Fedora Weekly News #211

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Feb 1 20:08:58 UTC 2010

      * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 211
            o 1.1 Announcements
                  + 1.1.1 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
                        # Outage Notification - 2010-01-28
16:40:00 UTC
                        # Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline
:: January 26th
                        # Fedora 13 Milestone Reached: Feature
and Spin Submission Deadlines
                  + 1.1.2 FEDORA EVENTS
                        # Upcoming Events
                        # Past Events
            o 1.2 Planet Fedora
                  + 1.2.1 General
            o 1.3 Ambassadors
                  + 1.3.1 More than 20,000 attend Cerea Fair in Italy
                  + 1.3.2 Fedora 12 is here
            o 1.4 Artwork
                  + 1.4.1 Preparing for Alpha
                  + 1.4.2 Designs for Fedora 13
            o 1.5 Security Advisories
                  + 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                  + 1.5.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 211 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 211[1] for the week ending January
31, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue kicks off with a couple development announcements related to
the Fedora 13 Feature Freeze last week for Feature and Spin submissions.
In news from the Fedora Planet, several posts about opensource.com,
coverage of a "State of the Union" from Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst,
progress on Máirín Duffy's Inkspace course to a Boston area middle
school, coverage of a discussion around Fedora's goals from several
Fedora Project leaders, and enthusiasm for Gource, "an amazing program
for visualizing commit history in a git-based code project." In
Ambassador news, an event report for the Cerea Fair contributed by
several people from Italy that drew 20,000, including blog postings and
photos. In news from the Design team, details on preparation for Fedora
13 Alpha, with upcoming decisions this week on Fedora 13 wallpaper, and
coverage of some ideas for Fedora 13 overall designs. The Security
Advisories beat brings us current with last week's Fedora 11 and 12
security patches. We hope you enjoy FWN 211!

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[2] and have a listen!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

     1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue211
     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: Rashadul Islam

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


----  Outage Notification - 2010-01-28 16:40:00 UTC ----

Mike McGrath announced that there had been an outage starting at
2010-01-28 16:40:00 UTC, which was ongoing. Resolution time was not yet
known. He also mentioned, "

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at [1]

or run: date -d '2010-01-28 16:40:00 UTC'

Affected Services: Bodhi, Buildsystem, CVS / Source Control, Database,
Fedora Account System, Fedora Community, Fedora Hosted, Fedora Package
Database, Mail, Mirror System, Translation Services, Websites,

Unaffected Services: DNS, Torrent, Fedora Talk, Fedora People,

Ticket Link: [2]

Reason for Outage: We are seeing a 25% packet loss to PHX2. This also is
impacting non-fedora systems like bugzilla and RHN.

Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or
respond to this email to track the status of this outage."

     1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/UTCHowto
     2. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1951

----  Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline :: January 26th ----

Jesse Keating announced,[1] ""It's that time of the release cycle again,
to purge the orphans before we get to feature freeze. Any unblocked
orphans will be purged by the feature freeze. A list of unblocked
orphans and the broken deps they would cause is at the end of this email.

Taking ownership of an orphan on the devel collection will prevent them
from being blocked. Remember, it is OK to let software die. Don't view
this as a list of things that somebody should pick up if they have the
spare time. Things should only be revived if there are actual users in
need of the software.

The list of orphan's are: [2]

The script that generated this page can be found at [3]. There you can
also report bugs and RFEs.


----  Fedora 13 Milestone Reached: Feature and Spin Submission Deadlines

John Poelstra announced[1], "A friendly reminder that yesterday, January
26, 2010, we reached the Feature and Spin submission deadline. Any new
features or spins submitted after yesterday will be targeted for Fedora 14.

A summary of the Fedora 13 milestones and exception process is here:[2]

The next significant schedule milestone is Feature Freeze on February
9,2010. At Feature Freeze it is expected that all features are
*significantly* "feature complete" and ready for testing. [3].

Features which are not significantly feature complete at Feature Freeze
will be reviewed on an exception basis by FESCo or deferred to Fedora 14.

     2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Important_Release_Milestones
     3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Feature_Freeze_Policy


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/FedoraEvents/PastEvents

--  Planet Fedora --

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition
covers highlights from the past three weeks.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

     1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

---  General ---

The big news these days was the debut of opensource.com/. As Jan
Wildeboer described[1] it: "Finally. A place to discuss, learn, promote
everything open...We started this community to allow people from all
across the world, regardless of job and skills, to communicate and
foster more Open. Let’s look (far) beyond software. Lets talk about the
Open Everything that this world so desperately needs."

Karsten Wade followed-up[2] on what opensource.com is and isn't. "I’ve
been watching some of the discussion around it and have some comments
about a bit of confusion some folks are having. Please pass this along."

Jim Whitehurst delivered[3] a "State of the Union at Red Hat",
reflecting on the past year.

Daniel Berrange wrote[4] a post on "Using GObject Introspection + Gjs to
provide a JavaScript plugin engine".

Máirín Duffy continued writing-up and posting notes (part 2[5], 3[6],
4[7]) to an Inkscape course. Máirín is teaching the class at a
Boston-area middle school.

Daniel Walsh explained[8] why SELinux does not give the full path to
files in error messages, but provided a good workaround.

Jan Wildeboer gave[9] a talk at FOSDEM 2010 about SystemTap.

James Antill explained[10] why Yum now emits the message "Warning: RPMDB
altered outside of yum." and how to handle it.

Craig Muzilla (Red Hat Vice President, Middleware Business Unit)
wrote[11] about "Oracle's Java Opportunity" now that the EU has approved
Oracle's acquisition of Sun.

Greg DeKoenigsberg posted[12] about Fedora's Goals. "I’m glad to see a
lot of thoughtful discussion around the topic of Fedora’s larger goals,
and I’m particularly glad to see some new blood driving the discussion.
Fedora’s ability to attract outstanding new talent to the party is one
of the things that makes it such a remarkable project."

Paul W. Frields added[13] some additional points about Fedora's goals.
"The ability of any Fedora contributor to scratch his or her own itch is
one of the strengths of our community. It has yielded many exceptional
contributors, brought volunteer leadership to many of our project teams,
and produced a steady enough stream of young contributors to merit an
annual scholarship recognizing their achievements."

Michael DeHaan was amazed[14] by Gource, "an amazing program for
visualizing commit history in a git-based code project. What I like
about it is that it can also show what areas of the project are active
in an easy to understand way, to show whether there is community around
a whole project or just aspects of it."

If you have ever tried to work with CVS and struggled with the fact that
the output from "cvs status" is mostly useless, particularly with large
projects, Till Maas
the answer. "I quickly wrote a simple MIT-licensed python script that
creates an output like modern scms do."

     1. http://jan.wildeboer.net/2010/01/red-hat-starts-opensource-com/
     2. http://iquaid.org/2010/01/28/understanding-opensource-com/
     3. http://press.redhat.com/2010/01/26/state-of-the-union-at-red-hat-2/
     5. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/inkscape-class-day-2/
     6. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/inkscape-class-day-3/
     7. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/inkscape-class-day-4/
     8. http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/34903.html
    10. http://illiterat.livejournal.com/7834.html
    12. http://gregdekspeaks.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/fedoras-goals/
    13. http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=2974

--  Ambassadors --

In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

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

---  More than 20,000 attend Cerea Fair in Italy ---

Luca Foppiano reports that the Cerea Fair in Italy was a success for the
Fedora team. He describes it as an impressive event.

Detailed reports can be found here:

Alexjan Carraturo (in Italian):

Lorenzo Villani (in English):

Luca Foppiano (in English):

Photos can be found here:

Lorenzo Villani: http://share.ovi.com/album/lvillani.CereaFair2010

Luca Foppiano:

---  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.

--  Artwork --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

---  Preparing for Alpha ---

After John Poelstra reminded[1] about the upcoming scheduled tasks for
the team, Paul Frields proposed[2] a set of dates for the Fedora 13
Alpha milestone "Use the week of Feb 1-7 to make some decisions about
what design to pursue for the Alpha wallpaper. * Use the week of Feb
8-15 to solicit and prepare the candidate wallpaper for the Alpha release."


---  Designs for Fedora 13 ---

Onyeibo Oku proposed[1] a 3D style space image for the Fedora 13 artwork
"What if its an outer space scene with stars (having animated twinkles
... for the boot-up background image)?", something which was
considered[2] not very usable by Brad Fanella "we should go with a nice,
simple, clean look". Máirín Duffy continued to play[3] with rockets and
trails "I spent some time this weekend working on another iteration of
the Fedora rocket lines idea".


--  Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

      * bltk-1.0.9-7.fc12 -
      * samba-3.4.5-55.fc12 -
      * zabbix-1.6.8-1.fc12 -
      * ncpfs-2.2.6-13.fc12 -

---  Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

      * samba-3.4.5-0.47.fc11 -
      * zabbix-1.6.8-1.fc11 -
      * ncpfs-2.2.6-12.fc11 -

- end FWN 211 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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