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Fedora Weekly News Issue 187

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 187[1] for the week ending August 2, 2009.

This week's issue kicks off with updated details on the Fedora 12 (Constantine) schedule, including an update on feature set scheduled for this week. From the Fedora Planet, tips on how to create your own system branding when building Fedora, lots of detail on debugging random screen blanking in Fedora, and thoughts on why to hate quick software benchmarking. In Ambassador news, a report from the Congress of Free Software in Caracas, Venezuela and the Venezuela Fedora Team's presence there. In translation news, several updates to translation.fedoraproject.org, details on the Fedora 12 Translation schedule, and new translations for the Quick Start Guide in eighteen different languages. From the Art team, updates on theming Fedora 12 Alpha and details on cutting the Fedora logo on a steel plate. This week issue comes to a finale with news on virtualization, including discussion of how to distribute I/O load across guests, and details on new releases of virt-manager, virtinst, and virt-viewer. These are just a few highlights of this week's FWN. Enjoy!

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue187
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

Announcements

In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project[1] [2] [3].

Contributing Writer: Max Spevack

If anyone is interested in taking over this beat, please contact the Fedora News[4] team.

  1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/
  2. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events
  4. http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-news-list

Fedora 12 (Constantine)

John Poelstra[1] has made several important announcements related to the ongoing development of Fedora 12.

On July 28th, John wrote[2] about the upcoming Fedora 12 schedule[3] deadlines.

The complete Fedora 12 schedule that John maintains is incredibly detailed and serves as a model for any group or project that is looking to produce results on a deadline.

On July 31st, a request for feature updates[4] landed. See the list included in the link. John wrote, "According to a review of all the feature pages, the following features have not been updated recently or are not 100% complete. Please update them no later than Wednesday, August 6, 2009."

  1. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Poelstra
  2. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/2009-July/msg00025.html
  3. http://poelstra.fedorapeople.org/schedules/f-12/f-12-releng-tasks.html
  4. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/2009-July/msg00027.html

Upcoming Events

Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!

  • North America (NA)[1]
  • Central & South America (LATAM)[2]
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
  • India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]
  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q2_.28June_2009_-_August_2009.29
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q2_.28June_2009_-_August_2009.29_2
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q2_.28June_2009_-_August_2009.29_3
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q2_.28June_2009_-_August_2009.29_4

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

  1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

General

Julian Aloofi explained[1] how to create your own system branding when building Fedora.

Martin Sourada rewrote[2] the GTK Nodoka theme engine from scratch. Video included! Goals include wanting "to support wider configurations in the engine (with future in mind), develop more consistent, usable and pleasing look and feel and write the drawing code in a way that would be independent on the toolkit."

Matt Jadud wrote[3] a tutorial titled "the busy student’s guide to project blogging" with all kinds of useful tips and ideas.

Richard Hughes investigated[4] some of the causes behind one of the more common F11 bugs: random display blanking. No solution just yet, but lots of information in the post and linked bugzilla reports.

Mark J Cox detailed[5] "How the Kaminsky SSL talk at Black Hat affects various OSS libraries". A number of vulnerabilities in various SSL implementations were exposed at the conference, some of which affect OpenSSL, GnuTLS and NSS (including Firefox).

Here is a fun summer project: Simon Wesp apparently lasercut[6] the Fedora logo onto a stainless steel plate (and explained how to do it).

James Laska posted[7] a note to Rawhide Watch[8] with instructions on how to upgrade to Rawhide if you are getting the error "Unable to update to rawhide – rpmlib(PayloadIsXz)".

James Antill hates[9] "quick benchmarks" and so should you. "The summary of the problem is that quick software benchmarking often involves taking a huge amount of differences between two applications and have a single number result. Then you compare just the numbers, and come to a conclusion. So X gets 3 and Y gets 5 for problem ABCD ... therefore Y is 66% worse than X at ABCD. Except that might be a highly misleading (or worse) conclusion..."

Max Spevack recapped[10] his time living in Amsterdam, working to develop the EMEA relationships and events for Red Hat and Fedora, now that it is time to move back to the US.

  1. http://julianaloofi.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/create-your-own-system-branding/
  2. http://mso-chronicles.blogspot.com/2009/07/nodoka-widget-drawing-starting-from.html
  3. http://www.sububi.org/2009/07/27/the-busy-students-guide-to-project-blogging/
  4. http://blogs.gnome.org/hughsie/2009/07/30/accidental-blanking-and-gnome-power-manager/
  5. http://www.awe.com/mark/blog/20090730.html
  6. http://cassmodiah.de/2009-07-31/fedora-logo-lasercutted-on-a-stainless-steel-plate/
  7. http://rawhidewatch.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/unable-to-update-to-rawhide-rpmlibpayloadisxz/
  8. http://rawhidewatch.wordpress.com/
  9. http://illiterat.livejournal.com/7412.html
  10. http://spevack.livejournal.com/88762.html

Ambassadors

In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors

Fedora at the Congress of Free Software in Caracas, Venezuela

Maria Gracia Leandro reports that last month the Fedora Venezuela community participated in the 5th National Congress of Free Software (5CNSL - Congreso Nacional de Software Libre) in Caracas, Venezuela, with a variety of other users, LUGs and friends. This year in particular there were several conference attendees from outside Venezuela, including:

  1. Richard Stallman, USA
  2. Esteban Saavedra, Bolivia
  3. Oscar Valenzuela, Chile
  4. Daniel Yucra, Perú
  5. Andres Ricardo Castelblanco, Colombia
  6. Alexandre Oliva, Brasil
  7. Quiliro Ordóñez, Ecuador

At the conference, according to Maria, the Fedora Venezuela community was one of the best prepared and the one where people were more involved. The community had 2 banners, a large number of stickers, CDs and DVDs and of course the tattoos. Maria says people were fascinated.

Maria wishes to thank the people that helped with participation in the event from the Fedora Venezuela Team!!!

Photos are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatadbb/sets/72157621604386922/

Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjBCx1fRp8

Review (in Spanish) : http://tatica.org/2009/07/20/5cnsl-caracas-esfuerzo-y-frutos/

Official site for the event: http://cnsl.org.ve/

Get on the map

Want to find the nearest ambassador? How about one in Romania? Now you can.

Susmit Shannigrahi reports that finding out the nearest ambassadors, which was once a tedious task, is now as simple as viewing a map. The map is at https://fedoraproject.org/membership-map and instructions on how to place yourself on the map can be found at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_ambassadors_map

Get the word out about your F11 event

Fedora 11 was released recently 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.


Translation

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

Docbook-locales Added to translate.fedoraproject.org

Ruediger Landmann announced the addition of the new project, 'docbook-locales' to translate.fedoraproject.org[1]. The strings in this project would provide translations for docbook stylesheets.

  1. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00112.html

Installation Quick Start Guide Added to translation.fedoraproject.org

The Installation Quick Start Guide (IQSG) has been introduced[1] as a new project for translation in translate.fedoraproject.org. This is a smaller book compared to the main Fedora Installation Guide and the translations from either book can be reused in the other.

  1. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00119.html

Fedora 12 Release Notes and Translation Team Schedule Discussion

In continuation from last week's discussion[1] about the Translation Team Schedule for Fedora 12, Noriko Mizumoto and Ankit Patel, proposed further changes to eliminate ambiguous titles in some of the schedule milestones and proposed availability of package and document builds for a 'Translation Review Phase'[2] [3] [4] [5] respectively. The earlier concern raised by Dimitris Glezos about the pre-poned string freeze on the Fedora 12 Schedule were put to rest due to the convention that the Beta Release date is always considered to be the String Freeze date[6].

John J. McDonough initiated a discussion[7] about the some parts of the Fedora 12 Schedule concerning the Release Notes and proposed a modified schedule. Due to the expectation that the Alpha Release would have to be feature ready, a major portion of the Release Notes work is assumed to be complete between Alpha and Beta Release and issues uncovered during the Beta phase would be updated by GA[8]. FLSco member Noriko Mizumoto requested[9] a 'Review Phase' to be included in the proposed schedule to allow translators to review the translated documents.

For both the above discussions, additional phone meetings have also been proposed by Paul W. Frields.

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Beats/Translation#F12_Translation_Team_Schedule_Proposal
  2. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00054.html
  3. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00093.html
  4. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00042.html
  5. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00101.html
  6. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00087.html
  7. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00083.html
  8. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00091.html
  9. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00095.html

New Translated Builds for Translation Quick Start Guide

New translations for the Translation Quick Start Guide (TQSG) has been published for Bosnian, Indonesian, Malay, and Swedish. New builds for the following languages earlier published have also been published: German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Chinese (Simplified). This was announced[1] by the TQSG maintainer Noriko Mizumoto.

  1. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00081.html

Czech Version of Fedora 11 Release Notes Published

The Czech version of the Fedora 11 Release Notes have been published on docs.fedoraproject org[1].

  1. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00130.html

New Members in FLP

Mahmoud Jalajel (Arabic)[1] joined the Fedora Localization Project recently.

  1. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-trans-list/2009-July/msg00104.html

Artwork

In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team[1].

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork


Theming Fedora 12 Alpha

As the deadline for the Alpha release was closing, as Nicu Buculei blogged[1] and Martin Sourada reminded[2] on @design-team "today, as per the schedule [1], is the wallpaper designs submission deadline. We are not going to consider completely new designs for F12 wallpaper after this deadline so if you still have something to share, please share it with us today, even if the work is still incomplete", everyone was busy uploading last-minute proposals, including Jayme Ayres[3], Samuele Storari[4][5] and Máirín Duffy[6]

After the date passed, Nicu summarized the submissions on his blog[7] and asked for feedback, which feedback started to flow, both on the blog and mailing list[8], with people pointing the proposals they like and the things they think can be improved. Feedback from the Fedora Weekly News readers is also highly appreciated.

  1. http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/07/submission-deadline-for-fedora-12.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000561.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000524.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000537.html
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000551.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000564.html
  7. http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/07/artwork-for-fedora-12-alpha.html
  8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000599.html

A Small Icon Request

Matthias Clasen asked[1] for a set of multimedia icons "we would like to add a speaker setup dialog to gnome-volume-control to help people setting up surround sound. But this currently blocks on not having suitable icons for this", Manuel Hidalgo wondered[2] if that task is suitable for a beginner "What do you believe: Is This work appropriate to begin designing..." and Evangeline McGlynn started to work on the request[3] and produced a number of graphics: "these are super flat and un-styled at the moment, but if the concept seems reasonable I can keep working and polish them off"

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000550.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000558.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000618.html

Simon Wesp raised an unexpected question[1] to @design-team about problems while cutting the Fedora logo with a laser on a steel plate "I tried to import an svg. the problem is that this wouldn't be conform to my metal laser machine (and other major laser-machines which is used in this industry sector). i can import it, but i will miss my 0-polyline and i can't define one or import one from svg", something which is not easy to to while maintaining the shape of the logo. Mel Chua tried to provide a technical solution[2] " Could you engrave the 'infinity' part and cut out the 'f-cross' part? That would keep the aspect ratio intact" and Nicu Buculei outlined[3] the lack of conformance with the logo usage guidelines[4] "Ages ago i played myself with a simplified version [...] intended for very cheap printing but it was pointed (and i understood) it is breaking the logo usage guidelines"

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000579.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000584.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2009-July/000586.html
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Logo/UsageGuidelines


Virtualization

In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on the @fedora-virt and @virt-tools-list lists.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley

Fedora Virtualization List

This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.

Distributing I/O Load Among Guests

Dennis J. asked[1] about virt storage. "What is the best way to deal with I/O load when running several VMs on a physical machine with local or remote storage?" "What I'm primarily worried about is the case when several VMs cause disk I/O at the same time." "What is the best way to soften the impact of such a situation?"

Pasi Kärkkäinen suggested "If the IOs are not split evenly between VMs, you could use some tool like dm-ioband[2] to make sure IOs are split fairly between VMs. Or then get faster disks. Single 15k rpm SAS disk will give you up to 350 IOPS, so it's 2-3x faster than 7200 rpm SATA."

Richard Jones concurred[3] "For KVM, each VM isn't really any different from a host process, so you have to deal with them the same way that you'd deal with having lots of host processes doing I/O. So: lots of spindles, expensive I/O hardware, etc."


  1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-July/msg00183.html
  2. http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/ioband/wiki/dm-ioband
  3. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-July/msg00188.html

Virtualization Tools List

This section contains the discussion happening on the virt-tools-list list.

The very newest releases of virt packages are available (for testing purposes only) in the Virtualization Preview Repository before they become generally available.

New Release virt-manager 0.8.0

Cole Robinson [1] a new Package-x-generic-16.pngvirt-manager[2] release, version 0.8.0.

Virtual Machine Manager provides a graphical tool for administering virtual machines, using Package-x-generic-16.pnglibvirt as the backend management API.

New features:

  • New 'Clone VM' Wizard
  • Improved UI, including an overhaul of the main 'manager' view
  • System tray icon for easy VM access (start, stop, view console/details)
  • Wizard for adding serial, parallel, and video devices to existing VMs.
  • CPU pinning support (Michal Novotny)
  • Ability to view and change VM security (sVirt) settings (Dan Walsh)
  • Many bug fixes and improvements
  1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/virt-tools-list/2009-July/msg00054.html
  2. http://virt-manager.org/

New Release virtinst 0.500.0

Cole Robinson announced[1] a new Package-x-generic-16.pngpython-virtinst release, version 0.500.0.

virtinst is a module that helps build and install libvirt based virtual machines. It currently supports KVM, QEmu and Xen virtual machines. Package includes several command line utilities, including virt-install (build and install new VMs) and virt-clone (clone an existing virtual machine).

New features:

  • New virt-install device options --serial, --parallel, and --video
  • Allow various auth types for libvirt connections (PolicyKit, SASL, ...)
  • New virt-clone option --auto-clone: generates all needed input.
  • Option to specify network device model via virt-install --network (Guido Gunther)
  • New virt-install option --virt-type for specifying hypervisor type (kvm, qemu). --accelerate is now the default behavior: To provision a plain qemu VM on a KVM enabled host, use '--virt-type qemu'
  • OVF input support for virt-convert
  • Many bug fixes and improvements
  1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/virt-tools-list/2009-July/msg00055.html

New Release virt-viewer 0.2.0

Daniel Berrange announced[1] a new Package-x-generic-16.pngvirtinst[2] release, version 0.2.0.

New features:

  • Switch UI over to use Glade
  • Support graphical dialog for VNC and libvirt authentication
  • Resize window to match VNC desktop size where possible
  • Scale down VNC desktop if it cannot fit in host desktop space
  • Allow user to resize window to arbitrary size, scaling VNC
  • Fix blocking of accelerators
  • Allow automatic reconnect to a VM via --reconnect
  • Use libvirt events to detect when VM changes state
  • Wait for VM to appear if it does not exist
  • Fix plugin build with newer xulrunner
  • Port & build for Mingw32 target
  1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/virt-tools-list/2009-July/msg00059.html
  2. http://virt-manager.org/