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From: Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 4
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 15:30:27
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of January 26th, 2004.
1. Gentoo News
SELinux i686 LiveCD now available
Much progress has been made recently in integrating SELinux[1] into Gentoo 
Linux, and now we're proud to announce that an experimental SELinux i686 
LiveCD[2] is available, along with fresh stages[3] 1 through 3. The 
install guide[4] is also experimental, but now users should be able to 
install SELinux from scratch. Tread with care, and make sure to report 
bugs[5]. The only current known issue has to do with denials from DHCP 
when booting from the LiveCD. 

For more SELinux-related info (baselayout has been modified to make 
/sbin/init the initial policy load), read Chris PeBenito[6]'s message to 

2. Featured Developer of the Week
Sergey Kuleshov
Figure 2.1: Sergey Kuleshov
This week, we are featuring Sergey Kuleshov[7] (svyatogor), the lead for 
the Gentoo Documentation Project's[8] Internationalization Subproject[9], 
and one of the Russian translators. His main responsibilities include 
co-ordinating and training new translators and translation teams, ensuring 
translation accuracy is checked and (of course) doing some of the 
translations to Russian. He is also responsible for ensuring that 
translation teams continue to update documentation as it evolves. 

 7. svyatogor@g.o
Sergey is a university student, currently pursuing a BSc in Mathematics 
Computing and Statistics via correspondence with London University[10]. He 
lives on Cyprus and enjoys reading Science Fiction. He is also learning to 
play guitar. He normally uses a P4 workstation (2.6 GHz, 1024 MB, 80 GB) 
as well as a 600 MHz Celeron Notebook. He is a fluxbox[11] user who 
prefers mlterm[12] for console chores and gvim[13] for editing. He 
communicates using Mozilla Firebird[14] and Thunderbird[15], as well as 
PSI Jabber[16] and XChat[17]. 

Sergey has been using Linux for the last four years, progressing from 
Corel Linux through several iterations of Red Hat and Mandrake before 
discovering Gentoo in 2001. His experience with Gentoo began with a few 
articles by George Shapovalov[18] and Aleksey Fedorchuk on[19], and moved to the new distro when he finally got his 
PCMCIA NIC working with the LiveCD. He explained that his preference for 
Gentoo comes out of the fact that it is an "OS where you really know what 
is going on." He joined the Gentoo developer team after reading in GWN 
that George Shapovalov was heading up Russian translation efforts. Sergey 
volunteered his services, and was brought into the project. Sergey has 
also started up his own OSS project, the GNSS Neural Network 
Simulator"[20], which "is a tool for creating and teaching various types 
of neural networks." 

 18. george@g.o
3. Gentoo Security
GLSA: honeyd
Honeyd is a virtual honeypot daemon that can simulate virtual hosts on 
unallocated IP addresses. Identification of Honeyd installations allows an 
adversary to launch attacks specifically against Honeyd. No remote root 
exploit is currently known. A bug in handling NMAP fingerprints caused 
Honeyd to reply to TCP packets with both the SYN and RST flags set. 
Watching for replies, it is possible to detect IP addresses simulated by 
Honeyd. Although there are no public exploits known for Honeyd, the 
detection of Honeyd IP addresses may in some cases be undesirable.
Honeyd 0.8 has been released along with an advisory[21] to address this 
issue. In addition, Honeyd 0.8 drops privileges if permitted by the 
configuration file and contains command line flags to force dropping of 

 * Severity: Low 
 * Packages Affected: <honeyd-0.8 
 * Rectification: emerge sync; emerge -pv >=honeyd-0.8; emerge >honeyd-0.8 
 * GLSA Announcement[22] 
4. Heard in the Community
Backup Techniques 
Backups are critical if your computer has data of any worth on it. 
Gentoo-user had a great thread[23] on different backup methods. 

Gentoo 2004 LiveCD 
Beejay announced[24] that the first Gentoo 2004.0 LiveCD was pushed out to 
the master mirror this week. Do your bugtesting part and get downloading! 

5. Gentoo International
Time Out
There are certainly things worth noting - if only we knew about them. 
Please help the GWN team with information about international events, user 
stories and interesting projects from your own countries! By all means, do 
send suggestions to gwn-feedback@g.o. 
6. Bugzilla
 * Statistics 
 * Closed Bug Ranking 
 * New Bug Rankings 
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([25]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 16 January 2004 and 22 January 2004, activity on 
the site has resulted in: 

 * 619 new bugs during this period 
 * 365 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 16 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 4818 currently open bugs: 110 are labeled 'blocker', 179 are 
labeled 'critical', and 342 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * Gentoo KDE Team[26], with 28 closed bugs[27]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[28], with 22 closed bugs[29]  
 * Bob Johnson[30], with 20 closed bugs[31]  
 * Gentoo Games[32], with 17 closed bugs[33]  
 26. kde@g.o
 28. amd64@g.o
 30. livewire@g.o
 32. games@g.o
New Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Core System Packages Team[34], with 21 new bugs[35]  
 * Media-Video Herd[36], with 15 new bugs[37]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[38], with 15 new bugs[39]  
 * Net-Mail Packages Team[40], with 14 new bugs[41]  
 * Gentoo KDE Team[42], with 12 new bugs[43]  
 34. base-system@g.o
 36. media-video@g.o
 38. amd64@g.o
 40. net-mail@g.o
 42. kde@g.o

7. Tips and Tricks
Using watch to repeat comands
This week's tip shows you how to use watch to have commands run 
repeatedly. Make sure you have the sys-apps/procps package installed to 
make use of watch. 
Whenever you have a long-running process (such as removing a complex 
directory tree or creating a large backup with tar), it is common to 
periodically check the progress of the task using ls, ps, grep, or a 
combination of these and other utilities. Instead of repeatedly executing 
these commands, you can have watch do it for you. For the most basic 
usage, just append your command to watch and run it. The screen will 
update every few seconds (2 by default), and rerun the command for you. 
For example, if you're copying an ISO image that's about 650MB and you 
want to see if it's done, you could use a command similar to this one:
| Code Listing 7.1:                                                       |
|% watch ls -lh filename.iso                                              |
When the size stops increasing and it's around 650MB, you know the file 
copy operation has finished.
For more information on using watch, see man 1 watch.
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:
 * Andrew Bevitt (Cyfred) - xfree86 
 * Akinori Hattori (hattya) - cjk 
 * Blake Matheny (jake) - ada, haskell, CL, Lisp 
 * Gustavo Felisberto (humpback) - jabber 
 * Leandro Maciel Dorileo (dorileo) - kernel 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux 
 * none this week 
9. Contribute to GWN
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 44. gwn-feedback@g.o
10. GWN Feedback
Please send us your feedback[45] and help make the GWN better.

 45. gwn-feedback@g.o
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12. Other Languages
The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:
 * Dutch[46] 
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 * Russian[55] 
 * Spanish[56] 
 * Turkish[57] 

Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Editor
AJ Armstrong <aja@×××××××××××××.com> - 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
Yoshiaki Hagihara <hagi@×××.com> - Japanese Translation
Katsuyuki Konno <katuyuki@××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Japanese Translation
Yasunori Fukudome <yasunori@××××××××××××××××.uk> - Japanese Translation
Takashi Ota <088@××××××××××.jp> - 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