Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: December 22nd, 2003
First Anniversary of Gentoo Weekly Newsletter next week
We've come a long way - next week we'll be celebrating the first anniversary of the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Watch out for some special content, including some of the year's top Gentoo moments, an interview of Daniel Robbins, as well as pictures and profiles of the GWN staff.
Featured Developer of the Week
Figure 2.1: Hanno Böck
This week, we feature Hanno Böck
(hanno), who maintains the ebuilds for dosemu as well as the design
applications scribus and bluefish. He also
contributes to bug-fixes and assists with laptop issues. He sometimes
submits bug patches to a number of open source projects whose products
he uses. He is particularly pleased with the success of a number of
kernel patches he has submitted for hardware peripheral support on
devices like the Intel PRO/100 VE NIC, the NetGear FA101 USB Network
Adaptor, and the Vivicam 300 Digital Camera.
Originally from Murrhardt, Germany (near Stuttgart), Hanno is
currently studying Information Science at the University of Tübingen.
He lives there in a small flat with his girlfriend, Sabine. He is
particularly pleased with the fact that she has progressed from novice
computer-use to Gentoo geek over the tenure of their relationship.
Hanno has been using Gentoo since reading about it on the German news
site pro-linux.de in early
2002. After contributing several ebuilds, he was made a developer -
possibly to give him his own CVS access so he would stop bugging Daniel Robbins and Seemant Kulleen to commit his work.
Hanno develops on a desktop Athlon XP 2000+ and a Sony Vaio
(PCG-GR114MK) laptop. He uses IceWM for his Window
Manager, and launches Sylpheed-Claws on
startup to check his mail. He is also a fan of Gimp and MPlayer. To satisfy his
addiction to old games, he uses zsnes Nintendo emulator. He is
active in the demoscene
by creating 4K Intros for Linux and as a member of the group Headcrash and organizer of the
0a000h-party. He is also
active politically, and is a member of the BUNDjugend, a youth
organization of the Friends of the Earth.
Hanno offered us a statement by Albert Einstein as a topical favorite
quote: "He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned
my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him
the spinal cord would suffice...It is my conviction that killing under
the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.". When asked
about Gentoo, Hanno remarked that "it's not the best distro I could
imagine, but it's the best from all existing ones."
There is a remotely exploitable bug in xchat 2.0.6 that could lead to a denial
of service attack. This is caused by sending a malformed DCC packet to xchat
2.0.6, causing it to crash. Versions prior to 2.0.6 do not appear to be
affected by this bug.
For more information, please see http://mail.nl.linux.org/xchat-announce/2003-12/msg00000.html
- Severity: Medium
- Packages Affected: =2.0.6
- Rectification: emerge sync; emerge -pv '>=net-irc/xchat-2.0.6-r1'; emerge '>=net-irc/xchat-2.0.6-r1'; emerge clean
- GLSA Announcement
Two buffer overflow problems have been found in lftp, a multithreaded
command-line based FTP client. A specially created directory on a web
server could be used to execute arbitrary code on the connecting machine.
The user's machine has to connect to a malicious web server using HTTP or
HTTPS, then issue an "ls" or "rels" command.
for more details on this problem.
- Severity: Minimal
- Packages Affected: <=2.6.9
emerge -pv '>=net-ftp/lftp-2.6.10'
- GLSA Announcement
New Security Bug Reports
The following new security bugs were posted this week:
Heard in the Community
While the Others Are Waiting
When you're among those who don't consider Christmas shopping a fascinating pastime, and the end of the year starts to get boring with little else to do, why not recompile a few kernels or your entire system with the new Intel C compiler? And while you're at it, don't forget to report back what does compile and what doesn't, to this thread please:
And We Do Mean Unstable...
There's a poll about the portagisation of the rather volatile set of kernel patches known as love-sources, which, interestingly enough, their former maintainer Lovechild himself appears to vote against. Must be the spirit of the season: emotions for once don't run high about who gets to decorate the Portage tree. Merry christmas, Forum style.
Gentoo And Distrowatch
One of the more popular
threads this week started with a quote from DistroWatch.
Phantom Free Space
It pays to do regular fsck's on your hard disks. This
thread is a good example of what happens when you don't!
Ever wonder how up to date portage actually is? Well Ryan Phllips created a script to check how up to date the portage tree was compared to Freshmeat. Have a look here to check out the original post, which includes some links to results and the script itself.
Christmas? Chanukah? Bonenkai? Log the bash and report back!
We can only assume there'll be plenty of Gentoo User Group end of year parties all over the planet, because we haven't been invited to any. If you have, or are going to, and feel you should share the experience with the rest of us (of course you do), please send photos for our next issue!
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 12 December 2003 and 18 December 2003, activity
on the site has resulted in:
- 402 new bugs during this period
- 232 bugs closed or resolved during this period
- 13 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
Of the 4361 currently open bugs: 95 are labeled 'blocker', 176 are labeled 'critical', and 314 are labeled 'major'.
Closed Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period are:
New Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during this period are:
Tips and Tricks
This week's tip shows you how to use /etc/skel to
ensure that all new users on your system get the same initial
The /etc/skel directory is the directory used by
useradd to create the default settings in a new user's home
To change the location of /etc/skel, edit
Code Listing 7.1
# useradd defaults file
Typically files included in /etc/skel are .rc files
for shell initialization, but you could also include a
public_html directory, a custom dircolors file, or
Code Listing 7.2
% ls -A /etc/skel
.bash_profile .bashrc .maildir .screenrc .tcsh.config
For more information on customizing /etc/skel see
Moves, Adds, and Changes
The following developers recently left the Gentoo team:
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo Linux team:
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux project:
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