* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 210
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
# 220.127.116.11 Outage Notification - 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC
# 18.104.22.168 Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline
:: January 26th
+ 1.1.2 FEDORA EVENTS
# 22.214.171.124 Upcoming Events
# 126.96.36.199 Past Events
o 1.2 QualityAssurance
+ 1.2.1 Test Days
+ 1.2.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.2.3 Improved freeze policy documentation
+ 1.2.4 Localization testing update
+ 1.2.5 Privilege escalation policy
o 1.3 Artwork
+ 1.3.1 Progress With Fedora 13 Graphics
+ 1.3.2 Firefox Personas
o 1.4 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 210 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 210 for the week ending January
24, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This issue kicks off with recent announcements from the Fedora Project,
including a deadline tomorrow for Fedora 13 features, and links to
Fedora events. In our Quality Assurance beat, detailed coverage of the
many activities of the QA Team, including discussion and updates around
AutoQA, improved freeze policy documentation, a proposed privilege
escalation policy, and news of the first drop of Fedora 13 images. In
The Art/Design Team beat, updates on Fedora 13 graphics and discussion
of the new Firefox 3.6 personas theming. Our issue completes with the
Security Advisories beat, bringing us up-to-date on security patches
released in the past week for Fedora 12 and 11. Enjoy FWN 210!
We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News
(FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format for the past few FWN
issues that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet
Archive and have a listen!
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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: Rashadul Islam
--- FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS---
---- Outage Notification - 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC ----
Mike McGrath announced,
"There will be an outage starting at 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC, which will
last approximately X hours. To convert UTC to your local time, take a
or run: date -d '2010-01-21 11:00 UTC'
Affected Services: Websites, Buildsystem
Unaffected Services: Bodhi, CVS / Source Control, Database, DNS, Fedora
Account System, Fedora Community, Fedora Hosted, Fedora Package
Database, Fedora People, Fedora Talk, Mail, Mirror System, Torrent,
Reason for Outage: Lost a switch blade this morning. A replacement is on
Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net
respond to this email to track the status of this outage.
---- Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline :: January 26th ----
John Poelstra announced, 
"A friendly reminder that the deadline for *submitting new features and
spins* for inclusion in Fedora 13 is coming soon!
* Feature Submission: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
* Feature Freeze: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
"At Feature Freeze all new features for the release should be
substantially complete and in a testable state, including enabled by
default if so specified by the feature. In the Fedora development
process, all new feature work is completed by Feature Freeze and tested
during the test releases: Alpha and Beta."
A summary of other important milestones in Fedora 13 is at this page:
p.s. Please let me know if there are other special milestones or tasks
you would like to be reminded of.
p.s.s More information on these deadlines and freezes:
* Feature Submission: 
* Spins: 
* Feature Freeze: "
--- 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
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team, as the QA
group and the Fedora project in general awaken from its holiday slumber!
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 2010-01-18. The full logs are
available. James Laska noted that Adam Miller was not present to
update on the Xfce test day planning. Jóhann Guðmundsson reported that
he had created a ticket for the LXDE test day.
Adam Williamson reported on his and Rui He's progres with documenting
installation testing as a QA group activity. They had created a draft
page, and planned to have a short paragraph in the QA Joining page
which would refer to it.
Christoph Wickert reported that an LXDE mailing list had been created by
the infrastructure team.
Adam Williamson reported on the privilege escalation policy topic. He
and Will Woods had discussed the topic at the most recent FESco
meeting, which had resulted in FESco asking for the QA group to
provide a draft policy for discussion at a future FESco meeting. Adam
said that he planned to write an initial draft policy and submit it to
the QA group for discussion, then take a refined draft to a future FESco
Will Woods observed that the change to making Rawhide repository
definitions part of a package which is not installed by default may have
an impact on QA's Rawhide testing procedures, and Wiki documentation.
Kevin Fenzi said he was already planning to update the Rawhide wiki
page to reflect the change.
Kamil Paral announced that he had started sending reports from automated
rpmguard tests to the autoqa-results list. Reports from rpmlint
were also enabled, primarily for comparison. He had also started a
discussion within the AutoQA project on the possibility of creating a
server which would collate AutoQA test results and provide an API for
Will Woods reported that he had continued working with Luke Macken on
the implementation of a post-bodhi-update trigger for AutoQA, and Luke
would be adding the necessary API calls to the next Bodhi update. Will
had been working on the logic of a dependency checking test, and was
close to a solution. His current code is available in git. The test
is designed to be run with a repository and set of new packages
specified; it generates the set of changed dependencies in the new
packages and then checks them for sanity and consistency. James Laska
passed on the information that Liam Li had been working on a python
script to automate a virtual installation from a DVD image, as a
precursor to a full automated installation test. Kamil and Will
suggested it could be committed into AutoQA git as a branch while Liam
works on it.
James Laska reported that he was working on revising the autotest-client
package based on feedback in the review ticket. He had also created
a Wiki page to chart out the requirements for packaging Google web
toolkit (gwt), a requirement for packaging autotest.
Will Woods asked when the first drop of Fedora 13 install images was
scheduled. James Laska replied that this was planned for Thursday
2010-01-21, and the Rawhide acceptance test plan was scheduled to be run.
There was no BugZappers meeting during the week due to the absence of
--- Improved freeze policy documentation ---
John Poelstra announced improved documentation of the Fedora freeze
policy on the Wiki, and requested feedback. None was forthcoming,
clearly indicating that the pages admit of no possible improvement.
Adam Williamson asked the group to make a special effort to test
several new X.org and graphics-related candidate updates, due to the
significant impact they could have if approved as stable updates. Many
group members responded with valuable feedback, which helped the X
developers promote the updates to stable status with confidence.
--- Localization testing update ---
Igor Pires Soares noted that Noriko Mizumoto was away on vacation, and
so provided an update on the localization testing project. He had
updated the wiki page to include a list of instructions for testing
--- Privilege escalation policy ---
Adam Williamson posted an initial draft for a proposed privilege
escalation policy, as the group had been discussing for a while. The
draft was based on Tom 'spot' Callaway's blog post on the topic. The
draft provoked a lively discussion with criticisms and suggestions from
many group members. Adam later provided a second draft which
attempted to address some of the issues raised, and the revision process
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Progress With Fedora 13 Graphics ---
In the continual process for gathering idead for Fedora 13 graphics,
JuanFranciscoFernández referenced a wallpaper design from Debian "I
would try something abstract, as the Debian 5.0 default wallpaper",
something which was inspirational for Máirín Duffy "It made me think
about a potential treatment for the rocket trails idea that I might not
have thought of otherwise!". Other ideas came from Brian Hurren who is
trying to receive a rocket blueprint from the Marshall Space Flight
Center "a Saturn 5 blueprint. it's clean, elegant, simple lines,
represents cutting edge technology, a milestone in history" and Shreyank
Gupta who is fascinated by the deep space "I was thinking how black
holes would fit into the idea of Goddard theme."
--- Firefox Personas ---
With easy theming called 'Personas' available in the recently released
Firefox 3.6, Max Spevack was wondering about creating such official
designs "It might be cool for the Fedora Design Team to make some
official ones for either different versions and/or spins of Fedora" and
as a tool to attract new contributors "There might be some recruiting
fodder in here, to invite some of these designers to join the team" and
one of the people creating such graphics, Sébastien Natroll joined the
team "I'm one of these artworkers, and I designed the Personas
'Fedora-fr'. I'll be glad to help the Fedora Artwork Team"
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-188.8.131.52-174.2.3.fc12 -
* bind-9.6.1-15.P3.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* bind-9.6.1-9.P3.fc11 -
* kernel-184.108.40.206-105.2.4.fc11 -
- end FWN 210 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA