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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - May 2014

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The May 2014 GMN issue is now available online.

This month on GMN:

  • Interview with Gentoo developer Brian Dolbec (dol-sen)
  • Samba 4, sys-power/upower updates, infrastructure hosting needs
  • Latest Gentoo news, tips, interesting stats and much more.

Action required: Password reset on all Gentoo services

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

Recent versions of OpenSSL were found to be affected by an information disclosure vulnerability related to TLS heartbeats, nicknamed Heartbleed. It allows attackers to read up to 64kb of random server memory, possibly including passwords, session IDs or even private keys.

After the public disclosure on April 7, we have confirmed that several services provided by Gentoo Infrastructure were vulnerable as well. We have immediately updated the affected software, recreated private keys, reissued certificates, and invalidated all running user sessions. Despite these measures, we cannot exclude the possibility of attackers exploiting the issue during the time it was not publicly known to gain access to credentials or session IDs of our users. There are currently no indications this has happened.

However, to be safe, we are asking you to reset your passwords used for Gentoo services within the next 7 days. You need to take action if you have an account on one of the following sites:

  • blogs.gentoo.org
  • bugs.gentoo.org
  • forums.gentoo.org
  • wiki.gentoo.org

After 7 days, we will be removing all passwords to avoid abuse. For more information and the full announcement, visit http://infra-status.gentoo.org/notice/20140413-heartbleed.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - March 2014

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The March 2014 GMN issue is now available online.

This month on GMN:

  • Interview with Gentoo developer Tom Wijsman (TomWij)
  • Tracking the history of Gentoo: Gentoo Galaxy
  • Latest Gentoo news, tips, interesting stats and much more.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - February 2014

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The February 2014 GMN issue is now available online.

This month on GMN:

  • Interview with Gentoo developer Sven Vermeulen (swift)
  • Latest Gentoo news, job openings, interesting stats and much more.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - January 2014

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The January 2014 GMN issue is now available online.

This month on GMN:

  • Meet up with Gentoo developers and users at this years FOSDEM'14 event.
  • Give back by helping the proxy-maintainers project.
  • Latest Gentoo news, job openings, interesting stats and much more.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - December 2013

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The December 2013 GMN issue is now available online. This month on GMN:

  • Interview with Sergey Popov. A Gentoo developer and the team leader of Qt, proxy-maintainers and desktop-effects teams.
  • Overall Gentoo activity status with bugzilla, portage and developer statistics.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter - November 2013

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

The November 2013 GMN issue is now available online. This month on GMN:

  • Interview with Richard Freeman. A Gentoo developer, Council and Trustees member.
  • Gentoo as a development environment for newcomers.
  • Overall Gentoo activity status with bugzilla, portage and developer statistics.

Imagination Technologies donates MIPS64 build systems

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

Imagination Technologies has donated two MIPS64-based Ubiquiti ERLite-3 routers, plus resources to aid Gentoo in providing up-to-date root file system builds for MIPS.

Imagination Technologies is a global leader in multimedia, processor and communication technologies. The company creates and licenses market-leading IP solutions for graphics, video and vision, CPU/general purpose processing, multi-standard communications and connectivity, and cross-platform voice and video communications. Imagination's MIPS CPU cores and architectures range from solutions for ultra low-power 32-bit microcontrollers to high-performance 32/64-bit advanced applications and network processing. MIPS is supported by a broad ecosystem of tools and software including open source Linux distributions like Gentoo.

Gentoo at LinuxTag 2013 in Berlin

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

LinuxTag 2013 runs from May 22nd to May 25th in Berlin, Germany. With more than 10,000 visitors last year, it is one of the biggest Linux and open source events in Europe.

You will find the Gentoo booth at Hall 7.1c, Booth 179. Come and visit us! You will meet many of our developers and users, talk with us, plus get some of the Gentoo merchandise you have always wanted.

Gentoo at FOSSCOMM 2013

Sunday 31st of August 2014 04:58:03 AM

What? FOSSCOMM 2013

Free and Open Source Software COMmunities Meeting(FOSSCOMM) 2013

When? 20th, April 2013 - 21st, April 2013

Where? Harokopio University, Athens, Greece

Website?http://hua.fosscomm.gr

FOSSCOMM 2013 is almost here, and Gentoo will be there!

We will have a booth with Gentoo promo stuff, stickers, flyers, badges, live DVD's and much more! Whether you're a developer, user, or simply curious, be sure and stop by. We are also going to represent Gentoo in a round table with other foss communities. See you there!

Pavlos Ratis contributed the draft for this announcement.

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