Issue #15 January 2006

Fedora™ status report, January 2006

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In this issue:

Interview with Red Hat's New CTO interviewed with Red Hat's New CTO - Brian Stevens. He discuses "Virtualization" and "Stateless Linux" which will be standard features of Fedora Core.

Special Promo Code for SCALE

Thanks to Gareth Greenaway, a special promo code - FDORA - was given to Fedora Community to receive 50% off when you purchase tickets for SCALE. The fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2006, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport in Los Angeles, California.

Beginner Tutorials needed for SCALE

Ilan Rabinovitch announces, "SCALE is currently in need of sessions and tutorials specifically geared at new users to Linux and open-source. If you are interested in speaking or running one of these sessions please see the CFP (Call For Papers) below."

Event Location Change for SCALE

Ilan Rabinovitch reports in his email, "For various reasons we had to move the event from the Westin, down the street to the Radisson. A few announcements went out last week on this issue, and you should be seeing another one shortly." Our Fedora Project SCALE planning wiki page has been updated to reflect the change.

Uninet Fedora Conference

Rahul Sundaram points out in his message, "IRC meet logs and Questions and answers for Uninet Fedora Conferences on December 15th are now available." Greg DeKoenigsberg, Rik van Riel and Warren Togami participated to discuss Fedora Project.

Fedora Ambassadors Meeting Minutes

Thanks to David Barzilay and Alex Maier, Fedora Ambassadors Meeting Minutes for 2005-12-15 and 2005-12-22 are available.

NetworkManager WPA Status

Dan Williams reports in his blog, "NetworkManager HEAD will likely be in high-flux in the next week and probably won't work correctly. We should try to at least keep it buildable, but it's likely that the D-BUS API will be trashed until things settle down, which is almost as bad."

GNOME 2.13.3 Development Release

John Palmieri reports in his blog, "GNOME 2.13.3 has been released. This is our third development release on our road towards GNOME 2.14.0, which will be released in March 2006."

Fedora Time Bug

A.P. Lawrence has written an interesting article on Fedora Time Bug, "The question of setting time comes up frequently. Setting the timezone and the system clock can be confusing, particularly if the machine is dual boot."

Helix-powered launched

Kevin Foreman announces, "Last week Real launched the beta Helix-powered consumers a free and legal way to find and play full length songs from all the major music labels...for the first time makes Rhapsody available to Linux and Mac users."

Fedora Core 5 Test 2 slipping until January 16

Jesse Keating reports in his message, "We are going to try very hard to have a stable(ish) tree suitable for testing over the holidays, so that Test2 will be better for the slip and keep us in line with getting Test3 and eventually the final release out in the best shape possible." An updated PRELIMINARY Fedora Core 5 Schedule is available now.

Open source in Africa

Elliot Lee reports in his message, "I stumbled upon, which seems to be in touch with a lot of the open source stuff going on in Africa. All sorts of interesting projects and links underneath it. It's always neat to stumble upon a corner of the open source community you never knew existed.

Fedora users and contributors - Unite

Rahul Sundaram points out in his blog, " - a map to track contributors to Fedora. All those wonderful developers, package maintainers in Core and Extras repository, documentation, bug triaging, QA, infrastructure, ambassadors, marketing and legacy release maintainers sign up here. Let the Fedora bulbs glow over the world."

Fedora Reloaded Podcast #3

Joshua Wulf points out in his blog, "This edition features an interview with Andy Fitzsimon, open source graphics designer, who will be speaking at Linux Conf AU 2006 in Dunedin, New Zealand, and Libre Graphics in Lyon, France. He is also currently designing the Fedora voice font, for use in all Fedora publications. Don't say that you never heard anything about it!"

Current Gotchas in

Caolan McNamara points out in his blog, "The new gtk animated theme radiobuttons/checkboxes confuse the OOo gtk native theming. Untoggled radiobuttons will look drawn in, refreshing them will then make togged ones look untoggled; gcc 4.1 has changed the lib version of libgcj, OOo java bridge/testtools will claim there's no java to be found; OOo parallel build jar creation is not parallel safe, i.e. .jars can contain only MANIFEST.MF; OOo polygon drawing with xorg may cause a double-free segv."

Postfix mail server with SPAM and AntiVirus protection

Anze Vidmar has written Implementing a postfix mail server with SPAM and AntiVirus protection. "This document describes the installation and configuration of postfix (MTA - mail transport agent), dovecot (secure open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like system), Spamassassin (powerful Open-Source Spam Filter), amavisd-new (high-performance interface between mailer (MTA) and content checkers: virus scanners, and/or SpamAssassin), squirrelmail (a standards-based webmail package written in PHP4), and ClamAV (a GPL virus scanner)."

Fedora Community Survey Results

Tim Burke reports in his message, "a sincere thanks to all who participated in the survey. The results of this survey are hung off the marketing page under a feedback section." Here is the summary.

Long-term plan for Fedora logo usage

Greg DeKoenigsberg points out in his message, "Once I've got a good sample, I'll take these typical cases to counsel, and we'll build a clickthru usage policy. People will be able to read a set of very basic guidelines, agree to them, give us contact information, and then they will be granted logo images and permission automatically." Current logo policy can be found at

Looking for Fedora LiveCD Developers

Thijs Hulshof announces in his email, "The Fedora Project is looking for developers to help with the LiveCD. A few developers have been working on Kadischi, a tool for generating Fedora-based LiveCD. Kadischi is currently ready for use. Now it's time to create an official LiveCD for the Fedora Project. If you think you can contribute, send a message to the fedora-livecd-list! Knowledge of Anaconda will be appreciated."

RFC: kernel-modules in Fedora Extras

Thorsten Leemhuis reports in his message, "The Fedora Extras Steering Committee (FESCo) agreed on a standard for packaging kernel-modules in Fedora Extras. To look at the details see this mail. The last chance to comment on it before it is getting used in devel/FC5 is: Now. Please use fedora-extras-list for the discussion."

Interview with kde-redhat Project Leader

Rahul Sundaram reports in his message, "Rex Dieter of the KDE Red Hat third party repository has been interviewed in Dot KDE. An interesting interview for those want to know more about the details behind the formation of this repository, people working on it, differences with the formal Fedora KDE packages and a potential avenue for better collaboration in the future."

Rescue ISO files for FC5

Jesse Keating ponts out in his blog, "I proposed that we start generating rescue.iso files for each arch we support in the nightly rawhide rolls. This will allow users to use this CD to boot into a rescue env w/out having to download the large stage2 stuff."

Fedora happenings in '06

Chitlesh Goorah reports in his message, "Users of Red Hat's free Fedora Core operating system will get an upgrade when Version 5 of the software is released. The new code will include Xen virtualization software - a precursor of more to come from Red Hat in '06 - as well as an SELinux security package and a LDAP directory administration tool." For detail, see NetworkWorld.

Installing NVIDIA drivers manually on FC4

Andre Costa has written an article on Installing NVIDIA drivers manually on FC4, "Installing NVIDIA Linux driver when a new driver or kernel version comes out can be a somewhat complicated task (been there, done that...), and it's common to see lots of questions about it on Fedora forums...So, if for any reason you find yourself in need to tackle with NVIDIA driver installation with your bare hands, hopefully this mini-HOWTO will help you down the road."

Fedora Core 4 Updates

During the period of December 12 - January 08, Fedora Project released 58 Fedora Core 4 Updates including 11 Security Advisories.

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