Fedora Weekly News 215
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 215
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcements
# 184.108.40.206 Fedora 13 Alpha Slip by One Week
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 220.127.116.11 Call for F13 release slogan suggestions
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 2010)
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
# 126.96.36.199 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Fedora Splits and Goes Faster (LinuxPlanet)
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Fedora 13 Alpha validation testing and delay
+ 1.4.4 Dealing with old Target bugs
+ 1.4.5 Critical Path Wranglers proposal
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Documentation Related to the Release Schedule
+ 1.5.2 Hivex and kf Translations Submission Issues
+ 1.5.3 PulseAudio Translation Submission Disabled
+ 1.5.4 Transifex v 0.8 rc1 Upcoming Release
+ 1.5.5 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 Alpha Banner
+ 1.6.2 LiveCD Icon
+ 1.6.3 Testing the Alpha Backgrounds
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 215 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 215 for the week ending February
28, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This issue kicks off with an announcement last week of one week slippage
for Fedora 13 Alpha, as well as a call for Fedora 13 slogan suggestions,
which will be finalized on 3/2. In news from the Fedora Planet, a report
from the GNOME London UX Hackfest, a summary of the Fedora 13 Talking
Points, and the return of Chromium to Fedora 12. In a new beat, "Fedora
in the News", a recent article from LinuxPlanet on recent positive
changes to Rawhide, Fedora's development version. In Quality Assurance
team news, coverage of the recent Test Day on language pack plugin for
yum, details on this week's Test Day, detailed coverage of the QA weekly
meetings, and an update on Fedora 13 Alpha validation testing and delay.
In Translation team news, fixes to Hivex and kf translations submission
issues, announcement of an upcoming release of Transifex v 0.8 rc1, and
new members for the Fedora Localization Project for Russian, Spanish,
Italian, and Bengali! The Art/Design team brings us news of a couple
Fedora 13 website banner designs, work on a LiveCD icon, and a call for
help with testing the Fedora 13 Alpha backgrounds. This issue finishes
off with a quiet week of security patches for Fedora 11, 12 and 13. Enjoy!
We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News
(FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format for a few past FWN issues
that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet
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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 Announcements ---
---- Fedora 13 Alpha Slip by One Week ----
Jesse Keating announced "Today at the go / no-go meeting we
decided to slip the Alpha by one week. This slip is needed to verify
blocker bug fixes and validate new builds of software necessary to fix
those bugs. We are confident that the fixes we have are valid, however
we do not have enough time to prove them valid. We will spend the next
few days doing that validation. In the mean time builds will continue to
be pushed to updates-testing for 13, and even to 13 stable, however
critical path packages might not be pushed unless they are fixing a
release blocking issue. Once we've validated all the fixes we will do
more frequent pushes to 13 stable.
At this time we are not adjusting later milestone dates, as with no
frozen rawhide we are not taking away any developer time."
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- Call for F13 release slogan suggestions ----
Robyn Bergeron announced
We need a slogan for the F13 release. It will be chosen one week from
now, on 3/2. A release slogan is a short call-to-action that fits the
artwork theme from Design. (F12's slogan was "Unite.")
If you are interested in suggesting ideas for the release slogan, please
take a look at the Release Slogan SOP, and the criteria for
selection. The slogan must be:
* short (1-3 words)
* a call to action
It should reinforce that Fedora helps the user achieve something great.
It should also reflect some of ideas and themes found in the release
artwork, and, if possible, also touch upon the Four Foundations.
Please put your slogan ideas here
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 3/2 at 20:00 UTC, which is our
next Marketing meeting. We'll be discussing submissions there, and
then the FPL, Mo Duffy, and the Marketing team lead will take that input
and select the final slogan on 3/2, following the marketing meeting. Let
me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns -- and let the
wiki table know if you have any ideas!"
--- Fedora Events ---
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 (March 2010 to May 2010) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM) 
* 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
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition
covers highlights from the past three weeks.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Karsten Wade wrote ways to improve the FOSS legal landscape. "At the
close of SCALE 8x I caught a presentation by my colleague Richard
Fontana, who was talking on Improving the Open Source Legal System.
Richard’s proposal is to consider FLOSS licensing and legal landscape as
its own international legal system. This is instead of how we do it now,
which is to try mapping license terms to local law, or ignoring the
problems that arise from that." Jon Stanley added comments "on some
old news that people may or may not be aware of, the Court of Appeals
for the Federal Circuits 2008 ruling in Jacobsen v. Katzer.
Interestingly, the case was recently resolved with a settlement in favor
of Jacobsen (the OSS author)."
Máirín Duffy attended the GNOME London UX Hackfest. Topics that
Máirín covered include "Painless accessibility tips for GNOME designers
and developers", a "GNOME Vision Brainstorm" and usability reports
and possible improvements for Empathy and Totem. Bastien Nocera
was there too, and shared a discussion about removing preferences
from GNOME, replacing them with a "TweakUI" type interface called "GNOME
Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been named as one of the "25 Decade
Shaping Technologies" by eWEEK.
Mel Chua summarized the Fedora 13 "talking points" that have been
chosen. And, "if you know cool things about a talking point that should
be mentioned, good resources on it to link to, or otherwise have
something to chip in, please add it to the wiki page; we’ll be cleaning
up the final display next week right before the Alpha goes out."
Daniel Walsh explained why there is an audit2allow but not
audit2dontaudit tool: There should be. And now there is. "In Fedora 12
and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, I added a new flag to audit2allow, -D or
--dontaudit. This option tells audit2allow to generate dontaudit rules
rather then allow rules."
Max Spevack presented a talk at FOSDEM 2010 on Open Source
Tom Callaway noted that after a brief absence, Chromium packages are
back, but for Fedora 12 only (for now).
-- 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 Splits and Goes Faster (LinuxPlanet) ---
Kara Schlitz forwarded a summary of the following article posted to
LinuxPlanet on 2/23/2010:
"Fedora Splits and Goes Faster By Sean Michael Kerner
The bleeding edge of Red Hat's Fedora Linux community has long been the
branch of Fedora code known as Rawhide. New contributions land in
Rawhide first, marking the tip of new Linux development for Fedora,
though activity there slows down during Fedora release cycles.
As a result of a new move taken by Fedora developers this month,
however, Rawhide is evolving to ensure that even when new Fedora
releases are coming, the bleeding edge of Linux development won't grind
to a halt."
The full post is also available
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day was on the langpack plugin for yum. The event
suffered a little from falling in the same week as the Alpha candidate
testing process, but testing did result in the identification of two
bugs. Thanks to those who came out to test.
Next week's Test Day will be on the use of SSSD by default. As the
page says, "The prime benefit of the System Security Services Daemon is
support for offline logins. Above and beyond the traditional pam_ldap or
pam_krb5 approaches, the SSSD would remove the need for laptop users of
Fedora to maintain a local account, separate from their
centrally-managed account, to work offline or disconnected from the
central servers." This is a significant feature for many people, so
please come out and help us test it! The Test Day will run all day on
Thursday 2010-03-04 in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 13
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 2010-02-22. The full logs are
available. Adam Williamson noted that the privilege escalation
policy the group had helped to create had been approved by FESco and
was now an official policy.
James Laska noted that the first Alpha release candidate was now
available for testing. Jesse Keating mentioned that it had turned out
to be quite broken. James pointed out the test result matrix as the
best summary of exactly how broken. The group briefly discussed the
causes for the regressions from the second test compose, with the X
server input switch from HAL to dbus being one of the major causes, and
some errors in anaconda changes the other. Kamil Paral pointed out that
an SELinux bug was impeding desktop validation testing. After some
discussion, the group agreed testing could go ahead with SELinux
disabled and negative results recorded, but not positive results (as it
was impossible to be sure if the result would also be positive with
SELinux enabled). The group also discussed the best approach to testing
to try and get all critical issues fixed without having to delay the
Alpha release, and agreed to focus on closing as many open bugs as
possible even with the known-bad RC1 images and then testing RC2 quickly
once it was made available.
Adam Williamson briefly mentioned that he would be putting the topicof
Fedora 13 bug procedures up for discussion at the next day's Bugzappers
The group discussed the question of membership of the QA group in FAS
for a while. This has historically been unimportant as it was not used
for anything, but in future, positive feedback in Bodhi for critical
path packages will be required from members of QA or Release Engineering
before the update can be pushed, so the question of group membership
becomes important. Adam Miller volunteered to write an initial draft of
a policy / procedure on group membership.
Adam Miller recapped his call for help with QA brainstorming for the new
security spin. James Laska pointed out that there had recently been a
test day for sectool, and suggested those involved with that may be
interested in helping.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2010-02-23. The full
log is available. The group discussed Jon Stanley's suggestions.
No-one could immediately think of any extra resources the project in
general could be providing that would help the Bugzappers' work. The
question of sending out updates regarding the project's work became a
discussion of the long-pending triage statistics project. Adam
Williamson said that Brennan Ashton had been discussing incorporating
the project into the Fedora Community system at FUDCon. Edward Kirk said
he had blogged in the last couple of weeks about starting work on this.
After the meeting, Brennan contacted the group to let them know he was
working actively on the Fedora Community system and had been posting
about his work on the infrastructure SIG mailing list. He also granted
Matej Cepl administrator access to the triage section on fedorahosted.
Adam Williamson introduced the topic of what to do with bugs reported
against Rawhide between the Fedora 12 release and the early branch of
Fedora 13 under the new 'no frozen Rawhide' system. After some
discussion, the group agreed in principle that these bugs should be
rebased to Fedora 13, and Adam volunteered to talk to John Poelstra and
Dave Lawrence about this.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2010-03-01 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting. The next Bugzappers weekly meeting will be held on
2010-03-02 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Fedora 13 Alpha validation testing and delay ---
It was a busy week for Alpha validation testing for QA and release
engineering, with four Alpha release candidate builds being built and
(to some extent) tested. As discussed at the meeting, the first release
candidate had significant problems rendering it almost unusable. The
second fixed some issues but was still had major problems. The third
fixed most of the outstanding issues but introduced a regression which
broke x86-64 installation, and could also not be installed from the live
image. Despite great effort on the part of the release engineering team,
It was not possible to build a fourth release candidate in time to be
properly tested before the project-wide release readiness meeting, so QA
and release engineering had to vote to delay the Alpha release. As
announced by Jesse Keating, the Alpha release would be delayed by one
week, but the Beta and Final schedules would not be changed. The fourth
release candidate build was announced by Rui He on 2010-02-26, and
validation testing results looked positive at the time of writing. Andre
Robatino announcedDeltaISOs for RC2 -> RC3, and RC3 -> RC4.
--- Dealing with old Target bugs ---
Christopher Beland asked what should be done with open bugs that were
on the Target lists for previous releases. Adam Williamson replied to
agree that this was an unsettled question, and pointed out that
practically speaking, neither QA nor development teams had paid much
attention to the Target lists for several releases. He suggested the
system should be either revised or abandoned.
--- Critical Path Wranglers proposal ---
Adam Miller presented an outline of a policy for membership of the
QA group in FAS (as initially discussed during the weekly meeting). He
asked for the group to comment on the proposal and suggest possible
refinements and improvements.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Documentation Related to the Release Schedule ---
John Poelstra has requested the creation of a wiki page, outlining
information related to the requirements and consequences in line with
the 'Software Translation Deadline' milestone. Currently, John is
working to get in place a wiki page(link) for each milestone in the
At present, the upcoming milestone for the Fedora Localization Project
is the 'Fedora 13 Final Software Translation Period' scheduled to end on
March 23rd 2010.
--- Hivex and kf Translations Submission Issues Corrected ---
Daniel Cabrera from the Spanish team notified that libguestfs and
hivex modules pointed to the same bug component for translation
submissions on translate.fedoraproject.org. This was corrected by
Piotr Drag and the page for now points to the correct bug for hivex.
Thomas Canniot from the French team intimated about availability of
the long dormant, kf package in translate.fedoraproject.org. This has
been moved to the 'Deprecated' section by Piotr.
--- PulseAudio Translation Submission Disabled ---
Translations for the PulseAudio modules (PulseAudio, PulseAudio
Preferences, PulseAudio Volume Control) can now be submitted via
transifex.net. Hence, these modules have now been disabled for
submission on translate.fedoraproject.org.
--- Transifex v 0.8 rc1 Upcoming Release ---
Dimitris Glezos informed about the upcoming string freeze and release of
transifex v.0.8 rc1 and has invited translators to update translations.
Meanwhile, extensive tests are underway by FLP members for multiple file
based documentation modules, on the translate.fedoraproject.org staging
server running transifex v 0.7.4.
--- New Members in FLP ---
Pavel V Tyutin (Russian), Pablo Diale (Spanish), Andrea La Fauci
(Italian), Imtiaz Rahi (Bengali) joined the Fedora Localization
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Alpha Banner ---
Following a reminder from John Poelstra about the upcoming scheduled
tasks for the Design Team, Nicu Buculei proposed a first concept for
the Fedora 13 Alpha banner for the website and Alexander Smirnov
followed with his own.
--- LiveCD Icon ---
Onyeibo Oku proposed an icon for the Live media "I like to be
reminded that I have a Fedora Media mounted (either in windows or in
Fedora). I noticed that fedora media displays a generic icon when
mounted so I decided to create something" and after Paul Frields
pointed a few mistakes " normally we would not use a 3D version of
the Fedora logo like this in the distro itself, since it doesn't match
the other visual styling of the desktop" he updated the design.
--- Testing the Alpha Backgrounds ---
Paul Frields issued a call for help with testing the Fedora 13 Alpha
backgrounds "If you've been testing the Goddard backgrounds, *please*
log in at the Bodhi site and leave a comment to let us know if they're
working OK for you in the F13 pre-release" and with the help of this
call, Martin Sourada reported the package promotion "Many thanks
anyone who tested and left a comment in Bodhi. The packages have been
tagged into dist-f13 now, so they should make it into Alpha :)"
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* squid-188.8.131.52-7.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* squid-184.108.40.206-6.fc12 -
* mingw32-libltdl-1.5.26-20.fc12 -
* cronie-1.4.3-4.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* httpd-2.2.14-1.fc11 -
* mingw32-libltdl-1.5.26-17.fc11 -
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