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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 29 May 2006


1.  Gentoo news

Don't mix and match GCC 3.4 and 4.1 versions

It has been discovered that even though GCC 3.4 and 4.1 share the same version, some slight changes require you to follow the GCC Upgrading Guide. Bug #134447 illustrates an example of what may happen upon partial rebuilds (Qt in this case). Sorry for any inconvenience that this error may have caused.

GnuPG update

gnupg-1.9.20 has been marked stable, allowing its added features GPG-AGENT (passphrase caching) and GPGSM (S/MIME support) to be made available to all users of Gentoo Linux. As the GnuPG developers have indicated these features are ready for production use. Following their recommendation, the gpg executable on your system is still the gnupg-1.4 version, as gnupg-1.4 and gnupg-1.9 are both installed at the same time (in different slots). If you want to use the development version of gpg please enable USE=gpg2-experimental, then emerge gnupg-1.9 and the executable /usr/bin/gpg2 will be installed. It will only be used if explicitly called, and by applications that are gpg2-aware. Not all applications look for gpg2 or understand its interfaces, which is why gnupg-1.4 is also installed. As a result of the stabilization the gpg-agent package is superseeded by gnupg-1.9.20. For information on how to use gpg-agent see Gentoo GnuPG User guide.

Rsync server Guide rewrite

Tobias Klausmann, systems administrator for, was kind enough recently to completely rewrite the Gentoo rsync server guide with fixes both in the instructions and the code snippets. Gentoo developer Jeffrey Forman and the infrastructure team want to thank him for the hard work and appreciate making Gentoo's documentation just a little bit more complete.

2.  Developer of the week

"A room full of strangers is a room full of potential friends" - Christel Dahlskjaer (christel)

Figure 2.1: Christel Dahlskjaer aka Christel

Fig. 1: christel

One of the more recent additions to the Gentoo development team, already known by many from her function as Freenode staff, Christel Dahlskjaer was originally pulled in to help the User Relations project. Since then she has also infiltrated PR, Events, Gentoo/MIPS, Gentoo/Alpha, Developer Relations and Release Engineering, and she is also Gentoo's administrative contact during this year's Summer of Code contest. "User Relations exists to act as a facilitator for the many user focused projects within Gentoo," she explains. "We are bridging the gap between users and developers by improving the information flow, keeping users and prospective developers informed about the development community. We also deal with complaints." Although she originally came onboard to work on User Relations, she finds much enjoyment in working on the other projects she is taking part in.

One of the few active women in the midst of primarily male Gentoo developers, Christel is also a qualified nurse, and currently studies towards a MSc in Forensic Psychology. To keep herself busy and out of trouble, she keeps a number of computers around the house, including an Alpha Server, a Sun Blade 1000, an O2 and "a terribly gorgeous babypink iBook," all of which of course run Gentoo.

The question "KDE or Gnome?" has no relevance for a fluxbox user such as Christel -- who lives in Exeter (England) and is "happily not married, yet" -- and irssi is her favourite application, no surprise really, her being a Irssi developer after all, and Senior Freenode Staff, but she insists that "senior" does not necessarily mean "old."

3.  Heard in the community

Perl 5.8.8 is at your door

Perl 5.8.8 has been marked stable on most architectures during the last week. Like after every Perl upgrade you have to run perl-cleaner to rebuild all Perl modules and packages linked against the old libperl.

4.  Gentoo international

Germany: Winners of the quiz announced

As reported, the German not-for-profit association "Friends of Gentoo e.V." asked on their community-site "Are you Gentoo?" Now the quiz is over, and the organizers now know that more than 500 participants are Gentoo. The interest in this quiz was so impressive that there will be another quiz in late-summer this year. If you have questions you'd like to see included in that next quiz mail them to

Congratulations to Benjamin Franzke, Chiara Sannitz and Meik Frischke who won the T-shirt, mouse-pad and Gentoo stickers offered by the "Friends of Gentoo".

5.  Gentoo in the press

Newsforge (22 May 2006)

Author Robin Miller gives Gentoo an interesting supporting role in this article about the Debian developer conference DebConf6. Answering his own question why Debian is important, he obviously finds that others get more public visibility: "Novell and Red Hat have significant PR and ad budgets and use them to make lots of noise in the trade press. Gentoo has devoted followers who post pro-Gentoo messages in almost every online discussion about GNU/Linux distributions." Small error: Miller thinks Debian's social contract is unique, which goes to say that maybe Gentoo's devoted followers are at least one pro-Gentoo message short so far.

6.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • None this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Roy Bamford (NeddySeagoon) - Forums


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • None this week

7.  Bugzilla


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 21 May 2006 and 28 May 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 668 new bugs during this period
  • 401 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 10054 currently open bugs: 56 are labeled 'blocker', 141 are labeled 'critical', and 526 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 May 29, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 29 May 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Daniel Black

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Mark Loeser

Tobias Scherbaum

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