Fedora Weekly News 192
pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Sep 7 14:32:26 UTC 2009
o 1.1 Announcements
o 1.2 Fedora 12 (Constantine)
+ 1.2.1 The Fedora Project and IPv6
+ 1.2.2 Licensing policy for apps developed by Fedora
Infrastructure now in effect
+ 1.2.3 Upcoming Events
o 1.3 Planet Fedora
+ 1.3.1 General
o 1.4 Marketing
+ 1.4.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-01
+ 1.4.2 Release deliverables
+ 1.4.3 Briefing Ambassadors about F12
+ 1.4.4 Fedora Insight updates
+ 1.4.5 Marketing-fu++
+ 1.4.6 Marketing Research
+ 1.4.7 Fedora print magazine proposed
o 1.5 Ambassadors
+ 1.5.1 Registration opens for Utah Open Source Conference
+ 1.5.2 Fedora at free software workshop at KLN Madurai
+ 1.5.3 Get on the map
+ 1.5.4 Get the word out about your F11 event
o 1.6 QualityAssurance
+ 1.6.1 Test Days
+ 1.6.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.6.3 Zsync feasibility
+ 1.6.4 Installation testing SOP update
+ 1.6.5 Test Day summaries
+ 1.6.6 Mediawiki Semantic plugin testing
o 1.7 Translation
+ 1.7.1 Transifex Version Upgrade on
+ 1.7.2 Translations for Transifex Moved to
+ 1.7.3 RPM Module Removed
+ 1.7.4 New Members in Fedora Localization Project
o 1.8 Artwork
+ 1.8.1 A Chilean Logo
o 1.9 Virtualization
+ 1.9.1 Fedora Virtualization List
# 126.96.36.199 KSM Tuning Service
# 188.8.131.52 Host Iptables Settings for Bridged Guests
+ 1.9.2 Fedora Xen List
# 184.108.40.206 Xen Domain0 Kernels
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 192 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 192 for the week ending September
6, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue kicks off with announcements, including news that major
segments of fedoraproject.org and the Fedora Project infrastructure now
support IPv6, and details of a new licensing policy for apps developed
by the Fedora infrastructure team. News from Planet Fedora is back in
this issue, covering interesting posts and commentary from the Fedora
blogosphere. In marketing news, coverage of the major marketing
deliverables for releases, and how Fedora Ambassadors can assist with
F12 marketing, along with an exciting proposal for a Fedora special
issue of Linux Pro Magazine that is being considered. In Ambassador
news, details on the upcoming Utah Open Source Conference and a report
from a free software workshop at KLN Madurai. In Quality Assurance news,
updates from recent Test Days and Fit and Finish test days, along with
all the week's news of team meetings. The Translation beat provides us
with various Transifex-related updates coming soon. In Design news, a
request for a logo for a Fedora Chilean event. Our issue completes with
a variety of virtualization-related news, including new Fedora 12
features, and future developments to the Xen dom0 kernels. Enjoy FWN 192!
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project  .
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora 12 (Constantine) ---
---- The Fedora Project and IPv6 ----
The top news of the week was the Fedora Project and IPv6 by Fedora
Infrastructure Lead and project coordinator Mike McGrath. Mike had
announced  that as part of the constant effort toward supporting
current and future standards, major segments of fedoraproject.org and
the Fedora Project infrastructure now support IPv6. He also mentioned,
"our self-hosted websites have already been converted, and we plan to
include IPv6 GeoIP support in MirrorManager soon."
Mike extended special thanks to Matt Domsch from Dell and our friends at
ibiblio.org for their invaluable assistance on behalf of the Fedora Project.
---- Licensing policy for apps developed by Fedora Infrastructure now in
Toshio Kuratomi on Development-Announcement announced, "Over the past
few months, Fedora Infrastructure has been discussing having a
consistent set of licenses for applications and scripts we create for
Fedora." On his specific details, he informed everyone about the the
goals of doing this, the basics, the uses of GPLv2 or later.
"The one other thing for Infrastructure developers and System Admins to
note in the Policy is the section on handling AGPLv3 applications.
During the discussions about whether to use AGPLv3+ for our web
applications we found and delimited many issues that need to be
addressed when deploying AGPLv3+ licensed code. The aGPL portion of the
policy is our first attempt at keeping us compliant with any code that
is under this license.", highlighted by Toshio.
--- Upcoming Events ---
Mark your agenda with the following events. Please, consider attending
or volunteering at an event near you!
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM)
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
It has been about four weeks since the last installment of Planet Fedora
here, so we'll be presenting a mix of interesting topics covering that
time period. Normal weekly coverage should resume next week.
Nicu Buceli expressed concern about The Great Panda Debate. "Already
Panda iz in ur computer, developing Fedora".
Máirín Duffy did a few sets of UI mockups for Fedora. The first
mockup was of a new look for the Fedora Spins site. The other was
for a new set of screens for handling advanced storage device
configuration in Anaconda.
Colin Walters showed off mockups of the new Gnome 3 shell, which
radically changes the way that applications are launched and managed.
Andrew Overholt mentioned that a new version of the Eclipse Linux
Tools (0.3.0) has been released. Eye candy included.
Jef Spaleta analyzed the productivity of Fedora packagers and the
rate that the number of Fedora packages and Fedora packagers has changed
over the last few releases.
Máirín Duffy looked at the "Getting Fedora" survey results. Also,
Mark J Cox examined the security vulnerabilities affecting RHEL
between release 5.3 and (the just-released) 5.4.
Tim Waugh described how printing has improved and is more flexible
in Fedora, now that PolicyKit has been integrated with CUPS.
Michael DeHaan presented a vision for fedorahosted.org.
Luis Villa asked if "there a state of the art for free software
Mathieu Bridon continued developing a git-aware BASH prompt.
Mel Chua explained "How the zikula-based test instance of FI was put
up, part 1". (Zikula is the new CMS that is being deployed for a number
of Fedora sites)
Nicu Buceli posted photos from FLOSSCamp 2009.
Richard Hughes stumbled upon an interesting bug in
gnome-power-manager, where the screen will suddenly blank, even though
the system is in active use.
Richard W.M. Jones answered the question "How does mount load the
right kernel module?"
Kamil Páral introduced zsync, a tool that can efficiently
synchronize binary files over a network. "It allows you to download a
file from a remote server, where you have a copy of an older version of
the file on your computer already. zsync downloads only the new parts of
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.
Contributing Writer: Chaitanya Mehandru
--- Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-01 ---
Meeting logs  and notes  for the 2009-09-01 Fedora Marketing
Meeting were made available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open
to the public. 
Lot of people turned up for this week's meeting and many topics were
covered. Thanks for the interest shown!
--- Release deliverables ---
This bread and butter stuff covers feature profiles, talking points,
release announcements -things that have to come out every cycle.The
complete schedule is available.
For F12 talking points and feature profiles, Mel Chua pointed out the
need for recruiting college marketing classes to sprint on
Mel identified/updated the needs for the release cycle: release
slogans,briefing ambassadors,Fedora Insight Status/Questions,
Modules/Packaging Status("Zikula guruhood needed"), press kits,
screenshots, F12 tour, Workflow, Skins/Design, "Increasing our
Marketing-fu", marketing research, marketing plan to work with RH
marketing folks, projects for newcomers, marketing classroom with Sean
Daly and later in the pipeline will be: press kits, screenshots, F12 tour.
--- Briefing Ambassadors about F12 ---
Ambassador can help greatly in bringing out what is marketing doing.
Ambassadors/Students/Newcomers interested in some real marketing stuff
can add their questions to the queue.
Our search is on for ambassadors/students who would be interested in
working on marketing deliverables.
--- Fedora Insight updates ---
Three words: "Workflow is settled". Thanks to Robyn Bergeron. The
workflow will be posted soon .
Technical Zikula deployment is going very rapidly.
--- Marketing-fu++ ---
Please add your valuable comments on the marketing plan before Mel
goes ahead and discusses it with RedHat folks.
Sugar Labs's Sean Daly will be coming in for a Fedora Classroom session
on Marketing for open source projects when he gets back from
vacation(expecting him to be back by this week or the next)
--- Marketing Research ---
While fedora-centric style of research continues with its own
importance, ideas & opinions were expressed on community-style research
where the research benefits not only the fedora users but also those
developing open-spurce projects in general. An open-source market
research repository might also be started to help foster the whole
community of OSS.
--- Fedora print magazine proposed ---
Linux Pro Magazine has proposed printing a special Fedora issue around
the launch of F12.  We are trying to explore whether this might be a
possibility, and if so, whether it's something that we as a community
want to pursue.  Conversations on various team mailing lists are
ongoing - please join the conversation for the topics you are interested
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Registration opens for Utah Open Source Conference ---
Registration is now open for Utah Open Source Conference 2009, to be
held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Oct. 8-10. This is the third year of
this annual event, and Fedora is one of the sponsors.
Fedora will have a booth at the event and those in the area are urged to
attend the event and are welcome to help out. For more information on
staffing the booth, contact Larry Cafiero at
--- Fedora at free software workshop at KLN Madurai ---
Arun Sag conducted one day Free software workshop on 29th August, at KLN
Madurai for the pre-final year CSE and IT students. The session started
with an introduction to free software and philosophy. Fedora 11 was
installed in 30+ Lab machines for hands on. The response from the
students was excellent. Hospitality was good.
Fedora 11 DVDs were distributed to all the participants.
Arun would like to thank HOD of CSE department, KLN and final year
student Dhivakaran for organizing this event successfully.
Pictures of the event 
--- Get on the map ---
Want to find the nearest ambassador? How about one in Belarus? Now you can.
Susmit Shannigrahi reports that finding out the nearest ambassadors,
which was once a tedious task, is now as simple as viewing a map. The
map is at here and instructions on how to place yourself on the map can
be found at here.
--- Get the word out about your F11 event ---
Fedora 11 was released recently and with it a variety of activities
around the release will be forthcoming. As such, with the upcoming
release of Fedora 11, this is a reminder that posting 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.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's main track Test Day was on Sugar on a Stickthe
Fedora-derived USB stick distribution which features the Sugar desktop
environment that is the default desktop for the OLPC project. Not too
many people showed up to test, but we did get a solid set of results,
and this was the first test day to experiment with a new result
reporting system based on the Semantic MediaWiki plugin.
This coming week is special from a Test Day perspective: it's Video Test
Week! There will be not one but three main track Test Days, one for each
of the major video adapter manufacturers. Wednesday 2009-09-09 is
ATI/AMD Radeon Test Day. Thursday 2009-09-10 is NVIDIA Test Day.
And last but not least, Friday 2009-09-11 is Intel graphics Test Day.
As always, graphics drivers are one of the most vital parts of the
Fedora experience, and the three main drivers have received their usual
round of significant changes since the last release, so we encourage
everyone to come out on the appropriate Test Day for their hardware and
help test. There will be live images available, so you don't need
Rawhide - or even Fedora - installed to test: you just need to show up,
download a live image, run some simple tests to see how well the
graphics work, and report your results. This will help us immensely to
make sure Fedora 12 has good support for as much graphics hardware as
possible, so please do come along! Each Test Day will run all day and be
held in Freenode IRC #fedora-test-day. If you're not sure how to use
IRC, see this page.
Next week's Fit and Finish project Test Day will be on sharing -
sharing files, printers, music, and even remote desktop functionality.
This area is critical to many users but often overlooked, so please come
along to help refine it! The Test Day will be held on Tuesday 2009-09-08
in Freenode IRC #fedora-test-day.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 12
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Weekly meetings ---
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2009-08-31. The full log is
available. David Pravec reported that he had created the
test-announce mailing list for important QA and BugZappers event
James Laska reported that he had not yet been able to talk to Liam Li
about refining the install test plan to be more achievable within the
timeframe for each snapshot release. He had improved the Dracut Test Day
test cases. He had also spoken to Mike McGrath about the impact of
nightly Rawhide images on the resources of alt.fedoraproject.org. Mike
had not yet seen or had reported any major problems, but would like to
be kept in the loop when new milestones are released. Adam Williamson
asked if Infrastructure had any numbers for downloads of the nightly
images. James did not know, but would ask.
Jesse Keating reported that he had built the new version of autotest for
the AutoQA project to test. James Laska and Will Woods were in progress
on testing it, and would report next week.
Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. They had
spent the week writing documentation, collected in the AutoQA category
on the Wiki. There are pages on how to write hooks and tests for
AutoQA, and also pages on how AutoQA and autotest work. Will emphasized
that no particular knowledge of how AutoQA itself works is required to
write tests and hooks that can be used with it, and it's best to write
tests and hooks before worrying about wrapper code to use them in
AutoQA. In the coming week, they were planning to work on a method to
get data back out of autotest to be used for projects like the
James Laska did a Test Day update. He thanked those who had participated
in the Dracut Test Day, and promised to send a summary to the mailing
list soon. He noted that a sectool Test Day was due the day after the
meeting. Adam Williamson suggested some potential improvements to the
Wiki page, and James asked him to send them to the mailing list so the
Test Day organizer, Eduard Beneš, could update the page. The Sugar on a
Stick Test Day was due the Thursday after the meeting, and noted that he
and Sebastian Dziallas were working on getting the page ready, using the
new Semantic system for reporting results. Finally, Adam Williamson
noted that Graphics Test Week was coming the following week, and he was
working on getting the pages created. He expected to be able to re-use
many test cases from the Fedora 11 Test Days.
Kamil Paral brought up the idea of using zsync to reduce the download
weight of nightly Rawhide live images. Jesse Keating and Adam Williamson
did not think it would result in much benefit, due to the way Fedora
live CDs are implemented (as a single large filesystem image, rather
than a set of package files). Will Woods suggested doing some tests to
be sure, and Kamil said he would do this.
The group discussed the status of the proposed lower process
capabilities feature for Fedora 12. There was general concern that
development of this feature was not sufficiently advanced for the
current stage of Fedora 12 development. Fenris02 agreed to talk to the
feature maintainer to see what could be done to avoid dropping the
feature entirely for Fedora 12.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-09-01. The full
log is available. Adam Williamson noted that some planned topics
could not be discussed, as important people were not present: Brennan
Ashton was not available to update on the triage metrics project, and
Richard June was not present to update on the kernel triage project.
The group discussed the new test-announce mailing list. Matej Cepl
suggested that it be added to Gmane. Adam Williamson promised to do
Adam Williamson brought up the topic of Triage Days, which Edward Kirk
had put on the agenda with a view to presenting some ideas on improving
them. However, Edward was not at the meeting. No-one else had
significant ideas on the topic.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-09-07 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-09-08 at
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Zsync feasibility ---
As discussed at the meeting, Kamil Paral tested the practicality of
using zsync to reduce the size of nightly Rawhide live image
downloads. He found that savings of between 30% and 60% were possible
when testing the deltas between various nightly images.
--- Installation testing SOP update ---
Liam Li announced that he had updated the installation testing SOP
draft, with improved instructions on summarizing test results.
--- Test Day summaries ---
Test Day summaries for Dracut and Sectool were provided by James
Laska and Eduard Beneš respectively.
--- Mediawiki Semantic plugin testing ---
Mel Chua announced that he had built a working Mediawiki test
instance with the Semantic extension installed, for the purpose of
implementing an improved test result reporting system. He linked to a
meeting log which documented the implementation. He noted that the
upstream project were interested in having Fedora's use of the Semantic
system documented, and asked if anyone would be willing to work on this.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Transifex Version Upgrade on translate.fedoraproject.org ---
The version of Transifex used in translate.fedoraproject.org is set to
be updated soon to v.0.7.2 (to be released next week) . Diego Búrigo
Zacarão informed about the modifications that are going to be made by
Mike Mcgrath next week, that would enable higher number of connections
to translate.fedoraproject.org. However, considering that the
translation deadline for Fedora 12 is set for 22nd September 2009, the
version upgrade may happen after the translation due date.
--- Translations for Transifex Moved to www.transifex.net ---
The translations for the Transifex module would not be accepted from
translate.fedoraproject.org anymore. This module has now been moved
to www.transifex.net .
--- RPM Module Removed ---
The RPM module is at present not available for translations, due to
some errors and has been removed from the 'Various' collection in
--- New Members in Fedora Localization Project ---
Filip Slunecko (Czech), and Marila Latini (Italian) joined the
Fedora Localization Project last week.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- A Chilean Logo ---
As Jonathan Barrios, from the Chile community, asked for a
personalized artwork for a local event, "I think here I can get some
help to make the logo for Fedora Linux Day - Chile and one poster to
promotion this event", Charles R. Sutton proposed a first try as a
new contributor and after an in-depth research of the logo usage
guidelines he followed with a new, complying, version. A bit
later, María Leandro proposed another version "Something like this?
Remember that those are 2 proposals; you should pic only one. I like
most the one at bottom" which apparently made everyone happy "that is
perfect. I prefer the one on the bottom as well. Great work!"
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization
technologies on the @fedora-virt and @fedora-xen-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Fedora Virtualization List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
---- KSM Tuning Service ----
A new feature for Fedora 12, Kernel Samepage Merging, enables KVM
guest virtual machines to share identical memory pages. This is
especially useful when running multiple guests from the same or similar
base operating system image. Because memory is shared, the combined
memory usage of the guests is reduced. KSM works by scanning memory,
looking for identical pages.
Dan Kenigsberg posted a KSM control daemon in a "simple script that
controls whether (and with what vigor) should ksm search duplicated
"An unattended host running a variable number of qemu-kvm's needs to
tune ksm automatically, since when memory is tight, it's better to spend
more cpu on merging pages. In more relaxed cases, it's just a waste of
---- Host Iptables Settings for Bridged Guests ----
Mark McLoughlin pointed out that the recommended means of
configuring iptables on the host to allow traffic to pass to a bridged
guest is to disable netfilter on the bridge altogether.
# cat >> /etc/sysctl.conf <<EOF
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 0
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 0
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables = 0
# sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf
This "will be the default with Fedora 12."
--- Fedora Xen List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
---- Xen Domain0 Kernels ----
Until support for pv_ops is added to the upstream kernel (F13?), it
takes some twiddling to host Xen guests on Fedora. Even then it isn't
recommended for anything more than experimentation at this time. More
adventurous users are reporting some success with experimental kernels
and running a Xen dom0.  
Current dom0 kernel options include building one from Jeremy
Fitzhardinge's git repository or installing Brian Young's RPM.
-- end FWN 192 --
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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