* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 237
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 18.104.22.168 Package update notifications fixed
# 22.214.171.124 Outage: SSL Cert - 2010-07-31 12:00 UTC
* 126.96.36.199.1 Reason for outage
* 188.8.131.52.2 Affected Services
* 184.108.40.206.3 Unaffected Services
* 220.127.116.11.4 Ticket Link
* 18.104.22.168.5 Contact Information
# 22.214.171.124 Announcing FUDCon Tempe 2011 -- Jan. 29-31, 2011
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 126.96.36.199 Software translation
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 188.8.131.52 Upcoming Events (June 2010 - August 2010)
# 184.108.40.206 Past Events
# 220.127.116.11 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
o 1.4 Fedora In the News
+ 1.4.1 Contributions to GNOME Desktop Project (Red Hat)
+ 1.4.2 FISL 11: new project leader says that Fedora is the solution
(TerraTV - Brazil)
o 1.5 QualityAssurance
+ 1.5.1 Localization testing
+ 1.5.2 Upstream bug reporting
+ 1.5.3 Rawhide acceptance testing
+ 1.5.4 SELinux use in testing
+ 1.5.5 Proven tester special testing procedures
+ 1.5.6 Automated bug checking tools release criteria
+ 1.5.7 Proven testers working on Fedora 14
o 1.6 Translation
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.6.2 Anaconda L10n and I18n Test Day
+ 1.6.3 System-config-printer 1.2.x Branch for Fedora 14
+ 1.6.4 Additional Guides Translated in Dutch
+ 1.6.5 New Members in FLP
o 1.7 Design
+ 1.7.1 Droid versus Cantarell
+ 1.7.2 Logo Updates
o 1.8 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 237 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 237 for the week ending August 4, 2010. What
follows are some highlights from this issue.
This week's issue kicks off with announcements from the Fedora Project, including
details of a recent package notifications fix, announcement of FUDCon Tempe in January
2011, and a reminder of Fedora 14 string freeze. In news from the Fedora Planet, blogging
Fedora Board meetings, experimenting with purchasing laptops without Windows, and how
shipping on time can be a feature for Fedora 14. In Marketing news, coverage of several
list discussions, including a suggestion for a combined marketing and design Fedora
Activity Day (FAD), Fedora twitter account updates, and Fedora 14 talking points planning.
Two articles in Fedora In the News this week, including a Red Hat press release detailing
the Fedora Projects contributions to Gnome, and interview comments with Fedora Project
leader Jared Smith from the recent FISL 11 event in Brazil. In news from the Quality
Assurance team, continuing work on localization testing for Fedora 14, process for
upstream bug reporting for the next release, and more details on a couple proven tester
work areas. Translation news including Fedora 14 tasks detail, a test day announcement for
next month on Anaconda L10n and I18n, and new members of the Fedora Localization Project
for Hebrew, Farsi, Brazilian Portuguese, Sinhala, Bulgarian, Serbian and Crotian. In
Design team news, creation of a web application for comparing Droid Sans and Cantarell
fonts by the team, and a report on a meeting on proposed logo changes. This week's
issue finishes up with a short list of Fedora 12 and 13 security-related package updates.
The audio version of FWN - FAWN - is back! You can listen to existing issues on the
Internet Archive. If anyone is interested in helping spread the load of FAWN production,
please contact us!
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join'
page. We welcome reader feedback: news(a)lists.fedoraproject.org
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, including general
announcements, development announcements and Events.
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
---- Package update notifications fixed ----
New Fedora Project Leader Jared K. Smith on Fri Jul 30 19:56:24 UTC 2010 announced
his first announcement in the announcement list the follows:
"Recent updates to Fedora introduced two unexpected bugs, either of which results in
users no longer seeing notifications of or being able to apply new updates.
Updates to the relevant packages have been shipped to fix these issues, but users will not
receive notifications for them unless they first apply the pending fixed updates using the
"yum" tool. (Please note that these issues should only affect Fedora 13. Fedora
12 does not appear to be affected.) Packages fixing these issues were pushed to the Fedora
software repositories around July 22, 2010. Users who have done a manual "yum
update" since that push may have already received these fixes.
To fix the issue, please:
1. Open a Terminal (Applications > System Tools > Terminal)
2. Type either of the following commands and enter the password for the root user when
a. To choose to apply all pending updates now: su -c "yum -y --skip-broken
b. To choose to apply updates fixing only the specific issues mentioned above: su -c
"yum -y --skip-broken update gnome-packagekit selinux-policy"
3. Log out and and then log back in, or reboot your computer.
Note that logout/login will complete the fix for the notification issue. However, if you
applied all updates in the previous step, you may need to reboot for other updates that
We apologize for the inconvenience, and we are working on further improvements to our
testing and quality assurance processes to avoid this and similar problems in the future.
If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, please refer to 
for ways to get additional help from the Fedora community.
1. Jared K. Smith
---- Outage: SSL Cert - 2010-07-31 12:00 UTC ----
Mike McGrath on Sat Jul 31 12:59:07 UTC 2010 announced ,
"There will be an outage starting at 2010-07-31 12:00 UTC, which will last
approximately 3 hours?
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at  or run:
date -d '2010-07-31 12:00 UTC'
----- Reason for outage -----
Our wildcard cert expired. Yes we've monitored this in the past. No we don't know
why we weren't alerted this time, researching. The new purchase is in the works but
we've run into some logistical issues. Will have it replaced as soon as possible.
----- Affected Services -----
* Bodhi - 
* Docs - 
* Email system
* Fedora Account System - 
* Fedora Community - 
* Main Website - 
* Mirror List - 
* Mirror Manager - 
* Package Database - 
* Spins - 
* Start - 
* Translation Services - 
* Wiki - 
----- Unaffected Services -----
* BFO - 
* Buildsystem - 
* CVS / Source Control
* DNS - ns1.fedoraproject.org
* Fedora Hosted - 
* Fedora People - 
* Fedora Talk - 
* Smolt - 
* Torrent - 
----- Ticket Link -----
----- Contact Information -----
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net
or respond to this email to track the status
of this outage."
1. Mike McGrath
---- Announcing FUDCon Tempe 2011 -- Jan. 29-31, 2011 ----
Jared K. Smith announced,
"In the past, the planning and execution of FUDCon events was handled completely by a
few Red Hat employees. This seemed out of alignment with the principles of Fedora, so in
late January of this year, we kicked off an effort to fix that issue. We wanted to
increase the effectiveness and transparency of FUDCon, and our other premier Fedora
events. So we assembled a Fedora Activity Day specifically to change the way that we plan
In accordance with those changes, we opened a bid process for FUDCon events. The process
encourages Fedora contributors to propose locations for the FUDCon event in their region,
pursuant to their commitment to help with the logistics of the event. The first event that
went through this lightweight process is the upcoming FUDCon in Zurich, Switzerland, which
happens September 17-19, and is being planned by long-time Fedora contributors including
Sandro Mathys and Marcus Moeller. In April of this year, we opened bids for the next North
American FUDCon event.
As a result of that process, and thanks to the continuing work of Fedora contributors
Robyn Bergeron and Ryan Rix, our next community-powered, North American FUDCon event will
be held in Tempe, Arizona from January 29-31, 2011, on the Arizona State University
campus. We'd also like to thank Adam McCullough from the ASU LUG and the faculty of
the ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE) for
their invaluable assistance thus far.
* * *
FUDCon events are held around the globe each year. Our most recent event was held just a
couple weeks ago in Santiago, Chile, where contributors from around the Latin American
region gathered to exchange information, share ideas, and collaborate on various aspects
of Fedora. In the past we've held other FUDCons in diverse places like Berlin, Porto
Alegre, Brno, and Boston.
Our last North American FUDCon was in Toronto, Canada. The year previous it was in Boston,
MA. We always encourage feedback from the contributors, and the one answer that popped up
more often than any other was, "Let's go somewhere warm this coming winter!"
So we're pleased our fellow community members in a warmer part of the USA took up that
challenge, and stepped forward to work on organizing the next FUDCon.
With that warmer climate in winter, of course, comes higher demand for travel lodging
where people vacation. So as with previous FUDCons, we'll once again provide travel
subsidies for contributors. Furthermore, our sponsor Red Hat is making an even larger
commitment to these subsidies than in previous years, to offset the higher lodging costs.
We all want to do our part to help everyone stay together at the conference, for the best
possible collaborative experience after hours -- because collaboration is what FUDCon is
* * *
As in the past, we encourage our community members to get involved by offering talks and
other sessions of interest. The content provided by the attendees is what makes FUDCon
events so special and exciting. Over the next few days planners will be setting up more
information at the event wiki page: 
We'll have more details appearing soon there, including but not limited to:
* A schedule that makes it easier to see more of the talks you enjoy and value
* Lightning talks and hackfest pitches to get attendees excited and motivated to
* The ever popular FUDPub event!
We hope you'll join us for the best North American FUDCon yet. If you want to get
involved and help plan the details of the event, you're welcome to join our planning
1. Jared K. Smith
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- Software translation ----
Noriko announced, " Dear package maintainers
This is kind reminder that it is F14 Software String Freeze today 03-Aug. Please update
your POT with latest strings. All translators will be working hard to update your package
To ensure high quality translations in the final release, please be aware Software String
Freeze Policy . If you think that you need to break the string freeze, then please ask
for approval from the Fedora Localization Team prior to breaking the freeze ."
--- 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 near you!
---- Upcoming Events (June 2010 - August 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 members.
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
* 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.
As you may have noticed, FWN's Planet Fedora beat has been on a vacation for the past
few weeks. Well, we're back. This week's coverage will include a number of
selections from the past month or so.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
John Poelstra explained how shipping on time can be a feature for Fedora 14. "In
the grand scheme of things, two weeks late on a software release is hardly anything, and
yet, given a choice, I’d like Fedora to be known as the distribution that always ships on
Máirín Duffy decided to start blogging the Fedora Board meetings. So far, posts are up
from the July 2, 2010 and July 16 meetings. Highlights include the announcement of a
new Fedora Project leader (Jared Smith), a trial change in the board meeting format and
information about all Fedora contributors getting ponies.
In a separate series of posts, Máirín updated us on the status of the Fedora websites
since "the Fedora Design team and Fedora Websites team along with the Fedora Board
have been working towards a completely updated web presence for Fedora over the past
couple of releases." Included is a mockup for the front page of the Fedora Project
website and potential fedoraproject.org
Scott Williams experimented with purchasing brand name (and other) laptops, sans
Richard W.M. Jones suggested  a number of ways in which command line tools can be made
more script friendly.
Luis Villa added some thoughts about the Bilski Supreme Court patent case.
Peter Hutterer wrote about how input event processing works under X. "The terms
Core Pointer, VCP, extension devices, etc. are thrown around much these days. But they
either mean very little or just very little to most. Especially because since X server 1.7
and to a lesser part 1.6, the definitions have changed a lot. So here's a bit of a
high-level overview of what happens with input events in the server."
Daniel Berrange posted "More than you (or I) ever wanted to know about virtual
keyboard handling" and "A summary of scan code & key codes sets used in the
PC virtualization stack".
Dave Airlie reposted a message originally sent to the Linux Kernel Mailing List about
the inclusion of open source 3D drivers for mobile devices in the kernel. It can be
summarized as "if you aren't going to create an open userspace driver (either MIT
or LGPL) then don't waste time submitting a kernel driver to me."
Karel Zak mentioned a new utility included with util-linux-ng 2.18, findmnt(8).
"This new util is a command line interface to the libmount library, the util is able
to search in /etc/fstab, /etc/mtab or /proc/self/mountinfo."
David Ramsey announced that "cryptography in the kernel" is a proposed
feature for Fedora. With this feature, "the kernel implementation of cryptographic
algorithms will be made available to user-space programs, so that user-space programs do
not need to handle encryption keys directly."
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-07-28 to
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Paul Frields asked for the final status change on ＠fedora_linux account on twitter. Now
it said "Follow the Fedora Project at our new Twitter feed, ＠fedora." That's
right finally we are fully using ＠fedora twitter account.
Paul also remarked that it is time to pick up talking points for Fedora 14. Robyn
Bergeron pointed out that the list is starting to get fill. Ryan Rix extended the
invitation to Fedora Ambassadors to pitch in.
Henrik Heigl proposed to make a combined FAD, Design plus Marketing. Hiemanshu
Sharma viewed this as a opportunity to push forward Fedora Insight
-- Fedora In the News --
In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is re-posted to the
Fedora Marketing list
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Contributions to GNOME Desktop Project (Red Hat) ---
Henrik Heigl forwarded a Red Hat press release regarding the Fedora Project's
contributions to the GNOME Project:
"The GNOME project, governed by the GNOME Foundation, was founded over 13 years ago
with the goal of creating a free software desktop user environment for UNIX-type operating
systems. Today, the project constitutes a large body of source code that is used by the
free, Red Hat-sponsored Fedora distribution and the commercially supplied Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, as well as other Linux distributions and platforms. "
The full post is available.
--- FISL 11: new project leader says that Fedora is the solution (TerraTV - Brazil) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded and Daniel Bruno translated a posting about Fedora Project
leader Jared Smith's comments during his attendance at the Brazilian FISL 11 event:
"Consider a system that is free and aggregate values such as reliability, soundness,
innovation and lightness. What would be the answer? For the new world leader of the Fedora
project, Jared Smith, the project he heads is the solution.
Fedora is an operating system that works from Linux with the latest technology open source
and free software. For Smith, it's more than that. "Imagine a place where you can
get everything for free and safe: the tools to build your online life. In simple words and
objective, that is the Fedora defined."
Talk about "technology that liberates" in a country that do not have access and
tools well-distributed, as in the USA, for example, could be an obstacle to the project
that engages in global scale. For Smith, however, this is a challenge. "There exists
a big diference, of course, that influences the strategies of the project here, in Chile,
in Russia. Fedora understands local specificities, behaviors, culture, language and works
in each society differently and personalized", he explained in an interview for Terra
during the FISL 11.
The initiative consists of many people around the world and anyone is welcome to use,
modify and distribute Fedora. In Brazil, users can access the site. As Smith says,
Fedora doesn't work with the means to reach a final. He is the most advanced stage and
users need to perform their active role in this game.
Another use of Fedora growing and increasingly consolidated is on the academic world.
"There are dozens of universities, including Brazil, using our project because
it's more stable, is lighter and hasn't reason to worry about bugs. This,
moreover, is the diference of Fedora in the world."
For Smith, the importance of the events like FISL is central. The reflection on the
collaborative process of the user in the building of a digital world that actually belongs
to all is the reason for it's existence. "Events like FISL become relevant the
extent that they incite discussion and make people think that absolutely everything they
pay to have on the internet, they can get for free", Smith said.
The FISL 11 was held in Porto Alegre on PUCRS events centre, until this past Saturday.
Terra TV broadcasts lectures live daily from 9am to 9pm. All videos of the FISL can be
The original post in Brazilian Portuguese is available. Further information about FISL
in English is also available.
-- 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
--- Localization testing ---
Discussion on the topic of localization testing continued, with Rui He proposing to run a
Test Day during the Fedora 14 cycle for localization testing, particularly of keyboard
layouts. Igor Pires Soares thought this was a great idea and proposed some dates.
Eventually, Rui and Igor agreed on 2010-09-09 as the date, and added the event to the
--- Upstream bug reporting ---
Discussion also continued on the topic of providing instructions for reporting bugs to
upstream bug trackers. Ankur Sinha proposed a rough draft. Jonathan Kamens felt it
encouraged users to report bugs upstream instead of reporting them to Fedora, which he
thought was a bad idea. Adam Williamson suggested focusing solely on the actual steps
for reporting bugs upstream, rather than providing any potential reasons why someone might
want to do so. Jóhann Guðmundsson suggested that the instructions should be
incorporated into the pages for particular components in the Wiki, rather than being a
separate page of their own.
--- Rawhide acceptance testing ---
James Laska reported on the third (and final) automated Rawhide acceptance test plan
run for Fedora 14, and linked to the full results. The run encountered only a single
bug, and the test images were declared 'last known good'. However, James cautioned
that the images had not included systemd or Python 2.7, which could cause significant
changes for the test composes.
--- SELinux use in testing ---
Adam Williamson reminded the group that SELinux should always be enabled when testing
Fedora, if possible. He explained that since SELinux being enabled is the default
configuration of Fedora, it is best for testers to enable SELinux so problems related to
it can be caught and fixed as soon as possible.
--- Proven tester special testing procedures ---
Adam Williamson recalled a previous proposal to have special testing procedures for the
kernel for proven testers, and suggested the idea be put into place as a general concept
and proposed some specific procedures for PackageKit, in light of a recent update which
had broken update notification for some users. The general response to the proposal was
positive. Bob Lightfoot suggested integration with fedora-easy-karma, so that it would
display the special testing procedure, or a link to it, when requesting feedback on a
package for which a special procedure existed. Adam thought this was a good idea and
promised to look into it.
--- Automated bug checking tools release criteria ---
Adam Williamson proposed adding release criteria to cover the functionality of default
automated bug checking tools (such as abrt and sealert). John Dulaney wondered why
making such tools submit reports at an early stage was a high priority. Adam clarified
that the tools should usually always be able to submit reports, and when they cannot,
it's an unexpected bug: no regular groundwork is required for the tools to be able to
submit reports for new releases.
--- Proven testers working on Fedora 14 ---
Adam Williamson announced that, with the branching of Fedora 14, proven testers are now
needed to test and approve critical path package updates for this release, just as with
the stable Fedora 13 release. He explained that the procedure for proven testers to follow
was just the same as that for the existing stable release.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 14 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 14. As per the
schedule the Fedora Package Maintainers were sent a reminder by Noriko Mizumototo
rebuild all the translated packages ahead of the String Freeze on 3rd August 2010.
--- Anaconda L10n and I18n Test Day ---
Igor Pires Soares announced that a Test Day would be organised on 9th September 2010
for translation and keyboard layout related bugs in Anaconda. A few test cases have
already been defined and suggestions for improvement have also been requested from the
Also, the L10n QA Template has been updated with the addition of the new packages and
deprecated packages have been removed.
--- System-config-printer 1.2.x Branch for Fedora 14 ---
The maintainer of System-Config-Printer, Tim Waugh informed that translations for this
module for Fedora 13 and Fedora 14 are to be submitted to the 1.2.x branch.
--- Additional Guides Translated in Dutch ---
The Dutch version of Managing Confined Services and Virtualization Guide have been
translated and is now available in the Fedora Documentation page.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Yaron Shahrabani (Hebrew), Ali Mousavi(Farsi), Thiago Dias (Brazilian
Portuguese), Prabhash Rajarathne (Sinhala), IFo (Bulgarian), Nenad Rasic
(Serbian), Edin (Croatian) joined the Fedora Localization Project recently.
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Droid versus Cantarell ---
Emily Dirsh created a web application for easy comparison of Droid Sans and Cantarell,
so the Design Team can chose one of them as a branding body text "Everyone go and try
it out so we can pick a font already" and with this visual comparison a number of
team members favoured Cantarell "I'm definitely liking Cantarell more. Like
Nicu said, it feels it has more breathing spacing and I think is a bit easier to
read." The topic was also discussed at the team's weekly meeting and it was
decided to try Cantarell and look for alternatives for unsupported locales, like Cyrillic
--- Logo Updates ---
Ian Weller reported about his meeting with Pamela Chestek about logo changes
"Yesterday I met with Pam Chestek, Red Hat's Senior IP Attorney, about some of
the requested and proposed changes to Fedora's trademarks", the short conclusion
is: the TM sign on the logo is changed to the Comfortaa font, the font for the logo
wordmark itself remains the same Bryant 2, Comfortaa is going to be used also instead of
MgOpen Modata in the Foundations and FUDCon artwork. Pamela added additional
explanation about the decision to keep the logo unmodified "It is a significant
undertaking to rebrand, but in addition to the sheer work of pushing out a change, the
lack of consistency during the transition adversely impacts recognizability and creates
(at a minimum) subconscious uncertainty about the authenticity and reliability of the
brand" and logo distribution "we're pretty clear in all the information we
provide about when and how someone has permission to use our logos, so the fact that
someone gets their hands on an svg (or png for that matter) can't be construed as
permission to use the logo"
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-18.104.22.168-147.2.4.fc13 -
* perl-5.10.1-116.fc13 -
* gnupg2-2.0.14-4.fc13 -
* kvirc-4.0.0-3.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-22.214.171.124-150.fc12 -
* mysql-5.1.47-2.fc12 -
* kvirc-4.0.0-3.fc12 -
* pidgin-2.7.2-1.fc12 -
- end FWN 237 -