Fedora Weekly News 208
pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Jan 11 21:59:18 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 208
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCEMENTS
# 22.214.171.124 Final Board appointment, and IRC
meeting reminder 2010-01-07 UTC 1700
# 126.96.36.199 Outage notification - Fedora mailing
list migration - Sat-Sun Jan 9-10, 2010
# 188.8.131.52 FUDCon Toronto Survey closes Friday night!
+ 1.1.2 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
# 184.108.40.206 Fedora 13 Feature & Spin Submission
Deadline is Three Weeks Away :: 2010-01-26
# 220.127.116.11 Bugzilla Outage/Upgrade - 2010-01-09
+ 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Ambassador IRC class held
+ 1.3.2 Fedora 12 is here
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Improved preupgrade test case
+ 1.4.4 Translation checking collaboration with
+ 1.4.5 Desktop validation test cases
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Updated Documentation and Translation Schedule
for Fedora 13
+ 1.5.2 QA Testing for FLP
+ 1.5.3 Status of Transifex Upgrade
+ 1.5.4 CVS Submission Connection Broken
+ 1.5.5 Yum Translation Submissions on transifex.net
+ 1.5.6 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Planning the Fedora Design Suite Spin
+ 1.6.2 Graphic Concepts for Fedora 13
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 208 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 208 for the week ending January
10, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Welcome to the first Fedora Weekly News of 2010! This issue kicks off
with announcements, including a note on the final open seat on the
Fedora Board being appointed with Colin Walters, upcoming deadline
details for Fedora 13 new features and spins, and a Bugzilla upgrade and
outage last week. In news from the Fedora Planet, new Chromium packages
and SELinux tips, Fedora 13 marketing plans, and details on a class on
Inkscape recently taught at a Boston middle school. In news from the
Fedora Ambassadors, details on last week's Fedora Ambassador IRC class.
In Quality Assurance news, many updates on the first weekly QA team
meeting of 2010, details on a new test case for preupgrade, and details
on an initial set of desktop validation test cases for Fedora. In
Translation news, the very latest on Fedora 13 documentation and
translation schedule, discussion with the Fedora QA Team for help with
the Fedora Localization Project's testing events, and an announcement of
new team members for French, Arabic and Russian translation teams. In
news from the Design team, find out about the start of a new Fedora
Design Spin, and graphic concepts for Fedora 13. This issue wraps with
with security advisories for Fedora 11 and 12. Enjoy FWN 208 and welcome
We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News
(FAWN), an audio format in OGG for the past few FWN issues that one of
our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet Archive and have
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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 AND IT'S WHOLE COMMUNITY WISHES YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010.
--- FEDORA ANNOUNCEMENTS ---
---- Final Board appointment, and IRC meeting reminder 2010-01-07 UTC
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, has appointed Colin Walters
to fill the final open seat on the Fedora Board for the next two
releases. Paul has also briefed, "Colin has spent several years
developing technology and community in the GNOME Project and around the
varied landscape of Fedora's desktop. He brings to the Board a
constructive, positive spirit to solving problems in Fedora and
upstream. His recent work on advancing ideas and code for a unique but
highly usable personality for the free desktop is also very exciting.
After getting the chance to meet and talk with him at FUDCon, I am sure
he will be an excellent addition to the Board. I hope the Fedora
community will join me in welcoming Colin, where he joins Chris Tyler as
our other new member for this cycle.
The new Board will meet for the first time tomorrow in a public IRC
meeting, on Thursday 7 January 2010, at 1700 UTC (12:00 noon
US-Eastern). Departing, current, and new Board members are all expected
at the meeting. Details about joining the IRC meeting are found here:
As I've written before, the Board always welcomes community input.Please
feel free to join the fedora-advisory-board mailing list to start a
discussion if needed, or you may email us at any time with questions or
---- Outage notification - Fedora mailing list migration - Sat-Sun Jan
9-10, 2010 ----
Jon Stanley announced,"There will be an outage starting at
2009-01-09, which will last approximately 48 hours. To convert UTC to
your local time, take a look at or run:
date -d '2009-01-09 HH:MM UTC'
* Affected Services:
* Unaffected Services:
Buildsystem, CVS / Source Control, Database, DNS, Fedora Hosted, Fedora
People, Fedora Talk, Mirror System, Torrent, Translation Services, Websites,
Reason for Outage: Migrate mailing lists from RHT infrastructure to
Fedora infrastructure. Note that this outage will not be for the entire
48 hours, however, there will be times when mailing list traffic will be
queued rather than immediately delivered. This will occur as large lists
We will attempt to minimize any impact. Note that as the mailing lists
are being renamed as well, therefore, the List-ID headers will change.
You can find further information about the changes at
Thanks for your patience while we undertake this massive migration effort.
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or respond to this email
to track the status of this outage.
---- FUDCon Toronto Survey closes Friday night! ----
Robyn Bergeron announced that FUDCon Toronto Survey will be available
though 11:59pm PST Friday, January 8, 2010 (that's 07:59 UTC on
Saturday, January 9). R. Bergeron briefed, "FUDCon Toronto () may be
over, but we still want to hear your (anonymous, of course!) thoughts on
how it went. This is your friendly reminder that the FUDCon Toronto
Survey will be available though 11:59pm PST Friday,January 8, 2010
(that's 07:59 UTC on Saturday, January 9). 5 minutes of your time to
answer 29 quick questions can help us make future FUDCons better than ever!
* attended FUDCon Toronto, either in-person or remotely via Fedora
Live, please take this survey and tell us what you thought.
* didn't attend FUDCon Toronto but wanted to, please take this
survey and tell us how we can help you get to the next one.
* didn't want to go to FUDCon Toronto, please take this survey and
tell us why - it's anonymous.
The survey is available at 
Questions are previewable at . We will be analyzing and announcing
results shortly after the close of the survey. If you're curious about
the process, interested in helping us analyze the results, or have any
questions in general, join the conversation on the Fedora Marketing
mailing list (). ".
--- FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS ---
---- Fedora 13 Feature & Spin Submission Deadline is Three Weeks Away
:: 2010-01-26 ----
John Poelstra announced that that the deadline for submitting new
features and spins for inclusion in Fedora 13 is Tuesday, January 26,
2010. John's full announcement is here, "A friendly reminder that the
deadline for submitting new features and spins for inclusion in Fedora
13 is Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
* -Features: 
* -Spins: 
Two weeks from the "Feature Submission Deadline" is "Feature
Freeze"--Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
"At Feature Freeze all new features for the release should be
substantially complete and in a testable state, including enabled by
default if so specified by the feature. In the Fedora development
process, all new feature work is completed by Feature Freeze and tested
during the test releases: Alpha and Beta."
A summary of other important milestones in Fedora 13 is at this page:"
---- Bugzilla Outage/Upgrade - 2010-01-09 ----
Ricky Zhou announced, "There will be an outage starting at 2010-01-09
02:00 UTC, which will last approximately 3 hours." Ricky also mentioned,
"To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at 
or run: date -d '2010-01-09 02:00 UTC'
Affected Services: bugzilla.redhat.com
Unaffected Services: Buildsystem, CVS / Source Control, Database, DNS,
Fedora Hosted, Fedora People, Fedora Talk, Mail, Mirror System, Torrent,
Translation Services, Websites
Ticket Link: 
Reason for Outage: Red Hat IT will be performing a bugzilla upgrade from
version 3.2 to 3.4.
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 ----
* 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
-- 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 ---
Richard W.M. Jones shared tips for using shell redirection with
arbitrary file descriptors. Some later tips include using libguestfs
to examine VMWare guest images.
Tom Callaway has posted new Chromium packages, and some workarounds
and fixes for running with SELinux enabled.
Mel Chua explained what the Fedora Marketing folks are up to for
Fedora 13. Hint: A lot.
Greg DeKoenigsberg responded to criticism of the OLPC project,
explaining that "OLPC is now, and has always been, a single piece of a
very large puzzle" while there are many outgrowths from the OLPC work
that have been incredibly successful, including the entire Netbook craze.
Julian Aloofi described the real problem with Free Software. "There
is one real problem with Free Software, and it is very hard to fix. I
would even say it is impossible." Read on for the awesome truth. More
importantly, Julian discussed a potential new way of dealing with
files and never having to press the "Save" button again.
Peter Hutterer wrote some useful advice for composing commit
messages. "In the last few weeks, I've had a surprising number of
discussions about commit messages. Many of them were with developers new
to a project, trying to get them started. So here's a list of things you
should do when committing, and why you should do it."
Peter also posted some information on how xorg will handle
configuration files and hardware management in the upcoming 1.8 release,
now that HAL is being deprecated.
Mike McGrath introduced SSHFP. "What is an SSHFP record? It's a ssh
host key in DNS so you can verify it is correct."
Daniel Walsh has updated the SELinux Sandbox tool. "Every time I
demonstrate sandbox to some one, they say, 'That's great, but can it do
X, Y and Z?' I have taken those suggestions along with some great
patches from Josh Cogliati, I have updated the sandbox tool."
Máirín Duffy taught a class on Inkscape at a Boston-area middle
school as part of Red Hat's community outreach program. Máirín has
posted the introduction and exercises from the first day of the class,
and hopes to make an additional post for each day of class.
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Ambassador IRC class held ---
Max Spevack held a Fedora Classroom session on IRC on Jan. 7 for any new
-- and not-so-new -- ambassadors, covering what it means to be a Fedora
Ambassador as well as some tips and tricks for how to be a good one. If
you missed the class, many good suggestions were offered and you have a
chance to review what was said at the class. The minutes and logs are below.
--- 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.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team, as the QA
group and the Fedora project in general awaken from its holiday slumber!
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
There was no Test Day last week, and 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 2010-01-04. The full logs are
available. James Laska reported that had finished his list of
recommendations based on the Fedora 12 retrospective, and it was
available on the wiki.
Adam Williamson gave an update on the privilege escalation policy topic.
He had escalated the issue to FESCo with a trac ticket. FESCo had not
yet discussed the topic at a meeting or responded to the ticket.
James Laska reported that he, Adam Williamson, Liam Li, and Rui He had
attended a sprint meeting the previous week to work on open tickets for
improving Fedora 13 test plans. He referenced the list of tickets which
still remained open. He also noted that he and Adam would be working
on kicking off the Fedora 13 test day process soon. Jóhann Guðmundsson
said he would be looking at the possibility of an LXDE test day, and
Adam Miller said he would work on a proposal for the XFCE test day.
The group then discussed the list of recommendations James Laska had
developed based on the feedback received from the Fedora 12 cycle. Adam
Williamson volunteered to work with Rui He on adding installation
testing to the wiki list of QA project activities. Jóhann Guðmundsson
said he would look through the Fedora 13 feature list and see if useful
debugging guides could be written for any of the new features, similar
to the page he wrote for Dracut in the Fedora 12 cycle. Adam was in
the middle of creating a desktop validation test plan (for confirming
that releases meet the desktop release criteria). On the topic of
creating an X.org test plan, Adam felt that a test plan was unnecessary
as the question of what to test for X.org was a simple one, while all
the complexity lay in getting enough testing done on a wide enough range
of hardware. James, Will and Kamil Paral were working on the packaging
necessary for the deployment of the israwhidebroken.com project. Will
and Kamil were working on an initial implementation of automated package
sanity testing. Liam Li and Rui He were working on automating as many of
the installation validation tests as possible. James noted that he
planned to bring the installation testing SOP and blocker bug meeting
SOP out of draft status. He also suggested having an SOP to determine
whether to document issues as common bugs, release notes, install guide
items or in other ways.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2010-01-05. The full
log is available. The group discussed Hamidou Dia's proposal to
document the procedure for determining assignees for components where
the correct assignee is not defined in Bugzilla's database. After much
discussion, the group tentatively concluded that in cases where the
choice of assignee is straightforward this should be fixed in Bugzilla's
database, and in cases where it is not straightforward, the components
wiki page is not well-suited to explaining the procedure.
Chris Campbell had suggested that the wiki page on capturing stack
traces should be updated further to reflect the capabilities of
abrt, which was introduced in Fedora 12. The group agreed that this was
a good idea and agreed that Adam Williamson should contact Chris and ask
him to make his proposed changes.
Chris Campbell had also proposed an agenda item about the handling by
Bugzilla of bugs with many duplicates, but no-one present at the meeting
was sure exactly what the issue was. The group agreed to table the item
until Chris could explain the issue more clearly.
Juan P. Daza noted that the wiki's list of active triagers may be
somewhat out of date, missing some new triagers and listing some who
have become inactive. The group agreed that Juan could work on
contacting apparently inactive triagers and proposing an update to the list.
--- Improved preupgrade test case ---
Rui He announced that he had created a new test case for
preupgrade to better reflect the commonly-encountered real-world
situation where multiple kernels are installed on the system to be
upgraded, resulting in low space in the /boot partition. This test case
should mean problems in this scenario, as encountered by many Fedora 11
users when trying to upgrade to Fedora 12, will be caught earlier in the
testing process. Rui He asked for the group's help in reviewing the new
--- Translation checking collaboration with localization team ---
Noriko Mizumoto informed the group of the localization team's plan to
do periodic checks of its translations in a 'real-world' situation, by
testing a current Rawhide live image and checking for translation
problems. She asked the QA team to assist by providing the live images
for testing. Adam Williamson thanked her for co-ordinating with the QA
team, and pointed out that the already available nightly live
images should be suitable for testing. He also suggested that QA team
members with knowledge of languages other than English could help in the
translation checking process.
--- Desktop validation test cases ---
Adam Williamson announced that he had completed an initial set of
desktop validation test cases to be used in checking if Fedora
releases and pre-releases meet the appropriate desktop release criteria.
He welcomed the group's help in reviewing these test cases.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Updated Documentation and Translation Schedule for Fedora 13 ---
Representatives of the Fedora Translation and Documentation Projects met
with John Poelstra to discuss the Project Schedule for Fedora 13.
Noriko Mizumoto represented the FLP. The highlights include the
elimination of the Alpha and Beta freezes for Release Notes and Guides,
which will allow the translators to continue working on the documents as
they are being written.
The updated schedule has been put up by John Poelstra at the
--- QA Testing for FLP ---
Noriko Mizumoto initiated a discussion with the Fedora Quality
Assurance team regarding the Localization testing events that are
planned during the Fedora 13 Release Schedule. This phase was introduced
during Fedora 12 development, to allow translators to review their
translations on the graphical user interface and to ensure that updated
translations and their fixes were being included in the newer builds.
James Laska from the Fedora QA team has been providing guidance to
formalize a test plan and to draw up the reference documentation that
can be used for the testing plan.
Domingo Becker and Igor Pires Soares highlighted the need for testing
the Installation Program - Anaconda and the difficulty that a LiveCD
installation poses while testing its interface.
--- Status of Transifex Upgrade ---
As an update to the earlier discussion about upgrading the Transifex
instance for translate.fedoraproject.org, Paul Frields thanked the
Fedora Project members who have been working to fix the issues
preventing the upgrade. The work was temporarily suspended due to the
holiday break. After the required packages were built by Rakesh
Pandit and Jens Petersen, presently Toshio Kuratomi and Ricky Zhou have
been trying to set up a staging server.
--- CVS Submission Connection Broken ---
Iñigo Varela from the Asturian translation team reported a problem
with submission of files on translate.fedoraproject.org. Piotr Drag
identified a broken connection with cvs.fedoraproject.org as the cause
for this problem.
--- Yum Translation Submissions on transifex.net ---
Translations for Yum can now be submitted via transifex.net.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Stephane (French), Muhammad AlFakhori (Arabic), Alexey Morin
(Russian) joined the FLP over the past two weeks.
--- Artwork ---
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Planning the Fedora Design Suite Spin ---
Following a FUDCon discussion, Sebastian Dziallas took the initiative
with the creation of a Fedora Design Suite Spin "Having had some pretty
cool discussion with Diana, Mel and Mo in the hackroo... hospitality
suite at FUDCon, I've created and uploaded a first build." Mel Chua
continued the effort by creating the wiki space and organizing
information, while Nicu Buculei and Martin Sourada tried to define
the spin target "I think before significant marketing we should clarify
the vision and the target, go beyond the generic 'professional
designers'. I bet even us, inside the Design Team, have various
expectations from a 'perfect' spin." Sebastian worked on preparing the
spin for official submission "I'll try to get everything ready by
tomorrow to submit it to the wrangler, so that we can at least mention
it at the Spin SIGs meeting already."
--- Graphic Concepts for Fedora 13 ---
During the winter holidays a number of graphic concepts for the Fedora
13 theme were advanced: Máirín Duffy advanced a "Swirly Stars"
concept, Brian Hurren proposed the "fedora galaxy" design, Luya
Tshimbalanga came with a "Starlines" study and Samuele Storari
sketched a "Goddard rocket" design. The images and their evolution
should be found in the dedicated development wiki page.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from
fedora-package-announce. Note: This issue covers security packages
released 2009-12-20 through 2010-01-10.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* mysql-5.1.41-2.fc12 -
* trac-0.11.6-1.fc12 -
* asterisk-126.96.36.199-1.fc12 -
* wireshark-1.2.5-3.fc12 -
* PyXML-0.8.4-17.fc12 -
* kernel-188.8.131.52-174.fc12 -
* proftpd-1.3.2c-1.fc12 -
* viewvc-1.1.3-1.fc12 -
* libtool-2.2.6-17.fc12 -
* gcc-4.4.2-20.fc12 -
* slim-1.3.1-9.fc12 -
* automake-1.11.1-1.fc12 -
* stardict-3.0.1-20.fc12 -
* cacti-0.8.7e-3.fc12 -
* krb5-1.7-15.fc12 -
* condor-7.4.1-1.fc12 -
* pdns-recursor-184.108.40.206-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* libtool-2.2.6-11.fc11.3 -
* asterisk-220.127.116.11-1.fc11 -
* mysql-5.1.41-2.fc11 -
* phpldapadmin-18.104.22.168-1.fc11 -
* kernel-22.214.171.124-105.fc11 -
* cacti-0.8.7e-3.fc11 -
* proftpd-1.3.2c-1.fc11 -
* viewvc-1.1.3-1.fc11 -
* slim-1.3.1-9.fc11 -
* NetworkManager-0.7.2-2.git20091223.fc11 -
* gimp-2.6.8-1.fc11 -
* pdns-recursor-126.96.36.199-1.fc11 -
* condor-7.4.1-1.fc11 -
* ImageMagick-188.8.131.52-2.fc11 -
- end FWN 208 -
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