Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 24 July 2006

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 24 July 2006

Lars Weiler
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 24 July 2006.

1. Gentoo news

Sun T2000 donation

On June 20th, Gentoo was approached by David Killian from Sun's Niagara
Product Team, offering a Niagara box for development, porting, and
testing. The T2000 is equipped with the new UltraSPARC T1 processor, a
massive, yet very power efficient, 8-core multithreading processor. The
machine is being hosted by the Oregon State University Open Source Labs
and it currently being used to build the upcoming 2006.1 release. It will
then be used for further development by SPARC-team members, and other
Gentoo developers whom do not have access to SPARC equipment.

For the curious, there is a boot log[1] provided by Gustavo Zacarias[2] in
his developer web space.

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Ethereal moves to wireshark

As many of you may already know, Ethereal[3] has moved to Wireshark[4].
Due to security vulnerabilities, Bug #140856[5], and the assumption that
Ethereal is not being developed further[6], Gentoo has decided to drop the
Ethereal package in favor of Wireshark. To make this transition as
seamless as possible, Wireshark should appear when you attempt to update


To keep your filters and other configurations that you had as a user you
are required to manually move your Ethereal configuration to Wireshark as

| Code Listing 1.1:                                                       |
| Ethereal to Wireshark configuration change                              |
|                                                                         |
|cd $HOME                                                                 |
|mv .ethereal .wireshark                                                  |
|                                                                         |

User representatives election open

The  Gentoo User Relations[7] project is happy to announce that the
elections for the position of User Representative[8] are now open.


The candidates have each written some  information[9] about themselves and
what they would like to achieve.


You can only vote once, so carefully consider who you would most like to
represent you. To vote, go to the User Representative Elections[10] and
select your user representative.


2. Heard in the community


Deletion of Inactive user accounts

Gentoo developer Tom Knight[11] has made an announcement on the Gentoo
Forums, warning that a cron job will be run, starting on the 28th of July
and running monthly, to delete inactive user accounts. The current
estimate is that the cron job on its first run will delete around 23,000
accounts. More details about the criteria for deletion are available in
the announcement.

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 * [forums-announce] Upcoming deletion of inactive accounts[12]

gentoo-stats test request

One of the projects implemented in this year's Google Summer of Code is a
new Gentoo stats implementation allowing architecture teams to know how
much testing a package gets and what type of CFLAGS and USE flags our
users utilize. Though most modules aren't ready yet Marius Mauch[13] put
together a tarball to allow users starting test the client-modules that
are already supposed to work.

 13. [hidden email]

 *  gentoo-stats test request[14]

Nostalgic moments

Starting with a users asking for old Portage sources Simon Stelling[15]
started a trip in Gentoo's history. Besides old Portage 1.5 sources he put
together a snapshot of the Portage tree from March 24 2001, just the day
after Daniel Robbins added Portage 1.5 to tree. The tarball is "just" 11MB
in size (compared to current snapshots which take 30MB) and features 1134
Ebuilds and 648 packages in 51 categories.

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 *  Nostalgic moments[16]

3. Gentoo in the press
====================== (20 July 2006)

Author Hans Kwint has written the second in his series of articles on
Gentoo on the desktop, entitled A Gentoo diary part 1[17]. In this
article, he writes about switching from lilo to grub, from xmms to
audacious, and his setup of an old machine as a server.


4. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

 * Otavio R. Piske (AngusYoung)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

 * Joshua Ross (joslway) PPC64/Release Engineering


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

 * none this week

5. Gentoo security

libpng: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow has been found in the libpng library that could lead to
the execution of arbitrary code.

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


xine-lib: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow has been found in the libmms library shipped with
xine-lib, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

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


GIMP: Buffer overflow

GIMP is prone to a buffer overflow which may lead to the execution of
arbitrary code when loading specially crafted XCF files.

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


6. Bugzilla


 * Statistics
 * Closed bug ranking
 * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([21]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 16 July 2006 and 23 July 2006, activity on the
site has resulted in:


 * 869 new bugs during this period
 * 375 bugs closed or resolved during this period
 * 27 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 10567 currently open bugs: 52 are labeled 'blocker', 133 are
labeled 'critical', and 526 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

 * Xavier Neys[22], with 25 closed bugs[23]
 * Gentoo Games[24], with 20 closed bugs[25]
 * Portage team[26], with 18 closed bugs[27]
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[28], with 15 closed bugs[29]
 * AMD64 Project[30], with 12 closed bugs[31]
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[32], with 10 closed bugs[33]
 * Java team[34], with 10 closed bugs[35]
 * Python Gentoo Team[36], with 9 closed bugs[37]
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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[38], with 33 new bugs[39]
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[40], with 11 new bugs[41]
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[42], with 11 new bugs[43]
 * Mozilla Gentoo Team[44], with 9 new bugs[45]
 * media-video herd[46], with 9 new bugs[47]
 * AMD64 Project[48], with 9 new bugs[49]
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[50], with 8 new bugs[51]
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[52], with 7 new bugs[53]
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7. GWN feedback

Please send us your feedback[54] 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)[55]
 * Danish[56]
 * Dutch[57]
 * English[58]
 * German[59]
 * French[60]
 * Korean[61]
 * Japanese[62]
 * Italian[63]
 * Polish[64]
 * Portuguese (Brazil)[65]
 * Portuguese (Portugal)[66]
 * Russian[67]
 * Spanish[68]
 * Turkish[69]

Ulrich Plate <[hidden email]> - Editor
Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Author
Jorge Vicetto <[hidden email]> - Author
Tobias Scherbaum <[hidden email]> - Author
Christel Dahlskjaer <[hidden email]> - Author
Gustavo Zacarias <[hidden email]> - Author

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