* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 239
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
o 1.2 Marketing
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements
+ 1.3.2 LinuxCon: What Is the Future of Linux Development? (LinuxPlanet)
o 1.4 Ambassadors
+ 1.4.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.4.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.4.3 Summary of FAmSCo meetings
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.5.2 Missing GNOME Translation for Fedora 13
+ 1.5.3 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 Balloons follow-up
+ 1.6.2 Cantarell Font Packaged
+ 1.6.3 F14 Wallpaper Evolution
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 239 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 239 for the week ending August
18, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue kicks off with news from the Fedora Planet, including why
private browsing isn't as secure as you may think and how SELinux can
help, reflections on software advances since 1995, a report from the
Education pre-con at LinuxCon, and an experience of using Fedora on a
Droid X. In Marketing team news, work on Fedora 14 Talking Points in
advance of FUDCon 2011, calls for the F14 release slogan and discussion
around it. Two pieces with Fedora In the News this week, one from
interviews with kernel developers at LinuxCon, ncluding Fedora's kernel
maintainer, Dave Jones, and coverage of Project Harmony, a multi-vendor
effort to streamline Linux contributor agreements. We're very pleased
this week to welcome a new beat writer for Ambassadors, Sankarshan
Mukhopadhyay, who reports on new Ambassadors to the Fedora Project, a
great summary of discussion on the Ambassador list, and coverage of July
and August FAmSCO meetings. In Translation news, an update on Fedora 14
tasks, work on missing translations for GNOME apps in Fedora 13, and new
members to the Fedora Localization Project for Japanese and Low German.
In Design team news, a report on the created Fedora balloons, packaging
the Cantarell font, and some new contributions for F14 wallpaper. This
issue wraps up with details on security advisories issued for F12 - F14
packages over the past week. Enjoy FWN 239!
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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 ---
Luis Villa wrote: "Put yourself in 1995. I’m going to tell the you of
1995 that in 2010, there will be a software platform with the following
properties". Luis then listed all of characteristics of the Web as a
software platform, then continued "At this point, 1995-you says ‘This
sounds too good to be true. There must be a catch..."
Josh Bressers explained why private browsing isn't as secure as you
may think. But one possible remedy includes running your web browser in
a confined SELinux sandbox.
Máirín Duffy attended LinuxCon, but more importantly, took copious
notes at the Education Mini-Summit that preceded LinuxCon.
Máirín also summarized the August 13, 2010 Fedora Board meeting.
Paul W. Frields was quiet happy with the experience of using a Droid
X with Fedora including the ease of transferring music and other files
to the device (which isn't easy for an iPhone to do).
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-08-11 to 2010-08-17.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Mel Chua made a twits on the topic of Talking Points to make
reference to a "upstream marketing" session on FUDCon Tempe. Kind of how
to get marketing-shiny on features in F14.
Robyn Bergeron continued with calls for action on release slogan.
This was followed later for an invitation from Robyn for picking the
Paul Frields invited to the team involved in the microblog feed to
spread the slip of F14 Alpha. Jonathan Nalley took action.
The marketing meeting discussed what will be our Fedora 14 release
-- 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
--- Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements
Rahul Sundaram forwarded coverage of Project Harmony, a multi-vendor
project to streamline and solve the problems associated with contributor
agreements, with participation by Red Hat Inc.:
"In a separate session about contributor license agreements, Red Hat
attorney Richard Fontana argued that formal contribution agreements are
usually bad, suggested that the legal benefits for the project are dubious.
"It also signals a lack of confidence in free software licenses that
regular open source licenses aren't good enough," he said.
Fontana added that he is participating in Project Harmony, though he has
mixed feeling about the effort."
The full post is available.
--- LinuxCon: What Is the Future of Linux Development? (LinuxPlanet) ---
Jonathan Nalley forwarded an article on the future of the Linux
kernel, with interviews of attendees at LinuxCon, including Fedora's
kernel maintainer, Dave Jones:
"When we ship Fedora updates the story is more of the same, more drivers
and fixes to existing drivers," said Dave Jones, Red Hat's Fedora kernel
maintainer. "There are some great features in every release, but it's
mostly more of the same from our perspective."
Overall the increasing level of complexity and quality is also making it
more difficult for new people to contribute to the kernel. Jones
believes that the barrier to entry for kernel developers has been raised
in recent years.
"A driver that would have been merged in the early days would now get
shot down, with request for re-writes," he said.
Jones noted that there are certain areas where new kernel developers can
make more of an impact than others.
"The kernel is big enough and there are whole areas are that are prime
areas for people to come and clean up," Jones said.
That said, Jones suggested that new developers not choose to start with
what he referred to as janitor patches that help to eliminate needless
"Find something that is interesting and useful but at the same time easy
enough to understand so you can get involved with it," Jones said."
The full post is also available.
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---
Edgar Rodolfo joined the Ambassador Project  from Peru, mentored by
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
The FAmNA members enthusiastically agreed with the idea of Fedora
balloons For reference purposes, see the link to the beginning of the
Nilesh Vaghela posted a summary of a Fedora Talk/Seminar at GLS
College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The link to the photographs have been
provided as well. Fedora 13 features were demonstrated at the workshop.
Zoltan Hoppar requested guidance in getting the domain
registered as it is part of the Hungarian
community's efforts to become official.
Gerold and Paul Frields had a mail exchange  around the need for
the Fedora EMEA e.V. NPO to rename and, the way forward on that.
Gerold Kassube posted  a job offer in Berlin and requested to be
contacted privately off-list if anyone was interested in taking it up.
Robyn Bergeron requested help in selecting the Release Slogan for Fedora
14 . The themes for the release slogan has a wiki page The
Release Slogan SOP is recommended reading. The new slogan ideas are
to be provided at the specific wiki page The deadline for
submissions is Tuesday, August 17, at 21:00 UTC.
Fabian Affolter posted a call for an owner for LinuxDay at Dornbirn,
Austria which has a wiki page available.
Gerold added to Joerg Simon 's call for owner for Software Freedom
Day, Berlin by pointing out that FUDCon Zuerich begins on the same day.
Joe O'Dell wrote explaining that an upcoming set of study plans
would not allow full focus on the duties of an Ambassador.
Gerold reminded Ambassadors that online registration for
FUDCon2010/Switzerland was now open and, provided a link for those
interested in sight-seeing.
Joerg Simon announced that the FAmSCo meeting for 2010-08-16 was
cancelled since most of the members were unable to attend.
--- Summary of FAmSCo meetings ---
Susmit Shannigrahi emailed Mustafa  about copyrighted material being
posted on his blog and best practices of an Ambassador
Joerg Simon posted  the meeting minutes  for the FAmSCo meeting on
Mon Aug 9 19:15:05 2010 UTC The meeting led to creation of action items
for developing the Ambassador Conduct content
Joerg Simon announced that the FAmSCo Report for July 2010 was ready for
release . The report included a section  about the results of the
survey sent out to the mentors
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 14 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora
14. As per the schedule translation of software and documents is
currently underway. Noriko Mizumoto suggested changes to the timeline
to reflect the 1 week slip in the schedule.
--- Missing GNOME Translation for Fedora 13 ---
Domingo Becker reported that translations for various GNOME
applications appear with missing translations in Fedora 13, after
updates are made.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Casey Jones (Japanese) joined the Fedora Localization Project
recently. Nils-Christoph Fieldler started the Low German Translation
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Balloons follow-up ---
After the previous week the team created a design for balloons, Ben
Williams followed with photos showing the final products.
--- Cantarell Font Packaged ---
In the effort of renewing the branding fonts, Luya Tshimbalanga
packaged the last missing piece "Design team have recently chosen
Cantarell for body text. I have packaged Cantarell fonts for Fedora" and
Dave Crossland, the Cantarell's author Fedora user and existing
contributor to the Fonts SIG used the opportunity to get involved
more in font packaging "I have been saying for probably years now that I
want to start packaging fonts for Fedora, and this seems like a great
opportunity to actually get stuck in."
--- F14 Wallpaper Evolution ---
Federico Cáceres, a new contributor, introduced himself and a few
modification proposals for the Fedora 14 wallpaper evolution "I thought
I could mix up the current concept and share my experiments with the
community." Máirín Duffy showed a bit of unrest about the status
"Time is definitely getting short as we need to start working on the
banners for beta. :)" and wrote a blog post to increase the feedback.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* ghostscript-8.71-10.fc13 -
* mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc13 -
* java-1.6.0-openjdk-22.214.171.124-42.b18.fc13 -
* drupal-6.19-1.fc13 -
* httpd-2.2.16-1.fc13 -
* ssmtp-2.61-15.fc13 -
* znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc13 -
* squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc13 -
* openconnect-2.25-1.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* ghostscript-8.71-7.fc12 -
* iputils-20071127-12.fc12 -
* mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc12 -
* java-1.6.0-openjdk-126.96.36.199-40.b18.fc12 -
* drupal-6.19-1.fc12 -
* ssmtp-2.61-15.fc12 -
* perl-5.10.0-91.fc12 -
* znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc12 -
* squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc12 -
- end FWN 239 -
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