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Fedora Weekly News 193
- From: Pascal Calarco <pcalarco nd edu>
- To: fedora-announce-list redhat com, "fedora-news-list redhat com" <fedora-news-list redhat com>
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- Subject: Fedora Weekly News 193
- Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:25:06 -0400
1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 193
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Board IRC Public meeting
+ 1.1.2 Help with Fedora Research
+ 1.1.3 New entry of Build F12 collection packages for
all language translators' review and correction
+ 1.1.4 FUDCon Toronto 2009 update!
+ 1.1.5 Upcoming Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
+ 1.3.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-01
+ 1.3.2 Call for F12 slogan ideas
+ 1.3.3 Passing on the Fedora print magazine proposal
for the time being
+ 1.3.4 Fedora Insight update
+ 1.3.5 Help wanted: Getting Fedora in the news
+ 1.3.6 Fedora in the News
+ 1.3.7 Marketing HOWTO: Creating press releases
+ 1.3.8 Marketing Research
o 1.4 QualityAssurance
+ 1.4.1 Test Days
+ 1.4.2 Weekly meetings
+ 1.4.3 Test Day live spin
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Translation deadline and Review Package Build
+ 1.5.2 Freeze Break for imsettings
+ 1.5.3 Issue Related to gnome-system-monitor Resolved
+ 1.5.4 New Members in Fedora Localization Project
o 1.6 Artwork
+ 1.6.1 F12 Wallpaper Refresh
o 1.7 Virtualization
+ 1.7.1 Fedora Virtualization List
# 18.104.22.168 Fedora Virt Status
# 22.214.171.124 Fedora 12 Virtualization Release Notes
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 193 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 193 for the week ending September
13, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In announcements, an invitation to the Fedora community to participate
in research at Duke University on open source communities and an update
on this December's FUDCon Toronto. A variety of recent postings from
Fedora contributors follows in the Planet Fedora section. In marketing
news, a call for Fedora 12 slogan ideas, update on weekly meetings and
Zikula/Fedora Insight developments, and coverage of recent discussion
aimed at getting Fedora into news channels to a greater extent. This
week's QA news includes detail of the most recent Test Day activities
around graphics card support, and coverage of this week's meetings. In
translation news, more updates on Fedora 12 translation activities, and
new Localization Project members from Spain. In Art news, a refresh of
Fedora 12 wallpapers. This week's issue rounds out with Fedora
Virtualization updates, including details on Fedora virt status and F12
virtualization release notes. Please enjoy FWN 193!
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list redhat com
The Fedora News team is collaborating with Marketing and Docs to come up
with a new exciting platform for disseminating news and views on Fedora,
called Fedora Insight. If you are interested, please join the list and
let us know how you would like to assist with this effort.
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project  .
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
TOP MOST Announcements and Fedora 12 (Constantine) are as follows:
--- Fedora Board IRC Public meeting ---
"The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, September
10, 2009, at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode.", announced Fedora Project
Leader Paul W. Frields. For this meeting, the public was invited to join
the IRC channels #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation
and #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and to post questions.
While inviting everyone, Paul also expressed, "The Board may reserve
some time at the top of the hour to cover any agenda items as appropriate."
--- Help with Fedora Research ---
Greg DeKoenigsberg, Senior Community Architect at Red Hat announced 
, "we're looking for Fedora contributors who are willing to do one of
1. Participate in an email interview with our Duke professors; or 2.
Participate in a short phone interview (about 20 minutes) with our Duke
Greg also explored about the participation of contributors. He
expressed, "It's a simple thing that could be hugely valuable in the
long run. We've got something special in Fedora, and the world wants to
understand how it works. Your experiences matter." All the interested
participant are requested to response to Greg DeKoenigsberg via email,
--- New entry of Build F12 collection packages for all language
translators' review and correction ---
Noriko Mizumoto on development announcement had announced, "Build F12
collection packages for all language translators' review and
correction". Meanwhile, he also mentioned, "Please notice that amazingly
F12 has been translated into 52 language with more than 40% completion
so far, and the percentage as well the number of languages are
--- FUDCon Toronto 2009 update! ---
"Here's an update on the upcoming FUDCon in Toronto, being held December
5-7. Before the details, I want to give some special thanks and
recognition to Chris Tyler of Seneca College in Toronto for his
continued, invaluable assistance in setting up FUDCon. His help made it
possible to establish a lot of these logistics while we were also
preparing for Fedora presence at the Red Hat Summit last week. Thanks
Chris!", widely announced by Paul W. Frields.
The FUDCon wiki page is chock full of details. Here is the major
highlights of the announcement:
HELP US PLAN!  GENERAL SCHEDULE PRE-REGISTRATION LODGING 
TECHNICAL SESSIONS  FUDPUB HACKFESTS
"More information will be forthcoming as it develops!", says Paul while
broadcasting the announcements.
--- RHCE Conference in New York City ---
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 from 9am-1pm, Red Hat will hold a free,
informal conference for RHCEs, offering information sharing on a variety
of topics at the Rubin Museum in New York City. Details are available.
--- Upcoming Events ---
Mark your agenda with the following events. Please, consider attending
or volunteering at an event near you!
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM)
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
-- 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 ---
Tim Niemueller installed the Maemo 5 SDK on Fedora, but there were a
few "gotcha's" which can easily be worked around.
Radek Vokál summarized his experience at the Red Hat Summit in
Chicago, and took some nice pictures from around the city.
Harish Pillay analyzed some security vulnerabilities in Windows
Vista, and compared them with the Red Hat line of products. "Why do they
[Microsoft] have to resort to outright lies and misrepresentations?"
Matt Domsch mentioned that the Fedora infrastructure should now all
work over IPv6.
Mel Chua made some suggestions for writing an effective press release.
Michel Salim rebutted the recent cries that OLPC has been a complete
failure. "OLPC has failures in abundance, but it is a radical,
Greg DeKoenigsberg is seeking Fedora contributers (whether they
contribute a little or a lot) to be interviewed for a research project.
David Lutterkort wrote about how to use Augeas to modify comments in
Michael Tiemann posted an interesting comic strip (and an actual
post) about how some companies are patent trolls. It's amusing, I promise.
-- Marketing --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.
Contributing Writer: Mel Chua (Temporary sub for the week - Chaitanya
Mehandru will be back next week with more Exciting News from Marketing.
--- Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-09-01 ---
Meeting logs  and notes  for the 2009-09-08 Fedora Marketing
Meeting were made available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open
to the public. 
--- Call for F12 slogan ideas ---
We need a slogan for the F12 release! A release slogan is a short
call-to-action that fits the artwork theme from Design . (F11's
slogan was "Reign," F10's was "Fire it up!") Please put your slogan
ideas here:  Feel free to discuss slogan ideas on the mailing lists -
but also make sure to put your ideas in that table on that wiki page so
they'll be counted. More details on the mailing list thread: 
--- Passing on the Fedora print magazine proposal for the time being ---
After much thought-provoking and insightful deliberation and discussion
with the community in response to the Linux Pro Magazine F11 special
issue proposal, we have decided to pass on this opportunity for F12.
Max Spevack: "There are several reasons why, which I discussed during
today's Fedora Marketing meeting. For those who would like to read that
over, please see
starting at 20:39:27 in the log. As always, any comments are welcome. I
really like the way this entire idea was discussed, considered, etc. in
(what I consider) a very public and transparent way."
--- Fedora Insight update ---
Throughout the print magazine discussion, work on Fedora Insight (FI)
continued, with launch less than a month away. FI will act as a central
repository for Marketing materials, such as the ones that were proposed
for the print magazine, making it easy to pull Marketing content into
print at a future date in time.
Mel Chua says: "I finally realized the way to keep [the Fedora Insight
status page] up to date was to link to our ticketing system ,
since *that* is up to date... now it's time to turn our attention to FI
content." Mo Duffy's excellent work on the FI theme continues with
special thanks to Simon Birtwistle and Keiran Smith for their help. 
--- Help wanted: Getting Fedora in the news ---
Susmit Shannigrahi brought up a great idea this week: A lot of
"industry"-type magazines will have an editorial calendar that they make
available, usually a year or so in advance. What if we had a team that
acted as a liaison between the magazine and interested writers from the
Fedora community? "...if a magazine is going to have an issue on
Localisation, the team will ensure there is an article on Transifex if
someone is interested to write it. Or if a magazine is going to roll out
an issue on IT infrastructure, the team will ensure that someone writes
about puppet and so on."  Are you interested in this idea or in
helping out? Do you have any publications to add to the Marketing press
publications list? Email the marketing list today! 
--- Fedora in the News ---
Rahul Sundaram spotted  a TechRepublic blog entry on delta RPMs in
F11.  "If... you have a slow Internet connection or you pay-per-byte
for your Internet connection, then using Presto makes sense: it will
download smaller files which will save time and money."
Via Karlie Robinson:  The Fedora community, featuring our own Fred
Grose and Karlie Robinson, is mentioned in an article about RIT
professor Steve Jacobs's course on teaching open source development for
the One Laptop Per Child and Sugar Labs projects. 
--- Marketing HOWTO: Creating press releases ---
Inspired by Fedora Infrastructure's SOPs , we've started a category
for Marketing HOWTOs  in order to document our collective marketing
knowledge and make it easier for community members to add a little
Marketing jazz to their projects. The first one is on writing press
releases , inspired by Ian Weller's request for feedback on the
Creative Commons re-licensing announcement.
--- Marketing Research ---
Robyn Bergeron has started forming a Real Market Research Strategy for
Fedora.  See the Marketing Research wiki page  and help us
answer a few questions  that will help us figure out what
information is most crucial to gather first.
-- QualityAssurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
Last week saw three main track Test Days making up Graphics Test Week:
ATI / Radeon Test Day, NVIDIA / Nouveau Test Day, and Intel
graphics Test Day. Each event was very busy and turned up a range of
bugs which will now be worked on by the driver developers. Many thanks
to everyone who helped test! If you missed the Test Days but would like
to test your graphics adapter for Fedora 12, you can still visit the
Test Day pages, download the test live image, and report your results.
Last week's Fit and Finish Test Day was on sharing. As usual, the
Fit and Finish group identified several issues which could be improved
to present a better sharing experience, and filed several bugs.
Next week will see two main track Test Days. The first is on audio,
including PulseAudio. This is always a hot-button topic for Fedora
releases, and PulseAudio has seen some significant changes and
improvements from Fedora 11. If you want to make sure audio will work
perfectly with your hardware in Fedora 12, please come along and help
with the testing!
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
cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in
--- Weekly meetings ---
No meetings were held this week for either the QA or BugZappers groups,
due to the absence of important group members and the North American
public holiday on Monday 2009-09-07.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-09-14 at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-09-15 at
1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
--- Test Day live spin ---
Bruno Wolff announced he had got the spin configuration for the Test
Day live image added to the official Fedora spins git repository.
replied to say he had modified the live image creation guide to
reflect this change (which makes generating live images configured for
Test Days much easier).
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Translation deadline and Review Package Build Request ---
The first phase of software translation for Fedora 12 has been completed
on September 10th 2009. Unlike other earlier releases, for Fedora 12 the
translators in FLP would be able to review and update these translations
until 22nd September 2009. This has been made possible by the approval
from FESCo to allow the FLP's request to be provided with test builds of
the Fedora Packages.
FLSCo member Noriko Mizumoto and FLP Admin team member Ankit Patel are
currently co-ordinating with the maintainers of 48 packages, for which
rebuilds have been requested by the FLP. Individual bugs have been
filed for each of these packages along with instructions and tracked via
a master tracker bug. As per the Fedora Schedule, the package builds are
to be completed by 14th September 2009.
--- Freeze Break for imsettings ---
The maintainer of the imsettings package Akira Tagoh, requested for a
freeze break for the package to resolve a bug file against some of the
strings in the .po file. The freeze break request was granted and the
strings have been updated.
--- Issue Related to gnome-system-monitor Resolved ---
A long pending issue regarding the translation of a string customized
in the gnome-system-monitor package for Fedora, has been resolved by
--- New Members in Fedora Localization Project ---
Juanjo Escribano(Spanish) joined the Fedora Localization Project last
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- F12 Wallpaper Refresh ---
Máirín Duffy posted on @Design-Team an improved perspective mosaic
for the Fedora 12 wallpaper "We can't be totally satisfied with the
current default can we?" and after her request for feedback Paul Frields
replied positively "I've been using it on my main station without any
major concerns" but also asked about the lack of blogging about the
wallpaper evolution "There are schedule items for blogging about the
wallpaper -- has anyone been doing that lately, regarding the latest
candidate(s)?". Máirín pointed to the late slowness of wallpaper
evolution and later remembered everyone about another take on the
design from María Leandro "Ahh I forgot to mention Tatica's work [...]
which I think we should develop further instead"
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization
technologies on the @fedora-virt list.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Fedora Virtualization List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
---- Fedora Virt Status ----
In the latest Fedora virtualization status report, Mark McLoughlin
reminds us "The Fedora 12 release is looming large. At this stage,
all efforts should be focused on polishing off everything for the final
release." and "September 17th, we will be holding be holding Fedora Test
Day in order to test all the latest Fedora 12 virt goodies".
Read on for Mark's full treatment of the latest developments in
---- Fedora 12 Virtualization Release Notes ----
The initial draft of the virtualization portion of the release notes
is complete. Read all about the impressive list of 11 new features and
other improvements in Fedora 12! F11 had 6 new virt features by comparison.
- end FWN 193 -
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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