Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/20061211-newsletter.xml This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 11 December 2006.
1. Gentoo News
EFIKA boards shipped
Christmas came a little early this year for the Gentoo/PPC team and others.
A number of developers received the EFIKA, an evaluation board from
Genesi built around the MPC5200B PowerPC SoC (System on Chip) running at
400MHz. Also included on the board is 128MB of DDR memory, 10/100 ethernet,
2 USB 1.1 ports, 1 PCI/AGP slot, and sound with optical out.
The Gentoo/PPC team, along with Release Engineering, are working on both
detailed instructions for installing Gentoo on the EFIKA, as well as CD
media capable of booting the EFIKA from USB. Gentoo would like to thank
Genesi for its continued support and Freescale for providing the funding to
make this program possible.
For more information on the EFIKA, or to buy one yourself, visit Genesi's
2. Heard in the community
D-Bus 1.0.1 has been ~amd64'd
D-Bus, the inter-process communications program, has reached its 1.0
milestone and the resultant 1.01 ebuild is in testing. That is the good
news. The bad news is that the ABI (application binary interface) was
radically shifted from the prior 0.6x releases now stable in portage.
Emopig issued a warning to his fellow users that when he followed the
ebuild's instruction to run revdep-rebuild the resulting list of packages to
be re-merged was non-trivial (54 packages for him). Others seconded that,
particularly Gnome users. The damage on the KDE side seemed confined to the
6thpink suggested that users install the binding packages dbus-glib,
dbus-python and dbus-qt3-old since the base dbus package no longer had USE
flags for python, qt3 or the like. This seemed to help at least one user.
Forums user beazizo has returned after an 18 month absence and said "I must
say, it [gentoo] is MUCH better than it was back then. It took me less than
a day to get a system up to a point where I had all the apps installed that
I was running in Ubuntu (and running much faster). I felt comfortable enough
to blow away my Ubuntu install. Good work Gentoo team!"
The Core 2 Duo is the flagship chip of Intel's CPU line and the "it"
processor of the moment. Any right-thinking Gentoo-er has only one question:
"What CFLAGS should I use for that bad boy?"
Michael Weyershäuser provided a pointer to a dirtyepic blog post that
answered that question based on information from Intel itself. For GCC 4.1,
Core Solo/Duo uses -march=prescott while the Core 2 Duo/Solo gets
-march=nocona. For GCC 4.2, the -march is the same, but a -mtune=generic
flag is added.
Dutch Documentation Lead Dimitry Bradt and other members of the Dutch
community are organizing a LAN party event and are inviting the Dutch Gentoo
community. The event takes place on Saturday 6 January 2007 and Sunday 7
January 2007 and is being held in Arendonk, Belgium, about half way
between Antwerpen and Eindhoven.
4. Gentoo in the press
Linux.com (7 December 2006)
Several developers were contacted from several distributions by the
article's author, Mayank Sharma, about their distribution's security
practices. Mayank spoke with developers from Red Hat, Novell, CentOS,
Debian, and, of course, Gentoo. He explains the different methodologies used
by the distributions, as well as points out some differences between the
community and commercial distributions.
* Closed bug ranking
* New bug rankings
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 03 December 2006 and 10 December 2006, activity on the site
has resulted in:
* 724 new bugs during this period
* 427 bugs closed or resolved during this period
* 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
* 146 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this
* 163 bugs marked as duplicates during this period
Of the 10699 currently open bugs: 26 are labeled 'blocker', 104 are labeled
'critical', and 447 are labeled 'major'.
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period
* Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages, with 22 closed bugs
* XFCE Team, with 20 closed bugs
* dotnet AT gentoo DOT org, with 16 closed bugs
* Gentoo's Team for Core System packages, with 14 closed bugs
* Gentoo Catalyst Developers, with 13 closed bugs
* Gentoo/BSD Team, with 13 closed bugs
* Roy Marples, with 11 closed bugs
* Gnustep herd, with 11 closed bugs
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during
this period are:
* Default Assignee for New Packages, with 29 new bugs
* Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages, with 11 new bugs
* Bryan Østergaard, with 10 new bugs
* AMD64 Project, with 9 new bugs
* Gentoo X-windows packagers, with 7 new bugs
* Gentoo Sound Team, with 7 new bugs
* mips team, with 6 new bugs
* media-video herd, with 6 new bugs
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