* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 223
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Community Gaming
# 220.127.116.11 Recent Bugzilla Comment Concerning Fedora 11 EOL
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Fedora IRC Classroom Sessions - 2010-04-26
# 22.214.171.124 Elections: Nominations open Sat 2010-04-24
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Development News
# 126.96.36.199 Outage: Buildsystem/koji - 2010-04-25 14:30 UTC
+ 1.1.4 Fedora Events
# 188.8.131.52 Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 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 A Music Lover's Fedora Linux Workstation
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 13 Beta: The Seen and (Troubling) Unseen (Datamation)
+ 1.4.3 Fedora taps Zarafa open source groupware for 13 (ZDNet)
o 1.5 Ambassadors
+ 1.5.1 Fedora at FLISoL of Santo Andre, Brazil
+ 1.5.2 Campus Ambassadors up and running
+ 1.5.3 Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities
o 1.6 QualityAssurance
+ 1.6.1 Test Days
+ 1.6.2 Update acceptance testing
+ 1.6.3 Remote accessibility release criterion proposal
+ 1.6.4 Fedora 11 end-of-life notification
+ 1.6.5 Fedora 13 testing
o 1.7 Artwork
+ 1.7.1 Gearing for Fedora 13
o 1.8 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
o 1.9 Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding
+ 1.9.1 Students plan proposals while new ideas keep coming
+ 1.9.2 Search for sponsors continues
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 223 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 223 for the week ending April 28,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In Project announcements, a Fedora Community Gaming session this
Friday/Saturday, correction on Fedora 11 EOL, and details on the latest
round of Fedora elections. In news from the Planet Fedora, details on
updates to MobileManager, a look at KDE 4 on Fedora, and jQuery for
educational gaming. Marketing provides coverage of recent discussion on
keyword optimization to the main Fedora Project web site and a Joe
"Zonker" Brockmeier IRC Classroom. Fedora In the News returns with
recent coverage of Fedora in the trade press and blogs over hte past
week, while the Ambassadors beat features an event report from FLISoL of
Santo Andre, Brazil. In QA news, details on last week's Test Day on
Anaconda (the Fedora installer)'s storage support, a proposal on new
release criterion stating that it must be possible to install a system
in such a way that it is immediately remotely accessible and Fedora 13
testing activities. In Artwork team news, details on final art push for
Fedora 13, while Security Advisories returns after a week away,
providing security-related packages released for Fedora 11, 12 and 13.
Our issue wraps up with updates from the Fedora Summer Coding
activities. Enjoy FWN 223!
Unfortunately, as Kamisamanou Burgess is busy with study, the audio
version of FWN - FAWN - is on hold until early May. You can still listen
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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, selected announcements to the Fedora
user list, development announcements and Events.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
---- Fedora Community Gaming ----
Bruno Wolff III announced:
A suggestion was made to have game sessions for the community playing
games available in Fedora. A pilot project has been started and the
first session will be this Friday (or Saturday depending on timezone).
For background you can find the original request at
A wiki page for this project is at
The first session will start this Friday at 9pm EDT (0100 UTC Saturday).
We will be playing bzflag and attempting to use Fedora Talk (x2010) as a
social channel, as chatting socially by typing, while playing bzflag
seems hard to do.
bzflag is a pretty light, chaotic game that allows for easy dropping in
and out. The session will last at least 2 hours, but will go longer if
people actually show up and want to keep playing. games1.wolff.to will
be set up as a private server, but you will just be able to connect
without any special password. Before we start playing we will be using
the #fedora-games IRC channel to communicate in case there are problems.
If you think it's likely you'll show up you can add you name in the wiki
so we know how many people to expect.
The week after we will be running a Wesnoth session, using the in game
chat for socializing. That's a much different game and will probably
appeal to a different group of people.
After that, it depends on the response both a of players and people
willing to sponsor games. At least initially we want to try a lot of
different stuff. The first two being at the same time has to do with my
schedule. I would hope that other people run game sessions at different
times in order to be more accessible to other people.
---- Recent Bugzilla Comment Concerning Fedora 11 EOL ----
John Poelstra announced:
"All open Fedora 11 bugs recently received a comment warning about the
upcoming end of life for Fedora 11. This email serves as correction to
part of that notification.
Due to an error on my part this warning was sent out earlier than it
should have been. The statement "Approximately 30 (thirty) days from now
Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 11..." is
incorrect. The end of life (EOL) for Fedora 11 will be June 18, 2010,
which is thirty days after the release of Fedora 13, currently scheduled
for May 18, 2010. When Fedora 11 reaches EOL at that time, bugs open for
Fedora 11 will be closed as previously described.
For more information on Fedora's policy for maintenance of our releases,
please refer to:
My apologies for any inconvenience or confusion this error may have caused.
---- Upcoming Fedora IRC Classroom Sessions - 2010-04-26 ----
Kevin Fenzi announced
"The Fedora IRC Classroom has been quiet of late, but thats about to
change! We have a number of great classes coming up:
Date and Time (UTC) Class topic and Instructor
27 April, 2010 at 19:00 UTC How to make life awesome for journalists -
29 April, 2010 at 01:00 UTC How to test Fedora Updates - Kevin Fenzi
30 April, 2010 at 12:30 UTC (6:00 PM IST) A Short Tutorial On i18n
Through gettext - Naveen Kumar
03 May, 2010 at 13:30 UTC (7:00 PM IST) Introductory workshop on GNU
Autotools - Siddhesh Poyarekar
10 May, 2010 at 01:00 UTC Learn about exciting Fedora 13 Features -
See the classroom page ( https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Classroom
more details and information on how to attend classes on IRC, or sign up
to teach one!
Hope to see everyone there.
---- Elections: Nominations open Sat 2010-04-24 ----
Paul W. Frields announced,
“With a Fedora release coming soon, it's also time for Fedora Elections.
Both the Fedora Project Board and the Fedora Engineering Steering
Committee (FESCo) will have open seats during this election cycle.
Nominations for these seats open tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, 2010.
You can nominate yourself, or someone else. It's recommended if you
intend to nominate someone else that you consult with that person first.
The entire election schedule, and other important information for all
nominees, is posted on the wiki's main Elections page, and the
specific nomination pages for the Board and FESCo
You can also find more information about both these at their main wiki
Please thoughtfully consider how you can best contribute to Fedora by
serving on one of these important committees, or encourage someone you
know who can make a difference to serve. Thank you!
---- Paul (25 days to Fedora 13!) ----
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- Outage: Buildsystem/koji - 2010-04-25 14:30 UTC ----
Mike McGrath announced
There was an outage starting at 2010-04-25 14:30 UTC, which lasted
approximately 1 hour.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at  or run:
date -d '2010-04-25 14:30 UTC'
Reason for outage:
db3, koji's primary database, was throwing read/write errors on it's
underlying storage device. The RSA-II adapter was not showing anything
was wrong. Not being able to log in I powercycled the host and it came
back up on its own. We'll be keeping an eye on it.
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Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net
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--- Fedora Events ---
Fedora events are the 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 2010 to May 2010) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM) 
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
---- Past Events ----
Archive of Past Fedora Events
---- Additional information ----
* Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
* Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
* Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Red Hat Linux 6 has been released. Richard W.M. Jones recommended
taking a look at The Register's review.
Meanwhile, Mark J Cox took a look at the vulnerabilities and security
updates in RHEL 5.5, as compared to 5.4 and earlier.
Chris Tyler and students at Seneca have helped get ARM rolling as a
secondary architecture on Fedora. Meanwhile, Adam John Miller wants
that Intel chips for mobile devices continue to improve.
Dan Williams shared some updates to ModemManager, a tool that can
manage mobile (3G, etc...) connections under Linux.
Richard W.M. Jones examined the concept of verifying a VM's integrity
from the host (for example, using rpm -V). Richard also asked "Should
you ever have to reinstall VMs?"
And Richard released Tech Talk PSE 1.0.
Karsten Wade described how to use "The Open Source Way: Creating and
nurturing communities of contributors", a community-written textbook on
Open Source and communities.
Steven Moix posted a summary of what it has been like to use KDE 4
on Fedora for the past six months.
Greg DeKoenigsberg suggested ways to move education forward,
including that "jQuery is the ideal language for educational games."
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-04-21 to 2010-04-27.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Garland Binns opened this week with a suggestion for keyword
optimization for our web site. This was warmly welcomed. From
Portugal, Nelson Marques did a comparison on youtube search results for
Fedora. Was a good reflexion on how some people do things for Fedora
without even bein part of the project.
We got back to the change from LiveCD to LiveDVD with a message form
Jonathan Nalley. He pointed out how this was seen by the news. This
is actually a lack of consistency that we need to fix. News doesn't have
to be dull, Mel Chua pointed the winners of the "We're Linux" video
contest hosted by Linux Fundation.
We had plenty of sprints and content done, some of the with help from
students at Allgheny. AS one example of this, Hannah Kowen gave the
final touchs to the BTRFS Feature Profile. Kara Schiltz anounced that
Phyton Feature Profile is ready.
Gerard Braad is looking how to get Chinese marketing. He will be
traveling and would like to improve the participation from the Chinese
community and also see how marketing team can do better for them.
Probably the most important thing for Marketing Team was the Joe
"Zonker" Brockmeier IRC Classroom. Mel Chua posted the log for this
Fedora Classroom at the list, This is part of a effort to build skill
within the Marketing Team, and there are more classes to come.
Adam Williamson is becoming a valuable team member by helping as bridge
between QA team and Marketing team. He pointed out a very confusing
news regarding a Ubuntu memory leak issue, that may be misinterpreted
as Red Hat/Fedora related. We should be informed and ready to clarify
this. The other mail from Adam was asking for hel promoting Test
Day. It is recommended that you take a look to his blog.
-- 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
--- A Music Lover's Fedora Linux Workstation ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a posting about using Fedora as a musician's
"We've got here our very first entry for "The $100.00 (USD) Coolest
Linux Workspace Contest". It's from Mauricio, a Music Theory student. If
he wins the contest, he says that he will be using the money to buy a
USB mic for some serious music recording."
The full post is available
--- Fedora 13 Beta: The Seen and (Troubling) Unseen (Datamation) ---
Jonathan Nalley posted a link to two articles, one from Datamation
and another related post from the same author from LinuxPlanet.
Highlighting some of the new cloud storage options and other new
features in Fedora 13, the author raises issues with the back-end
commercial service options that two of these packages, Déjà Dup and
Zarafa, can tie into. This prompted a discussion thread on the Fedora
Marketing list, with several community members clarifying some of these
issues from the Fedora Project's perspective, and also resulted in
another post by Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier in OStatic about linux
commercialization and specifically referencing the Datamation post.
Brockmeier's article concludes:
"Linux is evolving and becoming more suitable for mainstream users.
Commercialization means more opportunity to expose a wider audience to
free and open source software. It also means more people will be paid to
produce more free and open source software. If that's off-putting for a
minority contingent that can't abide "commercialization," then there's
--- Fedora taps Zarafa open source groupware for 13 (ZDNet) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded a posting from ZDNet from 4/19/2010, which
"Fedora’s selection of Zarafa as an open source groupware component in
Fedora 13 is very interesting.
The beta of Fedora 13, code named “Goddard,” was made available on April
13. The final version is expected in mid May.
Red Hat sponsors the open source Linux project and has toyed with the
idea of integrating email and calendaring capabilities into its Linux
stack from time to time. Novell, of course, promotes its own GroupWise
but also endorses other open source offerings for its Linux distribution."
The full post is available
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora at FLISoL of Santo Andre, Brazil ---
Claudio Penasio reports that he attended FLISoL of Santo André – SP
Brazil on April 24. Claudio said the event had a Free Software
atmosphere, and the crowd was engaged -- participating in lectures and
other activities. Along with Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu were present.
Fernando Silva helped with a Fedora installfest at the event.
Photos can be found here.
Claudio's blog report, in Portuguese, can be found here.
--- Campus Ambassadors up and running ---
The Fedora Project's Campus Ambassadors program is up and running, and
is looking for participants. If you're a high school or college student
who wants to help promote Fedora on your campus, this is the place for you.
For more information, visit
--- Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities ---
With the release of Fedora 13 Goddard right around the corner,
Ambassadors are encouraged to hold release events. If you are planning
to hold an event, let Fedora Weekly News know. Drop a line to
lcafiero=at=fedoraproject-dot-org with the details and we'll get it in FWN.
-- Quality Assurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. For more
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see
the Joining page.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day was on Anaconda (the Fedora installer)'s storage
support. The turnout was unfortunately low, perhaps due to the
hardware requirements for testing, but nevertheless the few testers
present managed to expose four bugs.
This week will see the final two Test Days of the Fedora 13 cycle. First
up is Preupgrade Test Day on Thursday 2010-04-29, followed by Xfce
Test Day on Friday 2010-04-30.
These are two juicy topics: preupgrade is the recommended method for
upgrading from one Fedora release to the next, and Xfce is one of the
most popular 'alternate' Linux desktops, and has a very dedicated Fedora
SIG which works hard to provide a smooth experience and live spin,
and has organized the Test Day to make sure the Fedora 13 Xfce
experience is second to none.
As always, the Test Days will run all day in the #fedora-test-day
channel on Freenode IRC. If you're not sure about IRC, read the guide or
use WebIRC. If you can't do the testing on the Test Day, you can
still run through the tests and provide your results earlier or later.
You can do the Xfce testing with a live image which will be provided on
the Test Day page. Obviously this isn't possible for the preupgrade
testing, but you can test it in a virtual machine if you don't want to
(or can't) mess with your real Fedora installation.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 13
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Update acceptance testing ---
At the weekly QA meeting, Adam Miller asked if a vote would be needed
to move ahead with the proventesters policy he was drafting. Adam
Williamson said votes were not normally needed and suggested just
sending a final draft to the mailing list with a note that it would go
into effect if there were no major objections. Adam Miller subsequently
sent the final draft to the list, where Adam Williamson, Shmuel
Siegel and others suggested small amendments, which Adam Miller
Kamil Paral reported that the package update acceptance test plan
could be completed before the end of the Fedora 13 cycle, for automation
and implementation in the Fedora 14 cycle. Kamil later posted a final
call for comments on the plan, to which James Laska and Jesse
Keating provided detailed responses.
--- Remote accessibility release criterion proposal ---
Adam Williamson proposed a new release criterion stating that it must
be possible to install a system in such a way that it is immediately
remotely accessible. This was in response to reports on the list that it
was not possible to do this in Fedora 13, in contrast to previous
releases, which was causing sysadmins dealing with remote machines some
--- Fedora 11 end-of-life notification ---
John Poelstra announced that he would soon send out the end-of-life
notification for Fedora 11 on bugs reported against that release. Jason
Tibbitts noted that he had adjusted open package review requests
filed against that release, so these would not erroneously receive
--- Fedora 13 testing ---
This week saw the second blocker bug review meeting for the final
release. The group reviewed all open blocker bugs with assistance from
the development team; in general, progress is being made on all blockers
and we don't foresee any major problems resolving them in time for release.
Al Dunsmuir reported a crash in Firefox with the common Noscript
extension when browsing the release notes, which he filed as a bug.
Joachim Backes reported a problem booting to runlevel 3 with the
echoing of login information: he had seen cases where the username was
not echoed back to the screen when typed, but the password was
(obviously, the behavior should be opposite). Steven I Usdansky
confirmed that he had seen a similar issue.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Gearing for Fedora 13 ---
With only a few weeks left until the Fedora 13 release, the Design Team
is producing the last missing pieces of artwork: Máirín Duffy
proposed a concept for the Anaconda banner which was well liked, then
she followed  with a firstboot splash design which evolved into a
Paul Frields invited new contributors to try their hands at media art
"Anyone willing to take a crack at the labels and sleeves? IIRC the
labels are very easy to modify, because there's not much to do" and
Alexander Smirnov started working on it.
At the same time, Martin Sourada took a step ahead and started the
page for the next release, Fedora 14 "I know it's a little bit
earlier, but I started the F14 Theme wiki page"
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from
fedora-package-announce. This week's beat covers the period April 14-27,
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* gitolite-1.4.2-1.fc13 -
* amsn-0.98.3-1.fc13 -
* sudo-1.7.2p6-1.fc13 -
* httpd-2.2.15-1.fc13 -
* krb5-1.7.1-8.fc13 -
* gource-0.24-3.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* krb5-1.7.1-7.fc12 -
* gource-0.24-3.fc12 -
* kdelibs-4.4.2-2.fc12 -
* kdebase-workspace-4.4.2-5.fc12 -
* konq-plugins-4.4.0-3.fc12 -
* PyQt4-4.7.2-2.fc12 -
* sip-4.10.1-2.fc12 -
* oxygen-icon-theme-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeutils-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdetoys-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdesdk-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeplasma-addons-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdepimlibs-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdepim-runtime-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdepim-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdenetwork-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdemultimedia-4.4.2-2.fc12 -
* kdegraphics-4.4.2-3.fc12 -
* kdegames-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeedu-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdebase-runtime-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdebindings-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdebase-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeartwork-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeadmin-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* kdeaccessibility-4.4.2-1.fc12 -
* mimetex-1.71-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* seamonkey-1.1.19-1.fc11 -
* kdelibs-4.4.2-2.fc11 -
* konq-plugins-4.4.0-3.fc11 -
* sip-4.10.1-2.fc11 -
* oxygen-icon-theme-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdeutils-4.4.2-1.fc11.1 -
* kdetoys-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdesdk-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdeplasma-addons-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdepimlibs-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdenetwork-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdepim-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdemultimedia-4.4.2-2.fc11 -
* kdegraphics-4.4.2-3.fc11 -
* kdeedu-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdegames-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdebindings-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdebase-runtime-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdebase-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdeartwork-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdeadmin-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* kdeaccessibility-4.4.2-1.fc11 -
* openssl-0.9.8n-1.fc11 -
* kdebase-workspace-4.4.2-5.fc13 -
-- Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Summer 2010 Coding.
Contributing Writer: Karsten Wade
--- Students plan proposals while new ideas keep coming ---
As per the program schedule, students are working on research and
communication with the community. The result of this work is the student
proposal, due by 20 May 2010.
Meanwhile, sub-projects in the Fedora Project and the JBoss.org
communities continue to add to the project ideas page. There are
currently 20 project ideas, such as Copr:
"Copr (Cool Other Package Repo) is a Fedora project to help make
building and managing third party package repositories easy. Copr is
being implemented this summer by Seth Vidal and Toshio Kuratomi. They
would welcome help from interested students."
Other examples are improvements and new features for the Seam
Framework, several KDE projects (netbook spin, fingerprint
support, and usability recording tool), and a proposal to
integrate Beacon with the Fedora Docs CMS for WYSIWYG editing of
DocBook XML sources. The work to add DocBook XML editing support to
Beacon was a project from the 2009 Google Summer of Code, and the
student from that project is back as a mentor for this new project.
--- Search for sponsors continues ---
The search for sponsors continues, as the funding pool directly affects
how many proposals can be funded.
Karsten Wade wrote, "If you work for or with an organization,
business, foundation, non-profit, etc. that benefits from a better
Fedora Project … consider if you have some budget to help fund a student
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