Fedora Weekly News Issue 179
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 179 for the week ending June 7, 2009.
In this, the issue immediately prior to the impending release of Fedora 11, we have a fine bevy of news for you. Fedora elections are open for voting in the various positions, please participate if you are eligible. John Polestra has also been elected to the Fedora Board for a two release term. From around the Fedora Planet, Fedora 11 podcasts, details on fingerprint authentication in F11, and thoughts on ensuring Fedora teams sustainability from Fedora leader Paul W. Frields. In Ambassadors, a reminder to please send in news about upcoming Fedora events in your area. In QA news, details on this past weekly meeting, deeply focused in pre-Fedora 11 final testing and pre-upgrade status. In the Translation beat, the release notes for Fedora 11 have been completed and are ready for translation rebuild after the Fedora 11 Release Announcement. The Fedora Localization Project welcomed new contributors for Latvian and Russian, Chinese, Italian, traditional Chinese and Korean and Spanish this past week! The Fedora Design team is already thinking about Fedora 12 'themeability' of some of the proposed codenames for F12. Also some great artwork for an upcoming FUDCon in Porto Alegre-RS, Brazil. In Security news, details on .ORG becoming the first top-level domain to sign their zone with DNSSEC and implications for other domains. Our issue this week rounds up with news from virtualization teams, including updates on libvirt 0.6.4, thoughts of virtualization features for Fedora 12, and much more. Enjoy!
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Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
Fedora 11 (Leonidas)
Fedora 11 is coming on Tuesday June 9. Check out the tour.
Rawhide has officially moved to Fedora 12 content.
By the time you are reading this, the current round of Fedora elections will be taking place. All the information that you need for voting is included in the reference link.
John Poelstra has been appointed to the Fedora Board, for a two-release term. Paul Frields wrote, "Many of our contributors know John from his work in many capacities around the Project, from work with the Fedora Bug Zappers, maintaining our release schedule, and facilitating meetings for many of our community teams. He will bring a unique perspective and experience to our team."
FUDCons and FADs
This section previews upcoming Fedora Users & Developers Conferences, as well as upcoming Fedora Activity Days.
Fedora Activity Day: Development Cycle
In North America, Jesse Keating announced an upcoming Fedora Activity Day "for maintainers, QA, and release engineering folks to meet and discuss ongoing issues with the Fedora Development Cycle and to create a proposal on how to fix many of the issues. Note, this is not an event to decide on a solution, it is an event to decide on a proposal, which will then be shared with the whole community for more input and work."
FUDCon Porto Alegre 2009
FUDCon Porto Alegre will take place June 24-27 in Brazil. About 30 people have signed up so far, and we're hopeful for an attendance of over 100.
If you would like more information, please visit the wiki page.
FUDCon Berlin 2009
FUDCon Berlin will be held from June 26-28, and we're got over 130 people pre-registered for the event.
If you would like more information, please visit the wiki page.
Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!
June 8-10: FAD Fedora Development Cycle in Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 9: Fedora 11 Release Party in Managua, Nicaragua.
June 13: Fedora 11 Release Party in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
June 12-13: VCNSL in Maracay/Aragua, Venezuela.
June 13: Southeast Linuxfest in Clemson, South Carolina.
June 14: Docs FAD @ Southeast Linuxfest in Clemson, South Carolina
June 17-19: Open Source Bridge in Portland, Oregon.
June 24-27: FUDCon Porto Alegre in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
June 24-27: LinuxTag in Berlin, Germany.
June 26-28: FUDCon Berlin in Berlin, Germany.
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Jack Aboutboul linked to the Fedora 11 Podcast interview with Jonathan Dieter about
Presto, which allows users to update their RPM-based system without having to download entire RPM files (only their deltas are downloaded).
Peter Hutterer explained how X handles mouse button mappings (it's not as easy as you think!) and continued with "XI2 Recipes, Part 1" and example programs that can support multiple mouse cursors and keyboard foci.
Dave Malcolm released a new version (0.4) of
squeal, the command line text query tool, with a number of new features include the ability to handle arbitrary text files (split on whitespace like awk, or use regular expressions) and support for pcap (tcpdump/wireshark) dump files.
Paul W. Frields published a "Fedora teams’ call to action" which might be described as a number of important points to make Fedora teams more "sustainable" (how would a team cope if a contributor was eaten by a dinosaur?)
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
Fedora 11 released this week
Fedora 11 will be released on Tuesday, June 9, and with it a variety of activities around the release will be forthcoming. As such, with the upcoming release of Fedora 11, this is a reminder that posting your event on Fedora Weekly News can help get the word out. Contact FWN Ambassador correspondent Larry Cafiero at lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with announcements of upcoming events -- and don't forget to e-mail reports after the events as well.
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
There was no Test Day last week, as we are deep in the Fedora 11 final release run-up.
Currently, no Test Day is scheduled for next week - it is too close to the scheduled release of Fedora 11 for any testing to produce results directly in Fedora 11 final release, but if you would like to propose a test day which could result in changes for post-release updates, or an early test day for Fedora 12, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac.
The QA group weekly meeting was held on 2009-06-03. The full log is available. Adam Williamson reported that he had finally remembered to ask the Bugzilla team to add a link to the Fedora bug workflow page from the Bugzilla page. This has been done, and the link will show up with the next refresh of Bugzilla.
James Laska reported that he has now sent out the survey about Fedora 11 Test Days, asking participants for feedback on how the events went and any possible improvements that could be made. Some feedback had already been received, and much more was expected.
The group discussed how to handle the installation test result matrix wiki page between release candidate revisions. James Laska committed to work out his best solution and send it to the mailing list.
Adam Williamson reported that he had added an entry to the Fedora 11 Common Bugs page for bug #502077, but that the bug would now be fixed for final release and so the note should be removed. He clarified that issues which will be fixed for final release should just be removed from the page, not moved to the planned 'Resolved Issues' section.
The group discussed the state of Fedora 11 final release preparation. In general building of release candidates and testing was progressing smoothly. James Laska asked that the group make an effort to confirm the fixes for the nine release-critical issues marked as MODIFIED in Bugzilla.
The group then discussed the appropriate way to document bug #503824, where installation fails in certain circumstances on an x86-64 system with only 512MB of memory. In the end it was decided the most appropriate way to address this would be in the minimum hardware requirements. Adam Williamson volunteered to add a request for some appropriate text to be added to an existing bug report on revision of the minimum requirements.
James Laska then started a brainstorming session for a general review of QA's role during the Fedora 11 cycle. Many ideas were contributed by the entire group. A summary of these is available on the meeting page.
The Bugzappers group weekly meeting was held on 2009-06-02. The full log is available. John Poelstra reported on progress of the housekeeping changes for Fedora 11's release, and the group agreed that he was doing a fine job and should keep it up.
Adam Williamson reported on the progress of the triage metric system. The system is now running on the real Bugzilla data, updated nightly. The system is now in its beta stage, and the developer Brennan Ashton asks that people experiment with it and report bugs or feature requests to trac (component triageweb).
Adam Williamson also reported on the progress of the proposal to include setting the priority / severity fields as part of triage. It is now waiting on a change by the Bugzilla maintainers to restrict access to the priority and severity fields. This is being tracked in a bug report. Niels Haase noted that he had already begun setting severity on reports he is triaging, according to the policy, and had not yet met with any resistance on the part of reporters. The group agreed that triagers could go ahead and begin setting the severity field ahead of the change to Bugzilla, if they would like to.
Niels Haase flagged up a bug for possible inclusion in the Fedora 11 Common Bugs page. It involves resume from suspend failing when using the nouveau graphics driver. After some discussion, the group agreed it should be added to the list.
John Poelstra announced that he would be stepping back from some of his leadership role within the BugZappers group, though remaining involved in many ways. The group thanked him for all his efforts so far. Adam Williamson, Edward Kirk and Niels Haase will cover meeting arrangements for the foreseeable future.
Steven Parrish mentioned that he intended to go through all still-open Fedora 9 bugs for the components he triages, and try to determine whether they were still valid for a current release (and if so change them to that release), in advance of the automated closing of Fedora 9 bugs for EOL. Adam Williamson suggested he also mention this idea on the mailing list.
The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-06-10 at 1600 UTC in #fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-06-09 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.
Release candidate build availability
Following on from last week's discussion of the availability of release candidate builds, Andre Robatino announced that he had built and made available delta ISOs - files containing the difference between two ISO images, allowing the reconstruction of the latest final image - for RC2, from Fedora 11 Preview. He later made delta ISOs available for RC3 and RC4. The group continued to discuss the feasibility of getting quickly-revised pre-release builds available from the public mirror system using various methods, but no conclusion has yet been reached.
Brennan Ashton released the first weekly Bugzilla statistics roundup, derived from the new triage metrics system. The response was enthusiastic, with requests and suggestions for more information from Jóhann Guðmundsson and Christopher Beland. There were also several positive responses on the development mailing list, where the information was also posted.
'How to report bugs' page revised
Adam Williamson announced that he had made some changes to the main Wiki page on how to report bugs. In particular, he had revised the section providing advice on what information to include in particular types of bug report to be more consistent. He encouraged everyone to contribute this type of information: if you know of specific information which is usually required when filing a particular type of bug (or a bug on a particular component), add this information following the layout used in the appropriate section of the page.
Fedora 11 Test Day survey
James Laska posted a survey on the Fedora 11 Test Day process, asking for feedback on various facets of the process and suggestions for future improvements. The response was wide and enthusiastic, across both the QA and the development mailing lists, with many useful and constructive suggestions from testers and developers alike. James and Adam Williamson responded to several of the suggestions, affirming that many would be considered for implementation during the Fedora 12 Test Day cycle.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 11 Release Notes on docs.fedoraproject.org
John J. McDonough announced that all the suggestions related to the Fedora 11 Release Notes have been updated on docs.fedoraproject.org. The languages updated after this build would be rebuilt after the Fedora 11 Release Announcement and posteed on docs.fedoraproject.org.
Fedora 11 Release Announcement Ready for Translation
New members in FLP
Jurijs Kolomijecs (Latvian and Russian), Zhang Wei (Chinese), Favio Ziviello (Italian), Tom.K.C. Chiu (Traditional Chinese and Korean), Dennis Tobar (Spanish) joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
Looking Forward to Fedora 12 Themes
On behalf of the Board and as part of the process to select a code name for Fedora 12 Paul Frields asked for input on @design-team: "As you're probably aware we are working early on the F12 naming process, to provide the Fedora Design team plenty of time for theming the next release, as requested". He is trying to find out if the candidates on the the list going from Board to Legal have the potential for a visual theme: "I would like the Design team to look at these names and give me some indication of their themeability". Various members of the team outlined directions which can be followed for any of the candidates, with the general opinion being favourable: "after a quick read of the list, I don't see anything as unthemeable as "sulphur", so any of the choices are acceptable IMO".
Graphics for FUDCon - LATAM
Jayme Ayres reported and asked for feedback on @design-team about a number of graphics he made for the upcoming FUDCon LATAM in Porto Alegre, Brazil: "Here are the designs that we use in Fudcon LATAM at FISL 10 (Porto Alegre-RS - Brasil). The posters will still be chosen, only the poster of FUDCon is approved."
Media Art Adjustments
At the last minute Max Spevack reported a number of issues encountered by the media production company with the Fedora 11 media art: "The artwork is too big", "All files related to the CD/DVD case contain transparencies and this could bring some problems by printing out the files", "there's a no-embedded font", "In the labels is indicated a missing font". The problems were solved quickly by Máirín Duffy with an update of the files.
In this section, we highlight the security stories from the week in Fedora.
Contributing Writer: JoshBressers
This week .ORG became the first TLD to sign their zone with DNSSEC 
This is sort of a big deal, as most everyone agrees DNSSEC will happen in the future, but nobody has really taken any steps to make it happen. It falls in the same bucket as IPv6. It will happen, it will be nice when it does, but it's going very very slowly.
Many organizations will be watching how this goes for .ORG, if it goes well, it's quite likely DNSSEC will see rapid deployment, but if it goes bad, it may slow things even more than they currently are.
In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on the @et-mgmnt-tools-list, @fedora-xen-list, and @libvirt-list lists.
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
Fedora Virtualization List
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
New Release libguestfs 1.0.41
- squashfs and cramfs support
- better support for read-only access to drives
- many problems with string handling in different language bindings have been fixed
- internationalization support
- ext4 support improved on RHEL 5
- improved support for running commands in the guest
- support for skipping tests
- lvresize and ext2/3 resize support
- pvremove, vgremove, lvremove commands
- sleep command
- IRC channel #libguestfs on FreeNode
See previous release announcement for 1.0.15 in FWN#174 .
New virt-inspector Features
"First up is a new 'query mode'" which prints "out some useful facts about the virtual machine such as whether it's fully virtualized or needs a Xen hypervisor, and whether it has various paravirt drivers installed."
"Secondly (not covered in the manpage), virt-inspector will try to discover whether a VM contains the right initrd drivers and module configuration to boot under various hypervisors. So for example it can tell you whether a guest has the virtio drivers available at boot time to boot from a virtio disk."
Fedora Virtualization Status
- 2009-07-28 Feature Freeze (53 days)
- 2009-08-04 Beta Freeze (60 days)
- 2009-09-22 Final Development Freeze (109 days)
- 2009-10-20 Compose & Stage Release Candidate (137 days)
- A thorough run-down of virtualization related bugs.
- "Daniel Berrange was interviewed about virtualization in Fedora 11."
- "Updates are being pushed regularily to the virt-preview repository"
- "Jeremy Fitzhardinge's latest submission of the Xen Dom0 patches for 2.6.31 has caused the kernel community to get themselves into a bit of a flap. LWN has a nice article on the 'discussion'"
Gerd Hoffmann followed up with some details on the controversial bits. "lapic + ioapic. That is the big hot topic. Current code lacks sensible interfaces to the different apic types out there in the wild. The current dom0 patches hook just into that mess instead of cleaning it up. Right now it looks like Jeremy has to sort that mess to get the xen bits in, using the to-be-created apic interfaces."
"No way the apic stuff will make it into the 2.6.31 merge window opening RSN, the work on that barely started. Thus we can expect functional dom0 support upstream in 2.6.32 earliest."
"Also noteworthy: There is a discussion on xen-devel regarding the future of the xen linux trees. Which one should be used & maintained and so on." "Looks like Keir seriously considers switching xen-unstable to the pv_ops kernel by default. YES! FINALLY! Well, it is probably to early to uncork the champagne, but I think we can at least put a bottle into the fridge ;)"
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
New Release libvirt 0.6.4
"There is a number of new things in that release, but as happens in time-based releases some are not fully complete, for example the OpenNebula driver was added but it still need a bit of work on the detection code and a bit of cleanup to avoid a GPL/AFS licencing issue, so please don't enable it except for test builds. We also have a new set of Interface config APIs but they are not yet implemented by a driver and the XML import/export routines are not there yet. Still there is a lot of things to use and discover in this release as you can see below:"
- new API virStorageVolCreateXMLFrom (Cole Robinson)
- full VBox graphic capabilities (Pritesh Kothari)
- Interface config APIs (Laine Stump)
- APIs for domain XML conversions (Daniel Berrange)
- initial version of OpenNebula driver (Abel Miguez Rodriguez)
- cleanups and doc on virExec (Cole Robinson)
- error reporting in QEmu migrations (Cole Robinson)
- better path and driver detection in VBox (Pritesh Kothari)
- avoid caching QEMU driver capabilities(Cole Robinson)
- multiple graphics elements definitions (Pritesh Kothari)
- LSB init header init.d improvements (Frederik Himpe)
- special erro code for invalid operations (Daniel Berrange)
- dlopen error logging (Daniel Berrange)
- fix UUID and name uniqueness (Daniel Berrange)
- improvement on VBox initialization (Pritesh Kothari and Dan Berrange)
- "Host only" and "Internal" network in VBox (Pritesh Kothari)
- add utility virExecDaemonize (Cole Robinson)
- enable bridges without IP (Ludwig Nussel)
- 'make -s' silencing (Daniel Berrange)
- test case for exercising the event loop (Daniel Berrange)
- virsh commands vol-clone and vol-create-from (Cole Robinson)
- new xend don't use  around cpumaps (Tatsuro Enokura)
- add the CIL mutex lock checker (Daniel Berrange)
- fix some LXC error code (Amy Griffis)
- virInterface python bindings (Daniel Berrange)
- fix to the example code for event handling (Pritesh Kothari)
- always add location informations to logging (Daniel Berrange)
- python domain events example and binding (Daniel Berrange)
- PPC Qemu Machine Type update (Thomas Baker)
libvirt 0.6.3 was released on April 24.