Issue #14 December 2005

Fedora™ status report, December 2005

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In this issue:

Updates to Fedora Core 4

From November 7 - December 11, Fedora Project released 54 Fedora Core 4 Updates, including 16 Security Advisories. - Fedora report

Rahul Sundaram reports in his message, " was a rather unique combination of world wide speakers on various topics. Alan Cox was a pretty big celebrity and gave a speech on participation and kernel device drivers (quite a crowd puller). James Morris who gave a couple of speeches on SELinux has blogged about his experiences." Some event photos can be found in James Morris' blog.

Announcing Fedora Directory Server 1.0

Richard Megginson points out in his message, "We are proud to announce the release of Fedora Directory Server 1.0. This release marks a significant milestone for the open source community, who now have access to the code for the console and administration engine as well as the previously open sourced LDAP engine." To join Fedora Directory Community, visit

Linux Worm Lupii

According to Mark Cox's blog, " of this weekend I've a new Linux worm to talk about, Lupii. This Linux worm was detected around the 5th November 2005 and is designed to exploit a flaw CVE-2005-1921 in the PHP PEAR XML-RPC Server package through a number of third party PHP scripts"

Fedora Logo Approval

Greg DeKoenigsberg briefly points out in his message, "Logo has been approved for use. Further updates soon." Until further announcement, please refer Fedora Logo FAQ wiki page.

New Logo in FC5?

According to Nicu Buculei's message, new fedora logo will replace redhat logo in FC5. Here is rawhide report: 20051111 changes which contains the new fedora logo.

Fedora International community websites

Rahul Sundaram points out in his message, "there has been a growing number of Fedora related international websites which are completely disconnected from the each other and the formal websites. Can someone speaking these languages contact the respective website administrators and ask them to sign up in this list and introduce themselves to get them all on the same page?"

Fedora Community Survey

A request has been sent out from Red Hat to gather feedback from the community. "Fedora general improvements input survey invitation"

Logging into KDE with your SSH passphrase

Anand Buddhdev wrote his first article on Logging into KDE with your SSH passphrase for Fedora Core 4. "This little trick allows you to login to KDE or Gnome using your SSH passphrase. It automatically starts an ssh-agent, and adds your key into it. You no longer have to run ssh-add at KDE or Gnome startup."

Boston FUDCon 2006

Matthew Miller points out in his message, "We are preliminarily go for FUDCon Boston 2006, on April 7th, after the big LinuxWorld Conference & Expo."

New Features Coming in moin 1.5

Seth Vidal points out in his message, "the moin developers are working on a 1.5.0 final. The betas have been out for a little while now and they appear to be stabilizing." See MoinMoin 1.5 Todo/Release Notes for a list of upcoming features.

Fedora netdev Kernels

According to John W. Linville's announcement, "The kernels available there are based upon the standard Fedora kernels, with the addition of current upstream networking patches which are more recent than the Fedora kernel's upstream base. More information is available here."

First Fedora Ambassadors Meeting

Fedora Amabassadors had their first ever meeting via IRC on 2005-11-17 at 14:00 UTC. Thanks to Greg DeKoenigsberg, here are the meeting minutes. Regular meetings for Fedora Ambassadors take place on freenode in #fedora-mktg. The next meeting will take place on 2005-11-24 at 14:00 UTC.

How to build rpm for kmenu-gnome

Chitlesh Goorah has written an article on How to build rpm for kmenu-gnome. "kmenu-gnome is simply K Menu with Gnome folder and extra icons for KDE 3.2 or later."

Building a Simple Calendar Server with Fedora

Joost Soeterbroek has written his first article on Building a Simple Calendar Server with Fedora and WebDAV. "Would you like to be able to view and edit your personal calendar and todo items from any location? It is relatively easy to set up and configure your own 'calendar server' on Fedora using just the Apache webserver and WebDAV."

Set up the VNC Server in Fedora

Raoul has published an article about how to Set up the VNC Server in Fedora. "This article describes in brief how to configure VNC server instances for one or multiple users on a remote machine, how to use VNC to start graphical applications on boot and finally how to enhance security by connecting to the server through encrypted SSH tunnels."

Flash Player 7.0.61 Released

Macromedia released a security update for Flash Player to fix a security vulnerability. "A vulnerability in Macromedia Flash Player 7 has been identified that could allow the execution of arbitrary code." New updated release is available to download from their download site.

FC5 Test 1 Announcement and Reviews

Since Fedora Core 5 Test 1 was announced, there have been already several reviews as well as tidbits from reported by Rahul Sundaram. For those who haven't seen it yet, screenshots are available from Here are the latest Fedora Core 5 test1 Release Notes in 5 different languages.

Fedora Core 3 Status Update

Bill Nottingham points out in his message, "As is customary, the Fedora Steering Committe plans to transfer Fedora Core 3 to the Fedora Legacy project at the release of Fedora Core 5 test 2. This is currently scheduled for December 23, 2005, as noted on: For more information on the Fedora Legacy Project, or if you wish to join the team please see"

Unofficial FAQ Update: 2005-11-29

Max Kanat-Alexander points out his message, "Today, we have lots of new, good stuff: New Translations: Czech, Spanish, Romanian, Vietnamese, Turkish, and Chinese!; New Question: "Is there a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for yum?"; Updated the Java instructions, a lot!; An updated Yum configuration!; A new version of the PDF question.; An update to the question about menu editing. And a lot of other small fixes in the whole FAQ." To contribute, visit

Newsworthy changes in Rawhide

Matthias Clasen reports in his email, "Might be worth a little Fedora news note that we are using the GNOME about me capplet now, which has been enhanced to replace gdmphotosetup (Login photo), userinfo (About myself) and userpasswd (Password). This information is probably of interest to people who are changing their password via the menus and are missing the Password menu item now. More menu cleanups will land after test1."

Expanding Linux Partitions with LVM

Anze Vidmar wrote a new article on Expanding Linux Partitions with LVM. "The Logical Volume Manager (LVM) enables you to resize your partitions without having to modify the partition tables on your hard disk. LVM becomes useful when you are running out of disk space and instead of reinstalling your system on a larger driver, you can simpy expand your existing partiton scheme."

Firefox 1.5 Released

It's official! Firefox 1.5 has been released. According to its release notes, there are several new features including automated update, faster browser navigation and improvements to popup blocking and product usability. Tarball is available to download from their ftp site( RPM package is already available from our development tree.

Fedora Ambassadors FAQ

Thanks to Rahul Sundaram, we now have more complete wiki page for Fedora Ambassadors FAQ. This is where you can post questions you could not answer as a Fedora Ambassador. If you are not able to attend our regular IRC meeting, this would be a good place to post your questions.

Fedora Core 5 Test 1 Review

Rahul Sundaram points out in his message, "A desktop review focused on the look and feel. Gripes are mostly from the effort of an ongoing development process and known issues mentioned in the announcement."

Netcraft stats for web servers

Rahul Sundaram points out in his message, "Red Hat and Fedora are among the top three along with Debian. Interesting stats for everyone." In this Netcraft article, "Red Hat remains the most popular distribution for web hosting, and is still the best known distribution outside of the Linux developer community itself." "More significantly, some large hosting companies, like 1&1 and Affinity, are now offering Fedora - Red Hat's free, community distribution - instead of Red Hat on new dedicated servers."

Real Introcudes

According to RealNetwork's press release, " (beta) enables consumers to experience Rhapsody without first downloading a PC jukebox application, and for the first time makes Rhapsody available to Mac and Linux users." and according to Real Customer Support page, system requirements for are, "Linux Fedora Core 4 and SuSe 9.3 and above; Firefox version 1.0.1 and above (except version 1.5)"

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