Fedora Weekly News 241
pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu Sep 2 08:06:00 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 241
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 184.108.40.206 Board IRC Meeting :: Fri 2010-08-27 at UTC 18:00 in
# 220.127.116.11 Trademark defense -- you can help!
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 18.104.22.168 dist-f14-updates-testing tag/untag koji notices
# 22.214.171.124 Request compose of image for Software Review UI from Releng
# 126.96.36.199 Orphan packages retired for F-14 (and rawhide)
# 188.8.131.52 Important note about FAS Certs and lookasie cache
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 184.108.40.206 Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 2010)
# 220.127.116.11 Past Events
# 18.104.22.168 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.3.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.3.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 14 Beta blocker review
+ 1.4.3 AutoQA
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.5.2 Problems Related to Statistics Display on
+ 1.5.3 Image File for Translation Review Prepared
+ 1.5.4 Files for The Fedora Documentation Index Page
+ 1.5.5 New Members and Sponsors in FLP
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 Supplemental Wallpapers
+ 1.6.2 A Slogan for the Website
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 241 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 241 for the week ending September
1, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue begins with some announcements from the Fedora Project,
including details on Fedora trademark defense and how you can help,
development updates to Fedora 14 and upcoming Fedora events. News from
the Fedora Planet is next, including announcement of the recent free
software status change for glibc, libguestfs for SUSE and Ubuntu, an
update on the Fedora Summer Coding project, and coverage of last week's
IRC Fedora Board meeting. In Ambassador news, new Ambassadors joining
the team and a summary of the traffic from the Ambassador and FAmScO
list from this past week. In news from the Quality Assurance team,
results from last week's Test Day on OpenSCAP, details on this week's
Test Day on preupgrade and next week's on systemd, as well as coverage
of Fedora 14 blocker review. In Translation news, details on upcoming
Fedora 14 task for the team, discussion of problems related to
statistics display on t.fp.o, and new members and sponsors for the
Fedora Localization Project. In Design Team updates, word on the
supplemental wallpaper voting results and discussion of a slogan for the
website. Our issue finishes off with security advisories for Fedora 12,
13 and 14 from this past week. Enjoy!
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
---- Board IRC Meeting :: Fri 2010-08-27 at UTC 18:00 in
Fedora Project Leader, Jared K. Smith on Fri Aug 27 14:40:46 UTC 2010
"Sorry for the late announcement... The Fedora Board is having a public
IRC meeting today in #fedora-board-meeting at UTC 18:00 (2:00pm EDT,
We'll follow the same protocol as we did on the August 13th meeting, as
is explain here:.
The entire meeting will be dedicated to Questions and Answers. We're
going to limit any single question to eight minutes, so that we can
cover as many questions as possible in the 60 minutes we have available.
In the interest of rapid responses, the Board members will be encouraged
to respond at will to questions, as we did in the previous meeting."
1. Jared K. Smith jsmith at fedoraproject.org
---- Trademark defense -- you can help! ----
Paul W. Frields on Tue Aug 31 15:23:27 UTC 2010 announced that Red
Hat Legal provides numerous services as counsel to the Fedora community,
including defending Fedora trademarks against possible encroachment. On
his announcement, he also mentioned,
"Occasionally, people who have no connection to our community attempt to
use the Fedora trademark to signify business efforts that have no
connection to the Fedora Project, our distribution, or the Fedora community.
Red Hat Legal is currently working on just such a defense. They've asked
me to pass on a request for assistance in gathering physical evidence of
our use of the Fedora logo worldwide prior to *January 30, 2007*.
Here's what Red Hat Legal needs. Please read this description carefully,
and DO NOT REPLY to this list with attachments. That will keep the list
usable by its many subscribers. Please reply directly to the addresses
listed at the bottom of this email, and only if you have something that
meets one or more of these criteria.
* An item bearing the current Fedora logo that was produced or available
in China prior to January 30, 2007 is optimal, but anything available
worldwide would suffice.
* Tangible objects -- paper brochures, CDs, buttons, mousepads,
balloons, webpage printouts with a print date from before 30 January,
2007, T-shirts, etc. -- that were in existence before that date. For
example, a T-shirt that says "Fedora 2005" on it would be good, or
perhaps one with just a release number that's before January 30, 2007.
* We have a Fedora 5 CD, but any others from before 30 January 2007
would be good. (AFAIK Fedora Core 6 is the only other applicable
release, since FC5-FC6 were the two distros we produced with the logo
prior to January 30, 2007.)
* We're looking for a a hard copy of this Linux magazine from March,
...plus any other magazines, ads, news articles, etc. from before
January 30, 2007 that talk about Fedora.
If it's not obvious from the object itself what the date is, Red Hat
Legal may ask you to sign an affidavit explaining what the object is and
how you know it existed before January 30, 2007.
Again, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS LIST WITH ATTACHMENTS.
Photos or scans of anything like CD's, T-shirts, keyrings, mouse pads,
etc. are acceptable. You can email these directly to edutton at redhat
If the item is paper (like the magazine), you can mail it directly to:
Red Hat Legal Department
Attention: Fedora TM items
1801 Varsity Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
1. Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
--- Fedora Development News ---
The fedora development news list is intended to be a low traffic
announce-only list for Fedora development.
* Acceptable Types of Announcements
- Policy or process changes that affect developers. - Infrastructure
changes that affect developers. - Tools changes that affect developers.
- Schedule changes - Freeze reminders
* Unacceptable Types of Announcements
- Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule) - Discussion
- Anything else not mentioned above
---- dist-f14-updates-testing tag/untag koji notices ----
Rex Dieter on Tue Aug 24 18:08:50 UTC 2010 announced,
"You may have noticed notices landing in your mailbox today similar to:
foo-1.0-2.fc14 successfully untagged from dist-f14-updates-testing by
You should be able to safely ignore all those, as the mess I caused
trying to clean up some koji tags got sorted out. My apologies."
1. Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
---- Request compose of image for Software Review UI from Releng ----
noriko on Thu Aug 26 12:06:49 UTC 2010 announced,
"Hi Release Engineering team
F14 collection packages should be built with latest translation by
today, 26-Aug. Could you please kindly compose the image with those
latest packages for software translation review?
Translators are scheduled to have review and correct software
translation in built UI between 2010-08-30 to 2010-09-07 (deadline).
Thank you so much for you help."
1. noriko noriko at fedoraproject.org
---- Orphan packages retired for F-14 (and rawhide) ----
Bill Nottingham on Fri Aug 27 19:03:59 UTC 2010 announced,
"In accordance with the normal process, the following packages have been
orphaned for Fedora 14 and rawhide.
1. Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
---- Important note about FAS Certs and lookasie cache ----
Mike McGrath on Tue Aug 31 00:10:43 UTC 2010 announced,
"The short version (as paraphrased by tibbs):
20:01 < tibbs|h> nss-3.12.6-7 doesn't work, 3.12.6-12 works.
The longer version: A recent update to fas included an upgrade of the OS
to the RHEL6 alpha. One unintended consequence of this is we're now
generating pkcs#8 keys instead of rsa. This caused some older nss
libraries to function differently which caused lookaside cache uploads
to fail (lookaside is where the tarballs go when you build a new package).
So, if you're finding yourself unable to upload to lookaside cache. Make
sure you update your version of nss. (F13 should be available now, F12
recently got enough karma to push and it should be available soon).
Sorry for the inconvenience."
1. Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
--- Fedora Events ---
Fedora events are the exclusive and source of marketing, learning and
meeting all the fellow community people around you. So, please mark your
agenda with the following events to consider attending or volunteering
---- Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 2010) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM) 
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
---- Past Events ----
Archive of Past Fedora Events
---- Additional information ----
* Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
* Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
* Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Tom Callaway announced that glibc is finally Free Software!
Paul W. Frields is looking for anyone who might have anything with
the Fedora logo from prior to 2007. "Please go read the full
announcement to see what you can do to help."
There are now libguestfs binaries for Linux distributions other than
Fedora, including OpenSUSE 11.3 and Ubuntu 10.4, thanks to the work
of Richard W.M. Jones.
Karsten Wade has started planning for future student programs like
the Fedora Summer Coding. "We’re not sticking to summer in one
hemisphere and we’re already doing projects that are beyond code.
Students Contributing is descriptive of what we’re doing."
Stephen Smoogen wrote about the role of Fedora, and how the
perceptions of it have changed. "For a long time I was under the
impression that Fedora was the replacement for Red Hat Linux...Fedora
began to morph into a distribution for Innovators by Innovators."
Máirín Duffy summarized the Fedora Board Meeting of 27 August, 2010.
Jon Masters suggested a number of things that could benefit Fedora.
"Fedora doesn’t suck, but it could be a lot more useful to a lot more
people...Policy, feedback, goals, all of these things will determine how
many of the things I would like to see are feasible, in line with
Fedora’s longer term vision, and so forth. So let’s see a very specific
vision and direction and all be much happier for it."
Jon's comments encouraged a number of other well-reasoned discussions,
and Máirín Duffy, Alex Hudson and Luca Botti  all chimed in
with their thoughts.
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---
The Fedora Ambassadors Project saw a couple of new Ambassadors joining
in after undergoing to mentoring process.
Dr. Tilmann Bubeck joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from
Germany mentored by Robert Scheck
Samuel Iglesias joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from Spain
mentored by Robert Scheck
Michele Bursi joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from Italy
mentored by Robert Scheck
Russell Golden joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from the USA
mentored by Ben Williams
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Bert Desmet informed  about the dates for Fosdem  and hoped to see
a large Fedora group again. Gerard Braad expressed hope  that he may
be able to arrange a trip for the event. Paul W Frields informed 
that the budget exists to enable The Fedora Project Leader to make the trip.
John wanted to know  the status of Fedora Swag for Software Freedom
Day celebrations in Dallas. David Duncan stated  that since the wiki
did not indicate an owner, he would go ahead and take ownership to do
the necessary coordination.
Manuel Escudero shared news  about an appliance for musicians and
music production called Synthelos Linux . Frank Murphy provided the
URL to the page about Audion Creation Spin Development . Kris Thomsen
volunteered  to help.
Manuel Escudero posted  about a project called 'Hermes'  which
relates to the building of a feed parser customizable by the user that
notifies when there is important news.
Paul W Frields replied  to the discussion about Fedora in stores
 by pointing to the Trademark Guidelines 
Daniel VanStone informed  about an event  in Arlington, Texas
and requested  those in or, near the area to join. David Duncan
responded  stating that he would be at the Python Convention in Waco
with Fedora goodies.
Manuel Escudero posted  about being unable to run the latest Skype
release because if requires the "1:4.6" Qt libraries and asked whether
that meant not having Skype in Fedora 14 KDE Spin. Scott Dowdle pointed
out  that Skype does work with Fedora 13 and KDE available from the
official repositories. Mathieu Bridon responded  that the issue was
more appropriate for the Fedora users mailing list  Ryan Rix
explained  the Skype issue in a bit more detail
Continuing on the fedoracommunity.org portal design, Gianluca Sforna
compared  about finding Regional Team resources via ubuntu.com and,
the current Fedora infrastructure. Máirín Duffy joined  the
discussion asking as to whether there are more websites that would
require linking to.
Max Spevack informed  that the event organizers should check the
availability of power for the Fedora table at the Ohio Linux Fest. Ben
Williams confirmed  about such a check and stated that the Red Hat
and Fedora exhibits are side-by-side.
John Poelstra posted  about upcoming Fedora 14 Schedule Tasks.
Schedule retrospective page captures all the important details 
Bert Desment wondered  if, looking at past attendee trends, Fosdem
could have a structure like FUDCon thus making it easier for people to
Sascha Thomas Spreitzer announced  the FUDCon Zurich media exchange
which would enable attendees to carry media  for event owners at
Nilesh Vaghela reported  about Fedora 13 workshop at GLS, MCA
Department, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Photographs have been uploaded
 as well
Gianluca Sforna posted  an EMEA only notice about orders  for
Polo Shirts  being collected
David Duncan reported   about the participation at the PyTexas event
Joerg Simon posted  FAmSCo Meeting Minutes for 2010-08-30
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
This week we take a break from reporting on FAmSCo meetings and instead,
post a summary of the traffic on the mailing list.
Joerg Simon posted  about FAmSCo meeting for 23-08-2010 being
adjourned due to too few FAmSCo members being able to attend
Joerg Simon let the FAmSCo members know  that he was a bit unhappy
with the current process of dealing with reimbursements. He specifically
pointed out the issue with Pierros's Africa Trip
María Leandro agreed  with Joerg and wondered if this is indeed a
good thing to happen.
Max Spevack admitted  that there was room for improvement and
promised to work on this and the other reimbursements
Susmit Shannigrahi mentioned  that his relocation had caused him to
miss previous meetings but now that he is settled in he would be
attending the meetings at 0600 UTC
With reference to Andrew Overholt's mail last week , Max thanked
Andrew for his continued commitment to Fedora  hoped to see him
during FUDCon in January 2011
Joerg Simon followed up  with Mustafa Qasim related to copyrighted
materials in blog post and best practices of an Ambassador.
Mustafa replied  mentioned about his confusion and requesting
guidance about procedures.
Paul W Frields suggested  that the Planet be fed with a
category/feed specific to Fedora thus allowing Mustafa to use his blog
in the manner he is comfortable while at the same time not contravening,
however, inadvertently, any guidelines of posting.
Joerg Simon posted  a reminder about the FAmSCo meeting on 30-08-2010
Joerg Simon proposed  that the Ambassador Mentors organize a meeting
the first Monday every two months starting 06-09-2010 at 1900. An agenda
 has also been posted. This is a direct outcome of the Mentoring Survey.
Joerg Simon posted  FAmSCo Meeting Minutes for 2010-08-30
-- Quality Assurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. For more
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see
the Joining page.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day, held on 2010-08-26, was on OpenSCAP, an open
implementation of SCAP, which aims to provide a standardized approach to
maintaining the security of systems. There was a good turnout for the
Test Day, and it was successful in discovering five significant bugs for
the developers to work on, one of which has already been fixed.
This week's Test Day on 2010-09-02 will be on preupgrade, the
Fedora in-place upgrade system. This is always an important test day as
we attempt to ensure the upgrade mechanisms for the next release work as
expected. As upgrading is a complex process and highly dependent on the
installed system, it would help to have as many testers as possible to
help track down any bugs we can find. As always, the Test Day will run
all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel. You will need to have an
installed Fedora 13 system you don't mind hurting in order to help out
with the testing - but remember, testing in a virtual machine is easy
Next week's Test Day on 2010-09-09 will be on systemd, the new
initialization system being introduced in Fedora 14. This is a major
change which will affect every user of Fedora 14, so it would help to
have as many testers as possible to help track down any bugs we can
find. As always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day
IRC channel. You can help out with testing using a live image or a
virtual machine, so there's no need to alter your main system. Please
drop by and help test systemd if you can!
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 14
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Fedora 14 Beta blocker review ---
The first blocker review meeting for Fedora 14 Beta took place on Friday
2010-08-27, and James Laska posted a recap. The group considered
the eight open blockers for the Beta release and accepted two, rejected
two, and left four on the list without confirming them, pending further
--- AutoQA ---
Josef Skladanka psoted a draft of a guide to writing AutoQA tests.
Josef, Kamil Paral and James Laska continued to revise and refine the
page over the next few days.
Vojtěch Aschenbrenner improved the upgrade path test to run
automatically on post-bodhi-hook and to improve the output format.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 14 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora
14. As per the schedule, translation and review of the software UI
messages is currently underway.
--- Problems Related to Statistics Display on
After multiple complaints (including non-availability of files) on
the fedora-translation mailing list about errors in the translation
statistics on translate.fedoraproject.org, Diego and Piotr removed the
deprecated projects and releases from the list of projects that are
refreshed during a translation statistic update. The statistics
refresh process was being stalled when it encountered some of these
deprecated projects. The list of these packages are still available for
Earlier, a delayed update of the statistics for initscripts created much
confusion about a string freeze break.
--- Image File for Translation Review Prepared ---
Fedora Release Engineering team has released an image file, which can be
used by the Translators to test the translated messages on the
user-interface of software packages lined up for Fedora 14.
--- Files for The Fedora Documentation Index Page ---
In response to a query from Noriko Mizumoto and Yulia Poyarkova,
Ruediger Landmann from the Fedora Documentation team listed out the
files that are to be used by the translators to translate the Index page
of Fedora Documentation. However, the translations will not be
automatically generated and needs to be published by a member of the the
--- New Members and Sponsors in FLP ---
Nicolas Maître (French), Tianle Wang, Hervé Marcy (French) and
Josep Sanchez (Catalan) joined the Fedora Localization Project
recently. Thomas Canniot is now a sponsor for the French team.
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Supplemental Wallpapers ---
After the Design Team members voted on their preferred supplemental
wallpaper proposal in the previous week, Máirín Duffy summed the
votes "Here's the votes I've tallied from the list so far", Emily Dirsh
created a "winners" wiki page and Emily and Nicu Buculei started a
double-check on the licenses "The next step is to re-check the licenses
to ensure we are all OK with the usage." Martin Sourada is taking
care on the packaging.
--- A Slogan for the Website ---
Paul W. Frields asked the Design Team about polishing the website
mockup, in the form of a slogan "Should the Marketing team come up with
some text to replace that filler text?" and slide-show "Does the Design
team want additional help with the slides seen in the mockups?". As a
non-native English speaker Jef van Schendel declined "Since I'm not a
marketing guy and English isn't even my native language, it'd be great
if Marketing could have a look at it and write some decent text for the
page. :)" but Máirín Duffy was enthusiastic "YES!!!!!!! ZOMG yes."
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* sssd-1.3.0-30.fc14 -
* lvm2-2.02.73-1.fc14 -
* xulrunner-22.214.171.124-2.fc14 -
* firefox-3.6.7-1.fc14 -
* xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-18.fc14 -
* php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc14 -
* bugzilla-3.6.2-1.fc14 -
* bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc14 -
* kdegraphics-4.5.0-2.fc14 -
* zabbix-1.8.2-3.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* socat-126.96.36.199-1.fc13 -
* xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-18.fc13 -
* php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc13 -
* bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc13 -
* bugzilla-3.4.8-2.fc13 -
* kdegraphics-4.4.5-3.fc13 -
* mapserver-5.6.5-1.fc13 -
* zabbix-1.8.2-2.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* socat-188.8.131.52-1.fc12 -
* bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc12 -
* php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc12 -
* kdegraphics-4.4.5-3.fc12 -
* bugzilla-3.4.8-1.fc12 -
- end FWN 241 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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