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Fedora Weekly News Issue 223

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 223[1] for the week ending April 28, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Unfortunately, as Kamisamanou Burgess is busy with study, the audio version of FWN - FAWN - is on hold until early May. You can still listen to old issues[2] on the Internet Archive, though. If anyone is interested in helping spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

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


Red Hat Linux 6 has been released[1]. Richard W.M. Jones recommended[2] taking a look at The Register's[3] review.

Meanwhile, Mark J Cox took a look[4] at the vulnerabilities and security updates in RHEL 5.5, as compared to 5.4 and earlier.

Chris Tyler and students at Seneca have helped[5] get ARM rolling as a secondary architecture on Fedora. Meanwhile, Adam John Miller wants[6] that Intel chips for mobile devices continue to improve.

Dan Williams shared[7] some updates to ModemManager, a tool that can manage mobile (3G, etc...) connections under Linux.

Richard W.M. Jones examined[8] the concept of verifying a VM's integrity from the host (for example, using rpm -V). Richard also asked[9] "Should you ever have to reinstall VMs?"

And Richard released[10] Tech Talk PSE 1.0.

Karsten Wade described[11] how to use "The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors", a community-written textbook on Open Source and communities.

Steven Moix posted[12] a summary of what it has been like to use KDE 4 on Fedora for the past six months.

Greg DeKoenigsberg suggested[13] ways to move education forward, including that "jQuery is the ideal language for educational games."

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-04-21 to 2010-04-27.

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Garland Binns opened this week with a suggestion for keyword optimization for our web site.[1] This was warmly welcomed. From Portugal, Nelson Marques did a comparison on youtube search results for Fedora[2]. Was a good reflexion on how some people do things for Fedora without even bein part of the project.

We got back to the change from LiveCD to LiveDVD with a message form Jonathan Nalley[3]. He pointed out how this was seen by the news. This is actually a lack of consistency that we need to fix. News doesn't have to be dull, Mel Chua pointed the winners of the "We're Linux" video contest hosted by Linux Fundation[4].

We had plenty of sprints and content done, some of the with help from students at Allgheny. AS one example of this, Hannah Kowen gave the final touchs to the BTRFS Feature ProfileCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag.

Gerard Braad is looking how to get Chinese marketing[5]. He will be traveling and would like to improve the participation from the Chinese community and also see how marketing team can do better for them.

Probably the most important thing for Marketing Team was the Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier IRC Classroom. Mel Chua posted the log for this Fedora Classroom at the list[6], This is part of a effort to buid skill within the Marketing Team, and there are more classes to come.

Adam Williamson is becoming a valuable team member by helping as bridge between QA team and Marketing team. He pointed out a very confusing news[7] regarding a Ubuntu memory leak issue, that may be misinterpreted as Red Hat/Fedora related. We should be informed and ready to clarify this. The other mail from Adam was asking for hel promoting Test Day[8]. It is recommended that you take a look to his blog[9].

Fedora In the News

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is re-posted to the Fedora Marketing list[1]

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

A Music Lover's Fedora Linux Workstation

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[2] a posting about using Fedora as a musician's workstation:

"We've got here our very first entry for "The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest". It's from Mauricio, a Music Theory student. If he wins the contest, he says that he will be using the money to buy a USB mic for some serious music recording."

The full post is available[3]

Fedora 13 Beta: The Seen and (Troubling) Unseen (Datamation)

Jonathan Nalley posted[1] a link to two articles, one from Datamation[2] and another related post from the same author from LinuxPlanet[3].

Highlighting some of the new cloud storage options and other new features in Fedora 13, the author raises issues with the back-end commercial service options that two of these packages, Déjà Dup and Zarafa, can tie into. This prompted a discussion thread on the Fedora Marketing list, with several community members clarifying some of these issues from the Fedora Project's perspective, and also resulted in another post by Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier in OStatic[4] about linux commercialization and specifically referencing the Datamation post. Brockmeier's article concludes:

"Linux is evolving and becoming more suitable for mainstream users. Commercialization means more opportunity to expose a wider audience to free and open source software. It also means more people will be paid to produce more free and open source software. If that's off-putting for a minority contingent that can't abide "commercialization," then there's always OpenBSD..."

Fedora taps Zarafa open source groupware for 13 (ZDNet)

Kara Schlitz forwarded[1] a posting from ZDNet from 4/19/2010, which includes:

"Fedora’s selection of Zarafa as an open source groupware component in Fedora 13 is very interesting.

The beta of Fedora 13, code named “Goddard,” was made available on April 13. The final version is expected in mid May.

Red Hat sponsors the open source Linux project and has toyed with the idea of integrating email and calendaring capabilities into its Linux stack from time to time. Novell, of course, promotes its own GroupWise but also endorses other open source offerings for its Linux distribution."

The full post is available[2]


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

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

Fedora at FLISoL of Santo Andre, Brazil

Claudio Penasio reports that he attended FLISoL of Santo André – SP Brazil on April 24. Claudio said the event had a Free Software atmosphere, and the crowd was engaged -- participating in lectures and other activities. Along with Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu were present. Fernando Silva helped with a Fedora installfest at the event.

Photos can be found here.

Claudio's blog report, in Portuguese, can be found here.

Campus Ambassadors up and running

The Fedora Project's Campus Ambassadors program is up and running, and is looking for participants. If you're a high school or college student who wants to help promote Fedora on your campus, this is the place for you.

For more information, visit

Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities

With the release of Fedora 13 Goddard right around the corner, Ambassadors are encouraged to hold release events. If you are planning to hold an event, let Fedora Weekly News know. Drop a line to lcafiero=at=fedoraproject-dot-org with the details and we'll get it in FWN.


In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1]. For more information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see the Joining page[2].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Test Days

Last week's Test Day[1] was on Anaconda (the Fedora installer)'s storage support[2]. The turnout was unfortunately low, perhaps due to the hardware requirements for testing, but nevertheless the few testers present managed to expose four bugs.

This week will see the final two Test Days of the Fedora 13 cycle. First up is Preupgrade Test Day[3] on Thursday 2010-04-29, followed by Xfce Test Day[4] on Friday 2010-04-30.

These are two juicy topics: preupgrade[5] is the recommended method for upgrading from one Fedora release to the next, and Xfce is one of the most popular 'alternate' Linux desktops, and has a very dedicated Fedora SIG[6] which works hard to provide a smooth experience and live spin, and has organized the Test Day to make sure the Fedora 13 Xfce experience is second to none.

As always, the Test Days will run all day in the #fedora-test-day channel on Freenode IRC. If you're not sure about IRC, read the guide or use WebIRC[7]. If you can't do the testing on the Test Day, you can still run through the tests and provide your results earlier or later. You can do the Xfce testing with a live image which will be provided on the Test Day page. Obviously this isn't possible for the preupgrade testing, but you can test it in a virtual machine if you don't want to (or can't) mess with your real Fedora installation.

If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 13 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac[8].

Update acceptance testing

At the weekly QA meeting[1], Adam Miller asked if a vote would be needed to move ahead with the proventesters policy he was drafting. Adam Williamson said votes were not normally needed and suggested just sending a final draft to the mailing list with a note that it would go into effect if there were no major objections. Adam Miller subsequently sent the final draft to the list[2], where Adam Williamson[3], Shmuel Siegel[4] and others suggested small amendments, which Adam Miller accepted[5].

Kamil Paral reported that the package update acceptance test plan[6] could be completed before the end of the Fedora 13 cycle, for automation and implementation in the Fedora 14 cycle. Kamil later posted a final call for comments[7] on the plan, to which James Laska[8] and Jesse Keating[9] provided detailed responses.

Remote accessibility release criterion proposal

Adam Williamson proposed[1] a new release criterion stating that it must be possible to install a system in such a way that it is immediately remotely accessible. This was in response to reports on the list that it was not possible to do this in Fedora 13, in contrast to previous releases, which was causing sysadmins dealing with remote machines some problems.

Fedora 11 end-of-life notification

John Poelstra announced[1] that he would soon send out the end-of-life notification for Fedora 11 on bugs reported against that release. Jason Tibbitts noted[2] that he had adjusted open package review requests filed against that release, so these would not erroneously receive notifications.

Fedora 13 testing

This week saw the second blocker bug review meeting[1] for the final release. The group reviewed all open blocker bugs with assistance from the development team; in general, progress is being made on all blockers and we don't foresee any major problems resolving them in time for release.

Al Dunsmuir reported[2] a crash in Firefox with the common Noscript extension when browsing the release notes, which he filed as a bug[3].

Joachim Backes reported[4] a problem booting to runlevel 3 with the echoing of login information: he had seen cases where the username was not echoed back to the screen when typed, but the password was (obviously, the behavior should be opposite). Steven I Usdansky confirmed[5] that he had seen a similar issue.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Gearing for Fedora 13

With only a few weeks left until the Fedora 13 release, the Design Team is producing the last missing pieces of artwork: Máirín Duffy proposed[1] a concept for the Anaconda banner which was well liked, then she followed [2] with a firstboot splash design which evolved[3] into a full spec[4].

Paul Frields invited[5] new contributors to try their hands at media art "Anyone willing to take a crack at the labels and sleeves? IIRC the labels are very easy to modify, because there's not much to do" and Alexander Smirnov started working on it[6].

At the same time, Martin Sourada took a step ahead and started[7] the page[8] for the next release, Fedora 14 "I know it's a little bit earlier, but I started the F14 Theme wiki page"

Security Advisories

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce. This week's beat covers the period April 14-27, 2010.

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories

Fedora 11 Security Advisories