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From: Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 15 May 2006
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 07:46:59
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 15 May 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Gentoo rsync mirror spring cleaning
A legacy module that is still being supported for backward compatibility 
for the settings in a few people's /etc/make.conf is a strong candidate 
for removal. A few of those users who have been synchronizing their 
Portage tree since 2001 or so may still have a line in their config file 
that points to the old gentoo-x86-portage module. As removing this option 
would make mirror configuration much easier, a simple replacement of 
gentoo-x86-portage with gentoo-portage is all that's needed: 
| Code Listing 1.1:                                                       |
| /etc/make.conf                                                          |
|                                                                         |
|SYNC="rsync://" | Change this line        |
|SYNC="rsync://"     | to this                 |
|                                                                         |
GWN translation forces need support
Park Jin Kyu, the lead translator for the GWN's excellent Korean version, 
has been chipping away at the newsletter translations mostly by himself 
for the last few issues. To help him assure a steady service for our 
readers in Korea, please contact him directly[1] or send an e-mail to our 
own feedback address[2]. 

 1. jinkyupark@×××××.com
 2. gwn-feedback@g.o
Meanwhile, a new simplified Chinese version of the GWN is just about ready 
for official publication. Robert Zhang Le already has a few collaborators 
but could equally use additional help. The first issue of the simplified 
Chinese GWN will be posted shortly, please contact Robert[3] or, again, 

2. Gentoo international
Austria: Gentoo at the Grazer Linuxtage
On 20 May, the community part of the annual Grazer Linuxtage[4] will be 
held in the FH Joanneum, Graz. As in 2005, a number of Gentoo developers 
as well as friends and contributors will represent Gentoo at a booth set 
up in the exhibition hall. They'll be giving away free stickers, selling 
case badges[5], burning live-cds and be available for a chat about Gentoo, 
the universe and everything else. A lot of interesting lectures[6] will be 
held throughout the day. As last year, the Gentoo booth will be adjacent 
to those of the grml[7] and Debian projects, and rumors indicate that 
there will be an unusually strong connecting band between those three. If 
you want to know what that's all about, visit the Grazer Linuxtag to find 

Italy: Gentoo at the Linux World Summit in Milano
What used to be the "Linux World Expo" in Italy changed both organization 
and name this year, to become the Linux World Summit[8]. This 
predominantly business-oriented Linux event is opening its doors 15 and 16 
May in Milano. The Gechi (Gentoo Channel Italia)[9] activists will be 
there with a stand on both days. You'll find the latest Gentoo 
installation and package CD for many of the supported architectures, and 
the lxnay RR4/RR64 LiveDVD[10]. Their creator will be there on Monday 
afternoon presenting a new product of the RR family. Gechi T-shirts will 
also be on sale. On display at the booth: a cluster of four Via Epia and a 
Sun Fire V120. Check the Gechi forum[11] for additional details (in 
Italian). See you there! 

Norway: PHP developer conference with Gentoo developer participation
Sebastian Bergmann[12] and Stuart Herbert[13] are both invited to attend 
the PHP Vikinger[14] conference -- or rather "unconference", as organizer 
Zak Greant likes to call it -- in Skien next month, 24 and 25 June 2006. 
The birthtown of Henrik Ibsen in Norway's Telemark province is unlikely to 
offer many distractions for participants, so they can fully concentrate on 
what is announced as "an incredibly awesome event" centering on PHP 
development, with both invited guests and individually registering 
attendees from all over the planet. 

 12. sebastian@g.o
 13. stuart@g.o
3. Gentoo in the press
Linuxdevices (9 May 2006)
The magazine specializing in news from the embedded Linux market, 
Linuxdevices, reports about a new embedded processor module that ships 
with Gentoo Linux pre-installed. The article[15] reviews the Israeli 
company CompuLab's latest product, a single board computer targeting 
real-time and telecommunication applications, the CM-F82[16] and its 70MB 
image of Gentoo Linux inside. 

4. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project: 
 * None this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project: 
 * None this week 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * Denis Dupeyron (calchan) - joined the media-video team to take care of 
kino et al. 
5. Gentoo Security
PHP: Multiple vulnerabilities
PHP is affected by multiple issues, including a buffer overflow in 
wordwrap() which may lead to execution of arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[17] 

Mozilla Thunderbird: Multiple vulnerabilities
Several vulnerabilities in Mozilla Thunderbird allow attacks ranging from 
script execution with elevated privileges to information leaks. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[18] 

pdnsd: Denial of Service and potential arbitrary code execution
pdnsd is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that may result in arbitrary code 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[19] 

Ruby: Denial of Service
Ruby WEBrick and XMLRPC servers are vulnerable to Denial of Service. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[20] 

Quake 3 engine based games: Buffer Overflow
The Quake 3 engine has a vulnerability that could be exploited to execute 
arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[21] 

MySQL: Information leakage
A MySQL server may leak information to unauthorized users. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[22] 

6. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([23]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 07 May 2006 and 14 May 2006, activity on the 
site has resulted in: 

 * 732 new bugs during this period 
 * 353 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 22 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 10071 currently open bugs: 60 are labeled 'blocker', 147 are 
labeled 'critical', and 526 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[24], with 23 closed bugs[25]  
 * ppc64 architecture team[26], with 21 closed bugs[27]  
 * Portage team[28], with 15 closed bugs[29]  
 * Gentoo Games[30], with 14 closed bugs[31]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[32], with 11 closed bugs[33]  
 * Gentoo Security[34], with 10 closed bugs[35]  
 * Gentoo Science Related Packages[36], with 10 closed bugs[37]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[38], with 9 closed bugs[39]  
 24. gnome@g.o
 26. ppc64@g.o
 28. dev-portage@g.o
 30. games@g.o
 32. kde@g.o
 34. security@g.o
 36. sci@g.o
 38. base-system@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[40], with 22 new bugs[41]  
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[42], with 9 new bugs[43]  
 * AMD64 Project[44], with 9 new bugs[45]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[46], with 7 new bugs[47]  
 * Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[48], with 7 new 
 * Matthias Schwarzott[50], with 6 new bugs[51]  
 * X11 External Driver Maintainers[52], with 6 new bugs[53]  
 * media-video herd[54], with 6 new bugs[55]  
 40. maintainer-wanted@g.o
 42. maintainer-needed@g.o
 44. amd64@g.o
 46. sound@g.o
 48. kernel@g.o
 50. zzam@g.o
 52. x11-drivers@g.o
 54. media-video@g.o

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 56. gwn-feedback@g.o
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Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Editor
Wernfried Haas <amne@g.o> - Author
Andrea Perotti <deadhead@×××××.it> - Author

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