Fedora Weekly News 224
pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu May 6 01:53:49 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 224
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Community Gaming Session 2
# 220.127.116.11 Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2010-05-06
# 18.104.22.168 Fedora 14 release name voting information
# 22.214.171.124 RHCE Loopback
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 126.96.36.199 Outage: PHX2 outage - 2010-05-04 22:13 UTC
# 188.8.131.52 Outage Notification: Red Hat Bugzilla 2010-05-04 16:00UTC -
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 184.108.40.206 Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 2010)
# 220.127.116.11 Past Events
# 18.104.22.168 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 A quick look at what's coming with Fedora 13 (Linux Gazette)
o 1.5 Artwork
+ 1.5.1 Spin Websites
+ 1.5.2 Hackergotchis
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
= Fedora Weekly News Issue 224 =
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 224 for the week ending May 5,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This issue begins with Project announcements, including another Fedora
Community Gaming session this weekend, details on an upcoming Fedora
Board IRC meeting, and opening of voting for naming Fedora 14. In news
from the Fedora Planet, thoughts on a Fedora Kiosk spin, a report on
Sugar-on-a-Stick testing, and what you don't know about NetworkManager.
In Marketing team news, an update on the Allegheny Team and their
accomplishments, report on some work for the F13 spins website, and an
upcoming blog posting on hardware enablements in F13. One post from
Fedora In the News this week, from Linux Gazette, covering some of the
exciting aspects of Fedora 13 beta. In Design Team news, a new owner for
Hackergotchis request service, and Security Advisories rounds out this
issue with security-related Fedora packages released this past week for
F11, F12 and F13. Read on!
Unfortunately, as Kamisamanou Burgess is busy with study, the audio
version of FWN - FAWN - is on hold until early May. You can still listen
to old issues on the Internet Archive, though. If anyone is
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== Announcements ==
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, selected announcements to the Fedora
user list, development announcements and Events.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
=== Fedora Community Gaming Session 2 ===
Bruno Wolff III announced:
"There will be another Fedora Community Gaming session this weekend. We
will be playing Wesnoth as a team or teams (with the game(s) ending on
first human elimination). Depending on the number of participants we may
have humans on both sides or just one team versus the AI.
We will be starting at: UTC: 0100 Saturday May 8, 2010 EDT: 9pm Friday
May 7, 2010
Since unlike last week (with bzflag) drop ins are not easily
accommodated, please be on time.
I'll be following the #fedora-games IRC chat room before we get started.
We will meet in the "fedora" room in the official Wesnoth lobby.
Players will need a 1.8 or 1.8.1 version of Wesnoth. Currently F14 has
1.8.1, F13 has 1.8 (but will probably have 1.8.1 in at least testing by
Friday). For F13, F12, and F11 I have made 1.8.1 scratch builds
available for F13, F12, and F11
You can also use a nightly compose of the games spin live image which
will have either 1.8 or 1.8.1
There is additional information on the Community Gaming page
=== Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2010-05-06 ===
Paul W. Frields reminded the community of the next Fedora Board meeting:
"The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, May 6,
2010 at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode. For this meeting, the public is
invited to do the following:
* Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.
* Join #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and post
questions. This channel is read/write for everyone.
The first portion of our meeting, which we'll limit to 30 minutes, will
be an open discussion with the Websites team. Following that, we'll
shift to a community Q&A session.
The moderator will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the
1. fedora-board-meeting channel. 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 14 release name voting information ===
Paul W. Frields announced
"It is now time to choose the release name for Fedora 14. The Fedora
community submitted suggestions for the Fedora 14 release name, and that
list has been narrowed down to the final six candidates. Now you can
vote on these names and assist in the final selection for the successor
of Fedora 13 "Goddard".
This vote runs until 10 May 2010 at 23:59:59 UTC. Other important facts:
* We are using the Range Voting method
* Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System
* If this is the first time you've used the voting system, you might
want to read the Fedora Elections Guide
* To vote, you must have a valid Fedora Contributors License Agreement
(CLA) and be a member of at least one non-CLA group.
To vote, visit
Thank you to everyone who helped by contributing names for
consideration, and reviewing the names for the final ballot."
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=== Fedora Development News ===
==== Outage: PHX2 outage - 2010-05-04 22:13 UTC ====
Mike McGrath announced
There was an outage starting at 2010-05-04 22:13 UTC, which lasted
approximately 1 hour.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at or run:
date -d '2010-05-04 22:13 UTC'
Reason for outage:
While trying to recover from this last major outage (see ticket for
reference) it seems some network gear failed causing an outage to some
of our storage devices and to the Internet. Stay tuned to the ticket for
* Bodhi - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/
* Buildsystem - http://koji.fedoraproject.org/
* CVS / Source Control
* Email system
* Fedora Account System - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts/
* Fedora Community - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/community/
* Fedora Hosted - https://fedorahosted.org/
* Mirror Manager - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mirrormanager/
* Package Database - https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/
* Smolt - http://smolts.org/
* Translation Services - http://translate.fedoraproject.org/
* Wiki - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/
* BFO - http://boot.fedoraproject.org/
* DNS - ns1.fedoraproject.org, ns2.fedoraproject.org
* Docs - http://docs.fedoraproject.org/
* Fedora People - http://fedorapeople.org/
* Fedora Talk - http://talk.fedoraproject.org/
* Main Website - http://fedoraproject.org/
* Mirror List - https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/
* Spins - http://spins.fedoraproject.org/
* Start - http://start.fedoraproject.org/
* Torrent - http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or respond to this email
to track the status of this outage.
==== Outage Notification: Red Hat Bugzilla 2010-05-04 16:00UTC - 16:40
Stephen John Smoogen announced
Outage Notification: Red Hat Bugzilla
Red Hat Bugzilla has currently an planned outage that is taking longer
than expected, and is causing various Fedora services not to be
functional. We are working with upstream on recovering services as fast
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at or run:
date -d '2009-01-09 HH:MM UTC'
* fedora community
* fedora pkgdb
=== 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 (March 2010 to May 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 ===
In "Rethinking PID 1", Lennart Poettering sketched out the design and
rationale for a new replacement of init and Upstart, and the entire boot
Richard W.M. Jones explained how to get a Windows VM to run a batch
file at boot time, as well as install a Windows service and
install a device driver, all remotely, using libguestfs.
Adam Williamson described the development and QA processes around the
latest X server and GLX releases (which resulted in an unstable latest
Jesus Rodriguez announced that Spacewalk 1.0, the upstream of Red Hat
Network Satellite, has been released.
Yaakov Nemoy explained one way of building a minimal desktop using
xmonad and slock.
Dan Williams posted "What you don't know about NetworkManager".
Daniel Walsh introduced the Fedora Kiosk spin. "Imagine a machine
sitting at a library, that had no operating system on it, except a
Mel Chua mentioned that the next Sugar-on-a-Stick release is being
smoke tested daily. "We need to come up with a better way of doing this
for v.4.0, so better test cases, test case/reporting management systems,
and Activity criteria (read: tests, please) are extremely welcome –
that’s all long-term, though."
Siddhesh Poyarekar found a way to find out how to trace network
connections to a process, in real time. "The obvious answer was
netstat/lsof, but the problem was that this application would be up for
merely seconds and he did not know when/where it started up. All he had
was his telnetd log telling him about the connections. So I decided to
go the SystemTap way..."
Bastien Nocera "Discussed as part of the GNOME-Shell design plans,
and at the Usability hackfest we had in London earlier this year, we
wanted to have icons that would only draw attention to themselves when
Justin O'Brien corrected the Fedora 11 EOL notice. Fedora 11's end
of life is currently scheduled for June 18, 2010, which is 30 days from
the release of Fedora 13.
== Marketing ==
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-04-28 to 2010-05-04.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Paul W. Frields announced that Red Hat press blog will include an entry
concerning Hardware Enablements in Fedora 13 and Robyn Bergeron make
sure that the content on Fedora wiki related to Hardware Enablements
were wiki friendly
Mel Chua gave us an update on Allegheny Team status and also wrote a
wiki page to keep everything ordered. Allegheny Students are planning
a early F13 release party as their term is coming to and end.
Nelson Marquez started an article for Gnome Journal in which he will
focus the synergy among Fedora and Gnome. Nelson also started a thread
very complex about Fedora Project in Portuguese. This is a passionate
topic and passionate comments were shared, but Mario Torre and then
Paul W. Frields tried to keep this as a productive debate.
Mel Chua did a lot of work for F13 spin websites, later on she
announced that F13 spin website were ready
As usual Marketing meeting happened and logs are avaliable
== 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
=== A quick look at what's coming with Fedora 13 (Linux Gazette) ===
Rahul Sundaram forwarded an insightful article with screenshots about
Fedora 13 beta highlights.
"My wish was to give you a quick first-hand look at the changes that
most users will start noticing right from the installation process. You
can take a more in-depth look at the major features coming out with
Fedora 13 at: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/13/FeatureList and
read its Release Notes draft. Be aware that we are dealing with a beta
version here, so expect issues and problems. I am not even recommending
that you install this beta version, but, if you do, keep an eye on
Fedora 13's Common Bugs page for workarounds and known issues."
The full post is available
== Artwork ==
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
=== Spin Websites ===
Mel Chua reported the remaining task of finishing the new spin web
pages "Freeze is Tuesday, so I believe that is the deadline we are
shooting for" then she reported the task completion "All right - it's
freeze day, and I *believe* we're good to ship" and asked for a sanity
check "Fresh eyeballs welcome; I've been staring at these pages way too
=== Hackergotchis ===
Papadeas Pierros, who recently took ownership of the hackergotchi
request service proposed a size change for those images used on
Planet Fedora "Considering that most people nowadays use big
resolutions on their screens I am proposing to change that 80x80 to
100x100 or even better on 120x120". Nicu Buculei, who used to take care
of those, pointed most of the images are larger than the minimum size
"All those years I made the hckergotchis at 96x96 :p " and agreed with
an increase, so Pierros updated the specification "OK if we are ok on
that I shall change the recommendation to 100x100 ~ 120x120 :)"
== Security Advisories ==
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
=== Fedora 13 Security Advisories ===
* openttd-1.0.1-1.fc13 -
* nano-2.2.4-1.fc13 -
* opendchub-0.8.2-2.fc13 -
* varnish-2.1.0-2.fc13 -
=== Fedora 12 Security Advisories ===
* opendchub-0.8.2-2.fc12 -
* nano-2.0.9-6.fc12 -
* openttd-1.0.1-1.fc12 -
* sudo-1.7.2p6-1.fc12 -
=== Fedora 11 Security Advisories ===
* opendchub-0.8.2-2.fc11 -
* openttd-1.0.1-1.fc11 -
* nano-2.0.9-1.fc11 -
* httpd-2.2.15-1.fc11.1 -
* sudo-1.7.2p6-1.fc11 -
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