Fedora Weekly News 205

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Wed Dec 9 01:35:09 UTC 2009

     * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 205
           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA BOARD, FESCO & FAMSCO ELECTIONS
                       # Fedora Board, FESCo & FAmSCo Elections 
- Voting Information
                 + 1.1.2 FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
                       # Board appointment
                       # Fedora 13 release name
                       # Fedora 12 LXDE Spin available for download
                       # Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700 
UTC 2009-12-03
                       # Red Hat Bugzilla 3.4 Upgrade Public Beta
                       # Upcoming multi-day outage
                 + 1.1.4 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.2 Planet Fedora
                 + 1.2.1 General
           o 1.3 Marketing
                 + 1.3.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-12-8 and 2009-12-1
                 + 1.3.2 F13 Marketing Preparation
                 + 1.3.3 Fedora In The News
                 + 1.3.4 Fedora Insight
                 + 1.3.5 Fedora-tour Coding Begins
                 + 1.3.6 Limesurvey coming to Fedora Infrastructure
           o 1.4 Ambassadors
                 + 1.4.1 Fedora 12 event in Nicaragua
                 + 1.4.2 FAmSCo election now open: Vote
                 + 1.4.3 Fedora 12 is here
           o 1.5 Translation
                 + 1.5.1 translate.fedoraproject.org Outage From 
December 12, 2009
                 + 1.5.2 Issues with translate.fedoraproject.org
                 + 1.5.3 Fedora 13 Draft Schedule
                 + 1.5.4 New Members
           o 1.6 Artwork
                 + 1.6.1 Brainstorming for Goddard
                 + 1.6.2 New Mailing List for Echo
           o 1.7 Security Advisories
                 + 1.7.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                 + 1.7.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
                 + 1.7.3 Fedora 10 Security Advisories
           o 1.8 Virtualization
                 + 1.8.1 Events
                       # Red Hat Virtual Experience
                 + 1.8.2 Fedora Virtualization List
                       # KSM Tuning Daemon and the KSM Kernel 
Thread Process
                       # New Release virt-manager 0.8.1

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 205 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 205[1] for the week ending December 
6, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Welcome to the post-FUDCon Toronto 2009 issue of Fedora Weekly News! In 
this issue, details on the various Fedora elections and announcement of 
the Fedora 13 release name, as well as news of the new Bugzilla 3.4 
public beta availability. In news from the Fedora Planet, details on why 
Chromium is not packaged for Fedora, an upcoming Gnome Color Manager 
release, a guide to theming Plymouth, and much more! Updates from FUDCon 
Toronto and work towards Fedora 13 from the Marketing beat. In news from 
Ambassadors, a report on a F12 event in Nicaragua. Translation brings us 
news of an upcoming outage for translate.fedoraproject.org and details 
related to this, a draft Fedora 13 schedule, and new Localization team 
members. From the Design team, brainstorming on the Goddard theme, and a 
new mailing list for the Echo icon set. Security Advisories brings us up 
to date on patches for Fedora 10, 11 and 12. The Virtualization beat 
wraps up this issue, with details on a Red Hat Virtualization online 
event on 12/9, details on a new virt-manager release. Enjoy this issue 
of FWN!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[2]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue205
    2. 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://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/
    2. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events


The Fedora Board, FESCO and FAMSCO Election are scheduled to start at 
0000 UTC on 5th December 2009 and run until 2359 UTC on 15th December 2009.

----  Fedora Board, FESCo & FAmSCo Elections - Voting Information ----

Nigel Jones, Fedora Election Admin, announced that the elections for the 
Fedora Board, Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) and the 
Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee have been created and are due to 
start at 0000 UTC on 5th December 2009 and are scheduled to run until 
2359 UTC on 15th December 2009.[1]. He also mentioned:

“All groups have chosen to use the Range Voting method [2]

Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System at [3]. If this is 
the first time you've used the voting system, please refer to the Fedora 
Elections Guide, currently located at [4].

Please Note There will be a Fedora Infrastructure outage during the 
voting period that may effect the voting application, as a result we 
have brought the voting start date forward to the 5th December instead 
of the 8th December.

As announced by Paul Frields in the event of extended outage, we will as 
appropriate extend the voting period.

We have also implemented a new feature in our voting software, so users 
can verify their votes. Vote verification can be done at: [5] You will 
be prompted for your Fedora Account System username and password and a 
list of elections where votes have been recorded will be listed.

For more information please refer to: Fedora Infrastructure Outage 
Information: [6] [7]

Contingency plans in case of extended outage: [8]

----- Fedora Board Election:-----

This election, the Fedora Board is electing two candidates and will 
appoint another two members.

Vacating the seats on the board this election are elected 
representatives Matt Domsch & Bill Nottingham, and appointed 
representatives Christoher Aillon and Dimitris Glezos[9].

The candidates for this election, in alphabetical order are:

     * Chris Tyler (ctyler)
     * Colin Walters (walters)
     * Matt Domsch (mdomsch)
     * Steven M. Parrish (SMParrish)

To vote, you must have a signed Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

Vote Here: [10]

Town Hall Logs: [11] [12]

----- Fedora Engineering Steering Committee Election: -----

For this election, FESCo will be electing four candidates to sit on the 

Vacating the seats on FESCo this election are Jon Stanley, Dan Horák, 
Jarod Wilson, and David Woodhouse.

The candidates for this election, in alphabetical order are:

     * Adam Jackson (ajax)
     * Christoph Wickert (cwickert)
     * Justin M. Forbes (jforbes)
     * Matthew Garrett (mjg59)
     * Peter Jones (pjones)
     * Richard June (rjune)
     * Robert Scheck (rsc)

To vote, you must have a signed Contributor License Agreement (CLA) and 
be a member of another Fedora group.

Vote Here: [13]

Town Hall Logs: [14] [15]

----- Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election: -----

This election FAmSCo will be electing all 7 seats on the committee.

These seats were previously held by Max Spevack, Joerg Simon, Francesco 
Ugolini, Thomas Canniot, Rodrigo Padula, David Nalley and Susmit 

The candidates for this election, in no particular order are:

     * David Nalley
     * Jean-Francois Saucier
     * Joerg Simon
     * Luca Foppiano
     * Maria Gracia Leandro
     * Max Spevack
     * Robert Scheck
     * Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira
     * Sandro Mathys
     * Scott Seiersen
     * Shakthi Kannan
     * Susmit Shannigrahi

To vote, you must be a member of the ambassadors group in the Fedora 
Account System.

Vote Here: [16]

Townhall Log: [17] [18]

I'd also like to point out the following from Paul Frields' announcement 
for the June 2008 Board Election:

"I'd like everyone voting to remember that this isn't a popularity 
contest, or a reward system. Think about how you'd like to Board to look 
when you vote, the same way you think about how you'd like any 
government body to look when you cast votes for their elections. We have 
a lot of worthy candidates on this list, and you should pick the ones 
that you feel will best represent you in advancing the Fedora Project.

This is one of numerous ways in which our community makes decisions 
about the leadership of Fedora. Your vote counts, and I hope you take 
advantage of it."

This advice is still valid, not just for the Fedora Board election but 
for all three elections.

Thanks also go to John Rose and other volunteers who have helped with 
organising and running Town Hall meetings for these elections.”

    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_voting
    3. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting
    4. http://nigelj.fedorapeople.org/feg/
    5. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/verify
    7. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1845
    9. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/History
   10. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/boardf13
   13. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/fescof13
   16. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/famscof13


----  Board appointment ----

Paul W. Frields cordially announced,[1]"I am pleased to announce that 
Christopher Aillon will continue in his appointed seat on the Fedora 
Project Board for this cycle. His term will last until the selection 
process following the release of Fedora14, in accordance with the 
Board's established succession planning. Christopher's presence on the 
Board has helped our discussions on a number of subjects over the past 
year, and I look forward to having him continue that relationship.

Apologies for making this announcement slightly after the beginning of 
elections, due to the schedule change of elections and the intervening 
FUDCon activity. The remaining Board appointment will be made after the 
close of the Board elections."


----  Fedora 13 release name ----

Paul W. Frields- the Fedora Project Leader, announced[1]GODDARD-the The 
Fedora 13 release name. On the same announcement Paul said, "The full 
GPG-signed message from our election coordinator, Nigel Jones, is 
attached. Thank you to the community for their suggestions,the Board for 
their work on additional diligence searches, and Nigel Jones for setting 
up the voting. Election Results for Fedora 13 Release Name Voting 
Period: 28 November 2009 00:00:00 UTC to 04 December 2009 23:59:59 UTC 

     * Botany
     * Gloriana
     * Goddard
     * Langstrom
     * Loana
     * Manfredi
     * Truro


As defined in the election text, the one (1) candidate with the greatest 
number of votes will be chosen as the Fedora 13 Release Name.


At close of voting there were: 313 valid ballots

Using the Fedora Range Voting method, each candidate could attain a 
maximum of 2191 votes (313*7).


1. Goddard 1177 - --[ Cut Off ] -- 2. Langstrom 1009 3. Gloriana 977 4. 
Botany 922 5. Loana 707 6. Truro 654 7. Manfredi 504

As such, Goddard has been selected as the release name for Fedora 13. "


----  Fedora 12 LXDE Spin available for download ----

Christoph Wicker announced [1], “Fedora 12 LXDE Spin available for 
download [2]. While apologizing for the delay and thanked everybody for 
patience, Christoph thanked a big thank to Jesse for supporting him.

    2. http://spins.fedoraproject.org/lxde/

----  Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1700 UTC 2009-12-03 ----

Fedora Project Leader, Paul W. Frields, announced,[1] “The Board is 
holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2009, at 
1700 UTC[1] on IRC Freenode.” Paul also briefed, “For this meeting, the 
public is invited to do the following:

     * Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.

     * Join #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and post 
questions. This channel is read/write for everyone.

The moderator will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the

    1. fedora-board-meeting channel. We'll limit time per voice as needed

to give everyone in the queue a chance to be heard. The Board may 
reserve some time at the top of the hour to cover any agenda items as 
appropriate. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!”



----  Red Hat Bugzilla 3.4 Upgrade Public Beta ----

James Laska announced the Red Hat Bugzilla 3.4 Upgrade Public Beta[1]. 
James said,"I am sending this on behalf of Dave Lawrence and the 
bugzilla team at Red Hat. Fedora uses this instance of bugzilla too.

Please forward this on to any appropriate lists that were missed.

Thanks, James .......... Greetings,

The Red Hat Bugzilla team is happy to announce the first public beta 
release of the next version of Red Hat Bugzilla based on the upstream 
3.4 code base.

Please test drive at:[2]

Over the years Red Hat has made substantial customizations to Bugzilla 
to fit into the Engineering tool chain. Over time the upstream has 
incorporated some of these customizations or solved them in different 
ways. Upgrading reduces our customization footprint (and thus 
maintenance) while bringing many bug fixes & enhancements.

The main area of focus for our public betas are stability. Functionality 
that currently works in our 3.2 code base should continue to work as 
expected in the new 3.4 release. These include various ajax 
optimizations, needinfo actor support, frontpage.cgi, product browser, 
several various UI enhancements, and of course the XMLRPC API.

Please feel free to point your various scripts and third party 
applications that use the XMLRPC API at the test server to make sure 
they continue to function properly.

There are numerous other changes behind the scenes that we haven't 
listed. The goal is to make sure that functionality that people have 
come to expect in 3.2 is possible in the new system.

There are also numerous new features/fixes that are part of the upstream 
3.4 release. For more detailed information on what has changed since the 
last release, check out the Release Notes page.

The database is a recent snapshot of the live database so should be 
useful for testing to make sure the information is displayed properly 
and changeable. Also with a full snapshot it is possible to test for any 
performance related issues. Email has been disabled so that unnecessary 
spam is not sent out. So feel free to make changes to bugs to verify 
proper working order.

We are asking for everyone to get involved as much as possible with 
testing and feedback on the beta releases to help us make this the most 
robust and stable release possible.

Please file any enhancement requests or bug reports in our current 
Bugzilla system at bugzilla.redhat.com. File them under the Bugzilla 
product and relevant component with the version 3.4. With everyone's 
help we can make this a great release.

Thanks The Red Hat Bugzilla Team "

    2. https://partner-bugzilla.redhat.com

----  Upcoming multi-day outage ----

Mike McGrath briefed,[1] “Starting on December 12th The Fedora Project 
will start to move several servers, disk trays and related hardware from 
our current hosting location to another. This move is planned to be 
completed on December 15th and will ultimately provide better hosting 
facilities and room for growth.” While mentioning the reason, he said, 
“Since the servers will physically be loaded onto a truck and moved, 
this means lots of services people rely on will be down. We'll be 
working hard and using whatever tricks we have at our disposal to keep 
things as normal as possible, for example [2] will remain up (which 
includes the mechanism yum uses to get its mirror list).

Some critical services like the buildsystem will be completely 
unavailable for 48 hours or longer. I'll be sending another update out 
as the day gets closer to remind everyone. Also this is the official 
ticket we're tracking with for those who care to watch it:[3]

Please do stop by #fedora-admin on irc.freenode.net or comment in the 
ticket with any questions or concerns you have.”

    2. http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/
    3. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1845


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 ----

     * 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

--  Planet Fedora --

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an 
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

    1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

---  General ---

Tom Callaway explained[1] why Chromium is not yet officially packaged 
for Fedora.

Richard Hughes plans[2] to release the first supported version of Gnome 
Color Manager this week, along with lots of new features. Daniel 
Berrange continued[3] with instructions for setting up Firefox to 
respect your color management wishes.

You can now automatically encrypt QCow2 virtualization disk images in 
Fedora 12, according[4] to Daniel Berrange. "Why might you want to 
encrypt a guest's disk from the host, rather than using the guest OS's 
own block encryption capabilities (eg the block encryption support in 
anaconda) ? There's a couple of reasons actually..."

John Poelstra mused[5] about "Marketing to Fedora’s Target Audience:"

"Some people people may chafe at the notion of the Fedora Distribution 
as a 'product.' I can understand that, particularly if working on a 
'product' is associated with strict process, lots of bureaucracy, 
endless meetings, and the pressure to constantly generate more revenue. 
Maybe that is one reason some people think defining a target audience 
for the Fedora distribution is going too far."

Ryan Rix is working[6] on Fedora-tour, to introduce new users to Fedora. 
"For example, there would be different sections in the tour:

     * What is Fedora Linux
     * What is the Fedora Project
     * What’s new in Fedora 13?
     * Get to know Fedora Desktop Edition
     * Get to know Fedora Electronics Lab"

Charles Brej wrote a two[7] part[8] guide to theming Plymouth. "Judging 
by the many forum postings and articles, many people do enjoy a nice 
boot splash and there is a real desire to customise their spin or even 
the individual machine to their preferred theme. In this guide I will 
try and show you how to make your own custom splash, walking though the 
process of viewing, changing and installing."

Ian Weller created[9] a new command line tool, mw to interact with 
MediaWiki installations, as if it were a VCS.

Mark J. Wielaard and others [10] "had some fun and made tracing python 
methods through systemtap possible."

    1. http://spot.livejournal.com/312320.html
    7. http://brej.org/blog/?p=158
    8. http://brej.org/blog/?p=174
    9. http://ianweller.org/2009/12/07/new-awesomeness-mw/

--  Marketing --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.


Contributing Writer: Ryan Rix

---  Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-12-8 and 2009-12-1 ---

Meeting logs [1] and notes [2] for the 2009-12-01. Meeting logs [3] and 
notes [4] for the 2009-12-08. Fedora Marketing Meeting were made 
available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open to the public. [5]

    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing_meetings

---  F13 Marketing Preparation ---

The Marketing team is organizing resources for the Fedora 13 marketing 
push[1]. The general consensus from the 12-8 meeting was that we need to 
start earlier and work faster so that we aren't rushing at the time of 
GA. Also, effort will go into making sure that the schedule syncs 
properly with other SIGs and teams on Fedora.


---  Fedora In The News ---

This week's FUDcon in Toronto garnered media attention from a few 
avenues, including LinuxPlanet[1] and LWN[2]

    1. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/6922/1/
    2. http://lwn.net/Articles/365689/rss

---  Fedora Insight ---

At FUDcon this week, Mel Chua, Simon Birtwistle, Pascal Vincent Calarco 
and Diana Martin participated in a hackfest to push Fedora Insight into 
production[1]. As of Tuesday, it is nearly ready for deployment, 
however, some last minute help of Karsten Wade to create[2] a list of 
content that the team is interested in including into Fedora Insight. 
Fedora Insight should be ready to go by this time next week.

    1. http://blog.melchua.com/2009/12/07/zikula-hackfest/
    2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Zikula_content_types

---  Fedora-tour Coding Begins ---

Fedora-tour's development started this week, with Ryan Rix filing an 
infrastructure ticket for FedoraHosted space[1] and setting up a git 
repo on his FedoraPeople space[2]. Fedora-tour developers are looking 
for contributors to the project.

    1. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1855

---  Limesurvey coming to Fedora Infrastructure ---

At FUDcon, Yaakov Meir Nemoy wanted to create a survey for attendees to 
fill out and give feedback on the event. Looking for a suitable tool 
turned up limesurvey[1], however, it was found that LimeSurvey was still 
in review[2]. Eric Christensen will update the package and Robyn 
Bergeron and Ryan Rix will be setting up an instance on Fedora's 
Publictest servers.

    1. http://limesurvey.org
    2. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=508817

--  Ambassadors --

In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

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

---  Fedora 12 event in Nicaragua ---

Neville Cross reports that a Fedora 12 launch party was held in Managua, 
Nicaragua. With nearly 40 people in attendance, the event focused on 
introducing Fedora, how to contribute and what's new on Fedora 12. As a 
guest, a talk was given from a representative of a Central American's 
womens group. T-shirts were distributed, as well as media, stickers and 
T-Shirts. Neville's report an and other links can be found at 

---  FAmSCo election now open: Vote ---

Among other elected bodies in the Fedora Project, the Fedora Ambassadors 
Steering Committee (FAmSCo) elections are now open for voting. If you 
haven't done yet visit https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/ to cast 
your vote. Your vote is important and crucial.

---  Fedora 12 is here ---

With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an 
announcement of your event on Fedora Weekly News can help get the word 
out. Contact FWN Ambassador correspondent Larry Cafiero at 
lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with announcements of upcoming events 
-- and don't forget to e-mail reports after the events as well.

--  Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

---  translate.fedoraproject.org Outage From December 12, 2009 ---

translate.fedoraproject.org would be unavailable during the upcoming 
multi-day outage scheduled from December 12th 2009, to move the server 
hardware to a new location[1].


---  Issues with translate.fedoraproject.org ---

Over the past week, translate.fedorarproject.org site was bugged by 
several issues ranging from non-availablity of .po files, submission 
problems, timeouts etc[1]. A problem related to submissions over SSH was 
fixed by the Fedora Infrastructure team[2]. Additionally, a problem with 
the ssh-agent setup used by transifex is creating problems related to 
read/write access on the fedorahosted.org repositories[3]. These issues 
may remain for a few more days in view of the limited availability of 
the Fedora Infrastructure admins attending the FUDCon and the upcoming 
server move schedule. Meanwhile, any further issues are to be reported 
directly via Fedora Infrastructure tickets.

Currently, an older version of transifex is being used for 
translate.fedoraproject.org[4], which is awaiting an upgrade[5].


---  Fedora 13 Draft Schedule ---

A draft of Fedora 13 schedule, pertaining to tasks for translation and 
documentation has been proposed by John Poelstra[1]. This schedule has 
been drawn up on the basis of the task flow for Fedora 12.


---  New Members ---

Dmitry Melnikov (Russian)[1], Kevin Mon (Chinese)[2], Elad Alfassa 
(Hebrew)[3] and Stephan Schiffleithner (German)[4] joined the Fedora 
Localization Project last week.


--  Artwork --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

---  Brainstorming for Goddard ---

With the release code name for Fedora 13 announced as Goddard, Luya 
Tshimbalanga started on @design-team a brainstorming[1] about its 
theming "With some research, theme will be based on these following 
categories: Rockets (propulsion, spacecraft); Space (based on Goddard 
Flight Center website); Astrodynamics" and Nicu Buculei followed[2] on 
the rocketry approach "I think rocketry is quite obvious: stars, space 
flight, rocket schematics. Depending on the direction we will take with 
the distro in the near future, I think a concept like 'fedora: for your 
inner rocket scientist' or 'fedora: is not rocket science' would be fit 
(my *strong* preference would be for the former)."


---  New Mailing List for Echo ---

Martin Sourada announced[1] the creation a new mailing[2] list for 
development of the Echo icon theme[3], Henrik Heigl wondered[4] about 
the need of having the talk on a different list than @design-team "I 
think it could be better to discuss all design things on ONE Mailinglist".

    2. http://fedorahosted.org/mailman/listinfo/echo-icon-theme
    3. http://fedorahosted.org/echo-icon-theme/

--  Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

     * awstats-6.95-1.fc12 - 
     * php-pear-Mail-1.1.14-5.fc12 - 
     * cups-1.4.2-7.fc12 - 
     * wget-1.12-2.fc12 - 
     * maniadrive-1.2-19.fc12 - 
     * php-5.3.1-1.fc12 - 
     * dstat-0.7.0-1.fc12 - 
     * expat-2.0.1-8.fc12- 

---  Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * cups-1.4.2-7.fc11 - 
     * php-pear-Mail-1.1.14-5.fc11 - 
     * awstats-6.95-1.fc11 - 
     * wget-1.12-2.fc11 - 
     * libsndfile-1.0.20-3.fc11 - 
     * dstat-0.6.9-5.fc11 - 
     * expat-2.0.1-8.fc11 - 

---  Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---

     * php-pear-Mail-1.1.14-5.fc10 - 
     * awstats-6.95-1.fc10 - 
     * roundcubemail-0.2.2-4.fc10 - 
     * cups-1.3.11-2.fc10 - 
     * libsndfile-1.0.20-3.fc10 - 
     * wget-1.12-2.fc10 - 
     * wireshark-1.2.1-1.fc10 - 
     * cups-1.3.11-4.fc10 - 
     * expat-2.0.1-8.fc10 - 

--  Virtualization --

In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization 
technologies on the @fedora-virt list.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley

---  Events ---

----  Red Hat Virtual Experience ----

On December 9th 9am EST to 6pm EST, Red Hat will be holding an online 
"event focused on Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, including 
virtualization and cloud computing." Titled "Red Hat Virtual Experience 
2009"[1] Attendees can participate in keynote sessions and "chats with 
business leaders, executives, key developers, customers, and strategic 
partners", and "learn what's on the horizon from Red Hat and industry 
partners—innovations in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, tools, security, and 
deployment in the cloud."

    1. http://www-2.virtualevents365.com/rhexp/about.php

---  Fedora Virtualization List ---

This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.

----  KSM Tuning Daemon and the KSM Kernel Thread Process ----

Gianluca Cecchi was[1] surprised to find that ksm was not running even 
though it was enabled with chkconfig. After starting more guests, ksm 
was found to be running.

Dan Kenigsberg added the follwing explaination to the KSM feature 
page[2] "Fedora's kvm comes with 2 services controlling the behavior of 
ksm. One, simply called ksm, is just a nice means to start and stop 
ksm's kernel thread. The other, called ksmtuned, controls the first 
service and tunes its parameters according to the memory stress that is 
generated by KVM virtual machines. ksmtuned may stop ksm service 
alltogether, if memory is not in need. Later, if ksmtuned senses that 
memory stress has risen, it will fire up ksm again."

Soon after the explaination, Dan posted a patch[3] which will cause 
ksmtuned to log any ksm state changes. This patch will soon be available 
in an update.

KSM was also recently covered in FWN 200[4].

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/KSM
    4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue200#KSM_Tuning_in_Fedora_12

----  New Release virt-manager 0.8.1 ----

Cole Robinson announced[1] new releases of 
image:Echo-package-16px.pngvirt-manager 0.8.1 and 
image:Echo-package-16px.pngvirtinst 0.500.1.

Virtual Machine Manager[2] provides a graphical tool for administering 
virtual machines, using image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt as the 
backend management API.

Virtinst is a python module that helps build and install libvirt based 
virtual machines. Currently supports KVM, QEmu and Xen virtual machines. 
Package includes several command line utilities, including virt-install 
(build and install new VMs) and virt-clone (clone an existing virtual 

New virt-manager Features:

     * VM Migration wizard, exposing various migration options
     * Enumerate CDROM and bridge devices on remote connections
     * Can once again list multiple graphs in the manager window (Jon 
     * Support disabling dhcp (Michal Novotny), and specifying 'routed' 
type for new virtual networks
     * Support storage pool source enumeration for LVM, NFS, and SCSI
     * Allow changing VM ACPI, APIC, clock offset, individual vcpu 
pinning, and video model (vga, cirrus, etc.)
     * Many improvements and bugfixes

New virtinst Features:

     * virt-install now attempts --os-variant detection by default. This 
can be disabled with '--os-variant none' (distro detection currently 
only works for URL installs)
     * New --disk option 'format', for creating image disks formats such 
as qcow2 or vmdk
     * Many improvements and bugfixes

"Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this release through testing, 
bug reporting, submitting patches, and otherwise sending in feedback!"

Also see coverage of the release on linux-kvm.com[3]. Version 0.8.0 of 
virt-manager was announced[4] on July 28th, 2009.

    2. http://www.virt-manager.org/
    3. http://www.linux-kvm.com/content/virt-manager-081-released

- end FWN 205 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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