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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 16 April 2007

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1.  Gentoo News

GWN seeking more writers

It is once again time for the GWN to start recruiting more writers. As you may have noticed, the GWN has been rather thin the last few weeks and it has had a hard time getting published on time. In an attempt to try to alleviate the problems with the GWN, the staff is seeking more writers from the community to help write for the GWN. To become a GWN writer, you only need to be able to write in English and pay attention on an email alias to assist in creating a cooperative environment between the GWN developer staff and the volunteer writers.

If you're interested in joining the GWN, or even just occasionally writing an article or two, please contact the GWN staff at gwn-feedback@gentoo.org.

April Council meeting held

On April 12th, the Gentoo Council held their monthly meeting. The agenda was as follows:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Syncing Social Contract with Gentoo Foundation (external entities)
  • Documentation for mail servers
  • PMS (Package Manager Specification)
  • Splitting gentoo-dev mailing lists
  • Limiting of Council powers
  • Moving gentoo-core mailing list to public archives
  • Surveys
  • New metastructure proposal

A summary of the meeting was posted by Mike Frysinger on the gentoo-dev mailing list, and the full logs can be found linked on the Council project page.

Gentoo Linux first distribution to run on Apple TV

Gentoo developer Edgar Hucek, also from the mactel-linux project, was the first person who managed to boot Linux on an Intel-based AppleTV. In the installation guides which emerged soon after, Gentoo is used as the distribution of choice. Our distribution was chosen due to the fact that it is one of the more portable Linux distributions and, as such, is often one of the first to be ported to new devices (for example, Gentoo was the first Linux distribution to work on the Intel-based Macs).

The kernel is booted from a custom loader, which is loaded by boot.efi - AppleTV's bootloader. At the time of writing, USB, Xorg's NV nVidia drivers, nVidia's propritary drivers, speedstep, wifi and sound all work from within Linux.

2.  Heard in the community

planet.gentoo.org

baselayout-2 nears completion

It has recently been announced on Planet Gentoo by Roy Marples that baselayout-2 has neared completion. The current versions of baselayout are written in bash, which, although powerful, is relatively slow. UberLord has been converting RC from bash to C, which has resulted in a tremendous speed increase (init completion in a mere 2 seconds). The conversion from bash to C also removes the requirement of bash, which is a boon for embedded devices.

3.  Gentoo developer moves

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • Matthieu Sozeau (mattam)
  • Jakub Moc (jakub)

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Wulf C. Krueger (Philantrop) KDE team
  • Thomas Scharl (think4urs11) Forums team
  • Tobias Heinlein (keytoaster) German Documentation team
  • Ulrich Müller (ulm) Emacs team
  • Davide Cendron (scen) Italian Documentation team
  • Alec Warner (antarus) Treecleaners/Portage teams

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

4.  Gentoo security

DokuWiki: Cross-site scripting vulnerability

DokuWiki is vulnerable to a cross-site scripting attack.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

5.  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-python/snmpy 09 Apr 2007 Tiziano Müller
net-misc/e100 09 Apr 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/pglogd 11 Apr 2007 Luca Longinotti
sys-fs/ext2resize 12 Apr 2007 Mike Frysinger
www-apps/open-xchange 12 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
x11-misc/root-portal 13 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
app-admin/gnomesu 13 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
app-admin/xsu2 13 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
x11-libs/libzvt 13 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
dev-java/oscore-bin 14 Apr 2007 William Thomson
dev-java/oscore 14 Apr 2007 William Thomson
net-misc/asterisk-oh323 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-misc/gnugk 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-misc/linphone 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-im/wengophone 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
dev-perl/XML-LibXML-XPathContext 14 Apr 2007 Michael Cummings
games-arcade/triplexinvaders 14 Apr 2007 Michael Sterrett
xfce-extra/xfcalendar 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-iconbox 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-minicmd 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-showdesktop 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-systray 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-taskbar 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-toys 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-trigger-launcher 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-extra/xfce4-windowlist 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
xfce-base/xffm 14 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
kde-base/unsermake 15 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
sys-fs/captive 15 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-libs/uriparser 09 Apr 2007 Robert Buchholz
dev-libs/libvolume_id 09 Apr 2007 Roy Marples
media-video/shrip 11 Apr 2007 Steve Dibb
dev-java/ical4j 11 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
net-firewall/shorewall-perl 12 Apr 2007 Markus Ullmann
media-libs/ufo 12 Apr 2007 Markus Ullmann
media-sound/herrie 13 Apr 2007 Robert Buchholz
sys-fs/mp3fs 13 Apr 2007 Daniel Black
games-fps/ut2004-da2 13 Apr 2007 Chris Gianelloni
dev-ruby/parsetree 13 Apr 2007 Robin H. Johnson
net-libs/libdexter 13 Apr 2007 Daniel Black
dev-ruby/ruby2ruby 14 Apr 2007 Robin H. Johnson
dev-ruby/heckle 14 Apr 2007 Robin H. Johnson
dev-python/python-lzo 14 Apr 2007 Daniel Black
dev-ruby/mechanize 14 Apr 2007 Robin H. Johnson
net-voip/gnugk 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
net-voip/linphone 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
games-arcade/triplexinvaders 14 Apr 2007 Alfredo Tupone
net-voip/wengophone-bin 14 Apr 2007 Stefan Schweizer
dev-python/pygments 14 Apr 2007 Rob Cakebread
games-arcade/triplexinvaders 14 Apr 2007 Alfredo Tupone
app-arch/lrzip 15 Apr 2007 Luca Barbato
net-misc/l7-filter-userspace 15 Apr 2007 Daniel Black
games-arcade/sable 15 Apr 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-util/autodia 15 Apr 2007 Michael Cummings
media-plugins/gmpc-coveramazon 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-autoplaylist 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-lastfm 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-lyrics 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-magnatune 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-mdcover 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-osd 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-qosd 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-serverstats 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
media-plugins/gmpc-stopbutton 15 Apr 2007 Andrej Kacian
xfce-extra/squeeze 15 Apr 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-misc/youtube-dl 15 Apr 2007 Aggelos Orfanakos

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
app-admin/cpu 9 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-misc/jive 9 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-text/mgv 9 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-misc/dhcp-agent 9 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
x11-plugins/wmmail 9 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
sys-fs/ext2resize 11 May 2007 Mike Frysinger
net-analyzer/netperf 12 May 2007 Markus Ullmann
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-acpi-notifier 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-att-remover 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-cachesaver 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-etpan-privacy 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-fetchinfo 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-gtkhtml 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-maildir 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-mailmbox 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-newmail 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-notification 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-perl 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-rssyl 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-smime 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
mail-client/sylpheed-claws-vcalendar 12 May 2007 Andrej Kacian
dev-lang/ruby-cvs 13 May 2007 Hans de Graaff
dev-java/jdbc3-postgresql 13 May 2007 Petteri Räty
app-vim/doxygen-syntax 14 May 2007 Mike Kelly
media-gfx/qiv 15 May 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-dialup/pppoed 15 May 2007 Alin Năstac

6.  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 08 April 2007 and 15 April 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 622 new bugs during this period
  • 440 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 23 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 116 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 68 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 9954 currently open bugs: 13 are labeled 'blocker', 101 are labeled 'critical', and 363 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 April 16, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 16 April 2007.

Chris Gianelloni
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Peter Weller
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