Fedora Weekly News 194

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Sep 21 17:30:39 UTC 2009

     * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 194
           o 1.1 Planet Fedora
                 + 1.1.1 General
           o 1.2 Marketing
                 + 1.2.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-15
                 + 1.2.2 F12 Talking points
                 + 1.2.3 F12 release slogan selection
                 + 1.2.4 Fedora Insight update
                 + 1.2.5 Marketing Research
           o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.3.1 Test Days
                 + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.3.3 Pre-beta install testing
                 + 1.3.4 Intel graphics information request
                 + 1.3.5 Graphics test week recap
           o 1.4 Artwork
                 + 1.4.1 Behind the Schedule
                 + 1.4.2 DIY Media Sleeve
           o 1.5 Virtualization
                 + 1.5.1 Fedora Virtualization List
                       # Virtualization Test Day
                 + 1.5.2 Libvirt List
                       # New Release libvirt 0.7.1
                       # New Release perl-Sys-Virt 0.2.2
                       # Guest Sound Over VNC
           o 1.6 KDE
                 + 1.6.1 Live image dependencies: breaking 
libcanberra-gtk2 dependency
                 + 1.6.2 KDE 4.3.1 pushed to Stable
                 + 1.6.3 Post 4.3.1 fixes
                 + 1.6.4 New KDE Applications

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 194 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 194[1] for the week ending September 
20, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue. This week we 
welcome a brand new beat by Ryan Rix on KDE developments in Fedora!

In news from the Fedora Planet, news, views and innovations from Fedora 
community members. The Quality Assurance beat this week provides details 
from last week's various graphics tests, audio and virtualization Test 
Days, along with detailed summaries of the QA weekly meetings, 
Bugzappers and other regular activities. In Art/Design news, discussion 
around the desire for a "do it yourself" media sleeve, and updates on 
the Fedora 12 schedule for the team. In virtualization news, updates on 
the recent virtualization Test Day, and details of new versions of 
libvirt, perl-Sys-Virt, and coverage of recent discussion about guest 
sound over VNC. Our first KDE beat features news of KDE 4.3.1 hitting 
Fedora updates and some post-release fixes, news on several new KDE 
applications, and coverage of work of the KDE SIG team this past week. 
That rounds out this week's issue of Fedora Weekly News, which we hope 
you enjoy!

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

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

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue194
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

-- 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 ---

Lennart Poettering wrote[1] a mutex profiler called mutrace. "When 
naively profiling multi-threaded applications the time spent waiting for 
mutexes is not necessarily visible in the generated output. However lock 
contention can have a big impact on the runtime behaviour of 
applications...To improve the situation if have now written a mutex 
profiler called mutrace."

Way back in May, Daniel Walsh introduced[2] the SELinux sandbox. "As 
soon as I released it, I received email asking if it could be used to 
sandbox Acroread, and I had to say 'Sorry, it can't do that'."[3]. But 
now it can. It can even be used to sandbox Firefox[4].

Josh Boyer shared[5] an amusing anecdote about running wires with his 
two-year-old son. Who knew that patch cables could be so much fun?

Mel Chua asked[6] for "I use Fedora" stories from the community. "Write 
up your story about using Fedora, the stories of your friends and the 
people you’ve introduced Fedora to".

Michael DeHaan quickly built[7] a lab of 85 machines in Chicago for the 
Red Hat Summit, using cobbler (did I mention that version 2.0 was just 

Similarly, Jeroen van Meeuwen mentioned[9] that puppetmanaged.org is 
available, comprising "a collection of modules for Puppet", the "system 
for automating system administration tasks".

Máirín Duffy finished[10] a set of mockups for the Fedora Project's 
Spins page.

    1. http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/mutrace.html
    2. http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/28545.html
    3. http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/31146.html
    4. http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/31247.html
    5. http://jwboyer.livejournal.com/36271.html
    8. http://michaeldehaan.net/2009/09/17/cobbler-2-0-released/
    9. http://www.kanarip.com/node/859
   10. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/spins-fpo-mockups/

-- Marketing --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.


Contributing Writer: Chaitanya Mehandru

--- Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-15 ---

Meeting logs [1] and notes [2] for the 2009-09-15 Fedora Marketing 
Meeting were made available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open 
to the public. [3]

--- F12 Talking points ---

Some big news!! The F12 talking points have been released, and are ready 
for use (and improvement!)[4]. Many thanks to Steven Moix, Paul Frields, 
and Jon Roberts for their hard work.

--- F12 release slogan selection ---

Different ideas and themes were introduced making it a hot topic. 
Finally ‘Unite’ was supported well and is the proposed slogan waiting 
acceptance in the final call[5].

--- Fedora Insight update ---

We are almost done with Deployment and have the status for some of the 
known outstanding things like packaging[6][7]. By September 21, 
everything gets packaged and staged for loadtesting and we will then be 
able to move from staging to production by September 28.

Dale Bewley is looking into a workflow to see how FWN could use "fun 
things you can do with Fedora" and has been experimenting with Zikula to 
prepare a mini FWN[8].

Mel suggested that it might be a good opportunity for Ambassadors to 
help create Marketing collateral that would be useful for other 
Ambassadors: Prepare short stories for "I use Fedora" rotations on the 
webpage and Fedora Insight. [9].

It's something that would be great for Ambassadors to do before the F12 
launch (before the Beta launch, if possible) - write up *your* story 
about using Fedora, the stories of your friends and the people you've 
introduced Fedora to - and also potentially something fun to do *at* an 
F12 launch event; interview new users, make a podcast with them, film 
them describing something cool they've just discovered about their new 
operating system, help them write an article for FI.

--- Marketing Research ---

Robyn Bergeron proposed the participation of FUDCon attendees being 
useful in marketing research. Sub-groups like FI, Design, Desktop SIG, 
Ambassadors and FUDCon attendees can be very helpful resources for 
answering/retrieving valuable market research questions/information. 
Robyn wil also figure out the marketing research timeline between now 
and FUDCon. Mel Chua to look into getting limesurvey into infra and ask 
RHT Marketing folks about publicly available datasets for marketing research

    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing_meetings
    4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Talking_points
    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F12_release_slogan
    6. https://fedorahosted.org/marketing-team/ticket/36
    7. https://fedorahosted.org/marketing-team/ticket/25
    9. https://fedorahosted.org/marketing-team/ticket/12

-- 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 saw two main track Test Days. The first was on audio, 
including PulseAudio[1]. The second was on virtualization[2]. The audio 
Test Day saw good turnout and encouraging results, with basic audio 
functionality failing for only two out of 21 testers. The virtualization 
event saw a group of experienced testers carry out much detailed testing 
on a wide range of features. Thanks to all who turned out to both events.

Next week's Test Day will be on Xfce[3]. This popular alternative 
desktop environment has an enthusiastic Fedora maintenance team and has 
produced polished live CD releases for the last few Fedora releases, so 
if you're an Xfce fan, please come along to the Test Day and help make 
sure it's in good working shape for the Fedora 12 release!

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 
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in 
QA Trac[4].

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-09-16_Audio
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-09-17_Virtualization
    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-09-24_XFCE
    4. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

--- Weekly meetings ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-09-14. The full log is 
available[2]. Adam Williamson mentioned that the new test-announce 
mailing list[3] was up and running and already being used for 
announcements, and thanked David Pravec for the idea and the implementation.

Kamil Paral gave an update on his investigation into the possible use of 
zsync to reduce the size of live image transfers. He had written a blog 
post[4] on the potential benefits. They seemed significant and 
worthwhile, but Kevin Fenzi had pointed out a problem: zsync is not 
packaged in Fedora, so cannot be installed on the server, and acceptance 
of zsync as a Fedora package is currently blocked by its use of an 
internal copy of the zlib library[5]. Various attempts have been made to 
have the zlib changes involved, which are also included in rsync, split 
out into a separate package or merged into upstream zlib, but this has 
not yet been successfully accomplished. After some discussion, Adam 
Williamson promised to send a follow-up email to all interested parties 
to try to restart this process.

Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. Failure 
reports sent to the mailing lists now include traceback information, 
where available. The installation tests now monitor both the serial 
console and the installer log files. Will is working on a TurboGears 
application to cover exporting the necessary information from the autoqa 
system to support the proposed israwhidebroken.com Rawhide status page. 
His current code is available in a git repository[6]. He expects to be 
able to implement the page within a few weeks, and also to make a public 
instance of the autotest/autoqa systems available.

Adam Williamson led a Test Day roundup. Sebastian Dziallas reported on 
the Sugar on a Stick Test Day[7]. He was very happy with the 
participation and feedback received, and felt that the experimental use 
of the Semantic plugin for result reporting had been successful. He 
promised to follow up with Adam and James Laska on the use of Semantic. 
Adam reported on the Graphics Test Week which had happened the previous 
week, saying that turnout had been good and he was working on a round 
up. He also trailed the then-upcoming audio and virtualization Test 
Days. Mark McLoughlin reported that preparations for the virtualization 
Test Day were advanced, but asked people to check over the Wiki page and 
suggest any improvements.

John Poelstra reminded the group of the then-upcoming blocker bug review 
meeting for Fedora 12 Beta on Friday 2009-09-18.

The Bugzappers group weekly meeting[8] was held on 2009-09-15. The full 
log is available[9]. Brennan Ashton reported he was close to having the 
new version of the triage metrics system available, and hoped to have it 
available in a few days' time. He had looked for a co-maintainer for the 
project, but not found one yet.

Edward Kirk made some proposals to improve the Triage Day project. He 
suggested moving it to the weekend and making it bi-monthly. Niels Haase 
said he was interested in driving the changes and leading the events, as 
Edward would not be able to do this regularly. Niels suggested requiring 
new members attend a Triage Day before their membership was approved, 
but Edward felt this would not be a good idea. Ben Williams suggested 
creating a Fedora classroom for triaging, and the other group members 
felt this was a promising idea. Adam Williamson suggested Edward and 
Niels develop their thoughts and bring them forward on the mailing list 
or at the next week's meeting.

Niels Haase asked a question about the Test Day live CD images, 
wondering if the default configuration could make it easier to access 
the system via ssh, to make it easier to access logs in the case of 
failures which make the system unusable directly. Adam Williamson 
explained that there were considerable security problems in doing this. 
Niels suggested making it optional via the use of a kernel parameter. 
Adam said that would involve development work, and suggested posting the 
suggestion to the development mailing list.

The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-09-21 at 1600 UTC in 
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-09-22 at 
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20090914
    3. http://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/test-announce
    5. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=490140
    6. git://git.fedorapeople.org/~wwoods/israwhidebroken.git
    7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-09-03_SoaS
    8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings

--- Pre-beta install testing ---

Liam Li announced[1] a pre-beta installation testing session, to assess 
the state of the installation process shortly before the process of 
building the Fedora 12 Beta begins. He explained that a test matrix was 
available on the Wiki[2], and asked for group members' help in filling 
out the tests.

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_12_PreBeta_Install

--- Intel graphics information request ---

Adam Jackson asked[1] users of Intel graphics adapters to send him some 
information to help with reliable display detection. He asked for a dump 
of the system video BIOS, together with information on the connectors 
available on the hardware in question. All Intel graphics adapter owners 
are encouraged to read Adam's request and send him the information from 
their systems - it is very easy and takes only a minute.


--- Graphics test week recap ---

Adam Williamson reported[1] on the Graphics Test Week, providing a 
summary of all the bugs reported across the three Test Days, and 
thanking the developers and testers who showed up to help with testing.


-- Artwork --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

--- Behind the Schedule ---

After John Poelstra reminded[1]to the Design Team about the planned 
schedule, Máirín Duffy pointed[2] the team is late. While Michael 
Beckwith tried an alternate 3D route[3], Nicu Buculei argued [4] for 
using the curent working image "We are late in the process and missed 
enough deadlines, so we can't afford delaying more" and advanced[5] a 
first splash mock-up based on it.


--- DIY Media Sleeve ---

Grant Bowman asked[1] for a "do-it yourself" media sleeve "I would like 
to work with a designer to develop a one page, color, printable 8.5x11 
page that can be printed, folded and used to identify and protect a 
downloaded and burned CD or DVD copy of Fedora." twohotis proposed[2] a 
design to which Nicu Buculei objected about the lack of source, "Please 
also include the source files, so other people in the team can work with 
them, build on them, make derivatives", bad version of the Fedora logo 
"request a vector version of our logo, do not use such a small 
resolution bitmap" and unusable fonts "do not use proprietary fonts 
(Segoe), other people will want to work on your files and won't be able 
to due to the lack of fonts".


--- Virtualization ---

In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization 
technologies on the @fedora-virt and @libvirt-list lists.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley

--- Fedora Virtualization List ---

This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.

---- Virtualization Test Day ----

The latest Fedora Test Day focused on Virtualization improvements in 
Fedora 12[1]. Even though the test day was on Sept. 17th, you can still 
help make F12 the best release possible and learn about the newest 
features in the process. Visit the test day page, download the live 
image, and post your experiences on the wiki.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-09-17_Virtualization

--- Libvirt List ---

This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.

---- New Release libvirt 0.7.1 ----

Daniel Veillard announced[1] a new image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt 
release, version 0.7.1.

"There is a fair amount of new features and improvement, not surprizing 
considering 0.7.0[2] was 1.5 months ago. And of course many bug fixes 
and cleanups:"

New features:

     * Add an internal <secret> XML handling API (Miloslav Trmač)
     * VBox 3.0.6 API change support (Pritesh Kothari)
     * also allow use of XZ for Qemu image compression (Jim Meyering)
     * Multipath storage support module (Dave Allan)
     * VBox add Storage Volume support (Pritesh Kothari)
     * Support configuration of huge pages in guests (Daniel P. Berrange)
     * Add support for encrypted (qcow) volume creation. (Miloslav Trmač)
     * Secret manipulation public API (Miloslav Trmač)
     * support lzop save compression for qemu (Charles Duffy)
     * Support new PolicyKit 1.0 API (Daniel P. Berrange)
     * Compressed save image format for Qemu. (Chris Lalancette)
     * QEmu add host PCI device hotplug support (Mark McLoughlin)

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue189#New_Release_libvirt_0.7.0

---- New Release perl-Sys-Virt 0.2.2 ----

Daniel Berrange announced[1] an update of the Perl binding for libvirt, 

New features:

     * Add all new APIs upto libvirt 0.7.0 APIs (listing defined network 
     * Add missing APIs for looking up storage volumes based on path and key
     * Fix lookup of network interfaces based on MAC address
     * Add missing APIs for defining network interfaces and starting 
defined interfaces

    2. http://search.cpan.org/dist/Sys-Virt/

---- Guest Sound Over VNC ----

Dave Allan noticed[1] "when a KVM guest created with virt-manager is 
running on F10, sound on the physical host stops working. When all VMs 
are shutdown, sound starts working again. Removing the <sound> tag from 
the VM XML allows sound to work while the VM is booted." and suggested 
disabling sound in guests by default.

Daniel Berrange explained[2] "It is complicated :-) In Fedora >= 11 we 
currently disable all use of sound cards, but this upsets people who 
want sound ;-P I'm working on a new version of the patch which sets up 
audio-over-VNC[3], while for SDL allows the host audio backend to be 
used & configured. I still need to finish my GTK-VNC patches to do the 
client end of audio over VNC, then it'll all play correctly with desktop 
audio services via gstreamer/pulseaudio."

    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/VirtVNCResourceTunnel

-- KDE --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora KDE Special 
Interests Group[1].

Contributing Writer: Ryan Rix

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/KDE

--- Live image dependencies: breaking libcanberra-gtk2 dependency ---

This week the KDE SIG team worked to remove a dependency in 
libcanberra-gtk2 that pulled in GDM and various GNOME utilities. The 
dependency was introduced this week and was not included on any KDE live 
images, but by fixing this by having both GDM and libcanberra-gtk2 own 
/usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/,[1] KDE Live Images are kept about 
about 30MiB smaller.

    1. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=522998

--- KDE 4.3.1 pushed to Stable ---

KDE 4.3.1 is now available in Fedora Updates. A full list of 4.3.1 
changes can be found upstream[1]

    1. http://www.kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog4_3_0to4_3_1.php

--- Post 4.3.1 fixes ---

A number of bug fixes[1][2][3] will be pushed as separate updates some 
time after KDE 4.3.1. These bugs address issues in a fix in Kopete's 
Bonjour plugin, a crash in Kmail's LDAP autocompletion and a fix in Krfb 
and have are awaiting testing.

    1. http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=206024
    2. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=523131

--- New KDE Applications ---

This week a few new applications have been put into review and testing 

     * Eike Hein and the Konversation team have been working to put out 
a new, unofficial build of Konversation, working to make it feature 
complete as compared to the KDE 3 version. Rex Dieter has built an SVN 
build containing markerline support and various bug fixes and it is in 
kde-redhat/unstable[1] Eike says that Konversation 1.2 Beta1 should be 
available very soon.
     * Skrooge, a personal finance manager[2] has been added to Fedora 
Rawhide and Updates-testing by Thomas Janssen.

    2. http://extragear.kde.org/apps/skrooge/

- end FWN 194 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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