o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora 12 Reviews: A Sampling
+ 1.1.2 FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
# 220.127.116.11 F12 PackageKit root permission change
+ 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
+ 1.2.2 Fedora 12 Roundup
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Test Days
+ 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.3.3 Improving the release criteria
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 Release Notes Translations Updated for Polish, Portuguese and
+ 1.4.2 Errors in Release Notes for Chinese and German
+ 1.4.3 Error in Package Name in the Fedora 12 Release Notes
+ 1.4.4 SSSD and MC Translation Request
+ 1.4.5 New Members in FLP
o 1.5 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.3 Fedora 10 Security Advisories
o 1.6 Virtualization
+ 1.6.1 Interviews
+ 1.6.2 Fedora Virtualization List
# 126.96.36.199 Fedora Virtualization Status Report
# 188.8.131.52 Rawvirt Rawhide Virtualization for Fedora 12
+ 1.6.3 Libvirt List
# 184.108.40.206 New Release libvirt 0.7.4
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 203 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 203 for the week ending November 22, 2009. What
follows are some highlights from this issue.
Fedora 12 "Constantine" was released this past week, and we kick off this
week's issue with a sampling of reviews from around the globe. Also in announcements,
details on a change in Fedora 12's PackageKit permissions. In news from the Fedora
Planet, some details on what's involved with providing delta RPMs, a new feature in
Fedora 12, a site visit to the new Red Hat Computing Lab at Carnegie Mellon, and much more
from Fedora contributors. Quality Assurance brings us up to date with the recent weekly
meetings of the QA team which have focused on F12, with lots of interesting detail behind
the scenes! In Translation news, details on updates and errata for Fedora 12 release
notes, and a couple translation requests from SSSD and Midnight Commander. Security
Advisories keeps us current with security patches for Fedora 10, 11, and 12. In news from
the world of Fedora virtualization, coverage of a recent interview with virtualization
luminaries, a status report on Fedora virtualization and details on the latest version of
libvirt. Enjoy FWN 203!
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 Events.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 12 Reviews: A Sampling ---
Fedora 12, "Constantine", was released last week to widespread acclaim. A few
* Linux Magazine (USA) "Fedora, still pushing the envelope"
* ZDNet UK "Saving the "Best" for Last - Fedora 12
* The Register (UK) "Fedora 12 - Its a horse, not a camel"
(USA) "Major improvements with Fedora 12"
* IT Pro (UK) "Fedora 12 tweaks virtualisation, video"
* TechWorld (Australia) "Fedora Linux 12 arrives, ups multimedia
* TechSpot (USA) "Fedora 12 released, brings multi-touch support, more"
* Datamation "Building On-Ramps on the Fedora 12 Highway"
--- FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST ---
---- F12 PackageKit root permission change ----
Fedora Project leader Paul W. Frields, announced a change in for Fedora 12's
PackageKit, which had allowed non-root users to install updates and new packages. Frields
"The Fedora 12 release contained changes in the default PackageKit behavior that
allow installation of packages by users in cases where:
* the user is logged in on the local console, and
* is installing packages signed with a previously trusted key, and
* is using a previously configured and trusted repository
After more discussion and thought, though, the package maintainers have posted to the
fedora-devel-list mailing list agreeing to provide an update to Fedora 12's
PackageKit. The update will require local console users to enter the root password to
install new software packages. Details on the changes are found here."
-- 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 ----
* 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
-- 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 ---
Jonathan Dieter described some of the challenges that were involved in the development
Richard W.M. Jones shared a couple shell tricks for using and modifying the shell's
history in order to save time and work more efficiently.
Greg DeKoenigsberg visited Pittsburgh for the opening of the new Red Hat Computing Lab
at Carnegie Mellon University. Among the treats was a look at OpenISR, the Internet
Suspend/Resume project. Sound cool? It is.
Devan Goodwin has "been doing some work recently on cobbler4j, a small Java library
for interacting with Cobbler over XMLRPC based on the work done to integrate Cobbler into
Luke Macken announced that TurboGears 2 is now available in Fedora and EPEL.
Máirín Duffy says: On Tuesday, November 24 there will be a Fedora Interaction Design
Hackfest. Anyone interested in learning about Interaction Design or improving the
Fedora user experience should join in on IRC.
A number of folks chimed in with thoughts on some recent changes to the PackageKit default
permissions in Fedora 12. Seth Vidal explained: "In f12 the default policy for
polkit for package kit is to allow users at the desktop to install signed pkgs from
repositories enabled on the system." However, shortly thereafter it was announced
that the default would change in an updated package. Ankur Sinha linked to the
announcement on fedora-devel.
Steven Pritchard shared some further thoughts in a provocatively titled post "Why
developers suck as admins".
Greg DeKoenigsberg used the opportunity to discuss "the difference between
transparency and communication" in relation to the recent PackageKit changes.
John Poelstra looked at Fedora's Release Criteria now that a Target Audience has
been discussed and agreed upon.
Dave Malcolm introduced 2to3c, "a tool to help people port their C python
extensions from Python 2 to Python 3."
--- Fedora 12 Roundup ---
Paul W. Frields and Kulbir Saini answered some of the more common questions to do
with the new release.
Máirín Duffy announced that the new Fedora Spins site has gone live.
Eric Christensen outlined twelve different types of documentation available with Fedora
12, from Release Notes to Security and Virtualization guides.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
There was no Test Day last week, and no Test Day is currently planned for this week. 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 QA Trac.
--- Weekly meetings ---
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2009-11-16. The full log is available. Adam
Williamson reported that Milos Jakubicek had still not yet followed up on his idea
regarding an event to work on FTBFS problems, and the group agreed to table the proposal
until he came back with further ideas.
James Laska reported that he had asked Rui He to improve the existing preupgrade test
cases to make sure they more accurately reflected real-world use and would hence catch the
disk space issues experienced with Fedora 12.
Adam Williamson started a discussion of preparation for the release of Fedora 12, which
was to happen the day after the meeting. He highlighted the common bugs page, and James
Laska provided a link to a list of issues which were awaiting addition to that page.
James and Adam agreed to work on updating the page. Adam also noted that the Fedora 12
blocker bug should be cleaned up. After some discussion, James and Adam noticed that
blocker bugs fell under the remit of the BugZappers group, and agreed to let the following
day's BugZappers meeting handle the issue.
James Laska gave a heads-up on his planning for a post-Fedora 12 release retrospective. He
was planning to send an email to the mailing list asking for people to identify potential
areas for improvement from the Fedora 12 QA cycle, and then sum up the resulting feedback
in a wiki page.
Will Woods and Kamil Paral reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. Will had been
trying to complete the post-koji-build hook which would allow tests to be triggered by the
completion of a build in Koji. He had also talked with the release engineering group about
how to create AutoQA tests to help prevent broken dependencies in update repositories, and
this had identified the need for a post-bodhi-update hook which would allow tests to be
run when Bodhi is used to request a package be added to updates-testing or updates
repositories. Will asked Luke Macken what resources Bodhi currently provides that would
allow AutoQA to notice when an update is requested, and Luke said at present only RSS
feeds are available. Will said he would write a hook that monitored the RSS feeds. Will
and Kamil also outlined the current plan for rpmguard integration. Kamil had posted a
proposal on making test development easier, and James Laska had derived an AutoQA use
cases page from it. James also noted that the updated autotest packages had been tested
and seemed to be working well.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-11-17. The full log is
available. Edward Kirk announced that the long-planned semantics change would now be
going into effect, as Rawhide had separated from Fedora 12 and was driving towards Fedora
13 development. As previously agreed, all bugs filed for Rawhide should be marked as
having been triaged by the addition of the Triaged keyword, rather than setting the
ASSIGNED status. Steven Parrish volunteered to send an email to the development list
announcing the change. Steven also pointed out that the GreaseMonkey script used by most
triagers would need updating for the change. Chris Campbell volunteered to follow up with
Matej Cepl about updating the script. Adam Williamson volunteered to update the text in
the bug workflow page to reflect the change, and Edward volunteered to change the
Edward Kirk introduced the topic of housekeeping updates. He noted that the first release
day tasks - including creating the Fedora 14 blocker bugs, and closing off the Fedora
12 blockers - needed to be done, and said he would take care of that.
The group helped Joerg Stephan with choosing some components to begin his triage work.
Matej Cepl asked for some input on the design of the Greasemonkey script with regards to
the new triaging procedure. The group agreed that a single 'smart' button which
made the appropriate changes depending on the distribution version for which the bug in
question was reported would be better than separate buttons for pre-Fedora 13 and Fedora
13-and-later bugs would be a better design.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-11-23 at 1600 UTC in #fedora-meeting, and
the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-11-24 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Improving the release criteria ---
John Poelstra submitted a proposal for improving the release criteria for future
releases. The new proposed criteria  splits the old single page into an introductory /
outline page and separate pages for each public release in the upcoming cycle. Adam
Williamson and James Laska both replied to welcome to idea and post some suggestions
for refinement. John plans to further refine the proposal and then have a session to
discuss it at the upcoming FUDCon Toronto.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Release Notes Translations Updated for Polish, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese ---
Translations for Polish, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese have been rebuilt and updated
by Ruediger Landmann.
--- Errors in Release Notes for Chinese and German ---
John J. McDonough reported tag related errors for Traditional & Simplified Chinese
and German translations of the Fedora 12 Release Notes. These errors were identified
during the nightlt builds of the documents. The German translation error was fixed by Jens
Maucher, while the tag errors in the Chinese translations were fixed temporarily by
Additionaly, John J. McDonough also mentioned that some sections of the translated
versions of the Release Notes do not display the translated content in the built
documents, inspite of the translations being present in the .po file. Rudi clarified that
this is a known issue and often occurs when translated .po files are split and merged with
the individual component files as required by Publican.
--- Error in Package Name in the Fedora 12 Release Notes ---
The name of the multimedia-menus package was transcribed as 'multimedia menus' in
the original english version of the Fedora 12 Release Notes that was handed to the Fedora
Translation teams. As a result, this was translated into many languages. The maintainer of
'multimedia-menus' Orcan Ogetbill brought forward this issue.
--- SSSD and MC Translation Request ---
Translation requests have been made to the Fedora Localization Project by the maintainers
of System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) and Midnight Commander (MC). The former is
hosted at www.transifex.net
to accept translations, since the upstream project requires
all patches (inlcuding translations) to be reviewed by the repository validators. SSSD
would be string frozen on the 23rd of November 2009.
Midnight Commander currently uses some parts of the Gnome Infrastruture, but uses its own
git repository. Suggestions to allow easier translation submissions, include that the
project be listed at translate.fedoraproject.org
under 'various', hosted on
or be moved to git.gnome.org.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Peter V. Khaninyov (Russian), Nikolai Husung (Germany), and Tomasz Szczeszak
(Polish) joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc11 -
* proftpd-1.3.2b-1.fc11 -
* asterisk-220.127.116.11-1.fc11 -
--- Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---
* wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc10 -
* proftpd-1.3.2b-1.fc10 -
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on the
@fedora-virt and @libvirt-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Interviews ---
Mel Chua recently interviewed 3 Fedora virtualization luminaries: Richard Jones, David
Lutterkort, and Mark McLoughlin. Topics included:
* Richard Jones on guestfish and friends (libguestds and libvirt)
* Mark McLoughlin on virtual upgrades to your virtual machine
* David Lutterkort on "Network scripts: complex no more!"
* How to try out virtualization
* From etherboot to gPXE
* qcow2: now with better performance!
* Virtualization in Fedora: a historical retrospective
* What's Next? Virtualization in F13 and beyond
* When they're not hacking...
--- Fedora Virtualization List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
---- Fedora Virtualization Status Report ----
The latest virt status report from Mark McLoughlin details the status of the latest
virtualization related bugs, and relayes behind the scenes drama of "a couple of
fire-drills with last-minute serious blocker bugs" as Fedora 12 was about to go out
---- Rawvirt Rawhide Virtualization for Fedora 12 ----
Justin Forbes announced "As was done for Fedora 11 users, the tradition continues,
only the locations have changed.
We've set up a repository for people running Fedora 12 who would like to test the
rawhide/F13 virt packages. To use it, do e.g."
$> cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-virt-preview.repo << EOF
name=Virtualization Rawhide for Fedora 12
$> yum update
The Virtualization Preview Repository is for people who would like to test the very
latest virtualization related packages. This repository is intended primarily as an aid to
testing / early experimentation. It is not intended for 'production' deployment.
--- Libvirt List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
---- New Release libvirt 0.7.4 ----
Daniel Veillard announced a new image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt release, version
0.7.4. "The rate of changes doesn't seems to slow down, though this release is
more about incremental improvements, bug fixes and cleanups than major new features"
* Implement a node device backend using libudev (David Allan)
* New APIs for checking some object properties (Daniel P. Berrange)
* Fully asynchronous monitor I/O processing (Daniel P. Berrange)
* add MAC address based port filtering to qemu (Gerhard Stenzel)
* Support for IPv6 / multiple addresses per interfaces (Laine Stump)
* Far too many to list here.
Read the full list of changes in the release announcement.
- end FWN 203 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA