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Fedora Weekly News Issue 249
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 249 for the week ending October 27, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
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In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-10-20 to 2010-10-26.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Jonas Karlsson started a thread asking about the "core" still present on the packaging names as "fc" designation. Paul W. Frields stated that there are technical reasons for keeping, and thus has been renamed as "Fedora Collection". Beth Lynn Eicher followed up by editing the FAQ wiki to include a answer to that question. Rahul Sundaram contributed more details.
Robyn Bergeron announced 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 that he browsed all the links and made a pre-selection.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a new member joining.
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Chris Tyler thought  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 
Scott Williams posted  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  that could be arranged.
Scott Williams posted  a request from SCaLE about a 'portable mirror' to be present on-site during the show
John Poelstra posted  details of upcoming Fedora tasks in light of GA being a week away
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
Max Spevack posted  about the FAmSCo election nominations  The thread  has mails from other FAmSCo members discussing about re-election and also posting messages to various Ambassador forums.
Joerg Simon informed  that the meeting on 2010-10-25 had no quorum to vote but there was discussion  about FUDCon LATAM 2011  and, a request to provide 1200 USD in form of funding for Fedora presence  at Comic Con
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
The last Fedora 14 Test Day on 2010-10-14 was on the use of OpenLDAP with the NSS security library - the use of NSS with OpenLDAP is new in Fedora 14, replacing the previous use of OpenSSL. Kamil Paral provided a recap to the list. He noted that "the participation was little low, but it was somehow expected, because this was a non-trivial topic" and that the event discovered three bugs and confirmed the rest of the functionality worked.
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 15 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac.
Fedora 14 Final testing
The QA group put together a great team effort to perform comprehensive and efficient validation testing on the Fedora 14 final release. The Test Compose was announced on 2010-10-13, and the installation and desktop test matrices were completed quickly, with results coming in from many different group members. The testing identified several blocker bugs, which were all resolved in time for the release of the Release Candidate on 2010-10-21. Once again, the group came together to perform the installation and desktop validation testing, which was mostly completed by the weekend. No further blocker bugs were discovered (as outlined by Rui He in the RC1 testing recap), and so the QA group was able to join with release engineering and development to sign off on the release of RC1 as Fedora 14 Final at the go/no-go meeting of 2010-10-26. Adam Williamson thanked all of the large number of community members who contributed to the validation testing in a blog post.
Reporting bugs from downstream distributions
Edward Kirk reported that the lead developer of Fusion Linux, a distribution based on Fedora, was suggesting users file bugs in Fedora Bugzilla. A discussion ensued on whether it was correct for users of distributions downstream of Fedora to report bugs directly to Fedora's bug tracker. Jóhann Guðmundsson felt strongly that it was not appropriate, and such distributions should have their own bug trackers. Michael Schwendt pointed out that Fedora's abrt does not currently make it easy for downstream distributions to modify it to report crashes to a different bug tracking system. Adam Williamson thought it made sense for bugs in Fedora packages which are present unchanged in Fusion Linux to be reported to Fedora's bug tracker, in the same way Fedora bug reports are often sent upstream to GNOME or KDE. The Fusion Linux developer, Valent Turkovic, said that his plan was for Fusion Linux developers to check reports of bugs and ask the user to file them in Fedora Bugzilla if the package was unchanged from Fedora, RPM Fusion Bugzilla if the package came from there, or with Fusion Linux's developers if the bug related to Fusion Linux-specific customizations.
Adam Williamson proposed a new release criterion requiring the final release notes from the Documentation team be present in packaged form in the release repository (at Final release stage). Jesse Keating suggested similar criteria for artwork, spin-kickstarts and fedora-release packages. Adam provided revised drafts for all three proposed criteria.
Testing new versions of anaconda
Mike Cloaked provided a very useful guide to creating a custom USB key to test new releases of anaconda when images containing that version of anaconda are not available. Brian Lane said it was good to see someone else using his work, and pointed out that the script Mike used should also be able to produce a full, updated DVD ISO, but would take longer to do so.
Fedora QA retrospective
James Laska announced the QA retrospective page for Fedora 14. The retrospective attempts to identify things that went well and things that went badly during the release cycle, to help the group improve with future releases. He appealed for contributions to the retrospective from anyone who could identify good or bad elements of the QA work for the Fedora 14 release.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 14 Tasks
John Poelstra informed 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.
Updates to Various Modules of Fedora Websites
Publican 2.3 Released
Ruediger Landmann announced the release of Publican v2.3. 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.
New Members and Sponsors in FLP
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
As a new contributor to the Design Team, Bryan Nielsen completed his first task 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 on another icon "I quickly threw together a couple of hires mock ups that reuse existing components", again with Jakub's guidance "Here's a few tips. Starting with a highres always leads to suboptimal metaphors. Think how you'd execute that at 16x16px."
Felipe Echeverria, new contributor to the Design Team, tackled as his first task the logo/icon design for the blogging client Lekhonee, a ticket open for a long time. He works with guidance 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
Luya Tshimbalanga posted his mockups for an Anaconda redesign "I started to work on initial Fedora installer mockup. The concept is based on openSUSE first screen installer (GRUB) and uses design team default typeface", Máirín Duffy explained 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 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."
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- sepostgresql-9.0.1-20101007.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049851.html
- mozvoikko-1.0-15.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049835.html
- gnome-web-photo-0.9-13.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049832.html
- perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc13.18 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049830.html
- gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-23.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049834.html
- galeon-2.0.7-34.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049833.html
- firefox-3.6.11-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049831.html
- xulrunner-18.104.22.168-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049829.html
- nss-util-3.12.8-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049760.html
- nss-softokn-3.12.8-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049761.html
- nss-3.12.8-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049762.html
- glibc-2.12.1-3 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049730.html
- ocsinventory-agent-22.214.171.124-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049719.html
- tuxguitar-1.2-3.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049697.html
Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- ocsinventory-agent-126.96.36.199-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049731.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049702.html
- tuxguitar-1.2-3.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049683.html