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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 November 2008

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1. Introduction

This month in the GMN

Welcome to the November issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

This issue is bigger than usual, as there was no October issue. Your editors were out of the country, attending conferences, moving, and dealing with massive hardware failure. However, things are hopefully back to normal. Lots of stuff in this issue!

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

Council voting

As announced on the mailing list, nominations were held for a single spot on the Gentoo Council. Developers have until December 5th to vote. There were 11 nominees to the empty seat, of which 5 will run for this election. Please see this page for details.

Kernel team looking for help

Gentoo's kernel team is looking for volunteers.

Have an interest in kernel stuff, or the desire to become interested? Got time and enthusiasm? Have basic Bugzilla experience? Basic kernel compilation experience? The kernel team is looking for YOU!

New desktop environment: LXDE

More here




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