Fedora Weekly News Issue 198

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Tue Oct 20 01:19:52 UTC 2009

           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
                       # FUDCon Lodging -- IMPORTANT
                 + 1.1.2 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.2 Planet Fedora
                 + 1.2.1 General
           o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.3.1 Test Days
                 + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.3.3 DeltaISO update
                 + 1.3.4 Fedora 12 Beta RC2 testing
           o 1.4 Translation
                 + 1.4.1 FLP Representation at the Beta Release 
Readiness Meeting
                 + 1.4.2 Scheduled Translation Tasks for Fedora 12
                 + 1.4.3 Concern About Virt-manager Translation Submission
                 + 1.4.4 New Members in FLP
           o 1.5 Artwork
                 + 1.5.1 Constantine Wallpaper Extras
           o 1.6 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.1 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.2 Fedora 10 Security Advisories

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 198 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 198[1] for the week ending October 
18, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This week's issue begins with some updates on lodging for December's 
Fedora User and Developer Conference in Toronto. If you plan to attend 
or are considering it, be sure to read this. News from the Fedora Planet 
presents news and views from Fedora community members. In Quality 
Assurance news, details from the latest upcoming Test Days on SELinux 
and power management, and an invitation for Test Day proposals for 
Fedora 12 and 13 cycles, in addition to wonderful detail on the weekly 
QA meetings and team activities, and updates towards Fedora 12 beta. In 
translation news, details from last week's Fedora 12 beta readiness 
meeting, a query about the Russian translation of Fedora 12 
virt-manager, and details of new Fedora Localization Project members. 
 From the Art/Design team, details on Constantine (Fedora 12) 
wallpapers. Our issue wraps up this week with details on last week's 
security patches for Fedora 10 and 11. Enjoy FWN!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[2]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue198
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

--  Announcements --

In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, 
including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and 

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

    1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/
    2. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events


----  FUDCon Lodging -- IMPORTANT ----

Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced [1] exclusively about 
the FUDCon Lodging. On his brief, he mentioned, "We've added an extra 
"hotel" field to the FUDCon wiki pre-registration table, on the far 

If you have already booked at the hotel, please visit the wiki.If you do 
not need lodging, please visit the wiki. Use the following codes for the 
hotel booking field: Y == HAVE booked lodging NA == Not applicable, 
don't need/want

If you have not booked, but need lodging, you don't need to do anything 
at this time.

The FUDCon planning team will get initial roomsharing set up for people 
based on the responses, so please be courteous to your fellow Fedora 
community members by promptly responding [1][2]. Thanks.

[1] If your lodging is not being funded by the Fedora Project, and you 
don't want to room share, that's perfectly OK. :-) Please mark the wiki 
comments to say "not roomsharing" in that case.

[2] If you have already found a roommate, please indicate that on the 
wiki in your "Comments" field.

    2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Toronto_2009#Pre-registration


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)[1]
     * Central & South America (LATAM) [2]
     * Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
     * India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]


----  Past Events ----

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#Past_Events

--  Planet Fedora --

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an 
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

    1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

---  General ---

Richard W.M. Jones described[1] a "Poor man's P2V":

     "What happens when you have an old server sitting in the corner — 
the hardware is flaky and you need to set up a virtual equivalent ASAP, 
but no one can remember how that old server is configured? People will 
sell you very expensive software to solve this problem for you. But if 
you have some time and patience you can do P2V conversions by hand for 
free, and it’s not too hard. Here’s how."

Rahul Sundaram found[2] that the recent major changes to Thunderbird's 
user interface (that had suddenly appeared after a routine Fedora 11 
update) have been fixed/reverted.

Michael DeHaan tried to define[3] all of the possible meanings of the 
word "Cloud".

Seth Vidal wondered[4] about the growth of Fedora (for example, number 
of packages and size of Yum repository metadata) and how to sustain 
future growth.

Jose M Manimala introduced[5] Entente, a web services framework for 
Python "which requires minimal configuration and can be deployed based 
on Generated classes or user defined classes."

Máirín Duffy demoed[6] a new GTK font selector dialog box that may 
drastically improve usability. Máirín also posted[7] the complete part 
list, with photos (including the giant carrying case).

James Antill addressed[8] some of the issues affecting the installation 
of multiple versions of a single (RPM) package on a system, and how 
Python 3 in particular can be handled.

Martin Sourada looked[9] at how lighting affects the Echo Icon Theme. 
"So, I wonder what do you folks reading the Fedora (Design) Planet 
think? It's still not too late to adjust the guidelines for Echo 

    1. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/poor-mans-p2v/
    3. http://michaeldehaan.net/2009/10/14/what-does-cloud-mean/
    4. http://skvidal.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/limits-to-growth/
    5. http://josemanimala.eu.org/posts/305
    8. http://illiterat.livejournal.com/7660.html

--  QualityAssurance --

In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA

---  Test Days ---

Last week's planned Test Day on internationalization (i18n) was 
postponed to a yet-to-be-determined future date. Our apologies to anyone 
who made time to attend.

Two Test Days are scheduled for next week. The first[1] is on the 
confined SELinux users feature. This feature involves assigning an 
SELinux role to a user. The role's policy controls the extent of the 
user's access to the system. The Test Day will focus on testing several 
scenarios to ensure the policy restrictions work as they should. As 
usual, there will be a live CD available for testing - there's no need 
to install Rawhide. The Test Day will run all day on Thursday 2009-10-20 
in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.

The second Test Day[2] will be on power management[3], especially 
specific improvements made in Fedora 12. Some very specific but 
easy-to-run test cases which will greatly aid the development team in 
refining power management have been developed for the Test Day: there's 
even a helpful script which runs the tests and generates the need 
results automatically. As usual, there will be a live CD available for 
testing - there's no need to install Rawhide. This Test Day will be very 
easy to participate in, and the information you can generate will be 
very helpful, so please come along and help out! The Test Day will run 
all day on Thursday 2009-10-22 in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.

No Fit and Finish track Test Day is planned for next week.

If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 12 or 
13 cycles, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket 
in QA Trac[4].

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-10-20
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-10-22
    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/PowerManagementF12
    4. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

---  Weekly meetings ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-10-12. The full log is 
available[2]. James Laska reported that the new hardware which would be 
used to host the israwhidebroken.com project and other parts of the 
AutoQA project is in transit.

James Laska had contacted the Anaconda development team to check if the 
recent installer test days had identified any Beta blocker bugs. He 
found that the first test day had resulted in three blockers being added 
to the list. Jesse Keating worried that too much testing was being done 
after the Beta freeze, which made resolving identified bugs very 
difficult. James felt that extensive testing was being done both before 
and after the freeze. Jesse believed some of the blocker bugs that were 
found after the freeze date could have been found earlier. James agreed 
to investigate the bugs in question to see when they were introduced and 
when they were identified.

James Laska reviewed the status of the first Beta release candidate 
build, and noted status on the last remaining beta blocker bug was 
unclear. Denise Dumas said that Dave Lehman would investigate and report 
whether the bug was fixed in the release candidate build, and hence 
whether a second release candidate build would be required. James, Liam 
Li and Rui He had already started validation testing on the release 
candidate build[3].

Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. He had been 
working on backlinking from the test status information on 
israwhidebroken.com to the actual test result in the autotest front end, 
but had not yet found a satisfactory solution. He had also been looking 
at auto-generating a Wiki page to list the critical path packages (as 
the set of critical path packages can change unpredictably, a 
manually-maintained static page is not a good solution). His plan for 
this is blocked by the Python interface to the Wiki using JSON, which 
cannot create or edit pages. Will and James Laska agreed that James 
would work on creating a package of the israwhidebroken.com code to be 
used for the production instance of the site. Kamil Paral reported 
steady progress on his packagediff test for identifying major changes 
between package versions. He had initial implementations of most 
important tests, and was working to generate fake packages so he can 
test the script and isolate any bugs in it. The group agreed that in the 
long term it would make sense to integrate Kamil's work as extensions to 
the existing rpmdiff tool, but in the short term it could be hosted as 
part of the AutoQA project.

Jóhann Guðmundsson explained his project to revise and standardize Wiki 
pages dealing with debugging and reporting bugs in various 
components[4]. He had created a template for such pages[5] and revised 
several existing pages to fit this new template. The group discussed a 
standard naming convention for such pages, and agreed on 
How_to_debug_(component name). Jóhann mentioned that he would welcome 
feedback on the usefulness of the existing pages, which would be the 
most important ones to revise, and what new pages of this type should be 

The Bugzappers group weekly meeting[6] was held on 2009-10-13. Adam 
Williamson commented on the QA group's discussion of Jóhann 
Guðmundsson's debugging page revision project, noting the agreement on 
the How_to_debug_(component name) naming convention.

Edward Kirk noted that housekeeping tasks, which would have been 
starting that week, had been delayed due to the overall release schedule 
delay occasioned by the delay of the Beta release.

Adam Williamson noted that Richard June was not present to give an 
update on the kernel triage project, nor was Brennan Ashton present to 
discuss the triage metrics project.

Sergey Rudchenko wanted to know if there was a way to have Bugzilla 
notify him of new bugs being filed on a particular component, but not of 
any change activity to existing bugs, as he found the volume of email 
with all the change messages included overwhelming. Edward Kirk 
suggested that he use the RSS feed search result feature for this. Any 
Bugzilla search can be used as an RSS feed in Red Hat's Bugzilla, so to 
achieve the desired result you can simply search for NEW bugs in any 
component and subscribe to the feed for the search result. New bugs for 
that component will then be shown on the feed.

The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-10-19 at 1600 UTC in 
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-10-20 at 
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_12_Beta_RC1_Install
    5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Template:How_to_debug
    6. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings

---  DeltaISO update ---

Andre Robatino reported[1] that he was unable to generate DeltaISOs on 
Rawhide as a side-effect of the endianness issue in xz which had been 
previously discussed by the development group. Andre later announced[2] 
DeltaISOs for Beta test compose -> Beta RC1 and Beta RC1 -> Beta RC2.


---  Fedora 12 Beta RC2 testing ---

Liam Li announced the formal testing process for the second release 
candidate build of Fedora 12 Beta[1]. He noted that the test matrix was 
available[2] and asked for the group's help in performing as many of the 
tests as possible. Cornel Panceac wondered[3] why there were no live 
images available. Jesse Keating explained[4] that he had had to delay 
building the live images until he was sure the regular installer images 
were OK due to resource constraints.

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_12_Beta_RC2_Install

--  Translation --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) 

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

---  FLP Representation at the Beta Release Readiness Meeting ---

FLSCo member Noriko Mizumoto represented the FLP in the Project Wise 
Fedora 12 Beta Readiness meeting held on 14th October 2009[1]. In her 
report, she thanked the Package Maintainers for responding to the 
request from FLP to rebuild most of the packages for translation review. 
Additionally, a number of bugs were filed during the Translation Review 
and Noriko put forward a request to check the possibility for their 
correction in Fedora 12 GA. Paul Frields has taken responsibility to 
take this issue to Bill Nottingham. Noriko also raised concern about the 
string freeze breaks that happened during this release.

Documentation, Banner, Website translation are scheduled for later dates 
and Noriko informed that FLP would be communicating with the respective 
teams accordingly.

The complete log for the meeting is also available[2].


---  Scheduled Translation Tasks for Fedora 12 ---

The deadline for translation of Fedora 12 Beta Release Notes was 
scheduled for 12th October 2009 and the .rpm file built the next day. 
The next significant Translation milestone is the translation of all the 
Fedora Guides, which would start on 21st October 2009 and end on 5th 
November 2009.[1]


---  Concern About Virt-manager Translation Submission ---

The maintainer of the Russian Translation Team, Yulia Poyarkova raised a 
concern[1] about the submission of the virt-manager translations, since 
the bug[2] accepting the translations has been closed in preparation for 
Fedora 12 GA. This module is currently not available for submission via 

    2. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=493795

---  New Members in FLP ---

Alexey Matveichev (Russian)[1], Enczel (Korean)[2], and Bruce Cowan 
(British English)[3] joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.


--  Artwork --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team[1].

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork

---  Constantine Wallpaper Extras ---

Reaching the proposed deadline, Martin Sourada started the selection[1] 
for the extra wallpapers[2] to be included in Fedora 12 "originally the 
idea was to aim for 4, I think best would be to hear people's (from the 
design team) opinion on which ones would they include (aiming for 4 +/- 
2) and base the final number on the discussion." In reply, Máirín Duffy 
opted[3] for quality over quantity "My preference would be for fewer but 
higher-quality than more with varying quality". Nicu Buculei listed his 
preferences[4], including the 'educational' wallpaper[5] made by Maria 
Leandro[6], which wasn't in the proposals list, and Martin Sourada 
followed[7] with a lit of his own options.

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F12_Artwork/Extras
    5. http://tatica.org/2009/07/15/wallpapers-fedora-para-ninos/
    6. http://tatica.org/2009/07/15/wallpapers-fedora-para-ninos/

--  Security Advisories --

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * perl-Net-OAuth-0.19-1.fc11 - 
     * phpMyAdmin- - 
     * Django-1.1.1-1.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-rails-2.3.2-5.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-activeresource-2.3.2-2.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-activesupport-2.3.2-2.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-activerecord-2.3.2-2.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-actionpack-2.3.2-2.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-actionmailer-2.3.2-3.fc11 - 
     * drupal-service_links-6.x.1.0-5.fc11 - 
     * dopewars-1.5.12-8.1033svn.fc11 - 
     * deltarpm-3.4-18.fc11 - 
     * dnsmasq-2.46-3.fc11 - 

---  Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---

     * kernel- - 
     * perl-Net-OAuth-0.19-1.fc10 - 
     * Django-1.1.1-1.fc10 - 
     * phpMyAdmin- - 
     * dnsmasq-2.46-2.fc10 - 
     * drupal-service_links-6.x.1.0-5.fc10 - 
     * dopewars-1.5.12-8.1033svn.fc10 - 

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