Fedora Weekly News #212

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Feb 8 20:00:10 UTC 2010

           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCEMENTS
                       # Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700 
UTC 2010-02-04
                 + 1.1.2 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
                       # Reminder: Fedora 13 Feature Freeze in 
Six Days (2010-02-09)
                       # Outage Notification
                             * Outage Notification - 
2010-02-04 23:00 UTC
                             * Outage Notification - 
2010-02-10 17:00 UTC
                 + 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events (December 2009 to 
February 2010)
                       # Past Events
                       # 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[1] 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 
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/Issue212
    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


----  Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700 UTC 2010-02-04 ----

Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced[1] 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 
#fedora-board-meeting channel.

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!"



----  Reminder: Fedora 13 Feature Freeze in Six Days (2010-02-09) ----

John Poelstra announced[1], "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.

[2] [3]

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 
here: [4]"

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

---  Outage Notification ---

----  Outage Notification - 2010-02-04 23:00 UTC ----

Mike McGrath announced[1], "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 [2]

or run: date -d '2010-02-04 23:00 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
     * Fedora People
     * Fedora Talk
     * Torrent

Ticket Link: [3]

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[4] to track the status of this outage."

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/UTCHowto
    3. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1964

----  Outage Notification - 2010-02-10 17:00 UTC ----

Stephen John Smoogen announced[1], "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 [2]

How to or run: date -d '2010-02-10 17:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

All systems will be rebooted, but services should only be impacted in 
small increments as we take down things in a loop.

Ticket Link: [3]

Reason for Outage: Monthly updates and security updates.

Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or 
respond to this email[4] to track the status of this outage. Note that 
the Fedora Infrastructure team does not run bugzilla.redhat.com, though."

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/UTC
    3. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1965


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)[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

---  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 members.
     * Organization -- event organization, budget information, and 
regional responsibility.
     * 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[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 ---

William Jon McCann has been working[1] 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[2] 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[3] and 6[4].

Jonathan Dieter described[5] how to set up a netboot server using Fedora 
and CentOS to automatically image and administer a computer lab.

Nicu Buceli signed[6] the Public Domain Manifesto[7]. "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[8] 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 
upstream ASAP."

Josh Bressers reminded[9] 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[10] 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[11].

    1. http://blogs.gnome.org/mccann/2010/01/31/taking-notice/
    2. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/whats-new-for-libguestfs/
    3. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/inkscape-class-day-5/
    4. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/inkscape-class-day-6/
    6. http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2010/02/public-domain-manifesto.html
    7. http://www.publicdomainmanifesto.org/
    8. http://jan.wildeboer.net/2010/02/is-google-forking-the-linux-kernel/
    9. http://www.bress.net/blog/archives/177-Password-Security.html
   10. http://iquaid.org/2010/02/02/community-handbook-the-open-source-way/
   11. http://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki

--  QualityAssurance --

In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

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

---  Test Days ---

Last week's Test Day was on the introduction of NFSv4 by default in 
Fedora 13[1]. 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[2].

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/NFSv4Default
    2. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

---  Weekly meetings ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2010-02-01. The full logs are 
available[2]. 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[4]. 
Kamil mentioned that Luke Macken had suggested looking at his Kobo 
project[5] 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[6], 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[7] and created a draft 
desktop validation testing page[8]. They had added a paragraph to the 
Join page[9] 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[10]. 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[11]. He encouraged others to follow up with their 
thoughts on the script.

James Laska had continued working on the packaging plan for gwt[12] 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[13] [14] 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[15] was held on 2010-02-02. The full 
log is available[16]. 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[17] 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.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20100201
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F13_bugs
    4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAD
    5. http://fedorahosted.org/kobo/
    7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Installation_validation_testing
    8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Desktop_validation_testing
    9. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join#Release_validation
   10. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=559597
   12. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Jlaska/gwt#JPackage_Dependencies
   13. http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Policies/SoftwareMedia
   14. http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Policies/Support
   15. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings
   17. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=558883

---  Nouveau 3D acceleration testing ---

Bruno Wolff noted[1] 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[1] and later recapped[2] the first blocker bug 
review meeting for Fedora 13. The summary of the meeting is available 
from meetbot[3]. All current alpha blocker bugs were reviewed at the 


--  Translation --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) 

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

---  Transifex v0.7 Upgrade for translate.fedoraproject.org ---

The priority for the Fedora Infrastructure ticket to track[1] the 
upgrade of the transifex version used in translate.fedoraproject.org has 
been changed from 'major' to 'blocker'[2]. 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[3].

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[4].

    1. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1455
    2. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1455#comment:44
    3. http://poelstra.fedorapeople.org/schedules/f-13/f-13-docs-tasks.html
    4. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1455#comment:45

---  New Members in FLP ---

Evegen (Ukrainian)[1], Gerd Koenig (German)[2], Claudio Penasio Junior 
(Brazilian Portuguese)[3], Guido Stratmann (German)[4], and Nikolas 
Slivka (Hungarian)[5] joined the Fedora Translation Project recently. A 
new translation team has also been created for Ukrainian on the request 
from Maxim Dziumanenko[6].


--  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- - 
     * gmime22-2.2.23-8.fc12 - 
     * ejabberd-2.1.2-2.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- - 
     * 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 - 
     * mysql-5.1.42-7.fc11- 
     * automake-1.11.1-1.fc11.1 - 
     * maniadrive-1.2-17.fc11 - 
     * php-5.2.12-1.fc11 - 
     * fuse-2.8.1-2.fc11- 
     * gzip-1.3.12-10.fc11 - 

--  KDE --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora KDE Special 
Interests Group[1].

Contributing Writer: Ryan Rix

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/KDE

--  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.[1] 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[2][3], 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.[4] 
Indeed Dieter has had mixed results with this tool.

    2. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=562297
    3. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=562296
    4. http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=119661#c349843

---  KDE SC 4.4rc2 live images available for testing ---

Ryan Rix writes on his blog[1] 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[2] 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[3] 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.

    3. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/kde

- end FWN 212 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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