Fedora Weekly News 255
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 255
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 184.108.40.206 Fedora Weekly News Reader Survey: feedback requested!
# 220.127.116.11 Fedora 12 End of Life
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
# 126.96.36.199 Additional information
o 1.2 Marketing
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Unity Desktop Possibly Coming to Fedora (Phoronix)
+ 1.3.2 Fedora Moving to Unity Too! (Ostatic)
o 1.4 Ambassadors
+ 1.4.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.4.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.4.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.5 QualityAssurance
+ 1.5.1 Call for Anaconda test cases
+ 1.5.2 Blocker bug tracking process improvements
+ 1.5.3 Update testing process improvements
+ 1.5.4 Critical path test case creation process
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 FUDCon T-shirt
+ 1.6.2 Design Team Blog
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 255 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 255 for the week ending December
8, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue starts off with two announcements, including a reminder about
Fedora 12's end of life, and a survey for Fedora Weekly News readers,
requesting feedback on FWN as it transitions to the Drupal-based Fedora
Insight. In Marketing team news, more discussion around the FWN survey,
and coverage of the latest Marketing team meeting. Two more articles
about Fedora "In the News" this week around packaging Unity for Fedora.
Ambassadors reports eight new Fedora Ambassadors from eight different
countries this week, along with the very helpful summaries of discussion
from both the Ambassadors and FAmSCo lists. Quality Assurance reports on
several work items, including a call for test cases of automated storage
testing in Anaconda, blocker bug and update tracking process
improvements, and development of a critical path test case creation
process. In Design news, lots of activity around the FUDCon 2011 Tempe
t-shirt design, and the announcement of a new Design team blog to better
communicate the team's activities. Our issue comes to a completion with
updates on the latest security-related package releases over this past
week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14. Enjoy! As a personal note, thank you to
everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback in the FWN survey so
far. It is much appreciated, and will provide direction for an improved
FWN to meet your information needs about the Fedora Project.
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
---- Fedora Weekly News Reader Survey: feedback requested! ----
Pascal Calarco solicited feedback on Fedora Weekly News via a survey,
open to all readers:
"Fedora Weekly News (FWN) is the weekly newsletter for the Fedora
Project, reporting on activities, developments and news about Fedora.
FWN is planning to transition to a new Drupal-based platform for
workflow, editing, publishing and dissemination, and, in advance of
this, we would like your feedback on how you, the reader, uses FWN and
solicit ideas for improving the quality and service of FWN to meet your
We invite you to provide us feedback on Fedora Weekly News via an
anonymous survey, below. This will be valuable as we integrate FWN into
our new Drupal-based news and information portal, Fedora Insight. The
survey shouldn't take more than about 5-10 minutes of your time. Thanks
Yours in Fedora,
Fedora Weekly News Team:
Adam Batkin Runa Bhattacharjee Nicu Buculei Pascal Calarco Neville A.
Cross Rashadul Islam Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay Adam Williamson"
---- Fedora 12 End of Life ----
Kevin Fenzi announced:
"This announcement is a reminder that as of 2010-12-02, Fedora 12 has
reached its end of life for updates and support. No further updates,
including security updates, will be available for Fedora 12.
Fedora 13 will continue to receive updates until approximately one month
after the release of Fedora 15. The maintenance schedule of Fedora
releases is documented on the Fedora Project wiki:
Please see for more information on upgrading to a supported release.
--- Fedora Development News ----
The development 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)
* Anything else not mentioned above
There were no Development announcements in the past week aside from the
Fedora 12 EOL notice, above.
---- 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 (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) -----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM): none
* 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 community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-12-01 to 2010-12-07.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
On the idea of make a Fedora Weekly News Readers survey, Jesus Franco
offered a couple of options. Pascal Calarco drafted a survey and
asked for feedback. Neville Cross pointed that spreading the survey
may also help to spread the Fedora Weekly News. Mel Chua said that
this makes sense from budget perspective and offered to pay for the use
of Lime Survey services. Robyn Bergeron gave valuable feed back to
make the survey more easy to fill out. She also declared herself a fan
of Limesurvey. Pascal posted the final version of the survey.
As any other Tuesday, Marketing meeting took place and minutes are
available to the public
-- 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
--- Unity Desktop Possibly Coming to Fedora (Phoronix) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a posting on the Unity Desktop possibly
coming to Fedora:
"Adam Williamson has shared that he's looking at packaging Canonical's
Unity desktop for Fedora. "Why? Well, a few reasons. Mainly, Unity’s an
interesting project. I want to look at it and compare it to GNOME Shell
and I think quite a few others do too, so it seems nice to package it so
you can run both on Fedora. I don’t really want to maintain an Ubuntu
install just to test Unity (can’t do it in a KVM VM as it requires
compositing support). Also, though, I think it’ll do a bit to help keep
everyone honest: if other projects show interest in providing Unity as
an option for people to use, it increases the motivation for Unity's
developers to make sure it can be easily built without non-upstreamed
changes. Hopefully it also increases the motivation for upstream
projects to work with the Unity developers to get their changes merged.
It's the same for any project, really – if you have a wide base of users
of a project across many distributions, it gives everyone involved a
reason to work to make sure it's easy to maintain the project across
The full article is available.
--- Fedora Moving to Unity Too! (Ostatic) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded another posting regarding this:
"Despite all the negative reaction to Ubuntu's move to Unity, is it
possible that another popular distribution is going to walk in its
footsteps? Do they want to experience the backlash and exodus of users?
Do they want to be subjected to a barrage of criticism? Well, no, not
really. But Adam Williamson is working on making some Fedora packages
for those that might want to test and run it.
In a blog post today Williamson announced that he's going to give it the
ole college try. But according to him, it's going to be quite the
undertaking. He said, "I'm just started at the bottom of the dependency
pile and seeing how far I can get. So far, I have review requests in for
libindicator and dee. I need to do nux, and after libindicator goes in,
the actual indicators. The remaining dependencies are a bit trickier."
The full article is available
-- Ambassadors --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members
Nunor5 from Portugal mentored by Robert Scheck
Tosin Oduwole from Nigeria mentored by Robert Scheck
Eslam Shapsough from Jordan mentored by Bert Desmet
Lucas Augusto Brito de Oliveira from Brazil
Dimitris Glaros from Greece mentored by Robert Scheck
Mohd Fazli Azran from Malayasia mentored by Gerard Braad
Vinzenz Vietzke from Germany mentored by Robert Scheck
Antonio Trande from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Buddhika Chandradeepa Kurera announced  that the Polo T Shirt for
Ambassadors  was finalized and requested that the form  to be
filled up to enable orders to be placed.
Danishka Navin posted  a report about all regions and nearly all
municipalities in Norway using Open Source 
Bert Desmet announced  a Fedora 14 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Release event  at Antwerp, Belgium 
Joerg Simon posted the FAmSCo Final Report 2010 
Mahay Alam Khan informed  about producing Fedora 14 (32 bit)
installation DVD for Ambassadors in Bangladesh and requested their
postal addresses to facilitate sending a bulk amount of DVD by courier.
Ankur Sinha posted  what prospective ambassadors could do aside from
holding Linux events after reading a post on community support 
Jared Smith announced  the Election Results from FAmSCo, FESCo and
Max Spevack asked  about budget requirements around FOSDEM 2011 
Buddhika Kurera suggested  asking each Ambassador to have a
responsibility to organize at least one event a year to spread Fedora in
the community. Max Spevack agreed  about the need to Hall Monitor
Heherson Pagcaliwagan posted  LinuxConf Australia 2011  and FAD
Brisbane  planning
Harish Pillay reported  about a Fedora 14 launch at Singapore 
Zoltan Hoppar wrote about  a plan to create new T-shirts but want to
know the slogan for Fedora 14
Edwind Richzendy Contreras Soto reported  on the Fedora 14 launch at
Ilyes Gouta reported  about the Fedora presence at the SIB Expo 
Neville A. Cross posted  about the after party of Fedora 14 Launch
Party at Managua, Nicaragua
Zied Fakhfakh informed  about a Fedora Talk at ISET'Com  on
Pierros Papadeas wrote  about helping with the Brisbane FAD
Buddhika Kurera posted  about a FAD in Sri Lanka during 2011 
Tian Shixiong posted a self introduction to the list 
Caius 'kaio' Chance informed  about the renaming of the au-users
list to anz
Ashiqur Rahman Angel reported  on the Fedora 14 Release Party,
Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Neville A. Cross posted  about a Barcamp in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
Joerg Simon posted a request  asking a review of the FAmSCo Report
2010  Susmit Shannigrahi pointed out a few corrections  and asked
about the need to do a Publican report which he subsequently posted .
Max Spevack informed  about updating the budget page 
Joerg Simon informed  about the onset of the FAmSCo election period
expressed hope about helping the new team with the transition. Paul W
Frields took time to thank the current FAmSCo  and noted the
exceptional impact it continues to make on the community
Joerg Simon set up the process  to decommission the former FAmSCo
Paul W Frields mentioned  that being no longer the Fedora Project
Leader, the new FAmSCo should feel free to consider removing him from
the FAmSCo list
Joerg Simon responded  to a sponsorship request around FOSDEM'11 and
provided his opinions on the FAmSCo list
Pierros Papadeas posted  the agenda for the FAmSCo meeting on
2010-12-11. The thread  has discussions about other items as
suggested by members of the new FAmSCo
Max Spevack requested  that Harish Pillay be provided view access to
the tickets on the FAmSCo trac instance as he is the primary point of
contact for budget stuff in the APAC region. Joerg Simon informed about
it being done 
-- QualityAssurance --
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
--- Call for Anaconda test cases ---
Chris Lumens posted a call for test cases for automated storage
testing in Anaconda, the Fedora system installer. Several people
followed up with suggestions for tests.
--- Blocker bug tracking process improvements ---
Following some discussion on possible improvements to monitoring blocker
bug trackers, Bruno Wolff provided some prefab Bugzilla queries for
finding blocker bugs which have been closed but not verified, to help
ensure that blocker bugs do not drop off the radar if they are
--- Update testing process improvements ---
Kevin Fenzi posted a call for ideas and comments on potential
improvements and adjustments to the update testing processes. An
extensive discussion followed, and the various ideas presented and
discussed will feed into FESCo's consideration of the topic.
--- Critical path test case creation process ---
Adam Williamson announced that he had opened a trac ticket to
track the creation of a framework for package-specific test cases to aid
the critical path package update testing process. Several recent
discussions within both the development and QA groups had reinforced the
need for specific test cases for critical path package updates, and he
planned to create a framework to aid the creation of these tests and
their integration into Bodhi, fedora-easy-karma and similar tools.
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- FUDCon T-shirt ---
Emily Dirsh proposed a T-shirt design for the Tempe FUDCon "It's
inspired by the art of the Hohokam who once lived in the area" and after
an initial warm receive from Máirín Duffy "Wow that is **gorgeous**,
I love it! I would love a shirt with that design in it!" she followed
with a couple of variations "Ooh, I love the idea of a navy shirt! Yeah,
the advantage to a single-color design is it's very easy to adjust the
color." Jef van Schendel also proposed a few remixes "Here's a few
quick and dirty stabs at a dark shirt version".
--- Design Team Blog ---
Máirín Duffy announced a new communication channel for the team
"Thanks to Sijis we now have a team blog!! (Yay!!)" and she invited
authors to join "Some members of the design team we couldn't add to the
blog because their accounts weren't in the Fedora blogs system. If you'd
like to be added, please log in to Fedora blogs to create your account,
and let me know you've done it so I can request your account be added."
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-188.8.131.52-64.fc14 -
* java-1.6.0-openjdk-184.108.40.206-220.127.116.11.fc14 -
* bareftp-0.3.7-1.fc14 -
* clamav-0.96.5-1400.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* udev-153-5.fc13 -
* bareftp-0.3.7-1.fc13 -
* dnsperf-18.104.22.168-19.fc13 -
* bind-dyndb-ldap-0.1.0-0.10.a1.20091210git.fc13 -
* bind-9.7.2-1.P3.fc13 -
* kernel-22.214.171.124-63.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-126.96.36.199-175.fc12 -
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