Fedora Weekly News 242

Pascal Calarco 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
                       # Open Seat on the Fedora Packaging Committee
                       # Please remember to update rawhide
                       # Please remember to update rawhide
                       # New Bugzilla URL to create Fedora 
Review Requests coming
                       # All Features 100% Complete by 2010-09-14
                       # Fedora 14 Beta Change Deadline 2010-09-14
                 + 1.1.3 Fedora Events
                       # Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 2010)
                       # Past Events
                       # 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 
(PC World)
                 + 1.2.3 Ksplice for Fedora Linux now available for free 
(ZDNet UK)
           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                 + 1.4.3 Outdated Firefox package in Fedora 14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[1] 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!

The audio version of FWN - FAWN - is back! You can listen to existing 
issues[2] on the Internet Archive. If anyone is interested in helping 
spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

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our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback: news at lists.fedoraproject.org

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue242
    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], development announcements[2] and 

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

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

--- Fedora Announcement News ---

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. 
Please, visit the past announcements at[1]


--- Fedora Development News ---

The fedora development news list is intended to be a low traffic 
announce-only list for Fedora development.[1]

     * 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

    1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/devel-announce

---- Open Seat on the Fedora Packaging Committee ----

Tom "spot" Callaway[1] on Wed Sep 1 20:10:00 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"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
     * Cake

The FPC meets weekly on IRC, Tuesdays at 1600 UTC

If you're interested in this seat, please email[3] me."

    1. Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
    3. tcallawa at redhat.com

---- Please remember to update rawhide ----

Kyle McMartin[1] from the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee on Thu 
Sep 2 01:02:43 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"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[1] on Thu Sep 2 14:43:40 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"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 
in F-14.

... 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[1] on Sat Sep 4 20:54:32 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"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:[3]

Please remember to update your bookmarks. More information about this 
change can be found in Bug 246071:[4]

If you know other locations than the Fedora wiki page about the Package 
Review Process[5] , that link to the current URL, please tell me."

    1. Till Maas opensource at till.name
    4. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=246071
    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Package_Review_Process

---- All Features 100% Complete by 2010-09-14 ----

John Poelstra[1] on Tue Sep 7 14:30:54 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"Hello Feature People,

According to our schedule, seven days from today is Feature Complete for 
Fedora 14.[3]

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% 

[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

p.s. All feature owners for the features listed above have been bcc'd on 
this email."

    1. John Poelstra poelstra at redhat.com
    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/14/Schedule
    4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/F14Boost144
    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/D_Programming
    6. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/F14EclipseHelios
    7. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/GdbIndex
    8. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/GNUstep
    9. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/KDE45
   10. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/MeeGo_1.0
   11. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/OpenSCAP
   12. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Python_2.7
   13. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Rakudo_Star
   14. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Spice
   15. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Sugar_0.90

---- Fedora 14 Beta Change Deadline 2010-09-14 ----

John Poelstra[1] on Tue Sep 7 21:59:19 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"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:[3]"

    1. John Poelstra poelstra at redhat.com
    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Change_deadlines

--- 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 
near you!

---- Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 2010) ----

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


-- 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 members.
     * Organization -- event organization, budget information, and 
regional responsibility.
     * 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[1]


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

    1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/

-- Calling all Fedora packrats and swag collectors (networkworld.com)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] 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[2].

    2. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/65794

--- A Guide to Today's Top 10 Linux Distributions (PC World) ---

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] 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[2].


--- Ksplice for Fedora Linux now available for free (ZDNet UK) ---

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] an article about Ksplice:

"Ksplice[2] 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[3]


-- Ambassadors --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

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

--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---

The Fedora Ambassadors Project saw a couple of new Ambassadors joining 
in after undergoing to mentoring process.

Aurelie Chreng joined [1] The Fedora Ambassadors Project from the United 
Kingdom mentored by Mathieu Bridon

Ahmed Abdo Mohamed joined [2] The Fedora Ambassadors Project from the 
United Kingdom mentored by Robert Scheck


--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---

Ankur Sinha asked [1] about the need for the drop-down on the 
Ambassadors Map [2] page. Susmit Shannigrahi replied [3] explaining his 
initial goal and also provided [4] link to the source requesting anyone 
to extend it. Máirín Duffy suggested [5] the possibility of showing the 
full page by default and pointed out [6] an example. Susmit responded 
[7] saying that he would get to it if time permits

Jukka Palander reminded [8] Ambassadors about the need for more votes to 
be able to obtain a Fedora Workshop at the Open Source World Conference [9]

Ankur Sinha reported [10] that Planet Fedora on identi.ca [11] was not 
displaying updates and was possibly broken. Susmit Shannigrahi confirmed 
[12] the fact and fixed it and requested that it be observed for any 
such incidents in the future

Edgar Rodolfo provided an update [13] 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 [14]

David Ramsey posted [15] meeting notes and side notes from the APAC 
meeting on 2010-09-05

    2. https://fedoraproject.org/membership-map/
    4. https://fedorahosted.org/fama/browser/membership-map.py.erb
    6. http://stg.fedoracommunity.org/
    9. http://www.opensourceworldconference.com/malaga10/?q=node/297
   11. http://identi.ca/planetfedora

--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---

Sankarshan posted [1] to the list asking whether FAmSCo and other 
Steering Committees introspect and discuss about the positive changes 
that they bring about.

David Nalley responded [2] with his view on the question. He also copied 
the Ambassadors list as the discussion would be of interes

Joerg Simon mentioned [3] that he had responded [4] on the advisory 
board list

Joerg Simon posted [5] about a violation of the Ambassadors Conduct by 
Luke Slater with specific mention of the content of the blog post.

Luke apologized [6] about his post which he said that he had removed 
from the blog.

Joerg Simon informed [7] that FAmSCo meeting 2010-09-06 was adjourned 
due to holidays in the US

Joerg Simon posted [8] 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[1]. For more 
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see 
the Joining page[2].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join

--- Test Days ---

Last week's Test Day[1] on 2010-09-02 was on preupgrade[2], 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[3] with a 
list of the bugs discovered.

This week's Test Day[4] on systemd[5], 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[6] 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 
QA Trac[7].

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-09-02_Preupgrade
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Preupgrade
    4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-09-07_Systemd
    5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/systemd
    7. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

--- Proven testers ---

During the QA weekly meeting of 2010-08-30[1], 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[2], 
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[3], 
and promised to follow up on the ticket for the next meeting.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20100830
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Proven_tester#Becoming_a_mentor
    3. http://fedorahosted.org/bodhi/ticket/456

--- Outdated Firefox package in Fedora 14 ---

David Boles pointed out[1] that the Firefox package in Fedora 14 was 
somewhat old. Adam Williamson contacted the maintainers and passed on 
their explanation[2] 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.

    1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-August/093178.html

--- Bugzilla voting disabled ---

Kamil Paral wondered why he had recieved a mail about votes being 
removed[1]. Kevin Fenzi explained that this was due to the Bugzilla 
voting feature being disabled[2]. 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 

    3. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-engineering-services/ticket/24

-- Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

-- Fedora 14 Tasks --

John Poelstra informed[1] 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[1]. 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)[1]. 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[2].

The POT files were generated using po4a[3].


--- Proposed Process to Make Non-English Documentation Available for 
Translation ---

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[1]. 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)[1] joined the Fedora Localization Project 
recently. Robert Antoni and Josep Sanchez are now sponsors for the 
Catalan team[2] 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- - 
     * 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- - 
     * 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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