Fedora Weekly News 189
pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Aug 17 20:09:09 UTC 2009
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 189
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora 12 (Constantine)
+ 1.1.2 Upcoming Events
o 1.2 Marketing
+ 1.2.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-08-11
+ 1.2.2 Marketing F12 schedule available
+ 1.2.3 Deploying zikula for Fedora Insight
+ 1.2.4 Welcome to our new contributors
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Fedora 11 Release Events Contest winners announced
+ 1.3.2 Get on the map
+ 1.3.3 Get the word out about your F11 event
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Fedora 12 Alpha blocker bug reviews
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Schedule for Translation and
+ 1.5.2 TQSG Pushed for 4 Languages
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Meeting Summary
+ 1.6.2 The Art Studio Spin
+ 1.6.3 Source Control for Fedora Themes
o 1.7 Virtualization
+ 1.7.1 Fedora Xen List
# 220.127.116.11 New Upstream Xen Release
# 18.104.22.168 Updated Dom0 Test Kernel
+ 1.7.2 Libguestfs List
# 22.214.171.124 New Release libguestfs 1.0.67
+ 1.7.3 Libvirt List
# 126.96.36.199 New Release libvirt 0.7.0
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 189 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 189 for the week ending August
In this week's issue, an update on the progress of Fedora 12
(Constantine) Alpha release gets us started in Announcements. Our
Marketing beat is offered by a new beat writer, Chaitanya Mehandru, who
reports on the latest happenings with the Marketing Team, including an
update on zikula deployment for Fedora Insight. In Ambassador news, an
announcement of the three winners of the Fedora 11 release events
contest, from three different regions of the globe. Quality Assurance
offers detail on several past and upcoming Test Days and weekly
meetings, and updates on Fedora 12 bug blockers. In news from the
Translation Team this week, updates on the Fedora 12 release schedule as
it pertains to translation and documentation, and announcement of the
Translation Quick Start Guide in Russian, Polish, Dutch and Brazilian
Portuguese. The Art/Design Team beat this week leads with a summary of
discussion on the Fedora 12 theme meeting, followed by a report on the
initial work in creating an Art Studio Fedora spin and rounds out with a
discussion on the need for source control for Fedora Themes. Our issue
rounds out with updates from the various virtualization communities and
teams, including the availability of new Xen packages for Fedora for
testing, and details on libguestfs 1.0.67 and libvirt 0.7.0 and their
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com
The Fedora News team is collaborating with Marketing and Docs to come up
with a new exciting platform for disseminating news and views on Fedora,
called Fedora Insight. If you are interested, please join the list and
let us know how you would like to assist with this effort.
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- 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) ---
The only major news this week was the slip of Fedora 12 Alpha by one
week. Jesse Keating wrote, "This is due to remaining bugs on the
F12Alpha tracker preventing creation of a release candidate and
preventing testing of proposed fixes. We expect to be able to test/clear
the list early this week, therefor only a week slip is needed at this
time. The new Alpha release date August 25th."
--- 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)
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.
Contributing Writer: Chaitanya Mehandru
--- Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-08-11 ---
Meeting logs  and notes  for the 2009-08-11 Fedora Marketing
Meeting were made available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open
to the public. 
--- Marketing F12 schedule available ---
John Poelstra has integrated the final Marketing F12 schedule in both
html and ics format.
The taskjuggler source is also available. 
--- Deploying zikula for Fedora Insight ---
Work on Fedora Insight continues, with an instance of zikula  going
up on publictest6  this week.
In deploying this first, extremely simple  instance, we hope to serve
as a test group for other groups (such as Docs) who will be using zikula
for their own projects.
A discussion on zikula deployment and workflow is ongoing at the
Marketing list if you'd like to join in. 
--- Welcome to our new contributors ---
Two new contributors joined us this week - Chaitanya Mehandru,  who
wrote this week's FWN marketing beat  and Martin Duffy  who has
been preparing a "Fedora Fun Projects" rotation for the front page
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora 11 Release Events Contest winners announced ---
Francesco Ugolini recently announced the F11 Release Events Contest winners:
* Kevin Higgins with the Vancouver, Washington (USA), release event;
* Neville A. Cross with the Managua, Nicaragua, release event and;
* Truong Anh Tuan with the Hanoi, Vietnam, release event.
Francesco outlined that for the Fedora 11 release, the Fedora Ambassador
Steering Committee (FAmSCo) wants to give some of the Ambassadors who
organized great release events an opportunity to attend a FUDCon or a
FAD in their region, and to meet more of the community face to face.
The purpose of these events is to promote the new release of Fedora, to
raise awareness among local communities, and to educate users and
developers on the most important features of the release.
FAmSCo wants to thank all the participants for their amazing job, and
asks them to remember that the committee will continue to encourage such
If you are still planning a Fedora 11 event, please list it on the
Release Party wiki here.
--- Get on the map ---
Want to find the nearest ambassador? How about one in Belarus? 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 here and instructions on how to place yourself on the map can
be found at here.
--- 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.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's main track Test Day was on NetworkManager. There was a
solid turnout of testers and developers, and several bugs were filed and
fixed. A report on this Test Day is available.
Last weeks' Fit and Finish Test Day was on peripherals. Several
people turned out to help test, and a variety of different bugs with
different types of peripheral were reported.
Next week's main track Test Day will be on ABRT changes for Fedora
12. ABRT is the Automatic Bug Reporting Tool which helps users file
bug reports automatically when applications fail, and it has been
extensively improved for Fedora 12. It's an easy component to test and
it will help improve the quality of future Fedora releases, so please
come along and help out! The Test Day will be held on Thursday
2009-08-20 in IRC #fedora-qa.
The Fit and Finish Test Day track will be holding its own Test
Day, on printing. This is a vital area for many users and has lots of
potential quirks with different types of printer connected in different
ways, so please come out and help make sure the printing user experience
is as smooth as possible! Live images will be available before the Test
Day. The Test Day will be held on Tuesday 2009-08-18 in IRC
#fedora-fit-and-finish (note this is not the same channel where main
track Test Days take place).
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
--- Weekly meetings ---
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2009-08-10. The full log is
available. James Laska asked for feedback on the quality of downloads
of the Alpha test compose from the alt.fedoraproject.org server. Adam
Williamson reported that his download had been fast and trouble-free.
Kamil Paral's had been slower, but that was tracked down to bandwidth
limitations on his end.
James Laska asked why Rawhide still contained anaconda 12.7, when later
versions had been released and built. Jesse Keating stated that later
versions of anaconda had been entirely broken and thus had not passed
his critical path package checks. Adam Williamson asked why major
regressions in anaconda seemed to be being introduced during an Alpha
freeze. Jesse Keating explained that anaconda development was treated as
an independent 'upstream project', like rpm, and so did not respect
Fedora freezes. Adam suggested that, in that case, Fedora packaging of
anaconda should not accept new upstream versions as a matter of course,
especially during freezes, but cherry-pick appropriate fixes, due to the
sensitivity of anaconda to changes and its position of fundamental
importance in any Fedora release.
James Laska called for those who had filed or were monitoring critical
bugs for the Alpha release to continue to work on verifying fixes for
them and closing them where appropriate.
James Laska asked for a general overview of Rawhide's readiness for the
Alpha release. The consensus was that anaconda was still not yet ready,
but most other components were in decent shape. Adam Williamson noted
that packages fixing the known major breakage in
xorg-x11-server-1.6.99-25 had been tagged into Rawhide over the weekend.
James also worried that many features on the Fedora 12 feature list did
not seem to be complete in terms of development or have complete test
plans yet, but no action was thought to be possible on this.
Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. He had
completed the automated installation tests, and refactored the
pre-existing autoqa tests into the new autotest system. He also had some
tests starting to send their results to a mailing list, and hoped to
have this process available to the public soon.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-08-11. The full
log is available. Adam Williamson admitted he had not found time to
ask the desktop development team for their position on the new triage
process, or check which Bugzilla changes generate an email by default.
The group wanted to take a final decision on the question of changing
the process by which bugs are marked as triaged. After a long
discussion, it was agreed to go ahead with a plan to switch to using the
Triaged keyword rather than the ASSIGNED state, starting with bugs for
Fedora 13. Adam Williamson agreed to send a wrap-up email to the mailing
Edward Kirk brought up the recent fedora-devel-list mail which had
mentioned the need for triaging of XMMS bugs. However, several group
members had looked over the list of bugs on XMMS that were still open or
had been closed due to age, and found nothing that could be pursued.
Edward Kirk also worried that meetings were being planned only by
himself and Richard June and were not being planned according to a
defined policy. He intended to write a SOP for planning meetings, and
encourage the use of the agenda item submission process to make sure no
important issues were not making it to the meeting agenda.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-08-17 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-08-18 at
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Fedora 12 Alpha blocker bug reviews ---
James Laska reminded the group that several bugs blocking the Alpha
release (as of Sunday 2009-08-09) were in MODIFIED state and required
further testing. Later, he sent a follow-up with updated status on
several of the bugs listed.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 12 Schedule for Translation and Documentation Updated ---
Based upon the review held on 6th August 2009, John Poelstra has updated
the Fedora 12 Schedule for the Translation and Documentation team.
Besides the the individual task based schedule for each team, a combined
and chronological schedule has also been put together by him. Noriko
Mizumoto and Ankit Patel have further reviewed the schedule and
requested some changes.
An important point raised during the review meeting and the ongoing
conversation on the mailing list refers to the possibility of having
'Test builds' of packages to be created during the 'Software
Translation' phase to allow 'Translation Review' on the user-interface.
An official request has been sent by Noriko Mizumoto on behalf of FLSCo
to the FESCo for 'Test builds' to be made available.
--- TQSG Pushed for 4 Languages ---
Noriko Mizumoto the maintainer of the 'Translation Quick Start Guide'
has announced the availability of the Guide in 4 new languages:
Russian, Polish, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Meeting Summary ---
After an IRC meeting for selecting the Fedora 12 theme took place,
Martin Sourada posted on @design-team the conversation log and a
short summary: "We'll move Constantine Statue back to extras, also
raised concern about it including a sword * The Constantine theme will
be based on (perspective) mosaico with elements added from underwater
mosaic * KDE Alpha (if the packages get tagged in time) will have
slideshow like we have in GNOME, if it's not working reliably, it will
have mosaico * For Friday we target , if it's not ready we'll go with
 * we haven't decided about alpha release banner design, but narrowed
the selection to  and .
--- The Art Studio Spin ---
With the increased interest for having a customized Fedora geared
towards creative people, Kushal Das announced his preliminary work
and asked for input "I started working on the spin , the initial size is
around 1000MB, still all fonts need to be put in", something Máirín
Duffy was also playing with "Coincidentally enough I tried several
times to build an art studio spin last night but livecd-creator keeps
failing". Kushal followed with a kickstart script and everyone
started suggesting application for inclusion or removal. Martin Sourada
questioned the spin name "I think it's good idea to rename the spin
(in accordance with our move from Fedora Artwork to Fedora Design Team)
to Fedora Design Live (or something like that)", something not
considered an issue by Máirín Duffy "I don't think the spin needs to
be named after our team, it just needs to attract the type of user we
are seeking no?", a discussion which brought to attention the need to
define the spin's target, with a possible answer from Máirín "We
could do something where the whole enchilada is called the 'Fedora
Creativity Suite' and then different 'slices' of that could be different
studios eg vector gfx studio, 3d studio, audio studio, etc"
--- Source Control for Fedora Themes ---
Rex Dieter expressed the need for a source control system "but, it
seems there is no source-control currently being used for fedora theming
yet. I'd like to propose hosting what's used in stuff like
constantine-backgrounds (and future fedora-related theming) in a git (or
svn or whatever) repo", a request endorsed also by Martin Sourada
"Yup, for my part a git repo would be really helpful. Spinning the
source tarball by hand is not an exactly nice experience ;-)" and
Jaroslav Reznik "Indeed, it's really much more easier to use some
repository, even in one person" so Paul Frields pointed to the
existing repository which can/should be used for the task: "There is
actually a git repo, it just needs to be renamed to properly match the
Trac issue system." An alias fixing later and everything was solved.
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization
technologies on the @fedora-virt, @fedora-xen-list, @libguestfs,
@libvirt-list, @virt-tools-list, and @ovirt-devel-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Fedora Xen List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
---- New Upstream Xen Release ----
Pasi Kärkkäinen pointed  out new upstream Xen 3.3.2 and 3.4.1
releases. Gerd Hoffmann built Fedora packages for testing.
--- Updated Dom0 Test Kernel ----
Michael Young posted a test build
kernel-2.6.31-0.1.2.52.rc6.xendom0.fc12 found in his repository.
"I have had trouble getting x86_64 kernels built over the last week or
so to boot, but this one does work. I haven't tried i686."
--- Libguestfs List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the libguestfs list.
---- New Release libguestfs 1.0.67 ----
Richard Jones announced  the release of
* SELinux support, for guests that use it
* inotify support
* Allow swapon/swapoff from a swap file
* New commands to make hard and symbolic links, readlink
* New commands to grep files
* New commands: fallocate, file-architecture, realpath
* 'file' command can now look in compressed files automatically
--- Libvirt List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
---- New Release libvirt 0.7.0 ----
Daniel Veillard announced a new image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt
release, version 0.7.0.
"A couple days later than expected, but considering the current flow of
fixes, that's not a bad thing. This is a huge release, this includes
more than 250 commits in a month and many new functionalities or
drivers, and a lot of improvements and bug fixes:"
* Interface implementation based on netcf (Laine Stump Daniel Veillard)
* Add new net filesystem glusterfs (Harshavardhana)
* Initial VMWare ESX driver (Matthias Bolte)
* Add support for VBox 3 and event callbacks on vbox (Pritesh Kothari)
* First version of the Power Hypervisor driver (Eduardo Otubo)
* Run QEMU guests as an unprivileged user (Daniel P. Berrange)
* Support cgroups in QEMU driver (Daniel P. Berrange)
* QEmu hotplug NIC support (Mark McLoughlin)
* Storage cloning for LVM and Disk backends(Cole Robinson)
* Switching to GIT (Jim Meyering)
--- end FWN 189 ---
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
More information about the announce