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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 19 February 2006

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 19 February 2007.

1. Gentoo News

A warning about upcoming changes to ALSA

In the past days there were a few changes to two ALSA packages,
media-sound/alsa-firmware-1.0.14_rc2-r1 and
media-sound/alsa-tools-1.0.14_rc1-r1. These two ebuilds now make use of the
ALSA_CARDS variable to decide which firmwares to install and which tools to
build. The ALSA_CARDS was already being used by media-sound/alsa-driver
package, so users of that package should be already done, as they most
likely have that already set; for users using the in-kernel drivers, they
should now properly set that variable, also. Please see
/usr/portage/profiles/desc/alsa_cards.desc for a list of available
ALSA_CARDS values.

Note: With ALSA_CARDS unset (or if you're not using any of the drivers that
are listed for alsa-firmware or alsa-tools), the two packages will still
install a minimal set of tools or firmwares, but you might not be needing
them at all.

2. Heard in the community


Why I don't care if you are dropping recommend of Gentoo

In a long forum post, chrisfeet tells the story of how Gentoo became his
favorite. Written as a rebuttal of sorts to the negative comments in Why I'm
dropping recommendation of Gentoo[1] he states that the elegance and power
of a Gentoo system is what draws him to it, even after experiencing the
user-friendliness of Ubuntu.

1. http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-313315.html

* http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-540021.html

3. Gentoo in the press

iWon News (16 Feb 2007)

Cuba's Cabinet also has urged a shift from proprietary software. The customs
service has gone to Linux and the ministries of culture, higher education
and communications are planning to do so, Rodriguez said. Students in his
own department are cooking up a version of Linux called Nova, based on the
Gentoo distribution of the operating system. The ministry of higher
education is developing its own distribution.

* http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20070216/D8NB1EK05.html

4. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

* none this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

* Richard Brown (rbrown) QA/Ruby teams


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

* none this week

5. Gentoo Security

Samba: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple flaws exist in the Samba suite of programs, the most serious of
which could result in the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[2]

2. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-01.xml

ProFTPD: Local privilege escalation

A flaw in ProFTPD may allow a local attacker to obtain root privileges.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[3]

3. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-02.xml

Snort: Denial of Service

Snort contains a vulnerability in the rule matching algorithm that could
result in a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[4]

4. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-03.xml

RAR, UnRAR: Buffer overflow

RAR and UnRAR contain a buffer overflow allowing the execution of arbitrary

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[5]

5. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-04.xml

Fail2ban: Denial of Service

A flaw in Fail2ban may allow remote attackers to deny access to arbitrary

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[6]

6. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-05.xml

BIND: Denial of Service

ISC BIND contains two vulnerabilities allowing a Denial of Service under
certain conditions.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[7]

7. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-06.xml

Sun JDK/JRE: Execution of arbitrary code

Sun Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) contain a
memory corruption flaw that allows the applets to gain elevated privileges
potentially leading to the execute of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[8]

8. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-07.xml

AMD64 x86 emulation Sun's J2SE Development Kit: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities have been identified in Sun Java
Development Kit (JDK) and Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[9]

9. http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200702-08.xml

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[10] 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.

10. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/qa/treecleaners


Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-p2p/teknap 12 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel[11]
app-emacs/w3 12 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer[12]
app-emacs/weather 12 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer[12]
sys-cluster/gomd 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/gomd-cvs 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosix-3dmon 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosix-3dmon-stats 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosix-user 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosixtest 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosixview 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-cluster/openmosixwebview 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]
sys-kernel/openmosix-sources 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake[13]

11. armin76 [at] gentoo
12. opfer [at] gentoo
13. dsd [at] gentoo


Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-libs/cyberjack[14] 12 Feb 2007 Wolfram Schlich[15]
net-p2p/museek+[16] 12 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel[11]
app-text/wgetpaste[17] 12 Feb 2007 Alexander Færøy[18]
sys-auth/pam-afs-session[19] 12 Feb 2007 Stefaan De Roeck[20]
media-sound/alsaplayer[21] 13 Feb 2007 Ryan Hill[22]
dev-ada/tash[23] 13 Feb 2007 George Shapovalov[24]
media-sound/amarokfs[25] 13 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò[26]
dev-lang/mozart[27] 14 Feb 2007 Keri Harris[28]
games-util/taxidraw[29] 14 Feb 2007 Tristan Heaven[30]
games-action/blobandconquer[31] 15 Feb 2007 Tristan Heaven[30]
dev-util/codeblocks[32] 15 Feb 2007 Jurek Bartuszek[33]
app-emulation/virtualbox-additions[34] 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann[35]
app-emulation/virtualbox-bin[36] 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann[35]
app-office/mozilla-sunbird[37] 15 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel[11]
net-firewall/fireflier[38] 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann[35]
x11-themes/domino[39] 16 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò[26]
dev-lang/mozart-stdlib[40] 16 Feb 2007 Keri Harris[28]
dev-ruby/ruby-irc[41] 17 Feb 2007 Robin H. Johnson[42]
dev-ruby/cerberus[43] 17 Feb 2007 Robin H. Johnson[42]
media-gfx/asymptote[44] 17 Feb 2007 Dominik Stadler[45]
games-arcade/spacerider[46] 18 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone[47]
app-crypt/coolkey[48] 18 Feb 2007 Alon Bar-Lev[49]
xfce-extra/thunar-thumbnailers[50] 18 Feb 2007 Samuli Suominen[51]
app-portage/demerge[52] 18 Feb 2007 Christian Hartmann[53]
dev-util/imediff2[54] 18 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller[55]

11. armin76 [at] gentoo
14. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-libs;name=cyberjack
15. wschlich [at] gentoo
16. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-p2p;name=museek+
17. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-text;name=wgetpaste
18. eroyf [at] gentoo
19. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=sys-auth;name=pam-afs-session
20. stefaan [at] gentoo
21. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-sound;name=alsaplayer
22. dirtyepic [at] gentoo
23. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-ada;name=tash
24. george [at] gentoo
25. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-sound;name=amarokfs
26. flameeyes [at] gentoo
27. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-lang;name=mozart
28. keri [at] gentoo
29. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=games-util;name=taxidraw
30. nyhm [at] gentoo
31. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=games-action;name=blobandconquer
32. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-util;name=codeblocks
33. jurek [at] gentoo
34. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-emulation;name=virtualbox-additions
35. jokey [at] gentoo
36. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-emulation;name=virtualbox-bin
37. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-office;name=mozilla-sunbird
38. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-firewall;name=fireflier
39. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=x11-themes;name=domino
40. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-lang;name=mozart-stdlib
41. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-ruby;name=ruby-irc
42. robbat2 [at] gentoo
43. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-ruby;name=cerberus
44. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-gfx;name=asymptote
45. centic [at] gentoo
46. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=games-arcade;name=spacerider
47. tupone [at] gentoo
48. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-crypt;name=coolkey
49. alonbl [at] gentoo
50. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=xfce-extra;name=thunar-thumbnailers
51. drac [at] gentoo
52. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-portage;name=demerge
53. ian [at] gentoo
54. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-util;name=imediff2
55. dev-zero [at] gentoo

Last Rites:

Note: Due to a mistake last week, the Last Rites section was not included.
This week, the GWN has 2 weeks worth of Last Rites listed below.

Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-misc/yasuc[56] 28 Feb 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik[57]
net-libs/gecko-sdk[58] 04 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel[11]
media-tv/rivatv[59] 06 Mar 2007 Doug Goldstein[60]
dev-java/jess-bin[61] 09 Mar 2007 Petteri Räty[62]
sys-fs/raidtools[63] 11 Mar 2007 Mike Frysinger[64]
dev-libs/libtc[65] 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen[51]
dev-libs/tc2[66] 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen[51]
dev-libs/tc2-modules[67] 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen[51]
media-video/tcvp[68] 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen[51]
app-portage/portage-prefpane[69] 11 Mar 2007 Michael Hanselmann[70]
net-analyzer/netwatch[71] 15 Mar 2007 Markkus Ullmann[35]
media-font/mekachan-font[72] 15 Mar 2007 Chris Gianelloni[73]
net-irc/cyclone[74] 17 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel[11]
dev-perl/Text-ChaSen[75] 17 Mar 2007 Michael Cummings[76]
app-portage/emool[77] 18 Mar 2007 Simon Stelling[78]

11. armin76 [at] gentoo
35. jokey [at] gentoo
51. drac [at] gentoo
56. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-misc;name=yasuc
57. nelchael [at] gentoo
58. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-libs;name=gecko-sdk
59. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-tv;name=rivatv
60. cardoe [at] gentoo
61. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-java;name=jess-bin
62. betelgeuse [at] gentoo
63. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=sys-fs;name=raidtools
64. vapier [at] gentoo
65. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-libs;name=libtc
66. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-libs;name=tc2
67. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-libs;name=tc2-modules
68. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-video;name=tcvp
69. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-portage;name=portage-prefpane
70. hansmi [at] gentoo
71. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-analyzer;name=netwatch
72. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-font;name=mikachan-font
73. wolf31o2 [at] gentoo
74. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=net-irc;name=cyclone
75. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=dev-perl;name=Text-ChaSen
76. mcummings [at] gentoo
77. http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=app-portage;name=emool
78. blubb [at] gentoo

7. Bugzilla


* Statistics
* Closed bug ranking
* New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org[79]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 11 February 2007 and 18 February 2007, activity on the site
has resulted in:

79. http://bugs.gentoo.org

* 749 new bugs during this period
* 450 bugs closed or resolved during this period
* 33 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
* 109 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10450 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled 'blocker', 115 are labeled
'critical', and 436 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period

* AMD64 Project[80], with 27 closed bugs[81]
* Gentoo Games[82], with 24 closed bugs[83]
* Java team[84], with 20 closed bugs[85]
* Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[86], with 16 closed bugs[87]
* Gentoo Security[88], with 15 closed bugs[89]
* Gentoo Toolchain Maintainers[90], with 14 closed bugs[91]
* Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[92], with 12 closed bugs[93]
* Gentoo KDE team[94], with 11 closed bugs[95]

80. amd64 [at] gentoo
81. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=amd64 [at] gentoo
82. games [at] gentoo
83. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=games [at] gentoo
84. java [at] gentoo
85. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=java [at] gentoo
86. gnome [at] gentoo
87. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=gnome [at] gentoo
88. security [at] gentoo
89. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=security [at] gentoo
90. toolchain [at] gentoo
91. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=toolchain [at] gentoo
92. base-system [at] gentoo
93. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=base-system [at] gentoo
94. kde [at] gentoo
95. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&bug_status=CLOSED&chfield=bug_status&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&resolution=FIXED&assigned_to=kde [at] gentoo

New bug rankings

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during
this period are:

* Default Assignee for New Packages[96], with 31 new bugs[97]
* Java team[84], with 19 new bugs[98]
* AMD64 Project[80], with 11 new bugs[99]
* Gentoo Kernel Bug Wranglers and Kernel Maintainers[100], with 9 new
* Perl Devs @ Gentoo[102], with 7 new bugs[103]
* Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[104], with 7 new bugs[105]
* Gentoo Sound Team[106], with 6 new bugs[107]
* Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[86], with 6 new bugs[108]

80. amd64 [at] gentoo
84. java [at] gentoo
86. gnome [at] gentoo
96. maintainer-wanted [at] gentoo
97. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=maintainer-wanted [at] gentoo
98. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=java [at] gentoo
99. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=amd64 [at] gentoo
100. kernel [at] gentoo
101. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=kernel [at] gentoo
102. perl [at] gentoo
103. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=perl [at] gentoo
104. maintainer-needed [at] gentoo
105. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=maintainer-needed [at] gentoo
106. sound [at] gentoo
107. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=sound [at] gentoo
108. http://bugs.gentoo.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&chfield=assigned_to&chfieldfrom=2007-02-11&chfieldto=2007-02-18&assigned_to=gnome [at] gentoo

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[109]
and help make the GWN better.

109. gwn-feedback [at] gentoo

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110. http://www.gentoo.org/news/zh_cn/gwn/gwn.xml
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Chris Gianelloni <wolf31o2 [at] gentoo> - Editor
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Daniel Black <dragonheart [at] gentoo> - Author
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