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From: Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 29 May 2006
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 08:31:31
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 29 May 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Don't mix and match GCC 3.4 and 4.1 versions
It has been discovered that even though GCC 3.4 and 4.1 share the same version, some slight changes require you to follow the GCC 
Upgrading Guide[1]. Bug #134447[2] illustrates an example of what may 
happen upon partial rebuilds (Qt in this case). Sorry for any 
inconvenience that this error may have caused. 

GnuPG update
gnupg-1.9.20 has been marked stable, allowing its added features[3] 
GPG-AGENT (passphrase caching) and GPGSM (S/MIME support) to be made 
available to all users of Gentoo Linux. As the GnuPG developers have 
indicated[4] these features are ready for production use. Following their 
recommendation, the gpg executable on your system is still the gnupg-1.4 
version, as gnupg-1.4 and gnupg-1.9 are both installed at the same time 
(in different slots). If you want to use the development version of gpg[5] 
please enable USE=gpg2-experimental, then emerge gnupg-1.9 and the 
executable /usr/bin/gpg2 will be installed. It will only be used if 
explicitly called, and by applications that are gpg2-aware. Not all 
applications look for gpg2 or understand its interfaces, which is why 
gnupg-1.4 is also installed. As a result of the stabilization the 
gpg-agent package is superseeded by gnupg-1.9.20. For information on how 
to use gpg-agent see Gentoo GnuPG User guide[6]. 


Tobias Klausmann, systems administrator for, was kind 
enough recently to completely rewrite the Gentoo rsync server guide[7] 
with fixes both in the instructions and the code snippets. Gentoo 
developer Jeffrey Forman and the infrastructure team want to thank him for 
the hard work and appreciate making Gentoo's documentation just a little 
bit more complete. 

2. Developer of the week
"A room full of strangers is a room full of potential friends" - Christel 
Dahlskjaer (christel)
Figure 2.1: Christel Dahlskjaer aka Christel
One of the more recent additions to the Gentoo development team, already 
known by many from her function as Freenode staff, Christel Dahlskjaer was 
originally pulled in to help the User Relations project. Since then she 
has also infiltrated PR, Events, Gentoo/MIPS, Gentoo/Alpha, Developer 
Relations and Release Engineering, and she is also Gentoo's administrative 
contact during this year's Summer of Code contest. "User Relations exists 
to act as a facilitator for the many user focused projects within Gentoo," 
she explains. "We are bridging the gap between users and developers by 
improving the information flow, keeping users and prospective developers 
informed about the development community. We also deal with complaints." 
Although she originally came onboard to work on User Relations, she finds 
much enjoyment in working on the other projects she is taking part in. 
One of the few active women in the midst of primarily male Gentoo 
developers, Christel is also a qualified nurse, and currently studies 
towards a MSc in Forensic Psychology. To keep herself busy and out of 
trouble, she keeps a number of computers around the house, including an 
Alpha Server, a Sun Blade 1000, an O2 and "a terribly gorgeous babypink 
iBook," all of which of course run Gentoo. 
The question "KDE or Gnome?" has no relevance for a fluxbox user such as 
Christel -- who lives in Exeter (England) and is "happily not married, 
yet" -- and irssi is her favourite application, no surprise really, her 
being a Irssi developer after all, and Senior Freenode Staff, but she 
insists that "senior" does not necessarily mean "old." 
3. Heard in the community
Perl 5.8.8 is at your door
Perl 5.8.8 has been marked stable on most architectures during the last 
week. Like after every Perl upgrade you have to run perl-cleaner to 
rebuild all Perl modules and packages linked against the old libperl. 
 * Perl 5.8.8 is at your door[8] 

4. Gentoo international
Germany: Winners of the quiz announced
As reported[9], the German not-for-profit association "Friends of Gentoo 
e.V." asked on their community-site "Are you Gentoo?" Now the 
quiz is over, and the organizers now know that more than 500 participants 
are Gentoo. The interest in this quiz was so impressive that there will be 
another quiz in late-summer this year. If you have questions you'd like to 
see included in that next quiz mail them to www@××××××.de. 

Congratulations to Benjamin Franzke, Chiara Sannitz and Meik Frischke who 
won the T-shirt, mouse-pad and Gentoo stickers offered by the "Friends of 
5. Gentoo in the press
Newsforge (22 May 2006)
Author Robin Miller gives Gentoo an interesting supporting role in this 
article[10] about the Debian developer conference DebConf6. Answering his 
own question why Debian is important, he obviously finds that others get 
more public visibility: "Novell and Red Hat have significant PR and ad 
budgets and use them to make lots of noise in the trade press. Gentoo has 
devoted followers who post pro-Gentoo messages in almost every online 
discussion about GNU/Linux distributions." Small error: Miller thinks 
Debian's social contract is unique, which goes to say that maybe Gentoo's 
devoted followers are at least one pro-Gentoo message[11] short so far. 

6. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project: 
 * None this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project: 
 * Roy Bamford (NeddySeagoon) - Forums 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * None this week 
7. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([12]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 21 May 2006 and 28 May 2006, activity on the 
site has resulted in: 

 * 668 new bugs during this period 
 * 401 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 10054 currently open bugs: 56 are labeled 'blocker', 141 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 Games[13], with 26 closed bugs[14]  
 * Xavier Neys[15], with 22 closed bugs[16]  
 * Portage team[17], with 20 closed bugs[18]  
 * Robin Johnson[19], with 12 closed bugs[20]  
 * Gentoo Kerberos Maintainers[21], with 11 closed bugs[22]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[23], with 11 closed bugs[24]  
 * Gentoo Security[25], with 10 closed bugs[26]  
 * Roy Marples[27], with 9 closed bugs[28]  
 13. games@g.o
 15. neysx@g.o
 17. dev-portage@g.o
 19. robbat2@g.o
 21. kerberos@g.o
 23. base-system@g.o
 25. security@g.o
 27. uberlord@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[29], with 27 new bugs[30]  
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[31], with 11 new bugs[32]  
 * AMD64 Project[33], with 11 new bugs[34]  
 * Perl Devs @ Gentoo[35], with 10 new bugs[36]  
 * Gentoo X-windows packagers[37], with 8 new bugs[38]  
 * media-video herd[39], with 8 new bugs[40]  
 * Chris White[41], with 8 new bugs[42]  
 * Gentoo Sound Team[43], with 7 new bugs[44]  
 29. maintainer-wanted@g.o
 31. maintainer-needed@g.o
 33. amd64@g.o
 35. perl@g.o
 37. x11@g.o
 39. media-video@g.o
 41. chriswhite@g.o
 43. sound@g.o

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Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Editor
Daniel Black <dragonheart@g.o> - Author
Jeffrey Forman <jforman@g.o> - Author
Patrick Lauer <patrick@g.o> - Author
Mark Loeser <halcy0n@g.o> - Author
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