Fedora Weekly News 218
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Thu Mar 25 00:55:23 UTC 2010
* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 218
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 220.127.116.11 Fedora Unity Fedora Re-spin 20100303 released
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 18.104.22.168 GSoC 2010 : Better iptables management
# 22.214.171.124 Feature Owners: Beta Freeze is 2010-03-23 :: Features must be
at 100% complete
# 126.96.36.199 Outage: fedorahosted.org - 2010-03-21 08:00:00 UTC
# 188.8.131.52 Fedora 13 is (almost) Feature Complete
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 184.108.40.206 Upcoming Events (March 2010 to May 2010)
# 220.127.116.11 Past Events
# 18.104.22.168 Additional information
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
o 1.4 Ambassadors
+ 1.4.1 Fedora at Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2010
+ 1.4.2 Campus Ambassadors up and running
+ 1.4.3 Fedora 12 is here
o 1.5 QualityAssurance
+ 1.5.1 Test Days
+ 1.5.2 Fedora 13 testing
+ 1.5.3 Update acceptance testing
+ 1.5.4 Privilege escalation testing
+ 1.5.5 New release process Wiki documentation
+ 1.5.6 Target bug trackers
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.3 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
-- Fedora Weekly News Issue 218
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 218 for the week ending March 21,
2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
First off, Fedora Weekly News will be changing our release schedule.
Look for availability of new issues coming out on Wednesday each week,
instead of Monday. This is to allow our beat writers to cover weekend
happenings and news to a better degree, and accommodate schedules for
writers. On to FWN 218! We start this issue off with announcements
including the shiny new Fedora 12 re-spin, which offers updates on this
version through March 3, 2010. If you're just starting out with a new
install, this will save you at least 550MB in updates over the default
install! In Fedora Development announcements, notification to feature
owners of the 3/23/10 Beta Freeze for Fedora 13. In news from the Fedora
Planet, some outcomes from the recent Marketing Fedora Activity Day
(FAD), availability of a new version of Eclipse Linux Tools, and musings
on how not to run a community. In Marketing news, many pointers to the
recent Marketing FAD activity and outcomes. In Ambassador news, several
reports from last week's Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2010, in Chemnitz,
Germany. The Quality Assurance beat brings a fresh approach, with
coverage on the most recent Test Day, on Fedora 13 changes to disk
management, via the udisks (previously DeviceKit-disks) backend and the
Palimpsest front end. Also details on Fedora 13 acceptance testing and
planning, and details on the new release process wiki documentation.
This issue rounds out with Fedora security advisories released in the
last week. Please enjoy FWN 218!
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
Archive and have a listen!
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com
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: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
---- Fedora Unity Fedora Re-spin 20100303 released ----
Ben Williams announced on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 13:10:44 UTC
2010, "The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of new
ISO Re-Spins of Fedora 12.
These Re-Spin ISOs are based on the officially released Fedora 12
installation media and include all updates released as of March 3, 2010.
The ISO images are available for i386, x86_64, architectures via Jigdo
or Torrent starting Thursday, March 19th, 2010. Despite problems in this
Re-Spin we, Fedora Unity, have decided to release this Re-Spin with the
* We regrettably release this as a DVD only Re-Spin due to
issues we found while testing the CD images. We are working hard to fix
these issues, the CD images will be in future releases.
Testing Results A full test matrix can be found at our Test Matrix.()
Please Notice the missing packages stated in the Gold vs Re-Spin
Comments. Most of these are caused by packages being replaced or no
longer needed by other packages over the lifespan of the release, some
are missing because of changes to comps.xml.
We would like to give a special thanks to the following for testing this
* vwbusguy Scott Williams
* Southern_Gentleman Ben Williams
* kanarip Jeroen van Meeuwen
* fenrus2 Dennis Johnson
* BobLfoot Bob Lightfoot
* Sonar_Guy Scott Glaser
* EvilBob Robert 'Bob' Jensen
About Fedora Unity Re-Spins
Fedora Unity has taken up the Re-Spin task to provide the community with
the chance to install Fedora with recent updates already included. This
is a community project, for and by the community. You can contribute to
the community by joining our test process.
Go to  to get the bits!
If you are interested in helping with the testing or mirroring efforts,
please contact the Fedora Unity team.
Contact information is available at  or the #fedora-unity channel on
the Freenode IRC Network (irc.freenode.net).
To report bugs in the Re-Spins please use
--- Fedora Development News ---
---- GSoC 2010 : Better iptables management ----
Zubin Mithra announced, "GSoC 2010 : Better iptables management".
Zubin also announced, "My name is Zubin Mithra and I am aspiring to get
into GSoC on behalf of Fedora. I wish to work on making a library for
better iptables management. Details can be viewed in the proposal which
I have attached along with the email.
I would love to hear your views on it.".
1. Zubin Mithra
---- Feature Owners: Beta Freeze is 2010-03-23 :: Features must be at
100% complete ----
John Poelstra announced,"According to our schedule, six days from
today is Beta Freeze for Fedora 13.  
At Beta Freeze it is expected that all features are 100%
complete.Features that are not at 100% complete at Beta Freeze will be
sent to FESCo for further review. Please take time now to update your
feature page to reflect all of the work completed for Fedora 13.
Unfinished items can be rolled forward to a new page for Fedora 14.
A friendly reminder that the feature pages list below are not at 100%
complete:             
     "
---- Outage: fedorahosted.org - 2010-03-21 08:00:00 UTC ----
Mike McGrath announced,"There is an outage going on that started at
2010-03-21 08:00:00 UTC, which will last an unknown amount of time.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at  or run: date -d
'2010-03-21 08:00:00 UTC'
Reason for outage: Serverbeach4, which hosts *.fedorahosted.org is
hanging shortly after boot. The hosting provider has been notified and
are looking into it.
Affected Services: Fedora Hosted - 
* BFO - 
* Bodhi - 
* Buildsystem - 
* CVS / Source Control
* DNS - ns1.fedoraproject.org, ns2.fedoraproject.org
* Docs - 
* Email system
* Fedora Account System - 
* Fedora Community - 
* Fedora People - 
* Fedora Talk - 
* Main Website - 
* Mirror List - 
* Mirror Manager - 
* Package Database - 
* Smolt - 
* Spins - 
* Start - 
* Torrent - 
* Translation Services - 
* Wiki - 
Ticket Link: N/A since fedorahosted.org is down...
Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or
respond to this email to track the status of this outage.
---- Fedora 13 is (almost) Feature Complete ----
John Poelstra announced, "Thank you to all the feature owners and
developers for all their hard work to make Fedora 13 the best Fedora
release yet. We are almost to the end!
Everyone should review the final feature list to make sure all the
expected features are captured there: 
As a follow-up to last week's reminder 
ALL feature pages are now expected to be at 100% complete. The following
features are not listed at 100% complete and will be sent to FESCo on
2010-03-28 for re-evaluation for inclusion in the Fedora 13 feature list
if they remain incomplete:          
    
p.s. All features owners have been blind copied on this email. "
--- 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 community
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional
* 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 ---
Robyn Bergeron described Fedora, in a word. "One of the recurring
themes that we’ve been discussing (at the Fedora Marketing FAD) is how
people outside the community – who are potential contributors, or even,
potential users – perceive Fedora. How would they describe it, in one word?"
Stephen Gallagher provided an example of how NOT to run a community.
"As you probably know, I am generally in favor of community-driven
software development. I think being able to work alongside others of
similar (or different!) goals can result in excellent progress in many
different directions. It’s a great boon to development to not be forced
to reinvent the wheel in order to move forward. However, sometimes the
naysayers have it right. There are times when, no matter how much you
try to be a good citizen of a community, they just won’t let you."
Stephen also explained why you should use talloc instead of raw malloc.
Máirín Duffy mocked up a new style of web interface for mailing
lists. Luis Villa chimed in with agreement, adding "it seems like
software that helped mailing lists function more like parties could
really help mailing lists cope better with anti-social people."
Richard W.M. Jones described how to "create a partitioned device from
a collection of filesystems", gave a talk on libguestfs (using
Techtalk PSE, since "Every time you use Powerpoint Edward Tufte kills a
kitten") and mentioned that libguestfs now works on Mac OS X.
Andrew Overholt announced the 0.5.0 release of Eclipse Linux Tools,
along with pretty screenshots.
Red Hat also announced that RHEL 5.3 has earned a new Common
Criteria certification to EAL 4.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project
from 2010-03-13 to 2010-03-19.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
The beats usually report mostly from mailing list, but this time it will
be impossible to do so. Marketing FAD took place during this period, and
so many important thing happened that mailing list did not reflect truth
about the work done. The very first stop should be to look at Marketing
FAD wiki  which has been updated and ordered to be easily readable by
On the wiki you will find links to meeting logs, photos, videos and
blogs that will allow you get an idea of those amazing four days at
Raleigh. There will be more about Marketing FAD as there are ripples of
task that will be seeing shortly and hopefully listed in the marketing beat.
One of the big outcomes of this meeting was the Marketing Plan , that
will help us to prioritize activities that are related to Educate, Build
Bridges, Spread the Brand and Build Ramps.
On another topic, there is a warm up for a press release about for
Google Summer of Code . This is just a preparation as there is no
answer yet to confirm that Fedora and JBoss are accepted as a umbrella
organization. More information is avalible on the wiki  
Finally, I think we have a trend in marketing team about Meta_Marketing,
like having several how-to on writing how-to. This time we have a thread
 raising awareness on how important is for our activities to read
Fedora Weekly News, and I am reporting this in the Fedora Weekly News.
-- Ambassadors --
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
--- Fedora at Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2010 ---
Gregory Zysk reports that Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2010 was a very
successful event. The event was held at the Technical University of
Chemnitz in their modern building which was spacious and properly
equipped. The purpose and focus of CLT 2010 was geared towards a user
focus of curious people, newbies, and those contemplating on switching
Reports on the event include the following
* "Looking back at CLT 2010" by Christoph Wickert
* Reports by JoergSimon , , 
* Report by Gregory Zysk "After Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2010"
* Report by Yaakov Nemoy 
--- Campus Ambassadors up and running ---
The Fedora Project's Campus Ambassadors program is up and running, and
is looking for participants. If you're a high school or college student
who wants to help promote Fedora on your campus, this is the place for you.
For more information, visit
---- 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.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. This week,
we are trying out a new topic-focused layout, without the topic-by-topic
weekly meeting recaps. Please let me know if you particularly like or
dislike the new layout!
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's Test Day was on Fedora 13 changes to disk management, via
the udisks (previously DeviceKit-disks) backend and the Palimpsest front
end. The turnout was solid and resulted in 12 bugs being filed, of
which two have already been fixed. David Zeuthen was there to help with
testing throughout the test day and will be working to fix the remaining
Next week's Test Day will be on printing, including the
implementation of automatic print driver installationin Fedora 13.
This is a nice mix of making sure the existing printer support is
working well and testing out a shiny new feature. Printing is important
to nearly everyone, so if you've got a printer, please come along and
help test! As usual, you can test with an installed Fedora 13 or Rawhide
system, or a live image which is available on the Test Day page. Tim
Waugh has been working hard to arrange the test day, and he and Jiri
Popelka, along with QA's Yulia Kopkova, will be on hand to help with any
questions or problems. The Test Day will run all day on Thursday
2010-03-25 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
--- Fedora 13 testing ---
The first acceptance test plan run of the Beta period was performed
on the Fedora 13 tree of 2010-03-15, resulting in a pass, with two
incidental issues noted and reported.
During the weekly QA meeting, James Laska noted that release
engineering should be working on the first Beta test compose for
2010-03-18, but it did not arrive during the week. Rui He announced
the installation and desktop acceptance testing matrices for the
candidate in preparation for its expected arrival.
The second blocker bug review meeting for Fedora 13 Beta was held on
2010-03-19. All outstanding Beta blocker bugs were reviewed, and
developers were consulted on the remaining open bugs to ensure fixes
should be available in time for the release candidate process to begin
the following week.
Robert P.J. Day and Felix Miata noted issues with the package
customization choices in the Fedora 13 installation process. Robert
noticed that the package group customization screen only allowed one
major package group to be chosen, leading to a discussion on whether
this was a sensible decision or whether it should be possible to select
multiple high-level groups. David Cantrell explained that the
Anaconda team had noticed that, in previous releases where multiple
selections were allowed, "most users would either (a) leave the default
choices in place and continue or (b) check them all for fear of missing
something". However, he was still open to the possibility of changing to
multiple selection after "look[ing] at the tasks as defined now [to] see
if they should be changed, expanded, or reduced".
Felix noticed that the minimal installation option resulted in a
non-working network connection on first boot. Jesse Keating explained
that this is because the minimal install does not include
NetworkManager, and the installer does not have code to detect when this
is the case and enable the traditional-style network service instead.
Some debate ensued over whether this feature should be implemented, and
about whether minimal installations had had working network connections
or not on earlier Fedora releases.
Several group members, including Jim Haynes, Tom Horsley and
Robert Lightfoot, were engaged in testing Fedora 13 images and gave
some valuable feedback on the issues they encountered.
--- Update acceptance testing ---
During the weekly QA meeting, James Laska noted that the group needed to
make progress on defining a process for update acceptance testing.
Packages intended for Fedora 13 were already being held in the
updates-testing repository for testing, and FESCo had agreed to a policy
requiring proposed updates for critical path packages in stable releases
to be held for testing as well. The QA group had the responsibility to
decide how the group of trusted testers whose feedback would be used to
approve updates should be defined. Adam Miller had already provided an
initial draft policy, but this was waiting on feedback from the rest
of the group.
--- Privilege escalation testing ---
During the weekly QA meeting, Adam Williamson noted that, since the
privilege escalation policy which the group had worked on had been
accepted, no progress had yet been made on implementing testing. He felt
that the logical next step would be to produce the planned script to
identify packages which potentially perform privilege escalation; this
would give an idea of the problem space and potentially allow basic
manual testing during the Fedora 13 cycle. He planned to talk to Will
Woods to see if this could be implemented quickly.
--- New release process Wiki documentation ---
During the weekly Bugzappers meeting, Christopher Beland announced
that he had revised several pages on the Wiki to reflect the new, No
Frozen Rawhide-based release process. He had updated the Rawhide
and Fedora Release Life Cycle pages, and created a new Branched
page to document the Branched release (which will always be the
upcoming stable Fedora release, so is currently Fedora 13). James Laska
noted that he had an older proposal to split the Rawhide page into
several smaller pages. James, Christopher and Adam Williamson discussed
whether this would be a good idea, and eventually agreed that the
Rawhide and Branched pages could benefit from streamlining and possibly
from splitting, but detailed proposals should be sent to the mailing list.
--- Target bug trackers ---
During the weekly Bugzappers meeting, Christopher Beland raised the
question of what should be done with the Target bug trackers -
F12Target, F13Target and so on. These are intended to track bugs which
are not quite release blockers but are important and should receive
greater developer attention in a best effort to resolve them before
release. However, the group felt that they are not serving this purpose,
and are mostly ignored by developers. They also noted that there was
significant overlap with the severity field, since the group had defined
a policy for the use of that field and begun to implement it in
triaging. As no-one had ideas for reviving the usefulness of the Target
trackers, the group agreed that Adam Williamson should draft a proposal
to drop them, to be forward to the development group.
Later in the week, at the blocker bug review meeting, Jesse Keating
suggested the Target tracker could be used during tight freeze periods
to track bugs which were not strictly release blockers, but which QA and
release engineering would accept fixes for, through the freeze.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* gnu-smalltalk-3.1-8.fc13 -
* dpkg-22.214.171.124-4.fc13 -
* libpng-1.2.43-1.fc13 -
* cpio-2.10-6.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* gnu-smalltalk-3.1-8.fc12 -
* cpio-2.10-5.fc12 -
* tar-1.22-12.fc12 -
* libpng10-1.0.53-1.fc12 -
* viewvc-1.1.4-1.fc12 -
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* esorex-3.7.2-3.fc11 -
* dpkg-126.96.36.199-4.fc11 -
* gnu-smalltalk-3.1-8.fc11 -
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