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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter: 30 November 2008

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1.  Introduction

This month in the GMN

Welcome to the November issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

This issue is bigger than usual, as there was no October issue. Your editors were out of the country, attending conferences, moving, and dealing with massive hardware failure. However, things are hopefully back to normal. Lots of stuff in this issue!

As usual, you can discuss any aspect of this issue of the GMN in the corresponding forum thread. We look forward to hearing from you!

2.  Gentoo News

Council voting

As announced on the mailing list, nominations were held for a single spot on the Gentoo Council. Developers have until December 5th to vote. There were 11 nominees to the empty seat, of which 5 will run for this election. Please see this page for details.

Kernel team looking for help

Gentoo's kernel team is looking for volunteers.

Have an interest in kernel stuff, or the desire to become interested? Got time and enthusiasm? Have basic Bugzilla experience? Basic kernel compilation experience? The kernel team is looking for YOU!

You don't need knowledge of the kernel's internal plumbing or years of kernel hacking: if you have time, interest, and ask lots of questions, these things will come anyway. Much of the work doesn't involve technical stuff; you don't even need to be a Gentoo developer. It's a good opportunity to get involved with development and later become a Gentoo developer, if you're interested.

The kernel is the heart of any Linux system, so it needs TLC. If you answered anything even a faint "Yes" to the earlier questions, contact Daniel Drake!

New desktop environment: LXDE

Looking for an extremely lightweight desktop environment? Ben de Groot has added LXDE to Portage. LXDE is even lighter than Xfce, providing a variety of interchangeable components. Just install lxde-base/lxde-meta.

Tantalized by the screenshots? Want to try it out? You should know that while some of the recommended components may be marked stable (such as Openbox), the LXDE-specific packages are still marked ~arch, so you'll need to keyword them in /etc/portage/package.keywords.

Trustees Meeting Summary

The Gentoo Trustees held its monthly meeting on November 19, 2008. The items put up for discussion were:

The Trustees are now accepting applications for membership. All members of the community are invited to submit an application. You don't need to first be a Gentoo developer.

Council Meeting Summary

The Gentoo Council held its monthly meeting on October 23, 2008. The items put up for discussion were:

  • Running through open bugs: For each bug, come up with a concrete next step and who's going to do it. If it's the council, a specific member should take responsibility. The bug should be assigned to whoever needs to take the next step and council@gentoo.org should be in CC.
  • Bugs handled:
  • 185572 - As the proctors no longer exist, the code of conduct needs an update
  • 234705 - Document of being an active developer
  • 234706 - Slacker arches
  • 234708 - Can the council help fewer bugs get ignored by arm/sh/s390 teams?
  • 234710 - as-needed by default
  • 237381 - Document appeals process
  • Bugs remaining:
  • 234711 - GLEP 54: scm package version suffix
  • 234713 - GLEP 55: Use EAPI-suffixed ebuilds (.ebuild-EAPI)
  • 234711 - Extent of Code of Conduct enforcement

Coming Up

  • Bugday: Looking for a way to help out Gentoo without investing a lot of time? Join us on December 06 for our monthly bugday, and help us squash some bugs.
  • Council Meeting: The Gentoo Council meets twice every month to discuss important technical issues that affect Gentoo as a whole. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on December 11, and everyone is welcome to participate - #gentoo-council on irc.freenode.net at 2000UTC.
  • Trustees Meeting: Scheduled for December 14.
  • The Events Calendar has been updated with information on upcoming 2009 events.

3.  Heard in the Community

New Gentoo-based distribution: Incognito

Incognito is a Gentoo-based LiveCD and LiveUSB distribution designed for making secure, anonymous internet usage easier and more accessible fo non-geeks. Incognito is developed using catalyst, Gentoo's tool for creating releases.

Incognito comes with a web browser, IRC client, email client, instant messenger, and other internet applications preconfigured with security in mind. This makes it an operating system to use safely from home, work, university, internet cafés, libraries, etc.

So how popular is it? A crude estimate by its developers list around 10,000 to 20,000 users, among them human rights activists from China, the Middle East, and Africa.

Gentoo Wiki Returns!

Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, the servers of the unofficial, user-run site Gentoo Wiki went down at the beginning of October and despite much effort by Mike Valstar (thrasher7), the site's owner, it was not possible to recover the original content. After much hard graft however, the site has returned and is now fully up and running, with any registered user able to contribute. A regular, full, off-site backup system is also now in place to make sure that if such circumstances come about, the hard efforts of contributors will not be lost again.

Don't fear, however - most of the old wiki content was saved by the efforts of Nick Stallman (Cheater512), who set about trawling Google Cache shortly after the crash and set up a static copy of the old wiki at http://gentoo-wiki.info - Contributors are invited to copy articles across to the new wiki, make them look good and check for accuracy and freshness.

Contributors should make sure they read up on the style guidelines and templates in the Help section as some of the templates have changed and the site aims to give better guidance on how to write the perfect article.

There are now more language-specific wikis than ever, with Czech, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Dutch, Russian and Turkish now officially supported.

The Gentoo Wiki admins would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the contributors so far, whose invaluable efforts have helped get the wiki back up and running so quickly.

Note: Editors' note: There has been some discussion on the gentoo-dev and gentoo-doc mailing lists on the feasibility of an "official" Gentoo wiki; that is, one hosted on Gentoo infrastructure. Be sure to read the threads in their entirety if you're interested.

Planet Gentoo

Sing-along song: Tobias Scherbaum discovered a happy Gentoo user which couldn't stick to singing in the shower.

Package statistics: Some time ago there was a Google Summer of Code project to gather information which packages are installed on user systems. This was inspired by a Debian tool. Steve Dibb now asks for simple contributions to at least gather some information.

X.org 1.5: The newest version of the X server seems to be a source of some hassle, so Remi Cardona and Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen tell us how they solved their problems.

FOSDEM: Tobias Scherbaum announces next year's most important conference in Europe: FOSDEM 2009.

Stable candidates: Petteri Räty tells us about an RSS feed that gathers packages that may be good to be stabled.

Recruiting stats:: Robin H. Johnson has some statistics about recruited developers.

Good deeds:: Daniel Drake tries to change the world with the One Laptop Per Child project and G1G1.

Experts: Jan Kundrát is looking for a web expert to create a CSS template for the gallery export of KPhotoAlbum.

The council: Doug Goldstein has a short overview about what the Gentoo Council is and does.

Securing git-daemon: Running git-daemon as root is a bad idead, so Diego Elio Pettenò explains how to run it as an unpriviledged user.

Check your Python scripts: Robert Buchholz from Gentoo Security Team has some information how executing Python code can be harmful.

Choice for TeX: Either you use the TeX core binaries shipped with TeX Live 2008 or you update them separately giving you some more control, as Alexis Ballier tells us.

Generated PMS: The Package Manager Specification defines what an ebuild is and how it has to be interpreted by the various package managers. Fernando J. Pereda now provides pre-generated versions of it for convenience.

app-misc/screen replacement: Luca Longinotti presents a replacement for the handy but sometimes mulish screen program.

OLPC again: Gentoo developer Daniel Drake is active for the OLPC initiative and deploys the XO laptops in Ethiopia currently.

4.  Tips and Tricks

Using TODO lists with your shell

Love the shell? Want to know what else you can do with it? This tip is for you!

An old issue of the GWN featured a tip on using app-misc/devtodo. It's great for creating TODO lists, but what about keeping track of them?

If you set PROMPT_COMMAND="todo" in your environment, the TODO list of the current directory (if there is one) will be displayed before every shell prompt.

If you use PROMPT_COMMAND="todo --global --global-database ~/TODO; todo" you will see your global TODO list followed by the current directory's TODO list. This makes keeping track of your tasks much easier.

Running commands on many machines revisited: screen and pdsh

In our last issue, we featured tips on running commands on multiple Gentoo machines. One of our astute readers wrote in to tell us of another way of doing it: with app-misc/screen. You use a separate window to ssh into each host, then use screen's at command to send keystrokes to each screen. Below is a sample screen script to accomplish the task.

Code Listing 4.1: Sample screen script

#!/usr/bin/screen

# Read the default user's config
source $HOME/.screenrc

# connect to all hosts
screen ssh gentoo-box-1
screen ssh gentoo-box-2
screen ssh gentoo-box-3
screen ssh gentoo-box-4
screen ssh gentoo-box-5
screen ssh gentoo-box-6
screen ssh gentoo-box-7
screen ssh gentoo-box-8
screen ssh gentoo-box-9
screen ssh gentoo-box-10

# Don't pause the display just to echo the command
# we're running
msgwait 0

# The 'at' command takes the name of a window as the 1st arg,
# and a GNU Screen command as the 2nd arg.
# The 'stuff' command stuffs keys into the current window's
# keyboard buffer. The ^M at the end is a carat followed by
# an uppercase M; stuff translates that into a carriage return.
at ssh stuff "emerge --info^M"

An alternative way to run commands is to install app-shells/pdsh, a high-performance, parallel remote shell. Using pdsh, you can easily customize the number of concurrent commands you can run, watch for output on the command line for each machine at the same time, and limit the amount of time a command can execute on the remote machines.

Here's how to run date on four machines named gentoo-box-1, gentoo-box-2, and so on:

Code Listing 4.2: Running date on multiple machines

# pdsh -w $(echo gentoo-box-`seq -s ",gentoo-box-" 4`) "date"

gentoo-box-1: Fri Oct 17 23:17:51 PDT 2008
gentoo-box-3: Fri Oct 17 23:17:51 PDT 2008
gentoo-box-2: Fri Oct 17 23:17:51 PDT 2008
gentoo-box-4: Fri Oct 17 23:17:51 PDT 2008

Notice that each set of output is preceded by the host from which it came. You can turn this feature off by using the -N option with pdsh.

One problem with pdsh is that you cannot pump input to the commands you run. This means that you will not be able to input passwords interactively using pdsh. You need to have public key encryption setup or have askpass configured correctly along with X forwarding. For more information read the man page for ssh under SSH_ASKPASS also read the pdsh man page under Limitations.

That's it for this issue's Tips and Tricks. Thanks to all the readers who wrote in with their ideas for managing multiple machines!

5.  Gentoo developer moves

Summary

Gentoo is made up of 245 active developers, of which 42 are currently away. Gentoo has recruited a total of 671 developers since its inception.

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

Note: The number is higher than usual because several inactive developers were retired as per Gentoo policy. This operation is performed on a regular basis by the Undertakers project.

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

6.  Portage

Summary

This section summarizes the current state of the Portage tree.

General Statistics
Architectures 15
Categories 151
Packages 13094
ebuilds 25824
Keyword Distribution
Architecture Stable Testing Total % Packages
alpha 3736 494 4230 32.30%
amd64 7317 4243 11560 88.28%
arm 1636 141 1777 13.57%
hppa 2784 640 3424 26.15%
ia64 3278 638 3916 29.91%
m68k 513 27 540 4.12%
mips 950 874 1824 13.93%
ppc 6442 3044 9486 72.45%
ppc64 3541 826 4367 33.35%
s390 1231 56 1287 9.83%
sh 1439 79 1518 11.59%
sparc 4937 1315 6252 47.75%
sparc-fbsd 0 385 385 2.94%
x86 9497 3401 12898 98.50%
x86-fbsd 1 2846 2847 21.74%

Figure 6.1: Package distribution by keyword

Fig. 1: Packages by keyword

The following section lists packages that have either been moved or added to the tree. The package removals come from many locations, including the Treecleaners and various developers.

Removals:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
media-fonts/liberation-fonts-ttf 30 Sep 2008 Jeffrey Gardner
app-emulation/vmware-workstation-tools 30 Sep 2008 Mike Auty
dev-tex/extsizes 04 Oct 2008 Alexis Ballier
dev-tex/eurosym 04 Oct 2008 Alexis Ballier
Package: Removal date: Contact:
dev-tex/vntex 06 Oct 2008 Alexis Ballier
media-sound/gogo 08 Oct 2008 Michael Sterrett
www-apps/xrms 11 Oct 2008 Gunnar Wrobel
www-apps/bugport 12 Oct 2008 Gunnar Wrobel
Package: Removal date: Contact:
app-cdr/mp3burn 14 Oct 2008 Jeremy Olexa
Package: Removal date: Contact:
media-tv/pvr-firmware 21 Oct 2008 Doug Goldstein
media-plugins/slimserver-alienbbc 24 Oct 2008 Joe Peterson
media-sound/softsqueeze 24 Oct 2008 Joe Peterson
media-sound/slimserver 24 Oct 2008 Joe Peterson
dev-python/twibber 26 Oct 2008 Jesus Rivero
dev-python/twisted-xish 26 Oct 2008 Jesus Rivero
dev-python/twisted-pair 26 Oct 2008 Jesus Rivero
dev-python/twisted-flow 26 Oct 2008 Jesus Rivero
Package: Removal date: Contact:
x11-drivers/xf86-video-i810 27 Oct 2008 Remi Cardona
kde-base/phonon 02 Nov 2008 Mike Frysinger
kde-base/plasma 02 Nov 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/strigi-analyzer 02 Nov 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-dns/resolvconf-gentoo 03 Nov 2008 Raúl Porcel
x11-misc/obpager 03 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
x11-themes/lxappearance 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
dev-java/gnu-jaxp 09 Nov 2008 Serkan Kaba
Package: Removal date: Contact:
sys-cluster/gfs-headers 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/cman-headers 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/cman-kernel 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/dlm-headers 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/dlm-kernel 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/gulm 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/magma 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/magma-plugins 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/gnbd-headers 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
sys-cluster/iddev 12 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
net-mail/qmail-vmailmgr 13 Nov 2008 Thilo Bangert
games-simulation/cultivation 13 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
dev-lisp/abcl-cvs 15 Nov 2008 Vlastimil Babka
Package: Removal date: Contact:
dev-scheme/drscheme 17 Nov 2008 Panagiotis Christopoulos
dev-perl/Archive-Tar 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Class-ISA 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Compress-Raw-Zlib 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Compress-Zlib 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/ExtUtils-CBuilder 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/IO-Compress-Base 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/IO-Compress-Zlib 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/IO-Zlib 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Locale-Maketext-Simple 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Math-BigInt-FastCalc 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/module-build 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Module-Pluggable 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Pod-Escapes 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Pod-Simple 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Time-Piece 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/version 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Term-ANSIColor 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/extutils-parsexs 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Digest-SHA 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/VCP-autrijus 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/PodToHTML 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/FileHandle-Deluxe 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/FileHandle-Rollback 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/Audio-Tools 19 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
app-emulation/sheepshaver 19 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
x11-base/xdirectfb 19 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
app-admin/powertweak 19 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
net-libs/libpcap-ringbuffer 20 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
net-misc/ssh 20 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
net-firewall/ipchains-firewall 23 Nov 2008 Alec Warner
net-irc/charybdis 23 Nov 2008 Alec Warner
Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-dns/posadis 26 Nov 2008 Matsuu Takuto
net-dns/dnsquery 26 Nov 2008 Matsuu Takuto
net-dns/mfedit 26 Nov 2008 Matsuu Takuto
dev-cpp/poslib 26 Nov 2008 Matsuu Takuto
x11-misc/e16menuedit 30 Nov 2008 Mike Frysinger

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-perl/JavaScript-SpiderMonkey 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/SQL-Abstract-Limit 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/Net-Z3950-ZOOM 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/Class-DBI-AbstractSearch 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/MARC-Charset 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/MARC-Record 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/MARC-XML 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-libs/OpenSRF 29 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
net-misc/amazonmp3-libcompat 29 Sep 2008 Jim Ramsay
media-fonts/liberation-fonts 30 Sep 2008 Jeffrey Gardner
dev-perl/WWW-Curl 30 Sep 2008 Robin H. Johnson
dev-lang/sunstudioexpress 30 Sep 2008 Diego Elio Pettenò
x11-plugins/pidgin-mpris 01 Oct 2008 Tony Vroon
dev-libs/libhid 01 Oct 2008 Matsuu Takuto
app-office/akonadi-server 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
media-sound/phonon 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/akonadi 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/automoc 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kbreakout 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kblocks 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdebase-cursors 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdemaildir 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdepim-icons 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdepim-strigi-analyzer 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdeplasma-addons 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdesdk-strigi-analyzer 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kdiamond 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kiconfinder 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kleopatra 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kollision 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kontactinterfaces 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/ksirk 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kstartperf 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/ksystemlog 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/ktimetracker 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/kubrick 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/libkdcraw 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/libkexiv2 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/libkipi 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/libkleo 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/libksane 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/lokalize 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/okteta 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/phonon-xine 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/plasma-apps 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/plasma-workspace 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/renamedlg-plugins 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/solid-hardware 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/step 02 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
app-misc/anki 02 Oct 2008 Heath Caldwell
dev-libs/ustr 03 Oct 2008 Chris PeBenito
dev-python/sepolgen 03 Oct 2008 Chris PeBenito
dev-util/qbzr 03 Oct 2008 Markus Ullmann
dev-java/jtreemap 03 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
dev-util/statcvs 03 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
dev-util/statsvn 03 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
games-rpg/mangos 04 Oct 2008 Christian Parpart
x11-themes/sound-theme-freedesktop 05 Oct 2008 Mart Raudsepp
media-libs/libcanberra 05 Oct 2008 Mart Raudsepp
java-virtuals/stax-api 05 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-db/maatkit 06 Oct 2008 Wolfram Schlich
sys-apps/fakeroot-ng 06 Oct 2008 Michael Januszewski
media-libs/realcodecs 07 Oct 2008 Steve Dibb
media-libs/babl 07 Oct 2008 Hanno Boeck
media-libs/gegl 07 Oct 2008 Hanno Boeck
dev-lang/c-intercal 08 Oct 2008 Ulrich Müller
x11-misc/ktsuss 09 Oct 2008 Jeremy Olexa
app-dicts/stardict-freedict-tur-eng 09 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
app-dicts/stardict-freedict-tur-deu 09 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
app-dicts/stardict-freedict-eng-tur 09 Oct 2008 Serkan Kaba
games-arcade/tecnoballz 09 Oct 2008 Alfredo Tupone
dev-java/jpf 11 Oct 2008 Vlastimil Babka
media-libs/exempi 11 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
gnome-extra/gnome-user-share 12 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
Package: Addition date: Contact:
kde-misc/kvkbd 13 Oct 2008 Ben de Groot
kde-misc/powerdevil 14 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
net-misc/iaxmodem 14 Oct 2008 Stefan Briesenick
app-text/tabler 15 Oct 2008 Heath Caldwell
kde-misc/lancelot-menu 15 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
mail-client/claws-mail-archive 16 Oct 2008 Christian Faulhammer
mail-client/claws-mail-spam_report 16 Oct 2008 Christian Faulhammer
mail-client/claws-mail-tnef_parse 16 Oct 2008 Christian Faulhammer
mail-client/clawsker 16 Oct 2008 Christian Faulhammer
dev-python/gnome-python-extras-base 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/gdl-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/egg-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/gtkhtml-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/gtkmozembed-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/gtkspell-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/libgda-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
dev-python/libgksu-python 16 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
sys-apps/preload 18 Oct 2008 Jeremy Olexa
dev-util/nvidia-cuda-toolkit 18 Oct 2008 Michael Januszewski
media-libs/libv4l 18 Oct 2008 Alexis Ballier
dev-util/nvidia-cuda-sdk 18 Oct 2008 Michael Januszewski
gnome-extra/hamster-applet 19 Oct 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-perl/Compress-Raw-Bzip2 20 Oct 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-perl/IO-Compress-Bzip2 20 Oct 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Package-Constants 20 Oct 2008 Torsten Veller
media-libs/lasi 21 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
media-libs/libharu 21 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
media-tv/ivtv-firmware 21 Oct 2008 Doug Goldstein
media-tv/cx18-firmware 21 Oct 2008 Doug Goldstein
sys-libs/libservicelog 21 Oct 2008 Brent Baude
sys-apps/servicelog 21 Oct 2008 Brent Baude
media-tv/ivtv-utils 21 Oct 2008 Doug Goldstein
kde-base/pykde4 21 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
kde-base/krosspython 21 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
dev-ruby/rspec-rails 22 Oct 2008 Hans de Graaff
x11-drivers/xf86-video-intel 22 Oct 2008 Remi Cardona
dev-db/apgdiff 22 Oct 2008 Miroslav Šulc
dev-lang/luarocks 22 Oct 2008 Matti Bickel
dev-python/jinja2 24 Oct 2008 Jesus Rivero
dev-lang/vala 24 Oct 2008 Remi Cardona
dev-util/lcov 24 Oct 2008 Olivier Crête
dev-tex/culmus-latex 26 Oct 2008 Alexis Ballier
net-misc/bti 26 Oct 2008 Greg Kroah-Hartman
Package: Addition date: Contact:
x11-apps/fusion-icon 27 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
sys-devel/crossdev-wrappers 27 Oct 2008 Ned Ludd
games-arcade/tuxanci 27 Oct 2008 Tomas Chvatal
dev-perl/HTTP-Response-Encoding 27 Oct 2008 Torsten Veller
dev-lang/cilk 27 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
sci-libs/taucs 27 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
sci-mathematics/cgal 27 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-python/cgal-python 27 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-python/natgrid 27 Oct 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
x11-apps/simple-ccsm 27 Oct 2008 Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto
net-misc/miniupnpd 27 Oct 2008 Bjarke Istrup Pedersen
app-portage/porticron 28 Oct 2008 Benedikt Boehm
net-misc/throttle 29 Oct 2008 Fabian Groffen
app-benchmarks/gtkperf 29 Oct 2008 Mart Raudsepp
dev-util/lsuio 29 Oct 2008 Mike Frysinger
sci-biology/iqpnni 30 Oct 2008 Andrey Kislyuk
virtual/perl-Archive-Tar 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Class-ISA 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Compress-Raw-Zlib 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Compress-Zlib 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Digest-SHA 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-ExtUtils-CBuilder 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-ExtUtils-ParseXS 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-IO-Compress-Base 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-IO-Compress-Zlib 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-IO-Zlib 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Locale-Maketext-Simple 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Math-BigInt-FastCalc 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Module-Build 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Module-Pluggable 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Pod-Escapes 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Pod-Simple 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Term-ANSIColor 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-Time-Piece 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
virtual/perl-version 01 Nov 2008 Yuval Yaari
x11-drivers/xf86-input-tslib 01 Nov 2008 Ned Ludd
media-libs/iulib 02 Nov 2008 Mike Frysinger
perl-core/Archive-Tar 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Class-ISA 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Compress-Raw-Zlib 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Compress-Zlib 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Digest-SHA 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/ExtUtils-CBuilder 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/ExtUtils-ParseXS 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/IO-Compress-Base 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/IO-Compress-Zlib 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/IO-Zlib 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Locale-Maketext-Simple 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Math-BigInt-FastCalc 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Module-Build 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Module-Pluggable 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Pod-Escapes 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Pod-Simple 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Term-ANSIColor 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/Time-Piece 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
perl-core/version 02 Nov 2008 Torsten Veller
sci-mathematics/qtoctave 02 Nov 2008 Markus Dittrich
Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-ruby/uuidtools 03 Nov 2008 Diego Elio Pettenò
dev-ruby/flickr 03 Nov 2008 Diego Elio Pettenò
gnustep-libs/cddb 03 Nov 2008 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-apps/cdplayer 03 Nov 2008 Bernard Cafarelli
sys-block/hpacucli 03 Nov 2008 Wolfram Schlich
net-misc/aqbanking3-tool 05 Nov 2008 Hanno Boeck
x11-libs/gtkhotkey 05 Nov 2008 Serkan Kaba
dev-tcltk/tkcon 05 Nov 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
x11-libs/xpa 05 Nov 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
sci-astronomy/ast 05 Nov 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
sci-astronomy/funtools 05 Nov 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
lxde-base/lxappearance 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxde-common 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxlauncher 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxpanel 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxrandr 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxsession-lite 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxtask 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxterminal 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
lxde-base/lxde-meta 07 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
dev-cpp/pangomm 08 Nov 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
media-sound/xfi-drivers 09 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-ruby/xml-mapping 10 Nov 2008 Hans de Graaff
media-radio/tucnak2 10 Nov 2008 Jeremy Olexa
x11-misc/xidle 12 Nov 2008 Jeroen Roovers
media-plugins/gst-plugins-soup 12 Nov 2008 Mart Raudsepp
app-pda/synce-gvfs 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-hal 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-kio-rapip 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-kpm 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-librra 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-librtfcomp 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-odccm 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-pywbxml 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
app-pda/synce-sync-engine 13 Nov 2008 Federico Ferri
sys-fs/gfs2 13 Nov 2008 Christian Zoffoli
dev-python/amara 14 Nov 2008 Michael Marineau
dev-java/bytelist 15 Nov 2008 Miroslav Šulc
dev-java/jsr223 16 Nov 2008 Miroslav Šulc
dev-java/jvyamlb 16 Nov 2008 Miroslav Šulc
dev-java/httpunit 16 Nov 2008 Miroslav Šulc
dev-java/beansbinding 16 Nov 2008 Miroslav Šulc
Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-scheme/plt-scheme 17 Nov 2008 Panagiotis Christopoulos
media-plugins/vdr-systeminfo 17 Nov 2008 Joerg Bornkessel
sci-calculators/speedcrunch 17 Nov 2008 Sebastien Fabbro
app-emacs/quilt-el 18 Nov 2008 Ulrich Müller
media-plugins/vdr-devstatus 18 Nov 2008 Matthias Schwarzott
media-gfx/galleryadd 20 Nov 2008 Robin H. Johnson
app-office/multitalk 20 Nov 2008 Matsuu Takuto
app-admin/checkrestart 20 Nov 2008 Jeroen Roovers
sys-block/spindown 21 Nov 2008 Wolfram Schlich
sys-apps/unscd 22 Nov 2008 Mike Frysinger
app-benchmarks/forkbomb 23 Nov 2008 Patrick Lauer
dev-dotnet/webkit-sharp 23 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
app-emacs/nxml-svg-schemas 23 Nov 2008 Diego Elio Pettenò
Package: Addition date: Contact:
media-sound/mpdas 24 Nov 2008 Ben de Groot
app-i18n/adaptit 24 Nov 2008 Joel Martin
net-analyzer/nagstamon 24 Nov 2008 Tobias Scherbaum
dev-libs/libgamin 24 Nov 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
app-admin/gam-server 24 Nov 2008 Gilles Dartiguelongue
app-cdr/mp3burn 25 Nov 2008 Samuli Suominen
dev-dotnet/gnome-keyring-sharp 25 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-dotnet/notify-sharp 25 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-ruby/ruby-shadow 25 Nov 2008 Caleb Tennis
dev-dotnet/gnome-desktop-sharp 26 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-dotnet/gnome-panel-sharp 26 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-dotnet/gnome-print-sharp 26 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-dotnet/nautilusburn-sharp 26 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
dev-dotnet/wnck-sharp 26 Nov 2008 Peter Alfredsen
games-simulation/secondlife-bin 27 Nov 2008 Joe Peterson
net-wireless/wireless-regdb 27 Nov 2008 Tony Vroon
net-wireless/crda 27 Nov 2008 Tony Vroon
dev-python/reverend 28 Nov 2008 Jesus Rivero
dev-libs/cygwin 28 Nov 2008 Mike Frysinger
media-libs/glpng 28 Nov 2008 Tomas Chvatal
net-wireless/bluez 28 Nov 2008 Tiziano Müller
sys-fs/dmg2img 29 Nov 2008 Joseph Jezak
app-emacs/emacs-daemon 30 Nov 2008 Ulrich Müller

7.  Bugzilla

Statistics

The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. The following chart summarizes activity on Bugzilla between 30 October 2008 and 29 November 2008.


Figure 7.1: Bug activity split-up

Fig. 1: Bug activity

Of the 14154 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled blocker, 114 are labeled critical, and 460 are labeled major.

Closed bug ranking

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period are as follows.

Rank Developer/Team Bug Count
0 Others 1094
1 Portage team 58
2 Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team 50
3 Gentoo's Team for Core System packages 48
4 Netmon Herd 38
5 Gentoo Linux bug wranglers 38
6 Gentoo Security 32
7 Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages 32
8 Gentoo Sound Team 31
9 Gentoo KDE team 31

Figure 7.2: Bug closed rankings

Fig. 2: Bugs closed

Assigned bug ranking

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most bugs during this period are as follows.

Rank Developer/Team Bug Count
0 Others 1160
1 Gentoo Games 85
2 Default Assignee for New Packages 80
3 Gentoo Security 64
4 Gentoo KDE team 64
5 Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages 59
6 Gentoo's Team for Core System packages 48
7 Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team 39
8 media-video herd 38
9 Gentoo Sound Team 34

Figure 7.3: Bugs assigned rankings

Fig. 3: Bugs assigned

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