* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 256
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 184.108.40.206 Changes to the Packaging Guidelines
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 220.127.116.11 Call for Fedora 15 Test Days
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
# 126.96.36.199 Additional information
o 1.2 Marketing
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Jackass IT: Stunts, idiocy, and hero hacks
+ 1.3.2 Linux Format magazine article - Ubuntu vs.
Fedora: Which is best? (Tech Radar)
+ 1.3.3 IT Lure Distro Hoppin`: Fedora 14 (IT Lure)
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 events reported on Ambassadors
+ 1.4.4 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.5 QualityAssurance
+ 1.5.1 Test Days
+ 1.5.2 Hands-on Bugzapping session at FOSS.in
+ 1.5.3 Bugzappers meeting time change
+ 1.5.4 Bugzappers component prioritization
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 256 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 256 for the week ending December
15, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue starts off with announcements from the Project, including some
revisions to the Fedora packaging guidelines and a call for Fedora 15
Test Days. In Marketing news, a review of the team's activity and list
discussion. Fedora In the News brings three trade press articles about
Fedora this past week. In Ambassador news, eight new Ambassadors this
week, and a summary of discussion on the Ambassadors and FAmSCo mailing
lists. In Quality Assurance news, a hands-on bugzapping session at
FOSS.in and details on the latest bugzappers meeting. Our issue finishes
off with security related packages released in the past week for Fedora
13 and 14.
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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, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
---- Changes to the Packaging Guidelines ----
Tom "spot" Callaway announced:
"Here are the latest set of changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:
A new page has been added which describes how to deal with bundled
libraries when you find them in your package
Some clarification has been added to the sections dealing with bundled
libraries, specifically that:
In this RPM packaging context, the definition of the term 'library'
includes: compiled third party source code resulting in shared or static
linkable files, interpreted third party source code such as Python, PHP
browser is specifically exempted from this but this will likely change
in the future
Also, a note was added to make it clear that multiple licensing
scenarios may be a good indicator of a bundled library situation
A section has been added to the Packaging:Guidelines#Changelog entry
describing the acceptable methods of having multiple changelog entries
A new example of a reason an exception for bundling libraries might be
granted has been added to the guidelines. If the library is being
bundled because it is a snapshot of a newer release of the library
needed for new features, you may have grounds for an exception. See the
complete policy for details on when an exception might be granted for
Fedora has always implied that the update path from Fedora release to
Fedora release and from Fedora release to updates should be maintained
but there wasn't an explicit statement in the Guidelines. Well, there is
The guidelines have been updated to indicate that %doc files must not
have executable permissions
The section on Requiring Base Package was clarified, as the original
language involving -libs packages may have been confusing
These guidelines (and changes) were approved by the Fedora Packaging
Many thanks to Steven Garcia, Nils Philippsen, FESCo and all of the
members of the FPC, for assisting in drafting, refining, and passing
As a reminder: The Fedora Packaging Guidelines are living documents! If
you find something missing, incorrect, or in need of revision, you can
suggest a draft change. The procedure for this is documented here
--- Fedora Development News ---
The development list is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only
list for Fedora development.
Acceptable Types of Announcements
* Policy or process changes that affect developers.
* Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
* Tools changes that affect developers.
* Schedule changes
* Freeze reminders
Unacceptable Types of Announcements
* Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
* Anything else not mentioned above
---- Call for Fedora 15 Test Days ----
Adam Williamson announced:
"Hi, everyone! I've already spoken to some developers with big features
for F15 to arrange Test Days, but I just wanted to send out a general
call to remind developers that the Test Day process is available for any
big changes you have landing for F15 (or even little changes, we're not
fussy :>). Test Days are testing events where we co-ordinate a set of
test cases, and special test images if this is needed / helpful, and try
to get a group of testers plus developers online on IRC around the same
time to help do some well-organized testing with a short feedback loop
between testers and developers. The QA group can organize the event for
you (we just tell you when to show up on IRC), help you organize the
event, or get out of the way and let you do it yourself - whatever you like.
Here's how the schedule looks so far
It's quite pencil-y right now, so if you really want one of the
already-taken days, we can probably arrange it. We can also run Test
Days on days other than Thursday if necessary, but we try not to run too
many in a single week, and stick to Thursdays when we can as it's quite
a convenient day.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Here's the Test Day SOP, which tells you how to put a test day together"
--- Fedora Events ---
Fedora events are the exclusive and 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
---- Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM): none
* 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.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-12-08 to 2010-12-14.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
This week Mel Chua opened with a reflection about launching software
and openness, pointing to an interesting article.
Pascal Calarco shared what we have gathered with the Fedora Weekly News
Robyn Bergeron pointed to an article comparing Ubuntu vs. Fedora.
What started a debate with Misha Shnurapet stating that will be a
great idea to take user data in the installation process and skip post
installation. Sergey Podushkin pointed that is feasible. Stephen John
Smoogen pointed that post install procedure is something that people
asked for. Sergey expressed that should be end user option.
Paul W. Frields commented that there is need in the microbloging
operations due a change in HootSuite. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier make
the need of teams controlling a single feed and feature request for
StatusNet. Jan Wildeboer offered BrdcstIt as a AGPLv3 solution.
As any other Tuesday, Marketing meeting took place and minutes are
available to the public
-- 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
--- Jackass IT: Stunts, idiocy, and hero hacks (Infoworld) ---
Heherson Pagcaliwagan forwarded a posting on the Unity Desktop
possibly coming to Fedora:
"Jackass IT stunt No. 1: Route city services through a laptop. Ever
wonder whether you could route an entire city network through a laptop
running Fedora? Take a seat. Or better yet, leave the chair for your
laptop. You'll need to balance it somewhere to keep city services up and
operational through a two-day snowstorm.
After a feverish half-hour configuring the switch and setting up 802.1q
trunking and routing on a Dell Latitude running Fedora Linux, the city
network was back up and running, with all traffic routing through a
single interface on the laptop balanced on a chair in the data center."
The full article is available.
--- Linux Format magazine article - Ubuntu vs. Fedora: Which is best?
(Tech Radar) ---
Robyn Bergeron forwarded a comparison of current Fedora and other
"The truth is that there is a distro for everyone. If you want some of
the latest technologies, especially in terms of underlying system code,
virtual machines and other of-themoment tech, Fedora is a good bet. If
you want to have a friendlier desktop experience where your every whim
is catered for, Ubuntu would be better for your needs.
And, while we're on the subject, if you want to run KDE, you are
probably better off with OpenSUSE. There are certainly more than enough
Linuxes to go around."
The full article is available
--- IT Lure Distro Hoppin`: Fedora 14 (IT Lure) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a recent review of Fedora 14:
"While some users may be turned off by the lack of easy-to-reach
proprietary drivers/codecs and the barren default software selection,
most will appreciate the true qualities of this distro:
* its focus on developing the community and trying to keep everyone
active and contributing in some way or another;
* giving users access to the latest and greatest apps in the open
* its commitment to freedom.
Surely, as always, there is room for improvement, but I found Laughlin
to be the most stable and solid version of Fedora I've tried in years. "
The full article is available.
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members
summerm from Austria mentored by Fabian Affolter
Francois X LEYTENS from Switzerland mentored by Fabian Affolter
tiansworld from China mentored by Caius Chance
Mauricio Moreno from Chile mentored by Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo
George Chatzipapas from Greece mentored by Pierros Papadeas
Alberto Bonacina from Italy mentored by Pierros Papadeas
Ivelin Krasimirov Dzhantov from Bulgaria mentored by Robert Scheck
Vittorio Memmo from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Scott Williams reported  on the need to make decisions about the
Fedora Activity Day at SCaLE and provided some suggestions on the
possible focus for the FAD
Larry Cafiero posted  the Meeting Minutes from the FAmNA meeting on
Buddhika Kurera reminded  about providing details for the T-shirts
while the funding is being considered for approval by FAmSCo
Vinzenz Vietzke informed  a Fedora Event at Augsburger Linux Infotag
during 2011 
Rahul Sundaram informed  about a Fedora Mini Conf at FOSS.IN  at
Kévin Raymond asked for feedback  on whether creating a mailing list
for EMEA would help coordinate decisions for the region. Within the
thread  Caius Chance supported  the idea of copying important
information to the local list. Another aspect that was discussed was the
judicious and proper usage of tags to specify regions which would find
the information interesting
Truong Anh Tuan reported  on the unavailability of the meeting logs
after the APAC Ambassador meeting. David Ramsey provided  links to
Pierros Papadeas posted  the Fedora 15 Ambassadors' Schedule Draft
 urging the Ambassadors to collaborate towards completing the tasks
Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo posted  a mail asking "What's really
needed to be an Ambassador?" and added a few ideas which can help define
this role. The resulting thread  included varied inputs and
suggestions including one  by Larry Cafiero expressing support for
the list of ideas proposed in the original mail
--- Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list ---
This week the Ambassadors list did not have any reports of events
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
Pierros Papadeas posted  a reminder about the FAmSCo meeting on
Neville A. Cross informed  about changing the email address
associated with the FAmSCo and other mailing lists
Joerg (kital) Simon posted  a mail from the Ambassadors List about
"What's really needed to be an Ambassador?" which was originally posted
by Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo. He suggested that it might be a good
topic to have on the agenda. Larry Cafiero posted  his response to
Pierros Papadeas posted  a list of tasks for individual members of FAmSCo
-- QualityAssurance --
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
The Fedora 15 Test Day calendar is starting to take shape, and you can
see what events are planned so far on the Wiki page. The first Test
Day slot is 2011-01-27. If you would like to propose a main track Test
Day for the Fedora 15 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or
IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac.
--- Hands-on Bugzapping session at FOSS.in ---
Siddhesh Poyarekar announced his intention to run a hands-on
introduction to bug triage at FOSS.in, a major F/OSS event in India.
The event will take place during the Fedora mini-conference on
2010-12-16. Rahul Sundaram will help him with this effort.
--- Bugzappers meeting time change ---
At the first Bugzappers meeting for a while, the group agreed that in
the future, meetings would be held bi-weekly from 2011-01-11, at 21:00 UTC.
--- Bugzappers component prioritization ---
Also at the Bugzappers meeting, the group agreed it would be beneficial
to look at which of the critical path components (the packages
Bugzappers aim to work on with the most priority) are actually very
commonly subject to bug reports which require triage, and prioritize
those components, listing them on the components page in a separate
table, to make it easier for new triagers to pick a component which will
be practical to work on. Andrew Roth volunteered to work on this.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* xfig-3.2.5-25.b.fc14 -
* fontforge-20100501-5.fc14 -
* openttd-1.0.5-1.fc14 -
* thunderbird-3.1.7-2.fc14 -
* galeon-2.0.7-36.fc14.1 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-26.fc14.1 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc14.22 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.9-16.fc14.1 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-17.fc14.1 -
* firefox-3.6.13-1.fc14 -
* xulrunner-188.8.131.52-1.fc14 -
* openssl-1.0.0c-1.fc14 -
* krb5-1.8.2-7.fc14 -
* bind-9.7.2-4.P3.fc14 -
* phpMyAdmin-184.108.40.206-1.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* thunderbird-3.1.7-2.fc13 -
* fontforge-20090923-4.fc13 -
* openttd-1.0.5-1.fc13 -
* galeon-2.0.7-36.fc13 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-25.fc13 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc13.20 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.9-15.fc13 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-17.fc13 -
* firefox-3.6.13-1.fc13 -
* xulrunner-220.127.116.11-1.fc13 -
* krb5-1.7.1-16.fc13 -
* phpMyAdmin-18.104.22.168-1.fc13 -
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