Fedora Weekly News 255

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu Dec 9 16:39:30 UTC 2010

* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 255
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# Fedora Weekly News Reader Survey: feedback requested!
# Fedora 12 End of Life
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
# Past Events
# Additional information
o 1.2 Marketing
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Unity Desktop Possibly Coming to Fedora (Phoronix)
+ 1.3.2 Fedora Moving to Unity Too! (Ostatic)
o 1.4 Ambassadors
+ 1.4.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.4.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.4.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.5 QualityAssurance
+ 1.5.1 Call for Anaconda test cases
+ 1.5.2 Blocker bug tracking process improvements
+ 1.5.3 Update testing process improvements
+ 1.5.4 Critical path test case creation process
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 FUDCon T-shirt
+ 1.6.2 Design Team Blog
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 255 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 255[1] for the week ending December 
8, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue starts off with two announcements, including a reminder about 
Fedora 12's end of life, and a survey for Fedora Weekly News readers, 
requesting feedback on FWN as it transitions to the Drupal-based Fedora 
Insight. In Marketing team news, more discussion around the FWN survey, 
and coverage of the latest Marketing team meeting. Two more articles 
about Fedora "In the News" this week around packaging Unity for Fedora. 
Ambassadors reports eight new Fedora Ambassadors from eight different 
countries this week, along with the very helpful summaries of discussion 
from both the Ambassadors and FAmSCo lists. Quality Assurance reports on 
several work items, including a call for test cases of automated storage 
testing in Anaconda, blocker bug and update tracking process 
improvements, and development of a critical path test case creation 
process. In Design news, lots of activity around the FUDCon 2011 Tempe 
t-shirt design, and the announcement of a new Design team blog to better 
communicate the team's activities. Our issue comes to a completion with 
updates on the latest security-related package releases over this past 
week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14. Enjoy! As a personal note, thank you to 
everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback in the FWN survey so 
far. It is much appreciated, and will provide direction for an improved 
FWN to meet your information needs about the Fedora Project.

An audio version of some issues of FWN - FAWN - are available! You can 
listen to existing issues[2] on the Internet Archive. If anyone is 
interested in helping spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback: news at lists.fedoraproject.org

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue255
2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
3. 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: Pascal Calarco

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/
3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events

--- Fedora Announcement News ---

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. 
Please, visit the past announcements at[1]

1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/announce

---- Fedora Weekly News Reader Survey: feedback requested! ----

Pascal Calarco solicited[1] feedback on Fedora Weekly News via a survey, 
open to all readers:

"Fedora Weekly News (FWN) is the weekly newsletter for the Fedora 
Project, reporting on activities, developments and news about Fedora. 
FWN is planning to transition to a new Drupal-based platform for 
workflow, editing, publishing and dissemination, and, in advance of 
this, we would like your feedback on how you, the reader, uses FWN and 
solicit ideas for improving the quality and service of FWN to meet your 

We invite you to provide us feedback on Fedora Weekly News via an 
anonymous survey, below. This will be valuable as we integrate FWN into 
our new Drupal-based news and information portal, Fedora Insight[2]. The 
survey shouldn't take more than about 5-10 minutes of your time. Thanks 


Yours in Fedora,

Fedora Weekly News Team:

Adam Batkin Runa Bhattacharjee Nicu Buculei Pascal Calarco Neville A. 
Cross Rashadul Islam Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay Adam Williamson"

2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Insight

---- Fedora 12 End of Life ----

Kevin Fenzi announced[1]:

"This announcement is a reminder that as of 2010-12-02, Fedora 12 has 
reached its end of life for updates and support. No further updates, 
including security updates, will be available for Fedora 12.

Fedora 13 will continue to receive updates until approximately one month 
after the release of Fedora 15. The maintenance schedule of Fedora 
releases is documented on the Fedora Project wiki:


Please see[2] for more information on upgrading to a supported release.


2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DistributionUpgrades

--- Fedora Development News ----

The development list[1] is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only 
list for Fedora development.

Acceptable Types of Announcements

* Policy or process changes that affect developers.
* Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
* Tools changes that affect developers.
* Schedule changes
* Freeze reminders

Unacceptable Types of Announcements

* Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
* Discussion
* Anything else not mentioned above

1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/devel-announce

There were no Development announcements in the past week aside from the 
Fedora 12 EOL notice, above.

---- Fedora Events ----

Fedora events are the exclusive and 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 (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) -----

* North America (NA)[1]
* Central & South America (LATAM): none
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[2]
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[3]

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29

----- Past Events -----

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/PastEvents

----- 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.

-- Marketing --

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project 
from 2010-12-01 to 2010-12-07.


Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

On the idea of make a Fedora Weekly News Readers survey, Jesus Franco[1] 
offered a couple of options. Pascal Calarco drafted a survey[2] and 
asked for feedback. Neville Cross[3] pointed that spreading the survey 
may also help to spread the Fedora Weekly News. Mel Chua[4] said that 
this makes sense from budget perspective and offered to pay for the use 
of Lime Survey services. Robyn Bergeron[5] gave valuable feed back to 
make the survey more easy to fill out. She also declared herself a fan 
of Limesurvey. Pascal[6] posted the final version of the survey.

As any other Tuesday, Marketing meeting took place and minutes are 
available to the public[7]


-- Fedora In the News --

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that 
is re-posted to the Fedora Marketing list[1]


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/

--- Unity Desktop Possibly Coming to Fedora (Phoronix) ---

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a posting on the Unity Desktop possibly 
coming to Fedora:

"Adam Williamson has shared that he's looking at packaging Canonical's 
Unity desktop for Fedora. "Why? Well, a few reasons. Mainly, Unity’s an 
interesting project. I want to look at it and compare it to GNOME Shell 
and I think quite a few others do too, so it seems nice to package it so 
you can run both on Fedora. I don’t really want to maintain an Ubuntu 
install just to test Unity (can’t do it in a KVM VM as it requires 
compositing support). Also, though, I think it’ll do a bit to help keep 
everyone honest: if other projects show interest in providing Unity as 
an option for people to use, it increases the motivation for Unity's 
developers to make sure it can be easily built without non-upstreamed 
changes. Hopefully it also increases the motivation for upstream 
projects to work with the Unity developers to get their changes merged. 
It's the same for any project, really – if you have a wide base of users 
of a project across many distributions, it gives everyone involved a 
reason to work to make sure it's easy to maintain the project across 

The full article is available[2].

2. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODg2OA

--- Fedora Moving to Unity Too! (Ostatic) ---

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] another posting regarding this:

"Despite all the negative reaction to Ubuntu's move to Unity, is it 
possible that another popular distribution is going to walk in its 
footsteps? Do they want to experience the backlash and exodus of users? 
Do they want to be subjected to a barrage of criticism? Well, no, not 
really. But Adam Williamson is working on making some Fedora packages 
for those that might want to test and run it.

In a blog post today Williamson announced that he's going to give it the 
ole college try. But according to him, it's going to be quite the 
undertaking. He said, "I'm just started at the bottom of the dependency 
pile and seeing how far I can get. So far, I have review requests in for 
libindicator and dee. I need to do nux, and after libindicator goes in, 
the actual indicators. The remaining dependencies are a bit trickier."

The full article is available[2]

2. http://ostatic.com/blog/fedora-moving-to-unity-too

-- Ambassadors --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

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

Welcome New Ambassadors

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members 

Nunor5 from Portugal mentored by Robert Scheck

Tosin Oduwole from Nigeria mentored by Robert Scheck

Eslam Shapsough from Jordan mentored by Bert Desmet

Lucas Augusto Brito de Oliveira from Brazil

Dimitris Glaros from Greece mentored by Robert Scheck

Mohd Fazli Azran from Malayasia mentored by Gerard Braad

Vinzenz Vietzke from Germany mentored by Robert Scheck

Antonio Trande from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck

--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---

Buddhika Chandradeepa Kurera announced [1] that the Polo T Shirt for 
Ambassadors [2] was finalized and requested that the form [3] to be 
filled up to enable orders to be placed.

Danishka Navin posted [4] a report about all regions and nearly all 
municipalities in Norway using Open Source [5]

Bert Desmet announced [6] a Fedora 14 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 
Release event [7] at Antwerp, Belgium [8]

Joerg Simon posted the FAmSCo Final Report 2010 [9]

Mahay Alam Khan informed [10] about producing Fedora 14 (32 bit) 
installation DVD for Ambassadors in Bangladesh and requested their 
postal addresses to facilitate sending a bulk amount of DVD by courier.

Ankur Sinha posted [11] what prospective ambassadors could do aside from 
holding Linux events after reading a post on community support [12]

Jared Smith announced [13] the Election Results from FAmSCo, FESCo and 
Fedora Board

Max Spevack asked [14] about budget requirements around FOSDEM 2011 [15]

Buddhika Kurera suggested [16] asking each Ambassador to have a 
responsibility to organize at least one event a year to spread Fedora in 
the community. Max Spevack agreed [17] about the need to Hall Monitor 
the thread

Heherson Pagcaliwagan posted [18] LinuxConf Australia 2011 [19] and FAD 
Brisbane [20] planning

Harish Pillay reported [21] about a Fedora 14 launch at Singapore [22]

Zoltan Hoppar wrote about [23] a plan to create new T-shirts but want to 
know the slogan for Fedora 14

Edwind Richzendy Contreras Soto reported [24] on the Fedora 14 launch at 

Ilyes Gouta reported [25] about the Fedora presence at the SIB Expo [26]

Neville A. Cross posted [27] about the after party of Fedora 14 Launch 
Party at Managua, Nicaragua

Zied Fakhfakh informed [28] about a Fedora Talk at ISET'Com [29] on 

Pierros Papadeas wrote [30] about helping with the Brisbane FAD

Buddhika Kurera posted [31] about a FAD in Sri Lanka during 2011 [32]

Tian Shixiong posted a self introduction to the list [33]

Caius 'kaio' Chance informed [34] about the renaming of the au-users 
list to anz

Ashiqur Rahman Angel reported [35] on the Fedora 14 Release Party, 
Dhaka, Bangladesh [36]

Neville A. Cross posted [37] about a Barcamp in San Pedro Sula, Honduras 

2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Bckurera/APAC-shirts
7. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Release_Party_F14_Antwerp
8. http://site.cdowilrijk.be/
9. http://susmit.fedorapeople.org/report/famsco_final_report/
15. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FOSDEM_2011
19. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LCA_2011
20. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAD_@_Brisbane_2011
26. http://www.sogefoires.com/index.php/salon-sib.html
29. http://www.isetcom.mincom.tn/fr/index.htm
32. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAD_Sri_Lanka_2011
36. http://angel.linux.org.bd/2010/12/2010-blua-grand-release-party/
38. http://www.taygon.com/?p=444

--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---

Joerg Simon posted a request [1] asking a review of the FAmSCo Report 
2010 [2] Susmit Shannigrahi pointed out a few corrections [3] and asked 
about the need to do a Publican report which he subsequently posted [4]. 
Max Spevack informed [5] about updating the budget page [6]

Joerg Simon informed [7] about the onset of the FAmSCo election period 
expressed hope about helping the new team with the transition. Paul W 
Frields took time to thank the current FAmSCo [8] and noted the 
exceptional impact it continues to make on the community

Joerg Simon set up the process [9] to decommission the former FAmSCo

Paul W Frields mentioned [10] that being no longer the Fedora Project 
Leader, the new FAmSCo should feel free to consider removing him from 
the FAmSCo list

Joerg Simon responded [11] to a sponsorship request around FOSDEM'11 and 
provided his opinions on the FAmSCo list

Pierros Papadeas posted [12] the agenda for the FAmSCo meeting on 
2010-12-11. The thread [13] has discussions about other items as 
suggested by members of the new FAmSCo

Max Spevack requested [14] that Harish Pillay be provided view access to 
the tickets on the FAmSCo trac instance as he is the primary point of 
contact for budget stuff in the APAC region. Joerg Simon informed about 
it being done [15]

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000434.html
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_report_2010
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000437.html
4. http://susmit.fedorapeople.org/report/famsco_final_report/
5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000440.html
6. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_budget
7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000443.html
8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000447.html
9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-November/000448.html

-- QualityAssurance --

In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1]. For more 
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see 
the Joining page[2].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

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

--- Call for Anaconda test cases ---

Chris Lumens posted a call for test cases[1] for automated storage 
testing in Anaconda, the Fedora system installer. Several people 
followed up with suggestions for tests.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-December/095816.html

--- Blocker bug tracking process improvements ---

Following some discussion on possible improvements to monitoring blocker 
bug trackers[1], Bruno Wolff provided some prefab Bugzilla queries for 
finding blocker bugs which have been closed but not verified[2], to help 
ensure that blocker bugs do not drop off the radar if they are 
improperly closed.

1. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/ticket/89

--- Update testing process improvements ---

Kevin Fenzi posted a call for ideas and comments on potential 
improvements and adjustments to the update testing processes[1]. An 
extensive discussion followed, and the various ideas presented and 
discussed will feed into FESCo's consideration of the topic.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-November/095756.html

--- Critical path test case creation process ---

Adam Williamson announced[1] that he had opened a trac ticket[2] to 
track the creation of a framework for package-specific test cases to aid 
the critical path package update testing process. Several recent 
discussions within both the development and QA groups had reinforced the 
need for specific test cases for critical path package updates, and he 
planned to create a framework to aid the creation of these tests and 
their integration into Bodhi, fedora-easy-karma and similar tools.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-December/095857.html
2. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/ticket/154

-- Design --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

--- FUDCon T-shirt ---

Emily Dirsh proposed[1] a T-shirt design for the Tempe FUDCon "It's 
inspired by the art of the Hohokam who once lived in the area" and after 
an initial warm receive[2] from Máirín Duffy "Wow that is **gorgeous**, 
I love it! I would love a shirt with that design in it!" she followed[3] 
with a couple of variations "Ooh, I love the idea of a navy shirt! Yeah, 
the advantage to a single-color design is it's very easy to adjust the 
color." Jef van Schendel also proposed[4] a few remixes "Here's a few 
quick and dirty stabs at a dark shirt version".


--- Design Team Blog ---

Máirín Duffy announced[1] a new communication channel for the team 
"Thanks to Sijis we now have a team blog!! (Yay!!)" and she invited 
authors to join "Some members of the design team we couldn't add to the 
blog because their accounts weren't in the Fedora blogs system. If you'd 
like to be added, please log in to Fedora blogs to create your account, 
and let me know you've done it so I can request your account be added."


-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---

* kernel- - 
* java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
* bareftp-0.3.7-1.fc14 - 
* clamav-0.96.5-1400.fc14 - 

--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---

* udev-153-5.fc13 - 
* bareftp-0.3.7-1.fc13 - 
* dnsperf- - 
* bind-dyndb-ldap-0.1.0-0.10.a1.20091210git.fc13 - 
* bind-9.7.2-1.P3.fc13 - 
* kernel- - 

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

* kernel- - 

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