* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 276
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcements
# 220.127.116.11 Fedora Board Town Hall - 30 May 2011
# 18.104.22.168 Announcing the release of Fedora 15 (Lovelock)
* 22.214.171.124.1 What's new in Fedora 15 (Lovelock)?
o 126.96.36.199.1.1 For desktop users
o 188.8.131.52.1.2 For developers
o 184.108.40.206.1.3 For system administrators
* 220.127.116.11.2 Download and upgrading
* 18.104.22.168.3 Fedora spins
* 22.214.171.124.4 Looking forward to Fedora 16 (Verne)
* 126.96.36.199.5 We need your help!
* 188.8.131.52.6 Contact information
# 184.108.40.206 Cooperative Bug Isolation for Fedora 15
# 220.127.116.11 FESCo and Board Election Questionnaires posted
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 18.104.22.168 Outage: pkgs.fedoraproject.org
- 2011-05-10 17:00 UTC
* 22.214.171.124.1 Affected Services:
* 126.96.36.199.2 Unaffected Services:
* 188.8.131.52.3 Contact Information:
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 184.108.40.206 Upcoming Events (March - May 2011)
# 220.127.116.11 Past Events
# 18.104.22.168 Additional information
o 1.2 Fedora In the News
+ 1.2.1 First look: Fedora 15 arrives with GNOME 3.0 and systemd
+ 1.2.2 Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface (The Register UK)
+ 1.2.3 How GNOME 3 is besting Ubuntu Unity (Techrepublic.com
+ 1.2.4 Fedora 15 Released; Comes With Gnome 3
+ 1.2.5 Fedora 15's five best features (ZDNet.com
+ 1.2.6 Fedora 15 Released, Has GNOME 3, New Search Tool (softpedia)
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 events reported on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.3.4 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
+ 1.3.5 Summary of traffic on Campus Ambassadors mailing list
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 15 validation and preparation
+ 1.4.3 Release criteria revisions
+ 1.4.4 Housekeeping tasks
+ 1.4.5 QA approval of release candidates
+ 1.4.6 Triage scripts updated (again!)
+ 1.4.7 AutoQA
o 1.5 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 15 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.3 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 276 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 276 for the week ending May 25, 2011. What follows
are some highlights from this issue.
We begin this issue with news from the Fedora Project, including details on the official
release of Fedora 15 (Lovelock), and some events happening around Fedora board elections.
In development news, details on an outage this past week. Fedora In the News brings
coverage of Fedora articles and posts in the trade press and blogosphere, mostly around
Fedora 15 this week. In Ambassador news, awesome details on the list traffic for both
Ambassadors and FAmSCo this past week. In Quality Assurance news, detail on Fedora 15
final preparations and housekeeping, and our issue wraps up with the latest Fedora
security-related package releases. Enjoy FWN 276!
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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: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcements ---
---- Fedora Board Town Hall - 30 May 2011 ----
David Nalley announced:
"Just announcing that there'll be an IRC town hall with the Board election
candidates on Monday May 30th, at 1900UTC (3pm US/Eastern.)
You can join #fedora-townhall-public to ask questions of the moderators, which will be
posed and answered by the candidates in #fedora-townhall.
More information is available here
A summary and the irc log will be posted and linked from the wiki after the discussion, if
you're unable to watch it live.
---- Announcing the release of Fedora 15 (Lovelock) ----
Jared K. Smith announced,
"Let the celebrations begin! Fedora 15 is officially here!
Fedora is a leading edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver
innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months. We bring to
you the latest and greatest release of Fedora ever, Fedora 15! Join us and share the joy
of Free software and the community with friends and family. We have several major new
features with special focus on desktops, developers, virtualization, security and system
---- What's new in Fedora 15 (Lovelock)? ----
----- For desktop users -----
A universe of new features for end users:
* GNOME 3 desktop environment -- GNOME 3 is the next generation of
GNOME with a brand new user interface. It provides a completely new and modern desktop
that has been designed for today's users and technologies. Fedora 15 is the first
major distribution to include GNOME 3 by default. GNOME 3 is being developed with
extensive upstream participation from Red Hat developers and Fedora volunteers, and GNOME
3 is tightly integrated in Fedora 15. GNOME Shell, the new user interface of GNOME 3, is
polished, robust and extensible, and several GNOME Shell extensions and the GNOME tweak
tool are available in the Fedora software repository. Thanks to the Fedora desktop team
developers and community volunteers.
* Btrfs filesystem -- Btrfs, the next generation filesystem is being
developed with upstream participation of Red Hat developers, Oracle and many others. Btrfs
is now available as a menu item in the installer (only for non-live images. live images
support just Ext4) and does not require passing a special option to the installer as in
the previous releases. Btrfs availability has moved up a notch as a incremental step
towards the goal of Btrfs as the default filesystem in the next release of Fedora. The
btrfsck program for performing filesystem checks is under active development upstream with
participation from Fedora but the one included in this release is still limited and hence
users are highly recommended to maintain backups when using this filesystem (backups are a
good idea anyway!). Thanks to Josef Bacik, Red Hat Btrfs developer, for his upstream
participation and integration of this feature in Fedora including a yum plugin
(yum-plugin-fs-snapshot) that enables users to rollback updates if necessary, taking
advantage of Btrfs snapshots.
* Indic typing booster -- Indic typing booster is a predictive input
method for the ibus platform. It suggests complete words based on partial input, and users
can simply select a word from the suggestion list and improve their typing speed and
accuracy. Thanks to the development led by Pravin Satpute and Naveen Kumar, Red Hat I18N
team engineers in Pune, India.
* Better crash reporting -- ABRT, a crash reporting tool in Fedora,
can now perform a part of crash processing remotely, on a Fedora Project server. Remote
coredump retracing avoids users having to download a large amount of debug information and
leads to better quality reports. The retrace server can generate good backtraces with a
much higher success rate than local retracing.
* Redesigned SELinux troubleshooter -- SELinux troubleshooter is a
graphical tool that watches and analyses log files and automatically provides solutions to
common issues. In this release, this tool has been redesigned to be simpler but provide
more solutions at the same time. Thanks to Dan Walsh, SELinux developer at Red Hat, for
leading the development of this functionality.
* Higher compression in live images -- Live images in this release
use XZ compression instead of gzip as in older releases, making them smaller (about 10%)
to download or providing more space for applications to be made available by default.
Thanks to Bruno Wolff III, Fedora community volunteer, for integrating this functionality
in Fedora Live CD tools. Thanks to Phillip Lougher for his work on squashfs and Lasse
Collin for getting XZ squashfs support in the upstream Linux kernel.
* Better power management -- Fedora 15 includes a redesigned and
better version of powertop and newer versions of tuned and pm-utils for better power
management. The tuned package contains a daemon that tunes system settings dynamically to
balance between power consumption and performance. It also performs various kernel tunings
according to selected profile. The new version of tuned brings several bug fixes,
improvements and profiles updates for better efficiency. Thanks to Jaroslav Škarvada, Red
Hat developer, for integrating the newer powertop and pm-utils, as well as performing
power measurement and benchmarking. Thanks to Jan Včelák, Red Hat developer, for
developing tuned and integrating the newer version in this release.
* LibreOffice productivity suite -- LibreOffice is a community-driven
and developed free and open source personal productivity suite which is a project of the
not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation. It is a fork of OpenOffice.org
a diverse community of contributors including developers from Red Hat, Novell and many
has been replaced with LibreOffice in this release. Thanks to
Caolán McNamara from Red Hat for his upstream participation and for maintaining
LibreOffice in Fedora.
* Firefox 4 web browser -- A new major version of this popular browser
from the Mozilla non-profit foundation is part of this release. Firefox 4 features
capabilities such as Firefox Sync, native support for the patent unencumbered WebM
multimedia format, HTML5 technologies and a completely revised user interface. Thanks to
Christopher Aillon from Red Hat and others for integrating Firefox 4 in this release.
* KDE plasma workspaces 4.6 and Xfce 4.8 desktop environments --
Fedora 15 includes new major versions of these alternative desktop environments. Fedora
also provides dedicated KDE Plasma Workspaces and Xfce installable live images that
include these desktop environments by default. Thanks to Red Hat developers and other
Fedora community volunteers, part of KDE and Xfce special interest groups.
* Sugar .92 learning platform -- Sugar is a desktop environment
originally designed for the OLPC project which has now evolved into a learning platform
developed by the non-profit Sugar Labs foundation. This version provides major usability
improvements for the first login screen and the control panel, as well as new features
such as support for 3G networks. Thanks to Peter Robinson and Sebastian Dziallas, Fedora
community volunteers, for leading the integration of this environment.
----- For developers -----
For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:
* Robotics Suite -- Fedora 15 now includes the Robotics Suite, a
collection of packages that provides a usable out-of-the-box robotics development and
simulation environment. This ever-growing suite features up-to-date robotics frameworks,
simulation environments, utility libraries, and device support, and consolidates them into
an easy-to-install package group. Refer to
for more details.
Thanks to Tim Niemueller and Rich Mattes, Fedora community volunteers for their
* GCC 4.6 -- GCC 4.6 is the system default compiler in Fedora 15 and
all the relevant packages have been rebuilt in Fedora 15 using it. Developers can realize
compiled code improvements and use the newly added features, such as improved C++0x
support, support for the Go language, REAL*16 support in Fortran and many other
improvements. Thanks to Jakub Jelinek from Red Hat for upstream participation and leading
the integration in Fedora.
* GDB 7.3 -- This new GDB release 7.3 together with Archer and Fedora
extensions improves the debugging experience on Fedora by making the debugger more
powerful. The majority of these features were written by Red Hat engineers, thus
benefiting all gdb users. New features for the Fedora 15 release include support for
breakpoints at SystemTap markers (probes), support for using labels in the program's
source, OpenCL language debugging support, thread debugging of core dumps and Python
scripting improvements. Numerous important packages within Fedora are pre-built with
SystemTap static markers, and these can now be used as the target for breakpoints in gdb.
Thanks to Jan Kratochvil and other GDB developers from Red Hat for their upstream
participation and integration of this functionality.
* Programming language updates -- Python 3.2: The system Python 3
stack has been upgraded to 3.2 (the system Python 2 stack remains at 2.7), bringing in
hundreds of fixes and tweaks; for a list of changes refer to
. OCaml 3.12: OCaml 3.12 is a major revision
of the OCaml programming language, the camlp4 macro language, libraries, and CDuce for XML
processing. Rails 3.0.5: Rails 3 is a large update to the Ruby on Rails web framework. It
brings many new features such as a polished routing API, new activemailer and activerecord
APIs, and many more new enhancements. Thanks to Dave Malcolm, Richard W.M. Jones and Mo
Morsi, Red Hat developers leading the integration of the respective features in this
* Maven 3 -- Maven 3.0 offers better stability and performance
compared to previous versions and a lot of work under the hood to simplify writing Maven
plugins and further improve performance by building projects in parallel. Refer to
for more information. Fedora still
provides maven2 package to support backward compatibility where needed. Thanks to Red Hat
developer, Stanislav Ochotnický for the work in this feature.
----- For system administrators -----
And don't think we forgot the system administrators:
* systemd system and session manager -- systemd is a system and
session manager for Linux, compatible with SysV and LSB init scripts. systemd provides
aggressive parallelization capabilities, uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting
services, offers on-demand starting of daemons, keeps track of processes using Linux
cgroups, supports snapshotting and restoring of the system state, maintains mount and
automount points and implements a powerful transactional dependency-based service control
logic. It can work as a drop-in replacement for sysvinit. A related change is /var/run and
/var/lock are mounted from tmpfs and results in a simpler, more faster and robust boot-up
scheme and aligns to the default configuration of several other distributions. Thanks to
Lennart Poettering, Rahul Sundaram. Michal Schmidt, Bill Nottingham and others from Red
Hat for leading development and integration of systemd as the default init system in this
release and many Fedora community volunteers for their extensive testing and feedback.
* Dynamic firewall -- Dynamic firewall makes it possible to change
firewall settings without the need to restart the firewall and makes persistent
connections possible. This is for example very useful for services, that need to add
additional firewall rules including virtualization (libvirtd) and VPN(openvpn). With the
static firewall model these rules are lost if the firewall gets modified or restarted. The
firewall daemon (firewalld) holds the current configuration internally and is able to
modify the firewall without the need to recreate the complete firewall configuration; it
is also able to restore the configuration in a service restart and reload case. Another
use case for the dynamic firewall mode is printer discovery. For this the discovery
program will be started locally that sends out a broadcast message. It will most likely
get an answer from an unknown address (the new printer). This answer will be filtered by
the firewall, because the answer is not related to the broadcast and the port of the
program that was sending out the message is dynamic and therefore a fixed rule can not be
created for this. It also has a D-BUS interface to allow clients or services to request
firewall changes. firewall-cmd (part of firewalld package) is a very simple yet powerful
user space alternative to the iptables command: for instance, firewall-cmd --enable
--service=samba --timeout=10 opens the appropriate ports for Samba for only ten seconds.
Since the current implementation is a proof of concept, in this release, it is available
in the Fedora software repository but not installed by default. The plan is to make it the
default firewall solution in the next release. Thanks to Thomas Woerner from Red Hat for
developing this feature.
* BoxGrinder appliance creator -- BoxGrinder is a set of free and
open source tools used for building appliances (images/virtual machines) for various
platforms (KVM, Xen, VMware, EC2). BoxGrinder creates appliances from simple plain text
appliance definition files. Thanks to Marek Goldmann and others from Red Hat for upstream
participation and bringing this feature into Fedora.
* Spice integration in Virt Manager -- With Fedora 15, virt-manager
has been updated to support Spice, the complete open source solution for interaction with
virtualized desktops. It is now possible to create a virtual machine with Spice support
without touching the command line, easily taking advantage of all the Spice enhancements
directly from virt-manager. Spice provides better performance and additional functionality
(such as copy/paste between guest and host) compared to using VNC. Thanks to the spice-gtk
library, a new client can be developed in Python or C, or with gobject-introspection
bindings. Thanks to Marc-André Lureau, Red Hat developer, for leading development of this
* Consistent network device naming -- Servers often have multiple
Ethernet ports, either embedded on the motherboard, or on add-in PCI cards. Linux has
traditionally named these ports ethX, but there has been no correlation of the ethX names
to the chassis labels - the ethX names are non-deterministic. Starting in Fedora 15,
Ethernet ports will have a new naming scheme corresponding to physical locations, rather
than ethX. By changing the naming convention, system administrators will no longer have to
guess at the ethX to physical port mapping, or invoke workarounds on each system to rename
them into some "sane" order. This feature is enabled on all physical systems
that expose network port naming information in SMBIOS 2.6 or later. Thanks to Jordan
Hargrave, Matt Domsch and several other engineers from Dell for their long term upstream
participation and collaboration with Fedora in integration of this feature.
* Setuid removal -- Fedora 15 removes setuid in several applications
and instead specifically assigns the capabilities required by each application to improve
security by reducing the impact of any potential vulnerabilities in these applications.
Thanks to Daniel Walsh from Red Hat for leading the integration of this feature.
* Improved support for encrypted home directory -- Fedora 15 brings
in improved support for eCryptfs, a stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. Starting
from Fedora 15, authconfig can be used to automatically mount a private encrypted part of
the home directory when a user logs in. Thanks to Paolo Bonzini from Red Hat for
integration of this feature.
* RPM 4.9.0 package manager -- RPM 4.9.0 brings a number of immediate
benefits to Fedora including the pluggable dependency generator, built-in filtering of
generated dependencies, additional package ordering hinting mechanism, performance
improvements and many bugfixes. More details at https://rpm.org/wiki/Releases/4.9.0
Thanks to Panu Matilainen from Red Hat and other RPM developers for their participation
and help in integration of this feature in this release.
* Tryton ERP system -- Tryton is a three-tier general-purpose
application platform and basis for an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
Currently, the main modules available for Tryton cover accounting, invoicing, sale
management, purchase management, analytic accounting and inventory management Thanks to
Dan Horák, Fedora community volunteer for integration of this feature.
And that's only the beginning. A more complete list with details of all the new
features on board Fedora 15 is available at:
----- Download and upgrading -----
OK, go get it. You know you can't wait.
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to
For a quick tour of features in Fedora 15 and pictures of many friends of Fedora, check
out our "short-form" release notes:
Fedora 15 full release and technical notes and guides for several languages are available
Fedora 15 common bugs are documented at:
----- Fedora spins -----
Fedora spins are alternate versions of Fedora tailored for various types of users via
hand-picked application set or customizations. Fedora spins include those providing
alternative desktop environments like KDE, Xfce and LXDE by default but also more
specialized ones such as Fedora Security Lab, Fedora Electronics Lab and Fedora Design
Suite. More information on these spins and much more is available at
----- Looking forward to Fedora 16 (Verne) -----
Our next release, Fedora 16 codename is named after and to honor, Jules Verne. Jules Verne
is considered a father of science-fiction. He was a science-fiction writer and futurist,
best known for novels such as "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". More
Fedora's awesome design team is already busy at work creating artwork based on this
concept and you are welcome to join the team
Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes to improve the
Fedora 15 experience, our next release, Fedora 16, is already being developed in parallel,
and has been open for active development for several months already. We have an early
schedule for an end of Oct 2011 release:
Features planned for Fedora 16 include the default use of Btrfs as the next generation
filesystem, GRUB 2 bootloader by default, further enhancements to systemd system and
session manager, dynamic firewall by default and much much more. Watch the feature list
page for updates.
Join us today and help improve free and open source software and lead the future of
----- We need your help! -----
Our rapid release cycle and innovative features are a direct result of development of
thousands of upstream projects and collaboration by a large distributed and diverse
community with many volunteers and organizations across the globe, participating in the
free and open source software community and within Fedora. Fedora strives to bring these
thousands of upstream projects together and serves as a integration point for them and for
our users and contributors. Red Hat, the leading provider of open source solutions is a
partner in our community and major sponsor of the Fedora project. To continue to advance
and bring you the best of free software quickly and robustly. we are always looking for
more people to join us in the Fedora community. You don't have to be a dazzling
software programmer to participate and join us in developing Fedora although if you are
one, you are welcome too! There are many ways to contribute beyond programming. You can
report bugs, help translate software and content, test and give feedback on software
updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, perform system
administration on our infrastructure, help with all sorts of promotional activities, and
package free software for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide and more. Whether you
are a Linux kernel hacker or just a newcomer, there is always something for everyone to
To get started, visit https://join.fedoraproject.org
----- Contact information -----
If you are a journalist or reporter, you can find additional information at
---- Cooperative Bug Isolation for Fedora 15 ----
Ben Liblit announced:
"The Cooperative Bug Isolation Project (CBI) is now available for Fedora 14. 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 bug-hunting packages.
We currently offer instrumented versions of Evolution, The GIMP, GNOME Panel, Gnumeric,
Liferea, Nautilus, Pidgin, Rhythmbox, and SPIM. Download at. Or just download and
install  to automatically configure your system to use the CBI repository.
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 earlier releases as well, going all the way back to Fedora
1. When and if you decide to upgrade to Fedora 15, we'll be ready for you. Until then,
your participation remains valuable even on older distributions.
Dr. Ben, the CBI guy"
---- FESCo and Board Election Questionnaires posted ----
David Nalley announced:
The responses to the questionnaire are now posted:
Responses are divided by elected body and then appear in the order the responses arrived
in my inbox.
Please take a moment to look over them to better prepare yourselves for the upcoming
I'd also like to thank the nominees who took the time to answer the questions.
--- Fedora Development News ---
The Development Announcement 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
---- Outage: pkgs.fedoraproject.org
- 2011-05-10 17:00 UTC----
Kevin Fenzi on Fri May 6 17:20:00 UTC 2011 announced,
"There will be an outage starting at 18:00 UTC on 2011-05-31, which will last
approximately 2 hours. During this time there may be very short outages of services as
machines are updated and rebooted into new kernels.
Machines will be rebooted in an order that allows for least disruption to services.
In many cases, there will be no noticeable downtime due to redundancy and fail-over.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at or run:
date -d '2011-05-31 18:00 UTC'
Reason for outage:
----- Affected Services:-----
BFO - http://boot.fedoraproject.org/
Bodhi - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/
Buildsystem - http://koji.fedoraproject.org/
GIT / Source Control DNS -
Docs - http://docs.fedoraproject.org/
system Fedora Account System - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts/
Fedora Hosted - https://fedorahosted.org/
Fedora Insight - https://insight.fedoraproject.org/
Fedora People -
Fedora Talk - http://talk.fedoraproject.org/
Main Website -
Mirror List - https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/
Package Database -
Smolt - http://smolts.org/
Start - http://start.fedoraproject.org/
Wiki - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/
----- Unaffected Services:-----
Ticket Link: https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/2790
----- Contact Information:-----
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net
or add comments to the ticket for this
1. Kevin Fenzi kevin at scrye.com
--- Fedora Events ---
The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to identify
responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out by quarter and by
region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for budget planning. Events can be
added to this page whether or not they have an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner
are not eligible for funding, but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of
the event and make it eligible for funding. In plain words, 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 (March - May 2011) ----
* 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
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- 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
--- First look: Fedora 15 arrives with GNOME 3.0 and systemd (ArsTechnica) ---
Kara Schiltz forwarded an ArsTechnica article on the release of Fedora 15:
"The community of open source software developers behind the Fedora Linux
distribution announced this week the release of version 15. The update brings an
overhauled desktop user interface and a number of noteworthy architectural improvements
under the hood.
Fedora is a community-driven Linux distribution that is sponsored by Red Hat. It is
released twice a year on a six-month development cycle and typically ships with the latest
cutting-edge Linux software. Fedora is known for riding ahead of the curve and is often
the first Linux distro to introduce major new features. It also serves as an incubation
space for emerging Red Hat technologies, particularly in areas like virtualization. It
lacks the usability and robustness of some other distros, but its unique technical
advantages and high commitment to open source ideology are appealing to system
administrators, software developers, and software freedom advocates.
The most significant user-facing change in Fedora 15 is the inclusion of GNOME 3.0, a
major update of the open source GNOME desktop environment. It brings a completely new
desktop shell to Fedora that helps to modernize the user experience. The new shell is
built with the Clutter toolkit and requires hardware-accelerated rendering in order to
operate. Fedora fortunately does a pretty good job of handling it with open source drivers
on many hardware configurations."
The full post is available.
--- Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface (The Register UK) ---
Kara Schiltz forwarded a posting on the release of Fedora 15:
"The Red Hat-backed Fedora Project has released the latest version of its Linux-based
operating system, Fedora 15, into the wild.
Despite the similarities of the two leading Linux-based PC operating systems, Fedora has
long played second fiddle to Ubuntu in the minds of many Linux fans. Now - for the first
time - there are actually major differences between the two distros.
For most users, the debate between the two can be distilled down to GNOME 3 versus Unity.
But as always, Fedora remains quite a bit different under the surface, as well.
With the Unity Shell making waves - and not always good ones - in the Ubuntu community,
Fedora 15 offers something of a refuge for those frustrated with the Unity Shell.
Unfortunately GNOME 3, Fedora's new default desktop, while in much better shape than
Ubuntu's Unity, is still very different than any version of GNOME you've used
The full posting is available.
--- How GNOME 3 is besting Ubuntu Unity (Techrepublic.com
Rahul Sundaram forwarded an article on Gnome 3 compared to Unity:
"Takeaway: Jack Wallen was jonsing for GNOME 3 and discovered the best route to this
new desktop was Fedora 15 beta. Can you image how surprised Jack was to find out that
GNOME 3 blows away Ubuntu Unity? Read on to find out more."
Conclusion: "I'd like to drop some props to the Fedora 15 team, as they're
doing an absolutely incredible job with this bleeding-edge Linux distribution. Fedora 15
and GNOME 3 is a serious win-win from my perspective. Give it a go, and you might find
that you agree!"
The full article is available.
--- Fedora 15 Released; Comes With Gnome 3 ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded another posting on Fedora 15 and Gnome 3:
"The best features of Fedora 15, which will attract a lot of users is Gnome 3 shell.
Fedora 15 will give users a distro which will allow then to explore Gnome 3 with the
stability that Fedora 15 offers.
Fedora 15 is also introducing Btrfs as a menu item in the installer (only for non-live
images. live images support just Ext4) and does not require passing a special option to
the installer as in the previous releases. Btrfs availability has moved up a notch as a
incremental step towards the goal of Btrfs as the default filesystem in the next release
The full article is available.
--- Fedora 15's five best features (ZDNet.com
Rahul Sundaram forwarded an article about Fedora 15's top five features; Rahul
This list doesn't cover major features like systemd and talks about Fedora not
including Chrome ignoring the fact that Chrome is a proprietary browser. Chromium is not
included for other reasons and quick a search in the wiki documents that. However the list
of five is interesting
The full article is available.
--- Fedora 15 Released, Has GNOME 3, New Search Tool (softpedia) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a listing of features in Fedora 15:
"Highlights of Fedora 15:
* Linux kernel 22.214.171.124;
* Btrfs filesystem;
* GNOME 3 desktop environment;
* Indic typing booster;
* Better crash reporting;
* Redesigned SELinux troubleshooter;
* Gnome Shell user interface;
* GTK+ 3.0;
* Xorg Server 1.10;
* Deja Dup backup software;
* LibreOffice 3.3 open source office suite;
* Mozilla Firefox 4.0 web browser;
* BoxGrinder appliance (virtual machines) builder;
* Ledger, double-entry accounting system;
* Higher compression in live images;
* recoll, full-text search tool;
* Dynamic firewall;
* IcedTea Java plugin;
* RPM 4.9;
* Python 3.2;
* Rails 3.0.3;
* OCaml 3.12;
* FreeIPA 2.0;
* Maven 3;
* GNU Debugger (GDB) 7.3;
* GCC 4.6;
* Sugar .92 environment;
* eCryptfs support in authconfig;
* LZMA comperssion for Live images;
* Power Management improvements;
* Retrace server;
* Robotics suite."
The full article is available.
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members joining.
Cory J McKee from the USA mentored by Ben Williams
Francesco Frassinelli from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Ben Williams posted a reminder  about FAmNA meeting on 2011-05-18 at 2100 EDT  and
later  posted the Minutes 
Onyeibo Oku informed  about an upcoming talk at the Enugu State Chapter of the Nigerian
Institute of Architects on "Linux for the Nigerian AEC Industry" . Pierros
Papadeas suggested  including references to CAD and Management software.
Christoph Wickert reminded  about EMEA Ambassadors Meeting for 2011-05-18  and later
posted  the Meeting Minutes 
Jonathan Dieter asked  in response to an invitation to work on FUDCon APAC, as to
whether Lebanon/Middle East was a part of EMEA or, APAC. Christoph Wickert clarified 
it as EMEA
Igor Pires Soares posted  FAmSCo Report for April 2011 . Christoph Wickert pointed
out some discrepancies  in the budget numbers for EMEA
Tom Callaway reminded  that the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement  is required
to be signed by 2011-06-17
Robert Beatty wanted to know  the steps for ordering the Ambassador Polo Shirt
featured for EMEA Ambassadors. Christoph Wickert responded  with a step-wise list of
things to do. However, Ben Williams indicated the steps for FAmNA  as the original
request was from an Ambassador in the US.
Buddhika Kurera posted  Meeting Minutes from APAC Ambassadors Meeting on 2011-05-18
David Ramsey reminded that the bi-weekly APAC Meeting  time would be 2011-05-21 at
0400 UTC  and later posted  the Meeting Minutes 
David Ramsey posted  about the Fedora 15 Go/No-Go meeting  and release parties for
Fedora 15 
On behalf of FAmSCo, Neville A. Cross posted  a link to the Survey for Fedora
Ambassadors  around the Fedora Board Goals for 2011. Christoph Wickert requested
individual Ambassadors  to refrain from responding after completing the survey.
Michael Berger introduced himself  on the mailing list
Christoph Wickert informed  about preparations for the primary media shipment for
Fedora 15 in EMEA. The shipment would consist of around 3000 Multi Desktop DVDs and 3000
Bi-arch Installation DVDs. And, specific anchor points (of contact) would receive larger
volumes of media in order to enable further distribution to the local communities.
Gerard Braad posted  Minutes of the FAmSCo meeting held on 2011-05-21
Buddhika Kurera informed  about a magazine from the Fedora APAC community  and
discussed ways to arrive at a name for the magazine.
Sebastian Dziallas asked  for attendees and participants at OSCON 2011  to help
identify logistics issues
--- Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Kevin Raymond reported  on the Solutions Linux event in Paris which had over 250 booths
and 10,000 visitors
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
Joerg Simon posted  a vacation message (on vacation till 2011-05-29) and suggested that
for any urgent Ambassador Group Membership tasks, Robert Scheck be contacted.
Igor Pires Soares started a discussion  around re-assignment of Budget Wrangler tasks
with reference to the resignation of Larry Cafiero
As part of the budget wrangler thread, Caius Chance talked  about tickets pending to be
funded and being blocked on that.
Gerard Braad posted  Minutes of FAmSCo meeting on 2011-05-21 
--- Summary of traffic on Campus Ambassadors mailing list ---
The mailing list did not have any traffic this week.
-- 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 ---
The Fedora 15 Test Day track is now finished, and the Fedora 16 Test Day track has not yet
started. If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 16 cycle,
please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac.
--- Fedora 15 validation and preparation ---
This was a quiet week after the declaration that Fedora 15 was gold on Tuesday, so the
group worked on updating the Fedora 15 common bugs page and tried to help with getting
the Sugar desktop into a releasable state, and made sure 0-day updates for the release
were being properly tested. James Laska worked on and announcedproviding a
validation framework for the newly-introduced multi-desktop DVD live image, and along
with Andre Robatino and Christoph Wickert, performed the required testing.
--- Release criteria revisions ---
Adam Williamson proposed some more release criteria changes. First up was logging.
James Laska suggested a refinement, and Adam posted a revised proposal, which was
met with general approval. Later, Adam announced that he had created the criteria pages
for Fedora 16, and including the new logging criterion, along with some other criteria
which had previously been agreed upon but not added to the Fedora 15 criteria. He also
re-started the discussion of how to refer to desktops that are considered able to block
the release as compared to those that are not, and suggested the term
'release-blocking desktops'. Jóhann Gu?mundsson re-raised the question of which
desktops should be considered to block the release, and Adam maintained that this was a
question that was beyond the authority of the QA group to decide. Finally, Adam also
proposed a criterion regarding security issues for discussion by the QA group along
with the security and development groups.
--- Housekeeping tasks ---
Adam Williamson noted that there are several tasks nominally under the Bugzappers
group's remit that had not been happening recently, and suggested running a meeting
to ensure they would be looked after. Robyn Bergeron replied that several of the tasks
were really her responsibility as program manager, but agreed that it would be a good
idea to improve the scheduling and planning of these tasks to make it less likely they
would not be completed in future.
--- QA approval of release candidates ---
Adam Williamson reported that he had updated the Go/No-Go meeting wiki page to
define the parameters for QA's approval or otherwise of release candidate builds, to
make it clear that QA's decision in this regard is entirely determined by concrete
criteria (whether all necessary validation tests have been completed and no unaddressed
accepted release blocker bugs remain), so that there is no subjectivity to the decision
and it can be reported to the Go/No-Go meeting by any member of the QA group (or simply
inferred by anyone present at the meeting, whether a member of the QA team or not). Jóhann
Gu?mundsson questioned whether the Go/No-Go meeting was even necessary, given the improved
procedures. Adam agreed that this was a reasonable question, but suggested it might
be a good idea to preserve the meeting as a 'human in the loop' safeguard against
particularly strange and unforeseeable circumstances.
--- Triage scripts updated (again!) ---
Following quickly on the heels of last week's 1.0 RC1, Matej Cepl announced the
release of version 1.0 of his Firefox extension to aid in bug triage,
bugzilla-triage-scripts. He asked all Bugzappers with Firefox 4 to update to it and
report back on how it worked.
--- AutoQA ---
The AutoQA team updated their progress as usual at the weekly QA meeting of 2011-05-23.
Kamil Paral reported that the team had been working on the proposed 'pretty'
plaintext logs, with two proposals: one and two. Tim Flink had been working on the
proposed 'spam reduction' code, making AutoQA output less overwhelming for
developers, and would be pushing it soon. Josef Skladanka had been working on a wiki page
giving an overview of the ResultsDB project.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce for the period
May 12-21, 2011.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 15 Security Advisories ---
* libmodplug-0.8.8.3-3.fc15 -
* mediawiki-1.16.5-59.fc15 -
* rssh-2.3.3-1.fc15 -
* tigervnc-1.0.90-4.fc15 -
* syslog-ng-3.2.4-3.fc15 -
* mumble-1.2.3-2.fc15 -
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* mediawiki-1.16.5-59.fc14 -
* libmodplug-0.8.8.3-3.fc14 -
* xen-4.0.1-11.fc14 -
* feh-1.10.1-1.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* mediawiki-1.16.5-59.fc13 -
* feh-1.10.1-1.fc13 -
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