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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 13 February 2006


1.  Gentoo news

eselect 1.0 released

Version 1.0 of eselect, the modular configuration framework, has been released. For developers, eselect simplifies the creation of -config and -update tools in the same way that the original ebuild simplified building software. For end users, eselect provides a more consistent interface and, as a side effect, implements part of GLEP 24 by making it easy to find available configuration tools. Interested users may install app-admin/eselect, if they do not have it already. There is also a user guide and a developer guide available online.

2.  Gentoo international

Poland: Fluffy Gentoo

Plusiaczek Linux (roughly translates to "fluffy" in English) has been released. Plusiaczek is an i686 LiveCD based on Gentoo and designed as a general purpose distro for Polish Linux users. It ships with KDE 3.5.1, packing only what the author considers its most useful applications, and a set of others like Wine, k3b, Koffice, Scribus, Frozen-bubble, PHP, MySQL, Postgres and XFCE. The 577MB ISO can be downloaded from sourceforge, is entirely in Polish, but can be "remastered" to use any other language. Author Piotr Maliński can be contacted by email or via the web site (of which an English version is available, too).

3.  Gentoo in the press

Holehan (10 February 2006)

Florian Grässle of reports about a major revamp for Karim Ryde's Kuroo, the KDE Portage GUI project. It's undergone several changes that make it look much more KDEsque, and includes a number of new features, too.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • None this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Mark Kowarsky (mark_alec) - Forums
  • Scott Stoddard (deltacow) - AMD64
  • Josh Saddler (nightmorph) - Documentation


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • None this week

5.  Gentoo Security

ADOdb: PostgresSQL command injection

ADOdb is vulnerable to SQL injections if used in conjunction with a PostgreSQL database.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Apache: Multiple vulnerabilities

Apache can be exploited for cross-site scripting attacks and is vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

6.  Bugzilla


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 05 February 2006 and 12 February 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 894 new bugs during this period
  • 476 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 24 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 9272 currently open bugs: 77 are labeled 'blocker', 153 are labeled 'critical', and 522 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:

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Page updated February 13, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 13 February 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Ciaran McCreesh

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