Fedora Weekly News 242
pcalarco at nd.edu
Thu Sep 9 02:49:54 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 242
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 188.8.131.52 Open Seat on the Fedora Packaging Committee
# 184.108.40.206 Please remember to update rawhide
# 220.127.116.11 Please remember to update rawhide
# 18.104.22.168 New Bugzilla URL to create Fedora
Review Requests coming
# 22.214.171.124 All Features 100% Complete by 2010-09-14
# 126.96.36.199 Fedora 14 Beta Change Deadline 2010-09-14
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 188.8.131.52 Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 2010)
# 184.108.40.206 Past Events
# 220.127.116.11 Additional information
o 1.2 Fedora In the News
+ 1.2.1 Calling all Fedora packrats and swag collectors
+ 1.2.2 A Guide to Today's Top 10 Linux Distributions
+ 1.2.3 Ksplice for Fedora Linux now available for free
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.3.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.3.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Proven testers
+ 1.4.3 Outdated Firefox package in Fedora 14
+ 1.4.4 Bugzilla voting disabled
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 14 Release Notes Draft Available
+ 1.5.3 Libguestfs Man Pages Ready for Translation
+ 1.5.4 Proposed Process to Make Non-English
Documentation Available for Translation
+ 1.5.5 New Members and Sponsors in FLP
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 242 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 242 for the week ending September
8, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue begins with Fedora Development announcements, including an
opportunity to serve on the Fedora Packaging Committee, a reminder to
update rawhide, a new Bugzilla URL for Fedora Review Requests, and
details on the upcoming feature complete date for Fedora 14. In 'Fedora
In the News', a call for pre-2007 Fedora swag to help protect the
community trademarks, an article in PC World on Fedora and other
distros, and availability of Ksplice in Fedora. Ambassadors is up next,
with details on new Fedora Ambassadors from this past week, and
wonderful summaries of both the Fedora Ambassadors and Ambassadors
Steering Committee list discussions. In Quality Assurance news, details
on the most recent and upcoming Test Days, and updates on the Proven
Testers effort. In Translation news, details on Fedora 14 tasks and
release notes drafts, libguestfs man pages translation, and details on a
collaborative effort with the Docs team to define a process for making
non-English documentation available for translation. Our issue finishes
with security advisories over the past week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14.
Enjoy FWN 242!
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
--- Fedora Development News ---
The fedora development news list is intended to be a low traffic
announce-only list for Fedora development.
* Acceptable Types of Announcements
- Policy or process changes that affect developers. - Infrastructure
changes that affect developers. - Tools changes that affect developers.
- Schedule changes - Freeze reminders
* Unacceptable Types of Announcements
- Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule) - Discussion
- Anything else not mentioned above
---- Open Seat on the Fedora Packaging Committee ----
Tom "spot" Callaway on Wed Sep 1 20:10:00 UTC 2010 announced,
"The Fedora Packaging Committee has an open seat. Are you interested in
helping to decide the packaging standards and guidelines for Fedora? Are
you familiar with the inner workings of RPM and its spec file magic? Do
you make the wiki cry? Does trac tremble in your wake? Are you
clinically insane? (Well, the last one isn't mandatory, but it helps.)
Members of the Fedora Packaging Committee get:
* My neverending gratitude
* The ability to tell people "I'm on the Fedora Packaging Committee"
* Good karma
The FPC meets weekly on IRC, Tuesdays at 1600 UTC
If you're interested in this seat, please email me."
1. Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
3. tcallawa at redhat.com
---- Please remember to update rawhide ----
Kyle McMartin from the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee on Thu
Sep 2 01:02:43 UTC 2010 announced,
"FESCo has heard a few complaints of cases where packages were newer
(insome cases several versions newer) in F-14 than in rawhide. So this
is just a friendly reminder that you should be updating rawhide
(dist-f15) in addition to branched (dist-f14.) Inheritence from F-14
into rawhide isn't automatic if there's been a separate build in
dist-f15 since the branching, so please keep in mind updating rawhide as
While I'm reminding, just another friendly reminder that you must submit
update requests using bodhi for updates in F-14 as well, as there has
been a bit of confusion about that as well."
1. Kyle McMartin kyle at mcmartin.ca
---- Please remember to update rawhide ----
Tom Lane on Thu Sep 2 14:43:40 UTC 2010 announced,
"Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> writes: > When you do an update
in F-14 and rely on inheritance to get the package into rawhide, there
is a problem. That package will not go to rawhide until it hits stable
... um ... and why exactly is that the policy?'
> That means, for the typical F-14 workflow of:
* build for f14.
* Push to testing in f14
* Wait one to two weeks for the package to receive some testing
* Push to stable
> rawhide is left with an older inherited build until it is pushed to
Which is why this shouldn't be the policy. Rawhide should inherit the
latest completed build. It's rawhide, after all."
1. Tom Lane tgl at redhat.com
---- New Bugzilla URL to create Fedora Review Requests coming ----
Till Maas on Sat Sep 4 20:54:32 UTC 2010 announced,
"probably on 2010-09-09 the Bugzilla URL to create new Fedora Review
Requests will change to remove one more relict of the former Fedora
Core/ Extras split. The new URL will be:
Please remember to update your bookmarks. More information about this
change can be found in Bug 246071:
If you know other locations than the Fedora wiki page about the Package
Review Process , that link to the current URL, please tell me."
1. Till Maas opensource at till.name
---- All Features 100% Complete by 2010-09-14 ----
John Poelstra on Tue Sep 7 14:30:54 UTC 2010 announced,
"Hello Feature People,
According to our schedule, seven days from today is Feature Complete for
On September 14, 2010, all features must be 100% complete (not including
bug fixes). Features that are not 100% complete will be sent to FESCo
for further review. Please take time now to update your feature page to
reflect all of the work completed for Fedora 14. Unfinished items can be
rolled forward to a new page for Fedora 15.
A friendly reminder that the feature pages list below are not at 100%
           
p.s. All feature owners for the features listed above have been bcc'd on
1. John Poelstra poelstra at redhat.com
---- Fedora 14 Beta Change Deadline 2010-09-14 ----
John Poelstra on Tue Sep 7 21:59:19 UTC 2010 announced,
"In addition, to next Tuesday (2010-09-14) being the Feature Complete
deadline for Fedora 14, it is also the Beta Change Deadline.
"At the change deadline, pushes to the branched development repository
are suspended until the release candidate is accepted."
More about what this means is here:"
1. John Poelstra poelstra at redhat.com
--- 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 (Sept 2010 - November 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
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- 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
-- Calling all Fedora packrats and swag collectors (networkworld.com)
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a post regarding Fedora trademark protection:
"If you are still holding on to an old Fedora CD, T-shirt,
logo-emblazoned mouse pad - or pretty much anything bearing the
trademark - Red Hat would appreciate your assistance in asserting the
Fedora community's legal rights."
The full post is available.
--- A Guide to Today's Top 10 Linux Distributions (PC World) ---
Kara Schiltz forwarded an article discussing innovations in Fedora 14
"Fedora is the free version of Red Hat, whose RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise
Linux) has been a commercial product since 2003. Because of that close
connection, Fedora is particularly strong on enterprise features, and it
often offers them before RHEL does.
Fedora also offers a six-month release schedule, and its security
features are excellent. While some have viewed it as a cutting-edge
distro for the Linux "hobbyist," I think improvements over the years and
widespread popularity have combined to make it a good choice for newer
Linux users as well."
The full post is also available.
--- Ksplice for Fedora Linux now available for free (ZDNet UK) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded an article about Ksplice:
"Ksplice is being offered for free to users of Fedora, the free Linux
distribution supported by Red Hat. There are future plans to have it
integrated into the Fedora distribution as well. I'm not sure if this is
a limited time offer or permanent for Fedora"
The full post is also available
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---
The Fedora Ambassadors Project saw a couple of new Ambassadors joining
in after undergoing to mentoring process.
Aurelie Chreng joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from the United
Kingdom mentored by Mathieu Bridon
Ahmed Abdo Mohamed joined  The Fedora Ambassadors Project from the
United Kingdom mentored by Robert Scheck
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Ankur Sinha asked  about the need for the drop-down on the
Ambassadors Map  page. Susmit Shannigrahi replied  explaining his
initial goal and also provided  link to the source requesting anyone
to extend it. Máirín Duffy suggested  the possibility of showing the
full page by default and pointed out  an example. Susmit responded
 saying that he would get to it if time permits
Jukka Palander reminded  Ambassadors about the need for more votes to
be able to obtain a Fedora Workshop at the Open Source World Conference 
Ankur Sinha reported  that Planet Fedora on identi.ca  was not
displaying updates and was possibly broken. Susmit Shannigrahi confirmed
 the fact and fixed it and requested that it be observed for any
such incidents in the future
Edgar Rodolfo provided an update  about the Fedora Community in Peru
mentioning that Henry Anchante had decided to leave the Fedora
Community. The update however did bring forward the issue of writing
mails to the Ambassador list in English 
David Ramsey posted  meeting notes and side notes from the APAC
meeting on 2010-09-05
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
Sankarshan posted  to the list asking whether FAmSCo and other
Steering Committees introspect and discuss about the positive changes
that they bring about.
David Nalley responded  with his view on the question. He also copied
the Ambassadors list as the discussion would be of interes
Joerg Simon mentioned  that he had responded  on the advisory
Joerg Simon posted  about a violation of the Ambassadors Conduct by
Luke Slater with specific mention of the content of the blog post.
Luke apologized  about his post which he said that he had removed
from the blog.
Joerg Simon informed  that FAmSCo meeting 2010-09-06 was adjourned
due to holidays in the US
Joerg Simon posted  the minutes from the Fedora Ambassadors Mentors
Meeting held on 2010-09-06
-- Quality Assurance --
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 Days ---
Last week's Test Day on 2010-09-02 was on preupgrade, the Fedora
in-place upgrade system. There was a good turnout for the Test Day, and
it exposed several serious bugs to be resolved for the Beta and final
releases of Fedora 14. Rui He provided a recap of the event with a
list of the bugs discovered.
This week's Test Day on systemd, the new initialization system
being introduced in Fedora 14, has happened already, since it was moved
up from the usual Thursday slot to Tuesday 2010-09-07. A great turnout
of testers exercised systemd extensively and did a good job of
discovering bugs to be fixed. Even though the test day itself is past,
further testing of systemd would be valuable, so if you have some free
time, do check out the page and contribute your results!
Next week's Test Day on 2010-09-16 will be on translations and
keyboard layout support in the Fedora installer. These features are key
for Fedora users outside the United States, which is most of you! As
always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC
channel. You can help out with testing using a live image or a virtual
machine, so there's no need to alter your main system, although some of
the tests do require you to complete an installation and check the
installed system. Please drop by and help make sure as many languages
and keyboard layouts as possible will be correctly supported in Fedora 14!
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 14
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Proven testers ---
During the QA weekly meeting of 2010-08-30, James Laska asked what to
do about an email from a proven tester asking to become a group sponsor
so he could sponsor new proven testers members. Adam Williamson pointed
out the proven tester wiki page already has a procedure for this,
albeit a fairly casual one. He recommended simply accepting the request
for now, and suggested that if anyone wanted to make the process more
systematic, they should send a proposal to the mailing list. James also
asked about the progress of proven tester metrics, and Adam pointed out
that a ticket requesting support from the Bodhi team already existed,
and promised to follow up on the ticket for the next meeting.
--- Outdated Firefox package in Fedora 14 ---
David Boles pointed out that the Firefox package in Fedora 14 was
somewhat old. Adam Williamson contacted the maintainers and passed on
their explanation that they had forgotten that Fedora 14 updates now
had to be submitted through Bodhi, and that they would soon submit a
newer Firefox package.
--- Bugzilla voting disabled ---
Kamil Paral wondered why he had recieved a mail about votes being
removed. Kevin Fenzi explained that this was due to the Bugzilla
voting feature being disabled. FESCo had decided the system was so
flawed it provided no useful data, and so should be disabled. They had
not known Bugzilla would send out notification emails about this. He
explained that FESCo was now looking at using CC lists or comment
quantities to provide an indication of 'popular' bugs, but that this too
was proving problematic, and pointed out a ticket where this was being
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
-- Fedora 14 Tasks --
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora
14. As per the schedule, September 7th 2010 was the deadline for the
software UI modules and Fedora 14 Release Notes translations is
scheduled to be underway from September 14th 2010.
--- Fedora 14 Release Notes Draft Available ---
John J. McDonough announced the availablity of the Draft version of the
Fedora 14 Release Notes. The POT files for the translation team would
be regenerated nightly.
Due to a bug present in the currently available version of Publican
(2.1) which affects generation and updation of POT and PO files, the POT
files were generated using the new version of Publican, which is not yet
available in the Fedora Repos. Translators have also been requested to
report the presence of the apostrophe and quotes conversion signs in any
--- Libguestfs Man Pages Ready for Translation ---
The Man pages for libguestfs have been made available for translation in
.POT format via translate.fedoraproject.org
(po-docs/libguestfs-docs.pot). The documentation .POT file has
approximately 4000 strings and the developers have been advised to not
merge the two POT files for UI and Documentaion modules as they had
earlier planned for.
The POT files were generated using po4a.
--- Proposed Process to Make Non-English Documentation Available for
The Spanish Translation team has been working with the Fedora
Documentation team to prepare a process to make documents written in
languages other than English to be available for translation. The
need for the process arose when the Spanish team put forward a proposal
to make available a document originally written in Spanish for the
Fedora Documentation Project in English. The suggestions all indicate
that generation of English POT files would be essential to allow other
language teams to translate these documents to their language.
--- New Members and Sponsors in FLP ---
Laurin Novak (German) joined the Fedora Localization Project
recently. Robert Antoni and Josep Sanchez are now sponsors for the
Catalan team and would be sharing the duties of Team Coordinatorship.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* libmikmod-3.2.0-11.beta2.fc14 -
* sssd-1.3.0-30.fc14 -
* lvm2-2.02.73-1.fc14 -
* xulrunner-18.104.22.168-2.fc14 -
* firefox-3.6.7-1.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* python3-3.1.2-7.fc13 -
* libHX-3.6-1.fc13 -
* pam_mount-2.5-1.fc13 -
* wireshark-1.2.10-1.fc13 -
* sssd-1.2.2-21.fc13 -
* rekonq-0.5.0-2.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* sblim-sfcb-1.3.8-1.fc12 -
* libHX-3.6-1.fc12 -
* pam_mount-2.5-1.fc12 -
* wireshark-1.2.10-1.fc12 -
* kernel-22.214.171.124-166.fc12 -
* sssd-1.2.2-20.fc12 -
* rekonq-0.5.0-2.fc12 -
* xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-18.fc12 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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