Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
Breaking News of the Week and Month
[Guidelines Change] Changes to the Packaging Guidelines
"A new section has been added to the SysV Initscripts section, discussing the proper use of subsys locking. Even though Fedora packages should no longer be using SysV Initscripts as a primary service mechanism, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and EPEL do. Additionally, Red Hat points partners to the Fedora Guidelines when they build for RHEL. 
The review guidelines now reflect the use of sha256sum (instead of md5sum) to confirm upstream source integrity. 
The PHP Packaging guidelines have been updated to include guidance about when it is appropriate to have an explicit Requires on httpd & mod_php, how to handle explicit Requires on PHP extensions, and how to handle a Requires for a minimum PHP version.   
A new section on Macros has been added to the Packaging Guidelines, covering Packaging of Additional RPM Macros. 
A new section on the Documentation= field in systemd unit files (F17+) has been added. 
A short section on the Group tag in Fedora packages has been added. All current versions of Fedora (and their respective RPM versions) treat the Group tag as optional. Packages may include a Group: field for compatibility with EPEL, but are not required to do so. 
The RHEL conditionalization has been removed from the Python3 example spec file, as it is no longer valid. 
These guidelines (and changes) were approved by the Fedora Packaging Committee (FPC).
Many thanks to Remi Collet, David Malcolm, Vit Ondruch, Lennart Poettering, Michael Scherer, Dave Sullivan, and all of the members of the FPC, for assisting in drafting, refining, and passing these guidelines.
As a reminder: The Fedora Packaging Guidelines are living documents! If you find something missing, incorrect, or in need of revision, you can suggest a draft change. The procedure for this is documented here: "
- Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
FUDCon Paris Updates: Subsidy requests opening, hotel reminders
"Greetings! (...or perhaps I should say.... bonjour!)
I'd like to share a few reminders and announcements regarding the upcoming FUDCon in Paris, France, on October 13-15, 2012.
If you are planning to attend FUDCon and need a travel subsidy to do so, the ticketing system is now open for those requests. Requests will be accepted through August 15, 2012. Please note that funding requests without a ticket will not be considered. Preference will be given to attendees from the EMEA region who are actively contributing to Fedora, and have detailed their participation plans for FUDCon in their request.
To place a subsidy request, please follow these steps:
Additionally, a few notes regarding the hotel in Paris:
There are other events in Paris during this time period; most notably, our first day of FUDCon will be taking place at the Open World Forum conference, on the day in which the public is encouraged to participate in and learn about open source projects. OWF had nearly 2000 attendees last year. Accordingly, rooms might be in short supply as we approach FUDCon; please, book your hotel as soon as possible, not only for affordability purposes, but also so that you have a bed to sleep in. :)
We currently have a rate of EUR81 per night at the ibis Paris La Vilette Cite des Sciencesfor the nights of the 12th, 13th, and 14th of October. However, this rate will expire at the end of August, and any remaining rooms in our block will expire.
For instructions on booking your hotel, please read the Lodging/Hotel section of the FUDCon: Paris wiki: "
- rbergero at redhat.com
Fedora Infrastructure announces status.fedoraproject.org
"I'm happy to announce the general availability of our status.fedoraproject.org site.
This site provides an easy way for Fedora contributors and users to check on the status of services provided by Fedora Infrastructure.
The site auto reloads every minute, and also provides a rss feed at .
If you run into a problem or issue that is not reflected at status.fedoraproject.org, please do report it to us in #fedora-admin on irc.freenode.net or via ticket at  We update the site status information manually so we need to be aware of the issue in order to keep the site accurate.
As with everything in Fedora Infrastructure, this application is open source. Source is available from: Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag to avoid any issues with outages in our infrastructure affecting status reporting. "
- kevin at scrye.com
- http://status.fedoraproject.org/changes.rss of any changes
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