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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 10 July 2006


1.  Gentoo news

GNOME 2.14 stable

The Gentoo GNOME team has asked for GNOME 2.14.2 to be marked stable. This is an upgrade from the current 2.12 stable version of GNOME. If you are interested in tracking the progress of the stabilization efforts, you can follow bug 139612 .

New VDR project

The Gentoo Video Disk Recorder (VDR) project has existed for quite some time as an unofficial project. It is now an official subproject of desktop/video and deals with the program VDR and its proper integration with Gentoo.

VDR is a solution to build a full-featured set-top box (STB) for digital video broadcasting (DVB) and Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) reception. However, it is not restricted to just digital input. With the analogtv-plugin it can also exploit analog TV capture cards.

VDR can be extended with a lot more functionality by utilizing any of a very large number of plugins. A full list can be found under the plugins section of the site, or the German VDR Wiki, though the German one is more up-to-date. Around 90 plugins are already available via ebuilds.

Among these are plugins to do the following things:

  • Supporting new input-devices (analog-capture cards with or without an hardware MPEG-encoder)
  • Support other outputs than the hardware MPEG-decoder of a full-featured DVB-card (cheap DXR3-cards, softdevice, xine)
  • Viewing timetable of channels in different ways
  • Teletext/Subtitles
  • Downloading weather information from the Internet
  • Much more

The Gentoo VDR Project provides:

  • The main program with a big patchset controllable via USE flags
  • The plugin ebuilds
  • An associated eclass
  • A sophisticated set of init scripts with add-ons for vdr-plugins
  • Other related packages

2.  Developer of the week

"I blame the pinecones." - Andrew Gaffney, aka agaffney

Figure 2.1: Andrew Gaffney, aka agaffney

Fig. 1: agaffney

Developer Andrew Gaffney, known to us as agaffney, has resided in Missouri for most of his life. He lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Angela, a preschool teacher, and their cat, Puddy, a sun bather.

This 22 year old developer runs a one man IT department for Creative Communications. A typical day could consist of programming, administrating the database, or the network itself, and of course, technichal support! He is proud to mention that he runs Gentoo on almost everything that he touches.

As if juggling work, Gentoo, and married life wasn't enough, Andrew also finds time for swimming and playing raquetball... or something resembling raquetball. His daily surfing includes sites such as and As for agaffney's music tastes, he says that he will listen to almost anything... if he can understand what they're saying. (Andrew was listening to a live Nirvana album when we chatted.)

Andrew stated that what he likes most about the Gentoo distribution is that you're not forced in any direction and can make it into whatever you want it to be. He recalls his start with Gentoo almost two years ago, giving his opinions on IRC whenever anyone would listen and coercing others to look at his code until they finally made him an official developer. Agaffney is the Installer Project Lead and is also the x86 Release Coordinator for the upcoming 2006.1 release... and more to follow if Release Engineering has their way!

So what about his home machines? He starts his mornings off by firing up urxvt, openssh, and amarok. Agaffney boasts his collection of more than a few architechtures: an HP C3600 (hppa), HP 715/75 (hppa), SGI Octane (mips), dual-processor G4 tower (ppc), 333MHz iMac (ppc), Netra t1125 (sparc), Athlon64 X2 4200+ w/2GB memory (x86_64), and a few miscellaneous x86 boxes. His main workstation, Kagome, is an x86_64 box. His main server, a sparc named Ryoko, runs apache, mysql, and postfix.

3.  Heard in the community


Gentoo Community Sites

Gentoo developer Thomas Cort is currently putting together a directory of Gentoo community sites and has requested that people post URLs of sites that he may have missed.

X.Org 7.1 still testing because of binary drivers?

Forum veteran R!tman, asks if not stabilizing Xorg 7.1 on x86 and amd64 architectures was purely motivated by its incompatibility with the binary nVidia and ATI drivers. He ponders whether this was the correct thing to do, as it would seem that Gentoo was being held back by commercial, closed-source software.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • Jory Pratt (Anarchy)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo security

mpg123: Heap overflow

A heap overflow in mpg123 was discovered, which could result in the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

FreeType: Multiple integer overflows

Multiple remotely exploitable buffer overflows have been discovered in FreeType, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

libTIFF: Multiple buffer overflows

libTIFF contains buffer overflows that could result in arbitrary code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

PostgreSQL: SQL injection

A flaw in the multibyte character handling allows execution of arbitrary SQL statements.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

SHOUTcast server: Multiple vulnerabilities

The SHOUTcast server is vulnerable to a file disclosure vulnerability and multiple XSS vulnerabilities.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

6.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 02 July 2006 and 09 July 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 921 new bugs during this period
  • 454 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 10411 currently open bugs: 51 are labeled 'blocker', 136 are labeled 'critical', and 525 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 July 10, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 10 July 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Chris Gianelloni

Mark Kowarsky

Chrissy Fullam

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