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Fedora Weekly News Issue 245

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 245[1] for the week ending September 29, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue starts with announcements from the Project, providing much detail on the release of Fedora 14 beta. In news from the Fedora Planet, details on how FUDCon sponsorships work, new features in NetworkManager 0.82, a look into the future, with what Fedora 20 might look like, and details on how LVM does filesystem snapshots. We have a whole bevy of articles on Fedora 14 beta in this week's In The News column, and Ambassadors announces several news Ambassadors along with a very helpful summary of list traffic on the Ambassadors and FAmSCo mailing lists. In Design Team news, thoughts on how to install the Design Suite on an existing Fedora installation, ideas around a Design FAD, and and a request for an improved media mailer design. This issue rounds out with all the latest and greatest security patches for Fedora 12, 13 and 14.

The audio version of FWN - FAWN - has selected back issues available! You can listen to existing issues[2] on the Internet Archive. 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: news@lists.fedoraproject.org

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue245
  2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

Announcements

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

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events

Fedora Announcement News

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. Please, visit the past announcements at[1]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-August/thread.html

Announcing the release of Fedora 14 Beta!!

Dennis Gilmore[1] on Tue Sep 28 14:26:26 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"Mark your calendars, and get ready to break out and have some fun: Fedora 14 will launch in early November. Fedora is the leading-edge, community-developed, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to users worldwide, with a new release every six months.

But... what's that, you say? November is oh, so, far away? Never fear - Beta is here! Checking out the latest and greatest in Fedora's cutting-edge technologies is just a click away.

Stand out from the crowd. Get your taste of Fedora 14 now, by trying out our Beta release:[3]

What is the Beta Release?

The beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 14. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading up to the general release of Fedora 14, scheduled to be released in early November. We invite you to join us and participate in making Fedora 14 a solid release by downloading, testing, and providing your valuable feedback.

Of course, this is a beta release, some problems may still be lurking. A list of the problems we already know about is found at the Common F14 bugs page.

If you find a bug that's not found on that page, be sure it gets fixed before release by reporting your discovery at [4]. Thank you!

Features

Desktop enthusiasts and end users of all sorts can look forward to:

  • Faster loading and saving of JPEG images. The libjpeg-turbo feature nearly halves the time to load and save JPEG images on most modern machines - meaning you'll be seeing your digital photos even faster.
  • Easier virtualization for end users. From the creators of KVM comes Spice (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments). This framework allows end-users to enjoy the features they enjoy, such as accelerated 2D graphics, encryption, and audio playing and recording, all while working in a virtualized environment.

Are you a sysadmin? Check out the new features we have for you!

  • Additional IPMI support. Enjoy using IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) to manage your servers? The new ipmiutil feature adds more functionality to existing IPMI capabilities, including SOL (Serial-over-

LAN) and identity LED management.

  • Tech preview of systemd. Looking to the future? Check out systemd, a next-generation replacement for Upstart and SystemV init. With faster boot times, the ability to track processes, daemons, and sockets, and system state snapshotting, this preview of systemd will have you prepped for the future.Coders have lots of new development tools to try out, including:
  • D Programming. Statically typed and compiling directly to machine code, the D systems programming language combines the power and performance of languages like C and C++ with the productivity of languages like Ruby and Python.
  • GNUstep is a GUI framework based on the Objective-C programming language, and is a reimplementation of the NextStep environment.
  • Memory debugging tools. Unique to Fedora 14, the gdb-heap package allows developers to get a breakdown of how a process is using dynamic memory - and can do unplanned memory usage debugging by attaching to runaway memory hogs, mid-process.
  • Python 2.7 capabilities increases Fedora's commitment to improving portability and migration paths for developers to move to Python 3. Enhanced debugging and integration with GCC continue to be available in Fedora 14, and Python-related enhancements such as fixing common problems with GObject introspection and SWIG are also introduced.
  • Rakudo Star is the most actively developed implementation of Perl 6, and is based on the Parrot virtual machine. Perl 6 is a major revision to this sysadmin and developer toolbox standby, introducing elements of many modern and historical languages.

And that's only the beginning. A more complete list and details of all the new features onboard Fedora 14 is available here: [5]

We have nightly composes of alternate spins available here: [6]

Fedora 14 / Beta is for Carotene / Let's Push for Final!

Contributing

For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes:[7]

There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting. You can help translate software and content, test and give feedback on software updates, write and edit documentation, help with all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit [8] today!"

  1. Dennis Gilmore dennis at ausil.us
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-September/002864.html
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease?anF14b
  4. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/
  5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/14/FeatureList?wkanF14b
  6. http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/?wkanF14b
  7. http://docs.fedoraproject.org?wkanF14b
  8. http://join.fedoraproject.org

Fedora Development News

The fedora development news list is intended to be a low traffic announce-only list for Fedora development.[1]

  • Acceptable Types of Announcements

- Policy or process changes that affect developers. - Infrastructure changes that affect developers. - Tools changes that affect developers. - Schedule changes - Freeze reminders

  • Unacceptable Types of Announcements

- Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule) - Discussion - Anything else not mentioned above

  1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/devel-announce

Fedora 14 Beta Declared GOLD

John Poelstra [1] on Wed Sep 22 22:31:39 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"At the Fedora 14 Beta Go/No-Go meeting today, the Fedora 14 Beta was declared GOLD and ready for release on September 28, 2010.

Thank you to everyone who made this on-time release possible!

#fedora-meeting: Fedora 14 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting Minutes and Logs

Meeting started by poelcat at 21:01:35 UTC. The full logs are available at [3] .

Meeting summary
  • review of release criteria and open bugs (poelcat, 21:05:24)
  • adamw and jlaska here for qa (poelcat, 21:07:18)
  • SMParrish here for devel/FESCo (poelcat, 21:07:28)
  • dgilmore representing releng (poelcat, 21:07:38)
  • brunowolff is here for Spins SIG (brunowolff, 21:08:00)
  • LINK: [4]
    <--- install test matrix  (adamw, 21:08:11)
    <--- desktop test matrix  (adamw, 21:08:25)
    <--- beta blocker list  (adamw, 21:08:49)
  • AGREED: 627789 is not a beta blocker (adamw, 21:12:54)
  • IDEA: create release criteria asserting some level of functionality of livecd-tools (jlaska, 21:13:03)
  • AGREED: move https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=627789 to f14blocker (poelcat, 21:15:00)
  • LINK:[7](adamw, 21:19:50)
  • AGREED: publishing a documented updates.img with a fix for 635887 is an acceptable workaround, move 635887 to be a final blocker (adamw, 21:25:48)
  • AGREED: 542255 is not a regression, is of minor impact, and the question of non-default-spin bugs blocking releases requires further discussion and clarification, so we will not block the beta for this bug (adamw, 21:45:26)
  • ACTION: there being no unresolved blocking issues or unmet release criteria, Fedora 14 Beta is declared GOLD (poelcat, 21:55:34)
  • open discussion (poelcat, 21:55:37)

Meeting ended at 21:58:31 UTC.

Action Items
  • there being no unresolved blocking issues or unmet release criteria,Fedora 14 Beta is declared GOLD
Action Items, by person
  • **UNASSIGNED**
  • there being no unresolved blocking issues or unmet release criteria, Fedora 14 Beta is declared GOLD
People Present (lines said)
  • adamw (106)
  • poelcat (51)
  • jlaska (45)
  • dgilmore (27)
  • jsmith (22)
  • brunowolff (9)
  • fenris02 (9)
  • maxamillion (8)
  • stickster (7)
  • bcl (6)
  • mjg59 (5)
  • SMParrish (4)
  • zodbot (4)
  • rbergeron (4)
  • kalev (3)
  • mmcgrath (2)
  • skvidal (1)

Generated by `MeetBot`_ 0.1.4"

  1. poelstra at redhat.com
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-September/000690.html
  3. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2010-09-22/fedora-meeting.2010-09-22-21.01.log.html
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_14_Beta_RC3_Install
  5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_14_Beta_RC3_Desktop
  6. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/showdependencytree.cgi?id=611991&hide_resolved=1
  7. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_13_Final_RC3_Install

libedataserverui soname bump in Fedora 14

Milan Crha [1] on Fri Sep 24 08:57:41 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"I'm so sorry for a late notice, but there was a soname bump of libedataserverui library from evolution-data-server package in time for 2.31.91 update, but I didn't notice this change, and because this update didn't get it to the testing repo, then I realized just now, when I finished an update to 2.31.92 and pushed it to updates-testing.

Affected packages seems to be these:

  • almanah
  • anjal
  • gnome-panel

It should be enough to just rebuild these against evolution-data-server-2.31.92, which is still marked for a build system.

The update request url is here:[3]"

  1. mcrha at redhat.com
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-September/000691.html
  3. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/evolution-mapi-0.31.92-1.fc14,evolution-exchange-2.31.92-1.fc14,openchange-0.9-8.fc14,evolution-2.31.92-1.fc14,evolution-data-server-2.31.92-1.fc14,gtkhtml3-3.31.92-1.fc14

poppler update to 0.15.0 (0.16 alpha)

Marek Kasik [1] on Mon Sep 27 08:07:02 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"I plan to update update poppler in rawhide (Fedora 15) to new development version 0.15 next week (at Monday, October 4th). Changes against 0.14.x are:

core:
  • Remove exception support
  • Improve creation of Annotations
  • Fix failure to parse PDF with damaged internal structure.(Bugs #29189 #3870)
  • Add a way to access the raw text of a page
  • Speed improvements when reading multiple characters from a given Stream
  • Speed improvements in the Splash backend
  • Speed improvement in gray color space calculations
  • Speed improvement in ICC color space calculations
  • Speed improvement when reading some fonts
  • Make GBool a bool instead of an int
glib:
  • Add GObject introspection support
  • Improve creation of Annotations
  • Add a way to get the coordinates of each character of a page
  • Add a way to get the page label
  • Documentation improvements
  • Support password protected documents in the demo
  • Support for selection in the demo
  • Support for adding annotationss in the demo
  • Misc improvements in the internals
qt4:
  • Add a way to access the raw text of a page
  • Recognize "Print" as named action
  • Documentation improvements
build system:
  • Add option for autogen.sh to skip configure
  • Nicer autogen.sh output
  • Improvements when build the glib frontend with CMake
utils:
  • pdftohtml: Use splash instead of external gs invocation to render the background
  • pdftohtml: Let the user specify the resolution of the background. (Bug #29551)
cpp:
  • Add a way to access the raw text of a page

+ 2 soname bumps in libpoppler.so.* and libpoppler.glib.so.*. Please check whether your package builds against this new version of poppler correctly if you maintain a package which requires it. The new version has been pushed to git already but not built yet."

  1. mkasik at redhat.com
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-September/000692.html

Fedora Updates Policy

Kevin Fenzi [1] on Tue Sep 28 23:07:43 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"At today's FESCo meeting (2010-09-28) we approved an Updates Policy:[3] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Updates_Policy

This policy is based on the Fedora Board's Stable Updates release vision(see [4]) and expanded to cover other branches of Fedora. It's a superset of the existing [5].

All package maintainers and other interested parties are urged to read and follow the Policy.

When in doubt about some portion of the policy, Or when seeking an exception for an update or an adjustment to the policy, please open a discussion on the devel list or with FESCo directly (see [6] ).

I would like to personally thank all the folks that helped work on or provide input to this document. I hope we can improve, clarify and adjust it as we go, leading to a better Fedora for our entire community."

  1. kevin at tummy.com
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-September/000694.html
  3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Updates_Policy
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Stable_release_updates_vision
  5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Package_update_acceptance_criteria page
  6. https://fedorahosted.org/fesco/newtplticket

Fedora Events

Fedora events are the exclusive and 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 (Sept 2010 - November 2010)

  • 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#FY11_Q3_.28Sept_2010_-_November_2010.29
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q3_.28September_2010_-_November_2010.29
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q3_.28Sep._2010_-_Nov._2010.29
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q3_.28Sept_2010_-_November_2010.29_2

Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/PastEvents

Additional information

  • Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
  • Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
  • Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community members.
  • Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
  • Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
  • LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.

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

"One of the hallmarks of the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, or FUDCon, is that it’s gone global...Lots of people may also know that we make sponsorships (subsidies) available for our global FUDCon events. But how do these sponsorships actually work, with regard to paying for stuff like airfares and lodging? " Paul W. Frields explains[1].

Dan Williams posted[2] that NetworkManager 0.8.2 now supports automatically handling local caching nameservers (like dnsmasq). "Now you’ll get a local caching nameserver that will also do split DNS when you’re connected to a VPN, so that queries for resources on the secure network go to the VPN nameservers, and everything else goes to your upstream ISP."

Amit Shah wrote[3] a script to make NetworkManager automatically log in to a proxy server when the network interface comes up. Tired of having to go through a login screen before using wifi at hotels and coffee shops?

Richard W.M. Jones replied[4] to concerns that libguestfs' virt-cat is dangerous. Remember, "you can already look at the shadow password file in any disk image using a hex editor. libguestfs, guestfish and virt-cat just make it easier."

Adam John Miller offered[5] a few thoughts on potential future directions for Fedora. "There's a lack of focus which makes marketing really difficult as there are so many things to promote and we have such a breadth of innovation wrapped up together offering a multitude of solutions which is confusing for newcomers."

Stephen Smoogen looked[6] ahead into the future, at what Fedora 20 might look like.

Richard W.M. Jones described[7] some of the low-level details of how LVM does filesystem snapshots.

  1. http://paul.frields.org/?p=3407
  2. http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2010/09/23/dont-try-to-run-honey/
  3. http://log.amitshah.net/2010/09/auto-login-to-web-proxies-using.html
  4. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/virtualization-and-whom-you-trust/
  5. http://pseudogen.blogspot.com/2010/09/restructure-for-sake-of-progress.html
  6. http://smoogespace.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-vision-of-fedora-20.html
  7. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/how-lvm-does-snapshots/

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]

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/

Fedora 14 beta takes MeeGo for a spin (ChannelRegister UK)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] a recent article on Fedora 14's MeeGo features:

"While Fedora 14 is unlikely to elicit the same sort of mainstream user enthusiasm you'll find surrounding Ubuntu and its continuing onslaught of newer, shinier features, this release is still notable for several worthy updates.

Two of the biggest changes in the Fedora 14 beta include the new libjpeg-turbo and Spice, a new tool for virtualization.

. . .

The other big news is Spice, the Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments. Spice is part of Red Hat's Qumranet acquisition[2], which also brought the now standard KVM virtualization to both RHEL and Fedora.

The goal of the Spice project is to improve remote access to QEMU virtual machines. For those running Windows clients in a virtual machine Spice includes a few Windows helpers right out of the box including a video driver, an agent for performing operations inside the guest system and virtio serial drivers for talking to the agent.

Although Spice has been available in the Yum repos since Fedora 12, the new tools make getting Spice up and running much easier and should be good news for those with multiple virtual machines to manage.

The cloud gets an update, too.

Fedora 14 will mark the first time that Fedora will concurrently release all its usual spins and a new Amazon EC2 image. That's great news for those using Amazon's cloud hosting to run Fedora machines."

The full article is available[3]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013438.html
  2. http://www.redhat.com/about/news/prarchive/2009/spice-os.html
  3. http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2010/09/29/fedora_14_beta_review/

Fedora 14 Preview: What's New in Fedora 14? (Linux.com)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a post from Linux.com on the feature set forthcoming in Fedora 14:

"But when you first read the list of features highlighted for Fedora 14, you might think the release is targeting developers. What with new and updated programming languages, simpler and faster debugging, and better developer tools the feature list looks like the only users would be those that actually develop the distribution or applications for the distribution.

Not so. Fedora 14 offers a well-rounded list of new features that should make this release appeal to a wide range. And since it's now in Alpha, we can all take a close look at what's coming. I did just that...and I was very impressed."

The full post is available[2].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013436.html
  2. hhttp://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/365130-whats-in-store-for-fedora-14

Spicy Fedora 14 Adds New Linux Flavor (LinuxPlanet)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] an article discussing innovations in Fedora 14 beta:

"The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux community distribution is out this week with the first beta of the Fedora 14 release. The new distribution updates key applications and introduces new security and virtualization capabilities as well as support for the latest open source programming languages.

"A lot of the features in Fedora 14 are more under-the-covers type plumbing that needed to be done," Jared Smith, Fedora Project Leader, told /InternetNews.com/. "There are not a lot of new desktop-centric features in this release.

One new feature that desktop users may benefit from is the SPICE virtualization support included in Fedora 14. SPICE, the Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment, is technology that Red Hat gained as part of its acquisition of Qumranet [2] in 2008."

The full post is also available[3].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013434.html
  2. http://www.internetnews.com/software/article.php/3769486/Red-Hat-Bets-on-Startup-to-Shake-Up-Virtualization.htm
  3. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/7184/1/

Fedora 14 adds MeeGo -- and spiced-up virtualization (DesktopLinux.com)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] a brief article on features in Fedora 14 beta:

"The Fedora Project announced the Beta release of "Fedora 14 "Laughlin," featuring faster JPEG downloads and MeeGo 1.0 for Netbooks. The Fedora 14 Beta also adds improved debugging and IPMI server management, and debuts the "Spice" virtualization desktop[2] framework and "Systemd" management technology for faster start-ups.

Developed by a Fedora Project community of more than 20,000 collaborators, the open source Fedora is a techie-focused upstream contributor to _Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)[3]. Think of it as sort of a crystal ball looking at future enhancements to RHEL, as well as Linux distributions in general."

The full post is also available[4]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013433.html
  2. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7029761590.html#
  3. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6651420609.html
  4. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7029761590.html

Fedora 14 Beta Available for Download (eWeek.com)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] an article in eWeek covering the release of Fedora 14 beta:

"The Fedora 14 Beta, with a slightly shorter new features list, has been released. All work will focus on bug fixing and stability issues before the official release in November.

Fedora 14 beta is available for download, said Red Hat release engineer Dennis Gilmore[2] in an e-mail to the developer mailing list on Sept. 28.

'Mark your calendars, and get ready to break out and have some fun: Fedora 14 will launch in early November,' Gilmore wrote while announcing the availability of the beta. The beta is the distribution’s last development build before its official release."

The full post is available[3]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013432.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-September/000693.html
  3. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/Fedora-14-Beta-Available-for-Download-102510/

Fedora 14 beta released today, aimed as a tablet operating system (Networkworld)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] another article on Fedora 14 beta, focusing on its tablet features:

"The much anticipated beta of Fedora 14 was released today, with the final code to be ready in November. It included a few features that may surprise you. For one, it lets users opt for a MeeGo look and feel. For another, it supports Red Hat's new desktop virtualization technology. Taken together, it seems as if Fedora is making itself more useful for the rising tablet market.

Fedora 14, nicknamed "Laughlin," will be the first Red Hat supported distribution to let users choose MeeGo[2] as their desktop. MeeGo is a Linux desktop architecture for mobile devices, netbooks, embedded Linux devices (such as In Vehicle Infotainment systems). It is based in the GNOME mobile platform but has been beefed up with additional technologies (Clutter, GUPnP and libsocialweb). Fedora 14 will include the MeeGo Netbook UX specifically for netbook users as a 'user environment that sits of top of Fedora and associated MeeGo core services. The netbook user interface and user interaction model for the target devices then is on top of that. ... This expands on the existing support we've had for Moblin in Fedora 12 and 13.'"

The full post is available[3]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013431.html
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/MeeGo_1.0
  3. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/66760

Fedora 14 Tests Desktop Virtualization (PC World)

Kara Sciltz forwarded[1] an article from PC World on Fedora 14's improvements to virtualization:

"The Red Hat-sponsored organization has released the first public beta[2] of the next version of its Linux-based operating system, Fedora 14, nicknamed "Laughlin." With this release comes a bevy of new programs and features, some of which may make their way into Red Hat's own (RHEL) Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS.

Most notably, the release will be the first version[3] to fully incorporate Red Hat's VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), called SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments). This software will allow Fedora to host virtual desktops that can be accessed over a network."

The full article is available[4]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013430.html
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-prerelease?rhprF14b
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/14/FeatureList
  4. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206460/fedora_14_tests_desktop_virtualization.html

Beta version of Fedora 14 released (The H UK)

Kara Schiltz forwarded[1] a posting from The H on Fedora 14 beta:

"The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Project has released [2] the first and only beta version of the Fedora 14 Linux distribution. Release of the final version is scheduled for early November[3]. The release of the beta version is within the project's stipulated schedule, after the alpha version of this distribution, named[4] after physicist Robert B. Laughlin, was released a week late five weeks ago[5].

As previously mentioned [6], the Fedora developers have recently returned to using Upstart, which is used in the current and several previous versions of Fedora, having removed Systemd which was introduced in April and used in the alpha version as the alternative to SysV-Init and Upstart. Everything currently points towards Systemd being chosen for system start-up in Fedora 15, which is expected next April or May."

The full article is available[7]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013427.html
  2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F14_Beta_announcement
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/14/Schedule
  4. http://www.h-online.com/news/item/Fedora-14-to-be-named-Laughlin-997377.html
  5. http://www.h-online.com/news/item/First-pre-release-version-of-Fedora-14-1064587.html
  6. http://www.h-online.com/news/item/Fedora-14-to-use-Upstart-not-systemd-1079435.html
  7. http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Beta-version-of-Fedora-14-released-1097741.html

Simplify LDAP with Fedora's 389 Directory Server (Linux.com)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] an article on Fedora's 389 Directory Server:

"If you've ever had to deal with LDAP, you know it is not an easy beast to master. In fact, the command line tools for LDAP alone would keep many users from even attempting to learn how to take advantage of this powerful tool. If you look, you'll find several tools that make the job of managing LDAP data easier. One of the best is the 389 Directory Server for Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 389 is extremely powerful and offers a simple to use GUI for all aspects of user, group, and server management."

The full article is available[2]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-September/013416.html
  2. http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/360800-manage-your-ldap-data-with-389-directory-server

Ambassadors

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

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

Welcome New Ambassadors

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members joining [1] .

Parsa Hosseini from the USA mentored by Larry Cafiero

Jesús Franco from Mexico mentored by María Leandro

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015622.html

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Daniel VanStone wanted to point out to the Ambassadors [1] a news article [2] about Fedora14 using upstart instead of systemd. The thread [3] had a bit of discussion about the messaging

Grant Bowman asked [4] if anyone else was attending the OLPC SF Community Summit 2010 [5] organized on 2010-10-22. Larry Cafiero pointed out [6] that he would be present and attending

Zoltan Hopper proposed [7] an idea about media production where media/disks are produced containing multiple desktop environments (a multiboot DVD compilation to be exact) . A bit of discussion happened on the thread [8]

Daniel Bruno reported [9] [10] on the FASOL 2.0 at Santarém, Pará, Brazil

Clint Savage posted [11] about the Utah Open Source Conference 2010 [12]

Pierros Papadeas reminded [13] about the EMEA Ambassadors meeting on 2010-09-29 on #fedora-meeting at 2000 UTC

John Poelstra posted [14] about upcoming Fedora 14 tasks around media/swag/poster artwork, logistics for release events

Susmit Shannigrahi posted [15] a Call for production of media/swag/poster for F14

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015603.html
  2. http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Fedora-14-to-use-Upstart-not-systemd-1079435.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/thread.html#15603
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015609.html
  5. http://olpcsf.org/CommunitySummit2010/
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015612.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015614.html
  8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/thread.html#15614
  9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015617.html
  10. http://danielbruno.eti.br/?p=283
  11. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015621.html
  12. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Utah_Open_Source_Conference_2010
  13. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015624.html
  14. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015627.html
  15. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-September/015628.html

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Susmit Shannigrahi forwarded [1] a mail about how Fedora 13 media was stuck at Customs due to valuation and taxation issues

Max Spevack provided further information [2] that the issue was sorted out when the appropriate authorities received an explanation about Free and Open Source Software

Max Spevack suggested [3] that the FAmSCo meeting of 2010-09-27 be devoted to working through OPEN tickets.

He followed up [4] with a link to the logs [5]

Susmit Shannigrahi posted [6] a Call for release event preparation with a deadline of 2010-10-15.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-September/000359.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-September/000362.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-September/000360.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-September/000364.html
  5. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting-1/2010-09-27/fedora-meeting-1.2010-09-27-18.05.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-September/000363.html

Design

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

Installing the Design Suite

Following an user question[1] "I've already got Fedora installed. How do I add the Suite to the existing platform", Máirín Duffy suggested[2] a long yum command "yum install agave blender entangle fontforge fontmatrix gimp gimp-*-plugin GREYCstoration-gimp mathmap inkscape mypaint nautilus-image-converter optipng rawtherapee scribus shotwell synfigstudio ufraw xournal jokosher pitivi gtk-recordmydesktop", Nicu Buculei asked[3] for a group/comp "Maybe we should look intro providing a: yum groupinstall design-suite", Gianluca Sforna offered his help[4] "I could help with the 'comps' part (e.g. actually creating the package group) if needed, then you may just add @design-tools in the kickstart file" while Ankur Sinha proposed[5] "Would it be overkill to just create a meta package that pulls in these packages as dependencies? 'yum install design-suite' will then install them all?"

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003349.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003350.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003351.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003357.html
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003368.html

A Design FAD in 2011?

Henrik Heigl advanced the idea[1] of a Design FAD (Fedora Activity Day) "for quite a while there is an idea in the head of some of the Design-Team members to get together for a FAD. As far as I know Design-team had not something like it IRL, so the idea came up to put something together near the next LGM [Libre Graphics Meeting] in Montreal. That would be the weekend May 7-8 or better 14-15 depending on how much we want to do this weekend."

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003354.html

Free Media Mailer

Ankur Sinha requested[1] an improved envelope design "Can someone please make a mailer that the free media program could use to send it's media in? We already have one[1], but it isn't very generic" and following an indication[2] from Máirín Duffy made[3] a proper ticket. Nicu Buculei suggested[4] better visibility for the request "How about turning this into a bounty item?", Marc Stewart showed[5] the work he did "Since I'd already started drawing up the basic framework, I've turned it into a template, including some useful resources on a separate layer" and Onyeibo Oku accepted[6] the ticket "I took interest in this task being a member of the Free-media as well. So, I accepted the ticket. Looks much similar to a design I did before ... which was of no consequence."

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003337.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003344.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003346.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003353.html
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003361.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-September/003364.html

Security Advisories

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

http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories