Fedora Weekly News Issue 217
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 22.214.171.124 Google Summer of Code proposal: Better
# 126.96.36.199 Note: comps moved to Fedora Hosted git
# 188.8.131.52 Release Notes Wiki Freeze
# 184.108.40.206 Announcing the release of Fedora 13 Alpha!
* 220.127.116.11.1 What is the Alpha release?
* 18.104.22.168.2 Features
* 22.214.171.124.3 Contributing
# 126.96.36.199 F13 Release Slogan - Rock it.
+ 1.1.3 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
+ 1.2.2 Marketing FAD
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Fedora 13 Alpha and Beta
+ 1.4.4 Package update policy
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Transifex v 0.7.4 Upgrade Complete
+ 1.5.2 Translation Review Image Available
+ 1.5.3 New Category, 'Upstream', on translate.fp.org
+ 1.5.4 New Members/Co-ordinators in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Preparing Beta Artwork
+ 1.6.2 The Design Suite is a Talking Point
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
== Fedora Weekly News Issue 217
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 217 for the week ending March 14,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In announcements, lots of exciting news related to Fedora 13, including
details on last week's Alpha launch, slogan release, as well as freeze
on the F13 release notes. In news from the Fedora Planet, thoughts on
Fedora Spins, how to create a rocket using Inkscape, an excellent essay
on "Open Source Philosophy" including a brief history of the movement,
and much more. In the News summarizes an interview with Fedora Project
leader Paul W. Frields on Fedora 12 and beyond. In Quality Assurance
news, details from last week's Test Day on webcams, great coverage in
the QA team weekly meetings and other activities, Fedora 13 Alpha and
Beta updates, and details on a proposed draft of a package update
policy. Translation reports details on last week's Transifex 0.74
upgrade, availability of a Fedora 13 image with the latest translations,
and many new members of the Fedora Localization Project team. In
Art/Design Team news, coverage of recent discussion on Fedora 13 beta
artwork, and the design suite as a Fedora talking point. This issue
wraps up with pointers to last week's security advisories for Fedora 11,
12 and 13. Enjoy!
We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News
(FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format for a few past FWN issues
that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet
Archive and have a listen!
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list(a)redhat.com
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
== Announcements ==
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
=== Fedora Announcement News ===
There were no announcements on the announce(a)lists.fedoraproject.org last
=== Fedora Development News ===
==== Google Summer of Code proposal: Better iptables management ====
Zubin Mithra invited comments on a Google Summer of Code proposal
to improve iptables in Fedora:
"My name is Zubin Mithra and I am aspiring to get into GSoC on behalf of
Fedora. I wish to work on making a library for better iptables
management. Details can be viewed in the proposal which I have attached
along with the email.
I would love to hear your views on it."
A PDF of the proposal is available.
1. Zubin Mithra
==== Note: comps moved to Fedora Hosted git ====
Bill Nottingham announced
"As discussed both on-list, and at this week's FESCo meeting the
'comps' module used for mapping packages to package groups in Fedora has
moved from CVS to Fedora Hosted git.
You may view the module at: http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/?p=comps.git
and check it out at any of: http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/comps.git
(r/w, for packagers)
Access control and policies remain the same. The old comps module in CVS
will remain in a read-only state while users of it upgrade their scripts.
If you have any issues with the new location, please file a ticket in
Thanks, Bill Nottingham"
==== Release Notes Wiki Freeze ====
John J. McDonough reminded the community that:
"Next week is the wiki freeze for Fedora 13 Release Notes.
If you have something important that needs to be in the release notes,
update the appropriate wiki beat.
Go above and select the appropriate beat. Then add a note to that beat.
Your update need not be polished prose; if you can summarize the key
points that need to be documented and perhaps include a link to more
details, the Docs Project can take it from there.
As in Fedora 12, we are not looking to document every little change. The
release notes will highlight significant changes, and include a link to
the upstream page for all changes. If your component is hosted by
Fedora, please consider enhancing the information pointed to by the yum
link, which is what will appear in the release notes.
Thanks for your help --McD"
==== Announcing the release of Fedora 13 Alpha! ====
Jesse Keating announced the availability of Fedora 13 Alpha:
"The Fedora 13 "Goddard" Alpha release is available! What's next for
free operating system that shows off the best new technology of
tomorrow? You can see the future now
===== What is the Alpha release? =====
The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 13 in a form that
anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps
us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta
release available. A Beta release is code-complete, and bears a very
strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of
Fedora 13 is due in May.
We need your help to make Fedora 13 the best release yet, so please take
a moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure
the things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug,
please report it -- every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the
experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make
Fedora a rock-solid distribution. (Read down to the end of the
announcement for more information on how to help.)
===== Features =====
Among the top features for end users, we have:
* Automatic print driver installation. We're using RPM and
PackageKit for automatic installation of printer drivers, so when you
plug in a USB printer, Fedora will automatically offer to install
drivers for it if needed.
* Automatic installation of language packs. Yum language packs
plugin support makes software installation smarter and easier for
everyone worldwide, by automatically downloading language support for
large suites of Fedora software when the user's environment requires it.
* Redesigned user management interface. The user account tool has
been completely redesigned, and the accountsdialog and accountsservice
test packages are available to make it easy to configure personal
information, make a personal profile picture or icon, generate a strong
passphrase, and set up login options for your Fedora system.
* Color management. Color Management allows you to better set and
control your colors for displays, printers, and scanners, through the
* NetworkManager improvements include CLI. NetworkManager is now a
one stop shop for all of your networking needs in Fedora, be it dial-up,
broadband, wifi, or even Bluetooth. And now it can all be done in the
command line, if you're into that sort of thing.
* Experimental 3D extended to free Nouveau driver for NVidia cards.
In this release we are one step closer to having 3D supported on
completely free and open source software (FOSS) drivers. In Fedora 12 we
got a lot of ATI chips working, and this time we've added a wide range
of NVidia cards. You can install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental
package to try out the work in progress.
For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:
* SystemTap static probes. SystemTap now has expanded capabilities
to monitor higher-level language runtimes like Java, Python and Tcl, and
also user space applications starting with PostgreSQL. In the future
Fedora will add support for even more user space applications, greatly
increasing the scope and power of monitoring for application developers.
* Easier Python debugging. We've added new support that allows
developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to
get more complete information when debugging with gdb, making Fedora an
exceptional platform for powerful, rapid application development.
* Parallel-installable Python 3 stack. The parallel-installable
Python 3 stack will will help programmers write and test code for use in
both Python 2.6 and Python 3 environments, so you can future-proof your
applications now using Fedora.
* NetBeans 6.8 first IDE to support entire Java 6 EE spec. NetBeans
IDE 6.8 is the first IDE to offer complete support for the entire Java
EE 6 specification.
And don't think we forgot the system administrators:
. (BFO) allows users to download a single,
tiny image (could fit on a floppy) and install current and future
versions of Fedora without having to download additional images.
* System Security Services Daemon (SSSD). SSSD provides expanded
features for logging into managed domains, including caching for offline
authentication. This means that, for example, users on laptops can still
login when disconnected from the company's managed network. The
authentication configuration tool in Fedora has already been updated to
support SSSD, and work is underway to make it even more attractive and
* Pioneering NFS features. Fedora offers the latest version 4 of the
NFS protocol for better performance, and in conjunction with recent
kernel modifications includes IPv6 support for NFS as well.
* Zarafa Groupware. Zarafa now makes available a complete Open
Source groupware suite that can be used as a drop-in Exchange
replacement for Web-based mail, calendaring, collaboration and tasks.
Features include IMAP/POP and iCal/CalDAV capabilities, native mobile
phone support, the ability to integrate with existing Linux mail
servers, a full set of programming interfaces, and a comfortable look
and feel using modern Ajax technologies.
* Btrfs snapshots integration. Btrfs is capable of creating
lightweight filesystem snapshots that can be mounted (and booted into)
selectively. The created snapshots are copy-on-write snapshots, so there
is no file duplication overhead involved for files that do not change
between snapshots. It allows developers to feel comfortable
experimenting with new software without fear of an unusable install,
since automated snapshots allow them to easily revert to the previous
And that's only the beginning. A more complete list and details of each
new cited feature is available
We have nightly composes of alternate spins available
===== Contributing =====
For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to
report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the
Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora project!
-- Jesse Keating Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature! identi.ca:
==== F13 Release Slogan - Rock it. ====
Robyn Bergeron announced the slogan for Fedora 13:
"For the 13th Release of Fedora, "Goddard," the Fedora Marketing team
ran an open, community based process of slogan submissions,. That
processincluded guidelines for producing great slogans, and as a result
ofour call, we received a large number of slogan contributions
After an exciting and enjoyable Marketing Team meeting, the release
slogan for Fedora 13 "Goddard" has been chosen and approved: "Rock
We would like to thank all the contributors who have participated in
=== 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
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and
* 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. This edition
covers highlights from the past three weeks.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
=== General ===
Justin O'Brien was one of many to announce that the Fedora 13 Alpha
has been released. "We need your help to make Fedora 13 the best release
yet, so please take a moment of your time to download and try out the
Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working. If
you find a bug, please report it – every bug you uncover is a chance to
improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together,
we can make Fedora a rock-solid distribution."
Richard W.M. Jones shared a tip: How to "use SystemTap to monitor
SELinux changes to files". The problem: "Something unknown was changing
the labels on certain devices behind my back. We couldn’t find out what
it was using ordinary diagnostics, so I decided to investigate if we
could do this with SystemTap."
Aamir Aijaz Bhutto wrote an excellent essay on "Open Source
Philosophy" including a brief history of the movement.
Dave Malcolm mused on the topic of "What variability exists within
proposed updates to the Fedora package collection?"
Joshua Wulf posted a giant comic-like diagram explaining what
Nicu Buceli explained how to create a rocket ship using Inkscape.
Max Spevack asked: Are Fedora Spins a thread or a menace? Max shared
some "thoughts about Fedora's Spins -- both the idea behind having
spins, and some of the marketing-related challenges that exist as a result."
=== Marketing FAD ===
Fedora held Marketing "Fedora Activity Days" and here are bunch of
random links that seem to sum it up nicely:
== 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
=== Paul Frields on Fedora 12 and Beyond (LinuxForU.com
Kara Schlitz forwarded a summary of the following article posted to
"Paul Frields on Fedora 12 and Beyond By Janani Gopalakrishnan Vikram
Two months after the launch of Fedora 12, we spoke to Paul Frields,
Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat, about how this release has been
received by the community, and what is in store for the next. Though it
started as a technical discussion on what Fedora 12 offers IT admins and
developers, it graduated into a more serious conversation on the
relationship between Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and the
distinction (if any) between commercial and community Linux.
The full article is available
== Quality Assurance ==
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
=== Test Days ===
Last week's Test Day was on webcams. We had a great turnout, with
many users testing all sorts of different cameras, so thanks to everyone
who tested. Most cameras were reported to work well, but we did identify
a few models which did not, and Hans de Goede will be working to improve
support for those. Thanks to Hans for helping to organize and look after
Next week's Test Day will be on Fedora 13 changes to disk management,
via the udisks (previously DeviceKit-disks) backend and the Palimpsest
front end. The major new features are better support for LVMs,
support for multipath connections (a system with multiple connections to
the same drive, common with enterprise storage systems) and support for
remote access, allowing you to inspect the disks on one system from
another with Palimpsest. As always, we'll be working to make testing as
easy as possible, and most testing should be possible from a live
environment. The Test Day will run all day on Thursday 2010-03-18 in the
#fedora-test-day IRC channel.
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
=== Weekly meetings ===
No QA group weekly meeting was held on 2010-03-08 as James Laska was
unavailable and there were no pressing items needing discussion.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2010-03-09. The full
log is available. Matej Cepl confirmed that he is an administrator of
the Fedorahosted triage space, and that XML-RPC access to the space
is now working again.
Adam Williamson provided a recap of Brennan Ashton's work on triage
statistics, and on his current plan to develop this within the
Fedora Community group.
Adam Williamson and John Poelstra discussed the planned rebase of bugs
to Fedora 13, in regards to some questions raised by Till Maas on the
development mailing list. They confirmed that each specific rebase does
not need approval by FESCo, and could not see how Till's proposed
refinement of the rebase query would be an improvement.
Adam Williamson reported that he had updated the bug workflow Wiki
page to reflect the new No Frozen Rawhide process. He noted that it
had been slightly cumbersome to rewrite and welcomed reviews of the
changes. Christopher Beland volunteered to update the Rawhide page
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2010-03-15 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting. The next Bugzappers weekly meeting will be held on
2010-03-16 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
=== Fedora 13 Alpha and Beta ===
Jesse Keating announced the release of Fedora 13 Alpha on 2010-03-09.
The first blocker bug review meeting for Fedora 13 Beta was held on
2010-03-12, where all Beta blocker candidate bugs were reviewed and
some Fedora 13 blocker candidates upgraded to Beta blocker status.
=== Package update policy ===
Kamil Paral posted a proposed draft of a package update policy,
driven mostly by the need for a framework for the integration of AutoQA
tests. Kamil's policy was eventually discussed at the FESCo meeting
which decided to move forward with Bill Nottingham's proposal focused on
the requirements for updates to be published. Kamil planned to work with
Bill to ensure his proposal would cover the important areas of Kamil's
== Translation ==
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
=== Transifex v 0.7.4 Upgrade Complete ===
After tests on a staging server, the transifex v 7.04 instance is now
live on translate.fedoraproject.org. This version, brings in the much
awaited feature that supports Publican style documents comprised of
multiple .po files.
As informed by Ruediger Landmann, the .pot files for Fedora Documents
served by translate.fedoraproject.org
would need to be regenerated and
merged with the earlier translations. Translation submission is
presently disabled for a number of these documents.
=== Translation Review Image Available ===
An image file for a Fedora 13 build containing the latest translations
has been made available by the Fedora Release Engineering team. Using
this image, translators can directly review the translations on the User
=== New Category, 'Upstream', on translate.fp.org
After discussions on the mailing list, several modules including
PulseAudio*, Transifex etc. have been moved to a new category titled
'Upstream' in translate.fedoraproject.org. These modules, are
integral to the Fedora Project, but do not use the Fedora Infrastructure
to host their source or receive translations.
=== New Members/Co-ordinators in FLP ===
Geunsik Lim (Korean), Christian I. Ponce G (Spanish), Peter Bojtos
(Hungarian), Ryo Fujita (Japanese), joined the Fedora Localization
Project recently. Hyunsok Oh has taken over as the new co-ordinator of
the Korean team.
== Artwork ==
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
=== Preparing Beta Artwork ===
Máirín Duffy wrote on her blog asking for feedback about the artwork
in Fedora 13 and ways to improve it for the Beta release "So now that
Fedora 13 Alpha is out…. have you given it a try? What do you think
about the wallpaper? We want to hear your feedback, because there isn’t
actually that much time to update the wallpaper for beta, I think a
little over a week. We haven’t gotten much feedback about it yet, so we
need to hear from you now!". Anyone is encouraged to leave feedback
either on her blog or on the team's mailing list
=== The Design Suite is a Talking Point ===
Sebastian Dziallas reported on @Design-Team about the Design Suite
being listed as a Talking Point for the upcoming Fedora 13 "I've
quickly copied some stuff for the talking points together (since the
Design Suite *is* in fact a talking point, heh)" and invited people to
contribute and enhance the page.
== Security Advisories ===
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
=== Fedora 13 Security Advisories ===
* tar-1.22-16.fc13 -
* libpng10-1.0.53-1.fc13 -
* viewvc-1.1.4-1.fc13 -
* nss-3.12.6-1.2.fc13 -
* cups-1.4.2-34.fc13 -
* esorex-3.7.2-6.fc13 -
* samba-3.5.1-58.fc13 -
* sudo-1.7.2p5-1.fc13 -
* moin-1.9.2-1.fc13 -
* bournal-1.4.1-1.fc13 -
=== Fedora 12 Security Advisories ===
* cups-1.4.2-28.fc12 -
* nss-3.12.6-1.2.fc12 -
* samba-3.4.7-58.fc12 -
* curl-7.19.7-7.fc12 -
* bournal-1.4.1-1.fc12 -
=== Fedora 11 Security Advisories ===
* cups-1.4.2-26.fc11 -
* squid-3.0.STABLE24-1.fc11 -
* curl-7.19.7-5.fc11 -
* samba-3.4.7-0.50.fc11 -
* bournal-1.4.1-1.fc11 -
* sudo-1.7.2p5-1.fc11 -
- end FWN 217 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA