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Fedora Weekly News Issue 221

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 221[1] for the week ending April 14, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This week's issue starts off with announcements, including notice of an upcoming wiki freeze on April 19 for release notes, more detail on Fedora Summer of Code, and the release of Fedora 13 beta. News from the Fedora Planet is next, including tips on using NetworkManager for servers, an event report from FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 Atlanta, and a discussion why DocBarX in Fedora would be a Good Thing. In news from the Marketing team, reports on recent work in helping Fedora Ambassadors, work on a new Fedora flyer, an update on activities with students at Alleghany College, and pointers to weekly meeting notes. Our irregular 'In the News' beat features several stories about Fedora 13 in the press since yesterday's release. Ambassadors this week features an event report from the Texas LinuxFest. In QA news, details from last week's test day on virtualization, and three upcoming test days around graphics drivers, as well as a wrap up report of Fedora 13 Beta validation testing, and several other items. Translation includes reports of activity around Fedora 13 release notes, upcoming tasks, new modules and new team members.In Design team news, an update on Fedora 13 wallpaper and a discussion around user experience (UX) groups and the design team. This issue wraps up with an overview of the security advisories issued this past week for Fedora 11, 12 and 13. Enjoy FWN 221!

We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News (FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format for a few past FWN issues that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet Archive[2] and have a listen!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list@redhat.com

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue221
  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

Wiki Freeze Reminder

John J. McDonough[1] announced[2] on Thursday, April 8,2010 at 12:32:09 UTC, "In just over a week, on April 19, the wiki will freeze for Release Notes for Fedora 13. If you have content you would like to see the the Release Notes go to: [3]

and click on the most appropriate beat. Add your content there.

Note that the content will be reviewed and edited so there is no need to be concerned that your prose is exactly perfect. If you are pressed for time, a few words about what changed along with a link to more detail would be fine. The Docs Project needs to know what you have provided for F13 before it can write about it!"

  1. John J. McDonough
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-April/002784.html
  3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Documentation_Beats

Students - You are invited to submit proposals for Fedora Summer Coding 2010

Karsten Wade[1] announced[2] on Thursday, April 8,2010 at 20:29:00,"Students - You are invited to submit proposals for Fedora Summer Coding 2010". The announcement possessed, " Start here – [3]

But here is some more, in case you want to read it. (From [4])

We are rapidly constructing this summer coding program. We know what we are doing, but because of timing, we are building the infrastructure, process, and requirements as we go. It’s like moving in to a house while the scaffolding is still outside. The Fedora Project makes it easy to do stuff like this, since the plumbing and stuff are already in place.(Enough of that metaphor …)

Since mentors have another week, until 14 April, to finish the ideas page:

[5]

The page is growing and changing until then. Check back often, put a watch on the page, and immediately begin communicating with the mentors of any ideas that you are interested in. The best place to talk with mentors is the discussion list:

[6]

If you can’t participate this year, such as the timing being off for your summer plans or you want more certainty, good luck to you for this summer. Check back in; we intend to do this again (and again), and it is going be better after all this learning we’re doing:

[7]

If you celebrate summer at a different time of the year, such as if you are in the stunningly huge population of people in the Southern Hemisphere, do you think we should keep rolling this program to do a summer-for-the-south version? Stay tuned, or help organize it:

[8]"

  1. Karsten Wade
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-April/002785.html
  3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_2010#You_are_a_student
  4. http://iquaid.org/2010/04/08/students-you-are-invited-to-submit-proposals-for-fedora-summer-coding-2010/
  5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_2010_ideas
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/summer-coding-discuss
  7. http://iquaid.org/2009/02/28/failure-as-the-secret-of-success/
  8. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_SIG#How_can_you_help.3F

Fedora research survey: LAST CALL!

Greg DeKoenigsberg[1] announced[2] the last call of Fedora research survey on Monday, April 12,2010 at 16:21:16 UTC. He also mentioned, "As some of you may know, professors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University have been conducting a study of Fedora, and have put together an online survey based on interviews they conducted with several dozen folks from the community.

We are now in the midst of our FINAL PUSH to get as many responses as we can. This week is the last week for survey data. If you've been waiting around, wait no more: this is your last, best chance to help.  :)

You can access the survey here: [3]

Their research goal is to focus more deeply on three primary themes that emerged from over 20 interviews they conducted with participants in the Fedora Project:

  • Values that are relevant to participants (e.g., to what extent is 'Open Source' a relevant value across the Fedora Project?),
  • Activities that participants engage in to help sustain the community (e.g., to what extent is 'testing' a collaborative activity across the Fedora Project?), and
  • Tools participants use for communication or workflow (e.g., to what extent is 'Planet' or 'Koji' used across the Fedora Project?).

The findings of this research will go a long way to helping us better understand what makes the Fedora community tick. I think it is a hallmark of our success as a community that academics are starting to study in detail the ins-and-outs of how our community works.

Please respond as soon as possible -- should take about 15 minutes of your time. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to email me.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions. "

  1. Greg DeKoenigsberg
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-April/002786.html
  3. http://www.projectassessment.org/fedora/

Announcing the release of Fedora 13 Beta!!

Jesse Keating[1] announced[2] on Tuesday, April 13,2010 at 14:16:23 UTC, "The countdown is on: Fedora 13, "Goddard," is set to launch in mid-May. Fedora is the leading edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to users worldwide, with a new release every six months.

But wait! What's that? You can't wait a whole month to try out the latest and greatest in Fedora's leading-edge technologies? You want to be the first to see what's new? Well, you're in luck. The Fedora 13 Beta release is available NOW. Hop on board and take a tour of the rocking new features. [3]

What is the Beta Release? The beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 13. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading up to the general release of Fedora 13, scheduled to be released in the middle of May. We invite you to join us and participate in making Fedora 13 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 F13 bugs page: [4]

If you find a bug that's not found on that page, be sure it gets fixed before release by reporting your discovery at [5]. Thank you!

Features

A universe of new features for end users:

  • Automatic print driver installation. We're using RPM and PackageKit for automatic installation of printer drivers, so when you plug in a printer, Fedora will automatically offer to install drivers for it if needed.
  • Desktop enhancements. The Shotwell photo manager, Deja-dup backup software, Pino Identi.ca/Twitter client, and Simple Scan scanning utility are all delivered by default to provide a enhanced desktop experience out of the box.
  • NetworkManager improvements include better Mobile Broadband, Bluetooth, and new CLI abilities. NetworkManager is now a one-stop-shop for all of your networking needs in Fedora, be it dial-up, broadband, wifi, or even Bluetooth. Mobile broadband enhancements now show signal strength. Old-style dial-up networking (DUN) over Bluetooth has also been added. And now, you can even use NetworkManager from the command line in addition to the improved graphical user interface. Getting a connection when you need it has never been easier to figure out, whether you're at home, at work, at the local coffee shop, or riding your city's wi-fi enabled public transport.
  • Color management. Do you like your printouts to look the same as they do on screen - or your scanner output to look the same as what you just scanned? Color Management allows you to better set and control your colors for displays, printers, and scanners, through the gnome-color-manager package.
  • Enhanced iPod functionality. Newer Apple iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone models are supported by some of your favorite photo management software, and music library applications such as Rhythmbox. The devices are automatically attached using the libimobiledevice library, so you can work with your content more easily.
  • Experimental 3D graphics support extended to free Nouveau driver for NVidia cards. In this release we are one step closer to having 3D graphics supported on completely free and open source software (FOSS) drivers. Fedora 12 saw the enabling of a number of ATI cards; this time around, we've added a wide range of NVidia cards to our list of liberated video capabilities. You can install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package to try out the work in progress.
  • DisplayPort support improvements - Fedora 12 added initial support for the new DisplayPort display connector for Intel graphics chips. Support for Nvidia and ATI systems have now have added in this release.
  • Experimental user management interface. The user account tool has been completely redesigned, and the accountsdialog and accountsservice test packages are available to make it easy to configure personal information, make a personal profile picture or icon, generate a strong passphrase, and set up login options for your Fedora system. Try out the work in progress.

For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:

  • SystemTap static probes. SystemTap now has expanded capabilities to monitor higher-level language runtimes like Java, Python, and Tcl, and also user space applications, starting with PostgreSQL. In the future, Fedora will add support for even more user space applications, greatly increasing the scope and power of monitoring for application developers.
  • Easier Python debugging. We've added new support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to get more complete information when debugging with gdb, making Fedora an exceptional platform for powerful, rapid application development.
  • Parallel-installable Python 3 stack. The parallel-installable Python 3 stack will help programmers write and test code for use in both Python 2.6 and Python 3 environments, so you can future-proof your applications now using Fedora.
  • NetBeans Java EE 6 support. The NetBeans 6.8 integrated development environment is the first IDE to offer complete support for the entire Java EE 6 specification.

And don't think we forgot the system administrators:

  • boot.fedoraproject.org (BFO). BFO allows users to download a single, tiny image (could fit on a floppy) and install current and future versions of Fedora without having to download additional images.
  • System Security Services Daemon (SSSD). SSSD provides expanded features for logging into managed domains, including caching for offline authentication. How does this help the sysadmin? This means, for example, users on laptops can still login when disconnected from the company's managed network. The authentication configuration tool in Fedora has already been updated to support SSSD, and work is underway to make it even more attractive and functional.
  • Pioneering NFS features. Fedora offers the latest version 4 of the NFS protocol for better performance, and, in conjunction with recent kernel modifications, includes IPv6 support for NFS as well.
  • Zarafa Groupware - Alternative to Microsoft Exchange. Zarafa now makes available a complete Open Source groupware suite that can be used as a drop-in Exchange replacement for Web-based mail, calendaring, collaboration, and tasks. Features include IMAP/POP and iCal/CalDAV capabilities, native mobile phone support, the ability to integrate with existing Linux mail servers, a full set of programming interfaces, and a comfortable look and feel using modern Ajax technologies.
  • Btrfs snapshots integration. Btrfs is capable of creating lightweight filesystem snapshots that can be mounted (and booted into) selectively. The created snapshots are copy-on-write snapshots, so there is no file duplication overhead involved for files that do not change between snapshots. It allows developers to feel comfortable experimenting with new software without fear of an unusable install -- automated snapshots allow them to easily revert to the previous day's filesystem.
  • Dogtag Certificate System It is an enterprise-class open source Certificate Authority (CA) supporting all aspects of certificate lifecycle management including key archival, OCSP and smartcard management. Brought into the fold as part of the Red Hat acquisition of Netscape technologies, this certificate server is fully free and open source and now included in Fedora.

And that's only the beginning. A more complete list and details of all the new features onboard Fedora 13 is available here: [6]

We have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:

[7]


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: [8]

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 [9] today! "

  1. Jesse Keating
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2010-April/002787.html
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease?anF13b
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F13_bugs
  5. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/
  6. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/13/FeatureList
  7. http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/
  8. http://docs.fedoraproject.org
  9. http://join.fedoraproject.org

Fedora Development News

Summer Coding 2010 ideas due 9 April

Karsten Wade[1] announced[2] on Tuesday, April 6,2010 at 15:20:50 UTC, "While we finish the Summer Coding 2010 page ([3]), it is past time for you all to let us know the problems you would like to see solved by summer coding/internship students. By Friday 09 April.

Idea page is here: [4]

How-to fill out an ideas page is here: [5]

Let’s get this filled with serious ideas you are willing to mentor for or help find the mentor.

Join the discussion list and be prepared to talk about your ideas or proposals.

[6]

If you were already a mentor and want to help with mentoring, such as proposal reviews, let us know and join the mentors list. [7]

Tracking these ideas is a PITA and in fact the lack of an ideas page lead to us not getting in the Google Summer of Code this year. This is all part of a larger issue around tracking smaller ideas for beginners and students, but for now this will have to do.

Anyone want to hack on OpenHatch.org, please help. We’re hoping some of the functionality we are handling manually may be included in upcoming versions of OpenHatch. If that direction gets us fruit, we may use OpenHatch as an ongoing way to expose projects to students and other new contributors.

(This email derived from my post at [8]) "

  1. Karsten Wade
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-April/000596.html
  3. http://bit.ly/FSC-2010
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Summer_Coding_2010_ideas
  5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_an_idea_page_for_Summer_Coding
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/summer-coding-discuss
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/summer-coding-mentors
  8. http://bit.ly/bofYla

Ideas for Summer Coding deadline moved to 14 April

Karsten Wade[1] announced [2] on Wednesday, April 7,2010 at 20:06:41 UTC, "In today's SIG meeting we finalized the Summer Coding 2010 schedule, and that included adding more time for ideas to be listed for students. The new deadline is next Wed. 14 April. We are inviting students to begin working on proposals starting today, with those due on 21 April.

[3] [4] "

  1. Karsten Wade
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2010-April/000597.html
  3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_2010_schedule
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_2010_ideas

Fedora Events

Fedora events are the 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 (March 2010 to May 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_Q1_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY10_Q4_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q1_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29_2
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q1_.28March_2010_-_May_2010.29_3

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

David Duncan posted[1] a picture of a bottle of "Extreme Linux Hot Sauce" at Texas Linuxfest 2010. Linux has never looked so hot!

Dan Williams shared[2] a few tips for using NetworkManager with server-class machines. Dan also announced[3] the release of NetworkManager 0.8 with a number of new features.

Colin Walters explained[4] "the process by which the Fedora Desktop CD image gets made."

Máirín Duffy attended[5] the FLOSS HCI Workshop at CHI 2010 Atlanta and wrote up a summary of the experience.

Rajeesh K Nambiar described[6] a bug which caused Linux-2.6.34-rc4 to be delayed, but in the end resulted in a number of kernel bugs being fixed a working suspend/resume function.

Karsten Wade asked[7] for companies interested in helping to sponsor the Fedora Summer Coding 2010 project. "Aside from all the potential benefits to the Fedora Project that directly or indirectly benefit you, your company stands to gain more than positive brand image. You help teach the next generation about how to be involved in FOSS, which teaches them the skills you want them to have when you hire them."

Valent Turkovic wants[8] DocbarX in Fedora, and shows why. "DockbarX brings much needed advancement in terms of dockbar features, ease of use, features and usabillity. This is especially noticable on netbooks where screen real estate is much better handled in DockbarX than in any other dock for Gnome desktop."

Nicu Buculei taught[9] how to make "NASA mission styled badges with Inkscape".

  1. http://davdunc.livejournal.com/4040.html
  2. http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2010/04/07/networkmanager-on-server-type-machines-or-why-our-initscripts-suck/
  3. http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2010/04/07/networkmanager-0-8-the-taste-of-a-new-generation/
  4. http://blog.verbum.org/2010/04/08/how-the-fedora-desktop-gets-made/
  5. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/floss-hci-workshop-at-chi-2010-atlanta/
  6. http://rajeeshknambiar.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/the-vm-bug-that-delayed-linux-2-6-34-rc4/
  7. http://iquaid.org/2010/04/13/sponsoring-summer-coding-get-and-give-value/
  8. http://kernelreloaded.blog385.com/index.php/archives/dockbarx-in-fedora-yes-please/
  9. http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2010/04/nasa-mission-styled-badges-with.html

Fedora 13 Beta Roundup

A number of people posted with news of the Fedora 13 Beta release, including:

Clint Savage posted[1] the actual release announcement.

Paul W. Frields included news[2] of a test week for the Nouveau NVidia driver.

The Red Hat Press Office released[3] an official-looking announcement which included some of the highlights of the release.

Rahul Sundaram listed[4] some of the Desktop-oriented features.

  1. http://sexysexypenguins.com/2010/04/13/news-fedora-13-beta-released/
  2. http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=3133
  3. http://press.redhat.com/2010/04/13/fedora-13-goddard-beta-blasts-off/
  4. http://mether.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/fedora-13-desktop-features/


Marketing

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-04-07 to 2010-04-13.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Marketing

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Neville A. Cross started a thread about briefing ambassadors[1] which has been evolving due the fact that it will invite ambassadors to submit photos for the One-page release notes[2] and there was some concerns about. Those concern where later converted in a new thread by Paul W. Frields[3] which will constitute a full invitation for pictures. From there we got in deep legals concerns.

Max Spevack[4] lead the way into updates and translations of fedora flyer. Paul W. Frields[5] pointed our attention for a revision of the talking points.

Students from Allegheny have been writing to the marketing list, but Nicholas Ozorak[6] initiated a good flow of ideas regarding Fedora video distribution.

Stephen Gallagher[7] asked for help from marketing team to publicize SSSD (System Security Services Daemon). His request came in the right time and was converted into a Feature Profile.

Finally as any Tuesday, we got our meeting and as usual we keep logs[8] to share with the world.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012290.html
  2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F13_one_page_release_notes
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012295.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012315.html
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012343.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012352.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012381.html
  8. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting-1/2010-04-13/fedora-meeting-1.2010-04-13-20.01.html

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

The Joy of Betas: Fedora 13 Beta Released Today (OStatic)

Kara Schlitz forwarded[2] a 4/13/10 article from OStatic by Joe Brockmeyer:

"Beta" may not be my favorite word in the English language, but it's in the top 100. To some folks, beta may mean "not quite ready for prime time," but to me it means it's time to start enjoying a slew of new features. This is especially true with the Fedora 13 beta[3] released today."

The full article is available[4]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012403.html
  3. http://press.redhat.com/2010/04/13/fedora-13-goddard-beta-blasts-off/
  4. http://ostatic.com/blog/the-joy-of-betas-fedora-13-beta-released-today

Fedora tempts fate with Apollo 13 (The Register; UK)

Adam Williamson posted[1] a link to an article from the Register from 4/13/10, which begins:

"If thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number, why tempt the Fates and launch the beta of a thirteenth version of a product on the thirteenth of the month - and on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, which damned near killed its three astronauts? And particularly when you have code-named that release "Goddard," after the American father of modern rocketry?

Well, you launch the first beta of Fedora 13 on a day like today precisely because of the triumph of intellect over superstition and - in the case of Apollo 13 and hopefully all open source software - of good engineering over bad."

The full article is available[2]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012404.html
  2. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/13/fedora_13_beta/

Fedora 13 beta released with many goodies for the enterprise (NetworkWorld)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a posting on Network World from 4/13/2010, which includes the comments:

"The popular Linux distribution, Fedora 13, has been released to its final beta and is chock full of features for enterprise use. . . . [T]he contributors to Fedora have built in many a feature to please the enterprise user who prefers a FOSS distro over a commercial one."

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012408.html

The full article is available[1]

Fedora 13 - Ubuntu's smart but less attractive cousin (The Register; UK)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[2] a link and some analysis of the following article posted to The Register on 4/13/2010, which begins:

"Review Number 13 is indeed an unlucky number for the next release of Fedora. Unfortunately for this popular distro, its beta arrives at almost the same time as the next release of Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx.

The Fedora 13 beta could get eclipsed by Ubuntu 10.04, later this month, because it lacks some of the flashy new features found in Canonical's distro that target the Linux novice and crosses into the world of mainstream consumers more than ever."

Rahul noted a couple areas for Marketing and others to think and act on:

"Perspective: We need to advertise the end user facing features more loudly. Ubuntu includes gwibber and a applet and advertises it as social networking built-in. We do have similar features: Pino is default for Fedora 13. If we can get the one page release notes effort pushed forward, it would help.

Factual corrections: Feel free to post them to the site. I don't have a account there yet. mesa-dri-drivers-experimental is not a separate driver. GNOME version is 2.30

Release notes: Does Anaconda create a separate /home only if the available space is more than 50 GB? Such details need to go into the release notes."

The full article is available[3]

  1. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/60057
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/2010-April/012410.html
  3. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/13/fedora_13_beta_review/

QualityAssurance

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

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join

Test Days

Last week's Test Day[1] was on virtualization[2]. This was mainly focused on the Fedora virtualization stack, based around KVM, libvirt, and virt-manager. A small band of hardened virtualization testers were able to expose 14 bugs, which the developers are now investigating. Thanks to everyone who came out to help with the testing.

This week is a big moment in the Test Day schedule: Graphics Test Week. There will be three Test Days focusing on the three major graphics drivers: NVIDIA Test Day on Tuesday 2010-04-13[3], ATI/AMD Test Day on Wednesday 2010-04-14[4], and Intel graphics Test Day on Thursday 2010-04-15[5]. As always, widespread graphics testing is critical to the development of these drivers. Around 75% of all bugs reported in the last Graphics Test Week have been closed (either as fixed, or as duplicates), so the information gathered isn't ignored! Testing can be done with a live image, so there's no need to have an unstable Fedora installation to do the testing, and the tests are easy to do and come with full instructions. Almost everyone has an NVIDIA, AMD/ATI or Intel graphics adapter, so please come out to help us test! The events will take place all day in the #fedora-test-day channel on Freenode IRC (if you're not sure how to use IRC, there's an instruction page[6], or you can use WebIRC[7]. If you can't make it on the day, you can still provide your results on the Wiki page before or after the event.

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].

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-04-08_Virtualization
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Virtualization
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-04-13_Nouveau
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-04-14_Radeon
  5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2010-04-15_Intel
  6. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_use_IRC
  7. http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=fedora-test-day
  8. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

Fedora 13 testing

This week saw the group wrap up Fedora 13 Beta validation testing. After the previous week's delay, the fourth[1] and fifth[2] release candidate builds for the Beta arrived during the week. Installation[3] and desktop[4] validation testing for the RC4 build were both broadly successful, but Adam Williamson realized that the build included a critical bug which would cause systems containing a certain common network adapter to be unable to boot[5], so the RC5 build provided an updated kernel to fix that issue. Adam posted a call for testing of the updated kernel[6] which drew an overwhelming response, with dozens of group members confirming the kernel worked on their systems. The group re-ran the validation tests[7], and subsequently agreed with the development and release engineering groups at the go/no-go meeting[8] that the RC5 build met all the release criteria[9] and so was suitable for release as Fedora 13 Beta. Rui He summarized the validation test results[10] and encouraged more group members to be involved in the validation testing for future releases.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089919.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089962.html
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_13_Beta_RC4_Install
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_13_Beta_RC4_Desktop
  5. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=577463
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089944.html
  7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_13_Beta_RC5_Install
  8. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2010-04-08/f-13-beta-eng-readiness.2010-04-08-00.01.html
  9. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_13_Beta_Release_Criteria
  10. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090015.html

Testing non-English keyboard layouts

Petri Laine reported[1] that he had experienced problems using a non-default keyboard mapping in Fedora 13 Beta RC5. Adam Williamson replied[2] that similar bugs had occurred during previous release periods, and then announced[3] that he had extended an installation validation test case[4] and created a desktop validation test case[5] to try to ensure that similar issues are caught in future testing rounds. Petri appended his report to an existing bug report[6] and followed up on the problem there.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089995.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089998.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090001.html
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_Anaconda_autopart_%28encrypted%29_install
  5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_desktop_login
  6. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=571900

Ensuring packages are signed

James Laska proposed[1] a new release criterion and validation test to ensure that all packages are signed with a valid Fedora GPG signature. Bill Nottingham pointed out[2] that this would not slot easily into the existing package release workflow. He also noted that Bodhi is supposed to reject un-signed packages. Jesse Keating explained[3] that this was a mash configuration option which had been disabled intentionally for initial Branched composes as some packages were known not to be signed at that time. Bill ultimately suggested[4] that the signature check should be re-enabled in the relevant mash configurations.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090025.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090026.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090028.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/090032.html

Bugzappers screencasts

At the weekly Bugzappers meeting[1], Adam Williamson noted that he had not yet forwarded Shakthi Kannan's suggestion of making Bugzapping screencasts to the mailing list. The next day, he did so[2]. Eric Lake, Chris Campbell and James Gledhill all posted in support of the idea, but no-one yet had the combination of free time and expertise to make the screencasts.

  1. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2010-04-06/fedora-meeting.2010-04-06-15.00.log.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2010-April/089972.html

AutoQA

With Fedora 13 validation testing winding down, work on AutoQA was picking up steam again, with the team working on dependency checking[1], tests[2] to implement the Package Sanity Test Plan[3], the results database idea[4] and the automated installation test plan[5].

  1. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/milestone/autoqa depcheck
  2. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/milestone/Package%20Sanity%20Tests
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Package_Sanity_Test_Plan
  4. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/milestone/Resultdb
  5. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/milestone/Automate%20installation%20test%20plan

Ambassadors

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

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

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

Fedora at Texas Linux Fest

David Duncan and Adam Miller report on Fedora's participation in the inaugural Texas Linux Fest, which took place April 10 in Austin, Texas. Max Spevack was among the speakers at the event, which had nearly 400 registrants. Among the the items at the Fedora table -- staffed by Max Spevack, David Duncan, Scott Collier, Julio Villareal, and Adam Miller -- was the ever=present OLPC XO and a tablet running Fedora 12.

David Duncan's report can be found here.

Adam Miller's report 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 https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Campus_Ambassadors

Fedora 12 is here

With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an announcement of your event on Fedora Weekly News can help get the word out. Contact FWN Ambassador correspondent Larry Cafiero at lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with announcements of upcoming events -- and don't forget to e-mail reports after the events as well.



Translation

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

Upcoming Fedora 13 Tasks

John Poelstra informed[1] the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 13. At present, besides the translation for the Fedora Guides and F13 Release Notes that are on schedule, FLP would be coordinating with the Fedora Websites team for the availability of POT/PO files for the translation of Website content.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007401.html

Fedora 13 and Beta Release Notes

Fedora Documentation team member John J. McDonough has automated the process to update the POT files for the Fedora 13 Release Notes[1].

Additionally, the Fedora 13 Beta Release Notes, along with the translations in 8 languages were updated in the Fedora Docs main page by Paul Frields and Ruediger Landmann[2].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007386.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007405.html

Request for TQSG to be Linked from the Fedora Docs Main Page

Dimitris Glezos requested[1] that the Translation Quick Start Guide (TQSG) be linked from the main documenation page of Fedora Docs (http://docs.fedoraproject.org). Currently it is linked from the 'Docs Tools' section from the left navigation bar of the main page[2].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007373.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007376.html

New Modules in translate.fedoraproject.org

certmonger[1], jargon buster[2] and Fedora Technical Notes[3] are the new modules that have been requested to be added on translate.fedoraproject.org.

Additionally, the submissions to the F12 branch of readme-burning-isos module has been disabled and submissions into the F13 branch have been opened up[4].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007368.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007390.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007407.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007398.html

Team News

Kevin Raymond (French)[1], Edmon Begoli (Croation and Bosnian)[2], Jesús Franco (French)[3] joined the Fedora Translation Project last week.

Pierros Papadeas takes over as the new coordinator for the Greek Team from Dimitris Glezos[4].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007406.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007400.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007393.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-April/007375.html

Artwork

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

Fedora 13 Wallpaper

Kyle Baker debuted[1] on the Design Team with an improved version of the wallpaper concept for Fedora 13 "My first submissions for the Fedora project are iterations of the F13 backgrounds", his work was well liked and Paul Frields proposed[2] to be used as default "I really love it and would like the Design team to consider it for the final release", a proposal endorsed by other members. Only Martin Sourada reminded[3] about the need for large resolutions "For final release we need something close 2048x1536 for 4:3 and 1920x1200 for wide [16:10] screens"

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-April/002204.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-April/002206.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-April/002214.html

User experience designers

Paul Frields announced[1] a piece he is writing[2] "I've been working on a write up for the strategic working group regarding UX design, and I want to make sure I'm clearly stating the role of the Fedora Design team and how they interact with other groups" and asked the team for input.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/design-team/2010-April/002182.html
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User_experience_designers

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 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories

Fedora 11 Security Advisories