Fedora Weekly News 220
pcalarco at nd.edu
Wed Apr 7 18:43:33 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 220
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 184.108.40.206 Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2010-04-01
# 220.127.116.11 Fudcon North America 2011 -- bids opening!
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 18.104.22.168 Fedora 13 Beta Slip 1 week
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 22.214.171.124 Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 2010)
# 126.96.36.199 Past Events
# 188.8.131.52 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 13 testing
+ 1.4.3 Update acceptance testing
+ 1.4.4 Stock response for ABRT symbol failures
+ 1.4.5 BugZapping classes
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks
+ 1.5.2 F13 Countdown Banner Translated
+ 1.5.3 F13 Release Notes Update Frequency
+ 1.5.4 New Self-Introduction Wiki Page
+ 1.5.5 Publican 1.6.2 Released
+ 1.5.6 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 FUDCon T-Shirt Design
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 13 Wallpaper
+ 1.6.3 Website Banner
o 1.7 Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding
+ 1.7.1 Students invited to submit proposals
+ 1.7.2 Ideas for Fedora Summer Coding Due April 14th
+ 1.7.3 Sponsors sought for Fedora Summer Coding 2010 Projects
+ 1.7.4 Help organize Fedora's first solo summer coding effort
o 1.8 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 220 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 220 for the week ending April 7,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This week's issue kicks off with a couple announcements, including news
on opening bids for FUDCon 2011 locations, details on the one week slip
on Fedora 13 beta, and links to upcoming Fedora events globally. From
the Fedora Planet, news and views from Fedora community members
including availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2, lots of
libguestfs tips, the creation of "A K12 Educator’s Guide to Open Source
Software", and the availability of the open source texbook on Open
Source. In Marketing news, details on work on building bridges between
Ambassadors and Marketing teams, a wiki challenge to the Marketing Team,
details on work with students from Allegheny College sprinting on Fedora
Marketing deliverables, and much more. In Quality Assurance news,
details on last week's two Test Days, on the implementation of SSSD by
default and on ABRT, the Automated Bug Reporting Tool in Fedora. The
upcoming test day will be on virtualization Thursday of this week.
Details also on the ongoing Fedora 13 beta candidate build testing, and
discussion about the possibility of BugZapping classes. In Translation
news, an overview of upcoming Fedora 13 translation tasks and
deliverables, including a request for translation of a Fedora 13
countdown banner, and a new self-introduction page for new prospective
members of the Translation team. In Design news, details on a request
for a new Fedora t-shirt for the upcoming FUDCon in Zurich, another
iteration of Fedora 13 wallpaper, and discussion around a Fedora 13
banner on fedoraproject.org. We're pleased to present a special topic on
the first Fedora Summer Coding for the next few issues, and include here
details on this project that will be of wide interest to the Fedora
community, including a call for ideas, an invitation to participate, and
a call for sponsors of the work this summer. We conclude this week's
issue with this past week's security advisories for Fedora 13, 12 and
11. Read on!
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!
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
---- Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2010-04-01 ----
Fedora Project Leader Paul W. Frields announced  on Thursday, April 1
on 00:54:41 UTC 2010, "The Board is holding its monthly public meeting
on Thursday, April 1,
2010 at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode. For this meeting, the public is
invited to do the following:
* Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.
* Join #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and post questions.
This channel is read/write for everyone.
The moderator will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the
#fedora-board-meeting channel. We'll limit time per voice as needed to
give everyone in the queue a chance to be heard. The Board may reserve
some time at the top of the hour to cover any agenda items as
appropriate. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!"
---- Fudcon North America 2011 -- bids opening! ----
Paul W. Frields announced  on Monday, April 5 at 21:31:46 UTC 2010,"
The Fedora Project holds a number of global FUDCon events each year.
Typically the Community Architecture team's budget supports one of these
large events each Red Hat fiscal quarter (with the fiscal year starting
on March 1). This year we have the Latin American event, FUDCon
Santiago in Chile, in Q2; the event for EMEA, FUDCon Zurich in
Switzerland, in Q3; and a North American FUDCon event in Q4.
In each case, typically the event will happen sometime in the first two
months of the quarter, so that we can ensure all bills are paid by Red
Hat's financial deadlines. That deadline usually comes a couple weeks
before the end of quarter, so the first two months are the ideal time to
actually stage an event. So the North American FUDCon event will happen
in either December 2010 or January 2011. The bidders will work with the
Community Architecture team to resolve the exact timing.
In the past we've often heard from community members that they'd love to
have an event in a warmer clime during the chilly winter months. We
couldn't agree more, and now we have a way to empower our community to
make that happen. FUDCon Honolulu? Maybe not, but we're open to other
possibilities! We want to find a place for the next North American event
* Reasonable travel, room and board costs
* Availability of inexpensive or free event space
* A little warmer than Boston (we hope!)
* Active FOSS/other interested communities that might like to attend
* Consideration of academic schedules for students who want to attend
* Consideration of holidays for people in North America
* One or more organizing Fedora community members with the time and
energy to help prepare
We now have a bid process that lets interested community members
propose FUDCon in their region, or even backyard. Nothing Olympic style
-- simply a way for excited Fedora folks in the locale to help secure
event space, lodging, and other logistical details. We've already kicked
this process off for FUDCon Zurich 2010, and are looking to start this
cycle for North America as well. In the summer, after FUDCon Santiago
concludes, we will kick the same process off for Latin America again for
a 2011 conference.
So here's what you need to do to get the ball rolling:
* Join the fudcon-planning list and let us know you want to bid.
* Make a wiki page called [[FUDCon:Bid_for_<Your_Town>_2011]], with the
information outlined on the bid process page.
The bid process will be open for a period of approximately 3 weeks. At
that point the FPL and Community Architecture teams, as major
stakeholders in the event, will go through the bids and make a decision
on where we'll locate FUDCon North America. "
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- Fedora 13 Beta Slip 1 week ----
Jesse Keating announced, "Despite a heroic effort by developers and
testers, we have not been able to reach Beta release criteria by the
time of the Go / No Go meeting. There are still unresolved bugs and
unknown test results. Because of this we've enacted a 1 week slip of the
Beta release date. This does not mean we will be pulling in a bunch of
"nice to have" updates, we will instead be concentrating only on release
blocking issues in order to produce an RC that achieves Beta release
criteria. Promotion of builds into "stable" for F13 will continue to be
extremely targeted until an RC goes "GOLD".
Because this is the second slip in the Fedora 13 cycle, we have also
decided to bump the rest of our release dates by 1 week. The schedules
will be updated tonight and tomorrow to reflect these new dates."
--- Fedora Events ---
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 (March 2010 to May 2010) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM) 
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
---- Past Events ----
Archive of Past Fedora Events
---- Additional information ----
* Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
* Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
* Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- 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 ---
The Red Hat Press office announced the availability of Red Hat
Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 which includes: Virtual desktop support,
Import and export, V2V : Virtual machine conversion, a Data Warehouse,
and increased performance.
In other virtualization news, Richard W.M. Jones provided lots of
libguestfs tips: Edit the Windows Registry in your VMs from the host,
using virt-rescue on raw file or disk images (in addition to VM
images), quickly getting help in guestfish, using virt-df to find
out when filesystems are full (and an update) and using hivex to
unpack a Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) hive.
Luis Villa wrote a piece on opensource.com about lawyers and open
source. "There is a fairly common perception among FOSS hackers that
there is no community of FOSS lawyers. Scratch the surface, though, and
it turns out that- despite our handicaps- the FOSS legal community is
there and growing. Since this question recently came up in the context
of Mozilla's decision to revise the MPL, I thought it might be a good
time to talk about this community here at opensource.com."
Rajith Attapattu posted a couple pieces on managing software
projects, starting with "The Way We Set It Up Is How It Ends Up" and
continuing "Dealing With Change".
Máirín Duffy mentioned the creation of "A K12 Educator’s Guide to
Open Source Software" with the goal of "introducing elementary school
children to free & open source software, particularly creative tool."
Jeff Sheltren announced that the Open Source textbook on Open Source
has been completed, and Greg DeKoenigsberg wrote an article about it
on opensource.com, titles "Can Professors Teach Open Source?"
Karsten Wade made a number of announcements regarding Fedora's Summer
Coding 2010 opportunities (See also the special section of this weeks
Fedora Weekly News). First, there is a call for sponsors. That means
universities, corporations, foundations, individuals and creative ideas.
Ideas should be submitted by April 9. And Karsten's latest post
has lots of useful links for getting involved and finding out more.
Tim Waugh wants your printer device IDs so that Fedora 13 can
automatically install printer drivers.
Bryan Clark released a new quick filter addon for Thunderbird for
easier single-folder searching.
Paul W. Frields announced that the planning process has begun for
FUDCon 2011 this winter, including a bidding process for picking a location.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-03-31 to 2010-04-06.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Mel Chua started a thread about briefing Ambassadors which led to a
wiki page to get started with ideas. This came back from marketing
FAD as a way to create bridges among Marketing and Ambassadors. The idea
is to provide tools for Ambassadors dealing with new release activities.
Max Spevack unleashed a wiki challenge and created a wiki page to
keep track of this challenge. This consist in look statistics for pages
with high number of request and low maintenance, to update those pages.
Paul Frields pointed us to a wiki page where we can start working on
Fedora 13 Beta Announcement.
Mel Chua reports from Allegheny College that she has 40 students
engaged on doing some hand on work for Fedora Marketing which now is
just gearing up, but soon we shall see a lot of work produced.
We now have a valuable resource for recording video interviews, Ryan
Rix uploaded a video of Colby Hoke in an impromptu "how to do
interviews". Colby s part of Red Hat Public Relationship staff.
There is a call for help made by Neville Cross to help with modules
of what will be a more comprehensive Press Kit
Amit Shah shared some fine articles published in "Linux For You"
magazine regarding virtualization and put all of them available on the
Finally after a call of "No_meeting_today" there was a meeting anyway,
we have got momentum and keep up the work, logs are available as usual.
-- Quality Assurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. It seems
like the new layout has been a success, so we'll stick with it for the
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
We had two Test Days last week. The first, on Tuesday 2010-03-30, was
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. A small group of dedicated testers were
able to expose five bugs, which the developers are now investigating.
The second was on ABRT, the automated bug report tool which has
been included with Fedora by default since the release of Fedora 12.
This event resulted in mostly positive test results, but also exposed
six bugs, three of which have already been closed by the developers.
This week's Test Day, on Thursday 2010-04-08, will be on
virtualization. This is mainly focused on the Fedora virtualization
stack, based around KVM, libvirt, and virt-manager. There've been many
improvements throughout the stack for Fedora 13, so there's a lot of new
stuff to test as well as making sure the basic functions are working
properly. Virtualization is a very important area these days, so please
come out to help us test it! The event will take place all day in the
#fedora-test-day channel on Freenode IRC. If you can't make it on the
day, you can still provide your results on the Wiki page before or after
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 ---
Once again, the week was occupied with much testing of Fedora 13 Beta
candidate builds. The second release candidate was announced on
Wednesday 2010-03-31, and closely followed by the third release
candidate on the same day. As usual, Andre Robatino provided delta
ISOs. Installation validation testing on RC3 revealed a blocker
bug in support for encrypted partitions. This led the group, along
with release engineering and development groups, to take the decision to
delay the Beta release by a week.
--- Update acceptance testing ---
Adam Miller revised his proventesters SOP proposal based on feedback
received from Adam Williamson and Jesse Keating.
--- Stock response for ABRT symbol failures ---
Christopher Beland proposed a BugZappers stock response for the
situation where ABRT fails to download the packages to provide debugging
symbols in an automatically-generated bug report. After receiving no
objections, he later reported that he had added this to the page.
--- BugZapping classes ---
During the weekly BugZappers meeting, the group discussed the
possibility of providing more ways for new members to get started. Chris
Campbell volunteered to look into the possibility of running a test
Bugzapping class. Shakthi Kannan suggested creating screencasts as
examples of each step in the triage process, and Adam Williamson said he
would forward this idea to the mailing list.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora
13. At present, the translation for the Fedora Guides and F13 Beta
Release Notes are on the schedule.
--- F13 Countdown Banner Translated ---
Alexander Smirnov from the Fedora Design team, had put forward a
request for the translation of the Fedora 13 countdown banner. The
banner has now been translated in more than 30 languages.
--- F13 Release Notes Update Frequency ---
Fedora Documentation team member, Ruediger Landmann requested a straw
poll from the Translation team, asking about an optimal frequency for
refreshing the POT and PO files for the F13 Release notes. The
suggestion to update twice weekly garnered the maximum votes.
The F13 beta release notes are available for translation via
--- New Self-Introduction Wiki Page ---
Noriko Mizumoto put together a sample 'Self-Introduction' page on the
Fedora wiki. New members in the FLP are required to send an
introduction mail to the list. This page would assist them to put
together all the relevant information that is generally required by the
Language Team and Maintainers.
-- Publican 1.6.2 Released
Ruediger Landmann announced the release of Publican v 1.6.2.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Alejandro Perez T (Spanish), Felipe Garcia (Spanish), Joe O'Dell
(British English), Bertrand Juglas (French), Pierre Carrier
(French), Suchakra (Hindi)  joined the FLP recently.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- FUDCon T-Shirt Design ---
Marcus Moeller, one of the organizers of the upcoming European FUDCon
asked for a T-Shirt design "As this years EMEA FUDCon will happen in
Zurich we would be very pleased if you could helps us desinging a
Logo/T-Shirt", Nicu Buculei highlighted a few technical constraints
"a small number of colors, the number of color will directly affect the
price, 2 colors would be OK, 3 colors would be high and we can use 4
only if our sponsor agree; - no small details on the design: small
details are hard to print cheaply, the clouds design had *too small*
letters and we had problems with printing" and Máirín Duffy pleaded
for a beautiful design "We should make something that someone would want
to wear even if they didn't know what Fedora was - then they will start
a conversation with the T-shirt wearer - 'where did you get that shirt?'
which opens up the opportunity to sell Fedora :)"
--- Fedora 13 Wallpaper ---
Máirín Duffy posted another iteration of the wallpaper for Fedora 13
"I tried flipping the original vertically but it looks really odd. So I
made another from scratch" and since other overdue tasks depends on this
item, later she proposed going in parallel with the development and
basing those on the Alpha design "Since the wallpaper is taking a bit
longer than anticipated, and since it'll look very similar to what we
already had for the alpha anyway (same colors, same texture, maybe
composition a little different) would you mind starting on this design
now, and we can swap out the screenshot showing the wallpaper (should
you choose to use one) later on, so at least the basic framework of the
banner is in place?"
--- Website Banner ---
Fabian A. Scherschel proposed a first proposal for the banner to be
used on the website for Fedora 13 and asked for feedback "I especially
want to know if the second rocket replacing the number one in 13 is too
much and/or if it is too hard to grog at first sight." Nicu Buculei ,
Paul Frields, Misha Shnurapet and Máirín Duffy provided ideas
"I really like the angle you've got the screen at; it's an inviting
angle, it makes you feel drawn in. The coloring and lighting is perfect."
-- Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Summer 2010 Coding.
Contributing Writer: Karsten Wade
--- Students invited to submit proposals ---
In an announcement on 07 April, Fedora Summer Coding 2010 is inviting
students to begin submitting proposals, as explained in the section "You
are a student" on the Summer Coding 2010 page.
--- Ideas for Fedora Summer Coding Due April 14th ---
Please submit your ideas for students to work on for the Fedora summer
2010 coding projects by April 14th. The Fedora Summer Coding SIG revised
the date since the below blog post was written.
Karsten Wade writes,
"While we finish the Summer Coding 2010 page, it is past time for you
all to let us know the problems you would like to see solved by summer
coding/internship students." The idea page has all of the ideas thus
far, and there is also a page on how to fill out the ideas page
"Let’s get this filled with serious ideas you are willing to mentor for
or help find the mentor.
Join the discussion list and be prepared to talk about your ideas or
proposals. If you were already a mentor and want to help with mentoring,
such as proposal reviews, let us know and join the mentors list.
Tracking these ideas is a PITA and in fact the lack of an ideas page
lead to us not getting in the Google Summer of Code this year. This is
all part of a larger issue around tracking smaller ideas for beginners
and students, but for now this will have to do.
Anyone want to hack on OpenHatch.org, please help. We’re hoping some
of the functionality we are handling manually may be included in
upcoming versions of OpenHatch. If that direction gets us fruit, we may
use OpenHatch as an ongoing way to expose projects to students and other
--- Sponsors sought for Fedora Summer Coding 2010 Projects ---
Karsten Wade writes, "[a] cornerstone of our Fedora Summer Coding is
connecting sponsors (those with resources to share) with students (those
with time, passion, and skills to share.) It’s not necessary as a
sponsor to have ideas of how your resources should be used, that’s what
the Fedora Project and JBoss.org mentors and sub-projects are prepared
We’ll also sort the student ideas, generate the list of approved
proposals, work with the students throughout the summer, and make sure
you hear back about how things went. You can learn more about the model
we are using in this blog post, Summer Of Code Swimchart: Now With More
--- Help organize Fedora's first solo summer coding effort ---
Karsten Wade writes, "[w]e are trying to turn the lights on for a new
program this year, Fedora Summer Coding 2010. ... If you are at all
interested, join the SIG mailing list where we are discussing how all
the structure comes together. Use the step-by-step guide for
organizers to get started."
The blog post continues, "This is more than making lemonade out of
lemons. After we figured out that the whole idea of summer coding
wasn’t kinda-sorta-good but actually pretty great when done right for
your own community, it was clear we needed to do our own implementation
of the summer coding model that Google first defined.
Although the plan was to test ideas during GSoC this year, we don’t get
that luxury. Instead, we get the enviable position of taking a cool
brand, Fedora, and create for it our own program to meld college
students, mentors, summers, code, and community."
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* pidgin-sipe-1.9.1-1.fc13 -
* horde-3.3.6-1.fc13 -
* krb5-1.7.1-7.fc13 -
* dsniff-2.4-0.9.b1.fc13 -
* libnids-1.24-1.fc13 -
* fcron-3.0.5-1.fc13 -
* trac-0.11.7-1.fc13 -
* sunbird-1.0-0.21.20090916hg.fc13 -
* thunderbird-3.0.4-1.fc13 -
* ikiwiki-3.20100312-1.fc13 -
* moodle-1.9.8-1.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* hamlib-1.2.10-2.fc12 -
* pidgin-sipe-1.9.1-1.fc12 -
* viewvc-1.1.5-1.fc12 -
* seamonkey-2.0.4-1.fc12 -
* sunbird-1.0-0.21.20090916hg.fc12 -
* thunderbird-3.0.4-1.fc12 -
* dsniff-2.4-0.9.b1.fc12 -
* libnids-1.24-1.fc12 -
* horde-3.3.6-1.fc12 -
* ikiwiki-3.20100312-1.fc12 -
* galeon-2.0.7-22.fc12 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc12.12 -
* xulrunner-184.108.40.206-1.fc12 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-17.fc12 -
* firefox-3.5.9-1.fc12 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-9.fc12 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.9-6.fc12 -
* Miro-2.5.4-3.fc12 -
* asterisk-220.127.116.11-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* hamlib-1.2.8-4.fc11 -
* pidgin-sipe-1.9.1-1.fc11 -
* viewvc-1.1.5-1.fc11 -
* dsniff-2.4-0.9.b1.fc11 -
* libnids-1.24-1.fc11 -
* sunbird-1.0-0.16.20090715hg.fc11 -
* thunderbird-3.0.4-1.fc11 -
* ikiwiki-3.20100312-1.fc11 -
* pcmanx-gtk2-0.3.9-4.20100222svn.fc11 -
* Miro-2.5.4-3.fc11 -
* galeon-2.0.7-22.fc11 -
* evolution-rss-0.1.4-11.fc11 -
* epiphany-2.26.3-9.fc11 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-12.fc11 -
* blam-1.8.5-19.fc11 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.7-11.fc11 -
* xulrunner-18.104.22.168-1.fc11 -
* firefox-3.5.9-1.fc11 -
* chmsee-1.0.1-16.fc11 -
* kazehakase-0.5.8-5.fc11.1 -
* mozvoikko-0.9.7-0.12.rc1.fc11 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc11.10 -
* google-gadgets-0.11.1-6.fc11 -
* yelp-2.26.0-12.fc11 -
* epiphany-extensions-2.26.1-11.fc11 -
* imp-4.3.6-1.fc11 -
* horde-3.3.6-1.fc11 -
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