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+  <h2>Frugalware Linux Newsletter - Issue 63</h2>
+
+  <h2>...to inform...to educate...to entertain</h2>
+
+  <p>"It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they
+  are."&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Clive James</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>Frugalware 1.3 pre1 released</li>
+
+    <li>Package compression is improved</li>
+
+    <li>Frugalware's users are people too - Lenezir</li>
+
+    <li>Focus On Package(s) - Textadept</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2><img src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/event.png";
+  align="left">Events etc</h2>
+
+  <p>Here's a selection of events which have occurred since the
+  previous newsletter:</p>
+
+  <h3>Frugalware 1.3 pre1 released</h3>
+
+  <p>On 3 May 2010, VMiklos <a href=
+  "http://frugalware.org/news/170";>announced</a> the release of the
+  first preview of Frugalware 1.3. Perhaps the most exciting part
+  of the announcement was that a GUI version of the network
+  installer is available for the very first time. Congratulations
+  and thanks are due to Elentir, developer of the GUI network
+  installer, officially known as Fwife. Elentir has been working on
+  Fwife almost since he joined the development team.</p>
+
+  <p>Each preview release has just one aim: to allow people to test
+  a snapshot of the next official release. The development team
+  needs your help to test the preview on your own hardware and with
+  your own combination of packages. The more bugs which are found
+  and fixed before the final release, the better quality the
+  release will be. If you have the time and bandwidth required,
+  please download, install and test this preview.</p>
+
+  <h3>Kooda has been busy</h3>
+
+  <p>Kooda, a new member of the development team, has been busy
+  updating FrugalBuilds and creating new ones. Since the previous
+  newsletter issue, he has committed 43 new or modified
+  FrugalBuilds, many of them being Ruby-related packages. Thanks to
+  Kooda and of course we look forward to your next
+  contributions.</p>
+
+  <h3>Let Tux be your Commander</h3>
+
+  <p>Frugalware contributor kikadf recently had FrugalBuilds for
+  the package TuxCommander and its add-ons accepted by the
+  development team. Well done to him and thanks for packaging it.
+  Tux Commander is a GUI file management application, with a UI
+  design similar to that of Midnight Commander, or Norton
+  Commander.</p>
+
+  <h3>Let's make Frugalware 1.3 look great!</h3>
+
+  <p>Each Frugalware release features new default artwork,
+  including: GRUB theme, wallpaper, GUI toolkit, login manager,
+  mouse pointers and icons. The wallpaper is a central part of the
+  theme and all other elements are either based on it or chosen
+  because they complement it. To follow the artwork team's
+  progress, you can monitor the artwork wiki page for 1.3.</p>
+
+  <p>If instead you want to get involved, you can do so in many
+  ways. Comment on the artwork team's creations on the wiki page.
+  Of course praise is enjoyed most by the team's members, but
+  constructive criticism is also welcome. If you have artwork to
+  display or suggest, add to the artwork wiki page. There is also
+  an IRC channel available for live chat - #frugalware.artwork -
+  but you need to be lucky to find anyone in there.</p>
+
+  <p>Devil505, the artwork team's coordinator, has made it simple
+  to have your say in the selection of artwork for the next
+  release. On his <a href=
+  "http://frugalware.org/~devil505/blog";>blog</a> he is conducting
+  a number of polls on various artwork elements, seeking peoples'
+  opinions on which they would like to be the default for 1.3.
+  Right now he's conducting a poll on which icon set should be the
+  default. This poll closes on 22 May 2010 so be quick. It's as
+  easy as it can be to get involved in Frugalware's artwork so
+  please <strong>do</strong> do get involved.</p>
+
+  <h3>Package compression is improved</h3>
+
+  <p>The current method of compression used for Frugalware's
+  packages is bzip2, which provides good compression and
+  decompression. The development team recently decided that
+  packages could be compressed even more with the 'xz' method of
+  compression. Smaller packages have two advantages: (1) less*
+  storage space is required, and (2) less bandwidth is required
+  when they are being downloaded. The extra compression comes at a
+  slight cost though, because it takes more CPU time and memory to
+  compress a package into the xz format compared to the bzip2
+  format. Since packages need to be compressed only once, when they
+  are built, this extra load is placed on the build servers, not
+  your PC or server.</p>
+
+  <h3>Errata</h3>
+
+  <p>In newsletter issue 62 I included a tip about using
+  pacman-g2's regular expression support. The only problem is that
+  I don't have much practical experience with regular expressions
+  and so made a simple mistake in the example. I know, it seems
+  incredible that I could have made such a simple error, but it's
+  true. (Note to members of the development team: please don't
+  point out to readers all my other past errors! :P). I said that
+  the example command would install all packages whose names
+  started with the string "gst-plugins-bad" but instead it would
+  install all packages which had this string <em>anywhere</em> in
+  their name. In this case it wouldn't have made any difference,
+  but I still need to correct the example. The correct command
+  is:</p>
+
+  <pre>pacman-g2 -S --regex ^gst-plugins-ugly</pre>
+
+  <h2><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/community.png"; align=
+  "left">Frugalware's users are people too</h2>
+
+  <p>This is the latest in the ongoing series of interviews with
+  Frugalware's users. This issue's interview is with Lenezir.
+  Please read on...</p>
+
+  <dl>
+    <dt><strong>What's your IRC/forum nickname?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>Lenezir.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>In what country do you live?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>France.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What operating system(s) did you use before FW
+    ?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>I started with Windows 3.1 when I was very young, then I
+      went through Windows 95, 98SE, XP and finally Ubuntu.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>When did you start to use Linux
+    (Frugalware)?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>I met Linux with Ubuntu in October 2006, then after a year
+      of faithful service I wanted to look elsewhere and found
+      Frugalware in 2007. I was able to install it only in November
+      2008 due to a technical problem.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What do you like most about
+    Frugalware?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>The rolling release system which allows to have the latest
+      software, the lightness of the distribution, the reactivity
+      of the team and especially the atmosphere. It's always a
+      pleasure to connect to Jabber and IRC channels because we are
+      always welcomed. I really feel like part of a family.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What would you like to see changed in
+    Frugalware?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>What is missing most in my opinion is the fact that many
+      people fail to install the distribution. Not because of lack
+      of experience but problems with hardware recognition. If this
+      problem was solved, Frugalware would make a meteoric
+      rise.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>Do you do anything to spread knowledge of
+    Frugalware?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>When I started on Frugalware I started a blog to talk
+      about it, but I lost the motivation to write. Maybe I will
+      start again. Otherwise I do not have much opportunity to talk
+      about it.</p>
+
+      <p>I contribute to the French-language community by
+      translating the news items and managing the server that hosts
+      the site. I also helped rewrite the web site -
+      http://frugalware.fr.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>For what purpose(s) do you use
+    Frugalware?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>I use Frugalware for my Internet browsing, office
+      automation, programming, 3D and for playing games like native
+      UrbanTerror or through PlayOnLinux.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>How did you find Frugalware - e.g. a friend/Google
+    search?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>Doing a search on Google if I remember correctly.</p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>Please show us a screenshot of your
+    desktop(s)</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p><a href=
+      "http://frugalware.org/images/interviews/lenezir_desktop.jpg";>
+      <img src=
+      "http://frugalware.org/images/interviews/lenezir_desktop_t.jpg";
+      alt="Screenshot of Lenezir's desktop"></a></p>
+    </dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What's the view from your front door?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd>
+      <p>This is the view from my room (where my computer is
+      located) because the view from my front door is blocked.</p>
+
+      <p><a href=
+      "http://frugalware.org/images/interviews/lenezir_house.jpg";><img 
src="http://frugalware.org/images/interviews/lenezir_house_t.jpg";
+      alt="The view from Lenezir's room"></a></p>
+    </dd>
+  </dl>
+
+  <h2><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/package.png"; align=
+  "left">New Packages</h2>
+
+  <p>In this new section of the newsletter I'll highlight some new
+  packages which have been added since the previous issue.</p>
+
+  <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0">
+    <tr>
+      <th width="20%">Package's Name</th>
+
+      <th width="50%">Description</th>
+
+      <th width="20%">Maintainer</th>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>tuxcmd-0.6.70</td>
+
+      <td>Tux Commander is a windowed file manager with 2
+      panels</td>
+
+      <td>Devil505 (Contributed by kikadf)</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>gst123-0.0.3-1</td>
+
+      <td>A command line media player based on gstreamer.</td>
+
+      <td>bouleetbil</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>ffmpegtheora-0.26-1</td>
+
+      <td>A simple converter to create Ogg Theora files</td>
+
+      <td>Kooda</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>dvgrab-3.5-1</td>
+
+      <td>dvgrab links and stores video from Firewire movies camera
+      into an AVI file.</td>
+
+      <td>Kooda</td>
+    </tr>
+  </table>
+
+  <h2><img src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/tip.png";
+  align="left">Tips and tricks</h2>
+
+  <p><b>Disclaimer</b> - Be aware that the hints &amp; tips
+  provided here have NOT been tested and so come with no
+  warranty.</p>
+
+  <h3>What's 1 + 1?</h3>
+
+  <p>Without using a hand-held calculator, calculate the answer
+  following equation: ((18263 + 382767 + 27276) / 2) x 1.5</p>
+
+  <p>If you were able to calculate the correct answer in your head
+  then you should skip this tip since you obviously don't need it.
+  For everyone else, please read on. If you sometimes need to do
+  calculations such as this, the command-line application 'bc' is a
+  great help. When you start bc, you are then in a console in which
+  you type your calculation and press [Enter] and the result
+  appears on the next line. bc is capable of much more complex
+  calculations but this is just an example. Remember bc when you
+  next need to do some calculations, instead of reaching for your
+  hand-held calculator.</p>
+
+  <p>This section relies on your contributions! If you 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><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/package.png"; align=
+  "left">Focus On Package(s)</h2>
+
+  <h3>Textadept</h3>
+
+  <p>Textadept is a cross-platform, general-purpose text editor
+  with features including: syntax highlighting, support for
+  external tools and complete customisability. What makes it really
+  interesting is that while its core was written in C, most of it
+  was developed in Lua. Textadept's was designed to be extensible
+  and adaptable through scripts written in Lua. Its documentation
+  is excellent and always current so anyone writing a script has
+  all the help they need. This is a quite young project and still
+  under active development, with version 2.2 released recently.
+  Take a look at Textadept and I think you'll be pleasantly
+  surprised, because there's a lot in a small package.</p>
+
+  <h2><img src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/bug.png";
+  align="left">Bug fixes</h2>
+
+  <p>The following table gives you a overview of activity on bugs
+  and feature requests as at 21 May 2010. 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";>
+      167</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";>
+      194</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=2010-05-01&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      33</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=2010-05-01&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      10</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=2010-05-01&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      72</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=2010-05-01&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      17</a></td>
+    </tr>
+  </table>
+
+  <h2><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/security.png"; align=
+  "left">Security announcements</h2>
+
+  <p><b>Remember</b> - According to the normal support arrangements
+  for Frugalware, the release of 1.2 ("Locris") means that no
+  further security or bug fixes will be released for Frugalware 1.1
+  ("Getorin") or earlier.</p>
+
+  <p>Here is a list of <a href="/security">security issues</a>
+  which have been discovered and fixed in the 1.2 release since the
+  previous newsletter.</p>
+
+  <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0">
+    <tr>
+      <th>FSA</th>
+
+      <th>Package</th>
+
+      <th>FSA Description</th>
+
+      <th>Upgrade To</th>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA671</td>
+
+      <td>drupal6-filefield</td>
+
+      <td>A security issue has been reported in the FileField
+      module for Drupal, which potentially can be exploited by
+      malicious users to compromise a vulnerable system</td>
+
+      <td>drupal6-filefield-6.x_3.3-1locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA670</td>
+
+      <td>drupal6-imagefield</td>
+
+      <td>A security issue has been reported in the ImageField
+      module for Drupal, which can be exploited by malicious people
+      to disclose potentially sensitive information</td>
+
+      <td>drupal6-imagefield-6.x_3.3-1locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA669</td>
+
+      <td>gnustep-base</td>
+
+      <td>Two vulnerabilities have been reported in GNUStep Base,
+      which can be exploited by malicious, local users to
+      potentially gain escalated privileges or disclose sensitive
+      information</td>
+
+      <td>gnustep-base-1.18.0-2locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA668</td>
+
+      <td>kernel</td>
+
+      <td>Three vulnerabilities have been reported in the Linux
+      Kernel, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to
+      cause a DoS (Denial of Service)</td>
+
+      <td>kernel-2.6.32-4locris2</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA667</td>
+
+      <td>fetchmail</td>
+
+      <td>Fetchmail did not properly sanitize external input (mail
+      headers and UID)</td>
+
+      <td>fetchmail-6.3.16-1locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA666</td>
+
+      <td>cacti</td>
+
+      <td>A vulnerability has been reported in Cacti, which can be
+      exploited by malicious users to conduct SQL injection
+      attacks</td>
+
+      <td>cacti-0.8.7e-2locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA665</td>
+
+      <td>nano</td>
+
+      <td>Some security issues have been reported in GNU nano,
+      which can be exploited by malicious, local users to perform
+      certain actions with escalated privileges</td>
+
+      <td>nano-2.0.9-2locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA664</td>
+
+      <td>polkit</td>
+
+      <td>A weakness has been reported in PolicyKit, which can be
+      exploited by malicious, local users to disclose certain
+      system information</td>
+
+      <td>polkit-0.96-3locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA663</td>
+
+      <td>memcached</td>
+
+      <td>A weakness has been reported in memcached, which can be
+      exploited by malicious, local users to potentially cause a
+      DoS (Denial of Service)</td>
+
+      <td>memcached-1.4.5-1locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA662</td>
+
+      <td>glibc</td>
+
+      <td>Dan Rosenberg reported two security issues in glibc: 1)
+      "ncpmount" and "mount.cifs" failed to properly sanitize
+      provided mountpoint directory names (specifically, special
+      characters such as newlines were not stripped)</td>
+
+      <td>glibc-2.11.1-2locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA661</td>
+
+      <td>j2sdk</td>
+
+      <td>A vulnerability has been discovered in Sun Java, which
+      can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's
+      system</td>
+
+      <td>j2sdk-6-23locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>FSA660</td>
+
+      <td>sudo</td>
+
+      <td>A security issue has been reported in sudo, which can be
+      exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated
+      privileges</td>
+
+      <td>sudo-1.7.2-4locris1</td>
+    </tr>
+  </table>
+
+  <h2><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/newsletter.png"; align=
+  "left">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 <a href=
+  "http://frugalware.fr";>French</a> and <a href=
+  "http://frugalware.dk/?cat=5";>Danish</a> by their respective
+  communities as soon as possible. Please be patient as it can take
+  some time to translate each issue. 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>
+</body>
+</html>
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