Fedora Weekly News 231
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 231
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
o 1.2 Marketing
+ 1.2.1 SWOT Comparative Analysis
+ 1.2.2 Search for a new name for Fedora Summer of Code
+ 1.2.3 Fedora Microblog content update
+ 1.2.4 A new blog for tracking the community aspects of the Fedora Project
+ 1.2.5 MMM – Marketing Meeting Minutes
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Fedora NetInstall (Net Install) with gPXE and BFO
+ 1.3.2 Fedora 13 “Goddard” Review – Gnome Desktop
+ 1.3.3 Zarafa Collaboration Platform 6.40 Goes Gold
+ 1.3.4 Fedora 13 praised for security and permissions enhancements
+ 1.3.5 Gnote: Fedora 13 note tool (ghacks.net)
+ 1.3.6 Setting up a network printer in Fedora 13 (ghacks.net)
+ 1.3.7 Fedora 13 Goddard. Bah. Meh. Hmm? Ok.
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Proven testers
+ 1.4.2 AutoQA
+ 1.4.3 Critical path wiki update
+ 1.4.4 Kernel triage
+ 1.4.5 Triage metrics
+ 1.4.6 Setting needinfo on impending end-of-life bugs
+ 1.4.7 Fedora 14 recommendations
+ 1.4.8 Reopening bugs
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Schedule
+ 1.5.2 gettext-0-18 Available
+ 1.5.3 SELinux FAQ in Spanish, Dutch and Ukrainian
+ 1.5.4 New Translation Process for Wiki
+ 1.5.5 New Sponsor for the Arabic Team
+ 1.5.6 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Maintainers Wanted for the Design Suite Spin
+ 1.6.2 Weekly Design Team IRC Meeting
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 231 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 231 for the week ending June 23,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In this week's FWN, we start off with news from the Fedora Planet,
including a posting on yum's "history" command, discussion on how to
handle the Fedora Project's microblogging accounts, and an update on new
features expected for Fedora 14. In Marketing news, coverage of
discussion of SWOT analysis approaches between Fedora and other
distributions, another discussion around an alternate name for the
"Fedora Summer of Code" project, and announcement of a new blog entitled
"Fedora Next: Tracking the bleeding edge of Fedora development". Next up
are a variety of Fedora news pieces in the trade press and blogosphere
in Fedora In The News. In Quality Assurance, coverage of the new proven
testers process, revision of the critical path documentation on the
wiki, and recommendations for Fedora 14 based on the Fedora 13 QA
experience. In Translation team news, details on Fedora 14 tasks for the
team, a new version of gettext-0-18 for rawhide and f13-updates testing,
and details on new sponsors and team members for the Fedora Localization
Project. In Art Team news, a call for maintainers for the Design Suite
Spin, and coverage of the weekly design IRC meeting. Our issue wraps up
with Security Advisories, bringing us current with security-related
packages released in the past week. Read on!
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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- 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 ---
Mel Chua wondered how e-mail message threading works and how Message
IDs are generated.
The Red Hat Press Office mentioned some of the happenings at the
Opensource.com's "Open Your World, an online forum exploring how the
open source ideals of participation, collaboration, community,
transparency and meritocracy are applied beyond the technology industry."
Seth Vidal suggested that you should check out the features of yum's
new (in F12/F13) "history" command.
Luke Slater discussed how to handle Fedora's microblogging accounts
and different languages and cultures. "This is a post in response to the
discussions that have been going on in relation to what exactly we
should do with the Fedora microblogging accounts and one of the subjects
that I’m rather concerned about is how we’re going to deal with
different languages and cultures."
Richard W.M. Jones developed a comcept for a graphical libguestfs
browser using Lablgtk2 and OCaml.
Rob Escriva wrote about bootstrapping Python projects. "I'll be
sharing how I use the standard library's doctest module, Georg Brandl's
sphinx package, Logilab's PyLint program and Ned Batchelder's coverage
module to keep the number of inconsistencies and defects in both my code
and documentation low."
Ian MacGregor had some upgrade issues. "Just because xorg isn't
working doesn't mean you can't get things done. Today I proved that you
don't even need xorg to be able to surf the web, check email, download
files, chat in IRC and have multiple windows open - though it's nice to
have a working xorg. Keep some CLI apps installed and learn how to use
the command line.. you never know when all of this may come in handy."
Rahul Sundaram covered a few of the new features to be expected in
Peter Hutterer summarized the touchpad features now available in
xorg. Peter also explained some of the common misconceptions and
issues about keyboard input under X.
Clint Savage continued the discussion of "Combating Apathy in [Free
and Open Source] Communities".
Mark McLoughlin announced a new REST API for the Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization Manager. "The only current API for RHEV-M is a Windows
Powershell plugin which provides a perfectly fine scripting interface
for RHEV-M on Windows, but isn’t so easy to call remotely or to
integrate with another application. By adding a REST API, we’re adding
an integration interface which we hope everyone will find convenient to
Martin Sourada provided an update on artwork for Fedora 14.
Felix Kaechele explained how to filter out those annoying vuvuzelas
Kam Salisbury found that Cygwin under Windows 7 has some minor
networking issues. "Network communication also works, if you edit the
Windows 7 firewall outbound rules to allow cygwin to communicate."
Andrew Overholt announced the availability of Linux Tools 0.6 as
part of the Helios Eclipse simultaneous release.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-06-16 to 2010-06-22.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
--- SWOT Comparative Analysis ---
Last week a thread was started by Nelson Marques about SWOT -
comparative analysis. This threat aim to establish ground for comparison
among distros. This is a promising topic.
--- Search for a new name for Fedora Summer of Code ---
Robin Bergeron is looking for a more representative name for Fedora
Summer of Code. Apparently this name is creating confusion due
similarity with others summer sessions. Having Northern and Southern
summers included is wonderful. Brainstorming has produced many names.
--- Fedora Microblog content update ---
Paul Frieldshas working hard for Microblog content. Now that we have
control over fedora account on twitter and now also on identi.ca too,
marketing team is discussing on how to make the most of those resources.
A related thread was started by Luke Slater about Microblogging
research. This is leading into new grounds, and the considerations
regarding translation of the content.
--- A new blog for tracking the community aspects of the Fedora Project ---
Rahul Sundaram announced a new blog named "Fedora Next: Tracking the
bleeding edge of Fedora development" which tries to show the community
side of developing Fedora.
--- MMM – Marketing Meeting Minutes ---
Finally we have MMM – Marketing Meeting Minutes.
-- 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
--- Fedora NetInstall (Net Install) with gPXE and BFO
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a posting from the "If Not True Then False"
blog from 2010-06-8:
"This is guide with screenshots, howto install Fedora (currently Fedora
13) with gPXE and BFO (boot.fedoraproject.org). BFO combines a series of
recent technologies to produce a new boot stack. The glue that holds
everything together is gPXE. Boot method is similar to PXE Boot. It uses
very small images (iso, floppy, disk) to bootstrap a machine that then
contacts a remote server for boot information."
The full post is available.
--- Fedora 13 “Goddard” Review – Gnome Desktop ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a posting covering Fedora 13 from a blog
"I faced only one ’serious’ bug during my time in Fedora, but only
because I didn’t think about it. One of Fedora’s defining features is
SELinux, which is a Security Enhancement for Linux, and I forgot to add
an exception into the Firewall/SELinux to allow me to connect to it.
Otherwise, Fedora was completely uneventful and great. I’d rate it about
an eight and a half out of ten."
The full post is available.
--- Zarafa Collaboration Platform 6.40 Goes Gold ---
Robert Scheck forwarded the official press release about Zarafa that
mentions Fedora nicely:
"Since February 2010, the Fedora Project is shipping the 6.30 series of
the ZCP. The active Fedora releases 12 and 13 will ship Zarafa 6.40.0 as
well as the Fedora Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases 4 and 5. EPEL 6 beta (for the
upcoming RHEL 6 in autumn, which is RHEL 6 beta right now) will also get
Zarafa 6.40.0 as soon as possible. The ZCP 6.40.0 is also available
through the Canonical Partner repository for the popular Ubuntu
distribution. Mandriva, a third free Linux distribution project,
includes Zarafa as well."
The full press release is available.
--- Fedora 13 praised for security and permissions enhancements
Kara Schlitz forwarded a posting from Desktop Linux on Fedora 13 from
"The community-driven Fedora 13 Linux distribution has been reviewed by
eWEEK, which was highly impressed with its cutting-edge enterprise
features. The review praises Fedora security and permissions features
such as the AccountsDialog user management utility, and it also likes
the new command line interface for NetworkManager.
As was noted in our coverage of the _beta release of Fedora 13 in April,
the new Fedora release has introduced a key features including automatic
print-driver installation, the Btrfs filesystem, and enhanced 3D driver
support. Released last month in final form, Fedora 13 has now been given
the once over from the enterprise angle by Jason Brooks at our sister
The full post is available
--- Gnote: Fedora 13 note tool (ghacks.net) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a recent review of the Gnote note tool
available in Fedora 13:
"I take notes. I take a LOT of notes. When I’m not at a PC I use pen and
paper. When I am at a PC I use whatever tool is the most accessible and
the most usable. For the longest time that tool was my text editor (most
likely Nano). The only problem with Nano is it take some serious work to
have any organization…and it’s accessibility wasn’t the best. To take
notes I had to open up a console, enter the command to start nano, type
my notes, and save/title/close my notes. But over the last few years
much better tools have evolved for taking notes. One such tool is the
Fedora default, Gnote."
The full post is available
--- Setting up a network printer in Fedora 13 (ghacks.net) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded another posting from ghacks.net about
setting up a network printer in Fedora 13:
"I have been bragging to everyone how user-friendly Fedora has become
with it’s most recent release for a while now. Some people are prone to
believe me and some are not. No matter where you stand, if you have any
experience with Linux, you know there are certain aspects that can be a
bit of a challenge. Printing has been one of those issues for many
people for a while now. That has all changed with recent releases.
Fedora 13 is no exception. The installation and configuration of
printers has become a no-brainer for both local and networked printers"
The full post is available.
--- Fedora 13 Goddard. Bah. Meh. Hmm? Ok. ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a skeptical but ultimately positive review
of Fedora 13:
"Fedora 13 Goddard is ... I don't really know what to say. Personally,
the most important part of system usage is stability. Compared to
previous versions, the difference is huge. Fedora 13 is stable and
robust and this makes it an adequate candidate for daily use. With
autoten and similar programs, you solve the availability problem of
software, including popular applications and codecs. Still, placing a
shortcut on the desktop, which reads "grab your non-free stuff over
here" would have made a big change for the average user."
The full post is available.
-- Quality Assurance --
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
--- Proven testers ---
During the QA weekly meeting of 2010-06-14, Adam Williamson reported
that he had drafted a set of instructions for proven testers (under
the new proven tester policy), and also had updated various wiki
pages   to reference the proven testers process. James Laska
noted that he was monitoring the ticket requesting the infrastructure
team to configure Bodhi to require proven tester feedback on critical
path updates. Adam subsequently announced his draft on the mailing
list, followed by a second draft. Aaron Faanes stepped in with
a much-improved revision of Adam's draft. Adam replied to thank
Aaron for his improvements.
--- AutoQA ---
During the QA meeting, Kamil Paral reported that the AutoQA team had
decided to re-prioritize their goals with the aim of delivering concrete
results as soon as possible, even where this meant not immediately
meeting the whole range of aims for the project. They had decided
the current priorities were to test and finish the Bodhi hook,
implementing the ability to run potentially dangerous tests in a virtual
machine, creating a test instance of the autotest environment for
testing new features without breaking the stable instance, getting a
publicly accessible machine for the results database (resultdb), and
working on resultdb.
--- Critical path wiki update ---
James Laska announced that he had revised the critical path
documentation on the Wiki. He had created a new page to complement
the existing critical path proposal page, which had initially been
only the proposal of the critical path process but had come to be used
as a general reference for the implemented process as well.
--- Kernel triage ---
During the Bugzappers weekly meeting of 2010-06-15, JP reported that
he had updated the stock responses on the older kernel triage page to
match the style of the newer Bugzappers stock responses, and asked
for feedback on the changes.
2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/KernelBugTriage and BugZappers
--- Triage metrics ---
During the Bugzappers meeting, Jeff Raber reported his progress on the
new triage metrics project. He had created a Bugzilla query which
lists bugs triaged in the previous 30 days, and was working on some
modifications to python-bugzilla to provide output suited to triage
statistics. Adam Williamson promised to put Jeff in touch with Will
Woods to discuss merging the python-bugzilla changes.
--- Setting needinfo on impending end-of-life bugs ---
During the Bugzappers meeting, Matej Cepl suggested that when adding a
comment to bugs on releases that will soon go end-of-life, we should
also set the needinfo state to mark that additional input is needed to
keep the bug open. After some discussion, everyone agreed that this was
a good idea.
--- Fedora 14 recommendations ---
James Laska announced the list of recommendations for the Fedora 14
cycle based on the Fedora 13 QA retrospective. He noted that the next
task would be to organize the recommendations into a set of trac tickets
to track their implementation.
--- Reopening bugs ---
Matt McCutchen brought up the topic of reopening bugs, specifically
the fact that most Bugzilla users can only reopen bugs that they filed
(or which are assigned to them). He mentioned that he had filed an RFE
asking that all users be given permission to reopen bugs. Adam
Williamson said he would forward the proposal to the Bugzilla
maintainers for consideration.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Fedora 14 Schedule ---
John Poelstra has put together the Fedora 14 schedule for the
Documentation and Translation Teams. FLSco member Noriko Mizumoto has
suggested some changes to the schedule including removal of the tasks to
be done by other teams and to include a few timelines that would inform
translators about the start dates for some tasks.
--- gettext-0-18 Available ---
Jens Petersen announced the availability of the gettext-0-18 for rawhide
and f13-updates testing.
--- SELinux FAQ in Spanish, Dutch and Ukrainian ---
The SELinux FAQ in Spanish, Dutch and Ukrainian is now available at
--- New Translation Process for Wiki ---
Ian Weller has put forward a suggested framework for the process to be
used for localizing wiki content. The draft of the framework is
currently open for review by the FLP.
--- New Sponsor for the Arabic Team ---
The current Co-ordinator of the Arabic Team, Munzir Taha has been
upgraded to a 'Sponsor' role and would now be able to sponsor new
translators in the Arabic Translation Team. Until recently, the
Arabic team did not have any 'Sponsor' which resulted in a number of
pending requests in the sponsorship queue for the Arabic translators.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Okta Purnama Rahadian (Indonesian), Ahmed Samir (Arabic), Petr
Pisar (Czech), Hans Verduguez (Spanish), Tommy Albert Surbakti
(Bahasa Indonesian), Pedro Lucas Farinha (Potuguese) joined the
Fedora Localization Project recently.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Maintainers Wanted for the Design Suite Spin ---
Sebastian Dziallas, the maintainer of the Fedora Design Suite spin,
raised a call for help with the maintenance " I'll be starting
college at the end of the summer and I'm suspecting that I might have a
little less time then. Hence, I'm looking at handing the Design Suite
off". So far two people, [ChrisJones|Chris Jones] and Papadeas
Pierros showed their interest.
--- Weekly Design Team IRC Meeting ---
This week the Design Team IRC Meeting was chaired by Ian Weller and the
agenda included a status check of the Fedora 14 artwork, the
ticketing system (Trac) queue and open discussions. The minutes are
Following the meeting, Jef van Schendel reported on the list the
progress of to of the tasks he volunteered on: a background for
microblogging sites and standardized hackergotchi labels for Planet
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* moodle-1.9.9-1.fc13 -
* gnutls-2.8.6-2.fc13 -
* squirrelmail-1.4.20-3.fc13 -
* drupal-views-6.x.2.11-1.fc13 -
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.7-1.fc13 -
* beanstalkd-1.4.6-1.fc13 -
* irssi-0.8.15-1.fc13 -
* znc-0.090-2.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* moodle-1.9.9-1.fc12 -
* squirrelmail-1.4.20-3.fc12 -
* beanstalkd-1.4.6-1.fc12 -
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.7-1.fc12 -
* drupal-views-6.x.2.11-1.fc12 -
* znc-0.090-2.fc12 -
* sudo-1.7.2p6-2.fc12 -
* sendmail-8.14.4-3.fc12 -
* xinha-0.96.1-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* moodle-1.9.9-1.fc11 -
* squirrelmail-1.4.20-2.fc11 -
* openssl-0.9.8n-2.fc11 -
* drupal-views-6.x.2.11-1.fc11 -
* drupal-cck-6.x.2.7-1.fc11 -
* znc-0.090-2.fc11 -
* irssi-0.8.15-1.fc11 -
* sudo-1.7.2p6-2.fc11 -
- end FWN 231 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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