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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 6 August 2007


1.  Gentoo News

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 minute bugs!


  • media-gfx/splashutils users will have to re-emerge splashutils for it to work correctly.
  • 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/ and not /sbin/
  • 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!

2.  Developer of the week

"Excuse me, are YOU the tooth fairy?" -Christian Heim, aka phreak

Figure 2.1: Christian Heim, aka phreak

Fig. 1: 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 cats.

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 his trainees.

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 "Nordic walking."

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.

3.  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 Tobias Scherbaum.

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 Gentoo e.V..

More information about the book can be found on the Publisher's website.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


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:

  • 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:
app-emacs/ognus 31 Jul 2007 Ulrich Müller
x11-drivers/mtxdrivers-pro 31 Jul 2007 Piotr Jaroszyński
x11-drivers/nvidia-legacy-drivers 31 Jul 2007 Doug Goldstein
mail-client/claws-mail-maildir 02 Aug 2007 Andrej Kacian


Package: Addition date: Contact:
games-strategy/hedgewars 30 Jul 2007 Tristan Heaven
dev-python/elixir 31 Jul 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/tg-widgets-scriptaculous 01 Aug 2007 Tiziano Müller
dev-python/tg-widgets-lightbox 01 Aug 2007 Tiziano Müller
sci-mathematics/freemat 01 Aug 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
media-libs/libtimidity 02 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-plugins/vdr-mailbox 02 Aug 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
sci-astronomy/ds9 02 Aug 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-ruby/test-spec 02 Aug 2007 Joshua Nichols
media-fonts/freefont-ttf 04 Aug 2007 Ryan Hill
dev-java/zemberek 04 Aug 2007 Miroslav Šulc
media-video/jubler 04 Aug 2007 Miroslav Šulc
games-strategy/boswars 04 Aug 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-haskell/regex-base 05 Aug 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/regex-posix 05 Aug 2007 Lennart Kolmodin
dev-haskell/regex-compat 05 Aug 2007 Lennart Kolmodin

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
mail-client/claws-mail-etpan-privacy 02 Sep 2007 Andrej Kacian
dev-ruby/switchtower 05 Sep 2007 Hans de Graaff
kde-misc/kxdocker-configurator 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black
kde-misc/kxdocker-dcop 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black
kde-misc/kxdocker-i18n 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black
kde-misc/kxdocker-resources 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black
kde-misc/kxdocker-trayiconlogger 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black
kde-misc/kxdocker 05 Sep 2007 Daniel Black

7.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( 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 period are:

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Page updated August 6, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 6 August 2007.

Chris Gianelloni

Chrissy Fullam

Tobias Scherbaum

Roy Marples

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