A kind reminder that together with the Beta Freeze of 11/3 we have a
String Freeze active for Fedora 9, affecting all packages that Fedora
is upstream for. No new strings marked for translation can be added or
existing ones be modified. For more information on freezes affecting
L10n, please refer to:
If you need to break the string freeze, please follow the String
freeze policy, otherwise you may find your car scratched by a raving
The deadline for translators to submit their contributions back is
April 7. Everything submitted by this date are guaranteed to end up in
our release, so packagers for the previously mentioned resources are
requested to repackage after this date for the translations to make it
in the release.
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"He who gives up functionality for ease of use
loses both and deserves neither." (Anonymous)
As per the schedule etc., we've procedurally frozen the Docs/Beats/
pages on the wiki in order to do final edits and conversion to XML. POT
file for the Preview Release is going in to Fedora L10n tomorrow.
We were an hour late in calling the freeze because Docs was inputting
release note information from the various features, including last
minute research and writing of notes for incomplete feature pages.
Thanks to all of you who maintained updated and complete feature pages,
it made our job easier and more interesting.
Karsten Wade, Developer Community Mgr.
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We had a bit of an oops on fedorapeople.org and had to restore some files from
backup. We don't believe there was any actual data loss but its quite
possible that some files you'd deleted are back. This A) puts some people
over their quota and B) is annoying. Sorry for any confusion (this was a
calamity of errors).
For those of you in group A) just delete the files again :)
Stop on by #fedora-admin if you have any questions.
Fedora Admin Team
Hello Fedora 9 Feature Owners,
Beta Freeze has hit and so has Feature Freeze. What this means for
Fedora 9 is as follows:
o No new features can be proposed for Fedora 9, but they are most
welcome for Fedora 10
o All features that are not 100% need to be substantially complete and
in a testable state for the Fedora 9 Beta--scheduled for release
If you have a feature listed here
please update your feature page with:
a) latest and greatest feature details including what remains to be
completed if you are not at 100% completion
b) % of completion
c) last updated date
Please complete this in advance of the FESCo meeting this coming
Thursday (2008-03-13). At this meeting all incomplete feature pages will
be reviewed to determine if they should remain part of Fedora 9 or
deferred to a future release. Please help make this review easy by
updating your feature page.
If you know your feature is not ready for Fedora 9, please change the
category of the page to CategoryProposedFeature and I will take this as
signal that you are withdrawing your feature for Fedora 9. Naturally
your wiki page can remain and be used for a future release.
Thanks for your help!
The Feature Wrangler
Greetings all bugzilla users,
As part of the bug triage relaunch (announced today by Jon Stanley) you
will probably see more activity in bugzilla as triagers start to move
bugs from NEW to ASSIGNED and close bugs which have been in NEEDINFO for
more than 30 days without any response.
We will be triaging bugs in NEW and NEEDINFO following the process
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/BugStatusWorkFlow which was
reviewed and approved by FESCo on January 24, 2008. Our initial focus
will be on bugs reported in the past 30 days.
We realize that there have been recent discussion on some of the mailing
lists questioning the bugzilla states being used. Until someone gets
new states added to bugzilla and someone lobbies FESCo to change the
states used, we will follow the process described above. Naturally if
we run into big problems (which we do not anticipate) using the states
as they are, we will revisit things.
As part of getting a better handle on how Fedora tracks bugs two,
proposals are also in the works which Jon Stanley referred to in a
We will circulate these proposals for feedback and bring them to FESCo
for review on 2008-03-13 and request that they be voted on (if
necessary) on 2008-03-20. We hope to start executing them soon
thereafter. They will also be reviewed at tomorrow's bug triage meeting.
We welcome your feedback and concerns in the sections at the bottom of
1) Clear out bugs for unsupported versions:
2) Apply a consistent process to open Fedora bugs:
Thanks for reading,
This morning at nearly 0700 UTC we froze Fedora 9 for Beta. Today's
rawhide is comprised of those frozen bits. Our plan is to test it
heavily this week and have a set of good packages for the beta by
Thursday/Friday, for release the following Thursday.
The Beta freeze is a blocking freeze, that is for the duration of the
freeze only the frozen bits will be seen in rawhide, and the only
updates you'll see in rawhide are those that we are explicitly tagging
for the beta.
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ReleaseEngineering/Overview#head-7dfffd8d50... for more details.
If you wish your build to be tagged for beta and it isn't already (koji
latest-pkg f9-beta <package>) please mail rel-eng(a)fedoraproject.org
stating the build you want tagged, the reason you want it tagged, and
the testing you've done on the build already.
In order to keep the freeze time short and prevent any slipping, please
concentrate on fixing important bugs rather than new releases or other
featurish work, especially since the Feature Freeze is now as well. The
harder people work on bugfixing, the faster we can get the Beta out and
lift the freeze and concentrate on getting things ready for the final
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?
Just a heads-up to package maintainers, that a final piece of kde4
feature landing in rawhide is renaming qt packages(1)
qt -> qt3
qt4 -> qt
qt(3) as-is in rawhide/devel already includes Provides: qt3, which means
any package that currently includes
should be updated asap to use
instead. This 'qt3' Provides is included only in rawhide atm, but we
plan to include this in future qt updates for F-7/F-8 as well.
A quick-n-dirty repoquery I did this morning revealed 81 packages that
need updating to BR: qt3-devel, to be posted (soon) to:
(1) see also:
You may notice that there are a lot of updated packages in rawhide
today... this is because perl 5.10.0 has arrived!
Like any major version update, there are bound to be a few bugs lurking
about (which is why we got it in before the feature freeze). In
addition, it is possible that I missed some perl-dependent packages in
my rebuilding frenzy. If you see any packages in rawhide which are still
storing files in the 5.8.8/ vendor directories, please file bugs.
We got a tremendous amount of help from the perl 5 porters community,
especially Andy Armstrong, Nicholas Clark, and Rafael Garcia-Suarez.
Without these folks, we would not have been able to meet the Fedora
Thanks also go out to the Fedora Perl SIG, who were very helpful (and
patient) while I got this done.
Several packages were obsoleted by base perl and have been
dead.package'd and blocked in rawhide:
If you have a package which depends on libperl, and doesn't rebuild,
make sure you have "perl(ExtUtils::Embed)" as a BuildRequires (in
addition to perl-devel). Most packages use ExtUtils::Embed to determine
where the perl-devel headers live, and can't find them without it.
A few additional changes were committed with this release:
- Fedora is now tracking all of its patches in patchlevel.h
- The "sitedir" and "sitearch" directories are now located
under /usr/local, to make it very clear that files installed by CPAN did
not come from Fedora packages (they still work fine).
ps. OMG PERL!
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Beginning 2008-03-11 15:00 UTC the Fedora Infrastructure Team will begin
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