Issue #18 April 2006

Fedora™ status report, April 2006

The Fedora Report is an edited version of recent issues of Fedora Weekly News at fedoranews.org. The fedoranews site is edited by Thomas Chung and accepts contributions from anyone in the Fedora community. Articles are reprinted here with their permission. New contributors are always welcome.

In this issue:

Release Notes: released!

Paul W Frields points out in his blog:

In looking over the notes, we are aware that certainly there are some organizational challenges that go along with spreading the responsibility for the relnotes across the community.

More than ever before, I think we can safely ask the question, "Did you check the release notes?" To all the community members who helped gather and shape them, well done.

compiz on aiglx

Christopher Blizzard points out in his blog:

Over the weekend, Kristian managed to get compiz running on aiglx. It didn't require that many changes, which is a good sign. He's got it running on his i830-based laptop and it's reasonably performant. His post contains a lot more information.

Accoring to Kristian Hoegsberg:

With a bit of hacking, I managed to get compiz (and glxcompmgr) running on aiglx. I'm running it on my i830 laptop, and the performance is actually quite impressive.

Most of the aiglx fixes were just bug fixes or missing minor features and have been committed to the accel_indirect_branch. A couple of fixes are less committable and I've put them here: http://freedesktop.org/~krh/compiz-on-aiglx

Fedora Legacy Repo included in FC5

Jesse Keating points out in Fedora Project Wiki RecentChanges:

Now included in Fedora Core 5! Fedora Core 5 will ship with repository configuration for Fedora Legacy. This is a huge step in integrating Fedora Legacy more with the Fedora Project at large and Fedora Core specifically.

Fedora Core 5 Test 3 Review

According to LinuxCult.com:

If you didn't like Fedora Core before, this won't change your mind; the methodolgy is still the same. If you liked FC4, I strongly recommend givine FC5T3 a go. In my opinion, it runs neck-and-neck with Ubuntu as being the most easily accessible expert distro available. It'll certainly be interesting to see which one comes out on top when they're both released.

Linux Audio Comparison on FC5T3

According to Phoronix.com:

The contenders include Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Z3, Sound Blaster Audigy 2, Chaintech AV-710, Aureal Vortex (AU8820), and AC'97 integrated audio. ... During testing, Fedora Core 5 Test 3 was used with all official updates up to March 05, 2006. Fedora Core 5 Test 3 uses Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v1.0.11 RC 2.

2005 LQ.org Members Choice Award Winners

According to LinuxQuestions.org:

The polls have been closed and the results have been audited, which means the results are in. We once again had a record number of votes cast - thanks to everyone who participated. ... Without further ado, I bring you the winners of the 2005 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards.

Full results are available at http://www.linuxquestions.org/awards

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 Released

According to OpenOffice.org's ooo-announce list:

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 is available today. It is ready now in English; check with the Native Language projects for other languages. The release is recommended for everyone. It contains some nifty new features, fixes many small bugs and resolves numerous issues.

Fedora Project already released its RPM packages in development tree.

Red Hat's New-Look Enterprise Linux

According to internetnews.com:

If you're a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 user, update your installations now. Doing so will get you a slew of security, feature and driver updates, as well as a few technology previews of what's coming next. ... A new execution analysis technology called Frysk is also previewed in the update. "Frysk is an execution-analysis technology implemented using native Java and C++," Red Hat's Product Enhancement Advisory states. "It is aimed at providing developers and sysadmins with the ability to both examine and analyze running multi-host, multi-process, multi-threaded systems."

Fedora Core 4 Updates

During the week of March 06 - March 12, Fedora Project released 11 Fedora Core 4 Updates including no Security Advisory.

Red Hat Formally Announces 'Integrated Virtualization'

According to Red Hat's Press Release:

This month Red Hat will make Fedora Core 5 available, which will contain a preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtualization technology. In the summer of 2006, Red Hat will make Virtualization Migration and Assessment Services available along with an Enterprise Virtualization beta. Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 5, scheduled for general availability by the end of 2006, will feature fully integrated virtualization.

There is also a Webcast: Integrated Virtualization Press Conference

Phoronix.com: An Interview with Greg DeKoenigsberg

Michael Larabel with Phoronix.com points out in mailing list,

An interview of Fedora/Red Hat's Greg DeKoenigsberg has been posted. This interview relates largely to the new implementations found in Fedora Core 5 as well as some general information pertaining to the Fedora Project.

In the interview, Greg DeKoenigsberg quotes:

Firefox and OpenOffice are beachheads in the open source application battle; web-based projects like Wikipedia are beachheads in the open content battle; Creative Commons is a beachhead in the copyright battle; Open Invention Network is a beachhead in the patent commons battle. We need to be fighting all of these battles to win.

Looking Back and Forward on Fedora Core 5

Jeremy Katz points out in his blog:

As Fedora Core 5 is making its way to the mirror sites (and hey, even a leaked torrent or two:-), I now have some time to sit back and reflect a bit on the release. While for most people, FC5 is really only about to begin, for me, it is instead winding down.

On a related note, here is a complete Fedora Core 5 Screenshots from OSDir.com and Fedora Core 5 Screencast from LinClips.

Release Notes II: rereleased!

Paul W Frields points out in his blog:

Addendum to my earlier post: Also coming in the FC5 final Release Notes is the "ru" (Russian) locale translation, courtesy of Andrew Martynov, who burst through the finish line in time for the respin. We also have another contender for the "coming soon" Web-based release notes, the "pa" (Punjabi) locale, courtesy of Amanpreet Singh Brar. Thanks again to these community members, Fedora will be able to reach even more people around the world.

OLPC Operating System

Christopher Blizzard points out in his blog:

For the last couple of months people inside of Red Hat have been working hard to build out the required infrastructure to build the OLPC operating system based on all of the good code that we have in Fedora. We've got a page up on the fedoraproject.org wiki as well as a mailing list set up for people that want to participate in the project.

On a related note, DesktopLinux.com reports:

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and former head of MIT's Media Lab, will headline its lineup of keynote speakers. LinuxWorld is set for April 3-6, 2006 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

DistroWatch.com: Linux in education

According to recent issue of DistroWatch Weekly:

..an elementary school on the outskirts of Taipei, I found that the view from up there was different. In one of the computer labs tucked away at the end of the long corridor, I stared with amazement at a class of 10-year old girls and boys who were in the process of configuring the Thunderbird mail client. The operating system? Fedora Core 3.

Here is the Podcast of DistroWatch Weekly Issue 142 (March 13th, 2006) in Ogg format.

Linux.com: First look Fedora Core 5

According to Bruce Byfield's Fedora Core 5 (Test Release) review on Linux.com:

FC5 is not a distribution for beginners or those whose only interest is a desktop for everyday work. However, even moderately experienced users should seriously consider installing it to a spare partition or computer. For anyone who wants a broad sampling of the latest free applications, there is no distribution more suitable than the latest version of Fedora Core.

Here is a feedback for this review by Rahul Sundaram.

Fedora Core 4 powers up the Mexican Food Bank Association

According to a Fedora Story submitted by Renich Bon Ciric,

I'm proud to announce that FC4 is powering almost all of the association's webservers. There is a project to deploy FC5 in our workstations. We are just studying the compatibility issues, as well as the user-friendliness, which is far superior to that of Windows Xp. We are actually waiting for FC5 to upgrade on our servers.

Congratulations from Fedora Project Leader

Max Spevack, our new Fedora Project Leader would like to congratulate on successful release of Fedora Core 5:

I'd like to offer congrats and thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this release possible -- the community contributors, all of the developers who worked tirelessly, the docs and translation teams, the marketing and ambassadors folks who help spread Fedora to the masses, the testing community, and everyone else who is involved.

It's a great release, and I hope that everyone involved is proud of what we've accomplished.

He also would like to point out:

I wanted to take a second to point out some of the recent changes that have been made to the Fedora pages that are a part of http://www.redhat.com, coinciding with the release of fc5.

If you take a look, you'll see that we are running a promo on the http://www.redhat.com homepage that announces the release of fc5, and that clicking through it will drive you to http://www.redhat.com/fedora which has also taken on a new look. The fc5 release is a big deal around here, and we're treating it as such.

Announcing FUDCon Boston 2006

Jack Aboutboul would like to make an official announcement for FUDCon Boston 2006:

Hot on the heels of the release of Fedora Core 5 and the success of previous FUDCon events worldwide, the Fedora Project is proud to announce FUDCon Boston 2006. FUDCon Boston 2006 will offer a wide range of speakers on an even wider range of topics, in three separate tracks, and is sure to have something for everyone.

More Info can be found at: http://www.fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon/FUDConBoston2006

Fedora Core 5 Feedbacks

Since the Fedora Core 5 Release, there have been a few good feedbacks. According to Tom Fitzsimmons's blog:

Apart from these minor annoyances I'm very happy with this release. The new installer worked well, bootup feels much faster, all my laptop's hardware worked out-of-the-box, sleep-on-lid-close works, NetworkManager eliminates manual network management, a few simple steps allow GStreamer to provide good media support. I'm very pleased that release-by-release I require fewer and fewer hacks to make Fedora into a comfortable, complete environment. In most cases in the past, these hacks involved installing unintegrated proprietary software.

Also according to Christopher Blizzard's blog:

This is the first release where suspend, resume and hibernate work out of the box. It's incredibly reliable. I've had one crash on resume in the last couple of weeks where the video got screwed up and then the machine ate itself, but that's a pretty good reliability record compared to where I was even a month ago. We made a strong last minute push to make suspend/resume work with a bunch of different kinds of laptops and video cards and made a huge amount of progress.

Macromedia Flash Yum Repository for FC5

Warren Togami announced:

For users of Fedora Core who have upgraded to FC5, you may want to upgrade to flash-plugin-7.0.63-1 which properly handles integrating with firefox-1.5.x contained in FC5. http://macromedia.mplug.org/ I have an official agreement with Macromedia to repackage their binary for easy integration into Fedora and make it available in a yum repository here. You can easily keep up with this and future security updates by adding this yum repository to your /etc/yum.repos.d/.

Space Optimization for Fedora Core 6

Warren Togami also would like point out that David Nielsen has posted following research paper on space optimization for Fedora Core 6.

We talked briefly about this circa mid-FC5 cycle and there seemed to be a general agreement that it was an area of optimization that was worth looking into.

I've taken the liberty of backing up the research paper that grants us a bit of hard data on this and putting it on my webserver: http://lovesunix.net/spaceoptimization.pdf

ATrpms for FC5/i386 and FC5/x86_64

Axel Thimm with ATrpms announced:

ATrpms is officially launching Fedora Core 5 support for i386 and x86_64: http://ATrpms.net/dist/fc5/. ATrpms is a 3rd party general purpose package repository. It currently supports:

  • FC5/i386, FC5/x86_64, FC4/i386, FC4/x86_64, FC3/i386, FC3/x86_64, FC2/i386, FC2/x86_64, FC1
  • RHEL4/i386, RHEL4/x86_64, RHEL3/i386, RHEL3/x86_64
  • RH9, RH8.0 and RH7.3

Fedora and Mono and OIN -- clarifications

Greg DeKoenigsberg points out in his blog:

OIN is the Open Invention Network. Prominent members include Red Hat, Sony, Novell, IBM, and Philips. The idea behind OIN: throw a bunch of patents in a pool. Make those patents available to open source developers, and to companies who support open source developers. Mono is on the OIN list of "protected patents". Meaning, "if someone sues you for allegedly infringing a patent on this list, you can use any of the patents in OIN's arsenal to go after them."

FC5 SELinux FAQ has been published

Dan Walsh points out in his blog, the document for SELinux FAQ has been published at:

http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/selinux-faq-fc5

Here is a list of topics in his series of tutorials "SELinux for Dummies" in his blog:

Here is Fedora SELinux Project Pages

Red Hat also posted a flash video for an overview course on SELinux.

Fedora Tracker lives again!

Brad Smith reports in his message in fedora-list:

Fedora Tracker (http://www.fedoratracker.org) has been... less than useful since FC4 came out and Yum switched to using XMl-based metadata. At the time I was just too busy with my work at Red Hat to add support for it to the backend so most repositories didn't get indexed. Fortunately that's now changed. For those unfamiliar with Fedora Tracker, it aims to be a search engine indexing all Fedora yum repositories on the net.

FC5 Flash Font bug and workaround

Here is a font bug and workaround for flash on FC5 found FAQ

Most text is failing to display on Flash sites! The plugin has bugs where it makes bad assumptions about the font configuration. For this reason, it fails to find fonts on newer versions of X.org. You can workaround this problem in the short-term by using these commands as root:

  mkdir -p /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/
  ln -s /etc/X11/fs/config /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fs/config

Read Red Hat Bugzilla #184028 for more information about this problem. Ultimately Macromedia must fix this bug in a future version of their plugin.

As a reminder, you can install Flash plugin for FC5 as following:

Fedora yum users, simply save this file in /etc/yum.repos.d/ then type: "yum install flash-plugin".

Fedora's Way Forward

With recent controversial post by ESR, here is a response from Greg DeKoenigsberg in his blog:

From where I sit, the freedom to advance Fedora without the pressure to monetize it is the best thing about the Fedora/RHEL partnership. With RHEL, we're pragmatic and tough-minded. We provide value to big customers. We close big deals. We help to grow the broader open source marketplace. We employ lots of people -- more every day. ... Fedora's Way Forward is to hold true to the ideals that got us this far. They're the ideals that made Sun and Novell change their entire business models to keep up. If it takes us a little longer to conquer the consumer desktop with these ideals -- well, so be it. Time is on our side.

Here is more response for ESR's post:

Red Hat instead uses *REALISTIC* means with its relatively small resources (compared to the big pro-patent industry players) to slowly maneuver in long-term strategic actions against software patents on a global scale. ... Red Hat spends resources worldwide to fight software patents being ratified (like in Europe), and protects some OSS today within the current broken system through these business alliances. Red Hat itself files for its own patents, but by our "Patent Promise", these patents are used in defense of OSS. Any OSS has a perpetual, irrevocable royalty free right to use it. The patent submission process is not cheap.

Thinkpad, Thinkpad, Thinkpad

Despite all, this post by ESR might be useful for some:

Works on an X40 as well. I'll add this workaround to the bug I entered; also at my HOWTO, <http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/Fedora-Core-on-Thinkpad-X40/>

Ogg, Ogg, Ogg

Here is a list of stories related to Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora this week:

Fedora Core 5 Reviews

Here is a list of Fedora Core 5 reviews collected for last two weeks:

Textbooks on OpenOffice.org Published

LinuxElectonics reports:

An increasing number of schools in the U.S. and worldwide are using and teaching OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source suite of word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database programs. To serve these schools, Visibooks has published the first series of textbooks that help students learn OpenOffice.org programs.

Distribution Smackdown

TUX Magazine Issue #12 (April Issue) has a feature article with several distributions including Fedora Core 5 reviewed by Dee-Ann LeBlanc. Subscriptions are absolutely FREE!

Fedora Foundation

Max Spevack, our new Fedora Project Leader, announced:

I'd like to ask you all to read the document that follows this note. It reviews Red Hat's intentions in initially announcing the Fedora Foundation, and outlines the problems that have led us to the decision to move in a different direction. It also discusses the plan that we are implementing instead, and the steps that we are taking to ensure that the Fedora Project continues to thrive and grow.

Here is Warren Togami's take on this announcement:

Red Hat cannot afford to hold back progress by having to wait for community funding. We must instead pay for it ourselves in order to sustain this rapid growth. We didn't understand this back when we were building Fedora, but it is now clear from what it has become. The Primary Goal of Fedora Rapid Progress of Free & Open Source Software.

More information on The Fedora Project Board can be found at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board

Fedora Art Team Now Open

In response to ESR, Fedora Project launched a new team called Fedora Art:

fedora-art-list is now open, where hobbyists and professionals can work together in order to create some kind of organization around Fedora Artwork. There are already several goals in place ike writing down specifications and the color palette of the Bluecurve theme and creating a process to contribute art.

More information on Fedora Artwork can be found at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork

To join its mailing list, visit http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-art-list

LinuxWorld and FUDCon Boston 2006

Thanks to Paul W. Frields, here is a list of his blog as he arrives to Boston and visit LinuxWorld and FUDCon which includes some great shots:

FUDCon Boston 2006 Videos

As Paul mentioned in his blog, FedoraNEWS.ORG was in the FUDCon for the first time this year capturing videos for some of sessions. Unfortunately, we have not uploaded videos yet since they are quite big as you can image. The size of each session in raw format is more than 3 Gb but we were able to convert into ogg theora format and the size went down considerably around 300 Mb. But they are still too big and we don't have enough bandwidth to make them available here. However, we are planning to make them availalbe via torrent from fedoraproject.org within a week.

In the mean time. we have few shots taken from the videos:

Linux Online: Fedora Core 5 Review

According to Linux Online's review:

I approached this review as someone who's using Fedora Core 5 as a desktop solution. For this purpose, it's a perfect system if you don't mind tweaking things a bit. ... If you're feeling a bit adventurous and follow the steps mentioned there, you're going to have a really fine system for yourself.

LinuxForms: Overview of the ten major Linux distributions

According to Linux Forms' review:

This distribution is quite unique and mixes leading edge features and conservatism. The result is a stable and secure system with frequent releases and up to date packages which suits both server and desktop installations. ... The installation is also graphical and special attention was put to the look and feel of the distribution. As a result Fedora is a popular choice for both desktop and servers among Linux users.

University Launches Linux Technology Center

According to Linux Insder's article:

With the launch of the Binghamton University Linux Technology Center, the Greater Binghamton area in upstate New York becomes one of the key regions in the nation for cutting-edge research in Linux based systems and open source computing, said University and the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC) representatives. ... The center is expected to enhance research capabilities and expand the Linux knowledge base, fostering job creation and economic growth in the Greater Binghamton community and New York State.

Here is a related news article - New Linux center a catalyst for economic development - found in their school weekly newsletter.

Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates

During the weeks of March 8 - April 9, Fedora Project released 40 Fedora Core 4 Updates including 4 Security Advisories.

During the week of March 8 - April 9, Fedora Project released 81 Fedora Core 5 Updates including 5 Security Advisories.

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