While astronomers took first ever pictures of other planetary systems
 last month, the fedora community was building its own planetary
systems. Some say one planet isn't enough, other strive to enlarge
their own planet. While F-10 Cambridge elevates the performance
barrier and much more, other planetary spins have been geared to
Ladies and Gentlemen, the following spins have also been released
together with Fedora 10 Cambridge release to ensure that you will be
the most productive in your specific work environment with opensource
- Fedora Electronic Lab
- Fedora KDE
- Fedora Edu-Math
- Fedora XFCE
- Fedora AOS
- Fedora Developer
- Fedora BrOffice
For more details, please visit https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Spins/10
All these official spins can be downloaded at
http://spins.fedoraproject.org/ for both i386 and x86_64 architectures
as LiveCDs or LiveDVDs.
The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Tuesday, 2 December
2008, at 1900 UTC on IRC Freenode. The Board has settled on a
schedule that puts these public IRC meetings on the first Tuesday of
each month. Therefore, the next following public meeting will be on 6
January 2008. For these meetings, the public is invited to do the
* Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation. This
channel is read-only for non-Board members.
* Join #fedora-board-public to discuss topics and post questions.
This channel is read/write for everyone.
The moderator will direct questions from the #fedora-board-public
channel to the Board members at #fedora-board-meeting. This should
limit confusion and ensure our logs are useful to everyone.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
As a reminder, Fedora has a policy of ending maintenance for a release
one month after the release of Fedora N+2 (i.e. Fedora 8 maintenance
would end one month after Fedora 10 was released). In this instance,
that date would be December 25.
At today's FESCo meeting , it was decided to slightly deviate from
this policy. This decision was made in order to avoid having it
happen over the holidays, since according to policy, EOL would have
been on Christmas Day.
It was therefore decided to extend the end-of-life date of Fedora 8 to
Jan 7, 2009. After this time, there will be no more updates, including
security updates, issued for Fedora 8, and new builds will no longer
be allowed in koji, our buildsystem.
Also at or shortly after that time, all bugs open against Fedora 8
will be closed, since no more updates will be made.
Jim Whitehurst has sent us the following congratulatory message on
Fedora 10. I'm forwarding it myself, since the mailing list software
seems not to care that Jim could have it erased with the drop of his
big red hat, and keeps swallowing his email to us! ;-)
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FROM: Jim Whitehurst
Yesterday marked the tenth release of Fedora, and I wanted to take the
opportunity to congratulate the Fedora community. We at Red Hat are
glad to be part of Fedora, and in fact I've already downloaded and
installed it myself. Ten releases in five years is an astonishing pace
of innovation, and the community has much to be proud of.
Over the last five years the Fedora Project has come far: creating a
publicly available packaging code base, establishing a completely free
and open source infrastructure for its engineering processes, unifying
the software repositories, and developing scalable, local grassroots
communities. As a result of those efforts, you've also created artwork,
marketing, project hosting, mirroring tools, and many other pieces of
free software that will benefit the entire Linux ecosystem.
One of the things that sets Fedora apart is its unwavering commitment to
working with upstream software projects. By working with upstream, you
can take advantage of the full power of the open source development
model. That helps create more value in Red Hat's product offerings, but
it also results in a more sustainable process for open source worldwide.
I want to thank each and every one of Fedora's thousands of
contributors, and again, congratulations on Fedora 10!
The Cooperative Bug Isolation Project (CBI) is now available for Fedora
10. CBI (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/) is an ongoing research effort to
find and fix bugs in the real world. We distribute specially modified
versions of popular open source software packages. These special
versions monitor their own behavior while they run, and report back how
they work (or how they fail to work) in the hands of real users like
you. Even if you've never written a line of code in your life, you can
help make things better for everyone simply by using our special
We currently offer instrumented versions of Evolution, The GIMP, GNOME
Panel, Gnumeric, Nautilus, Pidgin, Rhythmbox, and SPIM. Download at
<http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/downloads/>. We support PackageManager,
yum, apt, and many other RPM updater tools; see
<http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/downloads/repo-config.html> for customized
configuration help for any of our supported distributions and updater
tools. Or just download and install
to automatically configure most popular RPM updaters to use the CBI
It's that easy! Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! The more of
you there are, the more bugs we can find.
We still offer CBI packages for Fedora 1/2/4/5/6/7/8/9 as well. When
and if you decide to upgrade to Fedora 10, we'll be ready for you.
Until then, your participation remains valuable even on older distributions.
-- Dr. Ben, the CBI guy
Outage Notification - 2008-11-30 06:00 UTC
There will be an outage starting at 2008-11-30 06:00 UTC, which will last
approximately 12 hours.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at
date -d '2008-11-30 06:00 UTC'
Reason for Outage:
The building where the system is housed is losing power for 12 hours for
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or respond to this email to
track the status of this outage.
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LOCATION: GEOSYNC ORBIT, FEDORA SPACE STATION VIA GLOBAL IRC NETWORK
BROADCASTING: FREEDOM FRIENDS FEATURES FIRST
(Cue J. Strauss' "Blue Danube.")
THIS IS FEDORA SPACE OPERATIONS ANNOUNCING with great pleasure the
successful launch of the new ship, Fedora 10: "Cambridge."
Strapped into the pilot seats are the latest GNOME (2.24) and KDE (4.1),
accompanied on their amazing journey by an all star crew of glitch free
audio, better printing and webcam support, and a new faster graphical
Also on this ride are wireless connection sharing and the next evolution
in PackageKit, hooking through your multimedia applications to help
install supporting software (codecs).
For developers and system administrators on this mission, we have built
in appliance tools, Eclipse 3.4, NetBeans IDE, improved virtualization
management with remote installation and storage capabilities, RPM 4.6,
and new security auditing toolsets.
Please remember to polarize viewports to properly enjoy Cambridge's
brand new graphics theme, "Solar," shining on the desktop. Also on this
flight is a new lightweight desktop environment, LXDE, joining the more
recent desktop envionment crew member, Sugar (from the starship OLPC
XO), and the venerable GNOME, KDE, and XFCE.
We are now leaving drydock for a 13-month mission of innovation and
exploration. Crew members and guests are invited to the forward lounge
to use, study, modify, and redistribute.
Get your copy of Fedora 10 today:
Join the many thousands of Fedora particpants and contributors:
If you missed the official launch, attend a Fedora 10 Launch Party near
[ This message was created by the Fedora Documentation Project ]
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
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The RPM Fusion team is proud to announce the public availability of our
''free'' and ''nonfree'' package repositories for Fedora 10 (Cambridge).
The repositories contain multimedia applications, kernel drivers, games
and other software the Fedora Project doesn't want to ship for various
RPM Fusion repositories give Fedora 10 the ability to play all kinds of
audio and video -- including, but not limited to MP3s or video files in
MPEG or Xvid formats.
You can browse the repository contents for the i386 architecture via
these URLs (x86-64, ppc and ppc64 are supported as well):
To make RPM Fusion repositories available on a freshly installed Fedora
10 system run the following command:
| $ su -c 'rpm -ivh
More details about how to configure and use RPM Fusion can be found in
our wiki: http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration
You can also enable RPM Fusion while installing Fedora 10 -- details and
some screenshots that should give you an idea how everything works can
be found at http://rpmfusion.org/EnablingRpmFusionDuringFedoraInstall
Please note that the graphics drivers from AMD are not yet available in
the repositories as it seems they don't work with F10 right now. If you
know how to make them work let us know, then we'll try to ship them as
an update as soon as possible.
There is still a lot of room for a whole lot of improvements in RPM
Fusion. If you are a packager (or want to become one) then join us! Our
mailing lists can be found at
Thanks for you interest in RPM Fusion.
~ The RPM Fusion Team (http://rpmfusion.org)
== More details ==
=== Reminder for the folks that plan to yum-update to Fedora 10 ===
If you have rpmfusion packages installed on your system already and plan
to live-update to Fedora 10 using yum then please leave the rpmfusion
repositories enabled for the big "yum update" run. Thus you'll get all
the updated packages from RPM Fusion as well, which is important, as
their dependencies get fulfilled by the Fedora 10 packages. That's not
the case for the old packages that are on your system right now -- those
in fact have dependencies on the older Fedora bits you are about to
update, which will lead to a lot of trouble.
=== Examples to get the most important bits from RPM Fusion ===
Once you installed the release rpm you can install software using the
graphical software installation tools which are part of Fedora. As
root-user you can also use yum on a command line to install packages;
~ * if you'd like to install Xine (a video player), run
# yum install xine-lib-extras-freeworld xine
That will also improve Totem capabilities, as the Totem from F10 can use
xine as backend as well.
~ * if you prefer MPlayer, run
# yum install mplayer-gui
~ * if you prefer VLC, run
# yum install vlc
~ * do you want to get enhanced audio and video support in applications
that rely on GStreamer? Then run this:
# yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-ffmpeg
~ * do you want to get the latest Nvidia drivers? Then run this:
# yum install kmod-nvidia
~ Note that there are also "kmod-nvidia-173xx" and "kmod-nvidia-96xx" --
those are the legacy drivers that support older GeForce cards that are
not supported by the latest drivers.
=== Problems? ===
Let us know via http://bugzilla.rpmfusion.org/
=== Need support? ===
Many people in #rpmfusion on freenode and on
rpmfusion-users(a)lists.rpmfusion.org know how to help.
=== Developer contact ===
Meet us in #rpmfusion on freenode or join the mailing list at
=== EOF ===
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As we all get ready for tomorrow's release, I wanted to congratulate
everyone in the community on Fedora 10, and say a few words of thanks
For Fedora 9, I wrote an enormous congratulatory email tome. I'm
pretty sure that if printed and left somewhere without anyone keeping
an eye on it, it would actually collapse into a singularity and devour
the entire planet. So I'll try to keep it more brief this time, even
though it's tough for me to pack all my gratitude and pride in this
community into a tiny space.
First, I'd like to thank Brian Pepple and FESCo, Francesco Ugolini and
the FAMSCo, Dimitris Glezos and the FLSCo, Karsten Wade and the FDSCo,
and all the other steering committees and groups that kept up a steady
presence of open, public meetings throughout the release to ensure
that work was progressing well and transparently. These folks step up
not just to do productive work on their own, but to make sure that
other community members can do the same, with just as much
organization as is required, but no more than is needed. You folks
represent the best of what free software communities can achieve in
executing the best-laid plans.
A big thank-you to "Marvelous" Mike McGrath and our intrepid
Infrastructure team, without whom Fedora would have been in a shambles
following the intrusion this past August. These folks rebuilt our
entire community platform, spending many sleepless nights so our
nights would be restful and secure. And they did it all with the same
software we make available for everyone worldwide -- proving beyond a
shadow of a doubt that free software is truly the best way to achieve
stability, scalability, and availability. There are not enough gold
medals in the Olympics for you guys, as far as I'm concerned.
A huge shout goes out to our Ambassador teams worldwide -- over 600
Ambassadors already, and more every month. Just as they have been for
years, they're out there bringing local communities together around
free software. Every day they are cultivating a grassroots effort
that brings an increasing number of contributors into the world of
free software, and at the same time brings the four foundations of
Fedora to the people -- "Freedom, Friends, Features, First."
Speaking of which, another big burst of gratitude goes to Máirín
Duffy, Nicu Buculei, and the rest of our awesome Artwork team. Their
work spans the length of every release, because it's not just a
desktop background theme -- even though they produce another
miraculously beautiful one of those every time, like Fedora 10's
"Solar" theme. They also produce designs for every part of our
community, like software project sites, banners, stickers, fliers,
press contact letters, and posters. If you haven't seen them already,
you're going to love the new Four Foundations media; it's spectacular.
Thank you(*) also to the hundreds of translators work on the projects
where Fedora provides the upstream. Because of them, free software
will be even more useful in the hands of millions more people around
the world. I sometimes switch my computer to a different locale just
so I can see Fedora, in a sense, through someone else's eyes, and I'm
always surprised and gratified to see how thorough that experience is.
Kudos to our Websites team, now led by wunderkind Ricky Zhou, and
their dedicated work to make sure that our redesigns and content make
it out in one piece, on time and smoothly.
Thanks to Will Woods, James Laska, Jon Stanley, and the rest of our QA
team and the vital Bug Zappers for taking on some of the hardest
problems out there: The elusive search for quality and robustness in
our releases and our processes, and ensuring that our users and
developers have a positive experience using the Fedora distribution.
I spent a month or so helping triage bugs earlier this cycle, and I
hope everyone will pitch in a bit for Fedora 11 to do the same.
Packagers, where would be without you? You help keep the software
available for everyone 24/7, always making sure that whether someone's
a wee-hours developer or a day-job professional, he or she gets the
software needed to do the work. Thank you for providing over 10,000
reasons (and counting) why Fedora is for anyone and everyone.
Thanks to our Documentation team, particularly some of our new folks,
for spinning up brand-new, easy ways for people to get involved in
projects like wiki gardening, the release notes, and our various
end-user guides. I am very much looking forward to your good work
continuing into the next release.
Thank you to Jesse Keating, Josh Boyer, and our whole Release
Engineering team for keeping a close eye on our schedule and actually
getting our releases out the door, from Alpha to Beta to Preview to
"Cambridge" itself, and everything in between. I still don't know how
you guys get all this done and still have time for email, family, and
the occasional frosty beverage, but my hat's off to you guys.
I want to personally thank three very special individuals who work
incredibly hard behind the scenes at least as hard as they do in front
of them -- the indomitable Fedora Program Manager John Poelstra, who
has not only shepherded innumerable Fedora meetings successfully, but
who maintains a great attitude and is such a joy to work with on a
personal level; the amazing Tom 'spot' Callaway, who not only juggles
Perl in his sleep and maintains an encyclopedic knowledge of all
things Anuran, but also manages Fedora Engineering inside Red Hat with
a sure and steady hand; and Max Spevack, my predecessor and now
manager of the Community Architecture team, who's always ready to lend
an effort wherever it's required that day.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you, the reader, if I
haven't already. You're part of our community too, and without you we
would be diminished. Free software isn't just about bits and bytes,
it's about people, about doing something real, something tangible,
something lasting for your fellow human beings. And with your help,
the Fedora Project has been able to lead in free software innovation
for over five years and ten releases now. Each and every one of you
-- pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
OK, I failed miserably at making it short, and I am certain that I
left someone out in my desire to thank everyone. If it was you, Dear
Reader, please accept my humble apologies and know that Fedora would
not be where it is today without your hard work and perseverance.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of your fellow
community members and the millions of users whom you've helped.
Now, let's all look forward to Fedora 10, and beyond!
= = =
(*) 謝謝, merci, אַ דאַנק, ευχαριστώ, धन्यवाद, muchas gracias, நன்றி, tak,
kia ora, terima kasih, شكرًا, ขอบคุณ, ありがとう!
Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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