Fedora Weekly News 251
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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 251
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 184.108.40.206 New regional Ambassador Mentors
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 220.127.116.11 Reminder: Fedora 12 end of life on 2010-12-02
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events (Sept 2010 - November 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 14 biedt vooral ontwikkelaar nieuwe tools - (Tweakers.net
+ 1.3.2 Fedora 14 final released with Amazon EC2 support (Desktop Linux.com)
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 Design
+ 1.5.1 FUDCon T-shirt
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 251 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 251 for the week ending November
10, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In Announcements, new Fedora Ambassador mentors have been named for the
APAC and EMEA regions, and a reminder about Fedora 12 end of life. The
Fedora Planet has been abuzz with coverage of Fedora 14 related posts,
including a rare post from Red Hat's President and CEO commending both
Fedora 14 and the shiny new Fedora Project website redesign. Fedora In
the News brings us two more articles from the trade press coverage of
Fedora 14, including a Dutch language article and a posting from
DesktopLinux.com. In Ambassador news, a very useful roundup of traffic
from the Ambassador and FAmSCO lists. In Design team news, work has
begun on a t-shirt design for the next North American FUDCon in Tempe,
AZ in January 2011. This issue wraps up with the latest security
advisories for F12 - F14. Enjoy FWN 251!
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam or Pascal Calarco
-- Fedora Announcement News --
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements at
--- New regional Ambassador Mentors ---
Joerg Simon on Fri Nov 5 22:12:24 UTC 2010 announced,
it is my pleasure to announce that FAmSCo approved the following
Contributors as Regional Ambassador Mentors,
for the APAC Region - to consider the growth in China:
* Caius 'kaio' Chance - 
* Gerard Braad - 
for the EMEA Region - two contributors who already mentored new
Ambassadors together with existing Mentors and Membership Administration:
* Bert Desmet - 
* Pierros Papadeas - "
From APAC region, Gerard BraadGerard on Sat Nov 6 01:51:21 UTC 2010
thanked and congratulated to Kaio and the other chosen mentors of Fedora
with is delighted expressions.
Meanwhile,From EMEA region, Pierros Papadeas on Sat Nov 6 02:00:14
UTC 2010also thanked FAmSCo and everyone for letting him contribute
more to Fedora through mentorship of new Ambassadors :) and he would
make sure that they would keep up with the excellent job mentors had
have done already!"
1. Joerg Simon jsimon at fedoraproject.org
8. Braad gbraad at fedoraproject.org
10. ppapadeas at gmail.com
--- 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
---- Reminder: Fedora 12 end of life on 2010-12-02 ----
Kevin Fenzi on Wed Nov 10 21:24:09 UTC 2010 announced,
"This is a reminder email about the end of life process for Fedora 12.
Fedora 12 will reach end of life on 2010-12-02, and no further updates
will be pushed out after that time. Additionally, with the recent
release of Fedora 14, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 12
Please see  for more information on upgrading from Fedora 12 to a
1. Kevin Fenzi kevin at scrye.com
--- 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 (Sept 2010 - November 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.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
With the release of Fedora 14, the blogosphere is abuzz with talk about
its release, and after a quick trip to http://planet.fedoraproject.org/
you will discover dozens of posts covering the release.
Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO of Red Hat commended Fedora 14,
it's amazing new features, and the new Fedora Project website design.
"The release of Fedora 14 is more than just a collection of bits and
bytes on a DVD – it shows that the “open source way” is alive and well.
Fedora is a large and thriving community, and I’d like to take the
opportunity to recognize the individuals that put time and effort into
making Fedora what it is today. Fedora is not just programmers — Fedora
literally has an army of developers, packagers, designers, marketers,
ambassadors, translators, testers and writers from all walks of life
that come together to build a new release approximately every six months."
The Red Hat Press office outlined some of the new features available in
Fedora 14, including new debugging-related capabilities and ways to
use Fedora 14 "in the cloud" on Amazon EC2.
The [Docs Project|Fedora Documentation Project] enumerated all of the
different pieces of documentation that are available for Fedora 14 from
the Amateur Radio Guide to the Musicians’ Guide and the Storage
In "This Week in Anaconda" parts 2 and 3, Chris Lumens continued sharing
some of the recent developments. One of the more notable changes is the
dropping of support for multi-disc  install media sets. In Part 4,
Chris explained how pieces of functionality that can be found in
external libraries (such as libarchive's cpio support) are being used
instead of duplicating that functionality within Anaconda.
Richard Hughes adapted PackageKit to Debian's debconf, potentially
bringing PackageKit to a larger audience. The next change was an
addition to PackageKit, allowing it to work with the preupgrade
system for upgrading between major Fedora versions.
Will Woods' improvements to depcheck continued, with discussion of
handling file conflicts, and integration with the rest of the Fedora QA
Richard W.M. Jones showed how to produce a minimal, compressed
filesystem with the new virt-builder tool.
As you may have noticed, Fedora 14 wasn't the only head-covering Linux
distribution with a recent release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was also
released, sporting libguestfs-1.2.7-1.24.el6, but RHEL 6.1 should
have libguestfs 1.6.
Pavol Rusnak thinks that "pkg-config the best thing since sliced
bread". "More and more projects are using pkg-config already, but there
is still a very high number of projects that don’t. This post tries to
describe why using pkg-config is a good idea."
Gerard Braad described how to dual-boot Meego 1.1 on Nokia's N900
Máirín Duffy taught a Digital Media class to Girl Scouts in the
Jesse Keating is stepping down from the role of lead release
engineer for Fedora. "I will be taking the knowledge and lessons learned
from our migration of CVS to git and applying it internally at Red Hat
to migrate our internal package source control to git as well." Fear now
however, Dennis Gilmore will be filling the role to lead the Fedora
release engineering team.
Máirín Duffy summarized the Fedora Board meeting on November 8,
2010, post-Fedora 14 release.
Richard W.M. Jones listed all of the possible things (off the top of
the head) that can affect what a Linux process can and can't do.
And finally...It may be a little late for this Halloween, but Brian Lane
created a Fedora Pumpkin. We should aspire to such great
-- 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 14 biedt vooral ontwikkelaar nieuwe tools - (Tweakers.net -
Bert Desmet forwarded a Dutch article on Fedora 14 from Tweakers.net,
the largest Dutch technology site:
"De Fedora-ontwikkelgemeenschap heeft de release van Fedora 14, ook
bekend als Laughlin, aangekondigd. In de gebruikersinterface zijn
slechts kleine wijzigingen doorgevoerd, maar de tools voor ontwikkelaars
zijn flink verbeterd."
Roughly translated in English the title is "Fedora 14 mainly offers new
tools for developers."
The full article is available
--- Fedora 14 final released with Amazon EC2 support (Desktop Linux.com) ---
Kara Schiltz forwarded another review of Fedora 14:
"The Fedora Project announced the Fedora 14 final release, adding Amazon
EC2 support. Fedora also features faster boot-times and JPEG downloads,
the MeeGo for Netbooks UI stack, improved debugging, and a new "Spice"
virtualization desktop framework, says the project.
Released in beta form at the end of September, Fedora 14 ("Laughlin")
is now available in final form. This community-driven open source distro
is a techie-focused upstream contributor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
(RHEL). The community has also upgraded its Fedoraproject.org site
with the Fedora 14 release."
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 no new member joining.
--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---
Zoltan Hopper asked about a F14 lightscribe template  and later
informed  that it was found
David Ramsey reminded everyone  about nominations for Fedora Board
Nilesh Vaghela posted a report  about a Linux|Fedora|OpenSource
workshop at CIT Aburoad, Rajasthan
John Poelstra published upcoming F14 tasks  specifically pertaining
to regional coordination with marketing for release events
Daniel Bruno proposed  Igor Soares  as a candidate for the FAmSCo
elections. The thread  has Igor's consent to be a candidate
With Fedora 14 through the door, Ankur Sinha  put forth a plan 
about the need to work on the list of online vendors
Pierros Papadeas announced his self nomination as a candidate at the
Max Spevack provided the link to the updated letter for Customs
required while shipping Fedora media.
Larry Cafiero posted the minutes from the FAmNA meeting
David Ramsey informed about the Fedora Scholarship with special
emphasis on the timeline.
Joerg Simon informed the Ambassadors about the new regional
Ambassador mentors. The thread includes some discussion about the
process of mentor selection and approval. Marcus Moeller proposed a
new model of mentoring .
Susmit Shannigrahi informed the Ambassadors that it was time to
frame questions for the candidates in the FAmSCo elections.
Xavier Naldo reported on the Fedora Release Party at the Laredo
Ville-Pekka Vainio informed about receiving a community developer
ticket to the OpenMind 2010 conference at Helsinki.
Sascha Thomas Spreitzer announced the intention of "going passive"
by "taking the logical step of stopping all my active contributions to
this project." The thread has further discussions about issues
regarding Fedora governance, etc.
Pierros Papadeas requested for volunteers from Ambassadors in EMEA
for functioning as primary distribution points for media shipment.
Buddhika Kurera reported about the first FOSS related magazine from
Sri Lanka and requested those interested in joining up to get in touch.
--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---
David Nalley talked about  changing the role of FAmSCo setting the
context in light of a mail to the advisory-board list . He proposed
that FAmSCo, in addition to its current duties, also deal with the
management of FUDCon and FADs etc. The thread  has additional
discussions around how this can happen.
Joerg Simon requested  that FAmSCo ticket #93  requires a
reimbursement of expenses
Joerg Simon urged  FAmSCo members to vote for new mentors   for
the EMEA region. To read more about the votes please read the thread 
Joerg Simon urged  FAmSCo members to vote for new mentors  
for the EMEA region. To read more about the votes please read the thread
David Nalley sent in his regrets  about being unable to attend the
FAmSCo meeting on 2010-11-08 as he would be traveling.
Joerg Simon announced that the FAmSCo meeting for 2010-11-08 would be
adjourned  due to prior tasks.
-- Design --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- FUDCon T-shirt ---
Jef van Schendel took over this week and posted on his blog a new
Fedora Design Bounty "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is
to design the official FUDCon Tempe T-shirt!" and Daniel Drummond
accepted it, asked on the list for instructions and provided a
first concept "It is a modified version of the flag of Arizona,
replacing the star with the Fedora logo."
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* gnome-xcf-thumbnailer-1.0-4.fc14 -
* pootle-2.1.2-1.fc14 -
* monotone-0.48.1-1.fc14 -
* pam-1.1.1-6.fc14 -
* horde-3.3.9-1.fc14 -
* luci-0.22.4-2.0.b9faf868074git.fc14 -
* cvs-1.11.23-11.fc14 -
* gnucash-2.3.15-2.fc14 -
* xpdf-3.02-16.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* gnome-xcf-thumbnailer-1.0-4.fc13 -
* pootle-2.1.2-1.fc13 -
* monotone-0.48.1-1.fc13 -
* glpi-0.72.4-3.svn11497.fc13 -
* horde-3.3.9-1.fc13 -
* xpdf-3.02-16.fc13 -
* pam-1.1.1-6.fc13 -
--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---
* pootle-2.1.2-1.fc12 -
* gnome-xcf-thumbnailer-1.0-4.fc12 -
* glpi-0.72.4-3.svn11497.fc12 -
* nss-3.12.8-2.fc12 -
* nss-softokn-3.12.8-1.fc12 -
* nss-util-3.12.8-1.fc12 -
* horde-3.3.9-1.fc12 -
* xpdf-3.02-16.fc12 -
* pyftpdlib-0.5.2-1.fc12 -
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