Issue #21 July 2006

Fedora™ status report, June 2006

The Fedora Report is an edited version of recent issues of Fedora Weekly News at 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 4 Status Update

Bill Nottingham announces in fedora-announce-list:

As is customary, the Fedora Core maintainers plan to transfer Fedora Core 4 to the Fedora Legacy project at the release of Fedora Core 6 test 2. This is currently scheduled for July 19, 2006, as noted on:

Red Hat CEO Says Linux Could Become U.S. Standard

According to recenet article published in eWeek:

Szulik was the opening keynote speaker at the C3 conference the week of June 26. He said the best-known open-source product, Linux, already runs on 13 platforms ranging from laptop computers to mainframes, and that it would soon be running on handheld devices and smart phones.

In his wide-ranging talk, Szulik also said programs such as Firefox are helping to spread interest in open-source software, and he said efforts such as the one by the NSA to create a trusted version of Linux could make open source a standard in the United States—as, he said, it is already becoming the standard in other countries.

Request for testing: DejaVu 2.7 font family

Nicolas Mailhot reports via email:

I'm calling for a round of testing/feedback on DejaVu. DejaVu is the most popular FOSS derivative of Bitstream Vera. DejaVu is currently consolidating the Vera forks initiated after it become clear Vera would not be updated or fixed any time soon ( lists the last Vera release time as April 16, 2003). It's being proposed as the Fedora Core 6 default font.

Mailing List for K-12 Open Source Questions

Steve Hargadon reports in fedora-educatoin-list:

As I'm working currently on a book on the use of Free and Open Source software in K-12 schools, and I think the complaint is reasonable. So, I have started a mailing list for this purpose at While responses at the beginning will be limited, I'll announce this list at NECC in our Open Source lab and during our Birds of a Feather session on K12 Open Source as well.

DesktopLinux: Fedora Core 6 Test 1 beckons

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols wrote in DesktopLinux:

The Fedora Project wants to know if you've got the right stuff to take Fedora Core 6 Test 1 and fly it into near space. This first release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64 architectures, including MacIntels, is now available for download. 2.0.3 Is Here

According to announce list: 2.0.3 is now ready for download, three months since the release of 2.0.2. This latest release contains a mixture of new features, bug fixes, and security patches, and demonstrates the Community's determination to maintain its position as the world's leading open-source office productivity suite.

QEMU a Virtualization System for Open Source World

According to recent article published on LinuxInsider:

In the case of x86-on-x86 execution, QEMU does become a virtualizer. Much of the emulation is bypassed, and the new KQEMU Accelerator module allows QEMU to run both user and kernel-mode code at near full speed. (User code executes at full speed; according to an estimate by Bellard, 90 percent of kernel-mode code will execute at full speed with the accelerator enabled.)

When the accelerator is activated, the QEMU emulator simply examines the code to verify that it can be executed natively, and dispatches it to the accelerator. The code runs at full speed until the next exception, interrupt, or virtual device access; QEMU then steps in and provides the service needed to maintain the virtual environment.

Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway Winner

As I promosed in the previous issue of FWN, we have a winner for the book (Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed) giveaway. The winner is Eric Pedersen from NY, USA. Congratulations! BTW, most of your sumissions have been posted on Fedora Project Wiki User Testimonials page.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-26

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.

Open Video Contest takes place now

Alex Maier announces in fedora-announce-list:

Creative Commons and the Fedora Project are pleased to announce the Open Video Contest taking place now. The contest promotes flexible copyright, open media formats and the Fedora Project. Entries must be 30 seconds or less, in OGG Theora format, promote freedom and openness, and be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. The contest will be judged by representatives of the Fedora Project and Red Hat, Creative Commons jurisdiction leads from Brazil, Nigeria, and Poland, and a representative of the Wikimedia Foundation Special Projects Committee.

Announcing Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90)

Jesse Keating announces in fedora-announce-list:

The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64 architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers. Beware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for the technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken adn the rate of change is rapid. Test 2 is scheduled for release July 19, marking the developmental freeze of the Fedora Core 6 release. No new features after this point. It is important that we get your help in testing, reporting and suggesting fixes for bugs, and directing the technological improvements we attempt with this release of Fedora Core.

A Fresh Look for Fedora Core 6

Máirín Duffy announces in fedora-art-list:

So, as is suggested by, we're looking for a new 'look' to theme Fedora Core 6 with and would like to open up up the FC6 theming process to the community!

Phoronix: Fedora Core 6 Preview

According to Michael Larabel with Phoronix's review:

Before moving onto raving or ranting about the Fedora Core 6 Test 1 release, it is important to point out that this article is not intended to be a traditional review of Fedora Core 6 so to speak, but rather an outlook at what FC6 will hold in store for Linux desktop users. It is also not possible to cover everything at this time, since this is simply the first test release, while many more features will be added down the road.

On a related note, O'Reilly's already published Fedora Core 6 Test1 Screenshot Tour.

FC6T1 mostly running on MacTel Mini

According to Konstantin Ryabitsev's personal blog:

This time things went a lot smoother, even though there was a significant amount of manual tweaking required to get things running. Here's a quick overview of steps I had to do.

According to his follow up blog:

I now have a fully working Fedora installation on my Mactel Mini (solo). Sound requires tweaking. Here's what you need to do.

Yum Extender Update

According to Tim Lauridsen's personal blog:

I have just made 2 yumex releases:

1.1.0: (extras development) - This is the first release in the yumex 1.1.x development branch. This release is build on top of yum 2.9.x, just landed in Rawhide, it will only work with yum 2.9.x and later because of the yum api is changing a lot at the moment.

1.0.2: (extras (fc4,fc5)) - This is minor update of the stable branch containing a fix for bugzilla #130324.

Ohio LinuxFest 2006 schedule announced

According to Joe Brockmeier's Ohio LinuxFest Press Release:

The fourth annual Ohio LinuxFest is returning to Columbus, Ohio on September 30, 2006, and organizers are looking for presenters and sponsors to make this year's event even more successful than last year's. The LinuxFest will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and is a single-day event with sessions for experienced and inexperienced Linux users, as well as an expo floor for commercial exhibitors and non-profit Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. More than 700 people attended the LinuxFest last year, and organizers expect an even larger turnout this year.

Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway

As I mentioned in the previous issue FWN, the book (Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed) has arrived and I'm going to give it away to one of our lucky FWN readers. Here is a How: send me an email with a subject Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway - Firstname Lastname and tell me why you like Fedora Core 5. Your testimonial may be posted in Fedora Project wiki. Please don't forget to include your shipping address. I'll pick the best entry and send you the book for free. This giveway ends on Friday June 30th, 2006 at 5:00 PM PST.

On a related note, here is a review for this book.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-19

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.

Red Hat Magazine Issue 20 June 2006

According to Red Hat Magazine Editor's Blog:

It's a great feeling to have hosted another successful Summit. And it's a joy to bring you a virtual reenactment in this month's issue of Red Hat Magazine. You'll find video segments from open source stars like Cory Doctorow and Eben Moglen who deliver inspiring, visionary keynotes on issues pertaining to digital rights management, the protection of ingenuity and freedom. Our own CEO, Matthew Szulik, opens up the festivities with his keynote, and our trusted writer-in-residence, Paul W. Frields, gives the skinny on the fun of Fedora at the Summit.

Looking for a few good women (and men)

Elliot Lee announces in fedora-announce-list:

The Fedora Infrastructure and Administration Project is looking for people who want to help create & maintain infrastructure that will take Fedora to the next level. If you're willing to help regularly in your spare time, and think you have some skills to lend (web app coders especially wanted), please see, or e-mail if you have any questions.

Interview with Max Spevack from the Fedora project

Patrick Davila with The Linux Link Tech Show reports in fedoranews story:

We interviewed Max last night on The Linux Link Tech Show:

The interview starts at 32:13

Max Spevack also points out in his blog:

I did an hour long interview last night with the guys of the Linux Link Tech Show -- a weekly, streaming internet show devoted to linux and open source. ...So they've got a pretty good following and track record, and when they asked me to talk about Fedora, I was happy to do so.

Distrowatch: Still undecided? Then install Fedora Core 5!

According to DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 155, 12 June 2006:

Fedora Core 5 has received the best reviews in the media. The availability of extra software repositories and the continuous upgrade of important software packages in the core system have been well received. Very few Fedora 5 users reported problems with the installation and, apart from having to setup multimedia support manually, it works great out of the box.

If you are still undecided about which distribution to try on your system, take a good look at Fedora Core 5. It is possibly one of the most stable and dependable Linux distributions ever built!

Even Max Spevack points out this article in his recent announcement of the push toward fc6

Google Earth 4 Beta for Linux

According to Google Blog, Google Earth 4 Beta for Linux is now available.

Dan Walsh also points out in his blog how you can install Google Earth on Linux System with SELinux enabled properly.

Both LinuxPlanet and NewsForge already published a review on Google Earth for Linux:

2006-06-14 NewsForge: Google Earth for Linux 2006-06-13 LinuxPlanet: Fly Your Penguin On Google Earth

Here are a few screenshots of Google Earth 4 Beta running on Fedora Core 5.

Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book

Andrea Bledsoe, Publicist with Publishing Imprints of Pearson Education reports via email:

Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed includes new and additional material based on the latest release of Red Hat's Fedora Core Linux distribution. Incorporating an advanced approach to presenting information about Fedora, the book aims to provide the best and latest information that intermediate to advanced Linux users need to know about installation, configuration, system administration, server operations, and security.

She graciously offered a free book and I'm planning to give it away to a lucky winner.

IT Reviews: Fedora Core 5 Review

Alex Cruickshank, Editor of IT Reviews reports via email:

Fedora Project - Fedora Core 5 has been reviewed by IT Reviews, the UK Web site for independent reviews of hardware, software, games and other IT-related products by professional journalists.

According to the review:

A must-have platform for Linux application developers and enthusiasts alike, Fedora Core 5 is a surprisingly stable and feature-rich Linux distro with good community support and a host of cutting-edge technologies and bundled applications; all free to download and try for yourself.

Open Video Contest goes live this week

Creative Commons and the Fedora Project have teamed up to promote open video by launching a contest. The official announcement and full detail of rules and prize will be available the week of June 19, 2006. Please watch following page for more information.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-12

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.

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

Fedora Project Board Update (2006-06-06)

Max Spevack announces in fedora-announce-list:

Among the topics discussed were version control, infrastructure, possibilities for the next FUDCon, Fedora Legacy, the testing project announced at the Red Hat Summit, and more.

Read-Only copy of fedora-advisory-board list

Max Spevack announces in fedora-announce-list:

Many people have said that they appreciate the transparency into the work of the Board, but that it would be far easier to get that transparency if there was a readonly copy of the list to which they could subscribe.

Fedora mentioned in Information Week

Max Spevack reports in fedora-marketing-list:

Rex Dieter and I both have a one sentence quote. I love the fact that an hour long interview yielded one sentence.:-P

Rex Dieter, a contributor to Fedora, a version of Linux distributed by Red Hat, has been computer manager for the mathematics department at the University of Nebraska for 10 years. His paying job is his top priority. "If I have spare brain cycles afterward, more power to me," he says. When he recently became a member of Fedora's board, his boss, the computer labs professor, shook his hand and congratulated him.

Many contributors say the challenge of developing good code provides all the recognition and satisfaction they need. "I love the fact that I have to post the reasons I think I'm correct in a public place," says Max Spevack, chairman of Red Hat's Fedora Project. "It forces me to defend my opinions."

Puplet Icons Design in Progress

Máirín Duffy reports in fedora-art-list:

Jeremy Katz and Seth Vidal have been working on puplet, which will inform Fedora users of when their packages are out-of-date. The icons needed for puplet are:

1) 'Updates are available and need to be applied' 2) 'The system is currently downloading updates' (will help explain to users why their system may be running a bit slowly) 3) 'Updates have been applied' 4) Pup is confused / error condition (maybe network is down)

I started work on icon #1 working from the style / color palette Diana has set with her new icon theme.

If anybody has any thoughts about what could be used to represent the different icons needed or any ideas on improvements to what I've put up or even if you just want to play around with the SVG feel free!

Fedora on Mactel Testing in Progress

Jeremy Katz points out in his blog:

Yesterday, we finally had a few of the Intel Mac Minis arrive... This morning, I succeeded in getting the boot going and I've now integrated all of the things which I did by hand into anaconda. Which means that rawhide of tomorrow should actually be able to do something on the Intel Macs... there are some caveats, but the basics are there and written up on the wiki.

Fedora Core 5 Review at Linux Magazine

Hans-Jörg Ehren, Product Manager of Linux Magazine reports via email:

We at Linux Magazine wanted to inform you that we have posted our article covering "Fedora Core 5" in our Online Archive. You can find the article here: Please feel free to link to it from your site or post the link to related forums and community sites. The article is available as a PDF and can be downloaded and printed for private use without charge.

Re-spin your Fedora Core monthly

According to recent article in Tectonic:

FC5 users can look forward to such "re-spins", as the Fedora Unity Project calls them, once a month. "Early snapshots will be taken mid-month to start testing. Final snapshots will be taken about a week before the release. All released ISO images are tested using a 15-point test matrix to ensure the quality that the Fedora community expects," says the team.

Fedora Stuff at Red Hat Cool Stuff Store

Finally, after many months of delay, some of Fedora Stuff are now available at Red Hat Cool Stuff Store. They are Fedora Cap, Fedora T-Shirt, Fedora Pen and Fedora DVD. Please note currently Fedora DVD is out of stock but expected to be available to order soon.

Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-05

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.

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