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Entering its fourth year of publication, this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter shows what's to be expected from next month's Gentoo presence at the FOSDEM conference in Brussels, and calls for Lithuanian translators to help with the Gentoo documentation. A portrait of Andrea Barisani in the dev-of-the-week column, international news and press clippings are included this week, with reports from the community that had time to mature over the GWN's extended hibernation period during the holidays and into the new year. The GLSA and bug sections are longer than usual, for the same reason, with the Bugzilla statistics spanning three weeks of activities rather than the usual coverage of seven days. Welcome to our first edition in 2006, and enjoy reading your GWN!

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