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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 30 April 2007

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1.  Gentoo News

Ant 1.7.0 going stable

After months of development and testing, Ant 1.7.0 is going to be stabilized, starting this weekend. With this version comes a substantial change in the way Ant is packaged and used in Gentoo. All optional Ant tasks are now separate packages. This will allow improvements in packaging of other Java packages, for which Ant is the most commonly used build system. Users who don't use Ant themselves almost don't need to be aware of this change. Only during the upgrade, previous versions of dev-java/ant-tasks and dev-java/ant need to be manually removed first, to allow installation of dev-java/ant-core-1.7.0. More information for Ant users, ebuild writers and the whole new setup are available in the new Ant Guide.

Apache 1.x removal from the tree

Apache 2.x is a stable and reliable successor of Apache 1.x and boasts additional features plus an improved active maintenance cycle. As such, support for Apache 1.x in Gentoo will be dropped starting 12 May 2007. All Apache 1.x ebuilds as well as Apache 1.x-only modules will be added to package.mask for the usual time of one month, and then removed from the tree permanently.

Italian translation team seeking help

It is time for the Italian translation team to start recruiting more translators. Translated documentation is essential to using Gentoo because it is useful for the users who do not have Gentoo experience or don't know written English. If you know written English and you use Gentoo you can help the Italian Translation team in translating some documents.

If you're interested send a mail to Marco Mascherpa or Davide Cendron.

2.  Heard in the community

planet.gentoo.org

Gentoo/FreeBSD 7.0_pre ebuilds

It has recently been announced by Timothy Redaelli that he finished creating ebuilds for Gentoo/FreeBSD 7.0_pre200704 based on snapshot CURRENT 200704-ZFS. His ebuilds can be found on drizzt-overlay. To update, you must change your profile and your CHOST following the CHOST Guide. You must use binutils, gcc, and freebsd-libc instead of glibc. At the moment, locales do not work and the sparc-fbsd KEYWORD has been dropped. Drizzt also needs to update rtld-elf to 7.0.

3.  Gentoo in the press

Wired.com (25 April, 2007)

In a design gallery on their website entitled "Lamest Technology Mascots Ever," the technology publication Wired poked fun at mascots ranging from Tux the Penguin to Duke the Java mascot, and our very own Larry the Cow was given his place in the gallery.

Despite the title of the article, Wired seemingly looked favorably on Larry, writing "Larry the Cow, the inscrutable spokesbeing for the Gentoo distribution of Linux, is both striking and minimalist," before quipping "Isn't Larry a guy's name?". Visitors to the Wired site may vote on Larry's fate in their gallery, and users have been weighing in on a forum thread, complete with an alternative Larry/Tux hybrid.

Wired.com (26 April, 2007)

According to the article, "Mac OS X users have yet another virtualization option now that Innotek has announced a Mac version of its VirtualBox software. VirtualBox was previously available to Windows and Linux users and supports a variety of x86 compatible guest operating systems, including Windows Vista and Gentoo Linux."

While Gentoo Linux is the only listed Linux in the article, the VirtualBox web site doesn't list Gentoo (or anything, for that matter).

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:

  • Dawid Węgliński (cla) Gentoo Artwork

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo security

Blender: User-assisted remote execution of arbitrary code

A vulnerability has been discovered in Blender allowing for user-assisted arbitrary code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

NAS: Multiple vulnerabilities

The Network Audio System is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could result in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

ClamAV: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in ClamAV allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

BEAST: Denial of Service

A vulnerability has been discovered in BEAST allowing for a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

capi4k-utils: Buffer overflow

capi4k-utils is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the bufprint() function.

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-perl/Newt 24 Apr 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-java/eclipse-core 25 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-java/eclipse-jface 25 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-java/eclipse-osgi 25 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
net-misc/nx-x11-bin 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
net-misc/nx-x11 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
net-misc/nxcomp 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
net-misc/nxesd 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
net-misc/nxproxy 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
net-misc/nxssh 26 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
dev-java/datavision 27 Apr 2007 William Thomson
dev-util/jcvs 28 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-java/j2ssh 28 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-java/javatar 28 Apr 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-haskell/buddha 29 Apr 2007 Duncan Coutts

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-python/yolk-portage 23 Apr 2007 Rob Cakebread
dev-python/yolk 23 Apr 2007 Rob Cakebread
sci-mathematics/rkward 23 Apr 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
app-text/wklej 23 Apr 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
dev-java/jibx 24 Apr 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
www-apps/gnopaste 24 Apr 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
app-text/gnopaster 24 Apr 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
net-proxy/ufdbguard 24 Apr 2007 Jose Alberto Suarez Lopez
sci-visualization/mayavi 24 Apr 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-python/twill 24 Apr 2007 Rob Cakebread
sci-biology/meme 24 Apr 2007 Olivier Fisette
dev-util/deskzilla 24 Apr 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/jempbox 24 Apr 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/pdfbox 25 Apr 2007 Vlastimil Babka
net-misc/nxclient-2xterminalserver 25 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
app-portage/autounmask 25 Apr 2007 Christian Hartmann
dev-perl/Passwd-Linux 25 Apr 2007 Christian Hartmann
net-misc/nxserver-2xterminalserver 25 Apr 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
games-simulation/fgrun 26 Apr 2007 Alfredo Tupone
app-portage/meatoo 26 Apr 2007 Rob Cakebread
games-strategy/knights-demo 27 Apr 2007 Michael Sterrett
net-im/kopete-otr 27 Apr 2007 Timothy Redaelli
dev-java/glassfish-servlet-api 27 Apr 2007 William Thomson
games-strategy/lightyears 27 Apr 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-java/laf-plugin 28 Apr 2007 Vlastimil Babka
net-im/pyicq-t 28 Apr 2007 Maurice van der Pot
app-text/omegat 29 Apr 2007 Matsuu Takuto
dev-embedded/zmac 29 Apr 2007 Ulrich Müller
gnome-extra/contacts 29 Apr 2007 Tobias Scherbaum

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
app-emacs/erc-cvs 24 May 2007 Christian Faulhammer
app-emacs/cdi 24 May 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-java/makeme 25 May 2007 Alistair Bush
dev-java/puretls 25 May 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-java/jcs-bin 27 May 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
dev-java/nice 28 May 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
dev-java/fesi 28 May 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
dev-java/joscar 28 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/jmbus 28 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-util/j 28 May 2007 William L. Thomson Jr
dev-java/sun-connector-bin 28 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/sun-dsml-bin 28 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/sun-ejb-spec 28 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-java/qat 28 May 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
net-libs/jaimlib 28 May 2007 William L. Thomson Jr
media-sound/jsynthlib 28 May 2007 William L. Thomson Jr
dev-ruby/wxruby 29 May 2007 Ryan Hill
app-pda/plucker 29 May 2007 Ryan Hill

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 22 April 2007 and 29 April 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 610 new bugs during this period
  • 392 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 18 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 106 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 53 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10065 currently open bugs: 14 are labeled 'blocker', 105 are labeled 'critical', and 369 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 30 April 2007.

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