Fedora Weekly News Issue 246
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 246 for the week ending October 6, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue opens with news from the Marketing team's list discussion over the past week, with much work around Fedora 14 marketing tasks. We have one press piece in Fedora In the News this week, focusing on a recent interview with Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith. In Fedora Ambassadors news, a summary of list discussion from this past week, as well as coverage of FAmSCo traffic and some new Ambassadors! Quality Assurance brings us up to date with recent Test Days outcomes on systemd, anaconda translations, graphics test week, and the upcoming Test Day on OpenLDAP with the NSS security library. Also in this issue, a summary of Fedora 14 beta testing, proven testers, and work on some new release criteria. In Translation news, a revuew of upcoming Fedora 14 tasks, several changes in modules for translation, and new members and sponsors for the Fedora Localization Project. In Design team news, work on an icon set from a new contributor, a summary of release graphics, and a change in leadership for the Design Suite. This issue rounds out with security advisories released in the last week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14. Enjoy!
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In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-09-29 to 2010-10-05.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Paul W. Frields was looking to coordinate features profiles articles with Red Hat press blog. Kara Schiltz pointed out some openings for October 21 and 28. Robyn Bergeron pointed out that EC2 and mini-SIG are under work, but also expressed need for some one to make a feature profile on developer tools. Paul said he was already working on it.
Fedora In the News
"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.
Until now, the most recent Fedora release available for EC2 users has been Fedora 8 - if you wanted a more recent version of Fedora on an EC2 instance you'd have to install it yourself. Thankfully, once Fedora 14 is finalized and released, that will no longer be the case."
"This release will also see the expansion of Fedora's netbook "spin" - as the Fedora project calls them - integrating MeeGo for mobile devices. For most users that means netbooks, though MeeGo is designed to support multiple platforms - think in-dash car systems, handsets and more."
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 couple of new members joining.
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Christoph Wikcert posted  initial thoughts around media production for Fedora 14 release in the EMEA region
Saadeddine AlSaidi posted  an off topic mail about Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) introduced in the US
Sascha Thomas Spreitzer wondered  if it would be a good idea to replace the current 4 CDs of Desktop Spin with a single DVD that contains all the spins. Sascha cited possible savings due to mass production. There was further discussion on the thread  about this idea along side discussion on re-spins.
David Ramsey posted  meeting notes from the APAC meeting on 2010-10-03
John Poelstra posted  about upcoming tasks around Fedora 14
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
The QA section returns this week after a month's absence, for which I apologize! At first I was busy with Fedora 14 Beta work, and for the last two weeks I simply missed the deadline. If anyone would like to help write the QA beat so this doesn't happen in future, please do get in touch, I'd welcome the help.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
Since the last issue, there have been Test Days for systemd (recap), anaconda non-English translations and keyboard layouts (recap), virtualization, and the Graphics Test Week, including nouveau, radeon, and intel (recap). See the recaps for details on each event, but they were all broadly successful in exposing bugs to be fixed for the Fedora 14 release.
Next week's Test Day on 2010-10-14 will be 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. The Test Day will focus on ensuring that OpenLDAP with NSS behaves exactly as OpenLDAP with OpenSSL did. If you're an OpenLDAP user, please come along to the Test Day and help ensure there are no nasty surprises with OpenLDAP in Fedora 14! As always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel. You can help out with testing using a virtual machine, so there's no need to alter your main system.
This will be the last Test Day of the Fedora 14 cycle. 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 Beta testing
The group has been busy for the last month or so with Fedora 14 Beta validation and testing. We performed validation testing on TC1, RC1, RC2 and RC3, with many community members contributing extensive testing. Eventually we declared that RC3 had passed installation validation testing and desktop validation testing (including all four primary desktops), and along with the development and release engineering groups, approved the release of RC3 as Fedora 14 Beta at the go/no-go meeting of 2010-09-22.
Adam Williamson announced a proven testers procedure clarification: if an update does not fix a bug it claims to fix, but otherwise works correctly and has other changes which do work, proven testers should not file negative karma against that update.
James Laska proposed some new release criteria defining when artwork should be ready for each Fedora release. John Dulaney and Adam Williamson responded positively, so James pushed the change to the Wiki.
Adam Williamson proposed a new release criterion requiring there to be no unintentional conflicts or unresolved dependencies in the entire package repository frozen for release. This was proposed on behalf of release engineering following discussion at a blocker meeting. Some felt this was too high a standard to aim for. After some discussion, Bill Nottingham stated that "I'd be willing to extend/change this such that trees are tested for broken dependencies, all broken dependencies are filed, and these tickets are attached to the nice-to-have tracker".
Nice-to-have bug process
Adam Williamson submitted a proposal for a formal process for handling nice-to-have bugs; those bugs that do not block a given release but for which fixes will be taken during the freeze period for that release. James Laska responded with some suggested modifications.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 14 Tasks
Changes in Modules for Translation
'Python for You and Me', 'Storage Administration Guide (Fedora 14)' have been added to translate.fedoraproject.org to accept translations. Additionally, translations have been opened for Fedora 14 branch of the Accessibility Guide and Installation Guide and translations into the Fedora 13 branch of the 'Security Guide' has been stopped.
Seapplet Translations Require Updations
A patch submitted by Ville-Pekka Vainio fixed a problem that prevented the seapplet to use the available translations. An update in the PO files and this patch has added a few more strings for which translations need to be updated.
Delay in Website Translation Start Date Requested
New Members and Sponsors in FLP
[[User:Lenormand | Guillaume Bonnoron] (French), Tomasz Karpowicz (Polish), Antonio Trande (Italian), Anatolyi Romsa (Ukranian, Russian), joined the Fedora Localization Project recently. Also, the Russian team has a new coordinator Misha Snurapet, who takes over from Yulia Poyarkova.
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
When Bryan Nielsen, as a new contributor, tried his hand  at a first task "I was looking for a simple ticket item that I could tackle and ticket #99 does not have an owner and looked like something I could handle", Jakub Steiner, the team's guru in icon design, stepped in with useful advices "Indeed, the workflow goes like this - create the highres, scale it down for 48x48, remove all the detail that won't render. Get rid of all the mask tricks, put 1px strokes in place. Make sure everything snaps to the pixel grid (snap to bounding box in inkscape). Once 48x48 is down, repeat for smaller sizes. Once done, edit the icon name and context in the baseplate layer, hide the baseplate layer and render the icon with `./render-icon-theme.py icon-name`" and after a number of iterations Bryan achieved a good result.
Media artwork (CD/DVD sleeves and labels) are one of the lasts items needing to be done before the Fedora 14 release so Alexander Smirnov proposed a design "It's my proposal for create DVD/CD sleeve artwork. This concept based on our new branding font Comfortaa and Cantarel." After a suggestion by Máirín Duffy he removed the GNOME logo and improved the text layout. Alexander even created physical products and provided photos "I created real sleeve for preview (photo from my mobile phone)." Marc Stewart built his own version on Alexander's layout "I am indebted to Alexander for posting his designs. Up until a few hours ago, I felt there was something missing from mine, and have shamelessly stolen the overlay and front logo, and moved the front details from the bottom-left over to the right as a consequence of incorporating these elements."
Design Suite Leadership
Chris Jones announced his resignation as a co-maintainer of the Fedora Design Suite "This is by no means good bye for me and my Fedora and Fedora Design Suite Spin Development contributions. It's simply a change of position to something more suited to my current choices and availabilities", Nicu Buculei made the case for a better collaboration "I think it would have been helpful if all of you sat down together (at the weekly IRC Design Team meetings would be a perfect opportunity), talk and fine tune your vision", Pierros Papadeas acknowledged his share "I really feel that I should apologize for not being responsive the past couple of months, as I have tremendous pressure from my school and job. I am feeling deeply sorry about that" and Chris reiterated talk did happen, but not in public "I should probably have mentioned that all three of us did have email contact and our own meetings away from the mailing list and out of public discussion."
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
- seamonkey-2.0.8-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/049002.html
- openswan-2.6.29-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/048999.html
- cgit-0.8.2.1-4.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/048993.html
- clamav-0.96.3-1400.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/048974.html
- mysql-5.1.50-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/048881.html
- mantis-1.1.8-4.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/048548.html
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- mysql-5.1.50-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-October/048788.html
- mantis-1.1.8-4.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/048659.html
Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- mantis-1.1.8-4.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/048639.html
- php-pecl-apc-3.1.4-2.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/048630.html