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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 22 January 2007

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 22 January 2007.

1. Gentoo News

Flash Player 9 released

Adobe[1] recently released[2] the final version of Flash Player 9 for Linux.
Gentoo developers were quick to add it to the tree. Note that this version
of Flash does not include a debug version, and it is still hard-masked.
Thanks to Jakub Moc[3] and Olivier Crete[4], for taking care of it so fast.

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Adopt-a-developer project update

The Adopt-a-dev project[5] has been neglected lately. The project would like
to remind the users that developers can always make use of hardware or
technical books to help bring better support and build a better
distribution. Contributions are most welcome! For example, Diego Pettenò[6]
recently needed a cheap, low-end SoundBlaster card. This is the area where
you can help his ALSA development efforts with a small donation.

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Chris White[7] received a book on Perl from a user; he's putting it to good
use maintaining and testing the Perl packages. Thanks!

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Once again, we need both developers and users to request and offer any
resources that can be donated. It doesn't have to be a substantial donation
-- you'd be surprised how often a simple item turns out to be exactly what
is needed.

KBase project ended

Due to lack of leadership, time, commitment, technical know-how, skills, and
the resources to implement and maintain a knowledge base, the KBase project
has been ended. Also, there was no traffic on the mailing lists despite
several queries, and the threads on the forums indicated lack of interest
from the community. This lead to the decision that Gentoo doesn't need a
knowledge base at present; the existing documentation provided by the Gentoo
Documentation Project is sufficient.

Note that the KBase developers are not retiring; they are still active in
their respective areas of Gentoo development. Only the project has been

There are no plans to revive the project in the future.

2. Developer of the week

Dimitry Bradt (diox)

Figure 2.1: Dimitry Bradt, aka diox

20 year old developer Dimitry Bradt, also known as diox, grew up in De
Panne, Belgium and now lives in Oostduinkerke, just off the Belgian coast.
Dimitry lives with his parents, two younger sisters, and a cat named Felix.

Dimitry attended college in Kortrijk for several years, studying for a
bachelors degree in Multimedia and Communication Technology. After a few
years study, he realized that it wasn't what he really wanted to do and left
to pursue other interests. After leaving the university, Dimitry followed in
his parents footsteps and became a cook. Though what he does comes pretty
naturally, he is considering an Administration job with the government.

When Dimitry isn't on his computer, he enjoys watching Anime. His favorite
Anime show is Bleach. Not so into the pub scene, he says he's the kind of
guy that enjoys visiting friends and having cozy chats over a bottle of
wine. His favorite type of music is a good drum and bass or a mix of jazz
and blues that he learned of from the Anime show Cowboy Bebop. Dimitry likes
to read and watch movies. His favorite movie is The Fabulous Destiny of
Amelie Poulain (aka le fabuleux destin d'amelie poulin). As if he isn't busy
enough with Gentoo and personal interests, Dimitry also found time to start
a non-profit organization that assists the elderly with computer lessons.

When diox moved into student housing in 2004, a room mate used Gentoo and
quickly got him hooked. He fell in love with Gentoo and started contributing
to the Gentoo Documentation Project by translating documents. He was later
recruited and mentored by Xavier Neys[8]. Currently diox is the Dutch lead
translator and works with the Events, GWN, and Adopt-a-Dev teams.

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Diox's home computer collection consists of a P4 desktop and three AMD
Athlon64 servers. The first apps that diox launches are fluxbox, rxvt,
irssi, gajim, audacious, vim, azureus, and gaim.

3. Heard in the community

Introducing Planet Paludis!

Alexander Færøy[9], a contributor at the Paludis[10] project, wrote a blog
post about their new asset, For the people living
under rocks, Paludis is an upcoming alternative to Portage written in C++,
designed to offer improved performance, a more flexible configuration system
and providing many much-asked-for features that were unable to be added to
Portage. Planet Paludis is updated every 30 minutes to bring its community
speedy updates.

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Because most of the Paludis developers are also Gentoo Developers, Danny Van
Dyk[11] will give a talk on it at FOSDEM 2007[12]. He will be explaining how
people can simplify maintaining packages within a basic Gentoo installation.

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Suggestions for a minimalistic system

Vlad Dogaru was trying to create a minimalistic system to run on an older
computer with 384MB of RAM. He was considering switching to Ratpoison as a
window manager. Also, he was looking for a replacement for Firefox, but his
experiments with Conkeror and links had proved unsatisfactory, as the former
was too emacs-oriented and the latter lacked tabs.

Readers were unfamiliar with Conkeror[13], an offshoot of Firefox with
keyboard-only navigation modelled after emacs. Some confused it with KDE's
Konqueror. Others, while interested in the project, noted that, with or
without a minimalistic interface, Conkeror was still Firefox under the hood,
and as big of a memory hog as Firefox.


Readers suggested using Dillo, which is both lightweight and has tabs. Dillo
has the disadvantage (if it is one) of not running Flash and having
primitive Javascript capabilities. Others suggested Opera, which, while not
free/libre software, was fast and tabbed.

Window manager suggestions included evilwm, pekwm, XFCE and, oddly, KDE. The
point was made that use of an integrated environment, be it KDE or Gnome,
can be more efficient since the apps share libraries. Issues arise only when
one tries to mix and match KDE and Gnome and wind up loading both sets of


4. Gentoo International

Australia:, Sydney

Last week, a few Gentoo developers attended the Linux Conference in Sydney,
Australia. Attending devs were: Daniel Ostrow[14], Mark Kowarsky[15],
Christian Marie[16] and Daniel Black[17]. Though they didn't have a booth,
they did have a great time. The most fascinating talks were: Keith Packard's
talk on RandR, Andrew Cowie's and Madely's talk on GTK+ programming and
Chris Blizzard's talk on OLPC.

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Besides the talks, there were many interesting things going on for
attendees. Gentoo users, unlike the other distributions, weren't given
chairs, but instead got a box full of chair parts and got to build their


5. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * Aron Griffis (agriffis)
  * Kathryn Kulick (gothgirl)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * Vic Fryzel (shellsage) Security team


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * none this week

6. Gentoo security

oftpd: Denial of Service

An assertion in oftpd could lead to a denial of service vulnerability.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[18]


WordPress: Multiple vulnerabilities

WordPress is vulnerable to SQL injection, information disclosure, and
cross-site scripting attacks.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[19]


Kronolith: Local file inclusion

Kronolith contains a flaw that could allow the execution of arbitrary files.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[20]


Mono: Information disclosure

Mono does not properly sanitize pathnames allowing unauthorized information

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[21]


7. 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[22] 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:
net-p2p/xmule             15 Jan 2007   Christian Faulhammer[23]
www-apache/mod_survey     15 Jan 2007   Luca Longinotti[24]
app-admin/empower         16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-libs/exml             16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/retina          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-video/envision      16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/enity            16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
app-editors/enscribe      16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-util/enhance          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-libs/edje           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
sci-calculators/equate    16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/enotes           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
app-laptop/epbb           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-util/e_utils          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-libs/emotion        16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
sys-fs/evfs               16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/entrance         16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
app-misc/entropy          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
mail-client/embrace       16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-libs/epeg           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-apps/elapse           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/estickies        16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
app-misc/evidence         16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/eclips          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-libs/epsilon        16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-libs/ecore            16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/iconbar          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
app-misc/examine          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/elicit          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-libs/esmart           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-plugins/e_modules     16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/entice          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-libs/imlib2_loaders 16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-libs/etk              16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-terms/enterminus      16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-libs/eet              16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/ephoto          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-sound/extrackt      16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-libs/evas             16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-wm/e                  16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-libs/embryo           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/exhibit         16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-video/eclair        16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-libs/ewl              16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
dev-libs/engrave          16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-gfx/imlib2_tools    16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-video/elation       16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
x11-misc/engage           16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
net-im/express            16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-video/requant       16 Jan 2007   Joerg Bornkessel[26]
x11-misc/eosd             16 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
net-dialup/gigaset-isdn   16 Jan 2007   Alin Năstac[27]
media-sound/ipodder       17 Jan 2007   Michael Sterrett[28]
media-libs/exscalibar     18 Jan 2007   Diego Pettenò[6]
www-apache/libapreq       20 Jan 2007   Michael Cummings[29]
www-apache/libapreq2      20 Jan 2007   Michael Cummings[29]
www-apache/Embperl        20 Jan 2007   Michael Cummings[29]
sys-cluster/vserver-utils 20 Jan 2007   Christian Heim[30]
media-plugins/alsa-jack   20 Jan 2007   Diego Pettenò[6]
net-ftp/ftpd              21 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[25]
media-sound/xmp           21 Jan 2007   Diego Pettenò[6]

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Package:                              Addition date: Contact:
games-emulation/desmume[31]           15 Jan 2007    Hanno Boeck[32]
dev-db/pgmecab[33]                    15 Jan 2007    Masatomo Nakano[34]
media-video/m2vrequantizer[35]        15 Jan 2007    Joerg Bornkessel[26]
app-emulation/virtualbox[36]          15 Jan 2007    Markus Ullmann[37]
dev-perl/Term-ReadLine-Gnu[38]        15 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-perl/Data-Random[39]              15 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-perl/WWW-Mechanize-FormFiller[40] 15 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
www-apps/mod_survey[41]               15 Jan 2007    Luca Longinotti[24]
net-p2p/microdc2[42]                  16 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[43]
games-strategy/dark-oberon[44]        16 Jan 2007    Alfredo Tupone[45]
net-p2p/ctcs[46]                      16 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[43]
app-mobilephone/pysms[47]             16 Jan 2007    Alin Năstac[27]
profiles/base[48]                     17 Jan 2007    Robert Buchholz[49]
net-p2p/linuxdcpp[50]                 17 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[43]
dev-scheme/elk[51]                    17 Jan 2007    Marijn Schouten[52]
sci-chemistry/gtk-gamess[53]          18 Jan 2007    Jeffrey Gardner[54]
dev-python/webpy[55]                  19 Jan 2007    Gunnar Wrobel[56]
x11-misc/fraqtive[57]                 19 Jan 2007    Timothy Redaelli[58]
www-misc/libapreq[59]                 20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
www-misc/libapreq2[60]                20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
www-apps/Embperl[61]                  20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-perl/Audio-DSP[62]                20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-perl/Modem-Vgetty[63]             20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-perl/XML-Mini[64]                 20 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
media-sound/murmur[65]                20 Jan 2007    Timothy Redaelli[58]
dev-java/rome[66]                     20 Jan 2007    Miroslav Šulc[67]
dev-perl/File-Copy-Recursive[68]      21 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
dev-java/glassfish-persistence[69]    21 Jan 2007    Miroslav Šulc[67]
net-ftp/netkit-ftpd[70]               21 Jan 2007    Mike Frysinger[25]
xfce-extra/verve[71]                  21 Jan 2007    Joshua Nichols[72]
dev-perl/B-Keywords[73]               21 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[29]
xfce-extra/xfce4-dict[74]             21 Jan 2007    Joshua Nichols[72]
xfce-extra/xfce4-screenshooter[75]    21 Jan 2007    Joshua Nichols[72]
dev-java/ant-nodeps[76]               21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-antlr[78]                21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-bcel[79]          21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-bsf[80]           21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-log4j[81]         21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-oro[82]           21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-regexp[83]        21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-apache-resolver[84]      21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-commons-logging[85]      21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-commons-net[86]          21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-jai[87]                  21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-javamail[88]             21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-jdepend[89]              21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-jmf[90]                  21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-jsch[91]                 21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-junit[92]                21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-swing[93]                21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]
dev-java/ant-trax[94]                 21 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[77]

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Last Rites:

Package:                      Removal date: Contact:
net-wireless/ipw2100[95]      19 Feb 07     Christian Heim[30]
net-wireless/ipw2200[96]      19 Feb 07     Christian Heim[30]
dev-lang/tolua[97]            19 Feb 07     Matti Bickel[98]
net-analyzer/firestorm[99]    19 Feb 07     Charlie Shepherd[100]
net-p2p/g2gui[101]            20 Feb 07     Raúl Porcel[43]
net-p2p/bittorrent-stats[102] 20 Feb 07     Raúl Porcel[43]
media-sound/amp[103]          21 Feb 07     Diego Pettenò[6]

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8. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([104]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 14 January 2007 and 21 January 2007, activity on
the site has resulted in:


  * 684 new bugs during this period
  * 364 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 27 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 127 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10728 currently open bugs: 25 are labeled 'blocker', 98 are labeled
'critical', and 458 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

  * Java team[105], with 22 closed bugs[106]
  * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[107], with 15 closed bugs[108]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[109], with 15 closed
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[111], with 14 closed
  * Gentoo Games[113], with 12 closed bugs[114]
  * Portage team[115], with 12 closed bugs[116]
  * SpanKY[25], with 11 closed bugs[117]
  * Hanno Boeck[32], 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 29 new bugs[120]
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[111], with 21 new bugs[121]
  * Gentoo Games[113], with 19 new bugs[122]
  * AMD64 Project[123], with 19 new bugs[124]
  * SE Linux Bugs[125], with 9 new bugs[126]
  * media-gfx herd[127], with 9 new bugs[128]
  * Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[129], with 8 new
  * media-video herd[131], with 7 new bugs[132]

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9. 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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10. GWN subscription information

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11. Other languages

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

  * Chinese (Simplified)[134]
  * Danish[135]
  * Dutch[136]
  * English[137]
  * German[138]
  * Greek[139]
  * French[140]
  * Korean[141]
  * Japanese[142]
  * Italian[143]
  * Polish[144]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[145]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[146]
  * Russian[147]
  * Slovak[148]
  * Spanish[149]
  * Turkish[150]


Chris Atkinson <[hidden email]> - Author
Dimitry Bradt <[hidden email]> - Author
Josh Saddler <[hidden email]> - Author
Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor

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