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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 12 February 2007

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 12 February 2007.

1. Gentoo News

Time Zone update coming

The United States passed a bill to extend Daylight Savings Time. Due to this
change, some users need to ensure they have the new time zone information to
keep their computer's clocks accurate. For our users in the United States,
please make sure you have updated to at least version 2006p of
sys-libs/timezone-data on or before 11 March.

Testing for media-libs/freetype-2.3.1

On Thursday, 8 February, versions 2.2.1 and 2.3.1 of the FreeType library
were unmasked in the tree for ~arch (testing) users. These versions were
masked for about eight months to make for an easier transition. Some older
software relied on the presence of some internal headers, functions, and
variables that are no longer exported to external programs in these two
versions. Although most of the packages in the tree should be now corrected,
with the main problems being older Qt and KDE versions that are no longer in
the tree, more testing is certainly helpful and appreciated.

Please file bugs if you find any software in either the stable or testing
branches of the tree that does not compile against these newer versions of
FreeType and assign the bug to Diego Pettenò[1].

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Problems with NSS/NSPR

Some users have noticed troubles in some applications, such as
www-client/mozilla-firefox or mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird when accessing
encrypted resources, such as SSL-enabled pages. This is caused by an upgrade
problem affecting users of the testing branch, where dev-libs/nspr was
upgraded, then an application such as www-client/mozilla-firefox was
upgraded, without prior updating dev-libs/nss. This can be solved rather
easily, by emerging the packages in the correct order.

| Code Listing 1.1                                                          |
| Fixing NSS/NSPR with Mozilla Firefox                                      |
| # emerge --oneshot dev-libs/nspr dev-libs/nss www-client/mozilla-firefox  |

Thanks from the KDE team

Thanks to all of the people who offered their help to the KDE team. There
have been lots of responses, which the team has tried to follow up. If
anyone else wants to help out it is not too late! Please take a look at and drop into #gentoo-kde
on some time.

Adopt-a-Dev update

After some time of inactivity after the previous lead project lead retired
from Gentoo, the Adopt-a-dev[2] Project is back in operation under its new
leader, Dimitry Bradt[3]. Dimitry has contacted everyone who had emailed the
project during the inactivity and would like to thank all previous donors
for their trust and contribution to this project.

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If you have something in your attic or closet that you want to get rid of
and you think that Gentoo developers could use it, or you wish to fill one
of the requests put up by developers, visit the project page[2] and/or mail
[hidden email].


2. Gentoo International

Denmark: Linuxforum 2007, Copenhagen

The biggest Scandinavian open source conference, LinuxForum, will be
celebrating its tenth year. LinuxForum covers various topics about UNIX,
BSD, Open Source, and Linux. This year, Gentoo will have a booth at the
conference which will be manned by various developer from Denmark, as well
as a small group of developers from abroad. The event takes place on March 2
and March 3, with Gentoo being present on the 3rd.

Please stop by the booth with your questions, as Gentoo will have
representatives from the security team and the Release Coordinators for
Alpha, IA64, and MIPS among the group, along with the User Relations project

For more information, see

3. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * none this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * none this week

4. Gentoo Security

Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSA being released.

5. Gentoo package moves

This section lists packages that have either been moved or added to the tree
and packages that have had their "last rites" announcement given to be
removed in the future. The package removals come from many locations,
including the Treecleaners[4] and various developers. Most packages which
are listed under the Last Rites section are in need of some love and care
and can remain in the tree if proper maintainership is established.



Package:                      Removal date: Contact:
app-emacs/gnuplot-mode        05 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-ada/adabroker             05 Feb 2007   George Shapovalov[6]
dev-games/cel-cvs             06 Feb 2007   Chris Gianelloni[7]
dev-games/crystalspace-cvs    06 Feb 2007   Chris Gianelloni[7]
app-i18n/jmode                06 Feb 2007   Diego Pettenò[1]
dev-lisp/cl-arnesi            08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-lisp/cl-yaclml            08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-lisp/cl-icu               08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-lisp/cl-fiveam            08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-lisp/cl-ucw               08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
dev-lisp/cl-rfc2109           08 Feb 2007   Christian Faulhammer[5]
sys-fs/submount               08 Feb 2007   Daniel Drake[8]
games-server/gta3mta          08 Feb 2007   Chris Gianelloni[7]
games-strategy/freecraft-fcmp 09 Feb 2007   Chris Gianelloni[7]
app-portage/abeni             09 Feb 2007   Paul Varner[9]
x11-misc/gpasman              09 Feb 2007   Krzysiek Pawlik[10]
media-libs/openquicktime      10 Feb 2007   Diego Pettenò[1]
net-p2p/ww                    10 Feb 2007   Raúl Porcel[11]
net-p2p/azureus-bin           10 Feb 2007   Petteri Räty[12]
app-laptop/macosd             11 Feb 2007   Markus Rothe[13]

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Package:                                    Addition date: Contact:
dev-ada/glade[14]                           05 Feb 2007    George Shapovalov[6]
media-libs/libafterimage[15]                05 Feb 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[16]
dev-perl/Return-Value[17]                   05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-Send[19]                     05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Encodings[20]           05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MessageID[21]                05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME-ContentType[22]         05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME[23]                     05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Modifier[24]            05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Attachment-Stripper[25] 05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-Date[26]                     05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-Simple-Creator[27]           05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Creator[28]             05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-perl/Email-Reply[29]                    05 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
sys-block/fwdl[30]                          06 Feb 2007    Robin H. Johnson[31]
dev-perl/Astro-FITS-Header[32]              06 Feb 2007    Michael Cummings[18]
dev-ml/ocaml-ssl[33]                        06 Feb 2007    Alexandre Buisse[34]
dev-ml/ocaml-expat[35]                      06 Feb 2007    Alexandre Buisse[34]
games-strategy/coldwar[36]                  06 Feb 2007    Chris Gianelloni[7]
games-arcade/blockrage[37]                  06 Feb 2007    Alfredo Tupone[38]
dev-python/pyfits[39]                       07 Feb 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[16]
dev-util/ragel[40]                          07 Feb 2007    Tom William Payne[41]
app-doc/lapack-docs[42]                     07 Feb 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[16]
app-doc/blas-docs[43]                       07 Feb 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[16]
dev-lang/cfortran[44]                       07 Feb 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[16]
dev-perl/MLDBM-Sync[45]                     07 Feb 2007    Christian Hartmann[46]
games-board/fruit[47]                       07 Feb 2007    Alfredo Tupone[38]
app-backup/keep[48]                         08 Feb 2007    Timothy Redaelli[49]
games-arcade/amphetamine[50]                08 Feb 2007    Alfredo Tupone[38]
dev-java/cos[51]                            10 Feb 2007    Joshua Nichols[52]
x11-themes/gtk-engines-rezlooks[53]         11 Feb 2007    Saleem Abdulrasool[54]
dev-lang/mono-basic[55]                     11 Feb 2007    Saleem Abdulrasool[54]
games-arcade/supertransball2[56]            11 Feb 2007    Alfredo Tupone[38]
xfce-extra/gsynaptics-mcs-plugin[57]        11 Feb 2007    Samuli Suominen[58]

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6. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([59]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 04 February 2007 and 11 February 2007, activity on the site
has resulted in:


  * 743 new bugs during this period
  * 531 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 32 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 148 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10407 currently open bugs: 16 are labeled 'blocker', 111 are labeled
'critical', and 435 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period

  * AMD64 Project[60], with 27 closed bugs[61]
  * Java team[62], with 24 closed bugs[63]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[64], with 21 closed bugs[65]
  * Gentoo Games[66], with 19 closed bugs[67]
  * Gentoo KDE team[68], with 17 closed bugs[69]
  * GNU Emacs Herd[70], with 15 closed bugs[71]
  * media-video herd[72], with 14 closed bugs[73]
  * Gentoo Sound Team[74], with 13 closed bugs[75]

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New bug rankings

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during
this period are:

  * Default Assignee for New Packages[76], with 22 new bugs[77]
  * Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[78], with 11 new
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[80], with 10 new bugs[81]
  * Gentoo X-windows packagers[82], with 7 new bugs[83]
  * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[84], with 7 new bugs[85]
  * Gentoo Sound Team[74], with 6 new bugs[86]
  * Gentoo net-im Herd[87], with 5 new bugs[88]
  * Portage team[89], with 5 new bugs[90]

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7. GWN feedback

The GWN is staffed by volunteers and members of the community who submit
ideas and articles. If you are interested in writing for the GWN, have
feedback on an article that we have posted, or just have an idea or article
that you would like to submit to the GWN, please send us your feedback[91]
and help make the GWN better.

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9. Other languages

The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:

  * Chinese (Simplified)[92]
  * Danish[93]
  * Dutch[94]
  * English[95]
  * German[96]
  * Greek[97]
  * French[98]
  * Korean[99]
  * Japanese[100]
  * Italian[101]
  * Polish[102]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[103]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[104]
  * Russian[105]
  * Slovak[106]
  * Spanish[107]
  * Turkish[108]


Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor
Rajiv Aaron Manglani <[hidden email]> - Author
Diego Pettenò <[hidden email]> - Author
Dimitry Bradt <[hidden email]> - Author
Charlie Shepherd <[hidden email]> - Author

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