Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 3 September 2007
For a long time people using (X)Emacs looked at
app-vim/gentoo-syntax and had strong feelings of envy as the support
for writing ebuilds with their favorite operating system was quite limited.
Last year Matthew Kennedy and
Diego Petteno started with a simple
ebuild-mode, which provided syntax highlighting for basic ebuilds and eselect
(which gathers GNU Emacs and XEmacs in Gentoo) has added support for many
eclasses (java*, games*, all scm-related as git.eclass, etc) and you can call
the ebuild command for the ebuild you are working on with the key combination
Ctrl+c Ctrl+e. Just emerge
app-xemacs/gentoo-syntax and enjoy the new possibilities.
Heard in the Community
Stuart Longland wrote an interesting
post on his
Planet blog discussing the hard work that the MIPS team is doing and about his
own todo list. Several keywording tasks are on his list: KDE, after having
tested the latest stable version for several months without incident, avahi,
which he has been using for some time now, several GNOME packages, after having
them fail completely while compiling, as well as dbus-1.0 and nss-mdns.
Stuart has also started looking into other packages for ~mips candidates,
really concentrating his efforts on packages that turn an otherwise useless
MIPS box into a useful workstation. He stated that he would love feedback on
what people are actually using their MIPS boxes for and how Gentoo MIPS can be
better tailored for their needs. If you have some suggestions, join
#gentoo-mips on irc.freenode.net.
Russia: Gentoo Summer Camp 2007
On August 11th - 12th, 2007, the Russian Gentoo Linux Community held a meeting
called Gentoo Summer Camp 2007. The event took place (between Moscow and St.
Petersburg) near the town of Bologoe. A camp of five tents was constructed
on the isthmus of two lakes.
Developers took advantage of the outdoors by enjoying some swimming and fishing
in the nearby lakes. Of course the conversation quickly turned towards
discussing the most vital issues with using Gentoo Linux, chatting about
proprietary software, OpenSource software, and the imperfection of the patent
system. All this was followed up with the traditional fresh mushroom soup! The
meeting touted a friendly atmosphere and a good time was had by all.
The photos of the event are available on the Russian Gentoo Community website.
OpenExpo 2007: Zurich
The OpenExpo kicks off in two weeks in Zurich, Switzerland. The Gentoo booth
hopes to draw interest by showcasing the diversity of Gentoo. This is a great
opportunity to meet Gentoo developers from across Europe.
The Expo floor is open September 19th - 20th. Contact
Tiziano Muller or check out the
OpenExpo site for more
Gentoo in the Press
Linux.com (August 31st, 2007)
A recent Linux.com article
featured how an email marketing company,
Gold Lasso, was able to better
leverage themselves in the marketplace through the use of open source software.
From the article: "Cofounders Elie Ashery and Michael Weisel say open source is
the only way to keep prices down and "truly compete in the current marketplace."
"In order to keep costs down and to build the company on a more reliable base,
Weisel and Ashery decided to build on a Linux infrastructure. "Before we laid
out any of our own money, we looked at what we'd used in the past and tried not
to make the same mistakes we made before," Weisel says. "My background was
mostly Microsoft, but I looked at all the issues I'd had with Microsoft
servers, stepped back, and said, 'What can we do to avoid that?' I saw open
source as the biggest jump toward this. We knew we could keep the cost down
with Linux, too."
"We didn't want to dilute ourselves," Ashery says, "And open source source
afforded us the possibility of not raising venture money. Now, if we'd had to
go down the Oracle or Microsoft route, we would have needed VC for licensing,
for development, for all that, but open source allowed us to avoid that.
There's no way we could have gotten where we are today without open source."
"They tried a few different flavors of Linux before settling on Gentoo. "One of
our previous employees was into Gentoo, and made us believe that it is one of
the most secure distributions out there," Weisel says. "Yeah, it's hard to
install and manage sometimes, but it has definitely given us an advantage. Back
when we started moving toward Gentoo, our lead developer and I were sitting in
my townhouse with an old server trying to get it loaded. It took two days to
get it up and running -- but after we learned how it works, now he can put in a
Gentoo server without even looking at it. We found other people, so now we have
an arsenal of people who know the system. We knew the initial investment of
time to get it configured properly and running was going to pay off in the
future. It's very secure and stable."
Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:
- Davide Italiano (dav_it) Artwork and GWN teams
- Maarten Bressers (mbres) Kernel herd
- Markus Meier (maekke) x86 Arch team
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
- Shyam Mani (fox2mike) Infrastructure
Gentoo Security is on hiatus this week due to no GLSAs being released.
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.
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the
development team. Between 26 August 2007
and 01 September 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:
- 449 new bugs during this period
- 283 bugs closed or resolved during this period
- 15 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
- 77 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
- 110 bugs marked as duplicates during this period
Of the 9751 currently open bugs: 10 are labeled 'blocker', 101 are labeled
'critical', and 338 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
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