Fedora Weekly News 226

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu May 20 12:30:36 UTC 2010

  * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 226
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
+ 1.1.2 Community Gaming Session 3 - armacycles-ad
# Board appointment
# FESCo and Fedora Project Board Elections - Town Hall Schedule
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Development News
# 2010-05-18 - F-13-Final go / no go meeting recap
* Meeting summary
* Action Items
* Action Items, by person
* People Present (lines said)
+ 1.1.4 Fedora Events
# Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 2010)
# Past Events
# Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 The five best things coming in Fedora 13 Linux (Computerworld)
+ 1.3.2 Fedora 13 - Ready to roll (My Broadband - South Africa)
+ 1.3.3 QA: Fedora Project Lead Paul Frields on the "Grown Up" Distro 
+ 1.3.4 Clearing the Air About MeeGo (ITWorld)
+ 1.3.5 Fedora 13 gives off plain vibe, but offers power and stability 
under the hood (ITWorld)
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 Fedora 13 Release Delayed
+ 1.4.2 Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks
+ 1.4.3 Documentation Page Translation
+ 1.4.4 New Documents Available for Translation
+ 1.4.5 Publican 1.6.3 Release
o 1.5 Artwork
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Supplemental Wallpapers
+ 1.5.2 The Archive
+ 1.5.3 Fedora 13 Release Posters
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 226 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 226[1] for the week ending May 19, 
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This week's issue kicks off with announcements from the Fedora Project, 
including details on the third Community Gaming Session, news of Jon 
Stanley joining the Fedora Project Board, and a series of upcoming Town 
Hall meetings for Fedora elections. In news from the Fedora Planet, a 
trip report from the Linux Audio Conference 2010 in Utrecht, news from 
Greg DeKoenigsberg's exciting new opportunities, and a continuation of 
discussion of target audiences for Fedora. We have lots to offer in 
Fedora In the News, including several more Fedora 13 reviews and 
experience pieces in the trade press and an exclusive interview with 
Paul W. Frields. Translation gets us up to date on Fedora 13 activities 
including a review of upcoming tasks, documentation translation and a 
new version of Publican. From the Design Team, updates on Fedora 14 
supplemental wallpapers, discussion of Fedora 13 release party posters, 
and discussion of an archive for the Fedora Project media. This week's 
issue is complete with Security Advisories, overviewing the 
security-related software packages released during the past week.

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[2] on the Internet Archive, though. If anyone is 
interested in helping spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

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/Issue226
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], selected announcements to the Fedora 
user list[2], development announcements[3] and Events[4].

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/users/
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/
4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events

--- Fedora Announcement News ---

---- Community Gaming Session 3 - armacycles-ad ----

Bruno Wolff III announced[1]:

"There will be another Fedora Community Gaming session this weekend. We 
will be playing armacyles-ad which is a light cycle game.

We will be starting at: UTC: 1700 Saturday May 22, 2010 EDT: 1pm 
Saturday May 22, 2010

The game has short rounds, so drop ins and outs should be easy to 
accomodate. I'll be hanging around at least two hours, and can let the 
server run as long as people want to play.

This game comes recommended by a third party, but I'm still acting as 
the organizer.

We'll meet pregame in #fedora-games . If any experienced players want to 
recommend server settings, please speak up in the pregame meet up. We'll 
also use in-game chat and I'll have Fedora Talk set up as well.

A bit more information is at [2]."

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-May/002811.html
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Community_Gaming#Upcoming_game_sessions

--- Board appointment ---

Paul W. Frields announced[1] a new appointment to the Fedora ProjectBoard:

"I'm pleased to announce that Jon Stanley will join the Fedora Project 
Board. He'll be seated along with the other newly elected and appointed 
Board members at the first meeting in June, which is an IRC public 
meeting. Jon brings several years of experience with the Fedora Project 
and also with FESCo, and is presently involved most closely with our 
Infrastructure team.

As part of the normal Board succession process[2], a Board appointment 
is made before elections for the elected Board seats take place. 
Elections will begin on 2010-05-20 UTC 0001, as shown on the Fedora 
wiki's Elections page[3]. All community members are encouraged to cast 
votes for the Board and for FESCo up until the elections close on 
2010-05-26 UTC 2359. After the end of elections, a final appointment 
will be made to the remaining Board seat."

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-May/002803.html
2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board_succession_planning
3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections

--- FESCo and Fedora Project Board Elections - Town Hall Schedule ---

Robyn Bergeron announced[1] upcoming town hall meetings regarding 
upcoming Fedora Project elections:

"As many of you know, the FESCo and Board elections are right around the 

In each election cycle, a series of town hall meetings is conducted to 
give the community an opportunity to ask the candidates questions - and 
hear their answers - on IRC. The town halls for each election are held 
twice, to allow for participation by community members in varying time 

The town hall schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 14, 2010 - FESCo town hall - 16:00 UTC (12:00pm US Eastern)

Monday, May 17, 2010 - Fedora Project Board town hall - 00:00 UTC 
(8:00pm US Eastern, -SUNDAY-, May 16)

Monday, May 17, 2010 - Fedora Project Board town hall - 17:00 UTC 
(1:00pm US Eastern)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - FESCo town hall - 02:00 UTC (10:00pm US 
Eastern, -TUESDAY-, May 18)

The town hall schedule, as well as important information about how you 
can participate in the town halls via IRC, can be seen on the wiki at[2].

For more details on the elections and candidates, please visit[3].

I'm hoping for an excellent community turnout for these town halls - I 
encourage everyone to join in and participate.


1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-May/002809.html
2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections#IRC_Town_Halls
3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections

--- Fedora Development News ---

---- 2010-05-18 - F-13-Final go / no go meeting recap ----

James Laska sent log summaries[1] of the Fedora 13 final go/no go meeting:

Meeting started by jlaska at 23:58:40 UTC. The full logs are available[2]

---- Meeting summary ----

* Waiting for critical mass (jlaska, 23:59:07)

* Why are we here? (jlaska, 00:03:40)

* The purpose is to decide whether the Final release criteria have
been met (jlaska, 00:04:10)
(jlaska, 00:04:16)

* Go or No Go? (jlaska, 00:04:42)

* LINK: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=587627 (adamw,
* LINK: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=592345 (jlaska,
* 1 remaining preupgrade bug -- fix needed by F-13 GA (jlaska,
* AGREED: F-12 preupgrade packages don't impact decision to go / no go
(jlaska, 00:19:17)
* Validation test summary -
(jlaska, 00:20:34)
* AGREED: F-13-RC3 meets Final release criteria - Go for launch!
(jlaska, 00:24:58)

* What's next? (jlaska, 00:25:17)



< -- who is this guy? (ender2070, 00:27:37)
* ACTION: jlaska to sync up with hughsi to see if he needs more
testing on F-12 preupgrade (jlaska, 00:29:40)

Meeting ended at 00:30:47 UTC.

---- Action Items ----

* jlaska to sync up with hughsi to see if he needs more testing on F-12


---- Action Items, by person ----

* jlaska

* jlaska to sync up with hughsi to see if he needs more testing on
F-12 preupgrade


* (none)

---- People Present (lines said) ----

* jlaska (69)
* adamw (27)
* Oxf13 (17)
* ender2070 (5)
* fenris02 (5)
* MiKylie (5)
* zodbot (3)
* stickster (3)
* gholms (2)
* poelcat (2)
* nirik (1)
* hno (1)
* McGiwer (1)


--- 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)[1]
* Central & South America (LATAM) [2]
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q1_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29
2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q4_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29

---- 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 
* 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[1] - an 
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition of 
the Planet Fedora covers the past two weeks.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

--- General ---

Venkatesh Hariharan wrote[1] an article entitled "Open Source offers 
more to CIOs" for IT Next magazine in India's "Moneywise" column.

Lennart Poettering attended[2] the Linux Audio Conference 2010 in 
Utrecht and came away with some interesting ideas about how to make the 
two work well together. "even many pro audio folks are not sure what 
Jack does that PulseAudio doesn't do and what PulseAudio does that Jack 
doesn't do; why they are not competing, why you cannot replace one by 
the other, and why merging them (at least in the short term) might not 
make immediate sense. In other words, why millions of phones on this 
world run PulseAudio and not Jack, and why a music studio running 
PulseAudio is crack."

Lennart also mentioned[3] that systemd now has its own website, mailing 
list, Bugzilla component and new git repositories.

David Lutterkort offered[4] a top for using augeas to add users to a group.

Richard W.M. Jones shared a number of tips, including how to collect and 
use core dumps[5], using guestfish to extract ISO images without needing 
to be root[6] and using git's cherry-pick carefully apply individual 
fixes or patches to a codebase[7].

Daniel Berrange wrote[8] a[9] series[10] of[11] articles on provisioning 
KVM virtual machines on iSCSI, both using QNAP and virt-manager and "the 
hard way" (without).

The Red Hat Press Office posted[12] a piece giving an overview of some 
of the major changes being introduced to the kernel as part of RHEL 6. 
Lubomir Rintel added[13] a request for people to help test the beta.

Greg DeKoenigsberg has decided[14] to leave Red Hat to join the 
Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) as 
their CTO. Greg added "I’ll still be around Fedora, don’t worry about 
that; you can't get rid of me that easily."

Seth Vidal believes[15] that he is one of the dissidents mentioned in 
Greg's outgoing blog post, and wrote about some of the ways in which 
these "dissidents" can be used to help or hinder Fedora.

Stephen Smoogen continued[16] the discussion of "target audiences" in 

Jakub Hrozek explained[17] how to use MALLOC_PERTURB_ to help find 
memory-management bugs.

Dan Williams wrote[18] a D-Bus-for-beginners style writeup. "Every so 
often I get questions about D-Bus and I end up giving a mini-lesson on 
what D-Bus is and how it’s used. It took me a while to wrap my head 
around D-Bus long ago so I don’t expect everyone to pick up D-Bus like 
Yo-Yo Ma sight-reading. So this is D-Bus, simplified."

Karel Zak described[19] how Linux and its partitioning and file system 
creation tools handle hard disks 4096-byte sectors.

Karsten Wade applauded[20] a post to the Fedora developer list about how 
to send sensible e-mails.

2. http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/when-pa-and-when-not.html
3. http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd-website.html
4. http://watzmann.net/blog/2010/05/augeas-append-users.html
5. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/quick-tip-learn-to-love-core-dumps/
7. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/git-cherry-pick-wins/
13. http://v3.sk/~lkundrak/blog/entries/rhel6-beta.html
14. http://gregdekspeaks.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/hold-on-loosely/
15. http://skvidal.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/dissidents/
16. http://smoogespace.blogspot.com/2010/05/target-audiences.html
17. http://jhrozek.livejournal.com/1755.html
18. http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2010/05/07/eat-burgers-on-the-short-bus/
19. http://karelzak.blogspot.com/2010/05/4096-byte-sector-hard-drives.html

-- 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[1]


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- The five best things coming in Fedora 13 Linux (Computerworld) ---

Kara Schlitz forwarded[2] an article from ComputerWorld from 2010-05-18:

"When Fedora 13, Goddard, is released on May 25, it's not going to be 
your usual Fedora Linux release. In the past, Fedora has been seen as a 
great Linux distribution for Linux experts. Paul W. Frields, the Fedora 
Project leader, told me though that this release is more 
new-user-friendly and that is no longer just for experienced Linux 
users. Based on my early look at this Red Hat community Linux 
distribution, I agree."

The full post is available[3].

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-May/012873.html

--- Fedora 13 - Ready to roll (My Broadband - South Africa) ---

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] an article last week from a South African blog:

"For desktop users there are a number of key additions in Fedora 13. 
Chief among these are the automatic print driver installations. Although 
there have long been print drivers available for Linux for a wide range 
of hardware, it has typically been difficult for inexperienced users to 
install these. Fedora 13 will now automatically offer to install 
appropriate drivers when a new printer is plugged in.

Fedora 13 also includes a number of desktop enhancements, including the 
Shotwell photo manager, Deja-dup backup software, the Pino 
Twitter/Identi.ca client and the Simple Scan scanning application."

The full post is available[2]

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-May/012855.html
2. http://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/12379-Fedora---Ready-roll.html

--- QA: Fedora Project Lead Paul Frields on the "Grown Up" Distro 
(Linux.com) ---

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an interview with Fedora Project leader 
Paul W. Frields on Fedora 13:

"Henry Kingman today shares with the Linux.com community his exclusive 
interview with Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields. Frields goes into 
detail on the upcoming Fedora 13 release, his decision to transition out 
of the Project Leader position and how many contributors to Fedora are 
being paid by Red Hat, among many other topics. Grab a cup of coffee for 
this in-depth discussion."

The full article is available[2].

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-May/012871.html

--- Clearing the Air About MeeGo (ITWorld) ---

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an article on the Fedora Project's 
relationship to MeeGo:

"And there's more evidence that the situation is not as dire as I 
painted earlier this week. Fedora Community Manager Paul Frields got 
back to me this morning with a very detailed status update on how MeeGo 
fits within the Fedora Project. I'll just get out of the way and let you 
read the bulk of his reply:

The Fedora Project, and particularly our special interest group for 
small devices, the Fedora Mini SIG, has substantial interest in MeeGo as 
a next-generation platform. The Mini SIG is following the MeeGo work to 
see how we can integrate its revolutionary interface and other 
development to provide an enhanced user experience for small devices in 
Fedora. This is made easier by the high degree of remixability and 
upstream compatibility that Fedora maintains..."

The full post is available[2]

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-May/012830.html
2. http://www.itworld.com/open-source/107799/clearing-air-about-meego

--- Fedora 13 gives off plain vibe, but offers power and stability under 
the hood (ITWorld) ---

Ryan Rix forwarded[1] on experience using Fedora 13 since initial release:

"I have been using Fedora 13 since the initial alpha release, and have 
been very impressed with the stability of this platform to date. And I 
don't have to make allowances for this being a pre-release product: I 
can honestly say that I have never seen a more stable alpha-to-beta 
series of releases in a Linux distro. I have seen just two -- count 'em 
-- two bugs, both minor, and both gone now, so I won't even detail them. 
That seems a very small point, but to me that points to a level of 
craftsmanship that shows up in other aspects of this distribution."

The full post is available[2]

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-May/012829.html

-- Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

--- Fedora 13 Release Delayed ---

As a result of the 1 week delay in the Fedora 13 Release[1], the 
documentation and website related tasks have also been delayed 
accordingly[2]. Hence, an additional week is now available for the 
translation tasks related to these projects.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-May/002806.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007633.html

--- Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks ---

John Poelstra informed[1] 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. However, Noriko 
Mizumoto pointed out[2] that the schedule may need to be revised due to 
the slippage in the Fedora 13 Release date.
-- Documentation Page Translation

The Fedora Documentation website, docs.fedoraproject.org can now be 
translated[3]. The welcome page and other components are available under 
the docsite-publican module on translate.fedoraproject.org.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007646.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007647.html
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007626.html

--- New Documents Available for Translation ---

SELinux FAQ[1], Managing Confined Services Guide[2], and Wireless 
Guide[3] are now available for translation via translate.fedoraproject.org.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007629.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007631.html
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007630.html

--- Publican 1.6.3 Release ---

Ruediger Landmann announced[1] the release of Publican 1.6.3. This is a 
bug fix release and addresses several issues related to tags and string 
division. However, considering the upcoming release of Fedora 13, the 
Guide owners have been advised not to refresh the .POT files of their 
books with publican 1.6.3, as this would break the books.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-May/007639.html

-- Artwork --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team[1].

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

--- Fedora 14 Supplemental Wallpapers ---

With Fedora 13 almost out of the door, is the time to start planning the 
next release, so Máirín Duffy proposed[1] for this release cycle to take 
care about something that missed in Fedora 13 "We missed included 
supplemental wallpapers again in F13. I feel really badly about this. I 
think if we start looking for some early on as we also think about the 
default theme we'll be better on track to make sure we make it happen 
for F14" and Martin Sourada went further[2] with the planning "I've 
added key milestones [1] for it (without exact dates yet) and added a 
respective section to the main F14 Artwork wiki page and created a 
sub-page for the submissions."

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002480.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002482.html

--- The Archive ---

Henrik Heigl proposed[1] the Archive project "for some time we all 
working on tasks where we reuse templates, pictures, Textual templates, 
etc. for all kind of work. But there is no place where we keep that 
collected work, that snippets of small peaces that could be reused in 
other ways.[...] The idea is to collect these pieces out there in one 
place to reuse them for other work and not to invent the wheel new every 
time ;-)"

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002483.html

--- Fedora 13 Release Posters ---

Máirín Duffy reminded[1] about one of the last remaining tasks for 
Fedora 13 "Is anyone interested in designing a release party poster for 
F13?" and provided samples from past releases and María Leandro started 
playing with mockups[2]. Máirín proposed[3] one derivative version as final.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002495.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002501.html
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-May/002502.html

-- Security Advisories --

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---

* dvipng-1.13-1.fc13 - 
* postgresql-8.4.4-1.fc13 - 
* texlive-2007-51.fc13 - 
* quake3-1.36-7.svn1783.fc13 - 
* qt-4.6.2-17.fc13 - 
* php-ZendFramework-1.10.4-1.fc13 - 
* mysql-5.1.46-1.fc13 - 
* xar-1.5.2-6.fc13 - 
* lighttpd-1.4.26-2.fc13 - 
* boa-0.94.14-0.15.rc21.fc13 - 

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

* kernel- - 
* dvipng-1.13-1.fc12 - 
* postgresql-8.4.4-1.fc12 - 
* texlive-2007-48.fc12 - 
* quake3-1.36-7.svn1783.fc12 - 
* qt-4.6.2-17.fc12 - 
* mysql-5.1.46-1.fc12 - 
* php-ZendFramework-1.10.4-1.fc12 - 
* mod_auth_shadow-2.2-8.fc12 - 
* lighttpd-1.4.26-2.fc12 - 
* xar-1.5.2-6.fc12 - 
* boa-0.94.14-0.15.rc21.fc12 - 

--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

* postgresql-8.3.11-1.fc11 - 
* dvipng-1.13-1.fc11 - 
* texlive-2007-47.fc11 - 
* qt-4.6.2-17.fc11 - 
* php-ZendFramework-1.10.4-1.fc11 - 
* mysql-5.1.46-1.fc11 - 
* mod_auth_shadow-2.2-8.fc11 - 
* xar-1.5.2-6.fc11 - 
* boa-0.94.14-0.15.rc21.fc11 - 
* lighttpd-1.4.26-2.fc11 - 

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