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From: Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o>
Subject: Gentoo Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 7
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 20:56:06 -0500
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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/current.xml
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of February 16, 2004.
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==============
1. Gentoo News
==============
   
 * Gentoo growing in popularity 
    
Gentoo growing in popularity
----------------------------
  
According to this article[1] on InternetNews, Netcraft's January survey 
counted over 24,000 Gentoo installations on active web servers, showing 
almost 20% growth over 6 months. Also, as we've reported in the past, 
Gentoo has been getting more and more recognition from various sources 
recently - while Gentoo Linux did not win the award, it was a finalist for 
a Product Excellence Award at LWE 2004[2], and has been featured in 
publications like Linux Journal[3] and Linux Weekly News[4]. Here's a 
shout out to all the developers and community members who keep making 
Gentoo great. 

 1. http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3313211
 2. http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/linuxworldny/V40/index.cvn
 3. 
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?thold=0&mode=thread&order=0&sid=700
2
 4. http://lwn.net/Articles/59138/
    
==================
2. Gentoo Security
==================
  
XFree86 Font Information File Buffer Overflow
---------------------------------------------
  
Exploitation of a buffer overflow in the XFree86 Project Inc.'s XFree86 X 
Window System allows local attackers to gain root privileges. 
 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[5] 

 5. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200402-02.xml
    
Monkeyd Denial of Service vulnerability
---------------------------------------
  
A bug in get_real_string() function allows for a Denial of Service attack 
to be launched against the webserver. 
 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[6] 

 6. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200402-03.xml
    
Gallery 1.4.1 and below remote exploit vulnerability
----------------------------------------------------
  
The Gallery developers have discovered a potentially serious security flaw 
in Gallery 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.4 and 1.4.1 which can allow a remote 
exploit of your webserver. 
 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[7] 

 7. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200402-04.xml
    
=========================
3. Heard in the Community
=========================
  
Web Forums
----------
  
Switching for Developers
 
Moving on from Windows to a bright new future in Linux is becoming a trend 
not only among desktop users, but also for software developers who grew up 
using Visual Studio and other Microsoft tools to code applications for the 
Windows platform. Curious about the possibilities in cross-platform design 
or outright ready to switch entirely, many of them try to find their way 
around POSIXish operating systems now. But are there ways to leverage all 
that knowledge they accumulated before? Sure there are:
 
 * Converting Windows/VStudio6 SDL Project to Linux/KDevelop3[8] 
 8. http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=135866
    
gentoo-user
-----------
  
Using 2.6 Kernels During The Install 
 
Some Gentoo users have elected to try and use the new 2.6 kernels from the 
initial install. A few problems remain, one being that devfs is 
depreciated in 2.6.  Read here[9] for some helpful links to get things up 
and running with its replacement, udev. 

 9. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/66625
 
2.6 vs 2.4 Speed Issues 
 
Also this week, some users have been trying the 2.6 series and 
experiencing wildly varying results in regard to speed. Check out some of 
the rather lengthy and interesting threads  here[10] and  here[11]. 

 10. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/66065
 11. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.user/66288
    
=======================
4. Gentoo International
=======================
  
Reminders: International Linux Shows With Gentoo Involvement
 
Belgium: FOSDEM[12], 21/22 February 2004. 

 12. http://fosdem.org
 
Germany: Chemnitzer Linuxtag[13], 6/7 March 2004

 13. http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/linux/tag/2004/allgemeines/
 
Germany: GLUGHH Website; Next Meeting
 
Congratulations, the Hamburg-based Gentooists have set up their own 
website[14] now! Content, desing and future plans will certainly be 
discussed at the next meeting of the GLUGHH, which is going to take place 
on Sunday, 22 February, 19:00 hours at the Schachcaf辿 as usual.

 14. http://www.glughh.de
   
===========
5. Bugzilla
===========
  
Summary
-------
  
 * Statistics 
 * Closed Bug Ranking 
 * New Bug Rankings 
    
Statistics
----------
  
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org[15]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 06 February 2004 and 12 February 2004, activity 
on the site has resulted in: 

 15. http://bugs.gentoo.org
 
 * 775 new bugs during this period 
 * 533 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 24 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
 
Of the 5046 currently open bugs: 128 are labeled 'blocker', 192 are 
labeled 'critical', and 363 are labeled 'major'. 
    
Closed Bug Rankings
-------------------
  
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
are: 
 
 * Portage Team[16], with 104 closed bugs[17]  
 * Gentoo KDE Team[18], with 38 closed bugs[19]  
 * Core System Packages Team[20], with 28 closed bugs[21]  
 * Jeremy Huddleston[22], with 26 closed bugs[23]  
 * Sven Vermeulen[24], with 17 closed bugs[25]  
 * Gentoo Games[26], with 17 closed bugs[27]  
 16. dev-portage@g.o
 17. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=dev-portage@g.o
 18. kde@g.o
 19. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=kde@g.o
 20. base-system@g.o
 21. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=base-system@g.o
 22. eradicator@g.o
 23. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=eradicator@g.o
 24. swift@g.o
 25. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=swift@g.o
 26. games@g.o
 27. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&ch
field=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02-12&resolution=FIX
ED&assigned_to=games@g.o
    
New Bug Rankings
----------------
  
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 
 * Core System Packages Team[28], with 34 new bugs[29]  
 * Portage Utilities Team[30], with 28 new bugs[31]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[32], with 23 new bugs[33]  
 * Mobile Herd[34], with 20 new bugs[35]  
 * x86 Kernel Team[36], with 16 new bugs[37]  
 28. base-system@g.o
 29. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_s
tatus=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02
-12&assigned_to=base-system@g.o
 30. tools-portage@g.o
 31. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_s
tatus=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02
-12&assigned_to=tools-portage@g.o
 32. amd64@g.o
 33. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_s
tatus=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02
-12&assigned_to=amd64@g.o
 34. mobile@g.o
 35. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_s
tatus=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02
-12&assigned_to=mobile@g.o
 36. x86-kernel@g.o
 37. 
http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_s
tatus=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2004-02-06&chfieldto=2004-02
-12&assigned_to=x86-kernel@g.o
    
==================
6. Tips and Tricks
==================
  
Using RCS
 
This week's tip shows you how to use of RCS to keep track of changes in 
configuration files. To get RCS and its related tools, install 
app-text/rcs from Portage. To get started with RCS, try putting 
/etc/make.conf under revision control.
 
Note: Similarities between CVS and RCS will cause any $Header: /home/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/news/en/gwn/20040216-newsletter.txt,v 1.1 2004/02/17 01:53:48 carlos Exp $ or $Id: 20040216-newsletter.txt,v 1.1 2004/02/17 01:53:48 carlos Exp $ 
tags to be rewritten when you put files under revision control.
 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Code Listing 6.1:                                                       |
| Adding files to RCS                                                     |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|# cd /etc                                                                |
|# mkdir RCS                                                              |
|                                                                         |
|Put make.conf under revision control                                     |
|# ci -i make.conf                                                        |
|RCS/make.conf,v  <--  make.conf                                          |
|enter description, terminated with single '.' or end of file:            |
|NOTE: This is NOT the log message!                                       |
|>> make.conf - custom settings for portage                               |
|>> .                                                                     |
|initial revision: 1.1                                                    |
|done                                                                     |
|                                                                         |
|The file is now in RCS, so put it back in /etc for reading               |
|# co make.conf                                                           |
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Notice that make.conf is now under revision control and is read-only. To 
edit the file, you need to perform the following steps:
 
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| Code Listing 6.2:                                                       |
| Editing a file under revision control                                   |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|                                                                         |
|Checkout the file with locking enabled                                   |
|# co -l make.conf                                                        |
|RCS/make.conf,v  -->  make.conf                                          |
|revision 1.1 (locked)                                                    |
|done                                                                     |
|Edit the file                                                            |
|# ${EDITOR} make.conf                                                    |
|                                                                         |
|Check the file back in and unlock it.                                    |
|# ci -u make.conf                                                        |
|RCS/make.conf,v  <--  make.conf                                          |
|new revision: 1.2; previous revision: 1.1                                |
|enter log message, terminated with single '.' or end of file:            |
|>> changed DISTDIR to use a drive with more space                        |
|>> .                                                                     |
|done                                                                     |
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This can be a tedious process so it's better to put all the commands in a 
script to do it automatically.
 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Code Listing 6.3:                                                       |
| Example script for revision control                                     |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|                                                                         |
|#!/bin/sh                                                                |
|# Script to edit files under revision control                            |
|                                                                         |
|[[ -f "RCS/$1,v" ]] && co -l $1                                          |
|${EDITOR} $1                                                             |
|[[ -f "RCS/$1,v" ]] && ci -u $1                                          |
|                                                                         |
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For more information on using RCS see man 1 rcsintro.
   
===========================
7. Moves, Adds, and Changes
===========================
  
Moves
-----
  
The following developers recently left the Gentoo team: 
 * none this week 
    
Adds
----
  
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo Linux team:
 
 * Chris Aniszczyk (zx) - java 
 * Andrei Barbu (teval) - lisp, scheme 
 * Peter Bienstman (pbienst) - app-sci 
 * Tom Gall (tgall) - gentoo-ppc 
    
Changes
-------
  
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux 
project:
 
 * none this week 
    
====================
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====================
  
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 38. gwn-feedback@g.o
   
===============
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===============
  
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 39. gwn-feedback@g.o
   
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================================
  
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===================
11. Other Languages
===================
  
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 * Dutch[40] 
 * English[41] 
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 * French[43] 
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 * Portuguese (Brazil)[47] 
 * Portuguese (Portugal)[48] 
 * Russian[49] 
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 40. http://www.gentoo.org/news/be/gwn/gwn.xml
 41. http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/gwn.xml
 42. http://www.gentoo.org/news/de/gwn/gwn.xml
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 45. http://www.gentoo.org/news/it/gwn/gwn.xml
 46. http://www.gentoo.org/news/pl/gwn/gwn.xml
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 50. http://www.gentoo.org/news/es/gwn/gwn.xml
 51. http://www.gentoo.org/news/tr/gwn/gwn.xml

Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Editor
AJ Armstrong <aja@...> - Contributor
Brian Downey <bdowney@...> - Contributor
Luke Giuliani <cold_flame@...> - Contributor
Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o> - Contributor
Rafael Cordones Marcos <rcm@...> - Contributor
David Narayan <david@...> - Contributor
David Nielsen <Lovechild@...> - Contributor
Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Contributor
Sven Vermeulen <swift@g.o> - Contributor
Hendrik Eeckhaut <Hendrik.Eeckhaut@...> - Dutch Translation
Jorn Eilander <sephiroth@...> - Dutch Translation
Bernard Kerckenaere <bernieke@...> - Dutch Translation
Peter ter Borg <peter@...> - Dutch Translation
Jochen Maes <linux@...> - Dutch Translation
Roderick Goessen <rgoessen@...> - Dutch Translation
Gerard van den Berg <gerard@...> - Dutch Translation
Matthieu Montaudouin <mat@...> - French Translation
Xavier Neys <neysx@g.o> - French Translation
Martin Prieto <riverdale@...> - French Translation
Antoine Raillon <cabec2@...> - French Translation
Sebastien Cevey <seb@...> - French Translation
Jean-Christophe Choisy <mabouya@...> - French Translation
Thomas Raschbacher <lordvan@g.o> - German Translation
Steffen Lassahn <madeagle@g.o> - German Translation
Matthias F. Brandstetter <haim@g.o> - German Translation
Lukas Domagala <Cyrik@g.o> - German Translation
Tobias Scherbaum <dertobi123@g.o> - German Translation
Daniel Gerholdt <Sputnik1969@g.o> - German Translation
Marc Herren <dj-submerge@g.o> - German Translation
Tobias Matzat <SirSeoman@g.o> - German Translation
Marco Mascherpa <mush@...> - Italian Translation
Claudio Merloni <paper@...> - Italian Translation
Christian Apolloni <bsolar@...> - Italian Translation
Stefano Lucidi <stefano.lucidi@...> - Italian Translation
Yoshiaki Hagihara <hagi@...> - Japanese Translation
Katsuyuki Konno <katuyuki@...> - Japanese Translation
Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Japanese Translation
Yasunori Fukudome <yasunori@...> - Japanese Translation
Takashi Ota <088@...> - Japanese Translation
Radoslaw Janeczko <sototh@...> - Polish Translation
Lukasz Strzygowski <lucass.home@...> - Polish Translation
Michal Drobek <veng@...> - Polish Translation
Adam Lyjak <apo@...> - Polish Translation
Krzysztof Klimonda <cthulhu@...> - Polish Translation
Atila "Jedi" Bohlke Vasconcelos <bohlke@...> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Eduardo Belloti <dudu@...> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
Jo達o Rafael Moraes Nicola <joaoraf@...> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Translation
Marcelo Gon巽alves de Azambuja <mgazambuja@...> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Otavio Rodolfo Piske <angusy@...> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Translation
Pablo N. Hess -- NatuNobilis <natunobilis@...> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Pedro de Medeiros <pzilla@...> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
Ventura Barbeiro <venturasbarbeiro@...> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Translation
Bruno Ferreira <blueroom@...> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
Translation
Gustavo Felisberto <humpback@...> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
Translation
Jos辿 Costa <jose_costa@...> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Luis Medina <metalgodin@...> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Ricardo Loureiro <rjlouro@...> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Aleksandr Martyncev <amncorp@...> - Russian Translator
Sergey Galkin <gals_home@...> - Russian Translator
Sergey Kuleshov <svyatogor@g.o> - Russian Translator
Alex Spirin <asp13@...> - Russian Translator
Denis Zaletov <dzaletov@...> - Russian Translator
Lanark <lanark@...> - Spanish Translation
Fernando J. Pereda <ferdy@...> - Spanish Translation
Lluis Peinado Cifuentes <lpeinado@...> - Spanish Translation
Zephryn Xirdal T <ZEPHRYNXIRDAL@...> - Spanish Translation
Guillermo Juarez <katossi@...> - Spanish Translation
Jes炭s Garc鱈a Crespo <correo@...> - Spanish Translation
Carlos Castillo <carlos@...> - Spanish Translation
Julio Castillo <julio@...> - Spanish Translation
Sergio G坦mez <s3r@...> - Spanish Translation
Aycan Irican <aycan@...> - Turkish Translation
Bugra Cakir <bugra@...> - Turkish Translation
Cagil Seker <cagils@...> - Turkish Translation
Emre Kazdagli <emre@...> - Turkish Translation
Evrim Ulu <evrim@...> - Turkish Translation
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