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Fedora Weekly News Issue 198
- From: Pascal Calarco <pcalarco nd edu>
- To: fedora-announce-list redhat com, fedora-news-list <fedora-news-list redhat com>
- Cc: distro distrowatch com, editor lxer com, news phoronix com
- Subject: Fedora Weekly News Issue 198
- Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 21:19:52 -0400
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
# 18.104.22.168 FUDCon Lodging -- IMPORTANT
+ 1.1.2 FEDORA EVENTS
# 22.214.171.124 Upcoming Events
# 126.96.36.199 Past Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Test Days
+ 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.3.3 DeltaISO update
+ 1.3.4 Fedora 12 Beta RC2 testing
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 FLP Representation at the Beta Release
+ 1.4.2 Scheduled Translation Tasks for Fedora 12
+ 1.4.3 Concern About Virt-manager Translation Submission
+ 1.4.4 New Members in FLP
o 1.5 Artwork
+ 1.5.1 Constantine Wallpaper Extras
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 10 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 198 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 198 for the week ending October
18, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
This week's issue begins with some updates on lodging for December's
Fedora User and Developer Conference in Toronto. If you plan to attend
or are considering it, be sure to read this. News from the Fedora Planet
presents news and views from Fedora community members. In Quality
Assurance news, details from the latest upcoming Test Days on SELinux
and power management, and an invitation for Test Day proposals for
Fedora 12 and 13 cycles, in addition to wonderful detail on the weekly
QA meetings and team activities, and updates towards Fedora 12 beta. In
translation news, details from last week's Fedora 12 beta readiness
meeting, a query about the Russian translation of Fedora 12
virt-manager, and details of new Fedora Localization Project members.
From the Art/Design team, details on Constantine (Fedora 12)
wallpapers. Our issue wraps up this week with details on last week's
security patches for Fedora 10 and 11. Enjoy FWN!
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migrate FWN to this new content platform!
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project,
including general announcements, development announcements and
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST ---
---- FUDCon Lodging -- IMPORTANT ----
Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced  exclusively about
the FUDCon Lodging. On his brief, he mentioned, "We've added an extra
"hotel" field to the FUDCon wiki pre-registration table, on the far
If you have already booked at the hotel, please visit the wiki.If you do
not need lodging, please visit the wiki. Use the following codes for the
hotel booking field: Y == HAVE booked lodging NA == Not applicable,
If you have not booked, but need lodging, you don't need to do anything
at this time.
The FUDCon planning team will get initial roomsharing set up for people
based on the responses, so please be courteous to your fellow Fedora
community members by promptly responding . Thanks.
 If your lodging is not being funded by the Fedora Project, and you
don't want to room share, that's perfectly OK. :-) Please mark the wiki
comments to say "not roomsharing" in that case.
 If you have already found a roommate, please indicate that on the
wiki in your "Comments" field.
--- FEDORA EVENTS ---
Fedora events are the source of marketing, learning and meeting all the
fellow community people around you. So, please mark your agenda with the
following events to consider attending or volunteering near you!
---- Upcoming Events ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM) 
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
---- Past Events ----
Archive of Past Fedora Events
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Richard W.M. Jones described a "Poor man's P2V":
"What happens when you have an old server sitting in the corner —
the hardware is flaky and you need to set up a virtual equivalent ASAP,
but no one can remember how that old server is configured? People will
sell you very expensive software to solve this problem for you. But if
you have some time and patience you can do P2V conversions by hand for
free, and it’s not too hard. Here’s how."
Rahul Sundaram found that the recent major changes to Thunderbird's
user interface (that had suddenly appeared after a routine Fedora 11
update) have been fixed/reverted.
Michael DeHaan tried to define all of the possible meanings of the
Seth Vidal wondered about the growth of Fedora (for example, number
of packages and size of Yum repository metadata) and how to sustain
Jose M Manimala introduced Entente, a web services framework for
Python "which requires minimal configuration and can be deployed based
on Generated classes or user defined classes."
Máirín Duffy demoed a new GTK font selector dialog box that may
drastically improve usability. Máirín also posted the complete part
list, with photos (including the giant carrying case).
James Antill addressed some of the issues affecting the installation
of multiple versions of a single (RPM) package on a system, and how
Python 3 in particular can be handled.
Martin Sourada looked at how lighting affects the Echo Icon Theme.
"So, I wonder what do you folks reading the Fedora (Design) Planet
think? It's still not too late to adjust the guidelines for Echo
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week's planned Test Day on internationalization (i18n) was
postponed to a yet-to-be-determined future date. Our apologies to anyone
who made time to attend.
Two Test Days are scheduled for next week. The first is on the
confined SELinux users feature. This feature involves assigning an
SELinux role to a user. The role's policy controls the extent of the
user's access to the system. The Test Day will focus on testing several
scenarios to ensure the policy restrictions work as they should. As
usual, there will be a live CD available for testing - there's no need
to install Rawhide. The Test Day will run all day on Thursday 2009-10-20
in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.
The second Test Day will be on power management, especially
specific improvements made in Fedora 12. Some very specific but
easy-to-run test cases which will greatly aid the development team in
refining power management have been developed for the Test Day: there's
even a helpful script which runs the tests and generates the need
results automatically. As usual, there will be a live CD available for
testing - there's no need to install Rawhide. This Test Day will be very
easy to participate in, and the information you can generate will be
very helpful, so please come along and help out! The Test Day will run
all day on Thursday 2009-10-22 in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel.
No Fit and Finish track Test Day is planned for next week.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 12 or
13 cycles, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket
in QA Trac.
--- Weekly meetings ---
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2009-10-12. The full log is
available. James Laska reported that the new hardware which would be
used to host the israwhidebroken.com project and other parts of the
AutoQA project is in transit.
James Laska had contacted the Anaconda development team to check if the
recent installer test days had identified any Beta blocker bugs. He
found that the first test day had resulted in three blockers being added
to the list. Jesse Keating worried that too much testing was being done
after the Beta freeze, which made resolving identified bugs very
difficult. James felt that extensive testing was being done both before
and after the freeze. Jesse believed some of the blocker bugs that were
found after the freeze date could have been found earlier. James agreed
to investigate the bugs in question to see when they were introduced and
when they were identified.
James Laska reviewed the status of the first Beta release candidate
build, and noted status on the last remaining beta blocker bug was
unclear. Denise Dumas said that Dave Lehman would investigate and report
whether the bug was fixed in the release candidate build, and hence
whether a second release candidate build would be required. James, Liam
Li and Rui He had already started validation testing on the release
Will Woods reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. He had been
working on backlinking from the test status information on
israwhidebroken.com to the actual test result in the autotest front end,
but had not yet found a satisfactory solution. He had also been looking
at auto-generating a Wiki page to list the critical path packages (as
the set of critical path packages can change unpredictably, a
manually-maintained static page is not a good solution). His plan for
this is blocked by the Python interface to the Wiki using JSON, which
cannot create or edit pages. Will and James Laska agreed that James
would work on creating a package of the israwhidebroken.com code to be
used for the production instance of the site. Kamil Paral reported
steady progress on his packagediff test for identifying major changes
between package versions. He had initial implementations of most
important tests, and was working to generate fake packages so he can
test the script and isolate any bugs in it. The group agreed that in the
long term it would make sense to integrate Kamil's work as extensions to
the existing rpmdiff tool, but in the short term it could be hosted as
part of the AutoQA project.
Jóhann Guðmundsson explained his project to revise and standardize Wiki
pages dealing with debugging and reporting bugs in various
components. He had created a template for such pages and revised
several existing pages to fit this new template. The group discussed a
standard naming convention for such pages, and agreed on
How_to_debug_(component name). Jóhann mentioned that he would welcome
feedback on the usefulness of the existing pages, which would be the
most important ones to revise, and what new pages of this type should be
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-10-13. Adam
Williamson commented on the QA group's discussion of Jóhann
Guðmundsson's debugging page revision project, noting the agreement on
the How_to_debug_(component name) naming convention.
Edward Kirk noted that housekeeping tasks, which would have been
starting that week, had been delayed due to the overall release schedule
delay occasioned by the delay of the Beta release.
Adam Williamson noted that Richard June was not present to give an
update on the kernel triage project, nor was Brennan Ashton present to
discuss the triage metrics project.
Sergey Rudchenko wanted to know if there was a way to have Bugzilla
notify him of new bugs being filed on a particular component, but not of
any change activity to existing bugs, as he found the volume of email
with all the change messages included overwhelming. Edward Kirk
suggested that he use the RSS feed search result feature for this. Any
Bugzilla search can be used as an RSS feed in Red Hat's Bugzilla, so to
achieve the desired result you can simply search for NEW bugs in any
component and subscribe to the feed for the search result. New bugs for
that component will then be shown on the feed.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-10-19 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-10-20 at
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- DeltaISO update ---
Andre Robatino reported that he was unable to generate DeltaISOs on
Rawhide as a side-effect of the endianness issue in xz which had been
previously discussed by the development group. Andre later announced
DeltaISOs for Beta test compose -> Beta RC1 and Beta RC1 -> Beta RC2.
--- Fedora 12 Beta RC2 testing ---
Liam Li announced the formal testing process for the second release
candidate build of Fedora 12 Beta. He noted that the test matrix was
available and asked for the group's help in performing as many of the
tests as possible. Cornel Panceac wondered why there were no live
images available. Jesse Keating explained that he had had to delay
building the live images until he was sure the regular installer images
were OK due to resource constraints.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- FLP Representation at the Beta Release Readiness Meeting ---
FLSCo member Noriko Mizumoto represented the FLP in the Project Wise
Fedora 12 Beta Readiness meeting held on 14th October 2009. In her
report, she thanked the Package Maintainers for responding to the
request from FLP to rebuild most of the packages for translation review.
Additionally, a number of bugs were filed during the Translation Review
and Noriko put forward a request to check the possibility for their
correction in Fedora 12 GA. Paul Frields has taken responsibility to
take this issue to Bill Nottingham. Noriko also raised concern about the
string freeze breaks that happened during this release.
Documentation, Banner, Website translation are scheduled for later dates
and Noriko informed that FLP would be communicating with the respective
The complete log for the meeting is also available.
--- Scheduled Translation Tasks for Fedora 12 ---
The deadline for translation of Fedora 12 Beta Release Notes was
scheduled for 12th October 2009 and the .rpm file built the next day.
The next significant Translation milestone is the translation of all the
Fedora Guides, which would start on 21st October 2009 and end on 5th
--- Concern About Virt-manager Translation Submission ---
The maintainer of the Russian Translation Team, Yulia Poyarkova raised a
concern about the submission of the virt-manager translations, since
the bug accepting the translations has been closed in preparation for
Fedora 12 GA. This module is currently not available for submission via
--- New Members in FLP ---
Alexey Matveichev (Russian), Enczel (Korean), and Bruce Cowan
(British English) joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Constantine Wallpaper Extras ---
Reaching the proposed deadline, Martin Sourada started the selection
for the extra wallpapers to be included in Fedora 12 "originally the
idea was to aim for 4, I think best would be to hear people's (from the
design team) opinion on which ones would they include (aiming for 4 +/-
2) and base the final number on the discussion." In reply, Máirín Duffy
opted for quality over quantity "My preference would be for fewer but
higher-quality than more with varying quality". Nicu Buculei listed his
preferences, including the 'educational' wallpaper made by Maria
Leandro, which wasn't in the proposals list, and Martin Sourada
followed with a lit of his own options.
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---
* perl-Net-OAuth-0.19-1.fc11 -
* phpMyAdmin-188.8.131.52-1.fc11 -
* Django-1.1.1-1.fc11 -
* rubygem-rails-2.3.2-5.fc11 -
* rubygem-activeresource-2.3.2-2.fc11 -
* rubygem-activesupport-2.3.2-2.fc11 -
* rubygem-activerecord-2.3.2-2.fc11 -
* rubygem-actionpack-2.3.2-2.fc11 -
* rubygem-actionmailer-2.3.2-3.fc11 -
* drupal-service_links-6.x.1.0-5.fc11 -
* dopewars-1.5.12-8.1033svn.fc11 -
* deltarpm-3.4-18.fc11 -
* dnsmasq-2.46-3.fc11 -
--- Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---
* kernel-184.108.40.206-170.2.104.fc10 -
* perl-Net-OAuth-0.19-1.fc10 -
* Django-1.1.1-1.fc10 -
* phpMyAdmin-220.127.116.11-1.fc10 -
* dnsmasq-2.46-2.fc10 -
* drupal-service_links-6.x.1.0-5.fc10 -
* dopewars-1.5.12-8.1033svn.fc10 -
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