Weekly Status Report: 2019-09-29

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Hello all!

This week has seen great forward momentum on Project Horizon. The specifications are almost finished, and we are excited to see the next step — implementation!

Meanwhile, many fixes have been made to our packaging.


The specifications have seen a great deal of clarifications and copyediting. We are happy to have our entire team ensuring that Horizon is specified well, so that it can be implemented correctly the first time.


One of the most exciting additions is Max Rees’ (sroracle@) addition of a trigger to GRUB to allow it to set up configuration automatically for most users. This means that updating kernels no longer requires manually re-running grub-mkconfig!

Kiyoshi Aman (aerdan@) updated many packages, including the MATE desktop environment.

Luis Ressel (aranea@) updated i3wm, nsd, and unbound, among others.

Max Rees (sroracle@) added Mosquitto, Python 3 packages including PyIRC and those related to MQTT, PatchELF, and Spice GTK support. They updated Poppler and patched multiple security issues. Their fixes for automatically building the System repository were merged on Saturday.

Molly Miller (sysvinit@) updated Firefox to 68.1.0, and updated cbindgen.

Samuel Holland (smaeul@) updated Rust to 1.37.0.

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