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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 5 March 2007

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1.  Gentoo News

Opengear donates two CM4008

Opengear has shown its generous side to Gentoo once again. Last year, Opengear donated two CM4008 console servers and followed up with yet another CM4008 this year. If you're not familiar, these console servers provide secure access to serial and network consoles, allowing infrastructure to monitor and control servers and switches remotely, from anywhere and at any time. These have been a great resource for infrastructure and the developer community. Thank you for your donations Opengear!

New Gentoo Project: Xfce

Gentoo's Xfce project gained it's official Gentoo project status, thanks to Joshua Saddler and Joshua Nichols. What's coming up next for the Xfce Project? There is an open stabilization bug for the Xfce Desktop Environment 4.4.0 and architecture team sign off on a list of stabilization and keyword bugs.

2.  Developer of the Week

"I sacrifice my x86 hardware on the altar of source-built distros!" - Joshua Saddler, nightmorph


Figure 2.1: Joshua Saddler, aka nightmorph

Fig. 1: nightmorph

Joshua Saddler, also known as nightmorph, is this week's featured developer. He is 24 years old and resides in San Diego, CA, which is in the South-West of the US, next to the Mexican border. Josh lives with his wife Melanie; they celebrate eight months of marriage - congrats!

In 2005, Josh graduated college with a degree in theater. He has always been into art, theater, and music classes; so much so that he's been playing the piano for 16 years.

In his free time, Josh likes to read, write, listen to music and browse the local bookshops. Josh's love of literature is obvious. He currently works as a librarian and worked in a bookshop prior to that. Though he's shy to admit it, Joshua's poetry has been published. When he's reading, which is whenever he can find time, it will probably be a fantasy novel. His favorite authors are Timothy Zahn, David Weber, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Josh likes chill/world/ethereal music, though he enjoys a wide range of music types, which goes from jazz to rock, even to classical. Like any good developer, he also enjoys relaxing with a good online fragfest: UT2004 on his AMD64!

Josh started using Linux after seeing a friend using Linspire. After a lot of research, he found his favorite Linux flavor: Gentoo. Some time later, after wondering how he could give back to Gentoo, he decided to help with the Gentoo Documentation Project, since he isn't into programming. Josh joined the documentation team and contributes documentation for other projects in need. His documentation skills have been put to good use for various teams, including the newly formed Xfce project. Josh reflects on the last two years of being a developer from his being mentored by Shyam Mani to his recent contributions on his blog post.

When Josh's AMD64 workstation boots, he opts for a GNOME session and the following applications: gnome-terminal, audacious, Firefox, Thunderbird, gvim, irssi, mplayer for movies and k3b for writing discs. Also of noteworthy mention is his laptop, a vintage 2001 Toshiba that has burned out two hard drives, various sticks of ram, and even a memory slot whilst compiling Gentoo over the last few years!

3.  Gentoo International

Belgium: Free Open Source Software Developers European Meeting, Brussels

If you weren't one of the fifty plus Gentoo developers that came to FOSDEM this year, here's what you missed out on! FOSDEM'ers met up Friday evening at Le Roy d'Espagne, on the Grand Place for a traditional pre-FOSDEM beer. Did I mention the FOSDEM tab exceeded 5,000 Euro? Gentoo developers, users, and a few admirers enjoyed an elegant dinner at Restaurant Roma Saturday evening. In typical developer fashion, the elegant dinner was followed up by a round of good old fashioned Brussels bar hopping.

How about the event itself? The Gentoo booth boasted a handsome display of developer boxes to include a HPPA C3600 and several EFIKA setups - touch screens, gaming boxes, and more. Gentoo talks, talks, and more talks. Some might say the devroom talks were the hit of the Gentoo presence. The chairs were not only full for every Gentoo talk, but virtually every talk left little to no standing room. While FOSDEM 2007 was definitely a success, the Gentoo Events project is already working on ways to make it bigger and better in 2008 - hope to see you there!


Figure 3.1: Gentoo developers at the devroom at FOSDEM

Fig. 1: Gentoo developers

Want to read more or check out some FOSDEM pics... check out the developer impressions at Planet.

Germany: Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, Chemnitz

The third year in a row, Gentoo Linux presented a booth at the Linux-Tage in Chemnitz, Germany. On March 3rd and 4th, developers Wernfried Haas, Hanno Boeck and Robert Buchholz, former developer Jan Seidel (tuxus) and Mr. Big had the opportunity to chat with users and discuss the distribution, as well as see beyond their own noses by visiting the close-by Debian, Ubuntu or Fedora booths. Besides getting stickers and case badges, some of the 2700 visitors of the "Linux days" could see a Gentoo cross-compile installation on MIPS and installations on a ppc-iBook and on a x86-notebook.


Figure 3.2: Embedded Foo -- Gentoo on a MIPS Wireless Storage device

Fig. 2: Gentoo on MIPS

Gentoo was also featured with an introductory talk by Wernfried Haas called The Gentoo Metadistribution (slides in German).


Figure 3.3: Left to right: Bernd Wurst, DasTier, rbu and amne

Fig. 3: Gentoo Booth at CLT07

Copenhagen, Linuxforum 07, Denmark

The annual Linuxforum event, held in Copenhagen, is one of the largest events in Northern Europe. This year's venue received over 2,900 visitors! The Gentoo booth was covered by developers: Stefan Cornelius, Sune Kloppenborg, Thilo Bangert and Alexander Færøy. Alexander gave a speech on Gentoo, making strong points about choice, compiling by source, and why Gentoo has such a great community.

4.  Gentoo developer moves

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • Luis Medinas (metalgod)
  • Sandro Bonazzola (sanchan)
  • Daniel Robbins (drobbins)

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Daniel Robbins (drobbins) AMD64 team
  • Matt Drew (aetius) Security team

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • Roy Marples (UberLord) Gentoo/FreeBSD co-lead
  • Timothy Redaelli (Drizzt) Gentoo/FreeBSD co-lead

5.  Gentoo security

MPlayer: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow was found in MPlayer's RTSP plugin that could lead to a Denial of Service or arbitrary code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

CHMlib: User-assisted remote execution of arbitrary code

A memory corruption vulnerability in CHMlib could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Snort: Remote execution of arbitrary code

The Snort DCE/RPC preprocessor contains a buffer overflow that could result in the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

SpamAssassin: Long URI Denial of Service

SpamAssassin is vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

ClamAV: Denial of Service

ClamAV contains two vulnerabilities allowing a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Mozilla Firefox: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Mozilla Firefox, some of which may allow user-assisted arbitrary remote code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Mozilla Suite: Multiple vulnerabilities

Several vulnerabilities exist in the Mozilla Suite, which is no longer supported by the Mozilla project.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

AMD64 x86 emulation Qt library: Integer overflow

The AMD64 x86 emulation Qt library makes use of an insecure version of the Qt library, potentially allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

6.  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.

Removals:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
sys-devel/gcc-compat 26 Feb 2007 Mike Frysinger
net-misc/nxserver-business 26 Feb 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-misc/nxserver-enterprise 26 Feb 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-misc/nxserver-personal 26 Feb 2007 Stefan Schweizer
app-admin/livecd-ng 27 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
app-cdr/gcombust 28 Feb 2007 Lars Weiler
sys-devel/gcc-hppa64 28 Feb 2007 Guy Martin
kde-base/unsermake 28 Feb 2007 Caleb Tennis
net-misc/djmount 01 Mar 2007 Doug Goldstein
dev-embedded/gpsim-logic 01 Mar 2007 Denis Dupeyron
dev-embedded/gpsim-led 01 Mar 2007 Denis Dupeyron
mail-client/ximian-connector 02 Mar 2007 Daniel Gryniewicz
net-misc/yasuc 02 Mar 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
media-sound/choad 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/gradio 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/liteamp 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/mpio 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/pd-cyclone 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/psmix 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-sound/sulu 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
media-video/ks3switch 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
sys-apps/s3switch 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
app-admin/kcmgrunlevel 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
www-client/ci 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
www-client/gorua 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-ruby/ruby-gconf 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-ruby/ruby-gdkimlib 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-ruby/ruby-gdkpixbuf 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-ruby/ruby-libart 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
app-portage/kentoo 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
www-client/khttrack 03 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-java/jdbc3-firebird 03 Mar 2007 William Thomson
net-analyzer/prelude-nids 03 Mar 2007 Markus Ullmann
net-analyzer/prelude-nagios 03 Mar 2007 Markus Ullmann
net-fs/smbfs 04 Mar 2007 Roy Marples
dev-php5/pecl-pdo-firebird 04 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-php4/pecl-apd 04 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-php5/pecl-apd 04 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
app-dicts/libydpdict 26 Feb 2007 Piotr Jaroszyński
net-dialup/picocom 27 Feb 2007 Mike Frysinger
xfce-extra/xfce4-radio 27 Feb 2007 Samuli Suominen
mail-client/claws-mail-pdf-viewer 27 Feb 2007 Andrej Kacian
xfce-extra/xfce4-cellmodem 27 Feb 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-python/nose 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/routes 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/python-openid 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/paste 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/pastedeploy 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/pastescript 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/myghty 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/myghtyutils 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/beaker 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/simplejson 27 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/webhelpers 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/genshi 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/pylons 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/turbocheetah 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/turbokid 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/ruledispatch 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/turbojson 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/configobj 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/turbogears 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/dpkt 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/pypcap 28 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller
app-arch/fastjar 28 Feb 2007 Petteri Räty
app-emulation/virtualbox-modules 28 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann
net-p2p/createtorrent 28 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel
media-libs/libkarma 28 Feb 2007 Charlie Shepherd
net-fs/djmount 01 Mar 2007 Doug Goldstein
dev-python/pywavelets 01 Mar 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
kde-base/unsermake 01 Mar 2007 Stefan Schweizer
www-apps/viewvc 01 Mar 2007 Renat Lumpau
media-libs/libipod 02 Mar 2007 Mike Frysinger
media-libs/libkexiv2 03 Mar 2007 Ioannis Aslanidis
games-puzzle/xpuyopuyo 04 Mar 2007 Alfredo Tupone
sys-libs/libsmbios 04 Mar 2007 Cédric Krier
dev-php4/suhosin 04 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-php5/suhosin 04 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti
app-laptop/pommed 04 Mar 2007 Cédric Krier

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
media-libs/libhydrogen 27 Mar 2007 Stefan Schweizer
app-i18n/skkinput 27 Mar 2007 Stefan Schweizer
media-video/xiron 27 Mar 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-p2p/freenet 27 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel
dev-java/avalon-logkit-bin 28 Mar 2007 Petteri Räty
net-irc/nikibot 28 Mar 2007 Matti Bickel
xfce-extra/xfce4-artwork 02 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen

7.  Bugzilla

Summary

Statistics

The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 25 February 2007 and 04 March 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 627 new bugs during this period
  • 414 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 18 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 120 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 128 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10426 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled 'blocker', 113 are labeled 'critical', and 423 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:

8.  GWN feedback

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Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 5 March 2007.

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