Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 6 August 2007
Baselayout-2 Plans for Stabilization
The first release condidate for the 2.0 branch of baselayout has been added to
the tree without any keywords and in package.mask. The arch teams will
keyword 2.0.0_rc1 to indicate they are ready for it to move to ~arch. When all
keywords have been re-applied, the team will then remove it from package.mask.
Now is a very good time to test the new baselayout version and report any last
- media-gfx/splashutils users will have to re-emerge splashutils for it to
- net.eth0 may disappear as we only ship net.lo (net.lo0 for *BSD) now as
there is no guarantee that eth0 exists on the host system. As such, you may have
to re-link net.eth0 to net.lo like so ln -s net.lo /etc/init.d/net.eth0. One
idea is to get udev to automatically make the link for you - see bug #186156.
- If you see any errors like "einfo: no such command" or similar,
please file a bug against the package in question and get them to use
/etc/init.d/functions.sh and not /sbin/functions.sh.
- WARNING: The volume initialization code (such as device-mapper) has been
removed from baselayout and placed into init scripts. These new scripts will
need to be manually added to the boot runlevel. If you don't do this your
system may not boot!
Developer of the week
"Excuse me, are YOU the tooth fairy?" -Christian Heim, aka phreak
Figure 2.1: Christian Heim, aka phreak
This week's developer of the week is 24 year old Christian Heim, known as
phreak. He lives in Negast, near Stralsund, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Christian lives with his parents and younger brother along with their three
Christian started an apprenticeship with the local university in 2002 and has
worked at the University of Greifswald as an IT Specialist since then. His
typical day involves, as he puts it, the usual mayhem ... looking at some
provisioning, breaking some central Windows/SLES boxes, and messing around with
When Christian isn't at work or working on Gentoo, he's off enjoying a variety
of other interests. He especially enjoys driving his new Renault Megane. He
loves to watch movies and has a collection of over 500 DVDs. His favorite movie
is SWAT, though Transformers is a close runner up. Christian loves to listen to
music, especially while he's working on Gentoo. Some of his favorites are Korn,
Limp Bizkit, Rammstein, and Tiesto. He admits to not vacationing much in recent
years, but said that he would love to go on a Sahara transition (trekking around
the desert) or even just a couple of weeks on an island in the South Pacific.
When asked what his most unusual hobby was, without hesitation he responded
As with many developers, Christian was looking for something more customizable
than the other Linux flavors and basically stumbled upon Gentoo. He said that
what he likes best about using Gentoo is that it is so easy to "write" new
"packages" (ebuilds) and that it makes him happy every time he has to write
something new up. Christian was looking at linux-vserver and
Benedikt Boehm encouraged him to join and
help with maintaining ebuilds. In August of 2005, phreak was unleashed as a
Gentoo developer. Christian currently contributes to a variety of Gentoo
projects. He works with Release Engineering as the Gentoo Hardened Liaison, on
the Virtual Private Server team, the Apache team, the Hardened team, the Kernel
team, and on the Developer Relations team.
Christian's home computers consist of an Athlon-XP 3000 workstation and his
Pentium-M notebook, both of which are running Hardened Gentoo. When he settles
down for some serious computing, his first applications to launch are kmail,
konsole, and amarok.
Gentoo in the Press
Gentoo Linux - Die Metadistribution
"Gentoo Linux - Die
Metadistribution" is the first book on Gentoo Linux published in the
German language and is written by Gentoo's very own
This book helps one get started with the Gentoo Distribution and escorts them
from an installation, followed by an introduction to Gentoo's package manager,
to installation and configuration of a Gentoo Desktop-System. It's mainly
focused on configuration and work with Gentoo's package manager, Portage.
When asked what prompted the book, Gentoo developer and author Tobias Scherbaum
stated, "At several events where we represented Gentoo, a lot of visitors
asked about a book on Gentoo. Therefore it is not surprising that the first
considerations about this book goes back until 2004".
"Gentoo Linux - Die Metadistribution" covers about 270 pages and is
published by MITP. It is available in bookstores at the price of 29,95
EURO. The price includes a donation to the
Förderverein Gentoo e.V. / Friends of
More information about the book can be found on the
Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:
- Sven Vermeulen (swift) documentation
- Ali Polatel (hawking) netmon team
- Pierre-Yves Rofes (p-y) security team
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSAs being released.
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.
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The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 29 July 2007
and 04 August 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:
- 485 new bugs during this period
- 282 bugs closed or resolved during this period
- 22 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
- 100 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
- 89 bugs marked as duplicates during this period
Of the 9924 currently open bugs: 11 are labeled 'blocker', 97 are labeled
'critical', and 348 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
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