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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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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

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  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
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Android Leftovers

FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
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  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

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