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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 8 January 2007

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 8 January 2007.

1. Gentoo News

New Bugzilla Servers

As anyone who has used Gentoo's Bugzilla[1] bug tracker in the last few
months is already aware, our old Bugzilla system was underpowered for our
needs and would commonly have performance issues which resulted in a
significant amount of time wasted by developers, and duplicate bug reports
being entered by our users. Well, that time is no more!


Gentoo sponsor Global Netoptex, Inc[2] (GNi, featured below) offered to help
by providing a new platform for hosting our vital bug tracker. The new
platform is built on IBM Bladecenter blades, with a SAN for back-end
storage. The database is load balanced between two HS20 blades with 3.2 GHz
Xeons, with the web front-end on a third blade server. Along with the new
hardware platform comes a new Bugzilla team to manage the servers and a
newer version of the Bugzilla software.


Gentoo would like to thank Robin H. Johnson[3], Mike Doty[4], Lance
Albertson[5], Jeff Forman[6], Ned Ludd[7], and Corey Shields[8] for the
months of work and testing to make this migration possible and GNi for
providing the hardware.

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Gentoo on the HP iPAQ hx4700

Alexey Shvetsow[9] (from the Russian Gentoo community[10]) got Gentoo and
Enlightenment E17 running on his HP iPAQ hx4700[11]. The PDA has a 624MHz
Xscale (ARM) CPU, 64MB RAM and a touchscreen with 480x640 resolution. Alexey
did not like how the Windows Mobile installed on the PDA worked with
documents and especially with PDF files. So what was his solution? Try
installing Gentoo. It works! He took a few photos from the iPAQ running E17,
which you can view at the Russian community Gentoo FTP site[12]. Alexey
noticed that for more usability on handhelds, there should be support for
virtual keyboards in entrance and e17 itself. Alexey is currently writing on
the Russian wiki about his experiences.

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If you are interested in buying one of these PDAs or already have one and
want to run E17 on it, please contact Alexey[9].

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SCALE to host Women in Open Source mini conference

The Southern California Linux Expo announces plans to a 'Women In Open
Source' mini-conference. The goals of the conference are to encourage women
to use technology and open source and free software, and to explore the
obstacles that women face in breaking into the technology industry. The
audience will be those women who may have an interest in technology, but
hesitate to get into it because they believe it's a male-only club. The
conference will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Southern
California Linux Expo, at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The 'Women in Open Source' mini-conference will be held February 9th.

If you are interested in speaking, there are still speaker slots available.
Contact Gareth Greenaway[13] with your talk proposal.

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2. Featured sponsor: Global Netoptex, Inc. (GNi)

This week, the GWN staff had the chance to interview Derek Wise, the CEO and
founder of Global Netoptex, Inc., one of Gentoo's hardware and hosting
sponsors. Derek and GNi[2] have both been long-time supporters of Gentoo, so
this interview is a special treat.


What are you hosting for us?

Right now, we provide hardware, co-location, power, 24x7 support and
bandwidth for the following Gentoo machines:

  * Dunlin - database server
  * Kite - web server (bugs)
  * Miranda - testing/releng (amd64)
  * Owl - rsync server
  * Peafoul - database server
  * Redtail - master rsync/distfiles (upcoming)
  * Snipe - nagios/backups
  * Stork - master subversion/cvs (upcoming)

We also hosted DevCon 2005 (the Gentoo Developer Conference) in San
Francisco last year and have been supporting Gentoo for about 4 years now,
in general.

Where are you utilizing Gentoo?

Gentoo is our primary Linux distribution for all production, development,
and support systems. We honestly only have one Red Hat box in the network,
and I still cannot recall why. We also propagate Gentoo to our clients as we
host dedicated servers. When the client is open to an alternative to Red
Hat, we often recommend Gentoo as a preferred distribution.

What does being a Gentoo sponsor mean to you?

We feel that providing high-end infrastructure and support is really the
best way that we can support Gentoo. Because we are an enterprise
organization, we rely on Gentoo's infrastructure and availability. This way,
we get to give back to the community, while making it more reliable and
scalable for everyone. We feel that the best way to give back to the
community is in the same manner that developers do, with the services we can
provide that make Gentoo better. Getting $20 is cool, but having your
database server up when you need it is priceless.

How many current/former Gentoo developers work for GNi?

Currently, we have 2 current/former Gentoo developers employed at GNi, with
plans to hire more (submit your resume to [hidden email]). With the
quantity of servers that we deploy Gentoo on, it's a real need to have
qualified Gentoo developers employed in house.

How much time (on average) do they get to work on Gentoo issues while "on
the clock"?

There is no pre-defined time for this, but we encourage our team to actively
participate in the community, when possible. We use Gentoo a lot internally
for our own infrastructure and for our clients. Sometimes what has to be
done is for our own network and sometimes it's for the portage tree itself.

What are you doing for other open source projects?

We've created what we call "Org Haven". It is specifically designed to
assist Open Source and Non-Profit organizations in getting a reliable
infrastructure for little to no cost at all. While this is in beta at one of
our San Francisco data centers with our primary tenant being ISC, it is
planned to be much more than just a single site system. In 2007 we will be
providing this service out of our datacenters worldwide. Open Source /
Non-Profits have the same needs as Enterprise software companies... they
just need a little help with the cost :) You can contact [hidden email] to
see if your group qualifies. The URL will go live
later this year with more details.

Tell us more about GNi.

GNi (Global Netoptex, Inc.) was founded in December of 2001, when my former
employer, Enron Broadband Services, filed for bankruptcy and abandoned
clients in California. We began from there, building an engineer-lead
organization with a primary focus on customer support. A few years later, we
are in 9 cities, 70 employees today, and growing across the US, and soon
internationally. We primarily serve from the individual power user to the
large enterprise for everything from dedicated hosting and bandwidth, to
full datacenter management and support teams.

The GWN staff would like to thank Derek for the interview and for their
support of Gentoo.

3. Heard in the community


2.6.19 going stable in 1 week

Daniel Drake has requested that gentoo-sources-2.6.19 be marked stable by
the x86 and amd64 teams on January 14. He also asked maintainers of external
kernel modules to make sure that their packages compile against the new
kernel or file a request to block at bug #156669.

He warned there may be some delay due to regressions, as well as the effect
of the celebrated mmap filesystem corruption bug[14].




debug.eclass is dead now

Alec Warner warned ebuild maintainers not to use the debug eclass. The tree
has be cleansed of all use of the eclass. Maintainers of overlays will
receive a series of warnings to encourage them to abandon the eclass.

Caleb Tennis asked what workaround or substitute should be used for the late
eclass. It was suggested that a normal IUSE should suffice.


4. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * Francesco Riosa (vivo)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * Miroslav Šulc (fordfrog) Gentoo/Java team
  * Raúl Porcel (armin76) Mozilla/Treecleaners/net-p2p teams


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * none this week

5. Gentoo security

DenyHosts: Denial of Service

DenyHosts does not correctly parse log entries, potentially causing a remote
Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[15]


Mozilla Firefox: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, some of
which may allow the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[16]


Mozilla Thunderbird: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Thunderbird, some of
which may allow the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[17]


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[18] 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-ftp/kbear                      01 Jan 2007   Charlie Shepherd[19]
sys-kernel/systrace-sources        02 Jan 2007   Andrea Barisani[20]
net-p2p/gtkhx                      02 Jan 2007   Charlie Shepherd[19]
app-emulation/emul-linux-ppc-glibc 03 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[21]
net-misc/smbget                    04 Jan 2007   Steve Dibb[22]
dev-lang/prothon                   05 Jan 2007   Bryan Østergaard[23]
sys-freebsd/freebsd-baselayout     05 Jan 2007   Diego Pettenò[24]
games-arcade/tuxracer-demo         06 Jan 2007   Michael Sterrett[25]
dev-java/jdbc2-firebird            06 Jan 2007   William Thomson[26]
net-analyzer/tcpick                06 Jan 2007   Christian Heim[27]
sys-kernel/kurobox-sources         07 Jan 2007   Daniel Drake[28]
sys-kernel/openblocks-sources      07 Jan 2007   Daniel Drake[28]

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Package:                           Addition date: Contact:
games-strategy/outerspace[29]      01 Jan 2007    Alfredo Tupone[30]
sys-apps/mysql[31]                 02 Jan 2007    Francesco Riosa[32]
dev-util/bk_client[33]             02 Jan 2007    Francesco Riosa[32]
www-apps/xrms[34]                  03 Jan 2007    Renat Lumpau[35]
net-nds/tac_plus[36]               03 Jan 2007    Tony Vroon[37]
dev-db/mysql-slotted[38]           03 Jan 2007    Francesco Riosa[32]
media-libs/libspiff[39]            04 Jan 2007    Steve Dibb[22]
dev-php/PEAR-File_XSPF[40]         04 Jan 2007    Steve Dibb[22]
games-simulation/dangerdeep[41]    04 Jan 2007    Michael Sterrett[25]
dev-ruby/gem_plugin[42]            04 Jan 2007    Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy[43]
dev-ruby/fastthread[44]            04 Jan 2007    Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy[43]
dev-ruby/cgi_multipart_eof_fix[45] 04 Jan 2007    Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy[43]
www-servers/mongrel[46]            04 Jan 2007    Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy[43]
games-util/gslist[47]              04 Jan 2007    Tristan Heaven[48]
dev-java/tomcat-native[49]         05 Jan 2007    William Thomson[26]
dev-java/jline[50]                 05 Jan 2007    Joshua Nichols[51]
dev-java/tomcat-servlet-api[52]    05 Jan 2007    William Thomson[26]
dev-libs/pkcs11-helper[53]         05 Jan 2007    Alon Bar-Lev[54]
games-roguelike/tomenet[55]        05 Jan 2007    Alfredo Tupone[30]
dev-lang/lua-wrapper[56]           05 Jan 2007    Matti Bickel[57]
x11-misc/alock[58]                 05 Jan 2007    Michael Hanselmann[59]
media-libs/amd64codecs[60]         06 Jan 2007    Steve Dibb[22]
dev-java/jdbc-postgresql[61]       06 Jan 2007    Miroslav Šulc[62]
media-video/videotrans[63]         06 Jan 2007    Stefan Briesenick[64]
media-plugins/vdr-dvdconvert[65]   07 Jan 2007    Joerg Bornkessel[66]
x11-wm/dwm[67]                     07 Jan 2007    Cédric Krier[68]
dev-python/pudge[69]               07 Jan 2007    Tiziano Müller[70]
dev-python/buildutils[71]          07 Jan 2007    Tiziano Müller[70]
dev-java/higlayout[72]             07 Jan 2007    Vlastimil Babka[73]

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Last Rites:

Package:                   Removal date: Contact:
media-radio/ax25-tools[74] 02 Feb 07     Charlie Shepherd[19]
net-misc/tulip-devel[75]   03Feb 07      Rajiv Aaron Manglani[76]
app-emacs/gnuplot-mode[77] 05 Feb 07     Christian Faulhammer[78]
app-i18n/jmode[79]         06 Feb 07     Diego Pettenò[24]
app-crypt/cli-crypt[80]    06 Feb 07     Charlie Shepherd[19]

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7. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([1]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 31 December 2006 and 07 January 2007, activity on the site has
resulted in:


  * 937 new bugs during this period
  * 444 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 18 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 168 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10750 currently open bugs: 26 are labeled 'blocker', 93 are labeled
'critical', and 472 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

  * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[81], with 18 closed bugs[82]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[83], with 18 closed bugs[84]
  * Perl Devs @ Gentoo[85], with 17 closed bugs[86]
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[87], with 16 closed bugs[88]
  * Gentoo Web Application Packages Maintainers[89], with 15 closed
  * Bugzilla Admins[91], with 14 closed bugs[92]
  * Gentoo Games[93], with 13 closed bugs[94]
  * AMD64 Project[95], with 13 closed bugs[96]

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New bug rankings

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during
this period are:

  * Gentoo Games[93], with 50 new bugs[97]
  * Default Assignee for New Packages[98], with 33 new bugs[99]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[83], with 12 new bugs[100]
  * Seemant Kulleen[101], with 9 new bugs[102]
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[87], with 8 new bugs[103]
  * AMD64 Project[95], with 7 new bugs[104]
  * Elfyn McBratney (beu)[105], with 6 new bugs[106]
  * Luis Medinas[107], with 5 new bugs[108]

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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[109]
and help make the GWN better.

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9. GWN subscription information

To subscribe to the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, send a blank e-mail to
[hidden email].

To unsubscribe to the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, send a blank e-mail to
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10. Other languages

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

  * Chinese (Simplified)[110]
  * Danish[111]
  * Dutch[112]
  * English[113]
  * German[114]
  * Greek[115]
  * French[116]
  * Korean[117]
  * Japanese[118]
  * Italian[119]
  * Polish[120]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[121]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[122]
  * Russian[123]
  * Slovak[124]
  * Spanish[125]
  * Turkish[126]


Chris Atkinson <[hidden email]> - Author
Anton Senkovskiy <[hidden email]> - Author
Gareth Greenaway <[hidden email]> - Author
Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor

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