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Fedora Weekly News Issue 204

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 204[1] for the week ending November 29, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

We start this week's issue off with a couple additional Fedora 12 reviews to highlight, and also lots of Fedora Project Election information to inform and engage the user community! In news from the Fedora Planet this week, comparing the Nokia Maemo and Google Android platforms, thoughts on sustainable open source engineering, and a review of the 0.4 Eclipse Linux Tools. Ambassadors news this week gives us an event report from the recent New York State Association for Technology and Computers in Education meeting. In Translation happenings, 0-day Fedora 12 translation polishing, and new members to the Fedora Localization Project for Italian, Sinhala and German. The Art/Design beat shows off discussion on an interactive design hackfest and wrapup of screenshots for a Fedora Game Spin. This issue wraps up with security patches released last week for Fedora 10, 11 and 12. Please enjoy FWN 204!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[2]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson


In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and Events[3].

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

More Fedora 12 Reviews

Last week, we highlighted several Fedora 12 reviews from around the globe. Here are a few more than came in over the past week:

  • Distrowatch, "First look at Fedora 12" [1]
  • Linux Planet "Fedora 12 pushes bleeding edge of Linux networking" [2]


Fedora Project Election Town Halls

There are a number of high-profile and important elections for the Fedora Project leadership in process right now, and there's lots on the wiki to inform the user community on the candidates[1]. See the linked page for a log of town hall discussions, and upcoming town halls[2] through December 3rd! Who can vote? Check out the Fedora Elections Guide![3]


Fedora events are the source of marketing, learning and meeting all the fellow community people around you. So, please mark your agenda with the following events to consider attending or volunteering near you!

Upcoming Events

  • North America (NA)[1]
  • Central & South America (LATAM) [2]
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
  • India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]

Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

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


Gerard Braad installed[1] the Maemo 5 SDK on Fedora 12. However, there were a few minor quirks with the installation process to be aware of.

Steven Moix compared[2] the Maemo platform (Nokia N900) with Android (Hero).

Richard W.M. Jones decided to take a look[3] into the Fedora and Ubuntu Live CDs to see if it was possible "to quickly create a Fedora or Ubuntu “all-defaults” virtual machine." Part 2 continues[4] with some optimization that drastically reduce the time taken to install (one 16 minutes operation in particular ends up taking 2 1/2 minutes after optimization).

Andrew Overholt announced[5] release 0.4.0 of the Eclipse Linux Tools, complete with SystemTap call graphs, GProf integration and better autotools support.

John Palmier explained[6] "why do we care about push messaging"? (in the form of a comic strip). This is all in preparation for a presentation on AMQP and qpid for the upcoming FUDCon.

Karsten Wade discussed[7] "building a business around sustainable open source engineering". Karsten wanted to "lay out a definition for sustainable open source engineering, provide some examples you may not have thought of, and find out who else is doing a good job at it (or trying to, at the very least!)"

Mike McGrath says[8]: "I'm happy to announce today we finally have context based sponsorship listings. What does this mean? Well, when you go to you end up hitting one of several reverse proxy servers. These hosts are located all over the world by different hosting providers."

Pavol Rusnak took a look[9] at community engagement in the OpenSUSE and Fedora communities. Many pie graphs ensued.

Ray Strode talked[10] about the point in the bootup process where it transitions from Plymouth to X. "f you haven’t seen it, when boot up finishes, plymouth settles down the boot splash to a transitionable animation frame, then the mouse pointer shows up, and GDM’s background cross fades in while the login window maps and expands to show frequently logged in users. In the best case, this transition all happens without any flicker, resolution changes, black intermediate screens, or console text showing up."


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

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

Fedora at NYSCATE

Karlie Robinson posted a follow-up to New York State Association for Technology and Computers in Education in her blog. Karlie had a variety of Fedora and XO materials available at the event.

Her blog is at:

"It was a good event and I hope we can do more next year," she says.

Fedora 12 is here

With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an announcement of 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[1].

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

Fedora 12 Translation Schedule Tasks

The Translation Schedule for this week included the completion of the 0 day Release Notes for Fedora 12, to be published on This task ended on 26th November 2009[1].

Accessibility Guide

Eric Christensen announced the availability of the Fedora Accessibility Guide[1]. However, this Guide is not yet ready for translation via due to the older version of Transifex that is currently being used here[2][3].

New Members

Votta Luigi (Italian)[1], Yajith Ajanta (Sinhala)[2], Thomas Spitzmann (German)[3] joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Interaction Design Hackfest

Máirín Duffy announced[1] on @design-team an interaction design hackfest " I am planning to hold a Fedora interaction design hackfest next Tuesday to work on establishing a set of personas for Fedora" and followed on her blog with a detailed plan[2] " 1. Learn about how interaction design is done. 2. Pick up some interaction design and user research skills. 3. Get involved in an open design project. 4. Help make Fedora better!". After the IRC meeting, she also published[3] a summary and logs.

Game Screenshots Ready. Better Navigation Next

Máirín Duffy reported[1] the accomplishment of distributed the task to gather screenshots for the Games Spin[2] "We are done. I just checked in the last of the games images and we now have complete coverage. You rock. 127 games. This may be the most complete set of free game screenshots around. Congrats!" and opened a discuss for improving the navigation of the page "I'd like to design it such that maybe the games could be browsed slide-show style by category". James Mulroy proposed a set of mockupsCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag exploring ways to categorize the content.

Security Advisories

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 12 Security Advisories

Fedora 11 Security Advisories

Fedora 10 Security Advisories