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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 13 August 2007

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1.  Gentoo News

Linux World Conference and Expo - San Francisco

The 2007 Linux World Conference and Exposition was held last week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Sharing the show floor was the Next Generation Data Center exposition. Gentoo held its usual booth location in the infamous .Org Pavilion and touted a strong developer presence with thirteen developers in attendance at the show.

On display were a variety of systems and embedded devices demonstrating Gentoo's acclaimed flexibility. The following were showcased thanks to Daniel Ostrow, Chris Gianelloni, Mike Frysinger, Mike Doty, and Robin Johnson: an HP zx2000 Itanium2, a Dual Opteron 248 system, a TS-7300, and a Blackfin. The main draw of the Gentoo booth could easily be a toss up between Robin's slim XXS1500, Daniel's Playstation 3 running Gentoo with Xfce4 on a 32" LCD TV and Chris' sleek EFIKA demonstrating Descent 2, joystick and all.

The booth was greeted by a mixture of new people wanting to find out more about Gentoo, long standing users happy to meet the developers and thank them in person for their contributions, as well as a few vendors who expressed their interest in Gentoo. The event also gave some developers the opportunity to meet each other face-to-face for the first time which served as an added bonus.


Figure 1.1: Linux World Expo: Gentoo Booth

Fig. 1: LWE2007

Note: (back row) codeman, musikc, tgall, kingtaco, robbat2, dostrow (front row) wolf31o2, solar, calchan, wltjr, ramereth, vapier. Not photographed but also in attendance was blackace.

To all who stopped by the Gentoo booth, thank you for showing your support. To anyone who was unable to make it, we hope to see you at the next Linux World Expo in San Francisco, August 4th through the 7th, 2008!

Simplified Chinese Gentoo Handbook

Good news for Chinese speakers. Zhang Le is proud to announce the Gentoo GNU/Linux handbook has been translated to Chinese. You can find the handbook here and the progression of additional documentation translations here.

These translated handbooks are being submitted to bugzilla and we hope to see the handbooks on gentoo.org soon. They are planning on additional documentation translations and always seeking volunteers. Anyone who speaks both English and Chinese and would like to help can send an e-mail to gentoo-china.

Gentoo Screenshot Contest

The Gentoo Artwork Team kicks off a Gentoo screenshot contest. If you think your desktop looks sharp, then take part in the competition! The three highest rated screenshots will be uploaded to the Gentoo Linux Screenshots page. Candidates should submit screenshots to the artwork@gentoo.org address, but remember to stay on track with the following rules:

  • The contest starts on the day of release of this GWN issue and ends on the 31st of August 2007. Screenshots sent after this day will not take part in the competition.
  • Each person should send no more than 5 screenshots.
  • Proper way of sending screenshots is a link to the online address (due to huge mail rotation). Please upload your screenshot on your server or proper service like imageshack.us.
  • Each screenshot should be described by: WM name, icons theme (if any) and theme name (if any).
  • Jury: Dawid Węgliński, Christoph Mende, Davide Italiano. Still accepting jury members, contact Dawid if you are interested.

2.  Gentoo International

Gentoo in Milan


Figure 2.1: Gentoo in Milan

Fig. 1: Milan

The common misconception about Linux developers, you know the one, is put to rest in Milan where Gentoo users and developers hold a monthly meeting in a local pub. They meet to talk about Gentoo in an atmosphere where everyone can participate, have a few drinks, and share ideas. These events are a good occassion to get to know others who share your passion.

The next Gentoo Pub in Milan will be this September. Check out the Italian forums for more details.

3.  Gentoo in the Press

softwareblogs.intel.com (2 August, 2007)

In a recent post on http://softwareblogs.intel.com, Kevin Farnham, who works for O'Reilly Media, wrote an article explaining how to build Thread Building Blocks on Gentoo and on an Athlon processor.

Kevin states that he prefers Gentoo "because the portage package manager lets me easily install exactly what I want to install, and nothing more. The result is that I have a very "clean" system to work with. While installing the operating system, I had to be sure to include the options for multithreading; as usual, the Gentoo documentation is very thorough, making it easy to find the switches you need and activate them."

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:

  • none this week

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo security

Macromedia Flash Player: Remote arbitrary code execution

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Macromedia Flash Player, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Xvid: Array indexing vulnerabilities

Several array indexing vulnerabilities were discovered in Xvid, possibly allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

libarchive (formerly named as bsdtar): Multiple PaX Extension Header Vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities were found in libarchive (formerly named as app-archive/bsdtar), possibly allowing for the execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

ClamAV: Denial of Service

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

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

GD: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in GD, allowing for the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Net::DNS: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Net::DNS Perl module, allowing for a Denial of Service and a cache poisoning attack.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Xfce Terminal: Remote arbitrary code execution

A vulnerability has been discovered in the Xfce Terminal program, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

SquirrelMail G/PGP plugin: Arbitrary code execution

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

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:
app-admin/gentoo-bugger 06 Aug 2007 Michael Cummings
media-gfx/bootsplash 06 Aug 2007 Michael Januszewski
media-sound/sonic-rainbow 08 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-libs/janus 08 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
games-strategy/bos 10 Aug 2007 Michael Sterrett

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
media-fonts/libertine-ttf 06 Aug 2007 Ryan Hill
app-portage/maintainer-helper 07 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-perl/Net-RBLClient 07 Aug 2007 Christian Hartmann
net-im/centerim 07 Aug 2007 Sven Wegener
media-libs/libopenraw 09 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-ruby/piston 11 Aug 2007 Joshua Nichols
app-misc/toilet 11 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-sound/soundkonverter 12 Aug 2007 Steve Dibb

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-wireless/aircrack-ptw 06 Sep 2007 Lars Weiler
www-client/planet 11 Sep 2007 Steve Dibb

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 05 August 2007 and 11 August 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 437 new bugs during this period
  • 231 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 19 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 92 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 103 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 9916 currently open bugs: 12 are labeled 'blocker', 101 are labeled 'critical', and 355 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 13 August 2007.

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