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From: Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 21 November 2005
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 00:38:56
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 21 November 2005.
1. Gentoo news
European Gentoo Developer Conference
Around 20 participants spent an icy November day at Schloss Kransberg[1], 
the venue for the second European Gentoo developer conference. Hosted in 
splendid isolation outside Frankfurt by GWN editor Ulrich Plate[2], the 
all-day event was attended by developers from Denmark, France, Switzerland 
Germany and the Netherlands. 
 2. plate@g.o
Figure 1.1: Devs pYrania and tantive with Forum regular Inte in front of 
the castle
The program included presentations by Damien Krotkine[3] who explained his 
libconf approach to make configuration file management a more rational 
affair, and Fabian Groffen who gave a rundown of past and future 
endeavours of the reanimated Gentoo on Mac OS X project. Markus Nigbur[4] 
introduced his efforts at rewriting the old Gentoo statistics client, 
gentoo-stats, which is humming away nicely in a test environment, but has 
to wait for the latest PHP and MySQL in the stable tree before it becomes 
eligible for official hosting. 
 3. dams@g.o
 4. pyrania@g.o
Figure 1.2: Short break between presentations
A big part of the discussion before lunch was centered around efforts to 
set up a master mirror in Europe to help alleviate the load on Gentoo's 
infrastructure at OSU. Patrick Lauer[5] gave a status report on 
negotiations with potential sponsors, the scope and timeline for setting 
up a master distfiles and/or rsync mirror was discussed, and the 
participants agreed on aiming to get everything up and running before the 
2006.0 release. 
 5. patrick@g.o
Tobias Scherbaum[6] presented an overview of the redesign efforts at the 
German Gentoo website which include development of a content management 
system to benefit other national web presences, too, Ulrich Plate reported 
about a number of Gentoo book projects currently in planning or making, 
and the afternoon session closed with a lightning talk by the castle's 
owner and guest speaker Klaus Landefeld[7] who introduced the local CraNet 
infrastructure project that connects households in the Kransberg village 
via Linux-based WLAN routers to the castle's WLL internet uplink. The 
open-floor discussion just before dinner touched on other topics, with 
demands for wider tinderbox availability ranking highest. 
 6. dertobi123@g.o
 7. klaus@×××××××××.net
The Kransberg meeting is due to be repeated, on an alternating schedule 
with developer meetings at Brussels' FOSDEM in February. Next year it will 
be detached from the German edition of the Linux World Expo, and moved 
ahead on the calendar towards the end of summer, to avoid the sound of 
clattering teeth interrupting presentations. And since several developers 
had expressed interest in attending and presenting papers at the 
conference, but couldn't find the financial means in their budgets, 
finding sponsors to cover travel expenses will be an important part of the 
preparations for the next time. 
2005.1 media refresh: 2005.1-r1 released
A media refresh over the 2005.1 release has been announced on Sunday. 
Since it mainly contains bug fixes, not all architectures warranted this 
intermediate release, but namely AMD64, PPC64, SPARC, and x86 took the 
opportunity to refresh their stages and installation CD images before next 
year's 2006.0 release. Install media for other architectures than the ones 
mentioned, and all 2005.1 package CDs remain unchanged and are available 
Gentoo Weekly News via RSS feed
Thanks to Xavier Neys[8], the GWN is now available as an RSS feed. Xavier 
added the rss.xml files and edited the English[9] and French[10] overview 
pages to mention the feed at the beginning. The list of languages at the 
end of the overview file also lists the available feeds. 
 8. neysx@g.o
phpgroupware no longer in the tree
Due to outstanding security bugs, the upstream homepage no longer being 
available, and no releases in over a year, phpgroupware will be removed 
from the Portage tree. Anyone still using it is asked to switch to 
egroupware or any other suitable replacement. 
2. Heard in the community
use.defaults and pointless commits
Some users may have wondered why some USE flags seemingly automatically 
changed (and reverted a bit later). This was caused by a commit to 
use.defaults, a file that is used by portage to set USE flags on package 
installation (emerge gnutls and the gnutls USE flag will be set globally). 
During the following discussion it became apparent that this is a mostly 
unneeded feature that may be removed in the future. 
 *  [11] 
Gentoo Council Meeting, GLEP 41
The Gentoo Council had its third monthly meeting on November 15. The 
summary was posted to the mailing list shortly after. GLEP 41 (Making arch 
testers official Gentoo staff), which was not accepted during the last 
meeting as it needed some minor changes, was accepted by the council. Due 
to a communication error it seemed as if there were last minute changes 
(which were only communicated a bit late). This lead to a long discussion 
about procedures, the content of the GLEP and became one of the largest 
threads of the last months. 
 * Gentoo Council Meeting Summary [12] 
 * Email subdomain [13] 
 * Request for changes to GLEP 41 [14] 
 * implementation details for GLEP 41 [15] 
3. Gentoo international
Italy: Only five days to go until Gentoo Day!
The schedule[16] for the 3rd Italian Gentoo Day has been published, 
including highlights like the first public presentation on Gentoo FreeBSD 
by a Gentoo developer, Diego Pettenò[17]. His introductory speech will be 
followed by an assisted installation session, while other activists of the 
GeCHI[18] center their talks around applications like Openoffice and GIMP. 
Three parallel tracks will make the Gentoo Day a luxurious event for 
everyone who'd like to learn more about Gentoo. Details about the event 
can be found at the official Gentoo Forum thread[19] and the GeCHI's own 
forum[20] (all links in Italian)." 
 17. flameeyes@g.o
4. Gentoo in the press
Distrowatch (14 November 2005)
Kororaa[21] is an installer project spun off Gentoo Linux, or as Ladislav 
Bodnar puts it[22], "an independently developed, user-friendly 
installation method for Gentoo Linux and a full-featured Gentoo-based 
distribution." The announcement on Distrowatch comes as the the second 
beta version of Kororaa was released, to be followed by a Gnome version 
called Gororaa soon. 
 22. (31 October 2005)
Irfan Habib[23] makes mention of Portage as one specimen of "a new breed 
of distributed package management systems" that aim to overcome the 
defects of traditional package managers. His article at[24] 
compares Portage to Conary[25], a binary distribution tree used by 
rPath[26], evaluating inherent differences and similarities in both 
methods' network-based repository approach. 
 23. irfan.habib@×××××.com
5. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project: 
 * None this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project: 
 * Joshua Nichols (nichoj) - Java 
 * Damian Florczyk (thunder) - Gentoo/NetBSD lead 
 * Alexey Chumakov (achumakov) - Russian lead translator 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * Lisa M. Seelye (lisa) - added ccache and memcached to prior 
6. Gentoo Security
Scorched 3D: Multiple vulnerabilities
Multiple vulnerabilities in Scorched 3D allow a remote attacker to deny 
service or execute arbitrary code on game servers. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[27] 
Sylpheed, Sylpheed-Claws: Buffer overflow in LDIF importer
Sylpheed and Sylpheed-Claws contain a buffer overflow vulnerability which 
may lead to the execution of arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[28] 
GTK+ 2, GdkPixbuf: Multiple XPM decoding vulnerabilities
The GdkPixbuf library, that is also included in GTK+ 2, contains 
vulnerabilities that could lead to a Denial of Service or the execution of 
arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[29] 
Smb4k: Local unauthorized file access
A vulnerability has been identified that allows unauthorized access to the 
contents of /etc/sudoers and /etc/ files. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[30] 
7. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([31]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 13 November 2005 and 20 November 2005, activity 
on the site has resulted in: 
 * 680 new bugs during this period 
 * 364 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 28 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 9040 currently open bugs: 106 are labeled 'blocker', 199 are 
labeled 'critical', and 556 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * Alexey Chumakov[32], with 22 closed bugs[33]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[34], with 19 closed bugs[35]  
 * Gentoo Games[36], with 19 closed bugs[37]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[38], with 18 closed bugs[39]  
 * Gentoo Security[40], with 13 closed bugs[41]  
 * PPC Porters[42], with 13 closed bugs[43]  
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[44], with 11 closed bugs[45]  
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[46], with 10 closed bugs[47]  
 32. achumakov@g.o
 34. kde@g.o
 36. games@g.o
 38. amd64@g.o
 40. security@g.o
 42. ppc@g.o
 44. sci@g.o
 46. x11@g.o
New bug rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Default Assignee for New Packages[48], with 44 new bugs[49]  
 * X11 External Driver Maintainers[50], with 10 new bugs[51]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[52], with 9 new bugs[53]  
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[54], with 9 new bugs[55]  
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[56], with 8 new bugs[57]  
 * Xavier Neys[58], with 7 new bugs[59]  
 * Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[60], with 7 new 
 * Lim Swee Tat[62], with 6 new bugs[63]  
 48. maintainer-wanted@g.o
 50. x11-drivers@g.o
 52. sound@g.o
 54. sci@g.o
 56. x11@g.o
 58. neysx@g.o
 60. kernel@g.o
 62. st_lim@g.o
8. GWN feedback
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 64. gwn-feedback@g.o
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10. Other languages
The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:
 * Danish[65]  
 * Dutch[66]  
 * English[67]  
 * German[68]  
 * French[69]  
 * Korean[70]  
 * Japanese[71]  
 * Italian[72]  
 * Polish[73]  
 * Portuguese (Brazil)[74]  
 * Portuguese (Portugal)[75]  
 * Russian[76]  
 * Spanish[77]  
 * Turkish[78]  
Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Editor
Patrick Lauer <patrick@g.o> - Author

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