Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 28 August 2006

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 28 August 2006

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 28 August 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Gentoo Linux 2006.1 released
The Gentoo Release Engineering[1] project is proud to announce the release
of Gentoo Linux 2006.1, aptly code named "Project Mayhem." After months of
living in an existence similar to that of many secret societies, with code
words and secret hand shakes, the releng team's adherence to eight simple
rules, the first two being "You do not talk about 2006.1," has paid off.

It has been a hard road of blood, sweat, and tears. The team has been
stressed to their limits of patience (and sometimes beyond), but they've
learned that with enough perserverence and enough soap, that they can blow
up the world! For the team, it is time to celebrate as the work is over.
For you, the fun is just getting started! This release brings a host of
improvements to the flexible and powerful community-based Linux
Some highlights from the release include the AMD64, HPPA, x86, PowerPC,
and 64-bit PowerPC with a 32-bit userland releases being built with
version 4.1 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). AMD64, PowerPC, and x86
also feature version 2.4 of the GNU C library (glibc), while all
architectures use baselayout 1.12.1, which features many improved startup
Alpha, x86 and AMD64 feature a new profile layout. These architecture
profiles now have 'desktop' and 'server' varieties, allowing for quicker
and easier customization as fewer desktop-specific options are enabled by
For more information on the release, please visit the release page[2], as
well as the  press release[3]. To get your copy of Gentoo Linux 2006.1,
use our bouncer system[4] or get it via BitTorrent at our tracker[5].

GCC 4.1.1 and glibc 2.4 stable
Initially reported last week[6], the x86 and AMD64 architectures have
marked sys-devel/gcc-4.1.1 and sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r3 stable to coincide
with the 2006.1 release. The new GCC and GNU C library (glibc) versions
mark a transition in Gentoo's supported configurations. Starting with
glibc 2.4, the LinuxThreads[7] threading library is no longer supported in
the default configuration. LinuxThreads is replaced with NPTL, or the
Native POSIX Thread Library[8]. Support for the older versions of glibc
with LinuxThreads will remain for x86 in a limited fashion for an
undertimed time. This is primarily due to a shift in support from the
upstream glibc developers.

 6. 20060821-newsletter.xml
Users on x86 wishing to continue using LinuxThreads are asked to switch to
using the "no-nptl" profile for default-linux, or to switch to using a
hardened profile.
  The hardened profiles are much more minimalistic than the default-linux
profiles that you may be accustomed to using. Switching to a hardened
profile will likely require enabling many more USE flags in make.conf to
retain the same functionality.  
| Code Listing 1.1:                                                       |
|Switching to the no-nptl profile                                         |
|                                                                         |
|# cd /etc                                                                |
|# rm -f make.profile                                                     |
|# ln -sf ../usr/portage/profiles/default-linux/x86/no-nptl make.profile  |
|                                                                         |
Note:  There is also a 2.4 sub-profile, which uses the 2.4 kernel and
This also marks a major upgrade of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) to
version 4.1.1 on Gentoo. This upgrade requires the user to perform certain
tasks outlined in the GCC Upgrading Guide[9], which has recently been
updated with information on GCC 4.1.1 for Gentoo users.

Users who do not wish to upgrade to GCC 4.1.1 will require a few more
steps to ensure their systems are not upgraded.
| Code Listing 1.2:                                                       |
|Masking GCC 4.1.1                                                        |
|                                                                         |
|# mkdir -p /etc/portage                                                  |
|# echo ">=sys-devel/gcc-4.0" >> /etc/portage/package.mask                |
|                                                                         |
Gentoo Summer Camps in Germany and Russia
Figure 1.1: Some of the activities from the German Gentoo Summer Camp
Two Gentoo Summer Camps were held last weekend, one in the northern part
of Germany and the other one in Russia. After the huge success of last
year's Summer Camp, about 10 people from all over Germany and a visitor
from Greece attended this year. Some of the attendees had already arrived
some days before the "official" camp started and combined this event with
their vacations. During the week, everyone visited a wind energy plant,
did a boat-tour on a little river nearby, and walked through watt, a
narrow strip of coastal land which is dry at low tide.
Figure 1.2: Find out who these people at the watt are...
Gentoo user "gd", hailing from Greece, took the chance to visit the camp
crew during his holiday journey across Germany. Though the weather wasn't
warm and sunny as expected, it was possible to fire up the barbeque in the
evening to recover from a long, hard day (and even longer nights). Thanks
to one of the members of the organization team, Hilefoks, there was a
local distfiles and rsync mirror, which gave everyone the opportunity to
exhaustly "evaluate" games-* packages, all night long.
A little review and some pictures should show up on the GSC 2006
webpage[10] within the next few days. All participants are looking forward
to meet again in 2007, possibly in the southern part of Germany.

Gentoo overlays project provides social workspaces
The Gentoo Overlays[11] project, together with other projects including
Infrastructure and User Relations, has officially announced the overlays
service to provide a single source for development overlays for Gentoo.
Stuart Herbert[12], the founder of the project, hopes to see the Overlays
project used to create a more intimate and positive collaboration between
developers and other members of the Gentoo community.

 12. [hidden email]
These overlays are individual collections of additional packages for
Gentoo which are maintained and distributed separately from the main
package tree. This allows for non-developers to be given commit access and
builds a stronger relationship between the developers and members of the
community by encouraging them to work closer together. Users interested in
joining the volunteer-driven Gentoo project gain experience working in an
open source project and doing development in a real-world setting.
For more information on the Gentoo Overlays project, visit the project
page[13], and also the Overlay project home page[14].

2. Heard in the community
Gentoo treecleaners status
Steve Dibb[15] posted a status of the treecleaners project[16], which is
right now in the development phase. A tool (GPNL) helping to figure out
which packages needs some loving and which are unmaintained is to be
written. Also former Gentoo Developer Daniel Ahlberg provided the script
he used to create a website[17] showing the current state of packages.

 15. [hidden email]
 * Gentoo treecleaners status[18]

The future of SELinux (or how we are going to take over the world)
Joshua Brindle[19] wrote an article on the future of SELinux, on things
he'd like to happen, and steps that need to be taken to get SELinux to
become a part of the system, not an add-on.

 19. [hidden email]
 *  The future of SELinux (or how we are going to take over the world)[20]

3. Gentoo in the press
Linux Journal (25 Aug)
Linux Journal is running an article, entitled "Do-It-Yourself Robots with
Linux[21]". The article describes Michael Surran's Robotics class as
Greater Houlton Christian Academy in Houlton, Maine. The robots on are
based on regular PC components running Gentoo Linux, of course. In the
article, Michael describes three different robots that his class has
built, and goes into some detail on how they accomplished the task. Aside
from the robots, the school itself has switched to running Gentoo Linux.
This is just one more step towards Gentoo's eventual world domination, and
you saw it first here!

4. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:
 * none this week
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:
 * Jorge Vicetto (jmbscicetto) forums
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * none this week
5. Gentoo security
Heimdal: Multiple local privilege escalation vulnerabilities
Certain Heimdal components, ftpd and rcp, are vulnerable to a local
privilege escalation.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[22]

fbida: Arbitrary command execution
The fbgs script provided by fbida allows the execution of arbitrary code.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[23]

Heartbeat: Denial of Service
Heartbeat is vulnerable to a Denial of Service which can be triggered by a
remote attacker without authentication.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[24]

AlsaPlayer: Multiple buffer overflows
AlsaPlayer is vulnerable to multiple buffer overflows which could lead to
the execution of arbitrary code.
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[25]

6. Bugzilla
 * Statistics
 * Closed bug ranking
 * New bug rankings
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([26]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 21 August 2006 and 28 August 2006, activity on
the site has resulted in:

 * 714 new bugs during this period
 * 358 bugs closed or resolved during this period
 * 16 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
Of the 11012 currently open bugs: 42 are labeled 'blocker', 129 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 KDE team[27], with 42 closed bugs[28]  
 * Gentoo Games[29], with 14 closed bugs[30]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[31], with 14 closed bugs[32]  
 * Perl Devs @ Gentoo[33], with 12 closed bugs[34]  
 * Gentoo Toolchain Maintainers[35], with 11 closed bugs[36]  
 * media-video herd[37], with 11 closed bugs[38]  
 * Gentoo Release Team[39], with 10 closed bugs[40]  
 * Java team[41], with 10 closed bugs[42]  
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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[43], with 32 new bugs[44]  
 * AMD64 Project[45], with 12 new bugs[46]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[47], with 10 new bugs[48]  
 * Gentoo Games[49], with 9 new bugs[50]  
 * Gentoo net-im Herd[51], with 8 new bugs[52]  
 * Netmon Herd[53], with 7 new bugs[54]  
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[55], with 7 new bugs[56]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[57], with 6 new bugs[58]  
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Ulrich Plate <[hidden email]> - Editor
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