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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 15 January 2007


1.  Gentoo News

Maintainer needed for gentoo-sources-2.4

The Gentoo kernel team is looking for a maintainer for the 2.4 branch of the gentoo-sources package. Maintaining a kernel is a big job. A maintainer needs to have interest and energy, which probably indicates a genuine requirement to run a 2.4-based kernel. Interested parties must be capable of working on a team and keeping up with security issues in the kernel as they arise. The kernel team is willing to mentor someone to take on this role, provided the usual requirements for becoming a developer can be met.

If you are interested in maintaining this package, please contact the Gentoo kernel team for more information.

If a maintainer cannot be found for this package soon, it will be masked in the tree pending removal due to lack of maintenance.

Simplified Chinese translation team seeking help

The Simplified Chinese translation team is seeking able-bodied individuals to begin translations of the Gentoo documentation. Qualified candidates will have good English and Chinese writing skills. You can join the team on #gentoo-cn on If you are interested in joining the team, send an email to

Gentoo classes at MIT

Rajiv Aaron Manglani is hosting two classes on Gentoo at MIT. The first one starts at 6:00PM on 15 January and runs for two hours at MIT Building 4, room 237. There is no attendance limit and no advanced sign up is required. This class is an introduction to Gentoo Linux. The second class will be held at 7:30PM and also runs for two hours on 25 January. It will be held at MIT Building 56, room 114. This class is an advanced class on Gentoo and will cover more advanced topics. There is no enrollment limit or advanced sign up.

If you plan on attending either session, please RSVP to For more information see

2.  Heard in the community

The future of the bugday project.

The Bugday project is a fast growing project which helps users to get involved with Gentoo by helping them learn how to fix bugs, helping each other (and having fun).

The Bugday team is currently going through a lot of changes which includes:

  • Bugday helpers.
    This is a new term which will allow users to help out with arranging Bugdays together with the team. They will receive a special Bugday helper cloak for their IRC account and should be available to help fellow users at Bugdays.
    The helpers will be the man-in-the-middle between the Bugday developers and users which will later on be the key players on moving the Bugday project to be completely user driven, except for the infrastructure hosting.
  • Social Bugdays
    The Bugday team are going to make some documents about how to start making Social Bugdays in your local Linux user group. The documents should describe briefly how to arrange the bugdays; what do you need to make sure you have and so on.

If you would like to contribute, join the team on IRC at #gentoo-bugs on

64bit PS3 stage4 released to Gentoo mirrors

This week Brent Baude wrote about the work the PPC64 team is doing with Gentoo on the Playstation 3. They have currently made a PS3-LiveCD useful for testing Linux on your Playstation without performing an install. The LiveCD is based on GNOME and also contains applications including but not limited to Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, audacious, koffice, and IRC applications. The team has also produced a Minimal InstallCD with support for 64-bit userland and 32-bit userland stage4 installations. Both stages run an 64-bit kernel. In and effort to reduce compilation time on the Playstation, the team also has an extensive set of GRP repositories setup so users can quickly install Gentoo on their Playstations. In addition, they have 32-bit and 64-bit toolchains which the team hopes will mature to take further advantage of the Cell processor.

In short, it's a viable desktop machine for email, browsing, music, office work, and much more.

Also this week, the Linux Conf Australia is being held at Sydney. Daniel Ostrow is attending for Gentoo, where he is going to highlight the PS3, Gentoo, the LiveCD, and Gentoo stages.

3.  Gentoo International

Belgium: Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting, Brussels

Like the last few years, Gentoo will be present at FOSDEM, which will be February 24th and 25th at the ULB Campus Solbosh in Brussels. This year, an even greater numbers of developers than ever before will be in attendance. The following is the schedule for Gentoo's developer room:

Saturday's schedule:

Time: Talk name: Presenter:
14:00–14:30 Welcome and introduction Dimitry Bradt (diox)
14:30–16:00 Gentoo Hardened - the hardened toolchain and the security perspective of the Gentoo Linux distribution Alexander Gabert (pappy-)
16:00–17:00 Introduction to SELinux Bryan Østergaard (kloeri)
17:00–18:00 Gentoo/Alt:Prefix Project Fabian Groffen (grobian)
18.00–18.45 General Discussion on Gentoo's future All Developers

Sunday's schedule:

Time: Talk name: Presenter:
09:30–10.00 The future of the Bugday project Alexander Færøy (eroyf)
10.00–11.00 Programming with Paludis Danny van Dyk (Kugelfang)
11.00–12.00 Gentoo's inner working: The Council Mike Frysinger (vapier)
12.00–13.00 Release Engineering: Tinderbox testing Chris Gianelloni (wolf31o2)
13.00–14.00 Noon Break (Closed door debate)
14.00–15.00 What makes Gentoo a community-based distribution? Christel Dahlskjaer (christel)
15.00–16.00 Portage Marius Mauch (genone)
16.00–17.00 Gentoo/Java Joshua Nichols (nichoj)

Not only will there be talks in the dev-room, but Gentoo will also be available with a large group at the booth. That's right, prepare your questions ;-).

For more information on FOSDEM, check their website.

Belgium: #Gentoo-nl LAN, Arendonk

Dutch Documentation Lead Dimitry Bradt and other members of the Dutch community organized a LAN party last weekend to celebrate the start of the new year. Because the location itself was between Antwerpen and Eindhoven (right at the border), a lot of people joined the Dutch conspiracy. At the LAN they enjoyed Quake3, worms3d, and, weird enough, ksudoku. Aside from that the attendees wrote an interface to control the sound system at the venue, and, of course, drank a lot of Belgian beers.

Among the visitors, there was an international guest present, namely: Gentoo developer Alexander Buisse. His impressions after the event also agreed that the Belgian beer was quite good.

You can find some pictures at the photo album.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Robert Clark (hyakuhei) forensics team
  • Marijn Schouten (hkBst) scheme team


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • Dimitry Bradt (diox) Adopt-a-dev (userrel)
  • Dimitry Bradt (diox) GWN (PR)
  • Ioannis Aslanidis (deathwing00) Bugday

5.  Gentoo security

SeaMonkey: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in the SeaMonkey project, some of which may allow the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

KDE kfile JPEG info plugin: Denial of Service

The KDE kfile JPEG info plugin of kdegraphics could enter an endless loop leading to a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

w3m: Format string vulnerability

w3m does not correctly handle format string specifiers in SSL certificates.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement EMF/WMF file handling vulnerabilities

A truncation error and integer overflows in the EMF/WMF file handling of could be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Opera: Two remote code execution vulnerabilities

Two vulnerabilities may allow the 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.


Package: Removal date: Contact:
www-apache/mod_csv 08 Jan 2007 Luca Longinotti
media-video/vlms 08 Jan 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
media-video/vls 08 Jan 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
media-libs/libvideogfx 08 Jan 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
media-video/sampeg3 08 Jan 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
media-sound/snd-aoa 08 Jan 2007 Joseph Jezak
x11-plugins/wmbatppc 08 Jan 2007 Joseph Jezak
app-laptop/pmud 08 Jan 2007 Joseph Jezak
dev-perl/Msql-Mysql-modules 09 Jan 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-libs/slib 10 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
dev-lang/gauche 10 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
dev-util/guile 10 Jan 2007 Piotr Jaroszyński
sys-apps/mysql 12 Jan 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-db/mysql-slotted 12 Jan 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-scheme/bigloo-lib 12 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
app-admin/eselect-mysql 12 Jan 2007 Luca Longinotti
mail-filter/libspf 13 Jan 2007 Andrej Kacian


Package: Addition date: Contact:
games-board/grhino 08 Jan 2007 Alfredo Tupone
www-client/seamonkey-bin 08 Jan 2007 Raúl Porcel
media-plugins/vdr-autotimeredit 08 Jan 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
net-libs/rb_libtorrent 08 Jan 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-p2p/qbittorrent 08 Jan 2007 Raúl Porcel
media-plugins/vdr-dvdselect 08 Jan 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
media-plugins/vdr-freecell 08 Jan 2007 Joerg Bornkessel
net-analyzer/carl 09 Jan 2007 Raúl Porcel
games-action/descent1-demodata 09 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-action/d1x-rebirth 09 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-action/descent2-data 09 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-action/descent2-demodata 09 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-action/d2x-rebirth 09 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
mail-client/claws-mail-attachwarner 09 Jan 2007 Andrej Kacian
dev-scheme/slib 10 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
dev-scheme/gauche 10 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
games-fps/ut2004-action 10 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
dev-scheme/guile 10 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
x11-misc/slock 10 Jan 2007 Cédric Krier
games-fps/ut2004-crossfire 10 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-fps/ut2004-cor 10 Jan 2007 Chris Gianelloni
dev-java/sun-jacc-api 10 Jan 2007 Vlastimil Babka
dev-scheme/tinyscheme 11 Jan 2007 Marijn Schouten
dev-java/emma 11 Jan 2007 Petteri Räty
mail-filter/policyd 12 Jan 2007 Benjamin Smee
games-puzzle/xlogical 12 Jan 2007 Alfredo Tupone
app-backup/mylvmbackup 12 Jan 2007 Robin H. Johnson
app-admin/consolehm 12 Jan 2007 Javier Villavicencio
dev-db/mysql-init-scripts 12 Jan 2007 Luca Longinotti
dev-java/spice-jndikit 12 Jan 2007 Petteri Räty
net-libs/libnxml 13 Jan 2007 Robert Buchholz
net-libs/libmrss 13 Jan 2007 Robert Buchholz
app-misc/lcd-stuff 13 Jan 2007 Robert Buchholz
app-misc/lsx 13 Jan 2007 Cédric Krier
dev-java/jcharts 13 Jan 2007 Petteri Räty
dev-python/flup 13 Jan 2007 Tiziano Müller
games-puzzle/jools 14 Jan 2007 Alfredo Tupone

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-wireless/rt2x00 08 Feb 07 Roy Marples
net-www/mod_fastcgi 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
net-www/mod_bwshare 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
www-apache/mod_depends 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
net-www/mod_injection 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
net-www/mod_random 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
net-www/mod_encoding 08 Feb 07 Christian Heim
x11-misc/gpasman 08 Feb 07 Krzysiek Pawlik
x11-misc/gtk2mp 09 Feb 07 Andrej Kacian
media-video/nvidia-freebsd 09 Feb 07 Timothy Redaelli
games-action/d1x 09 Feb 07 Chris Gianelloni
net-p2p/ww 10 Feb 07 Raúl Porcel
media-libs/openquicktime 10 Feb 07 Diego Pettenò
net-www/bk_edit 11 Feb 07 Christian Marie
app-admin/livecd-ng 12 Feb 07 Chris Gianelloni
sys-apps/pcsc-ase-iiie-drv 12 Feb 07 Alon Bar-Lev
net-p2p/teknap 12 Feb 07 Raúl Porcel
www-misc/pglogd 13 Feb 07 Luca Longinotti
x11-apps/mkcfm 13 Feb 07 Joshua Baergen
net-im/centericq 13 Feb 07 Olivier Crete

7.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 07 January 2007 and 14 January 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 727 new bugs during this period
  • 523 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 79 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 265 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 180 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10679 currently open bugs: 26 are labeled 'blocker', 94 are labeled 'critical', and 458 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

The GWN is staffed by volunteers and members of the community who submit ideas and articles. If you are interested in writing for the GWN, have feedback on an article that we have posted, or just have an idea or article that you would like to submit to the GWN, please send us your feedback and help make the GWN better.

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Page updated January 15, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 15 January 2007.

Dimitry Bradt

Chris Gianelloni

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