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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 12 February 2007


1.  Gentoo News

Time Zone update coming

The United States passed a bill to extend Daylight Saving Time. Due to this change, some users need to ensure they have the new time zone information to keep their computer's clocks accurate. For our users in the United States, please make sure you have updated to at least version 2006p of sys-libs/timezone-data on or before 11 March.

Testing for media-libs/freetype-2.3.1

On Thursday, 8 February, versions 2.2.1 and 2.3.1 of the FreeType library were unmasked in the tree for ~arch (testing) users. These versions were masked for about eight months to make for an easier transition. Some older software relied on the presence of some internal headers, functions, and variables that are no longer exported to external programs in these two versions. Although most of the packages in the tree should be now corrected, with the main problems being older Qt and KDE versions that are no longer in the tree, more testing is certainly helpful and appreciated.

Please file bugs if you find any software in either the stable or testing branches of the tree that does not compile against these newer versions of FreeType and assign the bug to Diego Pettenò.

Problems with NSS/NSPR

Some users have noticed troubles in some applications, such as www-client/mozilla-firefox or mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird when accessing encrypted resources, such as SSL-enabled pages. This is caused by an upgrade problem affecting users of the testing branch, where dev-libs/nspr was upgraded, then an application such as www-client/mozilla-firefox was upgraded, without prior updating dev-libs/nss. This can be solved rather easily, by emerging the packages in the correct order.

Code Listing 1.1: Fixing NSS/NSPR with Mozilla Firefox

# emerge --oneshot dev-libs/nspr dev-libs/nss www-client/mozilla-firefox

Thanks from the KDE team

Thanks to all of the people who offered their help to the KDE team. There have been lots of responses, which the team has tried to follow up. If anyone else wants to help out it is not too late! Please take a look at and drop into #gentoo-kde on some time.

Adopt-a-Dev update

After some time of inactivity after the previous lead project lead retired from Gentoo, the Adopt-a-dev Project is back in operation under its new leader, Dimitry Bradt. Dimitry has contacted everyone who had emailed the project during the inactivity and would like to thank all previous donors for their trust and contribution to this project.

If you have something in your attic or closet that you want to get rid of and you think that Gentoo developers could use it, or you wish to fill one of the requests put up by developers, visit the project page and/or mail

2.  Gentoo International

Denmark: Linuxforum 2007, Copenhagen

The biggest Scandinavian open source conference, LinuxForum, will be celebrating its tenth year. LinuxForum covers various topics about UNIX, BSD, Open Source, and Linux. This year, Gentoo will have a booth at the conference which will be manned by various developer from Denmark, as well as a small group of developers from abroad. The event takes place on March 2 and March 3, with Gentoo being present on the 3rd.

Please stop by the booth with your questions, as Gentoo will have representatives from the security team and the Release Coordinators for Alpha, IA64, and MIPS among the group, along with the User Relations project lead.

For more information, see

3.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

4.  Gentoo Security

Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSA being released.

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:
app-emacs/gnuplot-mode 05 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-ada/adabroker 05 Feb 2007 George Shapovalov
dev-games/cel-cvs 06 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
dev-games/crystalspace-cvs 06 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
app-i18n/jmode 06 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò
dev-lisp/cl-arnesi 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-lisp/cl-yaclml 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-lisp/cl-icu 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-lisp/cl-fiveam 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-lisp/cl-ucw 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
dev-lisp/cl-rfc2109 08 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
sys-fs/submount 08 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
games-server/gta3mta 08 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-strategy/freecraft-fcmp 09 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
app-portage/abeni 09 Feb 2007 Paul Varner
x11-misc/gpasman 09 Feb 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
media-libs/openquicktime 10 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò
net-p2p/ww 10 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-p2p/azureus-bin 10 Feb 2007 Petteri Räty
app-laptop/macosd 11 Feb 2007 Markus Rothe


Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-ada/glade 05 Feb 2007 George Shapovalov
media-libs/libafterimage 05 Feb 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-perl/Return-Value 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-Send 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Encodings 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MessageID 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME-ContentType 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Modifier 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Attachment-Stripper 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-Date 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-Simple-Creator 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-MIME-Creator 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-perl/Email-Reply 05 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
sys-block/fwdl 06 Feb 2007 Robin H. Johnson
dev-perl/Astro-FITS-Header 06 Feb 2007 Michael Cummings
dev-ml/ocaml-ssl 06 Feb 2007 Alexandre Buisse
dev-ml/ocaml-expat 06 Feb 2007 Alexandre Buisse
games-strategy/coldwar 06 Feb 2007 Chris Gianelloni
games-arcade/blockrage 06 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-python/pyfits 07 Feb 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-util/ragel 07 Feb 2007 Tom William Payne
app-doc/lapack-docs 07 Feb 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
app-doc/blas-docs 07 Feb 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-lang/cfortran 07 Feb 2007 Sebastien Fabbro
dev-perl/MLDBM-Sync 07 Feb 2007 Christian Hartmann
games-board/fruit 07 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone
app-backup/keep 08 Feb 2007 Timothy Redaelli
games-arcade/amphetamine 08 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-java/cos 10 Feb 2007 Joshua Nichols
x11-themes/gtk-engines-rezlooks 11 Feb 2007 Saleem Abdulrasool
dev-lang/mono-basic 11 Feb 2007 Saleem Abdulrasool
games-arcade/supertransball2 11 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone
xfce-extra/gsynaptics-mcs-plugin 11 Feb 2007 Samuli Suominen

6.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 04 February 2007 and 11 February 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 743 new bugs during this period
  • 531 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 32 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 148 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 148 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10407 currently open bugs: 16 are labeled 'blocker', 111 are labeled 'critical', and 435 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 February 12, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 12 February 2007.

Chris Gianelloni

Rajiv Aaron Manglani

Diego Pettenò

Dimitry Bradt

Charlie Shepherd

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