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From: Yuji Kosugi <carlos@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 10
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2004 03:52:26
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of March 1st, 2004.
1. Gentoo News
Germany: LinuxTag Chemnitz
Gentoo devs Pylon (Lars Weiler), Tuxus (Jan Seidel) and dertobi123 (Tobias 
Scherbaum), plus Mr.Big (Jens Blaesche) from the German forum - four 
activists manning the Gentoo booth, four architectures (x86, Mac, Sparc 
and MIPS) on display! The Chemnitzer Linuxtag[1] on Saturday and Sunday 3 
& 4 March was quite successful, with scores of fresh x86 and PPC LiveCDs 
being handed out to visitors. The devs had prepared a shiny new flyer with 
information about 2004.0 and new features in Portage, but the indisputable 
main attraction at the Gentoo booth was a veritable Silicon Graphics O2 
("visual workstation"), the first O2 ever to be displayed running Linux to 
begin with, and this one even sporting a 2.6.1 kernel and a working 
framebuffer, thanks to Tuxus. 
Figure 1.1: Left to right: Tuxus, dertobi123, Pylon and Mr.Big trying to 
protect the Gentoo booth from the onslaught of visitors

2. Featured Developer of the Week
Damien Krotkine
Figure 2.1: Damien (dams) Krotkine
This week's featured developer is Damien Krotkine[2] (dams), the lead for 
the Gentoo Desktop Research Project[3]. He is also working on improving 
Gentoo's configuration tools, specifically by promoting the libconf[4] 
abstraction layer, a project he also contributes to. He claims these tasks 
are largely administrative, and that he doesn't get much time to code for 

 2. dams@g.o
dams (as he prefers to be called), began using Linux in 1998, with Red 
Hat. He progressed through Mandrake before hearing about Gentoo just prior 
to the release of 1.2. After Gentoo's 1.2 LiveCD was released, dams began 
using the new distro. Around the same time, dams had a conversation with 
Daniel Robbins[5] about libconf and the fact that Gentoo didn't really 
have any higher-level configuration tools. The end result was dams role in 
researching improvements and modifications to Gentoo's desktop features 
and tools. 

 5. drobbins@g.o
dams works as a Technical Project Leader on multi-platform applications 
using the Mozilla engine - a job he describes as "having fun with cool 
guys doing cool stuff on mozilla and other multi-platform open 
technologies". He is a Mandrakesoft alumnus, having coded the early 
versions of the Mandrake Control Center front-end and the Mandrake Network 
Configuration tool. He went to school in Frankfurt, Germany and later in 
Paris, France, where he studied Computer Science. 
Our subject numbers perl[6], emacs[7], screen[8], zsh[9] and firefox[10] 
amongst his favorite tools. He is a vanilla icewm[11] user and reads his 
mail in console gnus[12]. He has a number of ix86-based workstations and 
servers, as well as a "nifty iBook G4 with Gentoo PPC". 

dams claims he is a "typical geek", but does enjoy volleyball, 
rollerskating and climbing as well as African percussion music. He lives 
in Paris and spends most of his off-work time with his girlfriend. When 
asked for a favorite quote, he offered "All your base are belong to us.", 
which we think wasn't serious, and "perl rules", which probably was. 
3. Gentoo Security
Libxml2 URI Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
A buffer overflow has been discovered in libxml2 versions prior to 2.6.6 
which may be exploited by an attacker allowing the execution of arbitrary 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[13] 

Linux kernel do_mremap local privilege escalation vulnerability
A critical security vulnerability has been found in recent Linux kernels 
by Paul Starzetz of iSEC Security Research which allows for local 
privilege escalations. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[14] 

4. Heard in the Community
Buggy Gentoo? 
As one observant gentoo-user list member pointed out[15] this week, there 
have been more bugs reported than closed every week for quite some time. 
Does this mean Gentoo win drown in bugs? Read and find out. 

Grading Portage updates.
We all love portage for the ease with which it means we can all keep 
up-to-date systems, but have you just wanted to do critical updates, 
without having to recompile {X, KDE, GNOME} in the process? Well that was 
the suggestion made here[16].

5. Gentoo International
Japanese Input Methods
Gentooists in Japan have started a Wiki trying to get a grip on both the 
general availability of input methods for Japanese text in a Linux 
environment, and on how to install and use them in Gentoo Linux. The thing 
is: there are so many competing, or overlapping, or incompatible, or just 
redundant methods that even the pros are forgetting half of them all the 
time. The collection at[17] is already impressive and 
includes even some of the more obscure methods, but lacks the popular 
im-ja, for example. Work in progress.

6. Bugzilla
 * Statistics 
 * Closed Bug Ranking 
 * New Bug Rankings 
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([18]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 27 February 2004 and 04 March 2004, activity on 
the site has resulted in: 

 * 619 new bugs during this period 
 * 386 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 14 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 5168 currently open bugs: 140 are labeled 'blocker', 213 are 
labeled 'critical', and 405 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * AMD64 Porting Team[19], with 47 closed bugs[20]  
 * Jeremy Huddleston[21], with 28 closed bugs[22]  
 * Perl Team[23], with 22 closed bugs[24]  
 * Gentoo Games[25], with 17 closed bugs[26]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[27], with 16 closed bugs[28]  
 19. amd64@g.o
 21. eradicator@g.o
 23. perl@g.o
 25. games@g.o
 27. kde@g.o

New Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Science Related Packages Team[29], with 29 new bugs[30]  
 * Core System Packages Team[31], with 21 new bugs[32]  
 * x86 Kernel Team[33], with 17 new bugs[34]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[35], with 13 new bugs[36]  
 * Jeremy Huddleston[37], with 12 new bugs[38]  
 29. sci@g.o
 31. base-system@g.o
 33. x86-kernel@g.o
 35. amd64@g.o
 37. eradicator@g.o

7. Moves, Adds, and Changes
The following developers recently left the Gentoo team: 
 * none this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo Linux team:
 * Bret Curtis - MIPS 
 * Dominik Stadler - KDE 
 * Lim Swee Tat - Java 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux 
 * none this week 
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Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Editor
AJ Armstrong <aja@×××××××××××××.com> - Contributor
John Davis <avenj@g.o> - Contributor
Brian Downey <bdowney@×××××××××××.net> - Contributor
Luke Giuliani <cold_flame@×××××.com> - Contributor
Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o> - Contributor
Rafael Cordones Marcos <rcm@×××××××.net> - Contributor
David Narayan <david@×××××××.net> - Contributor
David Nielsen <Lovechild@××××××××.com> - Contributor
Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Contributor
Sven Vermeulen <swift@g.o> - Contributor
Hendrik Eeckhaut <Hendrik.Eeckhaut@×××××.be> - Dutch Translation
Jorn Eilander <sephiroth@××××××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Bernard Kerckenaere <bernieke@××××××××.com> - Dutch Translation
Peter ter Borg <peter@××××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Jochen Maes <linux@××××.be> - Dutch Translation
Roderick Goessen <rgoessen@××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Gerard van den Berg <gerard@××××××.net> - Dutch Translation
Matthieu Montaudouin <mat@××××××××.com> - French Translation
Xavier Neys <neysx@g.o> - French Translation
Martin Prieto <riverdale@×××××××××.org> - French Translation
Antoine Raillon <cabec2@××××××.net> - French Translation
Sebastien Cevey <seb@×××××.net> - French Translation
Jean-Christophe Choisy <mabouya@××××××××××××.org> - 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@××××××.net> - Italian Translation
Claudio Merloni <paper@×××××××.it> - Italian Translation
Christian Apolloni <bsolar@×××××××.ch> - Italian Translation
Stefano Lucidi <stefano.lucidi@×××××××××××××.org> - Italian Translation
Katuyuki Konno <katuyuki@××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Hiroyuki Takeda <hiro@××××××××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Masato Hatakeyama <hatake@×××××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Masayoshi Nakamura <masayang@×××××××××.com> - Japanese Translation
Yasunori Fukudome <yasunori@××××××××××××××××.uk> - Japanese Translation
Tomoyuki Sakurai <web-gentoo-doc-jp@××××××××××××.nu> - Japanese Translation
Radoslaw Janeczko <sototh@×××.pl> - Polish Translation
Lukasz Strzygowski <lucass.home@××.pl> - Polish Translation
Michal Drobek <veng@××.pl> - Polish Translation
Adam Lyjak <apo@××××××××××××××××××××.pl> - Polish Translation
Krzysztof Klimonda <cthulhu@×××××××××.net> - Polish Translation
Atila "Jedi" Bohlke Vasconcelos <bohlke@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Eduardo Belloti <dudu@××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
João Rafael Moraes Nicola <joaoraf@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Marcelo Gonçalves de Azambuja <mgazambuja@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Otavio Rodolfo Piske <angusy@××××××××.org> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Pablo N. Hess -- NatuNobilis <natunobilis@××××××××.org> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Pedro de Medeiros <pzilla@××××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
Ventura Barbeiro <venturasbarbeiro@××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Bruno Ferreira <blueroom@××××××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
Gustavo Felisberto <humpback@××××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
José Costa <jose_costa@×××××××.pt> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Luis Medina <metalgodin@×××××××××.org> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Ricardo Loureiro <rjlouro@×××××××.org> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Aleksandr Martyncev <amncorp@××.ru> - Russian Translator
Sergey Galkin <gals_home@××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Sergey Kuleshov <svyatogor@g.o> - Russian Translator
Alex Spirin <asp13@××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Denis Zaletov <dzaletov@×××××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Lanark <lanark@××××××××××.ar> - Spanish Translation
Fernando J. Pereda <ferdy@××××××.org> - Spanish Translation
Lluis Peinado Cifuentes <lpeinado@×××.edu> - Spanish Translation
Zephryn Xirdal T <ZEPHRYNXIRDAL@××××××××××.net> - Spanish Translation
Guillermo Juarez <katossi@××××××××××××××××.es> - Spanish Translation
Jesús García Crespo <correo@××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Carlos Castillo <carlos@×××××××××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Julio Castillo <julio@×××××××××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Sergio Gómez <s3r@××××××××××××.ar> - Spanish Translation
Aycan Irican <aycan@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Bugra Cakir <bugra@×××××××××.com> - Turkish Translation
Cagil Seker <cagils@××××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Emre Kazdagli <emre@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Evrim Ulu <evrim@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Gursel Kaynak <gurcell@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation