Issue #16 February 2006

Fedora™ status report, February 2006

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In this issue:

SCALE: Fedora Booth at Southern California Linux Expo

The 4th Annual Southern California Linux Expo also known as SCALE 4X was a successful event for Linux Community. According to SCALE-announce mailing list, Over 700 people came in the first day alone, and as a result the Expo floor was busy and all four speaker tracks were well attended. Thomas Chung, Eric Hattemer and Warren Togami were present at the Fedora Booth for two days (Feb 11-12) to answer any question on Fedora Project as well as distributing Fedora Project Overview Handouts, Fedora Core 4 DVDs and Fedora Project T-Shirts.

SCALE: Fedora Presentation at Southern California Linux Expo

Warren Togami also gave a talk on what Fedora is about, why it is important to the future of Open Source Software, and how you can get involved. The presentation slides are available in Fedora Presentations page.

Here is a behind-the-story. It was only a few days before the event opening day, when I noticed one of speakers canceled the talk so I contacted SCALE to find out if we can use the spot for Fedora Project. Within minutes, SCALE responded and Warren accepted the invitation. Since it was added in the last minute, his talk information was not included in the printed schedule but the online schedule was updated in time and his talk was announced well before his presentation. Also it was mentioned numerous time in the Fedora Booth by the Fedora Representatives.

FUDCon Boston 2006 Call for Papers

Jack Aboutboul announces in the list,

Riding on the success of the series of FUDCon events worldwide I am proud to announce that we will be holding FUDCon Boston 2006, taking it back to where it all began. The event will be graciously hosted by Boston University once again with sponsorship from BU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the BU Office of Information Technology, and this year, the BU School of Management. The date for the event is Friday April 7th, the day following the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

More information can be found at announces The Insider FAQ

Max Kanat-Alexander announces in his email, is proud to announce our new subscription service, The Insider FAQ! We provide answers to all sorts of Fedora and Red Hat questions that are not normal questions, but with the same detail and simplicity as Try it out; it's really useful, really cheap, and it helps support!:-) The Insider FAQ is at:

Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-02-13

Every week, Community Contributors from Fedora Project bring you the latest updates within the Fedora Project to you in a timely manner on major projects including Core, Extras, Docs, LiveCD, Ambassadors and Translation. Here is Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-02-13.

If you like this report and would like to contribute towards it by adding more content, translate this report or cover one of the several Fedora sub projects, you can contact the Fedora Marketing team to help.

IBM Offers Migration Guide for Linux for Free reports in the article,

Solaris to Linux Migration: A Guide for System Administrators helps system administrators who want to move their in-house code to faster, better, less costly Linux servers. I have met government agencies and enterprise customers who have wanted to discuss this topic on more than a few occasions. I typically sit in on discussions where Linux runs everything except something from Sun that hasn't made it through migration

You can visit IBM's web page to download a 446 page system administrative guide for Free.

VMware introduces VMware Server for Free

The VMware team reports in the email,

As part of our strategy to make server virtualization universally accessible, VMware® today introduced VMware Server - a free virtualization product for Windows and Linux servers. With VMware Server, users can partition a physical server into multiple virtual machines in order to run multiple applications with different operating systems on the same server, evaluate new software, re-host legacy applications or leverage a wide variety of plug-and-play virtual appliances.

You can find several Community Virtual Machines including Fedora Core 4 from

Red Hat commits to MIT's $100 laptop

ComputerWorld reports in recent article:

Fedora Core, a popular flavor of Linux being developed by the open-source community, is hardly hefty by today's operating system standards. But to fit the tight specs for the $100 laptop being designed by MIT's One-Lap-Per-Child (OLPC) group, Fedora will need to go on a crash diet, concedes its overseer, Red Hat Inc.

In a related press release from Red Hat:

"At Red Hat, we believe that open source technology can change the world, and is still in its infancy. It's a guiding principle that is embodied in everything we do," said Matthew Szulik, chairman, president and CEO of Red Hat.

Interview with Orv Beach at SCALE

FreeSoftwareMagazine interviewed Orv Beach who is the Chair of Public Relations Committee for Southern California Linux Expo. In the interview:

Q: What exhibitor and/or speaker are the event's chairs most excited to see attend SCALE?

A: Well, both Aaron Seigo (KDE) and Dan Kegel (Google) will have very pertinent things to talk about when it comes to GNU/Linux on the desktop; they're must-see speakers. And the distributors of four major GNU/Linux distributions will be there: Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, and Novell (NLD). So you can shop and compare!

In a related article, Brian Proffitt who is Managing Editor for LinuxToday wrote in his Editor's Note:

"SCALE emerged out of a much smaller event that was hosted by the Simi Conejo LUG many years ago that we referred to as a LUG Fest," according to Gareth Greenaway, Community Relations and Facilities Chair. "We managed to hold the event for four years and then during the planning of the fifth someone told us that some people at the USCLUG were looking to hold a conference."

At that point, Greenaway indicated, the two LUGs decided to merge their resources and implement SCALE. Conference attendance started around 400 attendees and has grown to over a thousand, which is a sure mark of the event's success.

A Report from Solutions Linux 2006

Thanks to Aurelien Bompard, we have a report from Solutions Linux 2006 (French) which is an event in France took from Jan 31 to Feb 2, 2006 for professionals around Linux:

* About Fedora: - Most people have already heard of Fedora - Usually people know that Fedora is the successor of Red Hat Linux - They don't usually know that there Red Hat is still working on it - They don't usually know that there is also a community behind it now - They don't usually know about other sub-projects, not even Fedora Extras.

Fedora Core 5 Test 3 Slip

Jeremy Katz reports in the fedora-devel-list:

Although I hate to do it, it looks like we're going to have to slip Fedora Core 5 test3 by a week. There is an ABI change in the gcc/glibc stack that requires a rebuild of the entire distribution. Given that, there is no way that we'll be able to make a freeze date of Monday. So, test3 will now freeze on Monday, 13 February with a release date of Monday, 20 February. We'll adjust the final schedule sometime next week based on the progress of the rebuilding efforts. Members Choice Awards

2005 Members Choice Awards is now available to vote for your favorite products of 2005. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends March 16th. Login with your account to see a list of Poll Options. We all know which one is Distribution of the Year.

Create a custom Linux distribution online

All about Linux, a blog dedicated for Linux has an interesting article on Create a custom Linux distribution online. In the article:

A website called instalinux aims to provide just that. On their site, you first decide your choice of Linux distribution and then pick and choose the software that need to be bundled with it, all from the confines of a web interface. Once you have finished, you are presented with an ISO image of the distribution of your choice for download, containing just the software you have selected. You can choose from Fedora, Debian, Suse and Ubuntu Linux.

According to their FAQ site:

"Instalinux relies on a bunch of Perl scripts that are part of the Open Source, LinuxCOE package. That in turn relies on the network install technologies of each of the Distributions (Kickstart for Fedora, AutoYAST for SuSE, etc)."

Firefox Released

According to here is what's new in Firefox

  • Improved stability.
  • Improved support for Mac OS X.
  • International Domain Name support for Iceland (.is) is now enabled.
  • Fixes for several memory leaks.
  • Several security enhancements.

The Burning Edge has more detailed lists of notable bug fixes.

Fedora Project already released Firefox RPM package and it's available from development tree.

Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-02-06

Every week, Community Contributors from Fedora Project bring you the latest updates within the Fedora Project to you in a timely manner on major projects including Core, Extras, Docs, LiveCD, Ambassadors and Translation. Here is Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-02-06.

If you like this report and would like to contribute towards it by adding more content, translate this report or cover one of the several Fedora sub projects, you can contact the Fedora Marketing team to help.

Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-01-30

Every week, Community Contributors from Fedora Project bring you the latest updates within the Fedora Project to you in a timely manner on major projects including Core, Extras, Docs, LiveCD, Ambassadors and Translation. Here is Fedora Projects Weekly Report 2006-01-30.

If you like this report and would like to contribute towards it by adding more content, translate this report or cover one of the several Fedora sub projects, you can contact the Fedora Marketing team to help.

Fedora Reloaded Episode 4 Podcast

Joshua Wulf reports in his blog, Episode 4 of the Fedora Reloaded Podcast is now available. If you have an iPod and would like to subscribe to it, please see this readme written by me.

Fedora Core 5 Test 2 Screencast

Chris Haney with reports in his email, "Fedora Core 5 Test 2 Screencast is now available at"

My desktop OS: Fedora Core 3: Feedback

NewsForge published an article - My desktop OS: Fedora Core 3 - on January 24, 2006. Although the article seems a little outdated as Fedora Core 3 has been transferred to Fedora Legacy on January 16, 2006, Rahul Sundaram took his time to respond to the author.

Unofficial Fedora Core Starter Guide

Raivis Dejus reports in his email,

This guide is intended mainly for people who are just starting to use Fedora Core and want to get started right away, but can be a great help for experienced one's too. The guide covers such things as: basic configuration, installation of most used additional software, basic server installations and some other tips & tricks. Guide is wiki-based, so everybody can contribute and keep it up-to-date. See Unofficial Fedora Core Starter Guide @

Choosing a desktop Linux distro

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols with Ziff Davis editor wrote an article on Choosing a desktop Linux distro. In this article, he mentions:

If you want to learn about Linux, and then get a job working with it, Red Hat's community distribution, Fedora is the desktop, not to mention server, for you. Red Hat Linux is, without question, the single most important business Linux. As fond as I am of some of the other distributions, if I had to make a living working on Linux tomorrow, I'd be working toward my RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) certification as soon as possible.

HOWTO: Secure Your Box With Bastille

I found this article - HOWTO: Secure Your Box With Bastille - from LinuxToday on January 26, 2006 (the original article was published on January 4, 2006). It contains step-by-step screenshots from Fedora Core 3 for securing with Bastille.

Bastille is a hardening tool which is very effective at locking down your system, and all it requires is a few minutes of your time! It is currently available for the major Linux distros. In this HOWTO I shall take you through the steps of installing it and setting it up properly in order to secure your system better than before.

Announcing Fedora Core 5 Test 2

Jesse Keating announces in his message:

The Fedora Project announces the second release of the Fedora Core 5 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and PPC/PPC64 architectures. Beware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the rate of change is rapid. Test3 is scheduled for release February 13. This aggressive schedule makes vitally important your help in testing, reporting and suggesting fixes for bugs. Please direct bugs to, Product Fedora Core, Version fc5test2. As always, be sure that your bug is not already fixed by updates and search for existing bugs before filing.

The latest release notes for FC5 Test2 in available here and there is a list of major issues known in FC5 Test2 and beyond in here.

UPDATE: Here is a minor correction from his original announcement.

Fedora Core 3 Transferred to Fedora Legacy

Bill Nottingham announces in his message:

With the release of Fedora Core 5 Test 2, the Fedora Core Steering Committee would like to announce the transfer of Fedora Core 3 to the Fedora Legacy Project. For more information on the Fedora Legacy Project, or if you wish to join the team, please see

FUDCon Delhi 2006 in India

Rahul Sundaram announces in his message:

FUDCon - Fedora Users and Developer's conference, Delhi 2006 will be held on February 9th 2006 as part of LinuxAsia conference is in India habitat Center, Delhi - India. The *tentative* agenda is available from We will have a packed set of presentations and workshops from renowned speakers from Red Hat and the community at large. We will also have a .org booth for Fedora and participating in give aways and demonstrations.

LinuxAsia 2006 will be held in New Delhi, India on Feb 8-10, 2006

Meeting Minutes for Fedora Ambassadors

Here is the Meeting Minutes for Fedora Ambassadors held on January 19th, 2006. In the meeting, Fedora Ambassadors discussed on Upcoming Events, Fedora Libraries, LinuxTag and FUDCon, Schwag pipepline, Email Aliases for, Funding Options for Show, Presentations for Ambassadors, Standard Kits for Ambassadors and Business Cards for Ambassadors.

Meetings of the Fedora Ambassadors are held regularly on Thursdays either 14:00 UTC or 22:00 UTC. The next scheduled meeting time is 2006-01-26 22:00 UTC.

Review: Looking Forward: Fedora Core 5

According to a review of FC5 Test2 by Adam Doxtater from

Overall, the distro will prove to be pretty slick. Performance issues aside (I really believe this is due to the developing code), what we have here is a polished Linux desktop distribution with a fine tuned installer, polished desktop, the proper compliment of applications (not too much and not too little), and hardware detection that rivals anything else out there I've seen to date...

Here is a feedback on this review by Rahul Sundaram.

Review: Latest Fedora Core 5 beta arrives

Here is another review on FC5 Test2 from

Fedora Core 5 is getting closer and closer to its official release date, March 15, and this Monday, the Fedora Project showed the way by announcing its second beta release of the Fedora Core 5 Linux distribution.

It also points to a site where it has many screenshots of FC5 Test2.

Review: First looks: Fedora Core 5 Test 2

Here is another review on FC5 Test2 from

Overall, I can't say I am particularly impressed with the changes in Anaconda. It still remains one of the best and most intuitive Linux installers available today, but I found some of the changes slightly discomforting - why the sudden change of what worked so well for many years? On the other hand, my first impressions of the newly installed systems were overwhelmingly positive

Here is a comment on this review by Rahul Sundaram.

SCALE 4X Is Coming!

Jason Riker with SCALE would like to make an announcement:

The fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo will be held February 11-12, 2006. SCALE continues to grow year over year, and increasingly is attracting the movers & shakers in Open Source software. SCALE is not strictly a commercial Expo; Its primary focus is and always has been education. Expo booths are provided not only for commercial exhibitors, but also for non-profit organizations. On the commercial site, some exhibitors are IBM, Google, Ticketmaster, Tolis Group, and Centrify. On the non-profit side, Ubuntu, Fedora, KDE, Debian, and NetBSD are among the many groups that will be manning booths for your edification.

Our efforts from Fedora Project on SCALE can be found from our wiki page.

How to change default mount options

Toong Shing Chia has written his first article on How to change default permission of NTFS partition of an externel usb hard disk:

I saw many posting regarding changing default mount options of externel hard disk. Most response was simply edit /etc/fstab mount option. Just by manually editing /etc/fstab alone will not work. Once the system is rebooted or the device is removed, the manually edited /etc/fstab contents will be removed, by fstab-sync. This program is invoked by HAL daemon.

Fedora Core 4 Updates

From January 16th through February 12, Fedora Project released 65 Fedora Core 4 Updates including 12 Security Advisories.

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