Fedora Weekly News 232
pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu Jul 1 16:40:42 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 232
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 220.127.116.11 Fedora 11 End of Life
# 18.104.22.168 Deadline for T-Shirt Registration FUDCon Zurich 2010
# 22.214.171.124 Passing the baton
# 126.96.36.199 FPL travel to LATAM events!
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 188.8.131.52 Bodhi 0.7.5 release
# 184.108.40.206 Fedora 14 Feature Submission Deadline in Two Weeks
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 220.127.116.11 Upcoming Events (June 2010 - August 2010)
# 18.104.22.168 Past Events
# 22.214.171.124 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
o 1.4 Fedora In the News
+ 1.4.1 New Fedora Project Leader appointed (The H Online)
+ 1.4.2 New project leader wears the Fedora (The Register UK)
+ 1.4.3 Red Hat names new Fedora Project Leader (Internetnews.com)
o 1.5 Ambassadors
+ 1.5.1 Fedora Release Party in Quebec
+ 1.5.2 Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities
o 1.6 QualityAssurance
+ 1.6.1 Test Day process improvements
+ 1.6.2 Proven testers
+ 1.6.3 New desktop release criteria
+ 1.6.4 Fedora 14 recommendations
o 1.7 Artwork
+ 1.7.1 Weekly Design Team IRC Meeting
+ 1.7.2 The Design Team Story
o 1.8 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.8.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 232 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 232 for the week ending June 30,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Issue 232 begins with announcements from the Fedora Project, including
notice of end of life for Fedora 11, details on the next Fedora Project
leader, Jared Smith, and a remainder on the upcoming Fedora 14 feature
submission deadline, amongst other news and upcoming events. From the
Planet Fedora, details on how to use Adobe Flash on 64-bit systems now
that packages have been pulled, analysis of the performance of Cairo
with a number of different graphics chipset and driver configurations,
and other posts. The Marketing team reports on their work on SWOT
analysis, a printable version of the Fedora 13 feature profiles, and a
new SOP for doing focus groups. Fedora In the News follows with coverage
from the trade press on this past week's announcement of the new Fedora
Project leader. In Ambassador news, a Fedora 13 event report from Quebec
City, Canada. FWN is also looking for a new writer to take over the
Ambassador beat, see below if you are interested! In Quality Assurance
news, details on Test Day process improvements, a move to the proven
testers instruction page, and updates on new Fedora 14 Trac tickets,
amongst other news. In news from the Artwork Team, coverage of the
weekly IRC team meeting, and a request for stories from the Design Team.
This week's issue wraps up with security-related packages from the past
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
---- Fedora 11 End of Life ----
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced, "This announcement
is a reminder that as of 2010-06-25, Fedora 11 has reached its end of
life for updates. As planned, last update pushes to Fedora 11 were made
in advance of this date. No further updates, including security
updates, will be available for Fedora 11.
Fedora 12 will continue to receive updates until approximately one month
after the release of Fedora 14. The maintenance schedule of Fedora
releases is documented on the Fedora Project wiki."
---- Deadline for T-Shirt Registration FUDCon Zurich 2010 ----
Joerg Simon announced:
If you plan to attend the FUDCon EMEA in Zurich September 17 - 19, 2010
- and want to pick up a pretty FUDCon-Shirt - designed by Maria (tatica)
Leandro - do not forget to register it
The Deadline for ordering a FUDCon-Shirt is 2010-June-30 12:00 UTC!!!
After this you can still register yourself for FUDCon but we can not
assure you a Shirt matching your Size."
---- Passing the baton ----
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced:
"A leadership change is always momentous, and the Fedora Project is no
exception to this rule. I wanted to share some thoughts about being the
Fedora Project Leader, tell the community about the person who will be
taking over that role soon, and to let you know what to expect over the
next few weeks and months.
* * *
I joined the Fedora Project in 2003 so I could give something back to a
free software community from whose work I had benefited for a long time.
Fedora gave me the chance to bring my skills and experience and use them
to help people I'd never get a chance to meet personally. I had no
inkling at the time that one day I'd have the opportunity to serve the
community beyond helping write some documentation.
When Max Spevack called me in late 2007 to let me know he was
considering stepping down, and was interested in having me succeed him
as the Fedora Project Leader, I was surprised and humbled. It was a once
in a lifetime opportunity to both serve the community and to contribute
as an employee at Red Hat, where I had already made many friends while
working on Fedora -- an opportunity I was happy to take. Over the past
two and a half years, through many challenges and changes, not once have
I regretted that decision.
* * *
One of the hallmarks of Fedora leadership is that it's open to change.
The FPL is not a semi-benevolent dictator for life, but rather a
position to which new people can regularly bring their passion for
making Fedora better. And so, just as previous FPLs announced their
readiness to search for the next leader, I did so a few months ago, in
the spirit of openness and transparency that's a hallmark of the Fedora
The FPL job is a salaried position at Red Hat, and the Fedora Board
members as well as many other stakeholders have been informed and
involved with the process of selecting a new FPL. The job posting
brought in numerous applicants from throughout the community. Through
the hiring process we identified a few best qualified candidates. From
them the next FPL was selected, based on the qualifications and
experience our entire community expects. At every juncture during that
process, the panels were focused on the needs of the Fedora Project, to
ensure the next FPL would be a good listener, speaker, and writer;
thoughtfully consider solutions to difficult problems; and most
importantly, lead effectively.
So it's with great pleasure that I announce Jared Smith will be joining
Red Hat in a few weeks as the new Fedora Project Leader.
* * *
Some of our community already knows Jared, but I want to take a moment
to tell everyone a little more about his background. He doesn't like to
trumpet his own qualifications, but since he happens to be away on
personal business this week, I'll just do that for him. :-)
Jared's been a long-time user of both Red Hat and Fedora, and an active
participant in the the Fedora community since 2007. He's primarily spent
his time working with the infrastructure and documentation teams. He's
helped with the development of Fedora Talk, our community VoIP telephony
system. Fedora Talk allows various Fedora developers and contributors to
communicate verbally for free across the internet.
Jared has also participated in community events such as various FUDCons
and Fedora Activity Days. In addition, he has assisted with toolchain
development, release materials, and steering duties as a member of the
Fedora Docs team.
Jared also brings a wealth of of both technical and community relations
expertise from his prior job history. His previous employer is Digium,
the commercial sponsor of the open source Asterisk software. While at
Digium, Jared worked as Community Relations Manager, as well as an
instructor, lecturer, and training department manager.
Before working for Digium, Jared was a Network Operations Manager for
the web analytics company Omniture (since acquired by Adobe Systems),
where he managed a network of over 6,500 Linux machines. These
experiences as a speaker, evangelist, practitioner, and collaborator
make Jared exceptionally well suited for the position of FPL.
On a more personal note, I've come to know Jared well over the past
several years. He cares deeply about community and family, not the least
part of which is the Fedora community and family. His honesty,
integrity, good humor, patience, intelligence, and good old-fashioned
common sense will serve him and our growing community well, as we try to
take Fedora to the next level.
* * *
Although Jared is away on personal travel right now, Max and I have
already started including him in some important conversations, and the
community can expect additional exciting news shortly. Over the next few
months, part of my changing responsibilities in Red Hat will be to
ensure a smooth runway for Jared, as he takes over the duties of the FPL
job. Max Spevack will also continue to assist, especially where his role
as the manager of Red Hat's Community Architecture team brings strategic
benefits to the Fedora Project.
Over time, I expect to spend more time on work that's internal to Red
Hat, but I will continue to be involved in Fedora to some extent as an
individual contributor. That transition will allow Jared to effectively
bring his own vision and energy to Fedora, and I look forward to helping
him in whatever ways I can.
I hope the entire community will join me in welcoming Jared to Red Hat
as the FPL, and that you'll gift him with the support and friendship
I've enjoyed and treasured over the past two and a half years."
---- FPL travel to LATAM events! ----
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced:
"In just a few weeks, the Fedora community in Latin America will hold a
major FUDCon event in Santiago, Chile, from July 15-17, 2010. You can
find all the details on our wiki
Encouraging the growth of Fedora community around the world is important
to our project. That's why the responsibilities of the Fedora Project
Leader include lowering barriers and advocating for involvement and
participation. One of the ways the FPL does this is by travelling to
different community events and talking about the way that Fedora works,
and our dedication to sustainable community and free software development.
So I'm very pleased and excited to announce that our new Fedora Project
Leader Jared Smith's first appearance at a community event will be at
the FUDCon in Santiago, Chile. In addition, just a few days afterward
Jared will attend the FISL 11 conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Both events represent a unique opportunity for the Fedora Project to
support our friends and extend our community in Latin America. As
always, the FUDCon event in Santiago is free and open to everyone to
register and attend. We look forward to seeing the community at these
You can find more information about Jared"
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- Bodhi 0.7.5 release ----
Luke Macken announced:
"I just pushed a version 0.7.5 of bodhi into production. This release
contains the following notable changes:
proventesters & strict critical path update handling
For critical path updates to be approved for pushing to the stable
repository, they now require a minimum karma of 2, consisting of a +1
from a single proventester, and a +1 from another authenticated user.
You can get a list of critical path updates using the bodhi web interface
You can optionally pass in a specific 'release' or an 'untested' flag,
which will return a list of critical path updates that have yet to be
approved. I have not added these links to the main interface yet,
because at the moment they are fairly expensive calls. This will be
addressed in an upcoming release.
The latest command-line client also supports these options as well:
$ bodhi --critpath --untested --release F13
I re-enabled the auto-obsoletion code in bodhi. This means that new
updates will automatically obsolete older testing updates containing the
same packages. The new update will also inherit all of the old updates
bugs and notes. This code had been disabled for a while now, due to some
nasty edge cases, but those have since been resolved.
If you experience any problems, please file tickets here"
---- Fedora 14 Feature Submission Deadline in Two Weeks ----
John Poelstra reminded the community of the upcoming Fedora 14
feature submission deadline:
"Another friendly and brief reminder that the deadline for new features
for Fedora 14 is July 13, 2010.
A list of features accepted so far
Wiki pages explaining the feature process
Please send any other questions about the feature process or this
deadline by replying to this message on the list."
--- 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
---- Upcoming Events (June 2010 - August 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 community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* 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.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Jonathan Dieter mentioned that deltarpms should be working again now
for Fedora 13.
Benjamin Otte analyzed the performance of Cairo with a number of
different graphics chipset and driver configurations. The results may
Máirín Duffy found a bunch of amusing geeky comic strips. But more
seriously, Máirín identified the first "Fedora Design Bounty Ninja".
"Jef responded to our first Fedora Design Bi-Weekly Bounty just a couple
of hours after it was posted, and he did an amazing job putting together
a 6-page layout for the Fedora 13 feature profiles, carefully adhering
to all of the Fedora branding guidelines and providing all of his source
Adam Williamson reminded Flash users running 64-bit systems how they
can use Flash Player, now that the 64-bit downloads have been pulled.
Andrew Vermilya Jamison outled a few of the exciting new features of
Lennart Poettering suggested a number of sources of data that could
be used under Linux to help generate unique identifiers. "When
programming software that cooperates with software running on behalf of
other users, other sessions or other computers it is often necessary to
work with unique identifiers. These can be bound to various hardware and
software objects as well as lifetimes. Often, when people look for such
an ID to use they pick the wrong one because semantics and lifetime or
the IDs are not clear."
Lennart also wrote a pair of articles on handling locking under
Linux (and the sad state of locking under Linux in general).
Luis Villa dissected the US Supreme Court Bilski ruling. "I'm afraid
that at the end of this brief train ride, my only firm conclusion can be
that the real winners here are patent lawyers - this decision creates no
new certainties, only uncertainties, which will encourage patenters to
spend more money patenting things, and the rest of us to waste time and
energy worrying about the problem - time and energy that should have
been spent on innovating..."
The Red Hat Press Office announced that Jared Smith will become the
new Fedora Project Leader. Paul W. Frields posted a few words about
passing on the baton to Jared.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-06-23 to 2010-06-29.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Nelson Marques continues his effort to complete a SWOT analysis.
Jef van Schendel started to work stetical details of the Fedora's
Twitter account. Gerard Braad proposed to extend this to identi.ca
Jef van Schendel shared the printable version of the feature profiles
Robyn Bergeron is trying to make a list of interview topics that we
can tackle to have content flowing in between releases.
Nelson Marques contribute with a useful SOP (Standar Operational
Procedure) for doing focus group, which can be handy for anyone in the
project. He also picked up on having a slide deck which ultimately
ended in a ticket for desing team for creating a full template with
official fonts, background and predefined colors
Finally we have MMM – Marketing Meeting Minutes.
-- 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
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
This past week's press focused on the appointment of Jared Smith as the
new Fedora Project leader. Several postings follow.
--- New Fedora Project Leader appointed (The H Online) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded a brief posting about Jared Smith's appointment:
"Jared Smith will be the new Project Leader of the Fedora Project. This
is the second non-Red Hat employee Red Hat has hired and appointed as
Fedora Project Leader, after previous Project Leader Paul W. Frields."
The full post is available.
--- New project leader wears the Fedora (The Register UK) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded a posting covering Fedora 13 from a blog from
"Paul Frields, who has been getting his paycheck from Red Hat to run the
Fedora development Linux variant since 2008, is moving back inside the
company to work on Enterprise Linux, and an outsider named Jared Smith
is being brought in as the new Fedora Project Leader.
Frields joined Red Hat in February 2008, replacing Max Spevack, another
Red Hat employee who ran the open source Linux development product from
February 2006 until Frields took over. Smith will take over the FPL
position (which is a full-time job with a Red Hat paycheck) to steer the
development of Fedora 14, something that Frields already got the ball
The full post is available
--- Red Hat names new Fedora Project Leader (Internetnews.com) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded a posting from Internetnews.com:
"I'm a huge fan of the work and the leadership that current Fedora
Project Leader Paul Frields has done since 2008. Frields has always been
one of the most articulate, honest and insightful Linux community
leaders that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
. . .
The process of how Fedora's leadership is chosen is different than other
distributions. It's not a totally democratic process like the one that
Debian has. On the other hand it's not totally autocratic like Ubuntu.
In a mailing list posting announcing the transition, Frields explained
the process. "One of the hallmarks of Fedora leadership is that it's
open to change," Frields wrote. "The FPL is not a semi-benevolent
dictator for life, but rather a position to which new people can
regularly bring their passion for making Fedora better...The FPL job is
a salaried position at Red Hat, and the Fedora Board members as well as
many other stakeholders have been informed and involved with the process
of selecting a new FPL."
The full post is available
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora Release Party in Quebec ---
Rene Purcell reports that Fedora Ambassadors in Quebec held a Fedora 13
release party in Québec city earlier this month. Many people attended to
learn new features and discuss about the new release.
Jean-Francois Saucier and Rene gave a presentation about new features in
Goddard, and attendees were offered live media, as well as setting up a
usb stick station where we offered to create live usb sticks.
A report on the event can be found here.
--- Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities ---
Fedora 13 has now launched and Ambassadors are encouraged to hold
release events. If you are planning to hold an event, let Fedora Weekly
News know. Drop a line to lcafiero=at=fedoraproject-dot-org with the
details and we'll get it in FWN.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. For more
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see
the Joining page.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Day process improvements ---
A message from James Laska prompted a wide discussion of possible
improvements to the Test Day process to improve participation. James
asked if the group was trying to run too many events and not
dedicating sufficient time to each, but Adam Williamson did not think so.
Jóhann Guðmundsson suggested extending the test period to a week and
broadening the coverage of each event. Adam felt the concurrency aspect
of a single day to bring testers and developers together in real-time
was valuable, but thought Jóhann had a valuable point in that the group
could do a better job of making it clear to potential testers that
testing performed outside of the Test Day is still valuable. Jeff Raber
made some concrete suggestions as to how this could be achieved, and
Adam implemented them.
Jeff also suggested changing the name of the events, though Adam
mentioned in his reply that he had not been able to think of anything
that improved on 'Test Day'. Eric Blake suggsted 'Test Blitz', James
contributed 'Bug Day' and Jóhann favored'Test Sprint'. Adam
jokingly proposed a poll, and added some wider-ranging thoughts
about how the process could be re-organized to provide greater
opportunities for participation and publicity while not losing the
aspect of concurrency.
--- Proven testers ---
After several more revisions following the work mentioned in last week's
issue, Aaron Farnes announced that the proven testers instruction
page had been moved to the main wiki space. Several people replied to
congratulate Aaron on the clarity of the page.
--- New desktop release criteria ---
Adam Williamson proposed several new release criteria, as a result of
his discussions with the various desktop SIGs. These would cover session
management tasks, update notification, and keyring functionality.
--- Fedora 14 recommendations ---
James Laska announced that he had filed a group of trac tickets
covering the recommendations for the Fedora 14 cycle which had derived
from the Fedora 13 retrospective discussed in previous issues.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Weekly Design Team IRC Meeting ---
A new weekly Design Team IRC Meeting happened, the notes are
available, and it covered Fedora 14 Artwork Schedule, the Trac tickets
queue, the Design Team Bi-Weekly Bounty, the fedora official font and
marketing the design team.
--- The Design Team Story ---
Robyn Bergeron from the Marketing team asked for stories from the
Design Team "it would be super cool to do a piece on what the Design
team is up to - particularly since we're really at the start of the
cycle here, and it's a great time for people to get involved and come up
to speed without it being crunch time. :)", the topic was discussed at
the weekly IRC meeting where Robyn was invited, and Máirín Duffy
summed the conclusions, as 6 possible interviews with members of the
team on various projects they are working on.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* kvirc-4.0.0-1.fc13 -
* moin-1.9.3-1.fc13 -
* python-paste-1.7.4-1.fc13 -
* seamonkey-2.0.5-1.fc13 -
* galeon-2.0.7-29.fc13 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-19.fc13 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc13.14 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.9-9.fc13 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-11.fc13 -
* firefox-3.6.4-1.fc13 -
* xulrunner-126.96.36.199-1.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* kvirc-4.0.0-1.fc12 -
* lftp-4.0.8-1.fc12 -
* python-paste-1.7.4-1.fc12 -
* gnutls-2.8.6-2.fc12 -
* dhcp-4.1.1-17.P1.fc12 -
* firefox-3.5.10-1.fc12 -
* galeon-2.0.7-23.fc12 -
* perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc12.13 -
* gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-18.fc12 -
* gnome-web-photo-0.9-7.fc12 -
* mozvoikko-1.0-10.fc12 -
* xulrunner-188.8.131.52-1.fc12 -
* seamonkey-2.0.5-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* python-paste-1.7.4-1.fc11 -
* cups-1.4.4-4.fc11 -
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