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Fedora Weekly News Issue 249

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 249[1] for the week ending October 27, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.


An audio version of some issues of FWN - FAWN - are 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/Issue249
  2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

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

The Red Hat Press office highlighted[1] one of the new features in the upcoming Fedora 14: SCAP. "SCAP is a line of standards managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It provides a standardized approach to maintaining the security of systems, such as automatically verifying the presence of patches, checking system security configuration settings, and examining systems for signs of compromise."

Richard W.M. Jones announced[2] the new http://virt-tools.org/ website. Already, the website is filled with useful documentation and articles. While on the topic of virtualization, Richard described[3] a new on-disk format that is being developed for for VMs, QEMU Enhanced Disk format (QED). And if your VM is taking up too much space, but it is mostly empty, you can<http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/tip-making-a-disk-image-sparse/</ref> make your VM disk sparse.

Jesus Rodriguez explained[4] how to convert a VM from VirtualBox to KVM, and included lots of shiny Virtual Machine Manager screenshots.

Roozbeh Pournader mentioned[5] that Unicode 6.0 has been released.

Caolan McNamara compared[6] the performance of STLPort with gcc's built-in STL.

"Some of you will remember 8-bit and 16/32-bit computers produced in the 80-ties and early 90-ties by a company called Atari. " Dan Horák is packaging[7] some required emulators and supporting software to bring the 80's into the 21st century.

Chris Lumens started[8] a series of posts about Anaconda. Among other things, Chris explained why Fedora and Red Hat can't switch to Ubuntu's installer.

Jef van Schendel created[9] a set of keyboard shortcut cheat-sheets for Inkscape, with nifty keyboard key images.

  1. http://press.redhat.com/2010/10/14/fedora-14-spotlight-feature-keeping-secure-with-openscap/
  2. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/announcing-the-virt-tools-org-website/
  3. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/in-development-qemu-enhanced-disk-format-qed/
  4. http://zeusville.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/virtualbox-kvm/
  5. http://www.advogato.org/person/roozbeh/diary.html?start=163
  6. http://blogs.linux.ie/caolan/2010/10/12/stl-performance-comparison-gcc-4-5-1-vs-stlport-4-5/
  7. http://sharkcz.livejournal.com/6424.html
  8. http://www.bangmoney.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/154-This-Week-in-Anaconda-1.html
  9. http://jefsblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/tutorial-introduction-to-inkscape-keyboard-shortcuts-with-pics/

Marketing

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-10-20 to 2010-10-26.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Jonas Karlsson started a thread[1] asking about the "core" still present on the packaging names as "fc" designation. Paul W. Frields stated[2] that there are technical reasons for keeping, and thus has been renamed as "Fedora Collection". Beth Lynn Eicher followed up[3] by editing the FAQ wiki[4] to include a answer to that question. Rahul Sundaram contributed[5] more details.

Robyn Bergeron announced[6] that she has posted her interview with Justin Forbes regarding EC2 feature profile.

Last week was asked about links to photo albums for using pictures in the One Release note. Neville A. Cross posted[7] that he browsed all the links and made a pre-selection.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013469.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013471.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013476.html
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013479.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013481.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-October/013483.html

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 new member joining.

Brandon Lozza from Canada mentored by Larry Cafiero

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Carlos Carreno informed [1] about Fedora Party 2010 at Lima, Peru to be held on 2010-11-06 at Ricardo Palma University. The thread [2] has inputs from other Ambassadors about how to set up an event

David Ramsey reminded [3] about T minus 2 weeks to Fedora 14 and commented about events and party photographs [4]

Christoph Wickert responded [5] to a set of questions from Jesse Keating arounc the multi-desktop DVD. Máirín Duffy pointed out [6] that a few questions still required responses

Chris Tyler thought [7] the multi-desktop DVD to be a 'great idea' but it seemed 'a bit rushed'. He suggested moving this to the F15 timeframe so as to ensure a pleasant end user experience

Further discussion around the timing of introduction of the multi-desktop DVD happened on the thread [8]

Bert Desmet posted [9] about the Call for Speakers [10] at FOSDEM 2011

Scott Williams posted [11] about a possible Fedora Activity Day at SCaLE and asked about things that could be done.

Christopher Hawker thought about a FAD at Sydney, Australia [12] that could be arranged.

Scott Williams posted [13] a request from SCaLE about a 'portable mirror' to be present on-site during the show

Scott Williams posted [14] about the Call for Papers at SCaLE [15]

Gent Thaçi asked [16] about the approval for swag. Christoph Wickert responded [17] asking specific questions around the request for swag

John Poelstra posted [18] details of upcoming Fedora tasks in light of GA being a week away

Susmit Shannigrahi encouraged [19] Ambassadors to nominate themselves/others in the upcoming FAmSCo elections in December [20]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015764.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/thread.html#15764
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015769.html
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing_photos
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015775.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015785.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015782.html
  8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/thread.html#15796
  9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015783.html
  10. http://fosdem.org/2011/call_for_mainspeakers_devrooms
  11. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015790.html
  12. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015795.html
  13. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015792.html
  14. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015803.html
  15. http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale9x/blog/scale-9x-call-papers
  16. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015798.html
  17. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015813.html
  18. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015804.html
  19. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2010-October/015817.html
  20. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_election_2010_nominations

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Joerg Simon responded [1] to Christoph Wickert about FAmSCo taking too long to give a statement on the budget about the multi-desktop DVD

Joerg Simon reminded [2] about the FAmSCo meeting on 2010-10-25

Max Spevack posted [3] about the FAmSCo election nominations [4] The thread [5] has mails from other FAmSCo members discussing about re-election and also posting messages to various Ambassador forums.

Joerg Simon informed [6] that the meeting on 2010-10-25 had no quorum to vote but there was discussion [7] about FUDCon LATAM 2011 [8] and, a request to provide 1200 USD in form of funding for Fedora presence [9] at Comic Con

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000381.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000382.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000386.html
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_election_2010_nominations
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/thread.html#386
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000387.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/fudcon-planning/2010-October/001333.html
  8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:LATAM_2011
  9. https://fedorahosted.org/famsco/ticket/95

Translation

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

Fedora 14 Tasks

John Poelstra informed[1] in the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 14. As per the schedule, review and correction of the Final Translated Guides (i.e. daily build htmls), Website content and 0-day Release Notes is currently underway.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008231.html

Updates to Various Modules of Fedora Websites

POT files for spins.fedoraproject.org[1] and the new fedoraproject.org[2] website content have been updated. Some last minute errors were fixed for the latter.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008214.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008224.html

Publican 2.3 Released

Ruediger Landmann announced the release of Publican v2.3[1]. A number of bugs related to localization have been fixed in this version. Also, Release Notes have been made available for the first time with a Publican release. The updated packages of the new version are available on koji.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008237.html

New Members and Sponsors in FLP

Balakrishnan K (Tamil)[1] and Andrey Panasyuk (Belorussian)[2] joined the FLP recently.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008222.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008238.html

Design

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

Icon Work

As a new contributor to the Design Team, Bryan Nielsen completed his first task[1] with guidance from Jakub Steiner "Thanks for all the assistance in putting this together, there were some gaps in my Inkscape and SVG knowledge and skills that have now been filled." After growing in experience he grew confidence to continue "I'm looking forward to taking on another ticket once this one is put to bed" and started working[2] on another icon "I quickly threw together a couple of hires mock ups that reuse existing components", again with Jakub's guidance[3] "Here's a few tips. Starting with a highres always leads to suboptimal metaphors. Think how you'd execute that at 16x16px."

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003504.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003519.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003521.html

Logo Work

Felipe Echeverria, new contributor to the Design Team, tackled[1] as his first task the logo/icon design for the blogging client Lekhonee, a ticket[2] open for a long time. He works with guidance[3] from Máirín Duffy "maybe rotate the pen on the right 90 degrees clockwise, so the two pen nibs make an 'L' for Lekhonee. But as they are now they make a great 'W' which makes me think of Wordpress so this may be entirely unnecessary" and advancing in subsequent iterations[4]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003522.html
  2. http://fedorahosted.org/design-team/ticket/15
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003526.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003553.html

Mockup Work

Luya Tshimbalanga posted[1] his mockups for an Anaconda redesign "I started to work on initial Fedora installer mockup[1]. The concept is based on openSUSE first screen installer (GRUB) and uses design team default typeface", Máirín Duffy explained[2] is a bit early for this task before an usability study "I think it's fine to work through visual design ideas right now, but we haven't really begun a usability assessment of Anaconda so I also think it's a bit too early to start mocking up the UI screen-by-screen" and proposed[3] the Fedora 15 development cycle for this "Yep definitely, once F14 is out the door I definitely want to start working with the Anaconda team and post stuff here on-list as well as on the wiki."

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003556.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003557.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-October/003560.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

none

Fedora 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories