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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 3 September 2007


1.  Gentoo News

Emacs Project

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 modules. The Emacs project (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-emacs/gentoo-syntax or app-xemacs/gentoo-syntax and enjoy the new possibilities.

2.  Heard in the Community

MIPS keywords

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

3.  Gentoo International

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 details.

4.  Gentoo in the Press (August 31st, 2007)

A recent 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."

5.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week


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

6.  Gentoo Security

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

7.  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-admin/nologin 28 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-office/facturalux 28 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
x11-themes/jimmac-xcursors 28 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-text/yodl 28 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-misc/bird 01 Sep 2007 Tony Vroon


Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-php/PEAR-HTML_Common2 27 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-HTML_QuickForm2 27 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-Net_URL2 27 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
kde-misc/komparator 27 Aug 2007 Tobias Heinlein
games-arcade/berusky 28 Aug 2007 Alfredo Tupone
games-rpg/coe2 29 Aug 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-ruby/palmtree 30 Aug 2007 Joshua Nichols
media-plugins/gst-plugins-wavpack 30 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-plugins/gst-plugins-opengl 30 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-php/PEAR-Config 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-Console_Getargs 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-HTML_QuickForm_ElementGrid 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-PHP_CompatInfo 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-PEAR_PackageFileManager 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-PEAR_PackageFileManager_Cli 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php/PEAR-PHP_Beautifier 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-ml/camlp5 30 Aug 2007 Alexis Ballier
dev-php4/ZendOptimizer 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php4/ffmpeg-php 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/Savant3 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/Savant3-Plugin-Form 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ZendOptimizer 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ffmpeg-php 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/pecl-geoip 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/pecl-gnupg 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/symfony 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-Authentication 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-AuthenticationDatabaseTiein 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-Graph 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-SignalSlot 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-Url 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-Workflow 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-WorkflowDatabaseTiein 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-WorkflowEventLogTiein 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
dev-php5/ezc-GraphDatabaseTiein 30 Aug 2007 Markus Ullmann
media-plugins/gst-plugins-ladspa 30 Aug 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-ml/ocaml-sqlite3 31 Aug 2007 Alexis Ballier
app-admin/eselect-rails 01 Sep 2007 Joshua Nichols
media-plugins/gst-plugins-amrnb 01 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-plugins/gst-plugins-amrwb 01 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-ruby/capistrano-launcher 01 Sep 2007 Joshua Nichols
app-misc/supercat 01 Sep 2007 Olivier Crete
dev-embedded/powersoftplus-libftdi 01 Sep 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
sys-power/powersoftplus 01 Sep 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
app-dicts/aspell-hu 02 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger
app-dicts/aspell-hy 02 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger
app-dicts/freedict-deu-eng 02 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger
dev-libs/libtranslate 02 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger
dev-embedded/libftd2xx 02 Sep 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
app-dicts/gnuvd 02 Sep 2007 Wulf Krueger

Last Rites:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
app-emacs/slime-cvs 27 Sep 2007 Ulrich Mueller
dev-ruby/ruby-gstreamer 30 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-libs/gst-plugins 30 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-sound/acast 30 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-sound/tunesbrowser 30 Sep 2007 Samuli Suominen
net-dialup/bpalogin 02 Oct 2007 Stefan Schweizer

8.  Bugzilla



The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( 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 period are:

9.  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 September 3, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 3 September 2007.

Chris Gianelloni

Chrissy Fullam

Christian Faulhammer

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