Summary of accepted Fedora 21 Changes - week 12

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at
Wed Mar 26 12:34:50 UTC 2014

This is a summary of FESCo's accepted Fedora 21 Changes for week 12
(2014-03-19 meeting).

Reminder: the Change Submission deadline for System Wide Change is due in less
than two weeks!

= System Wide Changes =
* u-boot syslinux by default
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Add syslinux support to u-boot enabling both pxelinux and extlinux support. 
simplifying booting arm machines, making anaconda installs easy and overall 
providing for a better user experience. Default u-boot to using syslinux 
config files for booting. pxelinux for network and extlinux for local booting. 
u-boot is the bootloader used on ARM systems in Fedora so the scope of this 
change is limited to ARM hardware only. 

* jQuery

 jQuery is a fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript? library. It makes 
things like HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, 
animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a 
multitude of browsers. With a combination of versatility and extensibility, 
jQuery has changed the way that millions of people write JavaScript?.

Traditionally, a copy of jQuery has been included with every web application 
that requires it. This change will migrate many of those applications to a 
shared system copy of jQuery. Both the 1.x branch of jQuery that supports 
Internet Explorer 6 and the 2.x branch of jQuery that only works with modern 
web browsers will be provided. 

* Xorg without root rights

The Xorg xserver is a large piece of software which currently runs as root, 
making it a potential vector for attacks against the system. With recent 
changes made to systemd-logind it is possible for the xserver to let systemd-
logind do device management for it, at which point the xserver will no longer 
need root rights. Initially this will likely be implemented as the xserver 
dropping root rights early on. 

= Self Contained Changes =
* Allwinner sunxi (A10 / A13 / A20) ARM SoC support​  
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 Allwinner A10 / A13 / A20 SoCs? are used in a number of popular low cost arm 
development boards and arm mini computers. Currently Fedora ARM is supported 
on these devices through a Remix. Allwinner kernel support is progressing 
rapidly upstream, and with this upstream kernel support it should be possible 
to support Allwinner SoCs? in the official Fedora ARM images, without the need 
for a remix. 

* Add amd map parser to autofs

 The am-utils package provides automount services for automount maps that use 
an amd format. However, the am-utils project has not been actively maintained 
for quite a while now.

The am-utils package in Fedora has significant problems that are not easily 
resolved so an amd format parser is to be added to the autofs package. 

* CUPS Journal Logging

By default, CUPS will send log output to the system journal rather than 

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