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Newsletter issue 65

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+  <h2>Frugalware Linux Newsletter - Issue 65</h2>
+
+  <h2>...to inform...to educate...to entertain</h2>
+
+  <p>&quot;And 1.1.81 is officially BugFree&trade;, so if you receive any
+  bug-reports on it, you know they are just evil lies.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>
+  Linus Torvalds</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>Hola! ¿Habla usted español?</li>
+
+    <li>fwife becomes more beautiful</li>
+
+    <li>Tips and tricks - Display package updates with Conky and "Look out!
+    There's a monster behind you!"</li>
+
+    <li>Focus on Package(s) - GNOME Media Player</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2><img src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/event.png"; align=
+  "left">Events etc</h2>
+
+  <p>Here's a selection of recent events and other items that you might find
+  interesting:</p>
+
+  <h3>Busy, busy, busy with updates</h3>
+
+  <p>Many of the developers are busy updating core packages and packages which
+  depend upon them. You may not notice these changes but you certainly get the
+  benefit in better performance, features and stability.</p>
+
+  <p>Some of the recent work includes:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>bouleetbil is updating X.org to version 1.8.1, including udev
+    support;</li>
+
+    <li>bouleetbil is upgrading GNOME to 2.30.2;</li>
+
+    <li>voroskoi has updated OpenSSL to version 1.0.0;</li>
+
+    <li>gholafox has updated physfs to 2.0.1;</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h3>hola! ¿Habla usted español?</h3>
+
+  <p>I admit that I can't speak Spanish, but luckily DarkNekros can and is
+  willing to help translate Frugalware projects into Spanish. He/she recently
+  sent a message to the developers' mailing list with news that work on
+  translation had begun. Improvements in Frugalware's translation are always
+  good news because this makes it available to more people than would otherwise
+  be possible. Let's hope that DarkNekros continues with this because it's sure
+  to be welcomed by all Spanish-speaking Frugalware users.</p>
+
+  <h3>fwife becomes more beautiful</h3>
+
+  <p>Elentir continues to improve fwife, the GUI Frugalware installer. If you
+  think of fwife like a car, he's currently tuning the engine and polishing
+  everything until it sparkles in the sunshine. Now...where did I put the
+  keys!?</p>
+
+  <h3>Bouleetbil's moved</h3>
+
+  <p>Frugalware developer bouleetbil recently moved all his computers into new
+  accommodation. In a recent <a href=
+  "http://dors.frugalware.org/bouleetbil/?p=386";>blog entry</a> he provided a
+  photo of his new accommodation. I think you'll agree that it looks really
+  nice, especially the captain's chair. In winter the computers actually help
+  to keep the room warm, and in warmer months he simply opens the window to
+  allow the heat out.</p>
+
+  <p>When you compare this with the accommodation he had before, it's a
+  fantastic improvement. In the photo below you can see a small plastic house
+  with a green room, which was where bouleetbil previously did all his work for
+  Frugalware. It's amazing to think he has been able to work so well under 
these
+  conditions. In the past, all work had to stop when it rained, also when his
+  daughter wanted to have a tea party! It's a great win for Frugalware.</p>
+
+  <p><strong>Before</strong>
+
+  <img 
src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/issue65_bouleetbil_house1.jpg";
+  align="left" alt="View outside Bouleetbil's house"></p>
+
+  <p><strong>After</strong>
+
+  <img 
src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/issue65_bouleetbil_house2.jpg";
+  align="left" alt="View of Bouleetbil's room"></p>
+
+  <h2><img src="http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/package.png"; align=
+  "left">New Packages</h2>
+
+  <p>Below is a sample of the 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>gimp-lqr-plugin-0.7.1</td>
+
+      <td>Plugin for The GIMP providing Liquid Rescale.</td>
+
+      <td>Michel Hermier</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>merkaartor-0.15.3</td>
+
+      <td>An editor for the OpenStreetMap project.</td>
+
+      <td>Devil505</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>2mandvd-1.3.5</td>
+
+      <td>A tool to easily make video DVDs.</td>
+
+      <td>Kooda</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>drush-3.0</td>
+
+      <td>A command line shell and Unix scripting interface for Drupal.</td>
+
+      <td>CSÉCSY László</td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>imageenlarger-0.9.0</td>
+
+      <td>Small graphical tool (based on Qt) to re-size, especially magnify
+      bitmaps in high quality.</td>
+
+      <td>Devil505</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>Do you multiboot?</h3>
+
+  <p>A multiboot configuration, where you have several operating systems
+  installed on the same computer, is very common. It's used most often when you
+  want a choice between different operating systems - Linux and Windows, for
+  example. There are also good reasons to set up a multiboot configuration with
+  the same operating system, even the same Linux distribution. Examples include
+  running two different releases of Frugalware, and being able to choose
+  between a desktop installation and a multimedia server installation. You may
+  be able to achieve the same result with just one installation of Frugalware,
+  but maintaining separate installations means that changes to one don't affect
+  the other. For reasons of stability, you might want to maintain the
+  multimedia server on a stable Frugalware release, but keep up with the
+  'current' repository on the PC, general-purpose installation. To create a
+  multiboot installation you simply install Frugalware again to new partitions
+  and add the appropriate lines to GRUB's configuration file. If you need help
+  with this, please ask in the forums.</p>
+
+  <h3>Display package updates with Conky (thanks to Lenezir)</h3>
+
+  <p>In his interview, Frugalware user Lenezir displayed a screenshot of his
+  desktop and on this was a list of recent Frugalware packages releases. When I
+  asked Lenezir how he had done this, I was surprised when he said he used
+  <a href="http://conky.sourceforge.net/";>Conky</a> to display the RSS feed
+  from the Frugalware web site. I didn't know that Conky could display RSS
+  feeds but it was a nice surprise.</p>
+
+  <p>For those who want the same feature, below is the line that Lenezir added
+  to his Conky configuration file:</p>
+  <pre>
+${rss http://frugalware.org/rss/packages 1 item_titles 10}
+</pre>
+
+  <h3>Look out! There's a monster behind you!</h3>
+
+  <p>I'm sure we have all seen at least one movie in which an innocent person
+  is attacked from behind in their own home by a ravenous monster. It's usually
+  too late to do anything when they detect the monster's approach. To reduce
+  the chance of this happening to you while you're at your PC, you need to use
+  your webcam. Simply run an application such as Cheese, which provides a live
+  view from your webcam, resize the window and place it in a corner of your
+  desktop. You can now easily monitor for ravenous beasts which may try to
+  sneak up on you. Of course if one actually attacks, how you escape depends
+  entirely on you.</p>
+
+  <p>You might have thought of a simple solution: simply stick a small mirror
+  in a corner of your PC's monitor and voila, you can see what's behind you.
+  I'm sorry to say that this is not good enough and I'll explain why. In
+  movies, a monster will often wait until the person falls asleep and only
+  <strong>then</strong> attack. If you're asleep, having a mirror on your PC is
+  no help at all because can you can't see what's coming. To solve this problem
+  you need to add an application named <a href=
+  "http://www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion/";>Motion</a>, which will record
+  images from your webcam at a defined interval and can detect changes between
+  images. With this feature, you could set up an alarm when the view behind you
+  changes, such as when a monster has appeared! You can tune several parameters
+  so that you have enough time to escape, but I'd suggest you have someone else
+  test the system first.</p>
+
+  <p>Follow this advice and you're likely to stay safe. Hopefully you'll be
+  reading newsletter issue 66! :)</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>GNOME Media Player</h3>
+
+  <p>There's no award for guessing that the GNOME Media Player (GMP)
+  application is a media player, aimed mainly at video playback :) It's
+  described in its 'About' dialog box as "A simple media player for GNOME/GTK."
+  Of course there are almost as many media players for Linux as there are text
+  editors, so your first question may be "Oh no, why another one?" One feature
+  which makes it different to other media players is that it supports not just
+  one multimedia playback engine, but <strong>three</strong>! The reason for
+  this feature is that some media engines are better at playing different
+  multimedia formats. Instead of having the user run several players, GMP by
+  default automatically selects the "best" engines for the file's format. Its
+  features include fullscreen mode, playlist, keyboard controls, toggling of
+  visual controls, but it lacks the advanced features of some other media
+  players. Try it on your various media files and see if you like
+  it.</p><img src=
+  "http://frugalware.org/images/newsletter/issue65_gnomemediaplayer.jpg"; alt=
+  "Screenshot of Gnome Media Player">
+
+  <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 24 June 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";>
+      180</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=2010-06-06&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      20</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=2010-06-06&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      2</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=2010-06-06&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      17</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=2010-06-06&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      2</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>FSA674</td>
+
+      <td>drupal-scheduler</td>
+
+      <td>A vulnerability has been reported in the Scheduler module for Drupal,
+      which can be exploited by malicious users to conduct script insertion
+      attacks</td>
+
+      <td>drupal-scheduler-5.x_1.19-1locris1</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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