Fedora Weekly News Issue 196
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 196 for the week ending October 4, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
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Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
THE BREAKING news (Fedora 12 (Constantine) related) are as follows:
FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2009-10-01
Paul W. Frields announced,"The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode."
FEDORA DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Final Review of Incomplete Fedora 12 Features
John Poelstra announced,
"With the passing of Beta Freeze we are now at the point in our release process where we expect all features to be at 100% completion. After requesting status updates, including direct email to the feature owners, the following feature pages do not have a current status.
In accordance with our recorded policy of requiring that all features be at 100% at Beta Freeze, I am proposing these features for your review to determine what their disposition should be. "
Buyer Beware: A Major Change in NFS is about to happen
As part of the NFSv4 Default  feature, I am one commit away from changing the default protocol version NFS will be using (or at least trying to use).
What does this means to you? Hopefully nothing! In theory this should be a very seamless transition but with all new technology there will be (and are) some rough spots.
Why are we making the change? See the NFSv4Default section on the wiki (noted above) for details, but in a nutshell: 1) better performance and 2) firewall friendly. Finally it enables us to use upcoming minor releases of the the protocol: NFS version 4.1 and pNFS.
FYI, V4 was introduced in Fedora Core 2 so it has been around for a while. I personally have been using it for my home directory for a few years now. For more of the nitty gritty details see
That's the good news... Here is the bad....
Because the mount command will try NFS v4 first, if mounting to older Linux servers will start failing. This is due to a defect in the Linux server exporting code, which is fixed in F12, *but* there are a number of workarounds that Steve suggested in the message.
Fedora 12 Freeze at 0600~ 2009-09-30 UTC
Jesse Keating briefly announced, "Just a reminder that the Fedora 12 freeze will be happening tonight at 0600 2009-09-30 UTC, just prior to the rawhide compose tonight. The rawhide for 20090930 will be built from frozen content. You do not need to send tag requests until after that."
Re: CVS Outage Notification - 2009-09-29 04:25 UTC
"It was pointed out to me that many of the packages starting with "a" were not properly branched. I've restarted the branch run for the "a" packages, however this time email will go out for the branch events, and this won't incur another outage. The branching of "a" packages should be done in 10 or 15 minutes. ", replied Jesse Keating.
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