Gentoo News Items were created to provide a communication medium to push critical messages to users via the rsync tree. The original proposal for news items is outlined in GLEP 42: Critical News Reporting.
News Items can be read using the eselect command. More information on use of this tool to read or delete news items can be found on the news.eselect man page.
YYYY-MM-DD-shortname.lang.txt, i.e. the date, followed by a very short name of at most 20 characters and consisting only of
_(underscore). This is followed by
langwhich is an IETF language tag. Always use
enfor English, unless you are translating a news item. Finally, the filename ends with the extension