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Fedora Weekly News Issue 263

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 263[1] for the week ending February 16, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

In announcements from the Fedora Project, details of Planet Edited, mass rebuild and mass rebranching status updates, and pointers to Fedora events globally. In Ambassador news, coverage of traffic from the Ambassador and FAmSCo lists, and pointers to the most recent FAmSCo board minutes. In Quality Assurance news, details of the most recent Test Day on FreeIPA v2, and upcoming Test Day on Xfce 4.8, as well as outcomes from an AutoQA workshop in Brno, Test Day SOP improvements, and Fedora 15 Alpha preparations. In Translation news, details of a recent meeting to decision moving the Fedora Translation infrastructure to Transifex.net, a call for contributors to work on Fedora Insight translation, and new members of the Fedora Localization Project. Our issue wraps up with the latest in security advisories for Fedora 13 and 14. Enjoy!

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!

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue263
  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

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. Please, visit the past announcements at[1]

  1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/announce

Planet Edited is UP!

Andrea Veri[1] on Fri Feb 11 16:07:51 UTC 2011 announced[2] that she was glad to announce that Planet Edited is up! She also added

"Here some bits from the wiki page available at[3]:

Planet Edited was born having one idea in mind: setting up a blog aggregator software that should contain only Fedora-related material and posts. The adjective edited came from the fact that this planet will be maintained and edited by a group of people (the editors), that will make sure appropriate and relevant content gets posted.

Edited is now available at the following URL[4]. It obviously contain no feeds at the moment, but we are now ready to make it rock by adding some fresh new content.

Thanks in advance and see you on Edited!"

  1. Andrea Veri av at gnome.org
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2011-February/002923.html
  3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Planet_Edited
  4. http://planet.fedoraproject.org/edited

Fedora Development News

The development list[1] is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora development.

Acceptable Types of Announcements

  • Policy or process changes that affect developers.
  • Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
  • Tools changes that affect developers.
  • Schedule changes
  • Freeze reminders

Unacceptable Types of Announcements

  • Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
  • Discussion
  • Anything else not mentioned above
  1. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/devel-announce

Mass Rebuild and Mass branching status update

Dennis Gilmore[1] on Thu Feb 10 21:01:28 UTC 2011 announced[2],

"The first pass though the mass rebuild has been completed

failures can be found at [3] and the list of all things not built yet at [4] there is ~400 packages that rpm-4.9.0 failed to parse the spec files.

the couple I've looked at so far are due to unsupported macro use.


We have also mass branched everything. you will now need to use bodhi to push updates in.

Thanks for your patience, please bring up any issues that you see."

  1. Dennis Gilmore dennis at ausil.us
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2011-February/000753.html
  3. http://ausil.fedorapeople.org/failed.html
  4. http://ausil.fedorapeople.org/rebuild.html

Fedora Events

Fedora events are the exclusive and 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 (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)

  • 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_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_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.

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 no new members join.

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Tristan Santore responded [1] to a thread about a single DVD of Desktop Spins vs 4 CDs of Desktop Spins expressing a personal wish to see dual layer media in line with the availability and affordability of DVD drives with dual layer write capabilities.

Christoph Wickert explained [2] the long delay in obtaining approval for the multi-desktop DVD and informed about the current efforts with the media production company to enable availability in around 3 weeks. In response to questions raised further in the thread [3], Christoph provided an URL [4] containing details about this effort

Vinzenz Vietzke informed [5] about the availability of OLPC hardware in connection with a Linux event in Souther Germany. Christoph Wickert provided [6] details about those who have an OLPC with them.

Gerold Kassube posted [7] a link to fosdem 2k11 - A film about FOSDEM 2011

Larry Cafiero posted [8] about a 2XL Fedora Ambassadors Polo Shirt being available to Ambassadors in NA in return for a compelling reason as to why the specific Ambassador would receive the shirt

David Ramsey informed [9] about the 2011 RHCP of the Year Awards [10] and, the FreeIPA v2 [11] and XFCE 4.8 [12] test days

Joerg Simon wrote [13] about the role of the Ambassador Group and FAmSCo especially as seen within The Fedora Project. The thread [14] has feedback and suggestions from Ambassadors around the ideas expressed by him.

Harpreet Singh provided an introduction [15] to the Fedora Ambassadors. Danishka Navin pointed [16] to the India list [17] as a place to receive further guidance and help.

Caius Chance posted [18] Minutes of FAmSCo meeting on 2011-02-12 [19]

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016939.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016945.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/thread.html#16939
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Cwickert/MultiDesktopDVD
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016941.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016944.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016950.html
  8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016953.html
  9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016954.html
  10. http://www.redhat.com/summit/awards/rhcp/
  11. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-02-15_FreeIPAv2
  12. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-02-17_Xfce
  13. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016962.html
  14. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/thread.html#16962
  15. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016964.html
  16. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016965.html
  17. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/india
  18. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016981.html
  19. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-02-12/famsco.2011-02-12-13.22.html

Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list

Angel reported [1] on the Linux Boot Campaign 1.0 and, the Fedora 14 Release Party [2]

Nilesh Vaghela reported [3] on the Open Source | Linux | Fedora Installation Workshop at SAL Engineering College, Ahmedabad

Shakthi Kannan reported [4] on the GNUnify 2011 event at Pune, India

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016988.html
  2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/ReleaseParty/F14/2010_BLUA_Grand_Release_Party
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016989.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2011-February/016991.html

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Max Spevack reported [1] about a FAmSCo Budget Ticket Triage done along with Pierros Papadeas and status(es) assigned to each ticket [2]

Max Spevack reported [3] about completing work around the current year's budget.

Igor Pires Soares followed up [4] with updating the budget section of the FAmSCo report for January.

Max Spevack further added [5] the updating of the budget through February 2011 with more expenses being filed.

Pierros Papadeas announced [6] adding Harish Pillay to the FAmSCo list as part of his responsibilities as a budget coordinator for APAC

Joerg Simon wrote [7] about the role of the Ambassador Group and FAmSCo especially as seen within The Fedora Project.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000661.html
  2. https://fedorahosted.org/famsco/query?status=new&status=assigned&status=reopened&group=owner&order=summary
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000662.html
  4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000669.html
  5. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000671.html
  6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000664.html
  7. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2011-February/000670.html

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

No Test Day took place last week due to the delay of the FreeIPA Test Day. This week two Test Days are taking place.

Tuesday 2011-02-15 was FreeIPA v2[1] Test Day[2]. IPA is an identity server, and 2.0 is a major revision due to land in Fedora 15. The Test Day focused on checking that all the major changes work as intended. A small group of testers attended the event and exposed several issues, which the developers are now working on.

Thursday 2011-02-17 is Xfce 4.8[3] Test Day[4], where we are testing out all the new features of this major Xfce release and ensuring there are no regressions. A full report on the event will be printed next week.

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/FreeIPAv2
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-02-15_FreeIPAv2
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Xfce48
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2011-02-17_Xfce

AutoQA

Kamil Paral reported that he had conducted an AutoQA workshop at the Developer Conference event[1] in Brno[2]. He also published the sample workshop material[3].

  1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DeveloperConference2011
  2. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2011-February/001623.html
  3. http://kparal.fedorapeople.org/autoqa/doctest.tar.xz

Test Day SOP improvements

Adam Williamson proposed an update[1] to the Test Day management SOP[2], adding a paragraph recommending the creation of a 'how to debug' page for the component being tested. This was the result of a suggestion at the previous weekly meeting by Jóhann Guðmundsson.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-February/096978.html
  2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/SOP_Test_Day_management

Fedora 15 Alpha preparation

Preparation for the release of Fedora 15 Alpha began in earnest this week. The first test compose was released[1] and the first blocker review meeting took place[2]. TC1 testing identified some major issues in both installation[3] and desktop[4] areas.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-February/096917.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/test/2011-February/096955.html
  3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_15_Alpha_TC1_Install
  4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_15_Alpha_TC1_Desktop


Translation

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

FLP Infrastructure to Move to Transifex.net

Members of the FLP, Fedora Infrastructure, Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith and Paul Frields met on 15th February 2011[1] to discuss about the proposal to move the Fedora Translation infrastructure to Transifex.net. It was unanimously accepted that the current infrastructure cannot be maintained at present due to the lack of administrative resources and the move to Transifex.net accepted. Further meetings with the other affected groups - Fedora Devel, Fedora Documentation team have also been scheduled. Dimitris Glezos would be leading the migration effort[2] with other members of the FLP pitching in for the additional tasks[3].

The migration has been marked as a major priority to be put in place for Fedora 15 Translation. As the string freeze date coincided with the meeting date, there are fears that the translation time may be reduced for the translators.

Concerns were also raised by several members. FLSCo member Noriko and Runa suggested that an exit plan be also put in place to keep open the option to host the infrastructure on Fedora Servers again in future.

Full meeting log is here[4].


  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008596.html
  2. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/2605
  3. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-02-15/fedora-meeting.2011-02-15-13.00.html
  4. http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting/2011-02-15/fedora-meeting.2011-02-15-13.00.log.html


Insight Translation Proposal

Andrea Veri from the Fedora Insight team has requested volunteers from Fedora Localization Project to help with the translation of the contents on the portal[1]. At present, this content cannot be translated using the Transifex instance on translate.fedoraproject.org due to technical reasons[2].

Additionally, Andrea also called for contributions[3] from Localization teams, for the new blog aggregator at Planet Edited[4].

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008592.html
  2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008610.html
  3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008615.html
  4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Planet_Edited

Proposal for a FAS Group for Experienced Translators

Piotr Drąg has put forward a proposal[1] to create a new FAS group for translators with advanced experience, who would be allowed to commit directly into the backend repositories for the Fedora Packages. This would allow members from the FLP to quicky fix L10n related problems.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008612.html

New Members in FLP

Danny Stieben (German)[1] joined the FLP recently.

  1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2011-February/008590.html

Security Advisories

In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce from the past week.

http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories