Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 12 February 2007
Time Zone update coming
The United States passed a bill to extend Daylight Saving Time. Due to this
change, some users need to ensure they have the new time zone information to
keep their computer's clocks accurate. For our users in the United States,
please make sure you have updated to at least version 2006p of
sys-libs/timezone-data on or before 11 March.
Testing for media-libs/freetype-2.3.1
On Thursday, 8 February, versions 2.2.1 and 2.3.1 of the FreeType library were
unmasked in the tree for ~arch (testing) users. These versions were masked for
about eight months to make for an easier transition. Some older software relied
on the presence of some internal headers, functions, and variables that are no
longer exported to external programs in these two versions. Although most of
the packages in the tree should be now corrected, with the main problems being
older Qt and KDE versions that are no longer in the tree, more testing is
certainly helpful and appreciated.
Please file bugs if you find any software in either the stable or testing
branches of the tree that does not compile against these newer versions of
FreeType and assign the bug to Diego
Problems with NSS/NSPR
Some users have noticed troubles in some applications, such as
www-client/mozilla-firefox or mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird
when accessing encrypted resources, such as SSL-enabled pages. This is caused
by an upgrade problem affecting users of the testing branch, where
dev-libs/nspr was upgraded, then an application such as
www-client/mozilla-firefox was upgraded, without prior updating
dev-libs/nss. This can be solved rather easily, by emerging the packages
in the correct order.
Code Listing 1.1: Fixing NSS/NSPR with Mozilla Firefox
# emerge --oneshot dev-libs/nspr dev-libs/nss www-client/mozilla-firefox
Thanks from the KDE team
Thanks to all of the people who offered their help to the KDE team. There have
been lots of responses, which the team has tried to follow up. If anyone else
wants to help out it is not too late! Please take a look at
http://dev.gentoo.org/~masterdriverz/kde-help.txt and drop into
#gentoo-kde on irc.freenode.net some time.
After some time of inactivity after the previous lead project lead retired from
Gentoo, the Adopt-a-dev Project
is back in operation under its new leader, Dimitry
Bradt. Dimitry has contacted everyone who had emailed the project during
the inactivity and would like to thank all previous donors for their trust and
contribution to this project.
If you have something in your attic or closet that you want to get rid of and
you think that Gentoo developers could use it, or you wish to fill one of the
requests put up by developers, visit the project page and/or mail
Denmark: Linuxforum 2007, Copenhagen
The biggest Scandinavian open source conference, LinuxForum, will be celebrating
its tenth year. LinuxForum covers various topics about UNIX, BSD, Open Source,
and Linux. This year, Gentoo will have a booth at the conference which will be
manned by various developer from Denmark, as well as a small group of developers
from abroad. The event takes place on March 2 and March 3, with Gentoo being
present on the 3rd.
Please stop by the booth with your questions, as Gentoo will have
representatives from the security team and the Release Coordinators for Alpha,
IA64, and MIPS among the group, along with the User Relations project lead.
For more information, see http://www.linuxforum.dk/.
Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSA being released.
Gentoo package moves
This section lists packages that have either been moved or added to the tree
and packages that have had their "last rites" announcement given to be removed
in the future. The package removals come from many locations, including the Treecleaners and various developers. Most
packages which are listed under the Last Rites section are in need of some love
and care and can remain in the tree if proper maintainership is established.
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 04 February 2007
and 11 February 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:
- 743 new bugs during this period
- 531 bugs closed or resolved during this period
- 32 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
- 148 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
- 148 bugs marked as duplicates during this period
Of the 10407 currently open bugs: 16 are labeled 'blocker', 111 are labeled
'critical', and 435 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
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