Issue #19 May 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:

Fedora Core package cleanup project

Will Woods announces in fedora-announce-list:

I'm announcing the start of a new QA project, and I'm asking for your help. In the past, Core packages have not been held to the same standards as Extras. We want to fix this! We're starting by cleaning up the spec files so that Core packages can all be built using Mock. (If you aren't familiar with Mock, it's a cool RPM build tool that we use to build Fedora Extras.)

For more info, check out: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/FixBuildRequires

The Fedora Project Board Update 2006-05-09

Max Spevack announces in fedora-announce-list:

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience as we allowed the final community member of the Fedora Project Board to get all of the proper approvals from his company before making the announcement. That's been taken care of, and I'd like to officially announce that Matt Domsch is the "mystery man" whose name has been in the Fedora Board meeting minutes.

And just a a reminder, information about the Fedora Project Board and what we are doing is available on the wiki: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Meetings

Dan Walsh: SELinux Tutorials

Here are recent SELinux Tutorials by Dan Walsh posted in his blog:

2006-05-08 Using RBAC In FC5/MLS Policy 2006-05-09 Clarification: Module handling 2006-05-11 SELinux Reveals Bugs in other code

Dee-Ann LeBlanc: Mono-Based Applications in FC5

Here are two-part reviews by Dee-Ann LeBlanc on Mono-Based Applications in FC5:

New Mono-Based Applications for GNOME in Fedora Core 5--Part 1 New Mono-Based Applications for GNOME in Fedora Core 5--Part 2

India lays down 'open' challenge

According to BBC News's article:

Free software provides a bridge between the affluence of the West and the poverty of most of the world's population, and amounts to a massive flow of intellectual capital into the developing world. And as they reshape it to meet their needs it will stop being just another US import and become a resource that can be used in brand new ways.

ATI: Open v. Closed Drivers

According to Phoronix's article:

Since Stephen Shankland's article at CNET entitled New Linux look fuels old debate, we have been overwhelmed with requests to take a serious look at the frame-rate performance differences between the various open-source and proprietary contenders. Many of Stephen's thoughts had revolved around the recent push for Linux desktop eye candy through delivering 3D effects with such projects as AIGLX from the Fedora RenderingProject, and XGL.

Updated FC5 Network Install

Rob Garth writes updated FC5 network install guide in his blog:

Creating a yum repo for installing FC5, prepatched, via the network, is also fairly simple. And makes a lot of sense for anyone supporting a fedora based environment.

Henry's Fedora Core 5 Install Guide

Henry the Adequate writes FC5 install guide in his blog in comic style:

So, you'd like to install the latest Fedora Linux thingy. Well I, Henry the Adequate, superhero, am here to help. Soon you will discover that even an idiot can install this great operating symptom.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-05-08

We have a new effort in place to report The Board news as well as Meeting Minutes from each sub-project for Fedora community to gather information on the happenings in the Fedora universe in a easily digestible and referenceable format.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Projects/WeeklyReports/2006-05-08

As always, the latest issue of Fedora Weekly Reports can be found at

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Projects/WeeklyReports

New mail list for package announcements

Jesse Keating announces on fedora-announce-list:

As we continue to integrate Fedora subprojects into the main Fedora infrastructure, the need for a common point of package update information became clear. At the same time, it became clear that fedora-announce was not the proper place for this. To resolve these issues, we've created 'fedora-package-announce redhat com' email list. This list will serve as an announcement point for package announcements for potentially all Fedora sub-projects. If you would like to receive announcements of package updates, you will need to subscribe to this list:

http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-package-announce

fedora-announce-list will continue to be used for important announcements regarding the Fedora project, such as Core releases and test releases, Fedora News updates, messages from Max and the board, etc... It will just no longer get package update mails.

Announcing the Fedora Music list

Greg DeKoenigsberg announces in fedora-announce-list:

It looks like we've got some critical mass forming here, so I figured I'd go ahead and announce it. We've been working with Fernando Lopez-Lezcano of Planet CCRMA, the popular Fedora-based music distribution, to see about bringing Planet CCRMA under the Extras umbrella. So feel free to join the conversation:

http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-music-list

Unofficial Fedora FAQ Updated for FC 5

Max Kanat-Alexander announces in fedora-announce-list:

The Unofficial Fedora FAQ has been updated for Fedora Core 5! As always, you can find the FAQ at:

http://www.fedorafaq.org/

As always, I really like your feedback! Feel free to send me your contributions! I'm always looking out for what questions are really frequently asked by the Fedora community.

Report from Linuxfest Northwest

Jesse Keating reports in fedora-ambassadors-list:

The event was fun as usual, this was my fourth year there. There was room for probably 35 "booth" type things, and as usual the majority of these are for local user groups, distribution groups, special interest groups and the like. There was a few commercial folks there too, Google, Pogo Linux, Wirepath, Fibrecloud, Mysql AB, Oracle, and a few others.

All in all I think it was a good show. I'd like to continue having a Fedora presence there and continue doing talks such as this that explain where we're coming from and where we're going. Folks travel to this show from all over the area, Canada, Oregon, and into the East as well. For those that can't make it to California for LWCE or some of the other shows, this is another chance to touch base with the community at large.

http://linuxfestnorthwest.org/

The Increasing Importance of Community

According to O'ReillyNetwork:

It is evident that with a strong community behind these distributions, they can indeed become better in terms of engineering and adoption. Fedora is a classic example of this - as it has become more and more community driven, the quality has grown further and further. It is now a very impressive distribution and one that has a comprehensive backbone of developers, documentation writers, translators and users.

http://oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/9330

Sporting goods retailer now sporting Linux

According to NewsForge:

Just about every Backcountry.com employee is running Fedora Linux on the desktop -- 50 workstations in the warehouse and 60 in the call center. "We have a policy that any machine replaced doesn't get Windows put back on it," Jenkins says. "It's Linux migration by attrition." Jenkins manages support for an inconsistent mix of desktop operating systems by utilizing the vast skills of his IT staff, who are well-versed in both Windows and Linux environments. The transition has been invisible to the users, he says, because all the server and desktop applications are accessed via a browser. "As long as I can get a browser window we're good to go."

http://business.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/04/13/1959240

La-Z-Boy retailer revamps with Linux

According to NewsForge:

Because Mauldin didn't have a lot of money to spend on the overhaul, Laushman convinced him to try Red Hat Linux and have La-Z-Boy become its own ISP. "We took off-the-shelf PCs, put them in a rackmount chassis, and we were able to move the network over to that," Laushman says. "When we dropped the frame relay, that saved us $5,000 a year."

Laushman also helped Mauldin set up an email server on an Intel Pentium 4 running Fedora, Qmail, and Vpopmail. La-Z-Boy is keeping the Unix server and the GE POS system for now because it suits the company's needs, and it's retaining about 25 workstations running Windows and 25 thin clients.

http://business.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/04/10/1622206

The Board meeting summary 2006-05-02

Max Spevack announces in fedora-announce-list:

Just wanted to let folks know that the summary of the most recent Fedora Project Board meeting is online.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Meetings/2006-05-02

As always, the archives of fedora-advisory-board are fully public. In addition, we're working on getting a read-only copy of that list set up, so that people don't have to poll the archives to see what's going on.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-05-01

We have a new effort in place to report The Board news as well as Meeting Minutes from each sub-project for Fedora community to gather information on the happenings in the Fedora universe in a easily digestible and referenceable format.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Projects/WeeklyReports/2006-05-01

As always, the latest issue of Fedora Weekly Reports can be found at

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Projects/WeeklyReports

Fedora Package Announcement List Split

According to Warren Togami's announcement (corrected):

As of *Today*, Wednesday April 26th, 2006, all package update mail will be going out to the new list fedora-package-announce. All current subscribers of fedora-announce-list are being auto-subscribed to that list today in preparation for this move. Mail will begin flowing on the new list on Monday, May 1st.

Fedora and Google's Summer of Code

According to Patrick Barnes's announcement:

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce that it will be participating in Google's Summer of Code 2006 as a mentoring organization. Working in cooperation with Google and the permanent Fedora Mentors Project, the Fedora Project will mentor students as they work to complete open source projects over the course of the summer. Students will be able to apply with Google after May 1st.

vFUDCon: virtual FUDCon

According to Chitlesh Goorah's announcement:

We have launched the vFUDCon Project, a FUDCon that is virtual, of course, but will be accesible with multimedia medium only. From this sub project of Fedora Marketing we hope, that local ambassadors can extends their marketing perspective through any multimedia medium. The French ambassadors have scheduled one this thursday, on IRC.

Fedora Education: Development Focus

According to Warren Togami's message:

Since opening this list I was surprised by the enthusiasm especially for educational conferences. However I strongly believe that both my and Red Hat's efforts, time, and resources going toward K12LTSP at this point should be focused mainly on developmental priorities at first.

I *will* participate in the New England Linux education conferences because I am relatively nearby. If we have a hack-a-thon I will probably want to participate in that too.

Linuxfest Northwest 2006

According to an article in LinuxJournal:

Linuxfest Northwest is a non-commercial, one-day conference and exhibition of open-source technology, with an emphasis on Linux. It is held once a year, is free of charge and is hosted at the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) in Bellingham, WA. This year, Linuxfest runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2006.

About 1,200 people attend Linuxfest Northwest each year. For 2006, 45 presentations are scheduled and more than 40 exhibitors will be in the exhibits room. Exhibitors include user groups, book vendors, computer vendors, ISPs and representatives from free software projects.

According to Jesse Keating's message:

Greg DeKoenigsberg and I will be there. I've been there the past 3 years (twice for Pogo Linux, once on my own) so I really know the scene and will recognize a lot of folks. I really like this show and am happy to see it grow.

Here is the Greg's Speaker Information

LinuxWorld Toronto 2006 Update

Here is a list of articles covering LinuxWorld Toronto 2006 from NewsForge:

2006-04-27 Wine, desktops, and standards at LinuxWorld Toronto 2006-04-26 Wikis, gateways, and Garbee at LinuxWorld Toronto 2006-04-25 Security and certification at LinuxWorld Toronto

Fedora Project also participated and we are expecting a report at our Fedora Project Wiki.

Building an updated Fedora Core 5 DVD

According to Rob Garth's blog:

One of the things which has always ticked me off is making a clean fedora install, and then having hundreds of megs of patches to download the first time "yum update" is run. However, building a patched install dvd is actually pretty simple.

FC5 in Linux Magazine

According to Tim Lauridsen's blog:

Yesterday, i got the latest issue of Linux Magazine by mail, and it was nice to see that Fedora Core 5 (DVD) was included.

Here is the PDF of DVD Jacket included with Linux Magainze Issue 67 (June 2006).

Fedora Weeky Reports 2006-04-24

We have a new effort in place to report The Board news as well as Meeting Minutes from each sub-project for Fedora community to gather information on the happenings in the Fedora universe in a easily digestible and referenceable format. Here is Fedora Weeky Reports for the week of 2006-04-24. Please note you can always read the latest issue at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Projects/WeeklyReports

Fedora Project Board meeting summary

Max Spevack announces in fedora-announce-list:

Just wanted to let everyone know that the meeting summary from the most recent Fedora Project Board meeting (2006-04-18) is now up on the wiki. Feel free to write to fedora-advisory-board redhat com with any comments, topics you'd like to see addressed, etc. You can also email any questions or comments to me directly.

Fedora Sponsored Media Program

Karlie Robinson, a Special Advisor on Volunteer Management with Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee would like to announce Fedora Sponsored Media Program:

This new initiative was created to give Fedora users the opportunity to sponsor the cost of physical media so those who may not have the resources will still have access to Fedora. With wide participation from individuals, vendors, and corporations, Sponsored Media will help to spread the word about free and open source software.

Here is another announcement via fedora-marketing-list for asking for your participation and spread the word about the program.

Fedora Core 5 CD/DVD Art

Diana Fong announces in fedora-art-list:

Just posted the CD/DVD art used on the Fedora Core 5 DVDs given out at LinuxWorld and FUDCon (Boston) 2006. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/CDArt

You will also find Bubbles Theme CD/DVD art created by Nicu Buculei.

FISL: See you next year!

Hugo Cisneiros reports FISL in his blog:

The Forum Internacional Software Livre (FISL) was happening in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, in April 19, 20, 21 and 22th. It was a great event! I arrived in Porto Alegre the day before the event. For the first time in this event, we had two Fedora booths there, as described in our wiki.

Rodrigo Menezes also gave us an update on FISL via fedora-marketing-list:

We are in the second day of FISL event, below you can find some photos. We'll update the website as soon as the event is running. http://projetofedora.org/node/28

Review: Faith restored in Desktop Linux

Martin Sevior who is the core AbiWord developer in Planet GNOME posted a FC5 review:

I'm VERY pleased with the outcome. Firstly the install went like breeze. Video worked, sound worked hardwired network worked. Next I installed the firmware for the centrino Wireless built into the laptop. Got wireless working with the standard Fedora network tools.

Anyway I also wanted to send a big "Congratulations" to the whole community that made FC5 possible. It's great to see how a huge group of competiting and cooperating people can raise the water level so that "everyone floats ups".

Review: First Impressions: Fedora Core 5

Here is another FC5 review from O'Reilly:

Overall, even with all the nits I've picked, I find Fedora Core 5 to be a very satisfying and much improved version of the popular distribution. Red Hat and their Fedora Project engineers have been quick to resolve bugs in the past and I am certain FC5 will improve as new updates become available. The improved performance in the new version far outweighs any bugs I've found in applications and this is one release I can recommend.

Review: Fedora Core 5

Here is another FC5 review from free-bees.co.uk:

What we can say immediately is that Fedora Core has improved in the months between this and the last release. The installer strikes me as the most polished part of Fedora, filled with pleasing touches. However, while the rest of the system is generally solid, there is some small instability that I never got with Fedora Core 4.

To compare Fedora Core 5 to other distributions I've tested would now be a little unfair since this review has been the most rigorous yet. However, I can say this with a fair amount of confidence: Fedora Core 5 is up there with Ubuntu and SUSE, and provides plenty of stiff competition.

The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 5 (64-bit)

HowtoForge posted an article on The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 5 (64-bit):

This is a detailed description how to set up a Fedora Core 5 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.). This tutorial is written for the 64-bit version of Fedora Core 5, but should apply to the 32-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Fedora Project Board Update

Max Spevack announces via fedora-announce-list:

Just wanted to send a brief update about the Fedora Project Board, which was announced prior to FUDCon Boston, and had its first meting there. A few pages on the wiki that will be of interest to everyone: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board (includes contact info); http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Meetings. And a summary of our first meeting: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Meetings/2006-04-07

Fedora Reloaded 5 Podcast

Joshua Wulf announces in his blog:

Fedora Reloaded 5 podcast is out now. It's a special tribute to the late MC Hawking where we look at "The Future of Fedora". We talk with Guildford, UK's David Woodhouse about the future of Fedora on PPC, chat with Max Spevack, the newly appointed Fedora Project Leader, get Greg DeK to speak out on behalf of the people (which isn't hard to do), and talk shizz, all to the accompaniment of classic phat tracks from the Hawkman.

FUDConBoston 2006 Videos

As we promised last week, selected videos from FUDConBoston 2006 are now available at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon/FUDConBoston2006/Sessions Also the entire 6 sessions of videos + 1 bonus video can be downloaded via one big torrent file. We are still waiting for missing descriptions and slides from presenters but we are expecting them hopefully within a week.

Users at LinuxWorld talk up security

Phil Hochmuth writes an article in NetworkWorld:

The company uses Fedora servers, the free, open source version of Red Hat Linux, to run its production environment and Web presence. As a precaution, Swanson uses the open source Mondo Archive tool to take snapshots of its production server images, and keeps backup configurations that can be brought online quickly in case of failures or system problems.

"SE Linux has been terrific," Swanson said. In addition to vetting code before deployment, SE Linux provides another level of assurance that the code won't be exploited. "We deny everything and allow just what we want" into and out of the servers via SE Linux policies, he said.

LinuxWorld Boston 2006 Wrap-Up

Kevin Shockey writes an article in LinuxJournal:

We were fortunate to have the participation of several groups that made the ABCs event possible. First, Dell donated the use of four laptops on which we installed four different Linux distributions. It was an interesting laboratory for us to install four different distributions on the exact same hardware, all at the same time. We installed Fedora Core 5, SuSE Linux 10.0, Linspire Five-O and Ubuntu Breezy Badger 5.10. The purpose of these machines was to provide participants with an opportunity to touch and feel Linux.

Red Hat keeps its grip on Fedora

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes an article in Linux-Watch:

Red Hat's Community Development Manager Greg DeKoenigsberg explained that the Fedora Foundation was not going to take charge of the operating system, after all. Instead, Red Hat was retaining some "control over Fedora decisions, because Red Hat's business model *depends* upon Fedora."

The community, however, seems indifferent to who's running the show. As one active Fedora user put it on the Fedora Forum Website, "As long as Fedora is still being developed and supported as well as them keeping the standards up I'm not too fussed about how the managing body is structured."

FUDCon and folding the Fedora Foundation

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier writes an article in NewsForge:

Overall, FUDCon had a nice community feel to it, very casual, with lots of enthusiastic Fedora users and developers were in attendance. I was disappointed I couldn't attend some of the later sessions, particularly the MIT OpenCourseWare session and the MythTV session. If you couldn't make it to FUDCon Boston 2006, don't fret -- it won't be the last one this year. The FUDCon organizers are already planning a FUDCon for August 18 in San Francisco after the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo there.

Editor's Note: I sent him a link for FUDCon Video for MIT OpenCourseWare Session.

Review: GCN: Fedora Core 5

Susan M. Menke writes a review on Fedora Core 5 in GCN:

Think of Fedora as the standalone (and more user-friendly) flavor of Linux Enterprise Desktop, but without the enterprise support. It's a true community open-source project, sponsored by Red Hat, where new features get something of a test drive before being incorporated into Red Hat Linux. According to the company, version 5's biggest features are an easier install program with more drivers, and a new, smoother interface. We found that indeed it was extremely easy to use, without sacrificing security (it includes SELinux). In fact of all the programs we tested, this one was the easiest to manage from a user's perspective.

Review: eWeek: Fedora Core 5

Jason Brooks writes a review on Fedora Core 5 in eWeek:

During tests, eWEEK Labs was impressed with the fast-moving distribution's updated SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) and Xen virtualization components, broadened programming language and tool support, and hot-off-the-compiler GNOME 2.14 desktop environment.

What's more, since Fedora is so closely related to the widely used Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and is rather popular in its own right), companies that deploy Fedora Core 5 shouldn't have trouble finding administrators with experience using the distribution

Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates

From April 10th through May 14th, the Fedora Project released 61 Fedora Core 4 Updates including 15 Security Advisories, and 173 Fedora Core 5 Updates including 15 Security Advisories.

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