- 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 140
- 1.1 Announcements
- 1.2 Planet Fedora
- 1.3 Ambassadors
- 1.4 Infrastructure
- 1.5 securing FAS certs
- 1.6 Artwork
- 1.7 Security Advisories
Fedora Weekly News Issue 140
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 140 for the week ending August 24, 2008.
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In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project.
Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
Fedora Infrastructure's ongoing issues
Paul Frields continued to post periodic updates about Fedora Infrastructure.
"Our team has been hard at work for several days now, restoring services in the Fedora infrastructure. We started with what we identified as Fedora's "critical path," those systems required to restore minimum daily operation. That work to be completely finished by the end of the day. We then move on to our other value services to complete them as soon as possible."
On August 22nd, a more complete report was published. Rather than excerpt it here, Fedora Weekly News encourages readers to review the entire announcement.
Finally, Dennis Gilmore announced that "effective immediately we have replaced the CA that is in use for cvs.fedoraproject.org and koji.fedoraproject.org This effects uploading to lookaside cache and building packages."
Seth Vidal explained that "a number of addresses @fedoraproject.org there were windows when those email addresses would have bounced reporting that the address did not exist."
He goes on to say that the problem has been corrected, but anyone who wants the details should read the full message.
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
This week on Planet Fedora...
- Mairin Duffy posted another draft of the Gears/Steampunk proposed wallpaper, and also  reminded everyone that the "deadline for round 2 of the Fedora 10 artwork process is 1 September 2008."
- Rex Dieter wrote several posts about his trip to Akademy, the KDE uber-conference which was held this year in Brussels.
- Paul Frields announced the Fedora Scholarship program.
"Now it’s finally official: a Fedora Scholarship. A while back, we started talking about ways to identify and cultivate young contributors to Fedora. We are starting to see more and more young people taking the opportunity to be full participants in the open source world. As part of our mission to develop a culture of contribution in FOSS and not just consumption, we want to identify and reward those individuals.
One way we can do this is through the incentive of scholarship funds. This year we started the Fedora Scholarship to lead that effort. The inaugural winner, Ricky Zhou, is someone that many people may know from his exceptional work on our websites and infrastructure."
- Karsten Wade has written a two excellent posts about the need for a Fedora CMS. His posts cover the differences between a CMS and a wiki, general requirements for any CMS that we choose, as well as a discussion of the scope of the project. Suggested reading for any members of the websites or documentation projects.
In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: JeffreyTadlock
Updated Q3 Budget Draft
Max Spevack posted  an updated draft for the upcoming Q3 budget. The draft attempts to give more discretionary funds to North America, address concerns for FAD EMEA and leave a small amount in reserve for additional Q3 expenses that arise. Review the mailing list post for the detailed view.
North America Polo Shirt Order - Round Two
Pascal Calarco is ready to start a second round of ordering for Ambassador Polos as announced on the Fedora Ambassador mailing list . There is also additional information in the wiki .
Help Wanted: Austria LinuxDay 2008
Fabian Affolter posted  a request for help to organize a Fedora booth at the Austria LinuxDay 2008. The event is November 29, 2008 and expected attendance is 1000 visitors. If you are in the area and can attend, contact Fabian Affolter.
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-infrastructure-list
Contributing Writer: HuzaifaSidhpurwala
So everyone is aware
Mike McGrath writes for fedora-infrastructure-list 
This is the first notice when came out to the community that there will be outages and a lot of the servers are being rebuild. Mike pointed to the mail on fedora-announce-list 
securing FAS certs
Toshio Kuratomi writes for fedora-infrastructure-list 
The Fedora Certificates issued by FAS are currently set to be autogenerated if you have an account in FAS. This has one drawback. We have to keep the password for the CA keys that sign the FAS certificates in a file on the filesystem so that the automatic signing can use them. Toshio suggested that we use a system which utilizes human interaction to sign the certs.
In this section, we cover the Fedora Artwork Project.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
One Canvas Workflow
MartinSourada talked on the Fedora Art list about the One Canvas Workflow: "I think we need to be up to date with technology, so I started downloading the One Canvas Workflow screencast by jimmac. I haven't tried it yet (but going to do so very soon), but from the people who already tried it and shared their thoughts about it, it seems like it would be improvement for the Echo Icon Theme creation workflow".
And quickly after this he presented the first icons created using this process, an opportunity to introduce icons at a very large size (256x256px) and with an increased amount of details.
Editor's note: One Canvas Workflow is an improved way to create multiple icon size in one single sheet, advocated by the famous designer and GNOME hacker Jackub Steiner "jimmac".
Fedora Art Team Monthly Picks
MairinDuffy proposed an initiative: "maybe the Fedora Art Team could do a monthly art pack (kind of along the likes of the iCE and ACiD art groups' monthly art packs) that would be a selection of say the top 10 best art works producing using Fedora (inkscape, gimp, etc., it just has to be software that's available in Fedora used to produce it.)", with the intention to promote the works created by the member of the team: "I think this might be a good way of getting more recognition to our artists as well as to what Fedora can do".
The talk is open for details about the technical implementation.
Round 2 theming developments
With the deadline for the second round for theming the upcoming Fedora 10, a number of theme proposals received updates: Gears, Solar and InvinXible and each of them is under evolution in the remaining week.
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: David Nalley
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