Fedora Weekly News 187
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 187
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora 12 (Constantine)
+ 1.1.2 Upcoming Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Fedora at the Congress of Free Software in
+ 1.3.2 Get on the map
+ 1.3.3 Get the word out about your F11 event
o 1.4 Quality Assurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Benchmarking discussion
+ 1.4.4 Test Day live image creation
+ 1.4.5 Fedora 12 Alpha test compose delay
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Docbook-locales Added to
+ 1.5.2 Installation Quick Start Guide Added to
+ 1.5.3 Fedora 12 Release Notes and Translation Team
+ 1.5.4 New Translated Builds for Translation Quick
+ 1.5.5 Czech Version of Fedora 11 Release Notes Published
+ 1.5.6 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Theming Fedora 12 Alpha
+ 1.6.2 A Small Icon Request
+ 1.6.3 Laser Cut Logo
o 1.7 Virtualization
+ 1.7.1 Fedora Virtualization List
# 18.104.22.168 Distributing I/O Load Among Guests
+ 1.7.2 Virtualization Tools List
# 22.214.171.124 New Release virt-manager 0.8.0
# 126.96.36.199 New Release virtinst 0.500.0
# 188.8.131.52 New Release virt-viewer 0.2.0
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 187 for the week ending August 2,
This week's issue kicks off with updated details on the Fedora 12
(Constantine) schedule, including an update on feature set scheduled for
this week. From the Fedora Planet, tips on how to create your own system
branding when building Fedora, lots of detail on debugging random screen
blanking in Fedora, and thoughts on why to hate quick software
benchmarking. From the Quality Assurance team, details from a discussion
around Phoronix's Linux distribution benchmarking in relation to Fedora,
fixes to the Test Day live image, and many updates on the weekly
meetings related to QA. In Ambassador news, a report from the Congress
of Free Software in Caracas, Venezuela and the Venezuela Fedora Team's
presence there. In translation news, several updates to
translation.fedoraproject.org, details on the Fedora 12 Translation
schedule, and new translations for the Quick Start Guide in eighteen
different languages. From the Art team, updates on theming Fedora 12
Alpha and details on cutting the Fedora logo on a steel plate. This week
issue comes to a finale with news on virtualization, including
discussion of how to distribute I/O load across guests, and details on
new releases of virt-manager, virtinst, and virt-viewer. These are just
a few highlights of this week's FWN. Enjoy!
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project  .
Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
If anyone is interested in taking over this beat, please contact the
Fedora News team.
--- Fedora 12 (Constantine) ---
John Poelstra has made several important announcements related to the
ongoing development of Fedora 12.
On July 28th, John wrote about the upcoming Fedora 12 schedule
The complete Fedora 12 schedule that John maintains is incredibly
detailed and serves as a model for any group or project that is looking
to produce results on a deadline.
On July 31st, a request for feature updates landed. See the list
included in the link. John wrote, "According to a review of all the
feature pages, the following features have not been updated recently or
are not 100% complete. Please update them no later than Wednesday,
August 6, 2009."
--- Upcoming Events ---
Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM)
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
-- 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 ---
Julian Aloofi explained how to create your own system branding when
Martin Sourada rewrote the GTK Nodoka theme engine from scratch.
Video included! Goals include wanting "to support wider configurations
in the engine (with future in mind), develop more consistent, usable and
pleasing look and feel and write the drawing code in a way that would be
independent on the toolkit."
Matt Jadud wrote a tutorial titled "the busy student’s guide to
project blogging" with all kinds of useful tips and ideas.
Richard Hughes investigated some of the causes behind one of the more
common F11 bugs: random display blanking. No solution just yet, but lots
of information in the post and linked bugzilla reports.
Mark J Cox detailed "How the Kaminsky SSL talk at Black Hat affects
various OSS libraries". A number of vulnerabilities in various SSL
implementations were exposed at the conference, some of which affect
OpenSSL, GnuTLS and NSS (including Firefox).
Here is a fun summer project: Simon Wesp apparently lasercut the
Fedora logo onto a stainless steel plate (and explained how to do it).
James Laska posted a note to Rawhide Watch with instructions on
how to upgrade to Rawhide if you are getting the error "Unable to update
to rawhide – rpmlib(PayloadIsXz)".
James Antill hates "quick benchmarks" and so should you. "The summary
of the problem is that quick software benchmarking often involves taking
a huge amount of differences between two applications and have a single
number result. Then you compare just the numbers, and come to a
conclusion. So X gets 3 and Y gets 5 for problem ABCD ... therefore Y is
66% worse than X at ABCD. Except that might be a highly misleading (or
Max Spevack recapped his time living in Amsterdam, working to
develop the EMEA relationships and events for Red Hat and Fedora, now
that it is time to move back to the US.
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora at the Congress of Free Software in Caracas, Venezuela ---
Maria Gracia Leandro reports that last month the Fedora Venezuela
community participated in the 5th National Congress of Free Software
(5CNSL - Congreso Nacional de Software Libre) in Caracas, Venezuela,
with a variety of other users, LUGs and friends. This year in particular
there were several conference attendees from outside Venezuela, including:
1. Richard Stallman, USA
2. Esteban Saavedra, Bolivia
3. Oscar Valenzuela, Chile
4. Daniel Yucra, Perú
5. Andres Ricardo Castelblanco, Colombia
6. Alexandre Oliva, Brasil
7. Quiliro Ordóñez, Ecuador
At the conference, according to Maria, the Fedora Venezuela community
was one of the best prepared and the one where people were more
involved. The community had 2 banners, a large number of stickers, CDs
and DVDs and of course the tattoos. Maria says people were fascinated.
Maria wishes to thank the people that helped with participation in the
event from the Fedora Venezuela Team!!!
Photos are available at
Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjBCx1fRp8
Review (in Spanish) :
Official site for the event: http://cnsl.org.ve/
--- Get on the map ---
Want to find the nearest ambassador? How about one in Romania? Now you can.
Susmit Shannigrahi reports that finding out the nearest ambassadors,
which was once a tedious task, is now as simple as viewing a map. The
map is at https://fedoraproject.org/membership-map and instructions on
how to place yourself on the map can be found at
--- Get the word out about your F11 event ---
Fedora 11 was released recently and with it a variety of activities
around the release will be forthcoming. As such, with the upcoming
release of Fedora 11, this is a reminder that posting your event on
Fedora Weekly News can help get the word out. Contact FWN Ambassador
correspondent Larry Cafiero at lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with
announcements of upcoming events -- and don't forget to e-mail reports
after the events as well.
-- Quality Assurance --
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 scheduled
for next week. If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for
the Fedora 12 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 2009-07-27. The full log is
available. James Laska reported that he had contacted the
infrastructure team's Mike McGrath regarding whether
alt.fedoraproject.org has enough resources to make test composes and
release candidate builds publicly available. Mike believes it does, so
the test composes for Fedora 12 Alpha will be made publicly available as
a test. They will be announced to fedora-test-list. A ticket is being
used to track this.
Jóhann Guðmundsson had not yet been able to contact Harald Hoyer
regarding testing and contingency plans for the Fedora 12 Dracut
feature. He will update again at the next meeting.
The group discussed the state of Rawhide in regards to the Alpha test
compose that was due the Wednesday following the meeting. John Poelstra
noted that a bug was currently preventing install images from being
generated in Rawhide's daily updates. Jesse Keating said a bug should be
filed on this and added to the Alpha blocker bug list. James Laska
mentioned there were known to be two bugs entirely blocking Rawhide
installation from working. Kamil Paral mentioned two more bugs which
were breaking installation in KVM-based virtual machines. As these are
essentially QA's reference platform, the group asked Kamil to add them
to the Alpha release blocker list.
James Laska noted that a Fedora 12 Alpha blocker bug review meeting was
scheduled for Friday 2009-07-31. It was agreed that John Poelstra would
send out an announcement of the meeting, and Adam Williamson would send
out a recap after it had finished.
Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. He has now
automated seven test cases in the Rawhide Acceptance Test Plan, and
is working on a script to send out test status emails. He is also
working on a blog post and possibly some Wiki documentation regarding
the project. David Pravec noted that the latest autotest packages had
some problems. Jesse Keating would work on fixing those.
Jesse Keating alerted the group that a Rawhide mass rebuild would be
starting during the week, due to the arch change from i586 to i686, new
compression format for RPM payloads (XZ), new glibc, and new gcc. He
asked everyone to be on the lookout for rebuild-related bugs. Will Woods
noted that, after the rpm package itself was rebuilt with an XZ format
payload, upgrades from Rawhide installs before the XZ change to current
Rawhide would no longer work normally. The best workaround for this
issue is to install the updated rpm package from Fedora 11
updates-testing, then update Rawhide as normal. The issue does not
affect upgrades from Fedora 11 via yum or anaconda, only upgrades from
older to newer Rawhide. James Laska volunteered to submit the issue to
Warren Togami for inclusion in the Rawhide Watch blog.
Kamil Paral noted that, at the time of the meeting, the guide to
creating live images for test days had a problem which would cause
anyone following it to create a live CD based on Fedora 11, not Rawhide.
James Laska thanked him for the report, and promised to look into the
problem. (Editor's note: since the time of the meeting, this problem has
been fixed, and the guide as it stands works correctly).
Jóhann Guðmundsson brought up an old request he had filed for the QA
team to have a web page / blog for hosting announcements of QA-related
projects, and articles on QA-related topics. The issue was tabled for
further discussion as it was not clear exactly what the scope of this
page should be, or whether existing Fedora Project pages already
sufficiently covered the perceived need. Adam Williamson and Will Woods
suggested that a QA team blog aggregator (a Planet) may be another way
to achieve this goal.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-07-28. The full
log is available. The group discussed the latest revision of the
critical path component list-based expansion of the priority triage
packages list. Since last week, Niels Haase had reduced the size of
the list by removing dependencies. The group decided this was a sensible
approach given the triaging resources available, and approved merging it
into the main priority triage package list.
Adam Williamson gave an update on the status of the kernel triage
project. Richard June had volunteered to start triaging wireless-related
kernel bugs, as a test of the viability of the plan. Adam asked him to
contact the kernel maintainer with responsibility for wireless, John
Linville, to notify him of the project and ask for any advice or
requests he had, and then to start triaging bugs. Adam would also send a
follow-up mail to the group of people interested in the kernel triage
project with this current status.
Brennan Ashton gave an update on the triage metrics project. His
development version of the code was not functional at the time of a
meeting due to problems with its database code. He had reverted the
public instance of the triage system to the last stable working code,
but it had only one day's data available at the time of the meeting.
More data would be available shortly after. Adam Williamson asked if,
when the development code was ready for production, it would be able to
use the existing data, or whether the data would have to be re-generated
again. Brennan said that since the development version could use more
information than the current stable version, re-generating the data
would be faster. Brennan also plans in future to branch the code to use
TurboGears 2.0. Adam also asked if Brennan was happy to have
co-maintainers on the project, to speed up the work and ensure more
reliable availability of maintainers. Brennan said that this was fine,
and Adam and Brennan agreed to work together to put out a call for
volunteers to help work on the project.
The group discussed again the 'Bugzilla Semantics' proposal Adam
Williamson had made to the mailing list. The current feeling on the
mailing list and in the meeting seemed to be most in favour of the
second option presented in Adam's last email on the topic. The group
agreed to propose option #2 as the way forward on the mailing list, and
proceed with it if no serious objections were raised.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-08-03 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-08-04 at
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Benchmarking discussion ---
Adam Pribyl brought up Phoronix's benchmarking of Fedora Rawhide in
comparison with OpenSUSE, Ubuntu and Mandriva, suggesting that
Fedora's supposed poor performance in these benchmarks should be an
issue for concern, in terms of the image of the distribution if nothing
else. Jóhann Guðmundsson felt that benchmarking of a development
distribution was fundamentally meaningless. He said ongoing performance
monitoring of Rawhide may be useful to development, but would have to
properly managed. Frank Murphy agreed with Adam that, irrespective of
the quality of Phoronix's benchmarks, the fact that the site was widely
read meant apparent 'poor performance' in Fedora was a problem. As a
source of the apparent poor performance, several people pointed out that
Rawhide has debugging code enabled that stable releases don't have, and
Dave Jones went into more detail about some debugging code Fedora
enables and which other distributions do not.
--- Test Day live image creation ---
Kamil Paral announced that he had fixed the Test Day live image
creation guide so that images are generated from Rawhide as intended,
rather than Fedora 11 as was previously the case.
--- Fedora 12 Alpha test compose delay ---
Liam Li announced that the test compose for Fedora 12 Alpha had been
delayed from 2009-07-29 to 2009-08-06, due to multiple bugs entirely
blocking Rawhide installation from working.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Docbook-locales Added to translate.fedoraproject.org ---
Ruediger Landmann announced the addition of the new project,
'docbook-locales' to translate.fedoraproject.org. The strings in this
project would provide translations for docbook stylesheets.
--- Installation Quick Start Guide Added to
The Installation Quick Start Guide (IQSG) has been introduced as a
new project for translation in translate.fedoraproject.org. This is a
smaller book compared to the main Fedora Installation Guide and the
translations from either book can be reused in the other.
--- Fedora 12 Release Notes and Translation Team Schedule Discussion ---
In continuation from last week's discussion about the Translation
Team Schedule for Fedora 12, Noriko Mizumoto and Ankit Patel, proposed
further changes to eliminate ambiguous titles in some of the schedule
milestones and proposed availability of package and document builds for
a 'Translation Review Phase'    respectively. The earlier
concern raised by Dimitris Glezos about the pre-poned string freeze on
the Fedora 12 Schedule were put to rest due to the convention that the
Beta Release date is always considered to be the String Freeze date.
John J. McDonough initiated a discussion about the some parts of the
Fedora 12 Schedule concerning the Release Notes and proposed a modified
schedule. Due to the expectation that the Alpha Release would have to be
feature ready, a major portion of the Release Notes work is assumed to
be complete between Alpha and Beta Release and issues uncovered during
the Beta phase would be updated by GA. FLSco member Noriko Mizumoto
requested a 'Review Phase' to be included in the proposed schedule to
allow translators to review the translated documents.
For both the above discussions, additional phone meetings have also been
proposed by Paul W. Frields.
--- New Translated Builds for Translation Quick Start Guide ---
New translations for the Translation Quick Start Guide (TQSG) has been
published for Bosnian, Indonesian, Malay, and Swedish. New builds for
the following languages earlier published have also been published:
German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi,
Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Chinese
(Simplified). This was announced by the TQSG maintainer Noriko Mizumoto.
--- Czech Version of Fedora 11 Release Notes Published ---
The Czech version of the Fedora 11 Release Notes have been published on
--- New Members in FLP ---
Mahmoud Jalajel (Arabic) joined the Fedora Localization Project recently.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Theming Fedora 12 Alpha ---
As the deadline for the Alpha release was closing, as Nicu Buculei
blogged and Martin Sourada reminded on @design-team "today, as per
the schedule , is the wallpaper designs submission deadline. We are
not going to consider completely new designs for F12 wallpaper after
this deadline so if you still have something to share, please share it
with us today, even if the work is still incomplete", everyone was busy
uploading last-minute proposals, including Jayme Ayres, Samuele
Storari and Máirín Duffy
After the date passed, Nicu summarized the submissions on his blog
and asked for feedback, which feedback started to flow, both on the blog
and mailing list, with people pointing the proposals they like and
the things they think can be improved. Feedback from the Fedora Weekly
News readers is also highly appreciated.
--- A Small Icon Request ---
Matthias Clasen asked for a set of multimedia icons "we would like to
add a speaker setup dialog to gnome-volume-control to help people
setting up surround sound. But this currently blocks on not having
suitable icons for this", Manuel Hidalgo wondered if that task is
suitable for a beginner "What do you believe: Is This work appropriate
to begin designing..." and Evangeline McGlynn started to work on the
request and produced a number of graphics: "these are super flat and
un-styled at the moment, but if the concept seems reasonable I can keep
working and polish them off"
--- Laser Cut Logo ---
Simon Wesp raised an unexpected question to @design-team about
problems while cutting the Fedora logo with a laser on a steel plate "I
tried to import an svg. the problem is that this wouldn't be conform to
my metal laser machine (and other major laser-machines which is used in
this industry sector). i can import it, but i will miss my 0-polyline
and i can't define one or import one from svg", something which is not
easy to to while maintaining the shape of the logo. Mel Chua tried to
provide a technical solution " Could you engrave the 'infinity' part
and cut out the 'f-cross' part? That would keep the aspect ratio intact"
and Nicu Buculei outlined the lack of conformance with the logo usage
guidelines "Ages ago i played myself with a simplified version [...]
intended for very cheap printing but it was pointed (and i understood)
it is breaking the logo usage guidelines"
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization
technologies on the @fedora-virt and @virt-tools-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Fedora Virtualization List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
--- Distributing I/O Load Among Guests ----
Dennis J. asked about virt storage. "What is the best way to deal
with I/O load when running several VMs on a physical machine with local
or remote storage?" "What I'm primarily worried about is the case when
several VMs cause disk I/O at the same time." "What is the best way to
soften the impact of such a situation?"
Pasi Kärkkäinen suggested "If the IOs are not split evenly between VMs,
you could use some tool like dm-ioband to make sure IOs are split
fairly between VMs. Or then get faster disks. Single 15k rpm SAS disk
will give you up to 350 IOPS, so it's 2-3x faster than 7200 rpm SATA."
Richard Jones concurred "For KVM, each VM isn't really any different
from a host process, so you have to deal with them the same way that
you'd deal with having lots of host processes doing I/O. So: lots of
spindles, expensive I/O hardware, etc."
--- Virtualization Tools List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the virt-tools-list list.
The very newest releases of virt packages are available (for testing
purposes only) in the Virtualization Preview Repository before they
become generally available.
---- New Release virt-manager 0.8.0 ----
Cole Robinson  a new image:Echo-package-16px.pngvirt-manager
release, version 0.8.0.
Virtual Machine Manager provides a graphical tool for administering
virtual machines, using image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt as the
backend management API.
* New 'Clone VM' Wizard
* Improved UI, including an overhaul of the main 'manager' view
* System tray icon for easy VM access (start, stop, view
* Wizard for adding serial, parallel, and video devices to existing
* CPU pinning support (Michal Novotny)
* Ability to view and change VM security (sVirt) settings (Dan Walsh)
* Many bug fixes and improvements
---- New Release virtinst 0.500.0 ----
Cole Robinson announced a new
image:Echo-package-16px.pngpython-virtinst release, version 0.500.0.
virtinst is a module that helps build and install libvirt based virtual
machines. It currently supports KVM, QEmu and Xen virtual machines.
Package includes several command line utilities, including virt-install
(build and install new VMs) and virt-clone (clone an existing virtual
* New virt-install device options --serial, --parallel, and --video
* Allow various auth types for libvirt connections (PolicyKit,
* New virt-clone option --auto-clone: generates all needed input.
* Option to specify network device model via virt-install --network
* New virt-install option --virt-type for specifying hypervisor
type (kvm, qemu). --accelerate is now the default behavior: To provision
a plain qemu VM on a KVM enabled host, use '--virt-type qemu'
* OVF input support for virt-convert
* Many bug fixes and improvements
---- New Release virt-viewer 0.2.0 ----
Daniel Berrange announced a new
image:Echo-package-16px.pngvirtinst release, version 0.2.0.
* Switch UI over to use Glade
* Support graphical dialog for VNC and libvirt authentication
* Resize window to match VNC desktop size where possible
* Scale down VNC desktop if it cannot fit in host desktop space
* Allow user to resize window to arbitrary size, scaling VNC
* Fix blocking of accelerators
* Allow automatic reconnect to a VM via --reconnect
* Use libvirt events to detect when VM changes state
* Wait for VM to appear if it does not exist
- end FWN #187 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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