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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 23 July 2007


1.  Gentoo News

Gentoo Realtime Guide

Diego Pettenò completed a guide on enabling realtime support for multimedia processes. If you were playing with a MIDI instrument connected to a software synthesizer, a high latency would yield improper results. However, if you use multimedia processes only to play songs while doing other tasks such as surfing the web, you don't need realtime support.

This guide was written for people who need the maximum priority for multimedia support. The beauty of this guide is that it will show you a simple method to get realtime support, without any extra software: you have only to set up PAM correctly.

Thanks a lot to Diego for this nice guide and also to Josh Saddler for editing the guide.

Compilation Optimization Guide

Josh Saddler completed writing the Compilation Optimization guide, which has been added to the Gentoo documentation repository. This guide is an introduction to optimizing your compiled code using sane CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS and also includes an introduction to optimization in general. This guide was highly requested from users on the forums, Bugzilla, and IRC.

Gentoo Artwork Project looking for volunteers

Dawid Weglinski has recently kicked off a new Artwork project aimed at officially maintaining all Gentoo-related artwork and Gentoo desktop themes. The team is looking for new members and would appreciate any artwork contributions from the community.

Qualifications for interested contributors should be a base knowledge on creating artwork, use of the related programs, as well as a sense of esthetics. There is particular interest for people with experience in configuring graphic environments (KDE, GNOME, Xfce), especially with GTK+ based applications. If anyone is interested, join #gentoo-desktop for discussions.

Gentoo Alpha Project Status Update

A new Gentoo Alpha Status Update has been released. Check out the update to find out more about the changes in core system packages (kernel, GCC, glibc), general port overview and even the latest news on the new aboot revision and security improvements.

2.  Gentoo in the Press

Linux+ (03 July, 2007)

Linux+ has released an issue featuring Gentoo's latest release: 2007.0. The magazine release includes three articles about the Gentoo Linux Installer (GLI), an introduction to some of the basics of portage, and deploying Gentoo on multiple machines.

The first article about the Gentoo Linux Installer was written by Preston Cody, who helped create the Gentoo Linux Installer. The article describes why the installer was created, what the hardest tasks of building the Graphical Linux Installer are, and what each step of the installation is about.

The next article, written by Anant Narayanan, who has worked with GNU parted amongst other OSS projects, covers how to easily install Gentoo on multiple machines. The article gives details about the pre-requisites before you plan on duplicating the machine and then shows you how to do it with a program called Partition Image.

The third article goes in depth about Gentoo's package manager and was written by Marius Mauch, one of the lead Portage developers. It gives some great insight on the portage package manager as well as the configuration, basic operations and explanations of the main tools used with Portage.

A link to the magazine can be found here.

3.  Tips and Tricks

New update script

Back in the December 4th issue of the GWN, a nice update script called update-world was featured in the Tips and Tricks section. Since December, several more update scripts have been posted by budding developers. One such script is simply called update.

Update was started based on conversations around guenther's upgrade and count_zero's update-world. It has been in testing since mid-January 2007, and one such tester event boasts on its "flawless" performance.

So, what exactly does this script do? Update is similar to other update scripts in that it will automatically skip failed packages and continue to emerge the rest of an emerge list. In addition, it has built-in support for automatically running revdep-rebuild, auto-mounting a tmpfs to speedup emerges, sync first, fetch files first, special options for updating a server via a cron job, and more. Another great feature is that it automatically hides most of the cruft from compiling packages, which makes it much easier to see einfo and ewarns, though this capability is less important with the newest versions of portage. You can also further reduce or even increase the log output with the use of the -q and -v options.

Here is some sample output from a gcc compile.

Code Listing 3.1: Getting the script

# wget -O /sbin/
# chmod +x /sbin/

Most users will likely find this script as an easy way to update their entire system.

Code Listing 3.2: This is easily done with:

(or, if you want to sync the portage tree first)
# -s

The original forum thread and a download link for the script can be found at Thanks to steveL for providing this script.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo Security

Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSAs being released.

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.


Package: Removal date: Contact:
media-plugins/banshee-official-plugins 17 Jul 2007 Samuli Suominen
mail-client/muttng 19 Jul 2007 Fabian Groffen
dev-java/bluej-bin 20 Jul 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-forensics/regviewer 20 Jul 2007 Daniel Black
media-gfx/xzgv 21 Jul 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-dialup/multiimonc 21 Jul 2007 Ryan Hill
virtual/x11 21 Jul 2007 Donnie Berkholz


Package: Addition date: Contact:
sci-biology/embassy-meme 18 Jul 2007 Olivier Fisette
sci-biology/embassy-phylip 18 Jul 2007 Olivier Fisette
sci-biology/embassy-vienna 18 Jul 2007 Olivier Fisette
app-cdr/cdck 19 Jul 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
x11-plugins/wmwork 20 Jul 2007 Michele Noberasco
dev-dotnet/mono-addins 20 Jul 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
dev-tex/glossaries 22 Jul 2007 Lars Weiler
net-p2p/linkage 22 Jul 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-plugins/vdr-atmo 22 Jul 2007 Joerg Bornkessel

Last Rites:

Note: Due to time constraints on the publishing of this version of the GWN, the Last Rites section has been temporarily removed. This section will return once it has become more automated, as it currently accounts for more than 80 percent of the time required to publish an edition of the GWN. The GWN staff would like to apologize for this inconvenience and remind everyone that this information comes directly from the package.mask file in the profiles directory of the tree.

7.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 15 July 2007 and 22 July 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 536 new bugs during this period
  • 251 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 21 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 95 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 96 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 9915 currently open bugs: 11 are labeled 'blocker', 111 are labeled 'critical', and 362 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 July 23, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 23 July 2007.

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