Fedora Weekly News 219
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 219
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
o 1.2 Ambassadors
+ 1.2.1 Fedora at Open Fest 2010
+ 1.2.2 Campus Ambassadors up and running
+ 1.2.3 Fedora 12 is here
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Test Days
+ 1.3.2 Fedora 13 testing
+ 1.3.3 Update acceptance testing
+ 1.3.4 Target bug trackers
+ 1.3.5 Bugzapping in the classroom
+ 1.3.6 rsync for test builds
o 1.4 Artwork
+ 1.4.1 Counting Down to Fedora 13
+ 1.4.2 Preparing Beta Artwork
+ 1.4.3 New Mist Icons
o 1.5 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 219 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 219 for the week ending March 30,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
As there were no announcements during the past week, we kick this issue
off with news from the Fedora Planet, including news on a new
virtualization tool for resizing VM disks, details on a new Fedora Mini,
to discuss Fedora on platforms such as Sugar, Moblin and Maeon (MeeGo),
and thoughts on how to use Wikipedia better in the classroom.
Ambassadors news brings us an event report from Open Fest 2010 in
Athens, Greece. In Quality Assurance, details on this past week's Test
Day on printing, and this week's two test days on SSSD implementation
and ABRT, the automated bug report tool, as well as the first test
compose for Fedora 13 beta, as well as many other great tidbits! In
Artwork/Design Team news, details on a Fedora 13 countdown banner,
details on preparing beta artwork, and a new icon set submission for
F13. This week's issue wraps up with security advisories for Fedora 11,
12 and 13 released over the past week. Enjoy FWN!
We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News
(FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format for a few past FWN issues
that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet
Archive and have a listen!
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
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition
covers highlights from the past three weeks.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Jan Wildeboer pointed out that "IBM has chosen KVM via Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization to run their IBM Cloud", though it supports
both RHEL and SuSE as guests.
Richard W.M. Jones released a new tool, virt-resize to resize virtual
machine disks and asked "what features would you like to see?" for
version 2.0? Rich also explained how some of libguestfs and guestfish
Sebastian Dziallas announced that there is now a Fedora Mini mailing
list to discuss Fedora on platforms such as Sugar, Moblin and Maeon
The Red Hat JBoss team posted an update on the status of JBoss
Enterprise Middleware releases.
Justin O'Brien mentioned that Paul W. Frields will be stepping down
as Fedora Project Leader and that the election process will be coming up
Luis Villa stepped in to the mess of software patents and and their
applicability to h264 and Ogg. "Let this be a friendly public service
announcement: patent law says that anyone who uses a patent, not just
the manufacturer or licensor of the patent-infringing good, can
potentially be dragged into court on a charge of patent infringement."
Luis followed-up with some clarifications. "More patent lessons-
first on submarine patents (basics!) and then on how patent pools are
licensed. I don’t really want to continue this series, but the past few
days have been a good reminder that there is a lot of misinformation out
there around patents."
Casey Dahlin suggested that instead of using talloc (see FWN Issue
218), libnih might be an even better alternative.
Karsten Wade wrote about better ways to use Wikipedia in the
classroom. "Where Wikipedia is a useful information source and starting
place for deeper exploration beyond it’s reference-focused world, there
is so much more that can be done with it to help teach the open source
way. In fact, you can teach all of the basics of joining a collaborative
free and open source software community without ever getting more
technical than how to get an account and edit a wiki page."
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora at Open Fest 2010 ---
Pierros Papadeas reports that last weekend Fedora attended Open Fest
2010 in Athens with a great booth and many people in attendance.
Fedora attracted many newcomers, especially with the Translation
Marathon for Fedora 13 during the event.
On the wiki page you can find some blogposts-reports on the event and
this nice gallery of photos from Fedora's presence there.
"We had a dual-projector setup with many swag, mostly produced by us,
and some nice little ideas, like 'Try me!' signs," Pierros reported.
Pierros thanks all the Greek fellows, that helped Fedora be its best one
--- Campus Ambassadors up and running ---
The Fedora Project's Campus Ambassadors program is up and running, and
is looking for participants. If you're a high school or college student
who wants to help promote Fedora on your campus, this is the place for you.
For more information, visit
--- Fedora 12 is here ---
With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an
announcement of 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. This week,
we are trying out a new topic-focused layout, without the topic-by-topic
weekly meeting recaps. Please let me know if you particularly like or
dislike the new layout!
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day was on printing, including the implementation of
automatic print driver installationin Fedora 13. There was a
disappointingly low turnout, despite Tim Waugh's extensive efforts to
organize and promote the event. We theorize that printing works so well
for most people that they didn't think it was necessary to turn up!
Nevertheless, thanks to those who did come out to test, and reported
five bugs for Tim to work on.
This week sees two Test Days. The first, on Tuesday 2010-03-30, will
have passed by the time you read this; it will have been on the
implementation of SSSD by default. This feature is very useful to
those who use accounts on a remote server which may not always be
accessible from their system. We'll bring you a report on this event
The second will be on ABRT, the automated bug report tool which
has been included with Fedora by default since the release of Fedora 12.
We'll be testing Fedora 13 enhancements to ABRT and making sure the
system is working correctly for the upcoming Fedora 13 release. ABRT is
important to all Fedora users and developers, so if you have a few
minutes, please come along and help test! As usual, you can test with an
installed Fedora 13 or Rawhide system, or a live image which is
available on the Test Day page. Zdenek Prikryl, Jiri Moskovc and Adam
Williamson will be on hand during the event, which will run all day on
Thursday 2010-04-01 in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 13
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Fedora 13 testing ---
The first test compose for Fedora 13 Beta was announced by Rui He on
2010-03-23. The group helped to fill out the planned installation and
desktop test matrices. Rui He provided a summary of the TC test
results. Shortly after the test compose, the first release candidate
build followed on 2010-03-26. Andre Robatino provided delta ISOs
between TC1 and RC1. Again, the group quickly filled out the
desktop and install matrices. The testers found several blocker
The third blocker bug review meeting for Fedora 13 Beta was held on
2010-03-26. All outstanding Beta blocker bugs were reviewed, and
developers were consulted on the remaining open bugs to ensure fixes
should be available in time for the release candidate process to begin
the following week.
'John H' reported that the test candidate build failed to install
correctly to an Intel X25-M SSD. James Laska suggested he file a bug
report on the issue.
Kamil Paral, Joachim Backes and others found a bug which
prevented the boot process from completing successfully with the
Plymouth graphical boot system enabled. The bug was later tracked down
and resolved in a build which will be brought into the second Beta
--- Update acceptance testing ---
During the weekly QA meeting, the group discussed the status of the
various proposed changes and policies regarding updates. Adam Williamson
summarized that "we need: a policy/sop for the 'proventesters' group,
and a guide to providing updates-testing feedback for a) branched and b)
stable releases, explaining what actually should be tested and how
feedback should be given". Adam Miller provided a second draft of the
proventesters SOP proposal, and Adam Williamson posted a discussion of
testing procedure which posited that a policy for testing updates was
impossible within the current Bodhi system, and the best way forward
would be to revise the way Bodhi works. Mathieu Bridon pointed out
that Williamson's proposal was very similar to Doug Ledford's earlier
proposal, and explained that the infrastructure team was already
working Doug's ideas into their plans for 'Bodhi 2', the next major
revision of Bodhi.
--- Target bug trackers ---
Following on from discussion the previous week, Adam Williamson posted a
proposal on the use of the Target bug trackers, suggesting either
discontinuing their use or repurposing them to track bugs which did not
constitute release blockers, but for which fixes would be accepted
through release freezes. The thread turned into quite a wide-ranging
discussion about freeze procedures and update acceptance. Later, Adam
summarized by suggesting the key issue to decide is 'whether we want to
have a time-defined stage' where only fixes for blockers and certain
specifically chosen bugs would be accepted, and if a tracker bug is the
most sensible way to keep track of those bugs.
--- Bugzapping in the classroom ---
Vedran Miletić asked the group for advice and support on teaching
Bugzapping in a university environment. Christopher Beland applauded the
idea, and suggested Firefox, Evolution, Nautilus and Rhythmbox as good
components for a class group to work on. Adam Williamson offered to
provide support and assistance.
--- rsync for test builds ---
Andre Robatino asked if it would be possible to set up rsync access
for the server on which test builds are stored, to make it easier to
convert a DVD build into a multi-CD build for testing purposes. He then
suggested that zsync would serve the purpose even better. Adam
Williamson pointed out that zsync was still not packaged in Fedora
due to a problem with bundled libraries.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Counting Down to Fedora 13 ---
Alexander Smirnov created a complex and elaborate count-down banner
for the upcoming Fedora 13 release "I upload sample image to wiki and
concept in the form of animation to my fedorapeople space" and Máirín
Duffy offered a number of improvements in the text "f you have the
rocket launching, maybe you don't need to say 'launched in', you can
just say 'X days' so translators only need to translate 'days' and you
don't have to worry about running out of space for the translation as much."
--- Preparing Beta Artwork ---
As John Poelstra reminded about the upcoming schedule and deadlines,
Nicu Buculei noticed the team is behind it, and proposed to use the
Alpha artwork in the Beta release "Considering we are way pas the
deadline for finalizing the Beta wallpaper and very close to its package
deadline, I propose that if we nobody propose an improvement in the next
24 hours, we go for Beta (and most likely final version) with Rocket
Trails 2 that was already used for Alpha". Martin Sourada agreed "I
should like to add that the Alpha wallpaper is awesome albeit rather
lowish resolution and is missing dual screen versions" and offered to
package it "I'm ready to do the packaging work as soon as I have the
necessary sources" while Paul Frields talked possible future
enhancements "If we want to take another stab at the wallpaper for
post-Beta/GA, I know that Mairin Duffy had collected some constructive
critiques." Kris Thomsen showed availability to work on splashes,
which are derivatives of the wallpaper "I can try to do the
--- New Mist Icons ---
Máirín Duffy submitted an addition to the default Fedora icon theme
"Lapo has created some new Mist icons very recently and was wondering if
we could get them into F13" and Matthias Clasen pointed to a small
packaging problem "Mairin, these look indeed great. But we'll need at
least the folder icons in the same sizes that they are present in the
gnome icon theme, or things will look bad at different zoom levels in
nautilus" which was quickly corrected
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* xulrunner-18.104.22.168-1.fc13 -
* firefox-3.6.2-1.fc13 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-9.fc13 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc13.12 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-16.fc13 -
* Miro-2.5.4-3.fc13 -
* galeon-2.0.7-25.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* trac-0.11.7-1.fc12 -
* fcron-3.0.5-1.fc12 -
* moodle-1.9.8-1.fc12 -
* krb5-1.7.1-6.fc12 -
* libpng-1.2.43-1.fc12 -
* maniadrive-1.2-21.fc12 -
* php-5.3.2-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* php-5.2.13-1.fc11 -
* maniadrive-1.2-18.fc11 -
* trac-0.11.7-1.fc11 -
* openssh-5.2p1-6.fc11 -
* tar-1.22-5.fc11 -
* cpio-2.9.90-8.fc11 -
* moodle-1.9.8-1.fc11 -
* libpng-1.2.43-1.fc11 -
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