Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 15 May 2006

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 15 May 2006

Ulrich Plate
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 15 May 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Gentoo rsync mirror spring cleaning
A legacy module that is still being supported for backward compatibility
for the settings in a few people's /etc/make.conf is a strong candidate
for removal. A few of those users who have been synchronizing their
Portage tree since 2001 or so may still have a line in their config file
that points to the old gentoo-x86-portage module. As removing this option
would make mirror configuration much easier, a simple replacement of
gentoo-x86-portage with gentoo-portage is all that's needed:
| Code Listing 1.1:                                                       |
| /etc/make.conf                                                          |
|                                                                         |
|SYNC="rsync://" | Change this line        |
|SYNC="rsync://"     | to this                 |
|                                                                         |
GWN translation forces need support
Park Jin Kyu, the lead translator for the GWN's excellent Korean version,
has been chipping away at the newsletter translations mostly by himself
for the last few issues. To help him assure a steady service for our
readers in Korea, please contact him directly[1] or send an e-mail to our
own feedback address[2].

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Meanwhile, a new simplified Chinese version of the GWN is just about ready
for official publication. Robert Zhang Le already has a few collaborators
but could equally use additional help. The first issue of the simplified
Chinese GWN will be posted shortly, please contact Robert[3] or, again,
[hidden email].

2. Gentoo international
Austria: Gentoo at the Grazer Linuxtage
On 20 May, the community part of the annual Grazer Linuxtage[4] will be
held in the FH Joanneum, Graz. As in 2005, a number of Gentoo developers
as well as friends and contributors will represent Gentoo at a booth set
up in the exhibition hall. They'll be giving away free stickers, selling
case badges[5], burning live-cds and be available for a chat about Gentoo,
the universe and everything else. A lot of interesting lectures[6] will be
held throughout the day. As last year, the Gentoo booth will be adjacent
to those of the grml[7] and Debian projects, and rumors indicate that
there will be an unusually strong connecting band between those three. If
you want to know what that's all about, visit the Grazer Linuxtag to find

Italy: Gentoo at the Linux World Summit in Milano
What used to be the "Linux World Expo" in Italy changed both organization
and name this year, to become the Linux World Summit[8]. This
predominantly business-oriented Linux event is opening its doors 15 and 16
May in Milano. The Gechi (Gentoo Channel Italia)[9] activists will be
there with a stand on both days. You'll find the latest Gentoo
installation and package CD for many of the supported architectures, and
the lxnay RR4/RR64 LiveDVD[10]. Their creator will be there on Monday
afternoon presenting a new product of the RR family. Gechi T-shirts will
also be on sale. On display at the booth: a cluster of four Via Epia and a
Sun Fire V120. Check the Gechi forum[11] for additional details (in
Italian). See you there!

Norway: PHP developer conference with Gentoo developer participation
Sebastian Bergmann[12] and Stuart Herbert[13] are both invited to attend
the PHP Vikinger[14] conference -- or rather "unconference", as organizer
Zak Greant likes to call it -- in Skien next month, 24 and 25 June 2006.
The birthtown of Henrik Ibsen in Norway's Telemark province is unlikely to
offer many distractions for participants, so they can fully concentrate on
what is announced as "an incredibly awesome event" centering on PHP
development, with both invited guests and individually registering
attendees from all over the planet.

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3. Gentoo in the press
Linuxdevices (9 May 2006)
The magazine specializing in news from the embedded Linux market,
Linuxdevices, reports about a new embedded processor module that ships
with Gentoo Linux pre-installed. The article[15] reviews the Israeli
company CompuLab's latest product, a single board computer targeting
real-time and telecommunication applications, the CM-F82[16] and its 70MB
image of Gentoo Linux inside.

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:
 * Denis Dupeyron (calchan) - joined the media-video team to take care of
kino et al.
5. Gentoo Security
PHP: Multiple vulnerabilities
PHP is affected by multiple issues, including a buffer overflow in
wordwrap() which may lead to execution of arbitrary code.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[17]

Mozilla Thunderbird: Multiple vulnerabilities
Several vulnerabilities in Mozilla Thunderbird allow attacks ranging from
script execution with elevated privileges to information leaks.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[18]

pdnsd: Denial of Service and potential arbitrary code execution
pdnsd is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that may result in arbitrary code
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[19]

Ruby: Denial of Service
Ruby WEBrick and XMLRPC servers are vulnerable to Denial of Service.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[20]

Quake 3 engine based games: Buffer Overflow
The Quake 3 engine has a vulnerability that could be exploited to execute
arbitrary code.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[21]

MySQL: Information leakage
A MySQL server may leak information to unauthorized users.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[22]

6. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([23]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 07 May 2006 and 14 May 2006, activity on the
site has resulted in:

 * 732 new bugs during this period
 * 353 bugs closed or resolved during this period
 * 22 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
Of the 10071 currently open bugs: 60 are labeled 'blocker', 147 are
labeled 'critical', and 526 are labeled 'major'.
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[24], with 23 closed bugs[25]  
 * ppc64 architecture team[26], with 21 closed bugs[27]  
 * Portage team[28], with 15 closed bugs[29]  
 * Gentoo Games[30], with 14 closed bugs[31]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[32], with 11 closed bugs[33]  
 * Gentoo Security[34], with 10 closed bugs[35]  
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[36], with 10 closed bugs[37]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[38], with 9 closed bugs[39]  
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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[40], with 22 new bugs[41]  
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[42], with 9 new bugs[43]  
 * AMD64 Project[44], with 9 new bugs[45]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[46], with 7 new bugs[47]  
 * Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[48], with 7 new
 * Matthias Schwarzott[50], with 6 new bugs[51]  
 * X11 External Driver Maintainers[52], with 6 new bugs[53]  
 * media-video herd[54], with 6 new bugs[55]  
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7. GWN feedback
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9. Other languages
The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:
 * Danish[57]  
 * Dutch[58]  
 * English[59]  
 * German[60]  
 * French[61]  
 * Korean[62]  
 * Japanese[63]  
 * Italian[64]  
 * Polish[65]  
 * Portuguese (Brazil)[66]  
 * Portuguese (Portugal)[67]  
 * Russian[68]  
 * Spanish[69]  
 * Turkish[70]  

Ulrich Plate <[hidden email]> - Editor
Wernfried Haas <[hidden email]> - Author
Andrea Perotti <[hidden email]> - Author

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