Fedora Weekly News 259

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Thu Jan 20 19:47:34 UTC 2011

    * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 259
          o 1.1 Announcements
                + 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
                      # Announcing EPEL 6
                            * Some highlights
                            * To use EPEL 6
                            * To join us, or for more information on the EPEL project
                + 1.1.2 Fedora Events
                      # Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
                      # Past Events
                      # Additional information
          o 1.2 Ambassadors
                + 1.2.1 Welcome New Ambassadors to The Fedora Project
                + 1.2.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
                + 1.2.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
          o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                + 1.3.1 Test Days
                + 1.3.2 Package-specific and critical path test case process
                + 1.3.3 Testing Xen dom0 support
                + 1.3.4 AutoQA
          o 1.4 Translation
                + 1.4.1 Fedora 15 Test days for Localization and Internationalization
                + 1.4.2 im-chooser moved to git.fedorahosted
                + 1.4.3 New Members and Teams in FLP
          o 1.5 Security Advisories
                + 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
                + 1.5.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 259 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 259[1] for the week ending January
19, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

In announcements, we have the release of EPEL 6! The Ambassadors group
welcomed two new member this weeks, both representing the USA. The
Ambassadors were looking at Test Days and Fedora Classroom, and FAMScO
at updating its FAQ, and an upcoming meeting with the Board. Quality
Assurance reports on the first Fedora 15 Test Day, and a busy week of
AutoQA development. The Translation team has been working on organizing
the Localization and Internationalization Test Day for Fedora 15, and
welcoming some new members and teams. Our issue wraps up with details on
the security-related packages released this past week for Fedora 13 and
14. Enjoy!

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue259
   2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
   3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

-- Announcements --

In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/
   2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/
   3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events

--- Fedora Announcement News ---

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community.
Please, visit the past announcements:

---- Announcing EPEL 6 ----

Kevin Fenzi announced the release of EPEL 6[1] on Wednesday 2011-01-19:

The Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) project is happy to
announce the release of EPEL 6 today!

EPEL 6 is a collection of add-on packages available for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and other compatible systems, maintained by
the community under the umbrella of the Fedora Project. EPEL 6 is
designed to supplement RHEL 6 by providing additional functionality and
does not replace any RHEL 6 packages. As a community project, EPEL is
maintained and supported by volunteers via Bugzilla and mailing lists.
EPEL is not commercially supported by Red Hat, Inc.

Included are over 2500 source packages that build into over 5600 binary
packages. We are always seeking volunteers eager and willing to help
maintain new packages. Refer to the URL below to join us!
Some highlights

    * rt3 - The Request Tracker Bug and Ticket tracking system, as well as its 90 perl packages dependencies.
    * trac - Project management system, along with many plugins.
    * haproxy, varnish and lighttpd proxies and web servers.
    * BackupPC, rdiff-backup and other backup clients.
    * A large stack of Ruby packages.
    * Spamassassin plugins, clamav and other mail server and filtering solutions.
    * rkhunter and chkrootkit security scanners.
    * collectd, munin, nagios and cacti monitoring solutions.
    * Over 600 perl packages.
    * And many more... 

----- To use EPEL 6 -----

    * http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL6-FAQ#How_do_I_use_it.3F 

----- To join us, or for more information on the EPEL project -----

    * http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL 

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2011-January/002908.html

--- 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
near you!

---- Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) ----

    * North America (NA): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29
    * Central & South America (LATAM): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
    * Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
    * India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_3 

---- Past Events ----

Archive of Past Fedora Events: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/PastEvents

---- 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 members.
    * Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
    * Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
    * LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events. 

-- Ambassadors --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors 

--- Welcome New Ambassadors to The Fedora Project ---

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members

    * Mark Warner from the USA mentored by Larry Cafiero
    * Greg Kerr from the USA mentored by Larry Cafiero 

--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---

David Ramsey posted [1] about a couple of Test Days [2] which would be
fun to participate in.

David Ramsey posted [3] the Meeting Notes for APAC Meeting on 2011-01-15

David Ramsey asked [5] the Ambassadors to propose ideas and suggestions
for Fedora Classroom. The Ambassadors responded in the thread [6] with
suggestions of SELinux, virtualization and more.

Jesús Franco informed the list [7] about a proposal for an introductory
course on Publican aimed at those who want to contribute to Fedora
Documentation [8].

Luca Foppiano informed [9] the Ambassadors about his decision to leave
the Fedora community [10].

Larry Cafiero reminded [11] the group about the FAmNA meeting and
thereafter posted [12] minutes of the meeting [13].

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016766.html
   2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Fedora_15_test_days
   3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016775.html
   4. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-01-15/apac.2011-01-15-04.43.html
   5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016776.html
   6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/thread.html#16776
   7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016803.html
   8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs_Project/Course_for_New_Contributors
   9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016789.html
  10. http://blog.foppiano.org/2011/01/17/goodbye-fedora-community/
  11. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016805.html
  12. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-January/016810.html
  13. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-01-19/fedora-meeting.2011-01-19-02.00.txt 

--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---

Igor Pires Soares pointed [1] to a FAQ entry for Ambassadors regarding
"I want to contact the local Red Hat office ..." which is currently
without an answer and suggested the need to identify the contact points.
Rahul Sundaram suggested [2] an appropriate response to the question.

Susmit Shannigrahi brought up [3] the topic of a ticket on the APAC Trac
[4] which has not been re-imbursed yet. Gerard Braad pointed out [5]
that he was unaware of the specific instance of the trac being

Igor Pires Soares cleaned up [6] the Ambassadors FAQ [7] and posted the
link asking for review. Pierros Papadeas suggested [8] that the section
concerned with "I am leaving ..." should be part of the SOP [9] . The
thread [10] includes comments from other FAmSCo members who have put
forth suggestions for other sections of the FAQ.

Pierros Papadeas reminded [11] the list about the FAmSCo meeting on
2011-01-15 [12] and, thereafter posted [13] the Meeting Minutes [14].

Max Spevack updated FAmSCo [15] about the status of ticket triage.

Pierros Papadeas reminded [16] the group about the meeting with the
Board on the topic of goals [17] and, the views from FAmSCo [18].

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000570.html
   2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000579.html
   3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000572.html
   4. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-apac/ticket/6
   5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000577.html
   6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000582.html
   7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors_FAQ
   8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000588.html
   9. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Leaving_Ambassadors_SOP
  10. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/thread.html#582
  11. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000587.html
  12. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_agenda
  13. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000590.html
  14. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-01-15/famsco.2011-01-15-13.06.html
  15. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000591.html
  16. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-January/000599.html
  17. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board_goals_2011
  18. http://piratepad.net/fedorafbg2011 

-- QualityAssurance --

In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1]. For more
information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see
the Joining page[2].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA
   2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join

--- Test Days ---

Next week sees the first Fedora 15 Test Day[1], on network device naming
changes upcoming in Fedora 15. On compatible systems, Fedora 15 will use
biosdevname[2] to name the network interfaces; this provides a fully
deterministic naming scheme on such systems, as opposed to the current
system, where you cannot be sure that a given interface's name in Fedora
will reflect its physical location or label. The Test Day will ensure
this system is working correctly and also that it does not override
existing preferred names on upgrades, so if you want to make sure this
change has no unexpected consequences for you, make sure to come along
to the Test Day! The testing involved will be easy and possible from a
live image, and the Test Day page has instructions to find out if your
hardware is involved in this change.

Adam Williamson reported that he had revised the set of X test cases and
the Wiki pages for the X Test Week coming in February[3].

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-01-27_Network_Device_Naming_With_Biosdevname
   2. http://linux.dell.com/biosdevname/
   3. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/ticket/156#comment:8

--- Package-specific and critical path test case process ---

Adam Williamson announced that the process for categorizing
package-specific and critical path test cases had gone live[1], and
called for QA and development group members to help out with
contributing new test cases and converting existing ones to the new

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-January/096368.html

--- Testing Xen dom0 support ---

Steven Haigh tested out Michael Young's side repo[1] containing kernels
intended to add (technically, restore) Xen Dom0 support to Fedora, and
reported his findings[2]. He was not able to get the kernel to boot

   1. http://fedorapeople.org/~myoung/dom0
   2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-January/096366.html

--- AutoQA ---

It was a busy week in AutoQA. Kamil Paral simplified the test object
template[1] and claimed that a three year old could now write an AutoQA
test object...as long as the three year old had a grasp of basic Python!

Chris Lumens added a git-post-receive hook[2], which triggers every time
a new commit is made into a git repository. He also submitted three new
tests, including one to automate many of the installation test matrix[3]

Martin Krizek implemented support for standardized logging[4] and
unittest execution[5].

Josef Skladanka submitted a new implementation of the koji watcher for
review[6]. There was some debate, but overall consensus that the new
approach was an improvement and when fully implemented should improve
the speed, accuracy and thoroughness of the watcher.

Will Woods submitted his dependency checking test for review[7], and
James Laska posted his thoughts on it[8].

   1. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-January/001494.html
   2. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-January/001473.html
   3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Fedora_14_Install_Results_Template#Test_Matrix
   4. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/ticket/196
   5. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/ticket/258
   6. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-January/001485.html
   7. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-January/001512.html
   8. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-January/001521.html

-- Translation --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

--- Fedora 15 Test days for Localization and Internationalization ---

In a joint effort between Fedora QA, Internationalization and
Localization teams, a test day for Fedora 15 will be hosted on Tuesday
2011-03-01. Test cases pertaining to the l10n and i18n aspects of
installation and desktop will be prepared over the next few days. Taking
the lead, Igor Pires Soares from the Brazilian Portuguese team has
called for more suggestions from FLP members[1].

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008525.html

--- im-chooser moved to git.fedorahosted ---

The repository for the im-chooser module has been moved from github to
the git repository on Fedorahosted[1].

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008524.html

--- New Members and Teams in FLP ---

Two new translation teams for Slovenian[1] and Lithuanian[2] are now
part of the Fedora Localization Project. Aurimas Černius (Lithuanian)[3]
and Kanda Motohiro (Japanese)[4] joined the FLP recently.

   1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008521.html
   2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008551.html
   3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008523.html
   4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-January/008541.html

-- Security Advisories --

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from
fedora-package-announce from the past week.


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---

    * pcsc-lite-1.6.4-3.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053079.html
    * ccid-1.4.0-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053076.html
    * Django-1.2.4-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053072.html
    * wireshark-1.4.2-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053042.html
    * subversion-1.6.15-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053230.html
    * sudo-1.7.4p5-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053263.html
    * perl-Convert-UUlib-1.34-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053269.html
    * java-1.6.0-openjdk- - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053276.html
    * wordpress-2.8.6-4.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053289.html 

--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---

    * ccid-1.3.11-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053097.html
    * pcsc-lite-1.5.5-5.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053095.html
    * wireshark-1.2.13-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053061.html
    * Django-1.2.4-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053041.html
    * evince-2.30.3-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/052995.html
    * bip-0.8.6-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/052992.html

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