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Author: Russell Dickenson (phayz) <russelldicken...@gmail.com>
Date:   Tue Jul 7 22:38:41 2009 +1000

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+  <h2>Frugalware Linux Newsletter - Issue 47</h2>
+
+  <h2>...to inform...to educate...to entertain</h2>
+
+  <p>“For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why
+  not me? Why not now? .”&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>James Allen</em></p>
+
+  <h2>Welcome</h2>
+
+  <p>The newsletter's aim is to keep you up to date with what's happened
+  recently in the world of the Linux distribution 'Frugalware'.</p>
+
+  <p>Features of this issue include:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>Welcome back Crazy!</li>
+
+    <li>Gfpm upgrade</li>
+
+    <li>Elentir's fwife is now more beautiful</li>
+
+    <li>Test your Frugalware knowledge</li>
+
+    <li>Focus On Package(s) - Fotoxx and Picpuz</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2>Events etc</h2>
+
+  <p>Here's a selection of events which have occurred since the previous
+  newsletter:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>
+      <h3>Welcome back Crazy!</h3>
+
+      <p>After a break for personal reasons that was longer than expected,
+      Crazy's back! Everyone on the development team is relieved and happy to
+      see him back. As soon as he returned, he was again updating packages and
+      providing advice to other packagers. The world of Frugalware didn't seem
+      quite the same without him.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Move over Michelangelo</h3>
+
+      <p>Frugalware's artwork team have been busy recently, creating new
+      wallpapers, splash screens, GDM themes and more, much more. All artwork
+      is available at the <a href="http://www.frugalware-art.org";>Frugalware
+      artwork web site</a>. <strong>Please</strong> get involved in the
+      development of our artwork, either by producing artwork or providing
+      feedback to the artwork team. Providing feedback is important because if
+      you don't say anything, the artists won't know what you do and don't
+      like. For example, do you like a consistent theme, so that the GRUB,
+      Splashy, login manager, and wallpapers are based on the same piece of
+      art, or do you like them being different? If you do provide feedback,
+      please say <strong>why</strong> you do or don't like something - for
+      example, "I like the XYZ wallpaper because it's consistent with the
+      Frugalware colour scheme", or "I prefer a dark theme because they're
+      easier on my eyes in a bright environment."</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>"etc"</h3>
+
+      <p>In an exciting change for readers of the newsletter, I added "etc" to
+      the title of this section. I did that so that I could write about
+      anything and everything, whether it was an "event" or not. I hope to
+      think up a better title in the future. Suggestions in the forum are
+      welcome.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>What about KDE?</h3>
+
+      <p>If you have read several newsletters, you might have noticed that KDE
+      applications rarely - if ever - are mentioned. It's not that I don't like
+      KDE, but my choice of desktop is either Gnome or Xfce. In future I'll
+      make a special effort to include KDE in the "Focus On Packages"
+      section.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Gfpm upgrade</h3>
+
+      <p>On 29 June 2009, Priyank released version 1.30 of GFpm (Frugalware's
+      graphical package manager). Included in this release is a plugin to the
+      file managers Thunar and Nautilus, also several bug fixes and
+      improvements.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Elentir's fwife is now more beautiful</h3>
+
+      <p>For some time now, Frugalware developer Elentir has been working on
+      fwife, a graphical installer. Note that there are no plans to replace the
+      ncurses installer with fwife. In testing fwife, Elentir has produced some
+      ISOs which allow you to do a base installation via the Internet. He's
+      tested it and is now looking for others to do the same. You can find the
+      ISOs to download at <a href=
+      
"http://utopia.toile-libre.org/fwife/cdinstall/";>http://utopia.toile-libre.org/fwife/cdinstall/</a>.
+      If you do test, please provide feedback to Elentir, regardless of whether
+      it works or not. I've looked only at screenshots of fwife but from what I
+      see, she's certainly a beauty.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>The life of a newsletter issue</h3>
+
+      <p>I have had many thousands of email messages asking about how each
+      newsletter is produced, so I thought I'd share this with the readers. If
+      you're not interested, please skip ahead. For those that are still
+      reading, here's an outline of the process I go through about every two
+      weeks:</p>
+
+      <ol>
+        <li>Enjoy the glory that comes with publishing a new issue;</li>
+
+        <li>Realise that a few days have passed and nothing has been written
+        for the next issue;</li>
+
+        <li>Quickly create skeleton of new issue and realise that I haven't
+        thought about what to write;</li>
+
+        <li>Sneak a look at Devil505's blog for ideas, taking care to use Tor
+        so that he doesn't know I visited;</li>
+
+        <li>Realise that I can't read French, and that the readers will notice
+        if I simply cut-and-paste from his blog;</li>
+
+        <li>Start reading through email messages to the development mailing
+        list, looking for things that readers would want to know about. Fall
+        asleep while reading;</li>
+
+        <li>Panic as the due date for the new issue is only a few days
+        away;</li>
+
+        <li>Write as much as I can while on the train to and from work, when
+        I've not been put to sleep by the train's gentle rocking;</li>
+
+        <li>Read and rewrite the issue until I'm happy with it;</li>
+
+        <li>Do final pre-release checks of links, spelling etc;</li>
+
+        <li>Publish the newsletter;</li>
+
+        <li>Correct errors that I missed (but were found by developers or other
+        readers).</li>
+      </ol>
+    </li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2>Updates</h2>
+
+  <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" width="80%">
+    <tr>
+      <th width="10%">Package</th>
+
+      <th width="50%">Description</th>
+
+      <th width="10%">Upgrade Version</th>
+
+      <th width="50%">Comments</th>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>unison</td>
+
+      <td>The UNISON file synchronizer</td>
+
+      <td>2.27.157</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump.</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>Mono (and related packages)</td>
+
+      <td>Mono is a cross platform, open source .NET development framework</td>
+
+      <td>2.4.2-1</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump.</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>weechat</td>
+
+      <td>Fast, light &amp; extensible chat client</td>
+
+      <td>-0.2.6.3-1</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump. This release fixes a bug with detection of gnutls.</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>gcc</td>
+
+      <td>The GNU Compiler Collection</td>
+
+      <td>-4.4.0-6</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump.</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>miro</td>
+
+      <td>HD Video Player</td>
+
+      <td>2.0.4-1</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump.</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>midori</td>
+
+      <td>A lightweight web browser</td>
+
+      <td>0.1.7-1</td>
+
+      <td>Version bump. This version includes LOTS of interface
+      improvements.</td>
+    </tr>
+  </table>
+
+  <h2>Getting To Know You</h2>
+
+  <p>In this section of the newsletter, we get to know Frugalware Linux a
+  little at a time. This is not meant to replace the official documentation but
+  instead make it easier to read. This should suit those those people who, like
+  me, have short attention spans. :)</p>
+
+  <p><strong>Exam Time</strong></p>
+
+  <p>I've been patiently explaining various details of Frugalware Linux so it's
+  now time to test your knowledge. Answer the questions below, noting your
+  answers on a piece of paper. In the next newsletter issue I'll give the
+  correct answers. Before you begin I need to mention that you
+  <strong>must</strong> answer these questions from memory. Good luck.</p>
+
+  <p>Question 1: pacman-g2 is...</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>A video game from the 1980s</li>
+
+    <li>Frugalware's package manager</li>
+
+    <li>A cartoon character</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 2: VMiklos is...</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>A Greek island</li>
+
+    <li>The name of Frugalware's founder</li>
+
+    <li>A native Russian food</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 3: Frugalware's code names come from the science fiction writings
+  of...</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>Gérard Depardieu</li>
+
+    <li>Isaac Newton</li>
+
+    <li>Isaac Asimov</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 4: mxw is...</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>The bot which occupies the Frugalware IRC channels</li>
+
+    <li>a spelling error</li>
+
+    <li>an acronym</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 5: Frugalware's first release's number was...</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>0.9.9</li>
+
+    <li>1.0</li>
+
+    <li>0.1</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 6: How many CD ISO images make up the latest Frugalware
+  release?</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>2</li>
+
+    <li>13</li>
+
+    <li>12</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>Question 7: What is Frugalware's version control system?</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>idiot</li>
+
+    <li>git</li>
+
+    <li>fool</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2>Tips and tricks</h2><b>Disclaimer</b> - Be aware that the hints &amp;
+  tips provided here have NOT been tested and so come with no warranty.
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>
+      <h3>Automate it!</h3>
+
+      <p>I think we'd agree that you're a fool if you keep doing something
+      manually which could be done better with a script. If so, please go ahead
+      and call me a fool. :( Part of the newsletter is a summary of activity on
+      bugs and feature requests. Until recently I have been cut-and-pasting the
+      URL from the draft newsletter into my web browser, then cut-and-pasting
+      the number from the resulting web page into the newsletter. Since there
+      are 6 numbers in the table, this means cut-and-pasting 6 times per
+      newsletter. I finally realised that what I was doing manually could be
+      done more efficiently in a script. So I wrote a simple BASH script and
+      now I can run the script to collect the BTS statistics and produce the
+      table, ready to be pasted into the newsletter. The script is very basic
+      at the moment, so it would be too embarrassing to include it here. It
+      won't win me any prizes in the field of science, but it saves me time.
+      Please take this an example - if you find yourself doing the same or a
+      similar sequence of commands again and again, consider writing a script.
+      You can choose to write it in whatever scripting language you prefer.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Where's Linux?</h3>
+
+      <p>Not all of us are lucky enough to use only Linux at home, school or
+      work. Often we have to use Windows but, as painful as that can be, there
+      are ways of easing the pain. Many open source applications are available
+      on both Linux and Windows (as well as others). Examples are: Firefox, The
+      Gimp, Thunderbird, X-Chat, gedit, VirtualBox, FileZilla, MPlayer. If you
+      aren't allowed to install applications wherever it is that you use
+      Windows, you may still be able to run them. Many of these applications
+      are patched and packaged so that they can run from portable media -
+      usually a USB key/thumbdrive. <a href="http://www.portableapps.com";>
+      PortableApps</a> is an excellent site which hosts some of these
+      applications and a few helper applications. The development hosted on
+      this site in particular is very active, with new releases very soon after
+      the official project's release date. Keep these applications on a USB
+      key/thumbdrive and your time under Windows will, I hope, be a little
+      easier.</p>
+
+      <p>This section relies on your contributions! If have some tips and
+      tricks that you would like to be shown in the newsletter, <em>please</em>
+      post them on the forums.</p>
+
+      <h2>Focus On Package(s)</h2>
+
+      <h3>Fotoxx</h3>
+
+      <p>For anyone with a digital camera, Fotoxx is definitely an application
+      you should try. Its main aim is to allow you to easily copy images from
+      your camera, then adjust them with functions including: red-eye removal,
+      rotation, trim, rescale, rotate, warp, fix perspective, sharpen, blur,
+      remove noise and add artistic effects. I mention "easily" because all
+      these are done much more easily with Fotoxx than with a more complex
+      digital image editor such as The Gimp. If you have many images to adjust,
+      such as when you return from a holiday, it's important that these
+      adjustments be done easily and quickly, and that's just what Fotoxx
+      allows you to do.</p>
+
+      <h3>Picpuz</h3>
+
+      <p>Thanks to Jercel, Picpuz is now available in the 'current' repository.
+      It's a fun game which creates a jigsaw-like puzzle from a picture you
+      provide. It was created by the same developer as Fotoxx (mentioned
+      above), Dkopp, Ukopp and Watsup - kornelix. You can choose into how many
+      pieces the picture is broken into, so it can be as hard or as easy as you
+      like. For those with children, it's a great game for them because they
+      can choose perhaps a picture of their favourite story or TV character
+      and assemble the puzzle themselves.  Either download a picture from the
+      TV show's web site or from a site with wallpapers that are suitable for
+      children - perhaps <a href="http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpapers/";>
+      Vladstudio</a>.</p>
+
+      <h2>Bug fixes</h2>
+
+      <p>The following table gives you a overview of activity on bugs and
+      feature requests as at 6 July 2009. In each cell of the table is a link
+      to a detailed list of the relevant bugs or feature requests.</p>
+
+      <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0">
+        <tr>
+          <th>Activity</th>
+
+          <th>Bugs</th>
+
+          <th>Feature<br>
+          Requests</th>
+        </tr>
+
+        <tr>
+          <td>Open</td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=1&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          211</a></td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=2&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          196</a></td>
+        </tr>
+
+        <tr>
+          <td>Opened since the previous newsletter</td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=1&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=2008-07-19&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          7</a></td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=2&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=2008-07-19&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          7</a></td>
+        </tr>
+
+        <tr>
+          <td>Closed since the previous newsletter</td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type%5B%5D=1&amp;sev%5B%5D=&amp;pri%5B%5D=&amp;due%5B%5D=&amp;reported%5B%5D=&amp;cat%5B%5D=&amp;status%5B%5D=closed&amp;percent%5B%5D=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=2008-07-19&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          21</a></td>
+
+          <td><a href=
+          
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type%5B%5D=2&amp;sev%5B%5D=&amp;pri%5B%5D=&amp;due%5B%5D=&amp;reported%5B%5D=&amp;cat%5B%5D=&amp;status%5B%5D=closed&amp;percent%5B%5D=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=2008-07-19&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+          3</a></td>
+        </tr>
+      </table>
+
+      <h2>Security announcements</h2>
+
+      <p><b>Remember</b> - According to the normal support arrangements for
+      Frugalware, the release of 1.0 ("Anacreon") means that no further
+      security or bug fixes will be released for Frugalware 0.9 ("Solaria") or
+      earlier releases.</p>
+
+      <p>Here is a list of <a href="/security">security issues</a> which have
+      been discovered and fixed in the 1.0 release since the previous
+      newsletter.</p>
+
+      <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0">
+        <tr>
+          <td></td>
+        </tr>
+
+        <tr>
+          <th>FSA</th>
+
+          <th>Package</th>
+
+          <th>FSA Description</th>
+
+          <th>Upgrade To</th>
+        </tr>
+
+        <tr>
+          <td>FSA610</td>
+
+          <td>drupal6-views</td>
+
+          <td>Some vulnerabilities and security issues have been reported in
+          the Views Module for Drupal, which can be exploited by malicious
+          users to conduct script insertion attacks, and by malicious users and
+          malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions</td>
+
+          <td>drupal6-views-6.x_2.6-1anacreon1</td>
+        </tr>
+      </table>
+
+      <h2>About the newsletter</h2>
+
+      <h3>Author</h3>
+
+      <p>The Frugalware newsletter is written and edited by Russell Dickenson
+      (AKA phayz). Credit for the Frugalware distribution goes to the
+      development team.</p>
+
+      <h3>Translations</h3>
+
+      <p>The newsletter is currently translated into French and Danish. The
+      <a href="http://frugalware-fr.org";>French translation</a> is provided by
+      the French Frugalware community. The <a href=
+      "http://frugalware.dk/?cat=5";>Danish translation</a> is provided by the
+      Danish Frugalware community. Thanks to all those involved in providing
+      and hosting these translations.</p>
+
+      <h3>Release</h3>
+
+      <p>To allow time for review and corrections, each newsletter is written
+      ahead of its release date. Therefore it may not mention events which
+      occurred in the few days before its release - e.g. security fixes. To be
+      sure that you've got the very latest information on these topics, go to
+      the appropriate page of the Frugalware web site.</p>
+
+      <h3>Feedback</h3>
+
+      <p>If you have feedback about the Frugalware newsletter - whether good or
+      bad - please provide it via the forums. Your feedback is valuable because
+      we want the newsletter to meet the needs of Frugalware's users.</p>
+    </li>
+  </ul>
+</body>
+</html>
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@@ -22,6 +22,26 @@ Example: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 12:34:56 -0600 -->

<news>
<post>
+        <id>139</id>
+        <title>Frugalware Newsletter Issue 47</title>
+        <date>Tue, 07 Jul 2009 22:35:51 +1000</date>
+        <author>phayz</author>
+        <hidden>0</hidden>
+        <content><![CDATA[
+            The newsletter's aim is to keep you up to date with what's 
happened recently in the world of Frugalware.<br />
+            Features of this issue include:
+            <ul>
+               <li>Welcome back Crazy!</li>
+               <li>Gfpm upgrade</li>
+               <li>Elentir's fwife is now more beautiful</li>
+               <li>Test your Frugalware knowledge</li>
+               <li>Focus On Package(s) - Fotoxx and Picpuz</li>
+           </ul>
+            You can read it <a href="/newsletter/47">here</a>. We hope you 
like it!
+            ]]>
+        </content>
+    </post>
+    <post>
<id>138</id>
<title>Frugalware 1.1pre2 (Getorin) released</title>
<date>Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:13:25 +0200</date>
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