Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 29 May 2006

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 29 May 2006

Ulrich Plate
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 29 May 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Don't mix and match GCC 3.4 and 4.1 versions
It has been discovered that even though GCC 3.4 and 4.1 share the same version, some slight changes require you to follow the GCC
Upgrading Guide[1]. Bug #134447[2] illustrates an example of what may
happen upon partial rebuilds (Qt in this case). Sorry for any
inconvenience that this error may have caused.

GnuPG update
gnupg-1.9.20 has been marked stable, allowing its added features[3]
GPG-AGENT (passphrase caching) and GPGSM (S/MIME support) to be made
available to all users of Gentoo Linux. As the GnuPG developers have
indicated[4] these features are ready for production use. Following their
recommendation, the gpg executable on your system is still the gnupg-1.4
version, as gnupg-1.4 and gnupg-1.9 are both installed at the same time
(in different slots). If you want to use the development version of gpg[5]
please enable USE=gpg2-experimental, then emerge gnupg-1.9 and the
executable /usr/bin/gpg2 will be installed. It will only be used if
explicitly called, and by applications that are gpg2-aware. Not all
applications look for gpg2 or understand its interfaces, which is why
gnupg-1.4 is also installed. As a result of the stabilization the
gpg-agent package is superseeded by gnupg-1.9.20. For information on how
to use gpg-agent see Gentoo GnuPG User guide[6].


Tobias Klausmann, systems administrator for, was kind
enough recently to completely rewrite the Gentoo rsync server guide[7]
with fixes both in the instructions and the code snippets. Gentoo
developer Jeffrey Forman and the infrastructure team want to thank him for
the hard work and appreciate making Gentoo's documentation just a little
bit more complete.

2. Developer of the week
"A room full of strangers is a room full of potential friends" - Christel
Dahlskjaer (christel)
Figure 2.1: Christel Dahlskjaer aka Christel
One of the more recent additions to the Gentoo development team, already
known by many from her function as Freenode staff, Christel Dahlskjaer was
originally pulled in to help the User Relations project. Since then she
has also infiltrated PR, Events, Gentoo/MIPS, Gentoo/Alpha, Developer
Relations and Release Engineering, and she is also Gentoo's administrative
contact during this year's Summer of Code contest. "User Relations exists
to act as a facilitator for the many user focused projects within Gentoo,"
she explains. "We are bridging the gap between users and developers by
improving the information flow, keeping users and prospective developers
informed about the development community. We also deal with complaints."
Although she originally came onboard to work on User Relations, she finds
much enjoyment in working on the other projects she is taking part in.
One of the few active women in the midst of primarily male Gentoo
developers, Christel is also a qualified nurse, and currently studies
towards a MSc in Forensic Psychology. To keep herself busy and out of
trouble, she keeps a number of computers around the house, including an
Alpha Server, a Sun Blade 1000, an O2 and "a terribly gorgeous babypink
iBook," all of which of course run Gentoo.
The question "KDE or Gnome?" has no relevance for a fluxbox user such as
Christel -- who lives in Exeter (England) and is "happily not married,
yet" -- and irssi is her favourite application, no surprise really, her
being a Irssi developer after all, and Senior Freenode Staff, but she
insists that "senior" does not necessarily mean "old."
3. Heard in the community
Perl 5.8.8 is at your door
Perl 5.8.8 has been marked stable on most architectures during the last
week. Like after every Perl upgrade you have to run perl-cleaner to
rebuild all Perl modules and packages linked against the old libperl.
 * Perl 5.8.8 is at your door[8]

4. Gentoo international
Germany: Winners of the quiz announced
As reported[9], the German not-for-profit association "Friends of Gentoo
e.V." asked on their community-site "Are you Gentoo?" Now the
quiz is over, and the organizers now know that more than 500 participants
are Gentoo. The interest in this quiz was so impressive that there will be
another quiz in late-summer this year. If you have questions you'd like to
see included in that next quiz mail them to [hidden email].

Congratulations to Benjamin Franzke, Chiara Sannitz and Meik Frischke who
won the T-shirt, mouse-pad and Gentoo stickers offered by the "Friends of
5. Gentoo in the press
Newsforge (22 May 2006)
Author Robin Miller gives Gentoo an interesting supporting role in this
article[10] about the Debian developer conference DebConf6. Answering his
own question why Debian is important, he obviously finds that others get
more public visibility: "Novell and Red Hat have significant PR and ad
budgets and use them to make lots of noise in the trade press. Gentoo has
devoted followers who post pro-Gentoo messages in almost every online
discussion about GNU/Linux distributions." Small error: Miller thinks
Debian's social contract is unique, which goes to say that maybe Gentoo's
devoted followers are at least one pro-Gentoo message[11] short so far.

6. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:
 * None this week
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:
 * Roy Bamford (NeddySeagoon) - Forums
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * None this week
7. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([12]) to record and
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 21 May 2006 and 28 May 2006, activity on the
site has resulted in:

 * 668 new bugs during this period
 * 401 bugs closed or resolved during this period
 * 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
Of the 10054 currently open bugs: 56 are labeled 'blocker', 141 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 Games[13], with 26 closed bugs[14]  
 * Xavier Neys[15], with 22 closed bugs[16]  
 * Portage team[17], with 20 closed bugs[18]  
 * Robin Johnson[19], with 12 closed bugs[20]  
 * Gentoo Kerberos Maintainers[21], with 11 closed bugs[22]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[23], with 11 closed bugs[24]  
 * Gentoo Security[25], with 10 closed bugs[26]  
 * Roy Marples[27], with 9 closed bugs[28]  
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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[29], with 27 new bugs[30]  
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[31], with 11 new bugs[32]  
 * AMD64 Project[33], with 11 new bugs[34]  
 * Perl Devs @ Gentoo[35], with 10 new bugs[36]  
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[37], with 8 new bugs[38]  
 * media-video herd[39], with 8 new bugs[40]  
 * Chris White[41], with 8 new bugs[42]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[43], with 7 new bugs[44]  
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Ulrich Plate <[hidden email]> - Editor
Daniel Black <[hidden email]> - Author
Jeffrey Forman <[hidden email]> - Author
Patrick Lauer <[hidden email]> - Author
Mark Loeser <[hidden email]> - Author
Tobias Scherbaum <[hidden email]> - Author

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