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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 31 August 2008

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1. Introduction

This month in the GMN

Welcome to the August issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

As usual, you can discuss any aspect of this issue of the GMN in the corresponding forum thread. We look forward to hearing from you!

2. Gentoo News

PHP4 removed from the Portage tree

All work on PHP4 was been discontinued by upstream on August 8. No more security or bug fixes will be released. PHP4 has already been hardmasked in the Portage tree since October 2007 (for security reasons), and now it has finally been removed from the tree.

If possible, you should upgrade to PHP5, which is still supported with bug and security fixes.

3. Heard in the Community

Interview: Google Summer of Code Student Nandeep Mali

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