA-4215-1. Prepared a security update for batik/Jessie fixing 1 CVE.
  • Prepared a security update for memcached in Jessie and Stretch fixing 2 CVE. This update is also pending review by the security team.
  • Finished the security update for JRuby (Jessie and Stretch) fixing 5 respectively 7 CVE. However we discovered that JRuby fails to build from source in Jessie and a fix or workaround will most likely break reverse-dependencies. Thus we have decided to mark JRuby as end-of-life in Jessie also because the version is already eight years old.

Misc

  • I reviewed and sponsored xtrkcad for Jörg Frings-Fürst.

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in April 2018

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

  • I adopted childsplay, a suite of educational games for young children. I triaged all open bugs and thanks to a very responsive upstream developer the game is back in testing again now.
  • I did a QA upload for pax-britannica to fix #825673 and #718884 and updated the packaging.
  • In the same vein I did two NMUs for animals and acm and fixed RC bugs #875547 and #889530. Later I contacted the release team to get the fix for animals into Stretch too.
  • I packaged new upstream releases of extremetuxracer, adonthell, renpy and pygame-sdl2.
  • I sponsored and reviewed new versions of tanglet, connectagram and cutemaze for Innocent de Marchi.
  • I released version 2.3 of debian-games, a collection of metapackages to make it easier to find and install certain types of games.
  • I backported the latest release of freeciv to Stretch.
  • Finally I could resolve the RC bugs in morris and grhino and both games are part of Buster again.

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-sixth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 16,25 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 16.04.2018 until 22.04.2018 I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I investigated and triaged CVE in bouncycastle, jruby, typo3-src, imagemagick, pegl, ocaml, radare2, movabletype-opensource, cacti, ghostscript, glusterfs, jasperreports, xulrunner, phpmyadmin, gunicorn, psensor, nasm and lucene-solr.
  • DLA-1352-1. Issued a security update for jruby fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1361-1. Issued a security update for psensor fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1363-1. Issued a security update for ghostscript fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1366-1. Issued a security update for wordpress fixing 2 CVE.
  • DSA-4190-1. Prepared the security update for jackson-databind in Jessie fixing 1 CVE.
  • DSA-4194-1. Prepared the security update for lucene-solr in Jessie fixing 1 CVE.
  • Prepared a security update for imagemagick in Jessie fixing 8 CVE. At the moment it is pending review by the security team and will be released soon.
  • Prepared and uploaded a point-update for faad2 in Jessie and Stretch that addresses 11 security vulnerabilities. (#897369)
  • Prepared a security update for php5 in Wheezy. This one will be released soon. (DLA-1373-1)

Misc

  • I filed wishlist bugs against tracker.debian.org (#897225 and #897227) and requested a feature to allow users to override certain metainformation like VCS-URLs. In the past years we changed VCS addresses multiple times which always requires a source upload. In my opinion this is a design flaw and highly inefficient and such a change in tracker would make it possible to drop the fields from our team maintained packages.

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in March 2018

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

Debian Java

  • I spent most of my free time on Java packages because…OpenJDK 9 is now the default Java runtime environment in Debian! As of today I count 319 RC bugs (bugs with severity normal would be serious today as well) of which 227 are already resolved. That means one third of the Java team’s packages have to be adjusted for the new OpenJDK version. Java 9 comes with a new module system called Jigsaw. Undoubtedly it represents a lot of new interesting ideas but it is also a major paradigm shift. For us mere packagers it means more work than any other version upgrade in the past. Let’s say we are a handful of regular contributors (I’m generous) and we spend most of our time to stabilize the Java ecosystem in Debian to the point that we can build all of our packages again. Repeat for every new Debian release. Unfortunately not much time is actually spent on packaging new and cool applications or libraries unless they are strictly required to fix a specific Java 9 issue. It just doesn’t feel right at the moment. Most upstreams are rather indifferent or relaxed when it comes to porting their applications to Java 9 because they still can use Java 8, so why can’t we? They don’t have to provide security support for five years and can make the switch to Java 9 much later. They can also cherry-pick certain versions of libraries whereas we have to ensure that everything works with one specific version of a library. But that’s not all: Java 9 will not be shipped with Buster and we even aim for OpenJDK 11! Releases of OpenJDK will be more frequent from now on, expect a new release every six months, and there are certain versions which will receive extended security support like OpenJDK 11. One thing we can look forward to: Apparently more commercial features of Oracle JDK will be merged into OpenJDK and it appears the longterm goal is to make Oracle JDK and OpenJDK builds completely interchangeable. So maybe one day only one free software JDK for everything and everyone? I hope so.
  • I worked on the following packages to address Java 9 or other bugs: activemq, snakeyaml, libjchart2d-java, jackson-dataformat-yaml, jboss-threads, jboss-logmanager, jboss-logging-tools, qdox2, wildfly-common, activemq-activeio, jackson-datatype-joda, antlr, axis, libitext5-java, libitext1-java, libitext-java, jedit, conversant-disruptor, beansbinding, cglib, undertow, entagged, jackson-databind, libslf4j-java, proguard, libhtmlparser-java, libjackson-json-java and sweethome3d (patch by Emmanuel Bourg)
  • New upstream versions: jboss-threads, okio, libokhttp-java, snakeyaml, robocode.
  • I NMUed jtb and applied a patch from Tiago Stürmer Daitx.

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-fifth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 23,25 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 19.03.2018 until 25.03.2018 I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I investigated and triaged CVE in imagemagick, libvirt, freeplane, exempi, calibre, gpac, ipython, binutils, libraw, memcached, mosquitto, sdl-image1.2, slurm-llnl, graphicsmagick, libslf4j-java, radare2, sam2p, net-snmp, apache2, ldap-account-manager, librelp, ruby-rack-protection, libvncserver, zsh and xerces-c.
  • DLA-1310-1. Issued a security update for exempi fixing 6 CVE.
  • DLA-1315-1. Issued a security update for libvirt fixing 2 CVE.
  • DLA-1316-1. Issued a security update for freeplane fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1322-1. Issued a security update for graphicsmagick fixing 6 CVE.
  • DLA-1325-1. Issued a security update for drupal7 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1326-1. Issued a security update for php5 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1328-1. Issued a security update for xerces-c fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1335-1. Issued a security update for zsh fixing 2 CVE.
  • DLA-1340-1. Issued a security update for sam2p fixing 5 CVE. I also prepared a security update for Jessie. (#895144)
  • DLA-1341-1. Issued a security update for sdl-image1.2 fixing 6 CVE.

Misc

  • I triaged all open bugs in imlib2 and forwarded the issues upstream. The current developer of imlib2 was very responsive and helpful. Thanks to Kim Woelders several longstanding bugs could be fixed.
  • There was also a new upstream release for xarchiver. Check it out!

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in February 2018

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

  • Last month I wrote about „The state of Debian Games“ and I was pleasantly surprised that someone apparently read my post and offered some help with saving endangered games. Well, I don’t know how it will turn out but at least it is encouraging to see that there are people who still care about some old fashioned games. As a matter of fact the GNOME maintainers would like to remove some obsolete GNOME 2 libraries which makes a few of our games RC-buggy. Ideally they should be ported to GNOME 3 but if they could be replaced with a similar game written in a different and awesome programming language (such as Java or Clojure?), for a different desktop environment, that would do as well. 😉 If you’re bored to death or just want a challenge contact us at debian-devel-games@lists.debian.org.
  • I packaged a new release of mupen64plus-qt to fix a FTBFS bug (#887576)
  • I uploaded a new version of freeciv to stretch-backports.
  • Pygame-sdl2 and renpy got some love too. (new upstream releases)
  • I sponsored a new revision of redeclipse for Martin-Erik Werner to fix #887744.
  • Yangfl introduced ddnet to Debian which is a popular modification/standalone game similar to teeworlds. I reviewed and eventually sponsored a new upstream release for him. If you are into multiplayer games then ddnet is certainly something you should look forward to.
  • I gladly applied another patch by Peter Green to fix #889059 in warzone2100 and Aurelien Jarno’s fix for btanks (#890632).

Debian Java

  • The Eclipse problem: The Eclipse IDE is seriously threatened to be removed from Debian. Once upon a time we even had a dedicated team that cared about the package but nowadays there is nobody. We regularly get requests to update the IDE to the latest version but there is no one who wants to do the necessary work. The situation is best described in #681726. This alone is worrying enough but due to an interesting dependency chain (batik -> maven -> guice -> libspring-java -> aspectj -> eclipse-platform) Eclipse cannot be removed without breaking dozens of other Java packages. So long story short I started to work on it and packaged a standalone libequinox-osgi-java package, so that we can save at least all reverse-dependencies for this package. Next was tycho which is required to build newer Eclipse versions. Annoyingly it requires said newer version of Eclipse to build…which means we must bootstrap it. I’m still in the process to upgrade tycho to version 1.0 and hope to make some progress in March.
  • I prepared security updates for jackson-databind, lucene-solr and tomcat-native.
  • New upstream releases: jboss-xnio, commons-parent, jboss-logging, jboss-module, mongo-java-driver and libspring-java (#890001).
  • Bug fixes and triaging: wagon2 (#881815, #889427), byte-buddy, (#884207), commons-io, maven-archiver (#886875), jdeb (#889642), commons-math, jflex (#890345), commons-httpclient (#871142)
  • I introduced jboss-bridger which is a new build-dependency of jboss-modules.
  • I sponsored a freeplane update for Felix Natter.

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-fourth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 23,75 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 05.02.2018 until 11.02.2018 I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I investigated and triaged CVE in binutils, graphicsmagick, wayland, unzip, kde-runtime, libjboss-remoting-java, libvirt, exim4, libspring-java, puppet, audacity, leptonlib, librsvg, suricata, exiv2, polarssl and imagemagick.
  • I tested a security update for exim4 and uploaded a package for Abhijith.
  • DLA-1275-1. Issued a security update for uwsgi fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1276-1. Issued a security update for tomcat-native fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1280-1. Issued a security update for pound fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1281-1. Issued a security update for advancecomp fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1295-1. Issued a security update for drupal7 fixing 4 CVE.
  • DLA-1296-1. Issued a security update for xmltooling fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1301-1. Issued a security update for tomcat7 fixing 2 CVE.

Misc

  • I NMUed vdk2 (#885760) to prevent the removal of langdrill.

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

My Free Software Activities in January 2018

Welcome to gambaru.de. Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

Debian Games

  • The state of Debian Games: We have created a new games-team group at salsa.debian.org. If you are interested in maintaining games or related projects then we’re looking forward to see you there. A couple of Gnome related games are at risk of being removed from Debian. If you are interested in a challenge and want to port them to Gnome 3, we would very much like to hear from you too.
  • I reviewed and sponsored new upstream versions of simutrans-pak64 and simutrans for Jörg Frings-Fürst as well as openmw, mygui, wildmidi and openal for Bret Curtis. Later I could also upload hexalate for Unit193 and pegsolitaire for Juhani Numminen. Great job by Juhani who became the new upstream maintainer of pegsolitaire and saved the game from being removed from Debian.
  • I for myself packaged new upstream releases of springlobby, peg-e, pygame-sdl2, freeciv, renpy and cube2. I was a bit surprised to see upstream activity for the Sauerbraten engine again. Will we see a new major release this year?
  • Peter Green provided a patch to fix Debian RC bug #887929 in trigger-rally which I gladly accepted.
  • I also fixed RC bug #885761 in langdrill.

Debian Java

Debian LTS

This was my twenty-third month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 18,25 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog. In that time I did the following:

  • From 08.01.2018 until 14.01.2018 I was in charge of our LTS frontdesk. I investigated and triaged CVE in libhibernate-validator-java, libkohana2-php, xbmc, jasperreports, transmission, wireshark, osc, xmltooling, php5 and openocd.
  • DLA-1241-1. Issued a security update for libkohana2-php fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1242-1. Issued a security update for xmltooling fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1243-1. Issued a security update for xbmc fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1251-1. Issued a security update for php5 fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1253-1. Issued a security update for openocd fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1254-1. Issued a security update for lucene-solr fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1264-1. Issued a security update for unbound fixing 1 CVE.
  • DLA-1265-1. Issued a security update for krb5 fixing 6 CVE.

Misc

  • I reviewed a patch for byzanz (#886439) but wasn’t really happy with the result.
  • I released version 1.4.10 of imlib2.
  • The discussion about a new reportbug feature gathered momentum in #878088 and I am confident now that we can conclude this issue in February.

Thanks for reading and see you next time.