Fedora Weekly News Issue 124
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 124 for the week of March 10th, 2008.
In Announcements, we have "Announcing the relaunch of the Fedora BugZappers!"
In Planet Fedora, we have "OLS (Ottawa Linux Symposium)", "Fluendo, Bastien, et al", "Desktop User Guide (Needs help to finish it off)", and "OpenExpo 2008 - Day 2"
We are always looking for more writers to help us deliver timely information to the Fedora community.
In this section, we cover announcements from Fedora Project.
Contributing Writer: ThomasChung
Announcing the relaunch of the Fedora BugZappers!
JonStanley announces in fedora-announce-list,
"Building on the recent success of the recent "gcc43 rebuild triage effort", we are pleased to announce the official re-launch of the Fedora Bug Triage Process!"
In this section, we cover a highlight of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from world wide Fedora contributors.
Contributing Writers: ThomasChung
OLS (Ottawa Linux Symposium)
JesseKeating points out in his blog ,
"This tutorial will cover the tools that Fedora uses to make releases, both the choose your own adventure CD/DVD release and the various Live images. We'll explore some of the underlying technologies and tools and why things are done the way they are. Hopefully at the end of the tutorial people will be confident in making their own "spin" of Fedora, or something based on Fedora. A good time should be had by all."
Fluendo, Bastien, et al
KarstenWade points out in his blog ,
"Even though it is rather late to try fixing this situation, that doesn’t mean a good enough solution can’t be worked up. There are updates to packages, maybe even a zero-day fix, if we can’t get better changes to ship with Fedora 9. Rather than asking the Board to “reverse its decision”, please join us on fedora-advisory-board to figure out what is the right thing to do."
Desktop User Guide (Needs help to finish it off)
MarcWiriadisastra points out in his blog ,
"The link is above if you are wondering what I'm on about. With recent changes on how to contribute this is your opportunity to get in with a lower barrier. Join up with the docs group or just message me I'm more than happy to walk you through getting involved."
OpenExpo 2008 - Day 2
FabianAffolter points out in his blog ,
"The second day started as busy as the first one. I guess this was basically because the talk of Alan was the first one of the day. Everybody wanted to listen to his talk. 20 min before he started most seats in the room were already occupied. 10 min before the start there was no more standing room. 5 min later there was a 2 m long queue in front of the door. For us this was perfect because our booth was not far away from the door and so were able to grab all visitors who haven't found a seat."
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: JeffreyTadlock
OpenExpo 2008 Berne
There have been many reports posted to the Ambassador mailing list and Ambassador blogs covering OpenExpo 2008 Berne by FabianAffolter, JoergSimon and SandroMathys. The event was very successful and well covered in these reports. Fabian posted a collection of all the reports to the mailing list and his blog .
Fedora Day 2008 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
PabloBarrera announced Fedora Day 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 10th on the Ambassador mailing list . The news was also released on the http://www.proyectofedora.org web site in Spanish.
Fedora Brazil Magazine Released
DavidsonPaulo announced "the first issue of Revista Fedora Brasil (Fedora Brazil Magazine), an online magazine about Fedora made by Brazilian Ambassadors and Linux community members for those who speak Portuguese." The official release announcement is at the projetofedora.org site and the magazine can be downloaded here  .
Fedora Events Budget
FAmSCo announced the new Fedora Events Budget to the Ambassador mailing list . The summary points of the announcement are:
- Fedora has an increased Event budget this year.
- FAmSCo need any events that need funds during the second quarter (June 2008 to August 2008) to be added to the Fedora Events page no later than May 1st, 2008.
- If a Fedora Ambassador receives funds for an event there will be reporting requirements which include blog postings to Fedora Planet, a summary report to the Ambassadors mailing list and a metrics based report to FAmSCo.
In this section, we cover the Fedora Infrastructure Project.
Contributing Writer: HuzaifaSidhpurwala
Rename cvsextras during FAS2 switch?
WarrenTogami writes on fedora-infrastructure-list,
Warren proposed that during the move to FAS2, we rename cvsextras as packager as this is a good opportunity to do so as everything will be down anyway. However in the end since no one claimed the ownership of this task it did not get done.
another issue to fix with the FAS2 switch: Kojis ssl certificate
TillMaas writes on fedora-infrastructure-list,
Because of the switch to FAS2 everyone will need to change their passwords any how, therefore this is a good chance to deploy the new koji certificate the ticket for which is open for 7 months now. Dennis commented that this should not be done because it will break user certs. At the end of the thread MikeMcGrath commented that this involves a lot of work and has a high potential for breakage and annoyance for everyone and the benefit to most people is not clear.
MikeMcGrath reports on fedora-infrastructure-list,
FAS2 has gone online now. Mike made a note that if your user gets deleted or removed from a group your home directory may get removed (moved to /tmp/fedora until tmpwatch gets it) This may have happened to your home directory during the migration.
In this section, we cover Fedora Artwork Project.
Contributing Writer: NicuBuculei
Nodoka GTK+ Theme
MartinSourada posts on the Fedora Art List a status update for Nodoka , Fedora's default GNOME theme (GTK+, Metacity, GNOME metatheme). It contains a number of bug fixes and improvements and is released just in time for the Beta release.
With the deadline for theming Round 3, more and more pieces of the Waves theme fall into place in a polished state: GRUB splash , RHGB , Firstboot .
Admission policy in the FAS2 Art group
With the migration to the new Account System we can mange easily the accounts and groups, so MairinDuffy notices a large number of inactive people in the Art group and propose a policy for new admissions. Everyone agrees, JeffSpaleta even sketches a succession of steps.
MikeMcGrath, from Fedora Infrastructure, asks about the specific needs of the Art project in the light of the proposed Wiki migration to Mediawiki. MairinDuffy mention a Gallery2 plugin for Mediawiki integration, IanWeller offer his experience with Mediawiki and NicuBuculei asks a lot of questions about additional possible uses of Gallery2 and insists of the built-in gallery features offered by Mediawiki.
In this section, we highlight the security stories from the week in Fedora.
Contributing Writer: JoshBressers
Browser makers focus on beating malware
This is a rather interesting story about some of the new features we can expect to see in the next generation of browsers:
As bad as security is in some areas, it's nice to see the browser market taking proactive steps about the problems. Most people just take their browser for granted, but it's probably one of the most complicated pieces of software they run, and its primary purpose is to process untrusted third party content in a safe manner. This is not an easy thing to do right. For the most part they do a great job of this.
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: ThomasChung
Fedora 8 Security Advisories
- horde-3.1.7-1.fc8 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00253.html
- ruby-126.96.36.199-1.fc8 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00338.html
- dovecot-1.0.13-6.fc8 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00358.html
- roundup-1.4.4-1.fc8 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00375.html
- boost-1.34.1-7.fc8 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00377.html
Fedora 7 Security Advisories
- roundup-1.4.4-1.fc7 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00264.html
- horde-3.1.7-1.fc7 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00301.html
- ruby-188.8.131.52-1.fc7 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00354.html
- dovecot-1.0.13-18.fc7 - https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-package-announce/2008-March/msg00381.html
Events and Meetings
In this section, we cover event reports and meeting summaries from various Projects and SIGs.
Contributing Writer: ThomasChung