Fedora Weekly News Issue 187
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 187 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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Fedora 12 (Constantine)
John Poelstra has made several important announcements related to the ongoing development of Fedora 12.
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 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."
Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!
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- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
- India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Martin Sourada rewrote 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."
Richard Hughes investigated 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 "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).
James Antill hates "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..."
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero
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:
- Richard Stallman, USA
- Esteban Saavedra, Bolivia
- Oscar Valenzuela, Chile
- Daniel Yucra, Perú
- Andres Ricardo Castelblanco, Colombia
- Alexandre Oliva, Brasil
- 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/
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.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Docbook-locales Added to translate.fedoraproject.org
Installation Quick Start Guide Added to translation.fedoraproject.org
The Installation Quick Start Guide (IQSG) has been introduced 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.
Fedora 12 Release Notes and Translation Team Schedule Discussion
In continuation from last week's discussion 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'    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.
John J. McDonough initiated a discussion 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. FLSco member Noriko Mizumoto requested 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.
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 by the TQSG maintainer Noriko Mizumoto.
Czech Version of Fedora 11 Release Notes Published
The Czech version of the Fedora 11 Release Notes have been published on docs.fedoraproject org.
New Members in FLP
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
Theming Fedora 12 Alpha
As the deadline for the Alpha release was closing, as Nicu Buculei blogged and Martin Sourada reminded on @design-team "today, as per the schedule , 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, Samuele Storari and Máirín Duffy
After the date passed, Nicu summarized the submissions on his blog and asked for feedback, which feedback started to flow, both on the blog and mailing list, 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.
A Small Icon Request
Matthias Clasen asked 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 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 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"
Laser Cut Logo
Simon Wesp raised an unexpected question 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 " Could you engrave the 'infinity' part and cut out the 'f-cross' part? That would keep the aspect ratio intact" and Nicu Buculei outlined the lack of conformance with the logo usage guidelines "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"
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 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 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 "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."
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
- 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
New Release virtinst 0.500.0
virtinst is a module that helps build and install
libvirt based virtual machines. It currently supports
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 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
New Release virt-viewer 0.2.0
- 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