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From: Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@××××××××××××.org
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 3 January 2005
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005 18:23:55
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 3 January 2005.
1. Gentoo News
1000 days: Gentoo Forums
When it went online as[1] on 6 April 2002, Kyle 
Manna aka nitro[2] had set up the first Gentoo forum server on a 2 mbit/s 
down, 380 kbit/s upstream cable connection, and was hosting it out of his 
home. A thousand days later, the forum statistics look almost frightening, 
with more than 70,000 registered users and more than 1.8 million posts in 
the database. The Gentoo Forums[3] are the most popular support forum of 
any single Linux distribution, and one of the biggest implementations 
worldwide of the phpBB[4] forum software they've been running on from day 
 2. nitro@g.o
Figure 1.1: Forum statistics on 2 January 2005 - 1000 days!
Gone are the glorious days of M5, the machine that hosted the Forums after 
their migration to NYU in June 2003, which also accommodated the Gentoo 
Bugzilla and, the fastest rsync server under the sun of its time 
because it was running rsyncd out of the ramdisk... Last August, the 
Gentoo Forums had to migrate again, to their current location at OSU 
OSL[5] on two hyperthreading Dual 2.4GHz and 3GHz Xeon servers with 
several gigabytes worth of RAM and plenty of disk space. With 2000 posts a 
day contributed by up to 1800 concurrent users, the administrators and 
moderators have been sleeping much better since the move. 
Speaking of whom, this GWN proudly presents portraits of a number of Forum 
moderators and administrators. Not all of them wanted to give up their 
anonymity, some didn't include pictures. But no matter what their 
background, affiliation or resident country may be, together they've been 
providing the platform for one of the most coveted aspects of Gentoo 
Linux: its outstanding user community and their Forums. 
Website redesign mailing list
Sven Vermeulen (Swift[6]) has announced the next steps in the process of 
implementing the website redesign contest results at the actual Gentoo 
website. "I hope to welcome lots of contributors that are willing to 
donate some of their free time to the development of this redesign." says 
Swift, who set up a new mailing list to coordinate the effort, currently 
composed of the original designer Aaron Shi[7], the Gentoo developers 
involved in the decision on which design to retain, and already a handful 
of determined non-dev contributors with experience in web design.
 6. swift@g.o
"This mailinglist is primarily meant for discussions on the layout of the 
Gentoo website (from which we can deviate a bit, but not much, since it 
was elected by our community), the structure of the Gentoo website (think 
sitemap) and the backend of the Gentoo website (the underlying XSLT code 
and XML formats)." continues Swift. If you're a knowledgeable web 
designer, content aggregator or generally good with XSLT and XML, and 
would like to join the group that looks into the tasks at hand, please 
contact Swift directly. 
Gentoo Documentation Project update
New highlights have been added to the collection of Gentoo documentation, 
most notably two contributions by Eric Brown[8] who wrote a remarkable 
user manual[9] for Gentoo's own keychain and a Cron Guide[10]. Other 
updated documents include the distcc guide[11], the quickstart guide to 
mutt[12], the Alternative installation guide[13], Gentoo FAQ[14], the 
Virtual mail hosting HOWTO[15], and the Migration to Linux 2.6 Guide[16], 
and of course all available language versions of the 2004.3 handbook that 
have been updated to reflect the same status as the English original.
 8. airuike@×××××.com
The status update also speaks of a split of the installation instructions, 
into one release-specific (networkless from disk) installation handbook, 
and instructions for a current Portage based installation via the 
Internet. Check the Project update page[17] for other interesting details.
Speaking of whom, this GWN proudly presents a number of Forum moderators 
and administrators. Not all of them wanted to give up their anonymity, 
some didn't include pictures in their portraits. But no matter what their 
background, affiliation or resident country may be, together they've been 
providing the platform for one of the most coveted aspects of Gentoo 
Linux: its outstanding user community and their Forums[18]. 
As reported earlier, the Polish translator group is back on track with 
their translations of the GWN. However, this time around they would like 
to stabilize the effort by adding more volunteers to the group. If your a 
native level Polish speaker and would like to contribute to the GWN 
translations, please contact Łukasz Strzygowski[19] and have a look at the 
project's website.[20]
 19. lucass@g.o
2. Gentoo Forums moderators' profiles
Every wonder about the real identities of the shadowy demigods that rule 
the Gentoo Forums[21]? GWN staff, in a hazardous undercover exclusive, 
have uncovered some of the true faces of the cabal that have taken it upon 
themselvves to ensure the orderly and efficient progress of what Linux 
Format[22] has identified as one of the best support resources of 2004. 
The article below identifies a few of those who have tirelessly pursued 
duplicate posts, sorted threads into the proper categories, and walked 
boldly unarmed into OTW (except for Pilla and his trusty lead pipe).
Moderator Profiles
Figure 2.1: Akar Chen S.L.
Akar Chen S.L. (akar) is one of the Gentoo Chinese forum moderators. He 
also is the leader of Open Source Hong Kong Fonts Project, a sub-project 
of the Unifonts initiative led by Arne Götje (CJK TrueType fonts). 
Figure 2.2: Wernfried Haas
Wernfried Haas (amne) is currently studying at the University of 
Technology in Graz and working on his diploma thesis. He read about Gentoo 
in November 2002 on the mplayer-users mailing list just when SuSE no 
longer met his needs. He uses Gentoo at home and work for everything, 
including a workplace backup and printserver. Wernfried joined the 
moderator team in December 2003 in the German forum and became a Global 
moderator in Spring 2004. ( "Report a Dupe every now and then until 
someone is fed up with moving your Dupes and makes you mod.") He usually 
visits these forums in the following order: German, Networking & Security, 
Gentoo Chat, Gentoo Forums Feedback, OTW. If time is left, he takes a look 
at some other forums as well. 
Figure 2.3: BonezTheGoon
BonezTheGoon is a largely self taught "nerd" who studied at the University 
of New Mexico. He enjoys cutting-edge hardware and describes building a 
new machine as "the greatest rush to me in the computer industry". He 
games to justify the cost of his cutting edge hardware. He attempted his 
first Gentoo installation in mid-May of 2002 and had an installation that 
was actually bootable in late May. He says he "had a LOT to learn when 
[he] started". Gentoo was actually last on his list due to some 
misinformation he got on the web, so he tried pretty much everything else 
first. He uses Gentoo primarily to familiarize himself with GNU/Linux and 
"the wonderful world of Open Source". He became a moderator as a result of 
a constant and prolific presence in the Forums. His favorite is the Gamers 
Figure 2.4: Ioannis Aslanidis
Ioannis Aslanidis (Deathwing00) got in touch with Gentoo in Easter of 
2003, after hearing people at his University evangelize about how cool and 
personalizable Gentoo is. He currently works for the Banzai Research Group 
on Artificial Intelligence[23] where he'll stay and get his PhD. He became 
moderator of the Greek forum when it was created in the Fall of 2004, by 
virtue of having proposed it. Months later, he also began moderating the 
'News & Announcements' forum as he liked the idea of posting GLSAs as fast 
as possible in order to have forum visitors up-to-date in security 
matters. About a month later he became a global moderator. His favorite 
forums (aside from the Greek language one) are Installing Gentoo, Kernel & 
Hardware and Portage & Programming. He also takes care of the organization 
of the as yet unofficial translation of Gentoo documentation into Greek 
and the Hellenic Gentoo[24] site.
Figure 2.5: Eric Hsu
Eric Hsu (EricHsu) used to be a user of Redhat/Fedora Core, until in the 
beginning of the year 2004 a friend showed him how cool Gentoo Linux could 
be. Since then he has never looked back, even having converted his sister 
and parents to use of the distro. His favourite forum is the Chinese 
forum, followed by Desktop Environments, and Multimedia - but he visits 
all of them. A great place for sharing the excitement of Gentoo!". He does 
whatever he can do to push Gentoo in China, including taking it upon 
himself to translate the Gentoo Handbook (x86) into a Simplified Chinese 
Figure 2.6: Marco Genasci
Marco Genasci (fedeliallalinea) started using Gentoo 3 years ago, because 
of the advice and installation assistance of a friend of his. He loved it 
from the beginning and tries to use Gentoo for everything and everywhere. 
His favourite forum is obviously the Italian one, but he often visits 
"Documentation, Tips & Tricks" to brush up on useful tips and scripts. He 
also helps in developing and updating the Gentoo Italian website [25]. He 
is a member of GeChI[26] (Gentoo CHannel Italian), a Gentoo users group 
for the area Italy and the Italian part of Switzerland.
Figure 2.7: Anders Hellgren
Christian Hartmann (ian!) heard about Gentoo in late 2003 while searching 
for a replacement of SuSE Linux for server environments. He was working as 
a coder at the time. After installing and playing around with Gentoo Linux 
on several machines he became addicted to it, and created his Forum 
account in early 2003. The great support community and the fun of helping 
others let his postcount rise steeply, leading to his becoming a moderator 
in the German forum first, in September 2003. "I'm a community guy." says 
ian!, who together with many other developers from Germany founded the 
'Friends of Gentoo e.V.', the not-for-profit association promoting the use 
of Gentoo in Germany. He was made a global moderator a little later in 
2003 and became one of the forum's administrators in April 2004,is part of 
the Gentoo Infrastructure project team and (partially) responsible for the 
phpBB installation running the Forums. He's using Gentoo for his desktop 
and the servers at work, and for private use, of course. Outside of the 
Forums he's equally busy supporting Gentoo in many ways, not the least 
important being his contributions to the GWN in the past few months. He 
was the booth coordinator at LWE 2004 (Frankfurt) after helping out at 
every single exhibition, conference or trade fair last year that he could 
make it to, and you definitely want to check out some of his artwork for 
labels of last year's FOSDEM, Linuxtag, and LWE special Gentoo LiveCD 
editions. lwe..) 
Anders Hellgren (kallamej) first came into contact with Gentoo when he got 
a new computer in May 2003. He had originally planned to dual boot Linux 
and Windows, but as he only had NT4 available. Since NT4 doesn't like to 
be installed on large partitions, the computer became Gentoo only. In July 
2004 he became a global moderator, largely because he had been quite 
active reporting duplicates so that the admins and the rest of the mods 
thought he might as well take care of it by himself. Frequently Asked 
Questions and Portage & Programming are Anders' favourite forums.
Figure 2.8: mikessu
Mikko Yliniemi (mikessu) got interested in Gentoo when he heard about it 
from IRC. He was told about portage and the helpful community so he 
decided to give it a try. Now he uses Gentoo at home for his personal use. 
He became a Finnish forum moderator in the middle of 2004. His favourite 
forums are the Multimedia forum and of course the Finnish forum. 
Krzysiek Pawlik (Nelchael) settled happily on Gentoo after a friend's 
demonstration. He uses Gentoo on his workstations as well as on servers 
and for playing around. In December of 2004 another Polish forum moderator 
was needed - Krzysiek was suggested by the other mods and was added to the 
moderator group a few days later. His favourite forums are the Polish 
ones, but he occasionally visits Networking & Security and Portage & 
Programming. He sometimes contributes ebuilds to Gentoo, and one of 
Nelchael's OSS projects is on its way into portage (Bug #68953[27]).
Figure 2.9: Kyle Manna
Kyle Manna (Nitro) is currently a freshman at University of Wisconsin 
Madison. He is majoring in Electrical Computer Engineering and in his free 
time he likes to work on his car. He got involved with Gentoo around 
release candidate #6 of the 1.0 release. Ended up starting a forum on his 
home webserver and I think we all know what happened with that. He mostly 
uses Gentoo in server applications. Nitro has been a Moderator and Site 
Admin since the beginning as he started the forums. His favourite forums 
are Networking & Security as well as Documentations, Tips & Tricks. 
Originally he was the sole forum administrator, but that changed quickly 
as other admins came onboard to help. After the forums started to get big 
he became a developer as well and worked on some networking ebuilds.
Figure 2.10: Mauricio Lima Pilla
Mauricio Lima Pilla (Pilla) received his PhD Degree in Computer Sciences 
from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) last June, and 
is still working there in the Clumssy Project[28] (HP/UFRGS) as well as 
lecturing in the CS Department. His previous appointments included an 
internship in the University of Pittsburgh. After using Debian, Red Hat 
and Conectiva, he was looking for a distribution which was easy to update 
and also give total control to the user. He gave Gentoo a try and fell in 
love with it. He joined the "terrific" forums in August 2002 and spends 
considerable time in OTW and Gentoo Chat, but his Forums of choice are 
Desktop Environments and Kernel & Hardware.
Figure 2.11: Fabrizio Masia
Fabrizio Masia (randomaze) was born in Sardinia 35 years ago. He studied 
at the University of Pisa and now works in Milano as technical adviser. He 
learned about Gentoo in 2003. He enjoys browsing Documentation, Tips & 
Tricks and moderating the Italian forum. He is also a member of GeChI[29] 
(Gentoo Channell Italia), an association that promotes initiatives 
intended to spread Gentoo Linux in Italy and in the Italian part of 
Switzerland as well as serving as an admin for Gentoo-Italia[30], a 
news/wiki web-site for the Italian community.
Figure 2.12: shev
shev studies of Computer Science Engineering and works as a technical 
specialist in Public Administration, taking care of networks and security. 
He discovered Gentoo approximately two years ago, while surfing the web 
looking for a new distribution that could satisfy his requirements. He 
became a prolific poster to the fourms, and was proposed as a moderator 
after a few months. He considers Gentoo the only true and valid 
alternative to MacOS X. He has collaborated with the translation of Gentoo 
documentation, and took part in the foundation of GeChI[31] (GEntoo 
CHannel Italian) of which he is President.
Figure 2.13: Tom Knight
Tom Knight (tomk) has been using Gentoo since September 2003, after 
discovering that he needed more than what OBSD on the Desktop could offer. 
He originally used Gentoo for personal work, but now he runs it on his 
servers, at work and for his development work. Tom joined the forums at 
the same time and became a moderator at the end of March 2004. He spends a 
lot of time in Portage & Programming, as he is a programmer. He is also a 
Gentoo developer, part of the net-mail herd and maintainer of the Joe's 
Own Editor (joe) ebuilds.
Figure 2.14: Erik Ekman
Erik Ekman (Yarrick) started using Gentoo the summer of 2002, after 
checking out the options for running Linux full-time. He uses it on his 
personal all-in-one box at home, and on almost every box when he can and 
is allowed to. He was around at the time when the Scandinavian forums 
started, and volunteered for to moderate them - he says that "the users 
behave, so it's not hard work." Erik says that the Documentation, Tips 
&Tricks forum brings him lot of valuable advice. He also enjoys the Gentoo 
Chat forum.
3. Gentoo security
Xpdf, GPdf: New integer overflows
New integer overflows were discovered in Xpdf, potentially resulting in 
the execution of arbitrary code. GPdf includes Xpdf code and therefore is 
vulnerable to the same issues. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[32] 
CUPS: Multiple vulnerabilities
Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in CUPS, ranging from local 
Denial of Service attacks to the remote execution of arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[33] 
ViewCVS: Information leak and XSS vulnerabilities
ViewCVS is vulnerable to an information leak and to cross-site scripting 
(XSS) issues. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[34] 
PHProjekt: Remote code execution vulnerability
PHProjekt contains a vulnerability that allows a remote attacker to 
execute arbitrary PHP code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[35] 
4. Heard in the community
Rsync-ing selectively
People with low-bandwidth connections may be interested in our first 
thread selection in this issue! Is it possible to rsync only parts of the 
Portage tree? What are some of the conditions under which you would prefer 
to do so? Read this thread for the pros and cons of doing so.
 * emerge sync only one package[36] 
Excluding package updates
In light of our first topic this week, we bring you another 
Portage-related thread. Occasionally a package that you do not necessarily 
want to update will become available in the Portage tree. PHP5 is one 
example, Apache2 is another. VMWare 5 is the one given in this thread. 
What Portage options are available to consider what you already have as 
up-to-date so one can "emerge -u world" without worry? Read on!
 * Best practice to ignore an update[37] 
5. Gentoo International
Japan: GentooJP Bounenkai report and photos
The GentooJP[38] year-end party was held in the Shibuya district of Tokyo 
on 28 December 2004. Twelve Japanese Gentooists from all Japan joined in 
the fun, had many drinks, laughed and smiled a lot, and discussed in all 
seriousness the planned publication of the second (!) Gentoo book. Even 
Masatomo Nakano[39], one of Japan's most active Gentoo developers, could 
attend the Bounenkai during his brief visit from London where he currently 
 39. nakano@g.o
Figure 5.1: The Bounenkai crowd in a Shibuya pub, complexions not entirely 
void of beverage influence
2004 was an exceptional year for the Japanese Gentoo community, with a 
number of featured Gentoo articles in Linux magazines, thanks to Nakano 
and Mamoru Komachi (see below). 2004 also saw the first Gentoo book "My 
first Gentoo"[40] by Softbank Publishing, many translation improvements 
including the latest Gentoo Handbook, and the Japanese GWN translator team 
being back in business and on track with timely deliveries of the weekly 
newsletter. As people gradually understand what the benefits from a 
source-based distribution are, expectations for Gentoo to gain even more 
popularity in Japan in 2005 are high among the Japanese Gentooists.
Note: A complete series of photos from the event is available here.
6. Gentoo in the press
Software Design (December 2004 and January 2005 issues, in Japanese)
Two articles in a series written by Gentoo developer Mamoru Komachi[41] 
are looking in great detail at "Package Management in Gentoo." What 
started in the December issue of Software Design is continued in the 
current January number available at newsstands in Japan: a description of 
Portage using practical examples, helpful tips and tools not only for 
Portage newbies, but also for weathered admins just recently migrating 
from other distros. The article focusses especially on detailed 
explanations of new features in Portage version 2.0.51, to further boost 
people's awareness of Gentoo in Japan.
 41. usata@g.o (27 December 2004, in French)
The integration of a piece of software in Portage can be news in itself: A 
popular game clone called Wormux[42] is available in a new version and has 
been added to the Portage tree, writes author Prosper in 
his announcement "Encore un ver"[43], briefly mentioning Portage for Mac 
OS X, too.
7. Bugzilla
 * Statistics 
 * Closed bug ranking 
 * New bug rankings 
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([44]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 26 December 2004 and 02 January 2005, activity 
on the site has resulted in: 
 * 700 new bugs during this period 
 * 390 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 31 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 7877 currently open bugs: 113 are labeled 'blocker', 226 are 
labeled 'critical', and 558 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * Gentoo Games[45], with 56 closed bugs[46]  
 * Sven Vermeulen[47], with 21 closed bugs[48]  
 * media-video herd[49], with 15 closed bugs[50]  
 * Daniel Black[51], with 15 closed bugs[52]  
 * Seemant Kulleen[53], with 13 closed bugs[54]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[55], with 12 closed bugs[56]  
 * Daniel Ahlberg[57], with 12 closed bugs[58]  
 * ppc64 architecture team[59], with 11 closed bugs[60]  
 45. games@g.o
 47. swift@g.o
 49. media-video@g.o
 51. dragonheart@g.o
 53. seemant@g.o
 55. amd64@g.o
 57. aliz@g.o
 59. ppc64@g.o
New bug rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[61], with 21 new bugs[62]  
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[63], with 14 new bugs[64]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[65], with 14 new bugs[66]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[67], with 12 new bugs[68]  
 * media-video herd[69], with 11 new bugs[70]  
 * Net-Mail Packages[71], with 10 new bugs[72]  
 * Jeremy Huddleston[73], with 8 new bugs[74]  
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[75], with 7 new bugs[76]  
 61. base-system@g.o
 63. x11@g.o
 65. sound@g.o
 67. amd64@g.o
 69. media-video@g.o
 71. net-mail@g.o
 73. eradicator@g.o
 75. sci@g.o
8. Moves, adds, and changes
The following developers recently left the Gentoo team:
 * None this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo Linux team:
 * None this week 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux 
 * None this week 
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 77. gwn-feedback@g.o
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 * Russian[89] 
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Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Editor
AJ Armstrong <aja@g.o> - Author
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