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From: Anant Narayanan <anant@g.o>
Subject: Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: 30 September 2008
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 18:14:57 +0000
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gentoo Monthly Newsletter
http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gmn/
This is the ninth issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter, for August 2008 –
September 2008.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

===============
1. Introduction
===============

This month in the GMN
---------------------

Welcome to the September issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

As usual, you can discuss any aspect of this issue of the GMN in the
corresponding forum thread[1]. We look forward to hearing from you!

   1. http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-5232449.html

==============
2. Gentoo News
==============

TeTex deprecated
----------------

The TeX distribution teTeX has been obsoleted as the author has no time to
maintain it anymore. However, there is a complete distribution on top of it,
that is now the successor: TeXLive. Many Linux distributions have already
adopted it as their standard, and it's now the TeX flavor of choice for
Gentoo, as well.

You are encouraged to emerge --unmerge tetex and then emerge world to get to
an up-to-date system with a modern TeX version. Please read the TeXLive
migration guide[2] for more detailed instructions.

   2. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/tex/texlive-migration-guide.xml

Gentoo's TeX maintainers have also created a poll[3] in the forums on which
TeX distribution you're using. Please vote, and let them know!

   3. http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-706352.html

Release strategy changes
------------------------

As you've probably read by now, there are some planned changes[4] in Gentoo's
release strategy. We're looking to do automated weekly builds of the stages
and minimal CDs, with a possible once-a-year or so update to the networkless
media (Installer LiveCDs/DVDs and Universal/Package CDs). Please read the
announcement for more details; there's a lot of work involved to get the
process going, and we need the help!

   4. http://www.gentoo.org/news/20080922-releng-announcement.xml

Trustees Meeting Summary
------------------------

The Gentoo Trustees[5] held its monthly meeting on September 14, 2008. The
agenda is available here[6].

   5. http://www.gentoo.org/foundation/en/
   6. http://dev.gentoo.org/~neddyseagoon/docs/Trustee_Agenda_September.xml

Council Meeting Summary
-----------------------

The Gentoo Council[7] held its monthly meeting on September 11, 2008. The
items put up for discussion were:

   7. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/council/

  * Filling the empty slot: as council member Diego Pettenò[8] retired
    from the council for medical reasons, Doug Goldstein[9] has replaced him.
    cardoe was the next person from the original voting rankings.
  * PMS as a draft standard of EAPI 0: the council voted on whether to
    approve PMS[10] as a draft standard of EAPI 0. Result: approved, with
    acceptance conditional upon resolution of the requirements[11] outlined
    by the council.

   8. flameeyes@g.o
   9. cardoe@g.o
  10. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/qa/pms.xml
  11. http://dev.gentoo.org/~dberkholz/20080911-agenda.txt

The Council met again on September 25, 2008. The items put up for discussion
were:

  * EAPI-2: the new EAPI[12] is approved. This brings features such as
    USE dependencies to Portage; for example, a package can now directly
    depend on a package built with USE="foo" without resorting to trickery or
    "built_with_use || die" hacks.
  * PROPERTIES in cache: Since using PROPERTIES in the cache is related
    to the EAPI, this issue should be settled among package manager
    developers, and only present it to the council if they cannot agree on a
    solution. The PM developers agreed on adding PROPERTIES to the cache as a
    value that the package managers can ignore.
  * PROPERTIES=interactive in ebuilds: This is a retroactive,
    backwards-compatible EAPI change that council approved. It allows ebuilds
    to set a variable stating up-front that they require user interaction,
    such as agreeing to a license or inputting information.

  12. proj/en/qa/pms.xml

Coming Up
---------

  * Bugday[13]: Looking for a way to help out Gentoo without investing a
    lot of time? Join us on October 04 for our monthly bugday, and help us
    squash some bugs[14].
  * Council Meeting[7]: The Gentoo Council meets twice every month to
    discuss important technical issues that affect Gentoo as a whole. The
    next meeting is scheduled to be held on October 09, and everyone is
    welcome to participate - #gentoo-council on irc.freenode.net at 2000UTC.
  * Trustees Meeting[5]: Scheduled for October 19.

   5. http://www.gentoo.org/foundation/en/
   7. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/council/
  13. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/bugday/index.xml
  14. http://bugday.gentoo.org/

=========================
3. Heard in the Community
=========================

Gentoo-Quebec training
----------------------

The Gentoo-Quebec group has offered its first training session about the
Gentoo distribution on Saturday 13th, 2008. First of a series of 18, this
course enabled 23 participants to familiarize themselves with the Gentoo
LiveCD and to briefly learn about the command line utilities involved when
installing Gentoo.

This training session was made possible thanks to the Gentoo-Quebec team as
well as Copernic[15], which provided a training room and the network
installation for all participants. For more information, please consult the
Internet web site at the following address (in French):
http://gentoo-quebec.org

  15. http://www.copernic.com/

Figure 3.1: Learning Gentoo in Quebec
http://www.gentoo.org/images/gmn/20080930/quebec.jpg

Planet Gentoo
-------------

OLPC XO: Daniel Drake[16] works for the One Laptop Per Child project which
release the XO unit some time ago, which ships with a special version of
Linux. But it's also possible[17] to use standard desktop[18] distributions.

  16. dsd@g.o
  17. http://www.reactivated.net/weblog/archives/2008/08/regular-linux-desktops-on-the-xo/
  18. http://www.reactivated.net/weblog/archives/2008/08/followup-notes-on-xo-alternate-desktops/

Surfing the MIPS: Stuart Longland[19] started the compilation some months
ago, but now Firefox 3 on MIPS[20] is there.

  19. redhatter@g.o
  20. http://stuartl.longlandclan.yi.org/blog/2008/09/01/firefox-301-on-mips/

Gentoo book revisited: The first German book published about Gentoo has been
reworked[21] by its author Tobias Scherbaum[22].

  21. http://blog.scherbaum.info/2008/09/09/gentoo-linux-die-metadistribution-second-edition-now-available/
  22. dertobi123@g.o

RAID tips: Robin H. Johnson[23] has a little howto[24] about having missing
slots in a RAID and then move in the real disks later.

  23. robbat2@g.o
  24. http://robbat2.livejournal.com/231207.html

Not dead: Steve Dibb[25] and Ben de Groot[26]address[27] a few things[28]
about Gentoo.

  25. beandog@g.o
  26. yngwin@g.o
  27. http://wonkabar.org/archives/465
  28. http://ben.liveforge.org/viva-gentoo

Beautifying Xfce: Joshua Saddler[29] has some tips[30] and screenshots[31] on
creating a beautiful, yet practical Xfce environment using small, lightweight
applications.

  29. nightmorph@g.o
  30. http://planet.gentoo.org/developers/nightmorph/2008/09/10/more_docs_apps_and_tweaks
  31. http://planet.gentoo.org/developers/nightmorph/2008/09/19/a_very_minimal_desktop

Gentoo in the News
------------------

Gentoo gaming servers spotted: Internode[32] has relaunched its Games On Net
service. The good-sized network runs[33] (at least in part) on Gentoo Linux.

  32. http://www.internode.on.net
  33. http://www.internode.on.net/news/2008/09/103.php

==================
4. Tips and Tricks
==================

Running commands on many machines
---------------------------------

If you have been logging into your horde of Gentoo boxes one by one in order
to run a command or two, this tip should help you save a lot of time. We
provide a glimpse into some of the methods you can use to run commands on
multiple machines both sequentially and in parellel.

The first method is the most primitive. It uses pure bash. Let's say we have
ten machines with the hostnames gentoo-box-1, gentoo-box-2, and so on. We
want to run emerge --info on each machine at the same time. Here is what we
do:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.1                                                           |
| Running emerge on multiple machines                                        |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ for i in `seq 10`; do ssh gentoo-box-$i "emerge --info"; done            |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Warning: Do not try run interactive commands in parallel with this "for"
loop. This includes running it without public key encryption. The machines
will prompt you for passwords, but you will be unable to input your
passwords.

If you don't have public key encryption setup for ssh, you should read the
OpenSSH Key Management[34] series of articles. You may also want to consult
this guide[35].

  34. http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/openssh-key-management-p1.xml
  35. http://sial.org/howto/openssh/publickey-auth/

If you don't want to hassle with public key encryption, writing complicated
"for" loops in bash, and want to run interactive commands, there is a good
option for you: Cluster SSH. Let's install it:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.2                                                           |
| Installing Cluster SSH                                                     |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| # emerge clusterssh                                                        |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Cluster SSH requires X11 in order to work. Cluster SSH works by opening an
xterm window for every machine in the list you provide. It also opens a small
command window where you can type text that gets relayed to other machines'
command lines at the same time. To do the same thing we did before with the
ten Gentoo boxes, we do the following Cluster SSH:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.3                                                           |
| Starting Cluster SSH                                                       |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ cssh gentoo-box-{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}                                      |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

First, you will see the machines ask for passwords unless you have public key
encryption set up for them. If one of your machines has a different password,
no worries, you can just click on the window of the machine and type it
there. Once you see yourself logged into all of the machines, you can type
commands to all of them at once or individually.

Another alternative is to use Tentakel. Tentakel is used in a more static
way. Users modify a static configuration file, and then tell Tentakel which
group of hosts it should connect to. First, we need to install Tentakel:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.4                                                           |
| Installing Tentakel                                                        |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| # emerge tentakel                                                          |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Next, we create a configuration file:

+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.5                                                               |
| Configuring Tentakel                                                           |
+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| # echo "set ssh_path=\"`which ssh`\"" >> /etc/tentakel.conf                    |
| # echo "set method=\"ssh\"" >> /etc/tentakel.conf                              |
| # echo 'group ten_gentoos (user="root")' >> /etc/tentakel.conf                 |
| # for i in `seq 10`; do echo -e "\t+gentoo-box-$i"; done >> /etc/tentakel.conf |
+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

It might be more practical to simply edit the sample configuration file
shipped with Tentakel:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.6                                                           |
| Editing the sample configuration file                                      |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| # cp /usr/share/doc/tentakel/tentakel.conf.example /etc/tentakel.conf      |
| # nano -w /etc/tentakel.conf                                               |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Once you have everything configured, it's time to run Tentakel:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.7                                                           |
| Running Tentakel                                                           |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ tentakel -g ten_gentoos                                                  |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

This will launch Tentakel's interactive command interface. In order to run a
command use the provided exec function:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.8                                                           |
| Running commands within Tentakel                                           |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ exec emerge --info                                                       |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

If you are lost in Tentakel's command interface, just run help. You can run
Tentakel without the interactive command interface like this:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.9                                                           |
| Running Tentakel without the interactive interface                         |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ tentakel -g ten_gentoos "emerge --info"                                  |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

These tips only brush the surface of the programs available to distribute
commands to machines. If you're unhappy with Cluster SSH and Tentakel, you
may want to try out dsh, pdsh, pconsole, and shmux.

Iotop
-----

When a process is slowing down a computer that has plenty of extra memory and
disk space, it is probably because of cpu usage or input/output (I/O). Most
Gentooers are used to using top to locate those pesky CPU and memory hogs,
but few have ever used iotop to find the disk usage hogs.

iotop displays columns for the I/O bandwidth read and written by each
process/thread during the sampling period. It also displays the percentage of
time the thread/process spent while swapping in and while waiting on I/O. In
addition the total I/O bandwidth read and written during the sampling period
is displayed at the top of the interface.

Install it with emerge iotop. If Portage warned you that you don't have the
necessary kernel options (TASKSTATS and TASK_IO_ACCOUNTING) to run the tool,
then you will need to recompile your kernel with the options shown below.

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.1                                                           |
| Configuring the kernel for iotop                                           |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| General Setup -->                                                          |
|   [*] Export task/process statistics through netlink                       |
|   [ ]   Enable per-task delay accounting                                   |
|   [*]   Enable extended accounting over taskstats                          |
|   [*]     Enable per-task storage I/O accounting                           |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Once you've booted into your reconfigured kernel, you can run iotop from the
commandline. Here's what it might look like if you were backing up a DVD:

+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.2                                                            |
| Running iotop                                                               |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ iotop                                                                     |
| Total DISK READ: 387.25 K/s | Total DISK WRITE: 221.29 K/s                  |
|   PID USER      DISK READ  DISK WRITE   SWAPIN    IO>    COMMAND            |
|  7703 root      387.25 K/s       0 B/s  0.00 %  0.00 % tccat -i /shared/... |
|   211 root           0 B/s   13.83 K/s  0.00 %  0.00 % [pdflush]            |
|  7672 root           0 B/s  207.46 K/s  0.00 %  0.00 % transcode -H 10 ...  |
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

A misbehaving user might have the following output:

+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.3                                                                    |
| A runaway user                                                                      |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| $ iotop                                                                             |
| Total DISK READ: 5.21 K/s | Total DISK WRITE: 7.37 M/s                              |
|   PID USER      DISK READ  DISK WRITE   SWAPIN    IO>    COMMAND                    |
|  7936 user1       5.21 K/s    7.37 M/s  0.00 %  0.00 % dd if /dev/zero of ./bigfile |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

iotop is a good way to see what's eating your disks, so that you can
reallocate resources when needed. The program has a few options available, so
run iotop --help to get a summary of its capabilities.

Using lsof: revisited
---------------------

Last month's edition[36] of Tips and Tricks showed you how to use lsof to
find open files and directories.

  36. http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gmn/20080831-newsletter.xml

An astute reader emailed the GMN to show another use of lsof: to check for
processes that should be restarted after package updates.

For example, after upgrading a package like openssl, you might need to
restart a mail server, a web server, or even several client applications.
lsof is kind enough to point out the open files that have been deleted, so
you can easily spot these processes:

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Code Listing 4.1                                                           |
| Finding processes with lsof                                                |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| # lsof | grep 'DEL.*lib' | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sort -u                       |
+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Note: Some services open and then delete temporary files or shm files, so
that's why 'lib' is part of the regex.

Restarting processes after an upgrade is especially important when the
library includes a security fix.

=========================
5. Gentoo developer moves
=========================

Summary
-------

Gentoo is made up of 242 active developers, of which 43 are currently away.
Gentoo has recruited a total of 649 developers since its inception.

Moves
-----

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * None this month

Adds
----

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * gengor[37] joined the Hardened team
  * quantumsummers[38] joined the Trustees as secretary
  * timebandit[39] joined the Forums team

  37. gengor@g.o
  38. quantumsummers@g.o
  39. timebandit@g.o

Changes
-------

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto[40] joined the undertakers team, and will
    maintain various ebuilds
  * Deedra M. Waters[41] joined the Trustees

  40. jmbsvicetto@g.o
  41. dmwaters@g.o

==========
6. Portage
==========

Summary
-------

This section summarizes the current state of the Portage tree. Unfortunately,
we will not be able to publish statistics this month, as we update our tools
to work with the newly introduced EAPI-2. We should be able to resume next
issue though, stay tuned!

The following section lists packages that have either been moved or added to
the tree. The package removals come from many locations, including the
Treecleaners[42] and various developers.

  42. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/qa/treecleaners/

Removals:
---------

Package:             Removal date: Contact:
dev-cpp/libwefts     02 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
dev-util/bazaar      02 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
app-i18n/kon2        02 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
sys-fs/trustees      02 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
app-portage/herdstat 04 Sep 2008   Tiziano Müller[44]
dev-cpp/libherdstat  04 Sep 2008   Tiziano Müller[44]

  43. darkside@g.o
  44. dev-zero@g.o

Package:                     Removal date: Contact:
dev-lang/caml-light          08 Sep 2008   Alexis Ballier[45]
dev-util/tla                 12 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
app-emacs/xtla               12 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
app-admin/systemconfigurator 12 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]
media-gfx/gimp-freetype      12 Sep 2008   Jeremy Olexa[43]

  43. darkside@g.o
  45. aballier@g.o

Package:                Removal date: Contact:
games-fps/tremulous-bin 16 Sep 2008   Michael Sterrett[46]
games-arcade/sdljump    18 Sep 2008   Alfredo Tupone[47]

  46. mr_bones_@g.o
  47. tupone@g.o

Package:                      Removal date: Contact:
sci-libs/blas-config          23 Sep 2008   Sebastien Fabbro[48]
sci-libs/lapack-config        23 Sep 2008   Sebastien Fabbro[48]
sci-libs/libscigraphica       23 Sep 2008   Sebastien Fabbro[48]
sci-visualization/scigraphica 23 Sep 2008   Sebastien Fabbro[48]

  48. bicatali@g.o

Additions:
----------

Package:                              Addition date: Contact:
dev-tcltk/tktray[49]                  01 Sep 2008    Olivier Crête[50]
app-accessibility/espeakup[51]        02 Sep 2008    William Hubbs[52]
sci-physics/pythia[53]                02 Sep 2008    Sebastien Fabbro[48]
dev-python/sympy[54]                  02 Sep 2008    Andrey Grozin[55]
dev-python/rope[56]                   02 Sep 2008    Rob Cakebread[57]
dev-ml/lwt[58]                        02 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
dev-python/ropeide[59]                02 Sep 2008    Rob Cakebread[57]
dev-java/juel[60]                     03 Sep 2008    Miroslav Šulc[61]
dev-tex/pdftex[62]                    03 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
dev-tex/luatex[63]                    03 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
games-server/etqw-ded[64]             03 Sep 2008    Tristan Heaven[65]
app-admin/emacs-updater[66]           04 Sep 2008    Ulrich Müller[67]
games-engines/frobtads[68]            05 Sep 2008    Michael Sterrett[46]
net-misc/amazonmp3[69]                05 Sep 2008    Jim Ramsay[70]
net-misc/ssh-askpass-fullscreen[71]   05 Sep 2008    Jeremy Olexa[43]
app-i18n/ibus[72]                     05 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
app-i18n/ibus-hangul[74]              06 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
app-mobilephone/openmoko-dfu-util[75] 06 Sep 2008    Mike Frysinger[76]
app-i18n/ibus-pinyin[77]              06 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
app-i18n/ibus-anthy[78]               06 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
app-i18n/ibus-chewing[79]             06 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
app-i18n/ibus-m17n[80]                06 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
games-fps/etqw-data[81]               06 Sep 2008    Tristan Heaven[65]
games-fps/etqw-bin[82]                06 Sep 2008    Tristan Heaven[65]
dev-util/kbuild[83]                   06 Sep 2008    Markus Ullmann[84]
net-dialup/dgcmodem[85]               07 Sep 2008    Denis Dupeyron[86]
sci-biology/glimmer[87]               07 Sep 2008    Andrey Kislyuk[88]
app-forensics/lynis[89]               07 Sep 2008    Friedrich Oslage[90]
sci-biology/glimmerhmm[91]            07 Sep 2008    Andrey Kislyuk[88]
dev-perl/IO-LockedFile[92]            07 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
dev-perl/Authen-Htpasswd[94]          07 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
sci-physics/lhapdf[95]                07 Sep 2008    Sebastien Fabbro[48]
sci-physics/hepmc[96]                 07 Sep 2008    Sebastien Fabbro[48]

  43. darkside@g.o
  45. aballier@g.o
  46. mr_bones_@g.o
  48. bicatali@g.o
  49. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-tcltk/tktray
  50. tester@g.o
  51. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-accessibility/espeakup
  52. williamh@g.o
  53. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-physics/pythia
  54. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/sympy
  55. grozin@g.o
  56. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/rope
  57. pythonhead@g.o
  58. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-ml/lwt
  59. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/ropeide
  60. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-java/juel
  61. fordfrog@g.o
  62. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-tex/pdftex
  63. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-tex/luatex
  64. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-server/etqw-ded
  65. nyhm@g.o
  66. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-admin/emacs-updater
  67. ulm@g.o
  68. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-engines/frobtads
  69. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/net-misc/amazonmp3
  70. lack@g.o
  71. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/net-misc/ssh-askpass-fullscreen
  72. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus
  73. matsuu@g.o
  74. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-hangul
  75. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-mobilephone/openmoko-dfu-util
  76. vapier@g.o
  77. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-pinyin
  78. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-anthy
  79. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-chewing
  80. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-m17n
  81. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-fps/etqw-data
  82. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-fps/etqw-bin
  83. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-util/kbuild
  84. jokey@g.o
  85. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/net-dialup/dgcmodem
  86. calchan@g.o
  87. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-biology/glimmer
  88. weaver@g.o
  89. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-forensics/lynis
  90. bluebird@g.o
  91. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-biology/glimmerhmm
  92. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/IO-LockedFile
  93. tove@g.o
  94. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/Authen-Htpasswd
  95. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-physics/lhapdf
  96. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-physics/hepmc

Package:                                         Addition date: Contact:
dev-perl/HTML-RewriteAttributes[97]              08 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
dev-perl/File-ShareDir[98]                       08 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
dev-perl/Class-Accessor-Chained[99]              08 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
dev-perl/Text-vFile-asData[100]                  08 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
dev-perl/Data-ICal[101]                          08 Sep 2008    Torsten Veller[93]
x11-misc/ipager[102]                             09 Sep 2008    Jim Ramsay[70]
dev-texlive/texlive-documentation-slovenian[103] 09 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
app-admin/eselect-mpost[104]                     09 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
app-admin/eselect-pdftex[105]                    09 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
app-i18n/ibus-table[106]                         10 Sep 2008    Matsuu Takuto[73]
games-strategy/defcon-demo[107]                  10 Sep 2008    Michael Sterrett[46]
x11-plugins/pidgin-facebookchat[108]             11 Sep 2008    Bernard Cafarelli[109]
media-sound/xwax[110]                            13 Sep 2008    Joe Sapp[111]
dev-python/gnome-python-desktop-base[112]        14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/bug-buddy-python[114]                 14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/evolution-python[115]                 14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/gnome-applets-python[116]             14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/gnome-desktop-python[117]             14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/gnome-media-python[118]               14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/gnome-keyring-python[119]             14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/gtksourceview-python[120]             14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/libgnomeprint-python[121]             14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/libgtop-python[122]                   14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/librsvg-python[123]                   14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/libwnck-python[124]                   14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/nautilus-cd-burner-python[125]        14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/totem-python[126]                     14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
dev-python/metacity-python[127]                  14 Sep 2008    Arun Raghavan[113]
x11-misc/sselp[128]                              14 Sep 2008    Jeroen Roovers[129]

  45. aballier@g.o
  46. mr_bones_@g.o
  70. lack@g.o
  73. matsuu@g.o
  93. tove@g.o
  97. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/HTML-RewriteAttributes
  98. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/File-ShareDir
  99. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/Class-Accessor-Chained
 100. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/Text-vFile-asData
 101. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-perl/Data-ICal
 102. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/x11-misc/ipager
 103. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-texlive/texlive-documentation-slovenian
 104. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-admin/eselect-mpost
 105. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-admin/eselect-pdftex
 106. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-i18n/ibus-table
 107. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-strategy/defcon-demo
 108. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/x11-plugins/pidgin-facebookchat
 109. voyageur@g.o
 110. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-sound/xwax
 111. nixphoeni@g.o
 112. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gnome-python-desktop-base
 113. ford_prefect@g.o
 114. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/bug-buddy-python
 115. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/evolution-python
 116. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gnome-applets-python
 117. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gnome-desktop-python
 118. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gnome-media-python
 119. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gnome-keyring-python
 120. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/gtksourceview-python
 121. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/libgnomeprint-python
 122. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/libgtop-python
 123. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/librsvg-python
 124. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/libwnck-python
 125. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/nautilus-cd-burner-python
 126. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/totem-python
 127. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/metacity-python
 128. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/x11-misc/sselp
 129. jer@g.o

Package:                               Addition date: Contact:
app-cdr/recorder[130]                  15 Sep 2008    Ben de Groot[26]
dev-util/shunit2[131]                  15 Sep 2008    Donnie Berkholz[132]
games-rpg/drascula[133]                16 Sep 2008    Michael Sterrett[46]
media-libs/stk[134]                    17 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
media-sound/lmms[135]                  17 Sep 2008    Alexis Ballier[45]
dev-python/foolscap[136]               17 Sep 2008    Ali Polatel[137]
gnome-extra/gnome-lirc-properties[138] 17 Sep 2008    Doug Goldstein[9]
games-arcade/gnujump[139]              18 Sep 2008    Alfredo Tupone[47]
dev-embedded/pk2cmd[140]               19 Sep 2008    Joseph Jezak[141]
dev-ruby/net-scp[142]                  20 Sep 2008    Hans de Graaff[143]
dev-ruby/net-ssh-gateway[144]          20 Sep 2008    Hans de Graaff[143]
media-gfx/wally[145]                   21 Sep 2008    Ben de Groot[26]
dev-embedded/arduino[146]              21 Sep 2008    Ned Ludd[147]
dev-libs/polylib[148]                  21 Sep 2008    Mike Frysinger[76]
dev-libs/ppl[149]                      21 Sep 2008    Mike Frysinger[76]
dev-libs/libxr[150]                    21 Sep 2008    Luca Barbato[151]

   9. cardoe@g.o
  26. yngwin@g.o
  45. aballier@g.o
  46. mr_bones_@g.o
  47. tupone@g.o
  76. vapier@g.o
 130. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-cdr/recorder
 131. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-util/shunit2
 132. dberkholz@g.o
 133. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-rpg/drascula
 134. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-libs/stk
 135. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-sound/lmms
 136. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-python/foolscap
 137. hawking@g.o
 138. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/gnome-extra/gnome-lirc-properties
 139. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/games-arcade/gnujump
 140. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-embedded/pk2cmd
 141. josejx@g.o
 142. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-ruby/net-scp
 143. graaff@g.o
 144. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-ruby/net-ssh-gateway
 145. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-gfx/wally
 146. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-embedded/arduino
 147. solar@g.o
 148. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/polylib
 149. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/ppl
 150. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/libxr
 151. lu_zero@g.o

Package:                                 Addition date: Contact:
app-emacs/nxml-docbook5-schemas[152]     22 Sep 2008    Diego Pettenò[8]
app-text/docbook-xsl-ns-stylesheets[153] 22 Sep 2008    Diego Pettenò[8]
app-laptop/hdaps-gl[154]                 22 Sep 2008    Hanno Boeck[155]
net-misc/termpkg[156]                    23 Sep 2008    Stefan Briesenick[157]
media-sound/ncmpcpp[158]                 23 Sep 2008    Ben de Groot[26]
media-video/whaawmp[159]                 24 Sep 2008    Ben de Groot[26]
app-text/xfbib[160]                      24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
xfce-extra/xfce4-modemlights[162]        24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
media-plugins/gmpc-alarm[163]            24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
media-plugins/gmpc-extraplaylist[164]    24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
media-plugins/gmpc-libnotify[165]        24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
media-plugins/gmpc-lyricwiki[166]        24 Sep 2008    Christoph Mende[161]
sci-geosciences/mapnik[167]              25 Sep 2008    Steve Arnold[168]
mail-mta/qpsmtpd[169]                    28 Sep 2008    Markus Ullmann[84]

   8. flameeyes@g.o
  26. yngwin@g.o
  84. jokey@g.o
 152. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-emacs/nxml-docbook5-schemas
 153. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-text/docbook-xsl-ns-stylesheets
 154. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-laptop/hdaps-gl
 155. hanno@g.o
 156. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/net-misc/termpkg
 157. sbriesen@g.o
 158. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-sound/ncmpcpp
 159. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-video/whaawmp
 160. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/app-text/xfbib
 161. angelos@g.o
 162. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/xfce-extra/xfce4-modemlights
 163. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-plugins/gmpc-alarm
 164. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-plugins/gmpc-extraplaylist
 165. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-plugins/gmpc-libnotify
 166. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/media-plugins/gmpc-lyricwiki
 167. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sci-geosciences/mapnik
 168. nerdboy@g.o
 169. http://packages.gentoo.org/package/mail-mta/qpsmtpd

===========
7. Bugzilla
===========

Statistics
----------

The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org[170]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. The following chart summarizes activity on Bugzilla between 30 August
2008 and 29 September 2008.

 170. http://bugs.gentoo.org

Figure 7.1: Bug activity split-up
http://www.gentoo.org/images/gmn/20080930/activity.png

Of the 12369 currently open bugs: 12 are labeled blocker, 106 are labeled
critical, and 451 are labeled major.

Closed bug ranking
------------------

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period are
as follows.

Rank Developer/Team                         Bug Count
0    Others                                 865
1    Gentoo Games                           54
2    Gentoo KDE team                        50
3    Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages 44
4    Gentoo Security                        41
5    Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team        41
6    Gentoo's Team for Core System packages 34
7    Java team                              32
8    Gentoo non-Linux Team                  28
9    Gentoo Linux bug wranglers             25

Figure 7.1: Bug closed rankings
http://www.gentoo.org/images/gmn/20080930/closed.png

Assigned bug ranking
--------------------

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most bugs during this
period are as follows.

Rank Developer/Team                         Bug Count
0    Others                                 628
1    Default Assignee for New Packages      78
2    Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team        40
3    Gentoo Security                        38
4    Gentoo's Team for Core System packages 32
5    Gentoo X packagers                     27
6    Gentoo KDE team                        25
7    Java team                              23
8    Python Gentoo Team                     22
9    Gentoo Sound Team                      20

Figure 7.1: Bugs assigned rankings
http://www.gentoo.org/images/gmn/20080930/opened.png

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