Fedora Weekly News 225
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 225
o 1.1 Fedora In the News
+ 1.1.1 What Will Fedora 14 Linux be Named? (InternetNews.com)
+ 1.1.2 Nearing The Release Of Fedora 13 (Phoronix)
+ 1.1.3 Fedora 13 to be Released in Two Weeks (BestTechie.net
+ 1.1.4 Fedora 13 Expands Linux Virtualization
o 1.2 Ambassadors
+ 1.2.1 Fedora present in Greece events
+ 1.2.2 Campus Ambassadors up and running
+ 1.2.3 Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Fedora 13 testing
+ 1.3.2 Test Days
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 Anaconda bug
+ 1.4.2 Fedora Website Translation Issues
+ 1.4.3 System-Config-Printer Branched
+ 1.4.4 Spacewalk Added to translate.fedoraproject.org
+ 1.4.5 SSSD Update
+ 1.4.6 Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks
+ 1.4.7 Updates in the Release Notes
+ 1.4.8 New Members in FLP
o 1.5 Artwork
+ 1.5.1 Media Art
+ 1.5.2 Starting the Fedora 14 Process
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
o 1.7 Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding
+ 1.7.1 Deadlines for ideas and proposals approaching
+ 1.7.2 Program signs new community sponsors
+ 1.7.3 FAQ updated
+ 1.7.4 Search for sponsors continues
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 225 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 225 for the week ending May 12,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This week's issue kicks off with Fedora In the News, offering coverage
of Fedora in the trade press over the past week. Stories include
coverage of Fedora 14 naming and Fedora 13 highlights and features. In
Ambassador news, coverage of Fedora's participation in a recent FOSS
event in Greece. In Quality Assurance news, details on the latest Fedora
13 testing processes and results, and reports on two Test Days on
Preupgrade Kit and Xfce. In Translation news, details on a discovered
i18n bug in Anaconda, various translation activities for packages and
nine new members of the Fedora Localization Project for Brazilian
Portuguese, German, Czech, Greek and Slovak languages. In Design team
news, updates on Fedora 13 readiness items such as media art and
starting the Fedora 14 process. Security Advisories covers
security-related patches released in the past week for currently
supported versions of Fedora. This week's issue is completed with more
great updates on the Fedora Summer Coding project, including upcoming
deadlines, new sponsor details, and an updated FAQ. Read on with FWN 225!
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- 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
--- What Will Fedora 14 Linux be Named? (InternetNews.com) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a post on the process of choosing a name for
the next version of Fedora:
"Some Linux distributions are named by benevolent-dictators-for-life
(Ubuntu). In the case of Fedora, the choice of distro name is one that
is voted on (and suggested) by the community."
The full post is available
--- Nearing The Release Of Fedora 13 (Phoronix) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded an article last week from Phoronix:
"The screenshots you see in this article are taken from a Fedora 13
nightly snapshot via compose on 2010-05-06 and represent what the final
Fedora 13 "Goddard" experience should look like. Some of our favorite
features for Fedora 13 include Btrfs system rollback support, Nouveau's
Classic Mesa and Gallium3D drivers being readily available, Anaconda
installer improvements, better DisplayPort support for open-source
graphics drivers, the GNOME 2.30 desktop (and KDE 4.4 too), many package
updates, and NetworkManager improvements.
Going forward, the codename for Fedora 14 will be announced next week
and developers will quickly be turning their attention to this next Red
Hat release. The final release of Fedora 14 is tentatively scheduled for
release on the 26th of October, but we would be surprised if it is not
pushed back into early November per the usual Fedora milestone delays.
Fedora 14 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.0, KDE 4.5, the Linux
2.6.35/2.6.36 kernel, GCC 4.5, and X.Org Server 1.9."
The full post is available
--- Fedora 13 to be Released in Two Weeks (BestTechie.net ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded
"Among the features that I am looking forward to seeing in the 13.0
release of Fedora is the integration of a feature vastly similar to
Apple’s Time-Machine. This implementation will give users the ability to
back up their files and operating system onto another partition, and
boot into said snapshot if necessary. This backup system will also give
the users the ability to create a snapshot whenever a package is
installed via Yum (the package manager used by Fedora), ensuring a much
more stable operating system. Further, I feel that the implementation of
this feature suggests that the Fedora distribution, and many other
distributions for that matter, are beginning to become more and more
user friendly. This is important because down the road it could lead to
a Linux gaining higher market-shares, and potentially being used by a
greater number of home users."
The full post is available
--- Fedora 13 Expands Linux Virtualization ---
Jonathan Nalley forwarded a post on Fedora 13's virtualization
"Virtualization technology has long found a home in Red Hat's Fedora
community Linux distribution. Ever since Fedora 4 emerged in 2005,
virtualization technologies have continued to advance in the distro and
that remains the case with the upcoming Fedora 13 release set for later
The full article is available.
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora present in Greece events ---
Christos Bacharachis reports on Fedora's participation in the recent
Fosscomm 2010 event in April in Thessaloniki, Greece. Fosscom is the
largest annual FOSS conference in Greece and, according to Christos, the
Greek Fedora team was there and had a great time and presence.
This year the Fedora booth was much bigger than in 2009, with seven
ambassadors/contributors, one contributor from the marketing team, one
female translator "and one beautiful girl who is helping continuously
fedora without being registered anywhere," according to Christos. About
500 people attended this year, giving the Fedora team a wonderful chance
to inform people about Fedora, our new Greek Fedora forum and how to
become a Fedora contributor.
Christos' blog can be found here.
Also, Giannis Konstantinidis reports that he gave a presentation to
about 30 attendees at his school in Thessaloniki, Greece. Giannis
started with a presentation talking about Fedora, which turned into a
small workshop in the school's computer laboratory.
Photos can be found here.
Giannis' blog report, in English, can be found here.
--- Campus Ambassadors up and running ---
The Fedora Project's Campus Ambassadors program is up and running, and
is looking for participants. If you're a high school or college student
who wants to help promote Fedora on your campus, this is the place for you.
For more information, visit
--- Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities ---
With the release of Fedora 13 Goddard right around the corner,
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
--- Fedora 13 testing ---
The QA group has spent the last two weeks almost entirely engaged in
Fedora 13 testing, with the release cycle nearing its end. Testing of
the test compose (TC1) began on 2010-04-29, with as usual
installation and desktop validation tests.
Thanks to this testing and also more general long-term Fedora 13 use, a
large pool of release blocking bugs built up, with over 60 release
blocking bugs needing to be addressed before final release could be
considered. At the regular blocker bug review meetings, the group -
along with the development and release engineering groups - gradually
tackled this set of bugs until the list was eventually cleared for the
RC1 release on 2010-05-07, only a day behind the planned schedule.
RC1 testing - installation and desktop - was generally positive,
but two issues led to the release of a minimally-changed RC2. RC2
installation and desktop testing was again mostly positive, but
identified a bug with NFS installation, which at the 2010-05-12
go/no-go meeting was agreed to be potentially significant enough to
delay the final release. The slip was announced on 2010-05-12; a RC3
build will now be provided by the release engineering team for QA
testing during the next few days and, we hope, validation for release on
--- Test Days ---
The final two Test Days of the Fedora 13 release cycle were Preupgrade
Test Day on Thursday 2010-04-29, followed by Xfce Test Day on
Friday 2010-04-30. Rui He provided a recap of the preupgrade Test
Day, reporting that "many bugs/problems were found out in different
conditions during preupgrading." Only one dedicated Xfce enthusiast -
thank you, Nathan! - provided a full set of Xfce test results, but these
indicated that everything was working correctly.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Anaconda bug ---
Pablo Martin-Gomez informed about an i18n related bug in Anaconda,
that prevented the 'Previous/Next' buttons due to overlapping of text.
Translators have been requested to check if the bug affects their
language and to correct them for the next build of Anaconda.
--- Fedora Website Translation Issues ---
Noriko Mizumoto reported about some strings from the Fedora Website
pages that were missing from the .PO files. It was discovered that these
strings were not marked for translation earlier. Sijis Aviles corrected
the error and also fixed some incorrect strings.
--- System-Config-Printer Branched ---
A new branch, 1.2.x has been created for the system-config-printer
module. This branch would be used for Fedora 13.
--- Spacewalk Added to translate.fedoraproject.org ---
The Spacewalk project has now been added to
translate.fedoraproject.org. The project contains multiple files that
are required to be translated.
--- SSSD Update ---
The maintainer of SSSD, Stephen Gallagher announced the upcoming release
of SSSD 1.2.0 which would require updates to the translation, due to new
and changed strings. The module is available for translation on
--- Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks ---
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora
13. At present, translation of the nightly builds of the F13 Release
Notes .POT files and GA Announcement are on schedule.
--- Updates in the Release Notes ---
John J. McDonough announced a few changes that have been made to the
Fedora 13 Release Notes. This adds a new section and fixes some typos
which were breaking some links in the document.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Wolfgang Marcos (Brazilian Portuguese), Nelson Marques
(Portuguese), Nikos Vasileiadis(Greek), Fabio Abreu (Brazilian
Portuguese), Julian Weißgerber (German), Tomas Hykel (Czech),
Miroslav Suchý (Czech), Xaver Hellauer (German), Jan Ferko
(Slovak)  joined the Fedora Localization Project recently.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Media Art ---
Paul Frields inquired about the status of one of the last pieces
needed for the Fedora 13 release, media art "Who's got the ball on this
one?" a task who was already accomplished by Alexander Smirnov. Clint
Savage noticed the wiki is not updated and the design needs more
tweaks and Alexander quickly solved the problem.
--- Starting the Fedora 14 Process ---
With the work for Fedora 13 almost done, and the codename for Fdora 14
selected, is the time to look forward to the next release and Martin
Sourada started announced the opening of the concept submission
stage "so the codename for F14 has been decided -- Laughlin, so it's the
right time to let the F14 Artwork's ball rolling". Onyeibo Oku, Robyn
Bergeron, Máirín Duffy, Nelson Marques and Henrik Heigl
provided insight about the name meaning, from physics scientists, to
Irishmen, to gambling cities to Vikings and more.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* couchdb-0.10.2-1.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* couchdb-0.10.2-1.fc12 -
* amsn-0.98.3-1.fc12 -
* sahana-0.6.3-1.fc12 -
* nss_db-2.2-47.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* couchdb-0.10.2-1.fc11 -
* nss_db-2.2-46.fc11 -
-- Special topic: Fedora Summer Coding --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Summer Coding
Contributing Writer: Karsten Wade
--- Deadlines for ideas and proposals approaching ---
The schedule for Summer Coding 2010 has two important upcoming deadlines.
* Mentors must have all ideas in by 13 May.
* Students must have all proposals in by 20 May.
In addition, the deadline for sponsors to pledge funding is 21 May.
This gives the mentors a week to decide which projects to fund based on
the sponsor pool available.
--- Program signs new community sponsors ---
In an email to the Summer Coding SIG, Karsten Wade wrote, "Indifex
(http://indifex.com) / Transifex (http://transifex.net) have signed on
as community sponsors. Indifex is a company that was created to
initially develop Transifex, the web-based translation management
interface. We use it at http://translate.fedoraproject.org, as do
many other projects (Moblin/MeeGo, XFCE, LXDE, and so on.) Many more
projects host on transifex.net. The initial coding work for Transifex
was done by Dimitris Glezos as a Fedora GSoC project in 2007, further
code was developed under later GSoC projects for Fedora (with Dimitris
mentoring one), and this year Transifex has GSoC students of their
own. The Indifex team are 2/3rds former GSoC students and now
mentors. I'm proud they are interested in supporting Fedora Summer Coding."
In addition, JBoss.org is another community sponsor. A community sponsor
is, "any other FOSS project that lends support to our program," Karsten
wrote. For example, as a community sponsor JBoss.org is "growing the
breadth and depth of our ideas page, providing mentoring expertise and
access to upstream projects, (and) there is also an FSC 2010 banner
prominently displayed on the http://jboss.org front page."
--- FAQ updated ---
Over the course of the program so far, the SIG has compiled a list of
frequently asked questions (FAQ). These are answers to real questions
that have arisen on the mailing list and IRC channel, regarding both
the 2010 session and the program overall.
--- Search for sponsors continues ---
The search for sponsors continues, as the funding pool directly affects
how many proposals can be funded.
Karsten Wade wrote, "If you work for or with an organization,
business, foundation, non-profit, etc. that benefits from a better
Fedora Project … consider if you have some budget to help fund a student
- end FWN 225 -
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