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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 September 2008

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This month in the GMN

Welcome to the September 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

TeTex deprecated

The TeX distribution teTeX has been obsoleted as the author has no time to maintain it anymore. However, there is a complete distribution on top of it, that is now the successor: TeXLive. Many Linux distributions have already adopted it as their standard, and it's now the TeX flavor of choice for Gentoo, as well.

You are encouraged to emerge --unmerge tetex and then emerge world to get to an up-to-date system with a modern TeX version. Please read the TeXLive migration guide for more detailed instructions.

Gentoo's TeX maintainers have also created a poll in the forums on which TeX distribution you're using. Please vote, and let them know!

Release strategy changes

As you've probably read by now, there are some planned changes in Gentoo's release strategy. We're looking to do automated weekly builds of the stages and minimal CDs, with a possible once-a-year or so update to the networkless media (Installer LiveCDs/DVDs and Universal/Package CDs). Please read the announcement for more details; there's a lot of work involved to get the process going, and we need the help!

Trustees Meeting Summary

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  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
  • “Httpd and Relayd Mastery” off to copyedit
  • Kalyna Block Cipher

Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”