* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 247
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
+ 1.1.2 Special Virtualization Feature
o 1.2 Translation
+ 1.2.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.2.2 New Documents Ready for Translation
+ 1.2.3 Fedora Website Translation Starts
+ 1.2.4 English Translators Called for Software Management Guide
+ 1.2.5 Slow Transactions for Installation Guide
+ 1.2.6 Publican 2.2 Released
+ 1.2.7 New Members and Sponsors in FLP
o 1.3 Design
+ 1.3.1 The Game
+ 1.3.2 ‘Fedora Students Contributing’ T-Shirt'
+ 1.3.3 Fedora 14 Graphics
o 1.4 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 247 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 247 for the week ending October
13, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
We have a shorter issue this week, as a number of our regular
contributors are unusually occupied. Our issue kicks off with news from
the Fedora Planet, with discussion of the new Fedora updates policy from
several bloggers, Paul W. Frields new roles at Red Hat and the Fedora
Project, and coverage of the latest Fedora Board meeting activities. We
also have a special virtualization feature in this week's issue, with
much great content from Richard W.M. Jones. In Translation team news, a
variety of Fedora 14 work including tasks, Fedora website translation,
and a call for volunteers to help with the Software Management Guide
translation from Spanish into English. In Design team news, discussion
of ideas for a Fedora role-playing game, t-shirt design for students
contributing to Fedora, and an update on Fedora 14 graphics tasks. Our
issue wraps up with security updates for Fedora 12, 13 and 14 released
in the last week. Enjoy FWN 247!
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- 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 ---
There is now a new Fedora Updates Policy, says Juan J. Martínez. "I
think it’s worth reading because, as the announcement says, it can be
improved, clarified and adjusted; but it’s a very good starting point."
And to ensure that updates can be installed smoothly, Will Woods
explained how the AutoQA process and depcheck can be used "to be
sure that they (Fedora update packages) don't have any unresolved
dependencies that would cause yum to reject them (and thus cause
everyone to be unable to update their systems and be unhappy with Fedora
and the world in general."
...And just in case something goes wrong with your RPM database, Ingvar
Hagelund has the answer.
Former Fedora Project Leader Paul W. Frields has been transitioning
to a new role at Red Hat, "Operations Manager", but will still maintain
an active presence in the Fedora community. "I realized the other day
after a couple questions from friends in Fedora that maybe people were
interested in what I was doing. I’m always surprised by that, but I’m
happy to give some more details here." Tom Callaway outlined some
other transitions at Red Hat and the employment opportunities now
available. John Poelstra has more details on the new "Fedora Program
John Poelstra also posted the "Fedora 14 Final Release Game Plan". If
all goes according to schedule, Fedora 14 will be unleashed in less than
John Palmier released the first Python 3 PyGObject module into Fedora
Lennart Poettering posted part 3 of "systemd for System
Administrators" with the topic "How Do I Convert A SysV Init Script Into
A systemd Service File?"
Máirín Duffy attended the Fedora Board meetings on 27 Sept and 1 Oct
2010. Among the highlights: "The Board for the past two months or so has
been working to put together a solid vision statement for Fedora, to
help guide what we do. It hasn’t been an easy road, but this meeting was
our deadline to have a draft statement so the task dominated this
meeting. We happily came to agreement on the following..."
Peter Hutterer and Ankur Shrivastava shared some updates on input device
support in X on Linux. First, Peter met with some folks before the X
Developer Conference to discuss multitouch. Next, Ankur explained
how to use multiple input devices with X.
--- Special Virtualization Feature ---
Richard W.M. Jones was busy writing and posting all about Virtualization
First, Richard produced an amazing tool that allows you to
visualize reads and writes (and their alignment at the block-level) of a
Did you know that you can run Xen as a KVM guest? You can.
"So the common question I am asked is: When installing a 32 bit guest,
should I choose an i686 or x86-64 (32 or 64 bit) architecture?"
Finally, a guest post described how to convert VMware guest machine
images to become libvirt/KVM guests.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 14 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed in the list about the upcoming tasks for
Fedora 14. As per the schedule, translation of Final and GA Release
Notes and Website and correction of the guides is currently underway.
--- New Documents Ready for Translation ---
Musician's Guide and Readme Burning ISOs has now been added to
Some additions were also made to the Security Guide that is already
available for translation.
--- Fedora Website Translation Starts ---
After a minor delay (supported by FLP) the Fedora Website
translations for Fedora 14 have gotten underway. The end date for
translating the Fedora Website documents is 25th October 2010. A staging
server to review the translations is also available.
--- English Translators Called for Software Management Guide ---
The Software Management Guide originally written in Spanish needs to be
translated to English for Fedora 14. As per an earlier discussion,
the English translation can then be used to create POT files and
translated into other languages.
--- Slow Transactions for Installation Guide ---
Noriko Mizumoto informed the list of a possible snag that is affecting
translation submission to the Installation Guide via
--- Publican 2.2 Released ---
Version 2.2 of Publican was released last week and can be installed
using the package available from koji. The Feedback section that is part
of the publican-redhat package has not been updated yet.
--- New Members and Sponsors in FLP ---
Hasan Alp iNAN (Turkish) and Simon Yan (Simplified Chinese) joined
the FLP recently.
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- The Game ---
The idea of a role playing game was floating for a while inside the
Fedora community so after an initial talk on IRC Nicu Buculei sent
a first vision "I decided to start the ball rolling by exposing my
personal vision about it. I focused only on the 'gameplay', not on the
implementation details", Dave Crossland pointed to video on the topic
"I recommended this Google Tech Talk on applying game dymanics to
programs" and Máirín Duffy tries to assemble a working team "Here's a
whenisgood link to figure out when our meeting will be on the RPG,
please fill it out - it's quick & painless."
--- ‘Fedora Students Contributing’ T-Shirt' ---
After Máirín Duffy blogged about a new bi-weekly Design Bounty, "what
we need is an awesome T-shirt to commemorate and celebrate the students’
accomplishments, for this past summer and for future Fedora summer
programs like this. The shirts will be given out to the students, their
mentors, and the sponsors of the program", Christian Brassat was the
first to claim the task and provide a design "we came up with the
idea of using a flower to symbolize how the students taking part in this
project are 'growing'", which was polished in a number of subsequent
--- Fedora 14 Graphics ---
Gearing for the release, the Design Team is closing the last remaining
tasks: Alexander Smirnov created a finished version for media art "I
ended my DVD/CD label & sleeve artwork (include full color labels)" and
Máirín Duffy the 'animated' wallpapers "I just got these finished up
and tested them out; I think they are looking good", which are ready for
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.8-1.fc14 -
* freetype-2.4.2-3.fc14 -
* dnsperf-188.8.131.52-21.fc14 -
* bind-dyndb-ldap-0.1.0-0.14.b.fc14 -
* bind-9.7.2-2.P2.fc14 -
* ghostscript-8.71-16.fc14 -
* gnome-subtitles-1.0-3.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.8-1.fc13 -
* ghostscript-8.71-16.fc13 -
* cgit-0.8.2.1-4.fc13 -
* openswan-2.6.29-1.fc13 -
* seamonkey-2.0.8-1.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* gnome-subtitles-1.0-3.fc12 -
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.8-1.fc12 -
* seamonkey-2.0.8-1.fc12 -
* openswan-2.6.29-1.fc12 -
* cgit-0.8.2.1-4.fc12 -
- end FWN 247 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA