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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 254
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 18.104.22.168 Election Results for FAmSCo, FESCo, and Fedora Board seats
# 22.214.171.124 Fedora Board
# 126.96.36.199 FESCo
# 188.8.131.52 FAmSCo
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 184.108.40.206 exiv2 soname bump
# 220.127.116.11 poppler soname bump in rawhide
# 18.104.22.168 Changes against 0.15.1:
# 22.214.171.124 API changes against 0.15.1:
# 126.96.36.199 libsigsegv-2.9 update, abi bump
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 188.8.131.52 Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
# 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 Fedora 12 approaches end of life (The H Online - UK)
+ 1.4.2 Fedora renews committees (Pro Linux - Germany)
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Troubles with translate.fedoraproject.org
+ 1.5.2 FLP FAQ Updated
+ 1.5.3 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 Start Page
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 254 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 254 for the week ending December
10, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
We begin this week's issue with announcements from the Fedora Project,
including election Results for FAmSCo, FESCo, and Fedora Board seats and
several development announcement updates to rawhide. In news from the
Planet Fedora, work on improving the Anaconda and syslinux User
Experience, "This Week in Anaconda #6", recent improvements to systemd,
and an invitation to help get TeX Live into Fedora. In Marketing team
news, a query about survey tools availability for the Fedora Project,
improving our schedule by changing reminders of task into actionable
items, and Marketing Meeting Minutes from this past week. Fedora In the
News this week offers two articles on Fedora from the trade press in the
UK and Germany. In Translation team news, troubles with the Transiflex
instance on translate.fedoraproject.org, and updated Fedora Localization
Project (FLP) FAQ, and news members of the FLP for Russian, Kazakh and
Spanish. In Design team news, a fresh take on redesigning
start.fedoraproject.org and discussion around the mockups. We finish off
with a review of security-related packages released over the past week
for Fedora 14, 13 and 12.
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
---- Election Results for FAmSCo, FESCo, and Fedora Board seats ----
Jared K. Smith announced:
"I'm happy to announce the results of our recent round of elections for
at-large seats on the Fedora Board, FESCo, and FAmSCo. The results are
---- Fedora Board ----
There were two open seats on the Fedora Board this election cycle. A
total of 239 ballots were cast. Due to the system of range voting that
we use in Fedora elections, this means that each of the five candidates
could receive up to 1195 votes (239 ballots multiplied by 5 candidates).
Votes | Candidate
690 | Joerg Simon (irc: kital, FAS: jsimon)
654 | Jaroslav Reznik (irc: jreznik, FAS: jreznik)
554 | David Nalley (irc: ke4qqq, FAS: ke4qqq)
453 | Sandro Mathys (irc: red_alert, FAS: red)
289 | David Ramsey (irc: dramsey, FAS: dramsey)
I'm pleased to welcome Joerg Simon and Jaroslav Reznik to serve full
two-term positions on the Fedora Board.
There were four FESCo seats up for election this cycle. A total of 240
ballots were cast in the FESCo election. Each of the eight candidates
could receive up to 1920 votes (240 ballots multiplied by 8 candidates).
Votes | Candidate
1168 | Christoph Wickert (irc: cwickert, FAS: cwickert)
1136 | Adam Jackson (irc: ajax, FAS: ajax)
923 | Matthew Garrett (irc: mjg59, FAS: mjg59)
895 | Marcela Mašláňová (irc: mmaslano, FAS: mmaslano)
866 | Peter Jones (irc: pjones, FAS: pjones)
711 | Stephen Gallagher (irc: sgallagh, FAS: sgallagh)
562 | Justin M. Forbes (irc: jforbes, FAS: jforbes)
445 | David Ramsey (irc: dramsey, FAS: dramsey)
The top four candidates are Christoph Wickert, Adam Jackson, Matthew
Garrett, and Marcela Mašláňová. They will each serve a full two-term
position in FESCo.
All seven seats on FAmSCo were up for re-election this cycle. There were
a total of 125 ballots cast in the FAmSCo election. Each of the twelve
candidates could receive up to 1500 votes (125 ballots multiplied by 12
Votes | Candidate
729 | Neville A. Cross (FAS: yn1v, IRC: yn1v)
703 | Larry Cafiero (FAS: lcafiero, IRC: lcafiero)
686 | Rahul Sundaram (FAS: sundaram, IRC: mether)
586 | Gerard Braad (FAS: gbraad, IRC: gbraad)
572 | Igor Soares (FAS: igor, IRC: igorps)
568 | Pierros Papadeas (FAS: ppapadeas, IRC: liknus)
547 | Caius Chance (FAS: kaio, IRC: kaio)
525 | David Ramsey (FAS: dramsey, IRC: dramsey)
477 | Guillermo Gomez Savino (FAS: gomix, IRC: gomix)
452 | Antonio Salles (FAS: asalles, IRC: antoniosalles)
433 | Zoltan Hoppar (FAS: zoltanh721, IRC: zoltanh7211)
331 | Marcus Moeller (FAS: mmoeller, IRC: marcus_)
I welcome Neville A. Cross, Larry Cafiero, Rahul Sundaram, Gerard Braad,
Igor Soares, Pierros Papadeas, and Caius Chance to serve for two terms
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have
previously served on the Fedora Board or FAmSCo or FESCo for their hard
work and dedication to Fedora. I'd also like to thank all the candidates
and volunteers who participated in this round of elections.
Jared Smith Fedora Project Leader"
--- Fedora Development News ---
The development 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)
* Anything else not mentioned above
---- exiv2 soname bump ----
Rex Dieter announced:
"exiv2-0.21 was released recently, and includes a soname bump. I plan on
importing this into rawhide next week sometime, if all goes well.
Here's a scratch build for testing
I've done a few test builds of the items below, and the only one that
ftbfs is pyexiv2 (a usual suspect, being a low-level binding).
and a list of affected pkgs, $ repoquery --repoid=rawhide-source
--whatrequires exiv2-devel | sort
---- poppler soname bump in rawhide ----
Marek Kasik announced
I plan to rebase poppler in rawhide to poppler-0.15.3. There are some
API changes (see below) and 1 soname bump of libpoppler.so.9 to
libpoppler.so.11. You can test it against your package with this
scratch-build I'll ask release engineers for chain-build of it in the
middle of next week.
----- Changes against 0.15.1: -----
* Improve shadings and antialias in the Splash backend (Bug #30436)
* Linearization improvements
* Small improvements to the Arthur backend
* Fix calculation of the size of some pages (Bug #30784)
* Fix crashes in broken documents
* Improve rendering of radial shadings
* Open a broken file (Bug #31861)
* Correct parsing of linearization table (Bug #31627)
* Find fonts inside patterns (Bug #31948)
* [win32] Simplify strtok_r implementation
* Use a std::vector instead of a var-length-array of chars
* Fix crashes in broken files
* Use sets instead of arrays for looking for duplicate fonts
* Add Page::renderToPainter() method
* Add setDebugErrorFunction() method
* Add the hability to render pages to an image
* Include correction
* Add -p flag to pdfimages
* pdffonts: Remove duplicated code
* Remove -ansi flag for cywin and mingw
----- API changes against 0.15.1: -----
removed goo/GooVector.h new file Hints.h new file Linearization.h new
All "GooVector<>" has been replaced with "std::vector<>".
- new public function in class image:
- API change of a public function in class Dict:
- new public function in class Dict:
- API changes in constructors of classes FormField, FormFieldButton,
FormFieldText, FormFieldChoice, FormFieldSignature
- API change in a public function of class Form:
- API change in constructor of class StitchingFunction
- API change in functions of class Object:
- API change in a public function of class OutputDev:
- new public functions in class OutputDev
- new versions of a public function in class Parser:
- new public functions in class PDFDoc
- API changes in constructors of class PSOutputDev
- API changes in a public function of class PSOutputDev:
- a public function removed from PSOutputDev:
- new public enum in class Page:
- new public function in class Page:
- new public function in class SplashBitmap:
- destructor of class SplashFontSrc moved to private section
- new public functions in class Splash:
- API change in a public function of class SplashPattern:
- API change in a public function of class SplashSolidColor:
---- libsigsegv-2.9 update, abi bump ----
Rex Dieter announced
"I'm planning a libsigsegv-2.9 (rawhide) update relatively soon which
includes an abi change. According to repquery, only the following
packages should be affected:
(I'll help take care of these requisite rebuilds)
--- 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 (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM): none
* 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 ---
Máirín Duffy has been working on improving the Anaconda and syslinux
User Experience. It's the first thing that anyone sees when they try to
install Fedora or boot from live media. But don't worry, you can help
too. "I wrote up some instructions on how you can try this prototype out
on your own. It’s really, really easy."
In "This Week in Anaconda #6", Chris Lumens updated us on some other
happenings in the Anaconda world. Probably the most interesting
discussion was over the possibility of updating Anaconda after a
release. "The basic problem is that after a Fedora release, anaconda
never gets updated though various other tools that anaconda does use do
get updated. This isn't a problem on most installation media because we
never remake the media. It is, however, a problem for people doing
livecd respins. What'll happen is that anaconda will assume a particular
library call for NetworkManager (just to pick on a component at random)
that exists when the release happens, but changes in an update."
Lennart Poettering summarized a number of the recent improvements to
systemd. If you aren't so sure what systemd is, in part 4 of "systemd
for Adminstrators", Lennart explained how killing of system daemons
If you have been having trouble getting Fedora 14 to boot as LiveUSB
media, Marc Ferguson has the answer.
Richard Hughes created mockups of new gnome-control-center power
management configuration pages.
If you are interested in helping TeX Live in Fedora, Tom Callaway
offered ways that you can help. "One of the remaining big ticket
items for legal audit in Fedora is TeX Live. A few years ago, we got a
version of TeX Live into Fedora, and after the fact, we discovered that
the licensing on much of it was confusing or non-free."
Alex Hudson analyzed an interesting legal case that is currently
unfolding, SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Limited. "The basic
story is that the Judge in this case is deeply unsure of the boundary of
copyright. For those who don’t know, SAS is a statistical package which
is both popular and influential, and to a large extent can be thought of
as a programming development environment. WPL, the defendants, wrote
software which could interpret SAS programs...If nothing else, this
highlights that no law is truly ever settled, and possibly portents to
more movement in this area in the future: I’ve described before how the
UK Government is making noises about revisiting intellectual property
Mark J Cox published an updated piece on "Vulnerability and threat
mitigation features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux."
Richard W.M. Jones wondered about a potential new feature for git,
automating dependency analysis of patches:
"The half-baked idea is whether we can write an automatic tool which can
untangle these dependencies from the raw git commits? (Or whether such a
tool exists already, I cannot find one)
There would be one important practical use for such a tool. When cherry
picking commits for the stable branch, I would like to know which
previous commits that the commit I’m trying to apply depends on. This
gives me extra information: I can decide that applying this commit is
too disruptive — perhaps it depends on an earlier feature which I don’t
want to add. I can decide to go back and apply the older commits, or
that a manual backport is the best way."
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-11-24 to 2010-11-30.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Pascal Calarco pointed some research made by Ubuntu about their
weekly news. Something that we can consider doing. He also pointed
the efforts to have a survey tool in Fedora's infrastructure.
Paul Frields sugested that we can improve our schedule by changing
reminders of task into actionable items. This also looks for a more
constant flow of information, rather that everything near release time.
As usual Marketing Meeting Minutes for this week meeting are
available for the public.
-- 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
--- Fedora 12 approaches end of life (The H Online - UK) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded another review of Fedora 14, which sums up
their experience with:
"Fedora Project developer Kevin Fenzi has issued a reminder that Fedora
12, code named "Constantine", will reach its end of life (EOL) on
Thursday, the 2nd of December, 2010. Originally released in mid-November
of last year, Fedora 11 featured the 2.6.31 Linux kernel, version 2.28
of the GNOME desktop environment, KDE 4.3 and a number of software
updates. As of the 2nd of December, no new updates, including security
updates and critical fixes, will be available. The developers strongly
advise all Fedora 12 users to upgrade to Fedora 13 or 14 to continue
The full article is available.
--- Fedora renews committees (Pro Linux - Germany) ---
Vinzenz Vietzke forwarded a German language brief article in Pro
Linux about the recent committee elections:
"Das freie Fedora-Projekt hat neue Mitglieder in seinen Vorstand gewählt
sowie weitere Gremien neu- bzw. umgesetzt."
"The free Fedora Project elected new members for it's board and further
The full article is available
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Troubles with translate.fedoraproject.org ---
The woes related to the Transifex instance on
translate.fedoraproject.org still continue whereby translators are
facing problems accessing and submitting translations. 3 tickets have
already been filed on the Fedora-Infrastructure ticketing system to
track the various tasks like Transifex upgradation, Cron jobs for
translate.fedoraproject.org etc. Translators have been requested to
file new tickets if they encounter further problems.
--- FLP FAQ Updated ---
Shankar Prasad from the Kannada team has updated the FAQ with the
correction method to be used if translations for one language are
updated for another.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Yuri Khabarov (Russian), Andrey Olykainen (Russian and Kazakh),
Fabian Barrera (Spanish), Nikolay Rysev (Russian), joined the FLP
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Start Page ---
Vinzenz Vietzke introduced himself as a new contributor and proposed
a redesign for the Fedora start page "I reworked
'start.fedoraproject.org' and made some mock-ups which can be seen in
the wiki". Jef van Schendel pointed to his own mockup and
prototype "Looking back I don't think I announced any of this on the
Websites or Design Team mailing lists, which wasn't smart. After all, if
it's not on the list, it didn't happen. ;)" and provided advice for Vinzenz.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* udev-161-7.fc14 -
* dracut-006-5.fc14 -
* udunits2-2.1.19-1.fc14 -
* openconnect-2.26-4.fc14 -
* libvpx-0.9.5-2.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* udunits2-2.1.19-1.fc13 -
* openconnect-2.26-2.fc13 -
* libvpx-0.9.5-2.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* openconnect-2.26-1.fc12 -
* kdenetwork-4.4.5-4.fc12 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA