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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 17 September 2007


1.  Gentoo News

GWN Staff seeking writing help

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  • summaries
  • gentoo-dev mailing list summaries
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  • gentoo-user mailing list summaries
  • summaries
  • Gentoo in the Press

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Forums return after upgrade

After several days of being read-only the Gentoo Forums are back online after the upgrade to MySQL 5 and a full conversion to UTF-8. The upgrade took a little longer than expected due to some unforeseen problems along the way, but the wait was worth it as all data is now in UTF-8 with very few conversion errors.

If you notice any problems with topics or posts that have been converted incorrectly, or if you have any questions or comments please post them to the Forums topic UTF-8 conversion feedback. If you have any problems with your username or private messages please send an email to the Forums team.

If you used any non-ASCII characters in your password you may not be able to log in to the forums, if this is the case you can request a new password.

Gentoo Graphical User Interfaces Project

Several Gentoo developers were discussing new goals within Gentoo, those discussions lead to the creation of the Gentoo Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) project. Gentoo is often called a command line oriented distribution; these developers sought to find new ways to improve the Gentoo's users experience. The main idea under this project is to develop applications to offer GUIs for most of the system tasks. They not only intend to develop applications from scratch, but also to collect and adapt existing GUI tools into Gentoo systems. They plan to work with the two most common GUI toolkits, qt and GTK+2.

While the project is still in its infancy, the team welcomes participation and feedback from users and developers alike. For more information, visit the project's webpage and remember to enjoy the GUI experience!

2.  Developer of the week

Quotes are for weak people, strong people have their own opinions - Dawid Węgliński (cla)

Figure 2.1: Dawid Węgliński, aka cla

Fig. 1: cla

This week's developer of the week is 20 year old Dawid Węgliński, also known as cla. Dawid lives with his parents, brother, and sister in Sudetes, Poland. The Sudetes is a beautiful mountain range located in Central Europe.

Dawid is currently attending the Agricultural University in Cracov. He is on his second year of studies for forestry. His goal is to become a full time Forest Ranger, who is responsible for management of forest goods; their main goal is to produce wood which is later sold. Dawid had the opportunity to work a contract for the National Forestry and is presently looking for similar work.

Dawid likes to stay active; he enjoys soccer and volleyball. Locals may also know him as that strange man who takes long walks through the village at 3am! (Though since the interview, Dawid was reminded that late night Gentoo work is also a good way to pass the time!) His taste in music is rather varied, enjoying everything from rock, blues, jazz, and reggae. His favorite US bands are Type O Negative and She Wants Revenge. Dawid went on to talk about a recent festival he attended, The Woodstock Stop Festival, sharing his experiences of drinking, listening to great music, and having many wonderful and enlightening conversations. He stated that Woodstock is a great event that he hopes to attend next year as well. Dawid's favorite movie is Dzien Swira (aka Day of the Wacko), a drama about a man who hates his life and other people, as well as himself. When asked about Dawid's travels, he stated that he has seen a lot of southern Europe, to include Croatia, Spain, the Ukraine, France, Germany, and Switzerland. His favorite place was Barcelona, Spain.

Dawid said that with his first computer, in 1996, he developed an interest in Computer Science. He was attracted to Linux as he was curious how things work, and more importantly, why things work the way they do. A friend showed him Gentoo, which quickly became his first Linux experience. Dawid recalled LiveCD 2005 and his stage2 installation.

He said he first started helping out with English to Polish translations, which helped him learn how Gentoo works. He was able to apply his own knowledge in the IRC channels, which only served to motivate him further. When someone suggested that Gentoo create an Artwork team, similar to other distributions, Dawid got to work seeking a mentor. Karol Pasternak agreed to mentor Dawid, and was quickly rewarded with a Gentoo/OpenBSD logo. Dawid became a developer in April 2007, starting up the Gentoo Artwork Project. The Artwork Project is still in its infancy, but plans to work closely with Public Relations, GUIs, and Release Engineering. Cla is also on the GUIs Project, is an active GWN contributor, and still assists with Gentoo documentation translation.

Outside of Gentoo, Dawid is one of the OpenSolaris International leaders, running and translating WWW, documents, etc for the OpenSolaris project. He also runs an IRCD server,, which is mainly used by friends.

Cla's home computers include his retired but still functional Pentium 166 MMX that he keeps around for nostalgia, an AMD Duron 800 workstation, and his Acer Celeron laptop, all of which are running Gentoo. He also administers a server running MySQL and Apache in Scotland for friends. When he sits down for some well deserved computer time, he connects to his IRSSI session, runs Gajim to chat with buddies, Opera to catch up on the news, and amarok because he just cant stand to do any of it without some good music playing.

3.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Michael Haubenwallner (haubi) Gentoo/Alt:Prefix


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • Tiago Conha (tcunha) SPARC AT

4.  Gentoo security

KVIrc: Remote arbitrary code execution

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

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Streamripper: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow vulnerability has been discovered in Streamripper, allowing for user-assisted execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

RealPlayer: Buffer overflow

RealPlayer is vulnerable to a buffer overflow allowing for execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

flac123: Buffer overflow

flac123 is affected by a buffer overflow vulnerability, which could allow for the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Eggdrop: Buffer overflow

A remote stack-based buffer overflow has been discovered in Eggdrop.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

id3lib: Insecure temporary file creation

A vulnerability has been discovered in id3lib allowing local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

GNU Tar: Directory traversal vulnerability

A directory traversal vulnerability has been discovered in GNU Tar.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

5.  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:
net-im/centericq 11 Sep 2007 Olivier Crête
mail-filter/spamassassin-ruledujour 11 Sep 2007 Robin H. Johnson
net-wireless/aircrack-ptw 12 Sep 2007 Lars Weiler
www-apps/ids 14 Sep 2007 Gunnar Wrobel
app-crypt/libgssapi 15 Sep 2007 Mike Frysinger
media-sound/mp3kult 15 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-sound/usbmidi 15 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-video/xmps 15 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-cdr/cdrw-base 15 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen


Package: Addition date: Contact:
www-apache/mod_dnsbl_lookup 10 Sep 2007 Benedikt Boehm
www-apache/mod_access_dnsbl 10 Sep 2007 Benedikt Boehm
gnustep-libs/iconkit 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-apps/plconv 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
dev-ml/facile 10 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger
gnustep-apps/keyarcher 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-libs/highlighterkit 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-libs/wizardkit 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-apps/simpleagenda 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-apps/sudoku 10 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
media-gfx/gnome-specimen 11 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-cpp/libassa 11 Sep 2007 Christoph Mende
app-misc/granule 11 Sep 2007 Christoph Mende
dev-java/jrrd 12 Sep 2007 William Thomson
dev-java/jicmp 12 Sep 2007 William Thomson
app-accessibility/sound-icons 12 Sep 2007 William Hubbs
xfce-extra/ristretto 12 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-libs/gupnp-ui 13 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-misc/gupnp-tools 13 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
gnustep-apps/displaycalibrator 13 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-apps/remotedesk 13 Sep 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
media-libs/ilmbase 13 Sep 2007 Alexis Ballier
media-libs/ctl 13 Sep 2007 Alexis Ballier
media-libs/openexr_ctl 13 Sep 2007 Alexis Ballier
media-gfx/openexr_viewers 13 Sep 2007 Alexis Ballier
app-xemacs/gentoo-syntax 15 Sep 2007 Hans de Graaff
dev-util/cmt 15 Sep 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
media-gfx/fontypython 15 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-pda/barry 15 Sep 2007 Jason Smathers
games-fps/quake4-deltactf 15 Sep 2007 Chris Gianelloni
dev-perl/SpeedyCGI 15 Sep 2007 Michael Hanselmann
dev-ruby/mocha 16 Sep 2007 Joshua Nichols
dev-java/jdom-jaxen 16 Sep 2007 Alistair Bush
www-apache/mod_fastcgi 16 Sep 2007 Benedikt Boehm
virtual/checkpassword 16 Sep 2007 Benedikt Boehm
dev-java/jrobin 16 Sep 2007 William Thomson
media-libs/libiptcdata 16 Sep 2007 Gilles Dartiguelongue

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
app-text/hspell 20 Sep 2007 Alon Bar-Lev
mail-mta/qmail-mysql 31 Sep 2007 Benedikt Boehm
gnustep-apps/viewpdf 11 Oct 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-libs/imagekits 11 Oct 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
gnustep-libs/pdfkit 11 Oct 2007 Bernard Cafarelli
x11-wm/ion2 12 Oct 2007 Matti Bickel

6.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 09 September 2007 and 15 September 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 526 new bugs during this period
  • 269 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 15 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 287 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 100 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 9561 currently open bugs: 11 are labeled 'blocker', 109 are labeled 'critical', and 336 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 September 17, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 17 September 2007.

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