Fedora Weekly News #212
pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Feb 8 20:00:10 UTC 2010
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCEMENTS
# 188.8.131.52 Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700
+ 1.1.2 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
# 184.108.40.206 Reminder: Fedora 13 Feature Freeze in
Six Days (2010-02-09)
# 220.127.116.11 Outage Notification
* 18.104.22.168.1 Outage Notification -
2010-02-04 23:00 UTC
* 22.214.171.124.2 Outage Notification -
2010-02-10 17:00 UTC
+ 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
# 126.96.36.199 Upcoming Events (December 2009 to
# 188.8.131.52 Past Events
# 184.108.40.206 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Test Days
+ 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.3.3 Nouveau 3D acceleration testing
+ 1.3.4 Fedora 13 Alpha blocker bug review meeting
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 Transifex v0.7 Upgrade for
+ 1.4.2 New Members in FLP
o 1.5 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
o 1.6 KDE
+ 1.6.1 KDE SC 4.4 in kde-redhat and rawhide
+ 1.6.2 Upcoming virtuoso changes in kde-redhat
+ 1.6.3 KDE SC 4.4rc2 live images available for testing
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 212 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 212 for the week ending February
7, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In this week's issue, a few outage notices and notice of last week's
Fedora Board IRC meeting kick us off. In the Fedora Planet beat, details
on setting up an automatically imaged and administered computer lab with
Fedora and CentOs, more Inkscape @ Boston middle schools, musings on the
continuing need for password security, and details on The Open Source
Way. In news from the Quality Assurance team, coverage of this past
week's Test Day on he introduction of NFSv4 by default in Fedora 13,
much detail on the QA weekly meeting activities, an update on the driver
availability for Nouveau 3D, and details on the first Fedora 13 bug
blocker review meeting. In news from the Translation/Localization team,
a brief update on the Transifex 0.7 upgrade for
translate.fedoraproject.org, and announcement of new members on the
localization teams for Ukranian, German, Brazilian Portuguese and
Hungarian. The Security Advisories beat lists security patches for
Fedora 11 and 12 last week, and our issue rounds out with tasty details
from the KDE SIG, including KDE SC 4.4 hitting rawhide and
kde-redhat/unstable repos last week, upcoming virtuoso changes in
kde-redhat, and the availability of KDE SC 4.4rc2 live images available
for testing. That rounds out FWN 212 -- 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
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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 ANNOUNCEMENTS ---
---- Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700 UTC 2010-02-04 ----
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced that the Board was
holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 1700
UTC on IRC Freenode. While inviting everyone at the IRC Channel
#fedora-board-meeting (to see the Board's conversation) and
#fedora-board-questions (to discuss topics and post questions: this
channel read/write for everyone.), Paul mentioned that the moderator
will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the
Paul also briefed, "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!"
--- FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS ---
---- Reminder: Fedora 13 Feature Freeze in Six Days (2010-02-09) ----
John Poelstra announced, "A friendly reminder that this coming
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, is FEATURE FREEZE.". While letting everyone
know about the Feature Freeze, he mentioned that Feature Freeze means
that all accepted feature for the release are significantly "feature
complete", ready for testing, and have a current status.
He also mentioned, "If you have any questions about what this means,
please ask now.
Features which are not significantly feature complete at Feature Freeze
will be accepted on an exception basis by FESCo or deferred to Fedora 14.
p.s. If you have questions about our release processes or milestones
please reply to this email or contact me directly and I will be glad to
assist. A summary of the Fedora 13 milestones and exception process is
--- Outage Notification ---
---- Outage Notification - 2010-02-04 23:00 UTC ----
Mike McGrath announced, "There will be an outage starting at
2010-02-04 23:00 UTC, which will last approximately 1 hour.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at 
or run: date -d '2010-02-04 23:00 UTC'
* CVS / Source Control
* Fedora Account System
* Fedora Community
* Fedora Hosted
* Fedora Package Database
* Mirror System
* Translation Services
* Fedora People
* Fedora Talk
Ticket Link: 
Reason for Outage: Network team is working on stuff in PHX2. This is a
"there may be an outage" type deal so it's quite possible this will have
no impact on us.
Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or
respond to this email to track the status of this outage."
---- Outage Notification - 2010-02-10 17:00 UTC ----
Stephen John Smoogen announced, "There will be an outage starting at
2010-02-10 17:00 UTC, which will last approximately X hours. Outages
will be small but noticble forsmall segments as systems are updated and
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at 
How to or run: date -d '2010-02-10 17:00 UTC'
All systems will be rebooted, but services should only be impacted in
small increments as we take down things in a loop.
Ticket Link: 
Reason for Outage: Monthly updates and security updates.
Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or
respond to this email to track the status of this outage. Note that
the Fedora Infrastructure team does not run bugzilla.redhat.com, though."
--- 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 (December 2009 to February 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
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and
* 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 ---
William Jon McCann has been working to unify the various
"micro-forks" of libnotify and notification-daemon by developing a
single specification that everyone can work against: "Everyone on the
planet that was shipping libnotify and notification-daemon shipped them
with a different set of patches. This meant we had lots of different
micro-forks of both the implementation and specification. We even had a
hard time agreeing on the version numbers for the specification. Version
0.10 happened after version 1.0 was published."
Richard W.M. Jones mentioned that libguestfs can now write to Windows
Registry files and rename LVs and VGs, and there now exist C# bindings
as well as new Indian translations.
Máirín Duffy's Inkscape course at a Boston-area middle school continued
with Days 5 and 6.
Jonathan Dieter described how to set up a netboot server using Fedora
and CentOS to automatically image and administer a computer lab.
Nicu Buceli signed the Public Domain Manifesto. "As skeptical as I
am about such a document being ever officially accepted (there are so
many interests and such powerful lobbyists...) I couldn't stop promoting
it further. The Open Clip Art Library is an excellent use case for PD,
the manifesto is all about we are doing there."
Jan Wildeboer responded to some recent news about Android's Linux
Kernel patches being removed. "Now adding new features to the kernel is
quite OK. If the changes are sound, stable and help Linux in general,
the kernel community will gladly accept such changes upstream. I was
sure Google was well aware of this process and according to their
promises, I was also sure that they clearly understood that Upstream Is
King. This seems to be wrong. It is up to Google to fix this problem.
Google hackers should make sure this situation is solved for the best of
Josh Bressers reminded everyone that password security should be on
everyone's mind, especially in the wake of a number of Twitter account
compromises. "If you're like most people, and use a couple of passwords
everywhere, please stop doing that. Find a good password generating
tool, and either use a piece of paper or something like password safe to
store them. The other big advantage to using not your brain to store
passwords, is that it's much easier to change them. How many of you have
been using the same password for five years, because it's too annoying
to think up a new good password? Lots of us do that, it's hard to change."
Karsten Wade introduced a book about community, written by a
community. "This is a handbook for creating and nurturing communities of
contributors. It was originally thought of as a cookbook to provide
recipes for enacting community the open source way." The book is called
The Open Source Way.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day was on the introduction of NFSv4 by default in
Fedora 13. The NFS maintainer, Steve Dickson, was kind enough to
provide several automated test suites, and a good turnout of testers ran
them on a variety of NFS configurations, providing valuable results.
No Test Day is currently planned for this week. 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 QA Trac.
--- Weekly meetings ---
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2010-02-01. The full logs are
available. James Laska reported that Christopher Beland had added
links to the Bugzilla common_bugs queries to the Fedora 13 common bugs
Kevin Fenzi promised to look at updating the QA IRC bot, zodbot, to
monitor the Fedora 13 blocker bugs instead of the Fedora 12 ones.
Will Woods and Kamil Paral reported that they had not yet discussed
design ideas for the proposed AutoQA results database. Kamil felt that
more people should be involved as the project would become important to
several groups, if implemented. James Laska suggested a micro-FAD.
Kamil mentioned that Luke Macken had suggested looking at his Kobo
project for inspiration. Jesse Keating felt it might be
over-engineered for the purposes of AutoQA. Will and Kamil agreed to
organize a meeting during the week to begin designing the system.
Adam Williamson reported that he had moved the privilege escalation
policy discussion to the development mailing list, and would go
through the same feedback/revision cycle there as he had on the test
list before finally escalating the draft policy to FESco.
Adam Williamson reported on his and Rui He's progres with documenting
installation testing as a QA group activity. They had finalized the
draft installation validation testing page and created a draft
desktop validation testing page. They had added a paragraph to the
Join page which briefly explains the testing and link to the two more
detailed pages. James Laska asked if the QA schedule should be altered
to refer to 'release validation' rather than 'installation validation',
to leave room for non-installation testing, and Adam said he thought
this would be a good idea.
James Laska reported that another rawhide acceptance testing event had
come around during the previous week. This involves the creation and
automated testing of a tree complete with installer. This time the
acceptance test suite passed, but the installed system was unbootable
due to a bug preventing the creation of the initramfs. Jesse Keating
pointed out that this meant the installer was ready for 'last known
good' status, but not the package set, and further asked whether the
'last known good' idea is intended to refer only to the installer or
also to an associated package tree. There was general agreement that the
'last known good' page should list the tested installer and package
tree, and note that the good installer may work with different package
trees but could not be guaranteed to. James and Adam Williamson agreed
to work on the 'last known good' Wiki page with information provided by
Will Woods and Kamil Paral provided an AutoQA update. Will had created a
working prototype of the dependency checking test, based on yum, which
was 147 lines of code and took around 20 seconds to run. James Laska
mentioned that he was hoping to see the rpmfluff tool for generating
fake test packages become an official Fedora package soon. Kamil went
over some updates to rpmguard; he had made it notice when two packages
it is asked to compare are identical, and compare a package only to the
previous package from stable or updates (not updates-testing).
James Laska reported that Liam Li had added a dvd_install.py script to
the autoqa repo. He encouraged others to follow up with their
thoughts on the script.
James Laska had continued working on the packaging plan for gwt and
hoped to be able to start packaging soon.
Kamil Paral mentioned that he was working on a package update acceptance
test plan, and asked the group to provide any information they had on
how other projects have approached this issue. Adam Williamson mentioned
the Mandriva policies  in the area, and suggested Kamil might
talk to Vincent Danen, who had managed the update process for Mandriva
before joining Red Hat.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2010-02-02. The full
log is available. Adam Williamson admitted he had done nothing on
the subject of bugs filed against orphaned packages.
Sergey Rudchenko told the group about a script he had written to clean
up abrt backtraces, providing bug 558883 as an example. He was
interested in extending the script to compute the similarity of any two
given backtraces, and also store multiple backtraces offline for
comparison. Adam Williamson and Matej Cepl suggested he talk to the abrt
team about integrating his ideas into abrt itself.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2010-02-08 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting. The next Bugzappers weekly meeting will be held on
2010-02-09 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Nouveau 3D acceleration testing ---
Bruno Wolff noted that experimental 3D acceleration for nouveau was
now available in the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package, and asked
whether it was yet at a point where the developers would be interested
in bug reports. Adam Williamson promised to pass the question along to
the nouveau maintainer.
--- Fedora 13 Alpha blocker bug review meeting ---
Adam Williamson announced and later recapped the first blocker bug
review meeting for Fedora 13. The summary of the meeting is available
from meetbot. All current alpha blocker bugs were reviewed at the
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Transifex v0.7 Upgrade for translate.fedoraproject.org ---
The priority for the Fedora Infrastructure ticket to track the
upgrade of the transifex version used in translate.fedoraproject.org has
been changed from 'major' to 'blocker'. All Fedora 13 documents and
release notes may be adversely affected if this upgrade is not completed
by March 11, 2010. The generation of the nightly .pot files for the
Fedora 13 Release Notes are scheduled to be started on that date.
At present, FAS authentication has been activated on the staging server
and testing repos have been requested to be set up to test local commits
into the modules.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Evegen (Ukrainian), Gerd Koenig (German), Claudio Penasio Junior
(Brazilian Portuguese), Guido Stratmann (German), and Nikolas
Slivka (Hungarian) joined the Fedora Translation Project recently. A
new translation team has also been created for Ukrainian on the request
from Maxim Dziumanenko.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* chrony-1.23-8.20081106gitbe42b4.fc12 -
* ocsinventory-1.02.3-1.fc12 -
* dokuwiki-0-0.4.20091225.c.fc12 -
* armacycles-ad-0.2.8.3-2.fc12 -
* gmime22-2.2.23-8.fc12 -
* roundcubemail-0.3.1-2.fc12 -
* mysql-5.1.42-7.fc12 -
* fuse-2.8.1-4.fc12 -
* gzip-1.3.12-14.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* ocsinventory-1.02.3-1.fc11 -
* chrony-1.23-6.20081106gitbe42b4.fc11 -
* kernel-220.127.116.11-105.2.13.fc11 -
* dokuwiki-0-0.4.20091225.c.fc11 -
* ejabberd-2.1.2-2.fc11 -
* gmime22-2.2.23-8.fc11 -
* roundcubemail-0.3.1-2.fc11 -
* automake-1.11.1-1.fc11.1 -
* maniadrive-1.2-17.fc11 -
* php-5.2.12-1.fc11 -
* gzip-1.3.12-10.fc11 -
-- KDE --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora KDE Special
Contributing Writer: Ryan Rix
-- KDE SC 4.4 in kde-redhat and rawhide ---
KDE-redhat maintainer Rex Dieter lets us know that KDE SC 4.4 is
currently in the kde-redhat/unstable and rawhide repositories for
testing. The new iteration of the KDE desktop boasts many new features
including a reworked plasma desktop shell designed specifically for
netbook devices. The full list of new features, along with the full text
of the release announcement can be found here. The KDE SC 4.4.0 release
may only be released in the unofficial kde-redhat repositories, and the
KDE SIG may elect to ship KDE SC 4.4 in the main Fedora repositories
when KDE 4.4.1 is released along with Qt 4.6.2.
--- Upcoming virtuoso changes in kde-redhat ---
Those KDE users who have been running KDE releases from KDE-RedHat had
the option of configuring the Nepomuk social semantic desktop to use the
Virtuoso5 database engine. With the upcoming release of KDE SC 4.4, the
Virtuoso5 database is being depreciated in favor of a newer version 6.1
of the Virtuoso database. While this database has performance
improvements, it is incompatible with the Virtuoso5 database. Sebastian
Trüg has created a converter for the nepomuk data that, when virtuoso is
updated, will need to be ran before KDE's nepomuk server will start,
which is currently in review for inclusion in Fedora, and in
kde-redhat/unstable. Dieter lays out the details of how you can convert
the existing Nepomuk storage database.
1. qdbus org.kde.NepomukServer /nepomukserver org.kde.NepomukServer.quit
2. yum update virtuoso-opensource to get the latest version of the
3. yum install virtuosoconverter to get the converter tool. This
will also install compat-virtuoso-opensource, the Virtuoso v5 database
4. run virtuosoconverter
5. start nepomukserver
This will update the data, and restart the nepomuk server to use the
latest version of Nepomuk. Note that virtuoso-opensource has not yet
been updated, and will be receiving updates when the converter tool is
in Rawhide. Until then, Nepomuk will happily run with the
virtuoso5-based nepomuk server. Future versions of the server may not,
however, hence the requirement for this update. Sebastian Trüg has
stated that he had never planned to support Virtuoso 5 and that this
tool was written for early adopters and developers and may not work.
Indeed Dieter has had mixed results with this tool.
--- KDE SC 4.4rc2 live images available for testing ---
Ryan Rix writes on his blog that Rex Dieter has composed KDE SC
4.4rc2 live images that are suitable for testing the new desktop without
negatively affecting your current setup. These images are available via
torrent and are installable to a flash drive using either the
liveusb-creator application or the command line livecd-iso-to-disk tool
available in the livecd-tools package. Major issues should be reported
either on the Fedora-KDE mailing list or the #Fedora-KDE IRC channel
on irc.freenode.net. Please note that the images are now slightly out of
date, with the release of KDE SC 4.4.
- end FWN 212 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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