Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 30 April 2007

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 30 April 2007

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 30 April 2007.

1. Gentoo News

Ant 1.7.0 going stable

After months of development and testing, Ant 1.7.0 is going to be
stabilized, starting this weekend. With this version comes a substantial
change in the way Ant is packaged and used in Gentoo. All optional Ant tasks
are now separate packages. This will allow improvements in packaging of
other Java packages, for which Ant is the most commonly used build system.
Users who don't use Ant themselves almost don't need to be aware of this
change. Only during the upgrade, previous versions of dev-java/ant-tasks and
dev-java/ant need to be manually removed first, to allow installation of
dev-java/ant-core-1.7.0. More information for Ant users, ebuild writers and
the whole new setup are available in the new Ant Guide[1].


Apache 1.x removal from the tree

Apache 2.x is a stable and reliable successor of Apache 1.x and boasts
additional features plus an improved active maintenance cycle. As such,
support for Apache 1.x in Gentoo will be dropped starting 12 May 2007. All
Apache 1.x ebuilds as well as Apache 1.x-only modules will be added to
package.mask for the usual time of one month, and then removed from the tree

Italian translation team seeking help

It is time for the Italian translation team to start recruiting more
translators. Documentation is essential to using Gentoo, because it is
useful for the users that do not have Gentoo experience or don't know
English. If you know written English and you use Gentoo you can help the
Italian Translation team in translating some documents.

If you're interested send a mail to Marco Mascherpa[2] or Davide Cendron[3].

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2. Heard in the community

Gentoo/FreeBSD 7.0_pre ebuilds

It has recently been announced by Timothy Redaelli[4] that he finished
creating ebuilds for Gentoo/FreeBSD 7.0_pre200704 based on snapshot CURRENT
200704-ZFS. His ebuilds can be found on drizzt-overlay[5]. To update, you
must change your profile and your CHOST following the CHOST Guide[6]. You
must use binutils, gcc, and freebsd-libc instead of glibc. At the moment,
locales do not work and the sparc-fbsd KEYWORD has been dropped. Drizzt also
needs to update rtld-elf to 7.0.

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3. Gentoo in the press
====================== (25 April, 2007)

In a design gallery on their website entitled "Lamest Technology Mascots
Ever," the technology publication Wired poked fun at mascots ranging from
Tux the Penguin to Duke the Java mascot, and our very own Larry the Cow was
given his place in the gallery.

Despite the title of the article, Wired seemingly looked favorably on Larry,
writing "Larry the Cow, the inscrutable spokesbeing for the Gentoo
distribution of Linux, is both striking and minimalist," before quipping
"Isn't Larry a guy's name?". Visitors to the Wired site may vote on Larry's
fate in their gallery, and users have been weighing in on a forum thread[7],
complete with an alternative Larry/Tux hybrid.


  * (26 April, 2007)

According to the article, "Mac OS X users have yet another virtualization
option now that Innotek has announced a Mac version of its VirtualBox
software. VirtualBox was previously available to Windows and Linux users and
supports a variety of x86 compatible guest operating systems, including
Windows Vista and Gentoo Linux."

While Gentoo Linux is the only listed Linux in the article, the VirtualBox
web site doesn't list Gentoo (or anything, for that matter).


4. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * Dawid Węgliński (cla) Gentoo Artwork


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * none this week

5. Gentoo security

Blender: User-assisted remote execution of arbitrary code

A vulnerability has been discovered in Blender allowing for user-assisted
arbitrary code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[8]


NAS: Multiple vulnerabilities

The Network Audio System is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could
result in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[9]


ClamAV: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in ClamAV allowing for the
remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[10]


BEAST: Denial of Service

A vulnerability has been discovered in BEAST allowing for a Denial of

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[11]


capi4k-utils: Buffer overflow

capi4k-utils is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the bufprint() function.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[12]


6. 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[13] 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:
dev-perl/Newt          24 Apr 2007   Michael Cummings[14]
dev-java/eclipse-core  25 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-java/eclipse-jface 25 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-java/eclipse-osgi  25 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
net-misc/nx-x11-bin    26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
net-misc/nx-x11        26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
net-misc/nxcomp        26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
net-misc/nxesd         26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
net-misc/nxproxy       26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
net-misc/nxssh         26 Apr 2007   Bernard Cafarelli[16]
dev-java/datavision    27 Apr 2007   William Thomson[17]
dev-util/jcvs          28 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-java/j2ssh         28 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-java/javatar       28 Apr 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-haskell/buddha     29 Apr 2007   Duncan Coutts[18]

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Package:                               Addition date: Contact:
dev-python/yolk-portage[19]            23 Apr 2007    Rob Cakebread[20]
dev-python/yolk[21]                    23 Apr 2007    Rob Cakebread[20]
sci-mathematics/rkward[22]             23 Apr 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[23]
app-text/wklej[24]                     23 Apr 2007    Jurek Bartuszek[25]
dev-java/jibx[26]                      24 Apr 2007    Krzysiek Pawlik[27]
www-apps/gnopaste[28]                  24 Apr 2007    Jurek Bartuszek[25]
app-text/gnopaster[29]                 24 Apr 2007    Jurek Bartuszek[25]
net-proxy/ufdbguard[30]                24 Apr 2007    Jose Alberto Suarez Lopez[31]
sci-visualization/mayavi[32]           24 Apr 2007    Sebastien Fabbro[23]
dev-python/twill[33]                   24 Apr 2007    Rob Cakebread[20]
sci-biology/meme[34]                   24 Apr 2007    Olivier Fisette[35]
dev-util/deskzilla[36]                 24 Apr 2007    Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/jempbox[38]                   24 Apr 2007    Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/pdfbox[39]                    25 Apr 2007    Vlastimil Babka[37]
net-misc/nxclient-2xterminalserver[40] 25 Apr 2007    Bernard Cafarelli[16]
app-portage/autounmask[41]             25 Apr 2007    Christian Hartmann[42]
dev-perl/Passwd-Linux[43]              25 Apr 2007    Christian Hartmann[42]
net-misc/nxserver-2xterminalserver[44] 25 Apr 2007    Bernard Cafarelli[16]
games-simulation/fgrun[45]             26 Apr 2007    Alfredo Tupone[46]
app-portage/meatoo[47]                 26 Apr 2007    Rob Cakebread[20]
games-strategy/knights-demo[48]        27 Apr 2007    Michael Sterrett[49]
net-im/kopete-otr[50]                  27 Apr 2007    Timothy Redaelli[4]
dev-java/glassfish-servlet-api[51]     27 Apr 2007    William Thomson[17]
games-strategy/lightyears[52]          27 Apr 2007    Alfredo Tupone[46]
dev-java/laf-plugin[53]                28 Apr 2007    Vlastimil Babka[37]
net-im/pyicq-t[54]                     28 Apr 2007    Maurice van der Pot[55]
app-text/omegat[56]                    29 Apr 2007    Matsuu Takuto[57]
dev-embedded/zmac[58]                  29 Apr 2007    Ulrich Müller[59]
gnome-extra/contacts[60]               29 Apr 2007    Tobias Scherbaum[61]

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Last Rites:

Package:                       Removal date: Contact:
app-emacs/erc-cvs[62]          24 May 2007   Christian Faulhammer[63]
app-emacs/cdi[64]              24 May 2007   Christian Faulhammer[63]
dev-java/makeme[65]            25 May 2007   Alistair Bush[66]
dev-java/puretls[67]           25 May 2007   Petteri Räty[15]
dev-java/jcs-bin[68]           27 May 2007   Krzysiek Pawlik[27]
dev-java/nice[69]              28 May 2007   Krzysiek Pawlik[27]
dev-java/fesi[70]              28 May 2007   Krzysiek Pawlik[27]
dev-java/joscar[71]            28 May 2007   Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/jmbus[72]             28 May 2007   Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-util/j[73]                 28 May 2007   William L. Thomson Jr[17]
dev-java/sun-connector-bin[74] 28 May 2007   Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/sun-dsml-bin[75]      28 May 2007   Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/sun-ejb-spec[76]      28 May 2007   Vlastimil Babka[37]
dev-java/qat[77]               28 May 2007   Krzysiek Pawlik[27]
net-libs/jaimlib[78]           28 May 2007   William L. Thomson Jr[17]
media-sound/jsynthlib[79]      28 May 2007   William L. Thomson Jr[17]
dev-ruby/wxruby[80]            29 May 2007   Ryan Hill[81]
app-pda/plucker[82]            29 May 2007   Ryan Hill[81]

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7. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([83]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 22 April 2007 and 29 April 2007, activity on the site has
resulted in:


  * 610 new bugs during this period
  * 392 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 18 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 53 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10065 currently open bugs: 14 are labeled 'blocker', 105 are labeled
'critical', and 369 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

  * Gentoo KDE team[84], with 33 closed bugs[85]
  * AMD64 Project[86], with 15 closed bugs[87]
  * Gentoo Security[88], with 14 closed bugs[89]
  * Gentoo Games[90], with 13 closed bugs[91]
  * Java team[92], with 12 closed bugs[93]
  * TCL/TK Herd Maintainers[94], with 10 closed bugs[95]
  * Robin Johnson[96], with 10 closed bugs[97]
  * Gentoo Linux bug wranglers[98], with 9 closed bugs[99]

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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[100], with 22 new bugs[101]
  * Gentoo Linux High-Availability Clustering Team[102], with 18 new
  * media-video herd[104], with 10 new bugs[105]
  * Netmon Herd[106], with 9 new bugs[107]
  * AMD64 Project[86], with 9 new bugs[108]
  * ppc64 architecture team[109], with 8 new bugs[110]
  * Mobile Herd[111], with 8 new bugs[112]
  * Theology Herd[113], with 7 new bugs[114]

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8. 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[115]
and help make the GWN better.

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10. Other languages

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

  * Chinese (Simplified)[116]
  * Dutch[117]
  * English[118]
  * German[119]
  * Greek[120]
  * French[121]
  * Korean[122]
  * Japanese[123]
  * Italian[124]
  * Polish[125]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[126]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[127]
  * Russian[128]
  * Slovak[129]
  * Spanish[130]
  * Turkish[131]


Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor
Vlastimil Babka <[hidden email]> - Author
Chrissy Fullam <[hidden email]> - Author
Christian Heim <[hidden email]> - Author
Dimitry Bradt <[hidden email]> - Author
Brian S. Stephan <[hidden email]> - Author
Tobias Scherbaum <[hidden email]> - Author
Davide Italiano <[hidden email]> - Author
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