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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 12 March 2007

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1.  Gentoo News

Gentoo/FreeBSD 6.2 stage tarballs released

The Gentoo/FreeBSD team would like to announce that new tarballs based on FreeBSD 6.2 can now be found on the mirrors in the /experimental/x86/freebsd/stages directory. Note that Gentoo/FreeBSD is still in its infancy and is not a security supported platform. Those that do wish to install should follow the Gentoo/FreeBSD guide. If you have any questions about Gentoo/FreeBSD, the developers can be found in the #gentoo-bsd channel on the Freenode IRC network.

New Playstation 3 stage tarballs released

Another experimental release, this time for the Sony Playstation 3 platform, has been announced, with the stages including some optimizations making use of the Altivec instruction set. The new tarballs can be found in the /experimental/ppc64/stages directory on the mirrors, and users should read the Gentoo on a PS3 guide for installation instructions. People that want to help test Gentoo on the PS3 should contact the PPC64 team in their IRC channel, #gentoo-ppc64.

Gentoo Documentation Project is looking for translators

What is the GDP?

The Gentoo Documentation Project (GDP) is responsible for the creation and maintenance of all official documentation. The GDP is not a closed team of any sorts, but is instead an open community committed to critiquing, and possibly integrating, viable user documentation.

The GDP maintains an internationalisation sub-project that takes care of translating most of the English documentation. You can read the current status of a few teams below.

Polish

The Polish translation team is led by Łukasz Damentko and Damian Kuras. All the info is on their project page. They meet at #gentoo-docs-pl and #gentoo.pl on irc.freenode.org. They're looking for people to aid their updating efforts.

Dutch

The Dutch translations team is lead by Dimitry Bradt and is currently still looking for a potential co-lead Dutch developer. On their project page you can find links to their list of list of outdated documents and their TODO list. The Dutch team is really looking for motivated translators for documentation and the GWN. You contact them by mail or irc at #gentoo-doc-nl on freenode.

French

French translations are led by Camille Huot and are actively looking for a co-lead. New recruits just arrived to help the team but they're still accepting volunteers. If you're interested in helping, just visit the French GDP home page to know about the gory details, then you can send them an email or join them on #gentoo-doc-fr on irc.freenode.net. Their IRC channel also hosts GWN and Gentoo applications (like GLI) translators.

Spanish

The Spanish translation team is led by John Christian Stoddart and José Luis Rivero. The overall state of the project can be ascertained here. The team is especially interested in help translating the valuable Gentoo article library. Please contact the Spanish translation team directly via email or in the Gentoo IRC channel #gentoo-es on irc.freenode.net or via the mailing list.

German

The German translations are led by Jan Hendrik Grahl with the position of co-lead currently open. The status of the translations is documented via the trads script. There is also an article detailing how to participate in the translation project. Feel free to contact us directly, over the mailing list, or via IRC on #gentoo-doc-de.

Italian

The Italian translations are led by Marco Mascherpa. They are currently looking for a co-lead, but they seem to be doing just fine at the moment. Follow the following links to see their progress and guide lines. You can find them on irc at #gentoo-it on irc.freenode.org.

Brazilian Portuguese

The Brazilian Portuguese translations are lead by Marcelo Goes with the position of co-lead currently open. A short guide can help potential translators learn the tools of the trade. The Brazilian Portuguese team is in urgent need of help to keep its translations updated. If you think you can help, please contact Marcelo.

Finnish

The Finnish translations are lead by Flammie Pirinen. The Finnish team is in urgent need of help to keep its translations up to date. If you are interested in helping out, read Flammie's developer space for more information on how to contribute.

Other

Other teams can be contacted by emailing their respective translators listed on our internationalisation sub-project page. If your language is not listed, please contact the Gentoo Documentation Project (GDP).

2.  Heard in the community

gentoo-dev

Introducing D into the tree

Gentoo developer Anant Narayanan wrote to the gentoo-dev mailing list to announce that he is currently working on creating ebuilds relating to the D programming language to add into the portage tree.

3.  Gentoo International

France, 24H of Computer Science, Maubeuge

This 2 and 3 of June, a French event will take place in Maubeuge, in northern France. The event will be subdivided in three sub-events.

The first sub-event, a Free and Open Source Exposition, will consist of conferences, stands and discussions with the different organizations that will be present. From the tiniest project to worldwide organizations like Gentoo, the goal is to try to show France that Free Software is the easiest way to look to the future. Also, preparations will be made for the French Free Software Meeting ("Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre"), coming up in July. Some developer meetings will also takes place, and visitors will be able to put a face on the nicknames seen on IRC and mailing lists.

Second, there will be a challenge from Saturday 10AM to Sunday 10AM. With about fifteen universities bringing students to battle on three different subjects: general programming, web site development, and security. Finally, there will be a computer fair, where professionals and non-professionals will sell computer parts, games, and retro steampunk. Come on over, buy your new system, get an InstallCD at our booth, and start installing. ;-)

Everybody is welcome to attend the event, which is open to the public. Since Maubeuge is located near the Belgian border, you'll find fries, beer, fries and... beer! There will be quite a few Gentoo developers around, so you can ask them questions in person.

4.  Gentoo developer moves

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • Petteri Räty (Betelgeuse) Gentoo/Java lead
  • Joshua Nichols (nichoj) Gentoo/Java secondary lead
  • Peter Weller (welp) Gentoo/BSD lead, Gentoo/ALT AT lead
  • Timothy Redaelli (drizzt) Gentoo/ALT lead, Gentoo/BSD secondary lead

5.  Gentoo security

STLport: Possible remote execution of arbitrary code

Two buffer overflows have been discovered in STLport possibly leading to the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

SeaMonkey: Multiple vulnerabilities

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

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Smb4K: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in Smb4K.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

KHTML: Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability

The KHTML component shipped with the KDE libraries is prone to a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

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:
dev-ruby/ruby-gtk 05 Mar 2007 Olivier Crete
x11-themes/qtcurve 05 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
net-libs/gecko-sdk 05 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-emulation/vm-arm 07 Mar 2007 Mike Frysinger
dev-java/jess-bin 09 Mar 2007 Petteri Räty
net-www/bk_edit 10 Mar 2007 Christian Marie
media-video/tcvp 10 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-libs/libtc 10 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-libs/tc2 10 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-libs/tc2-modules 10 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
games-util/datutil 05 Mar 2007 Timothy Redaelli
x11-themes/qtcurve 05 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
app-admin/sysrqd 05 Mar 2007 Wolfram Schlich
dev-util/scanmem 06 Mar 2007 Tavis Ormandy
dev-php4/xcache 06 Mar 2007 Luca Longinotti
x11-themes/skinenigmang-logos 06 Mar 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
media-plugins/vdr-skinenigmang 06 Mar 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
media-libs/openjpeg 06 Mar 2007 Timothy Redaelli
dev-libs/elfio 06 Mar 2007 Timothy Redaelli
x11-themes/gtk-engines-qtcurve 06 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
x11-themes/qtcurve 06 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
media-sound/flake 08 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
media-sound/wavegain 09 Mar 2007 Steve Dibb
dev-lang/dmd-bin 09 Mar 2007 Anant Narayanan
media-fonts/fonts-indic 10 Mar 2007 Seemant Kulleen
x11-themes/tangerine-icon-theme 10 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-haskell/fgl 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/mtl 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/html 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/haskell-src 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/hunit 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/network 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/quickcheck 11 Mar 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-java/browserlauncher2 11 Mar 2007 Stefan Briesenick
dev-perl/File-Tempdir 11 Mar 2007 Michael Cummings

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
dev-perl/Newt 31 Mar 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-haskell/buddha 5 Apr 2007 Duncan Coutts
dev-php4/PEAR-XML_CSSML 6 Apr 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-php4/PEAR-XML_XPath 6 Apr 2007 Luca Longinotti
kde-base/unsermake 6 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
media-sound/DBMix 8 Apr 2007 Steve Dibb
games-puzzle/sdlvexed 9 Apr 2007 Michael Sterrett
dev-perl/XML-LibXML-XPathContext 9 Apr 2007 Michael Cummings
www-servers/aolserver 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/nscache 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/nsopenssl 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/nssha1 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/nsxml 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-emulation/tiger 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
sys-apps/evkeyd 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
media-libs/libuata 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-misc/cipe 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-text/biblestudy 8 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-misc/aria 11 May 2007 Raúl Porcel

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 04 March 2007 and 11 March 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 760 new bugs during this period
  • 432 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 16 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 150 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 135 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10426 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled 'blocker', 113 are labeled 'critical', and 422 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

The GWN is staffed by volunteers and members of the community who submit ideas and articles. If you are interested in writing for the GWN, have feedback on an article that we have posted, or just have an idea or article that you would like to submit to the GWN, please send us your feedback and help make the GWN better.

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Page updated March 12, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 12 March 2007.

Chris Gianelloni
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Dimitry Bradt
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Mark Kowarsky
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