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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 24 July 2006


1.  Gentoo news

Sun T2000 donation

On June 20th, Gentoo was approached by David Killian from Sun's Niagara Product Team, offering a Niagara box for development, porting, and testing. The T2000 is equipped with the new UltraSPARC T1 processor, a massive, yet very power efficient, 8-core multithreading processor. The machine is being hosted by the Oregon State University Open Source Labs and it currently being used to build the upcoming 2006.1 release. It will then be used for further development by SPARC-team members, and other Gentoo developers whom do not have access to SPARC equipment.

For the curious, there is a boot log provided by Gustavo Zacarias in his developer web space.

Ethereal moves to wireshark

As many of you may already know, Ethereal has moved to Wireshark. Due to security vulnerabilities, Bug #140856, and the assumption that Ethereal is not being developed further, Gentoo has decided to drop the Ethereal package in favor of Wireshark. To make this transition as seamless as possible, Wireshark should appear when you attempt to update Ethereal.

To keep your filters and other configurations that you had as a user you are required to manually move your Ethereal configuration to Wireshark as follows:

Code Listing 1.1: Ethereal to Wireshark configuration change

cd $HOME
mv .ethereal .wireshark

User representatives election open

The Gentoo User Relations project is happy to announce that the elections for the position of User Representative are now open.

The candidates have each written some information about themselves and what they would like to achieve.

You can only vote once, so carefully consider who you would most like to represent you. To vote, go to the User Representative Elections and select your user representative.

2.  Heard in the community


Deletion of Inactive user accounts

Gentoo developer Tom Knight has made an announcement on the Gentoo Forums, warning that a cron job will be run, starting on the 27th of July and running monthly, to delete inactive user accounts. The current estimate is that the cron job on its first run will delete around 23,000 accounts. More details about the criteria for deletion are available in the announcement.

gentoo-stats test request

One of the projects implemented in this year's Google Summer of Code is a new Gentoo stats implementation allowing architecture teams to know how much testing a package gets and what type of CFLAGS and USE flags our users utilize. Though most modules aren't ready yet Marius Mauch put together a tarball to allow users starting test the client-modules that are already supposed to work.

Nostalgic moments

Starting with a users asking for old Portage sources Simon Stelling started a trip in Gentoo's history. Besides old Portage 1.5 sources he put together a snapshot of the Portage tree from March 24 2001, just the day after Daniel Robbins added Portage 1.5 to tree. The tarball is "just" 11MB in size (compared to current snapshots which take 30MB) and features 1134 Ebuilds and 648 packages in 51 categories.

3.  Gentoo in the press (20 July 2006)

Author Hans Kwint has written the second in his series of articles on Gentoo on the desktop, entitled A Gentoo diary part 1. In this article, he writes about switching from lilo to grub, from xmms to audacious, and his setup of an old machine as a server.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • Otavio R. Piske (AngusYoung)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Joshua (joslwah) PPC64/Release Engineering


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo security

libpng: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow has been found in the libpng library that could lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

xine-lib: Buffer overflow

A buffer overflow has been found in the libmms library shipped with xine-lib, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

GIMP: Buffer overflow

GIMP is prone to a buffer overflow which may lead to the execution of arbitrary code when loading specially crafted XCF files.

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 16 July 2006 and 23 July 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 869 new bugs during this period
  • 375 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 27 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 10567 currently open bugs: 52 are labeled 'blocker', 133 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 July 24, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 24 July 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Chris Gianelloni

Jorge Vicetto

Tobias Scherbaum

Christel Dahlskjaer

Gustavo Zacarias

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