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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 12 March 2007

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

1. Gentoo News

Gentoo/FreeBSD 6.2 stage tarballs released

The Gentoo/FreeBSD[1] team would like to announce that new tarballs based on
FreeBSD 6.2 can now be found on the mirrors in the
/experimental/x86/freebsd/stages directory. Note that Gentoo/FreeBSD is
still in its infancy and is not a security supported platform. Those that do
wish to install should follow the Gentoo/FreeBSD guide[2]. If you have any
questions about Gentoo/FreeBSD, the developers can be found in the
#gentoo-bsd channel on the Freenode IRC network.


New Playstation 3 stage tarballs released

Another experimental release, this time for the Sony Playstation 3 platform,
has been announced, with the stages including some optimizations making use
of the Altivec instruction set. The new tarballs can be found in the
/experimental/ppc64/stages directory on the mirrors, and users should read
the Gentoo on a PS3 guide[3] for installation instructions. People that want
to help test Gentoo on the PS3 should contact the PPC64 team in their IRC
channel, #gentoo-ppc64.


Gentoo Documentation Project is looking for translators

What is the GDP?

The Gentoo Documentation Project[4] (GDP) is responsible for the creation
and maintenance of all official documentation. The GDP is not a closed team
of any sorts, but is instead an open community committed to critiquing, and
possibly integrating, viable user documentation.


The GDP maintains an internationalisation sub-project[5] that takes care of
translating most of the English documentation. You can read the current
status of a few teams below.



The Polish translation team is led by Łukasz Damentko[6] and Damian
Kuras[7]. All the info is on their project page[8]. They meet at
#gentoo-docs-pl and on They're looking for
people to aid their updating efforts.

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The Dutch translations team is lead by Dimitry Bradt[9] and is currently
still looking for a potential co-lead Dutch developer. On their project
page[10] you can find links to their list of list of outdated documents[11]
and their TODO list[12]. The Dutch team is really looking for motivated
translators for documentation and the GWN. You contact them by mail[13] or
irc[14] at #gentoo-doc-nl on freenode.

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French translations are led by Camille Huot[15] and are actively looking for
a co-lead. New recruits just arrived to help the team but they're still
accepting volunteers. If you're interested in helping, just visit the French
GDP home page[16] to know about the gory details, then you can send them an
email[17] or join them on #gentoo-doc-fr on Their IRC
channel also hosts GWN and Gentoo applications (like GLI) translators.

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The Spanish translation team is led by John Christian Stoddart[18] and José
Luis Rivero[19]. The overall state of the project can be ascertained
here[20]. The team is especially interested in help translating the valuable
Gentoo article library. Please contact the Spanish translation team directly
via email or in the Gentoo IRC channel #gentoo-es on or via
the mailing list[21].

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The German translations are led by Jan Hendrik Grahl[22] with the position
of co-lead currently open. The status of the translations is documented via
the trads script[23]. There is also an article detailing how to participate
in the translation project[24]. Feel free to contact us directly, over the
mailing list[25], or via IRC on #gentoo-doc-de.

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The Italian translations are led by Marco Mascherpa[26]. They are currently
looking for a co-lead, but they seem to be doing just fine at the moment.
Follow the following links to see their progress[27] and guide lines[28].
You can find them on irc at #gentoo-it on

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Brazilian Portuguese

The Brazilian Portuguese translations are lead by Marcelo Goes[29] with the
position of co-lead currently open. A short guide[30] can help potential
translators learn the tools of the trade. The Brazilian Portuguese team is
in urgent need of help to keep its translations updated. If you think you
can help, please contact Marcelo.

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The Finnish translations are lead by Flammie Pirinen[31]. The Finnish team
is in urgent need of help to keep its translations up to date. If you are
interested in helping out, read Flammie's developer space[32] for more
information on how to contribute.

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Other teams can be contacted by emailing their respective translators listed
on our internationalisation sub-project page[5]. If your language is not
listed, please contact the Gentoo Documentation Project[4] (GDP).


2. Heard in the community


Introducing D into the tree

Gentoo developer Anant Narayanan[33] wrote to the gentoo-dev mailing list to
announce that he is currently working on creating ebuilds relating to the D
programming language to add into the portage tree.

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3. Gentoo International

France, 24H of Computer Science, Maubeuge

This 2 and 3 of June, a French event will take place in Maubeuge, in
northern France. The event will be subdivided in three sub-events.

The first sub-event, a Free and Open Source Exposition, will consist of
conferences, stands and discussions with the different organizations that
will be present. From the tiniest project to worldwide organizations like
Gentoo, the goal is to try to show France that Free Software is the easiest
way to look to the future. Also, preparations will be made for the French
Free Software Meeting ("Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre"), coming up
in July. Some developer meetings will also takes place, and visitors will be
able to put a face on the nicknames seen on IRC and mailing lists.

Second, there will be a challenge from Saturday 10AM to Sunday 10AM. With
about fifteen universities bringing students to battle on three different
subjects: general programming, web site development, and security. Finally,
there will be a computer fair, where professionals and non-professionals
will sell computer parts, games, and retro steampunk. Come on over, buy your
new system, get an InstallCD at our booth, and start installing. ;-)

Everybody is welcome to attend the event, which is open to the public. Since
Maubeuge is located near the Belgian border, you'll find fries, beer, fries
and... beer! There will be quite a few Gentoo developers around, so you can
ask them questions in person.

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4. 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:

  * Petteri Räty (Betelgeuse) Gentoo/Java lead
  * Joshua Nichols (nichoj) Gentoo/Java secondary lead
  * Peter Weller (welp) Gentoo/BSD lead, Gentoo/ALT AT lead
  * Timothy Redaelli (drizzt) Gentoo/ALT lead, Gentoo/BSD secondary lead

5. Gentoo security

STLport: Possible remote execution of arbitrary code

Two buffer overflows have been discovered in STLport possibly leading to the
remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[35]


SeaMonkey: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in SeaMonkey, some of which may
allow user-assisted arbitrary remote code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[36]


Smb4K: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in Smb4K.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[37]


KHTML: Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability

The KHTML component shipped with the KDE libraries is prone to a cross-site
scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[38]


6. 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[39] 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:
dev-ruby/ruby-gtk    05 Mar 2007   Olivier Crete[40]
x11-themes/qtcurve   05 Mar 2007   Steve Dibb[41]
net-libs/gecko-sdk   05 Mar 2007   Raúl Porcel[42]
app-emulation/vm-arm 07 Mar 2007   Mike Frysinger[43]
dev-java/jess-bin    09 Mar 2007   Petteri Räty[44]
net-www/bk_edit      10 Mar 2007   Christian Marie[45]
media-video/tcvp     10 Mar 2007   Samuli Suominen[46]
dev-libs/libtc       10 Mar 2007   Samuli Suominen[46]
dev-libs/tc2         10 Mar 2007   Samuli Suominen[46]
dev-libs/tc2-modules 10 Mar 2007   Samuli Suominen[46]

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Package:                            Addition date: Contact:
games-util/datutil[47]              05 Mar 2007    Timothy Redaelli[48]
x11-themes/qtcurve[49]              05 Mar 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
app-admin/sysrqd[50]                05 Mar 2007    Wolfram Schlich[51]
dev-util/scanmem[52]                06 Mar 2007    Tavis Ormandy[53]
dev-php4/xcache[54]                 06 Mar 2007    Luca Longinotti[55]
x11-themes/skinenigmang-logos[56]   06 Mar 2007    Joerg Bornkessel[57]
media-plugins/vdr-skinenigmang[58]  06 Mar 2007    Joerg Bornkessel[57]
media-libs/openjpeg[59]             06 Mar 2007    Timothy Redaelli[48]
dev-libs/elfio[60]                  06 Mar 2007    Timothy Redaelli[48]
x11-themes/gtk-engines-qtcurve[61]  06 Mar 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
x11-themes/qtcurve[49]              06 Mar 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
media-sound/flake[62]               08 Mar 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
media-sound/wavegain[63]            09 Mar 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
dev-lang/dmd-bin[64]                09 Mar 2007    Anant Narayanan[33]
media-fonts/fonts-indic[65]         10 Mar 2007    Seemant Kulleen[66]
x11-themes/tangerine-icon-theme[67] 10 Mar 2007    Samuli Suominen[46]
dev-haskell/fgl[68]                 11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/mtl[70]                 11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/html[71]                11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/haskell-src[72]         11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/hunit[73]               11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/network[74]             11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-haskell/quickcheck[75]          11 Mar 2007    Lennart Kolmodin[69]
dev-java/browserlauncher2[76]       11 Mar 2007    Stefan Briesenick[77]
dev-perl/File-Tempdir[78]           11 Mar 2007    Michael Cummings[79]

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Last Rites:

Package:                             Removal date: Contact:
dev-perl/Newt[80]                    31 Mar 2007   Michael Cummings[79]
dev-haskell/buddha[81]               5 Apr 2007    Duncan Coutts[82]
dev-php4/PEAR-XML_CSSML[83]          6 Apr 2007    Luca Longinotti[55]
dev-php4/PEAR-XML_XPath[84]          6 Apr 2007    Luca Longinotti[55]
kde-base/unsermake[85]               6 Apr 2007    Stefan Schweizer[86]
media-sound/DBMix[87]                8 Apr 2007    Steve Dibb[41]
games-puzzle/sdlvexed[88]            9 Apr 2007    Michael Sterrett[89]
dev-perl/XML-LibXML-XPathContext[90] 9 Apr 2007    Michael Cummings[79]
www-servers/aolserver[91]            8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
www-misc/nscache[92]                 8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
www-misc/nsopenssl[93]               8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
www-misc/nssha1[94]                  8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
www-misc/nsxml[95]                   8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
app-emulation/tiger[96]              8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
sys-apps/evkeyd[97]                  8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
media-libs/libuata[98]               8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
net-misc/cipe[99]                    8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
app-text/biblestudy[100]             8 May 2007    Raúl Porcel[42]
net-misc/aria[101]                   11 May 2007   Raúl Porcel[42]

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7. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([102]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 04 March 2007 and 11 March 2007, activity on the
site has resulted in:


  * 760 new bugs during this period
  * 432 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 16 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 135 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10426 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled 'blocker', 113 are labeled
'critical', and 422 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[103], with 26 closed
  * PHP Bugs[105], with 19 closed bugs[106]
  * Portage Utilities Team[107], with 17 closed bugs[108]
  * Gentoo Security[109], with 14 closed bugs[110]
  * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[111], with 13 closed bugs[112]
  * Gentoo Sound Team[113], with 12 closed bugs[114]
  * Gentoo KDE team[115], with 10 closed bugs[116]
  * Gentoo Infrastructure[117], with 10 closed bugs[118]

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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[119], with 23 new bugs[120]
  * AMD64 Project[121], with 13 new bugs[122]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[123], with 10 new bugs[124]
  * Gentoo Sound Team[113], with 9 new bugs[125]
  * Gentoo X-windows packagers[126], with 6 new bugs[127]
  * Gentoo Toolchain Maintainers[128], with 6 new bugs[129]
  * PHP Bugs[105], with 6 new bugs[130]
  * Gentoo Games[131], with 6 new bugs[132]

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8. 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[133]
and help make the GWN better.

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9. GWN subscription information

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10. Other languages

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

  * Chinese (Simplified)[134]
  * Dutch[135]
  * English[136]
  * German[137]
  * Greek[138]
  * French[139]
  * Korean[140]
  * Japanese[141]
  * Italian[142]
  * Polish[143]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[144]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[145]
  * Russian[146]
  * Slovak[147]
  * Spanish[148]
  * Turkish[149]


Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor
Dimitry Bradt <[hidden email]> - Author
Mark Kowarsky <[hidden email]> - Author

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