Fedora Weekly News Issue 241
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 241 for the week ending September 1, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue begins with some announcements from the Fedora Project, including details on Fedora trademark defense and how you can help, development updates to Fedora 14 and upcoming Fedora events. News from the Fedora Planet is next, including announcement of the recent free software status change for glibc, libguestfs for SUSE and Ubuntu, an update on the Fedora Summer Coding project, and coverage of last week's IRC Fedora Board meeting. In Ambassador news, new Ambassadors joining the team and a summary of the traffic from the Ambassador and FAmScO list from this past week. In news from the Quality Assurance team, results from last week's Test Day on OpenSCAP, details on this week's Test Day on preupgrade and next week's on systemd, as well as coverage of Fedora 14 blocker review. In Translation news, details on upcoming Fedora 14 task for the team, discussion of problems related to statistics display on t.fp.o, and new members and sponsors for the Fedora Localization Project. In Design Team updates, word on the supplemental wallpaper voting results and discussion of a slogan for the website. Our issue finishes off with security advisories for Fedora 12, 13 and 14 from this past week. Enjoy!
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Fedora Announcement News
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Board IRC Meeting :: Fri 2010-08-27 at UTC 18:00 in #fedora-board-meeting
"Sorry for the late announcement... The Fedora Board is having a public IRC meeting today in #fedora-board-meeting at UTC 18:00 (2:00pm EDT, 11:00am PDT).
We'll follow the same protocol as we did on the August 13th meeting, as is explain here:.
The entire meeting will be dedicated to Questions and Answers. We're going to limit any single question to eight minutes, so that we can cover as many questions as possible in the 60 minutes we have available. In the interest of rapid responses, the Board members will be encouraged to respond at will to questions, as we did in the previous meeting."
- Jared K. Smith jsmith at fedoraproject.org
Trademark defense -- you can help!
Paul W. Frields on Tue Aug 31 15:23:27 UTC 2010 announced that Red Hat Legal provides numerous services as counsel to the Fedora community, including defending Fedora trademarks against possible encroachment. On his announcement, he also mentioned,
"Occasionally, people who have no connection to our community attempt to use the Fedora trademark to signify business efforts that have no connection to the Fedora Project, our distribution, or the Fedora community.
Red Hat Legal is currently working on just such a defense. They've asked me to pass on a request for assistance in gathering physical evidence of our use of the Fedora logo worldwide prior to *January 30, 2007*.
Here's what Red Hat Legal needs. Please read this description carefully, and DO NOT REPLY to this list with attachments. That will keep the list usable by its many subscribers. Please reply directly to the addresses listed at the bottom of this email, and only if you have something that meets one or more of these criteria.
- An item bearing the current Fedora logo that was produced or available in China prior to January 30, 2007 is optimal, but anything available worldwide would suffice.
- Tangible objects -- paper brochures, CDs, buttons, mousepads, balloons, webpage printouts with a print date from before 30 January, 2007, T-shirts, etc. -- that were in existence before that date. For example, a T-shirt that says "Fedora 2005" on it would be good, or perhaps one with just a release number that's before January 30, 2007.
- We have a Fedora 5 CD, but any others from before 30 January 2007 would be good. (AFAIK Fedora Core 6 is the only other applicable release, since FC5-FC6 were the two distros we produced with the logo prior to January 30, 2007.)
...plus any other magazines, ads, news articles, etc. from before January 30, 2007 that talk about Fedora.
If it's not obvious from the object itself what the date is, Red Hat Legal may ask you to sign an affidavit explaining what the object is and how you know it existed before January 30, 2007.
Again, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS LIST WITH ATTACHMENTS.
Photos or scans of anything like CD's, T-shirts, keyrings, mouse pads, etc. are acceptable. You can email these directly to edutton at redhat dot com
If the item is paper (like the magazine), you can mail it directly to:
Erin Dutton Red Hat Legal Department Attention: Fedora TM items 1801 Varsity Drive Raleigh, NC 27606
- Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Fedora Development News
The fedora development news list 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
dist-f14-updates-testing tag/untag koji notices
"You may have noticed notices landing in your mailbox today similar to: foo-1.0-2.fc14 successfully untagged from dist-f14-updates-testing by rdieter
You should be able to safely ignore all those, as the mess I caused trying to clean up some koji tags got sorted out. My apologies."
- Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Request compose of image for Software Review UI from Releng
"Hi Release Engineering team
F14 collection packages should be built with latest translation by today, 26-Aug. Could you please kindly compose the image with those latest packages for software translation review?
Translators are scheduled to have review and correct software translation in built UI between 2010-08-30 to 2010-09-07 (deadline).
Thank you so much for you help."
- noriko noriko at fedoraproject.org
Orphan packages retired for F-14 (and rawhide)
"In accordance with the normal process, the following packages have been orphaned for Fedora 14 and rawhide.
- Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Important note about FAS Certs and lookaside cache
"The short version (as paraphrased by tibbs):
20:01 < tibbs|h> nss-3.12.6-7 doesn't work, 3.12.6-12 works.
The longer version: A recent update to fas included an upgrade of the OS to the RHEL6 alpha. One unintended consequence of this is we're now generating pkcs#8 keys instead of rsa. This caused some older nss libraries to function differently which caused lookaside cache uploads to fail (lookaside is where the tarballs go when you build a new package).
So, if you're finding yourself unable to upload to lookaside cache. Make sure you update your version of nss. (F13 should be available now, F12 recently got enough karma to push and it should be available soon).
Sorry for the inconvenience."
- Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
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 (Sept 2010 - November 2010)
- North America (NA)
- Central & South America (LATAM) 
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
- India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
Archive of Past Fedora Events
- 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.
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Karsten Wade has started planning for future student programs like the Fedora Summer Coding. "We’re not sticking to summer in one hemisphere and we’re already doing projects that are beyond code. Students Contributing is descriptive of what we’re doing."
Stephen Smoogen wrote about the role of Fedora, and how the perceptions of it have changed. "For a long time I was under the impression that Fedora was the replacement for Red Hat Linux...Fedora began to morph into a distribution for Innovators by Innovators."
Jon Masters suggested a number of things that could benefit Fedora. "Fedora doesn’t suck, but it could be a lot more useful to a lot more people...Policy, feedback, goals, all of these things will determine how many of the things I would like to see are feasible, in line with Fedora’s longer term vision, and so forth. So let’s see a very specific vision and direction and all be much happier for it."
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
The Fedora Ambassadors Project saw a couple of new Ambassadors joining in after undergoing to mentoring process.
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Bert Desmet informed  about the dates for Fosdem  and hoped to see a large Fedora group again. Gerard Braad expressed hope  that he may be able to arrange a trip for the event. Paul W Frields informed  that the budget exists to enable The Fedora Project Leader to make the trip.
John wanted to know  the status of Fedora Swag for Software Freedom Day celebrations in Dallas. David Duncan stated  that since the wiki did not indicate an owner, he would go ahead and take ownership to do the necessary coordination.
Manuel Escudero shared news  about an appliance for musicians and music production called Synthelos Linux . Frank Murphy provided the URL to the page about Audion Creation Spin Development . Kris Thomsen volunteered  to help.
Daniel VanStone informed  about an event  in Arlington, Texas and requested  those in or, near the area to join. David Duncan responded  stating that he would be at the Python Convention in Waco with Fedora goodies.
Manuel Escudero posted  about being unable to run the latest Skype release because if requires the "1:4.6" Qt libraries and asked whether that meant not having Skype in Fedora 14 KDE Spin. Scott Dowdle pointed out  that Skype does work with Fedora 13 and KDE available from the official repositories. Mathieu Bridon responded  that the issue was more appropriate for the Fedora users mailing list  Ryan Rix explained  the Skype issue in a bit more detail
Continuing on the fedoracommunity.org portal design, Gianluca Sforna compared  about finding Regional Team resources via ubuntu.com and, the current Fedora infrastructure. Máirín Duffy joined  the discussion asking as to whether there are more websites that would require linking to.
Max Spevack informed  that the event organizers should check the availability of power for the Fedora table at the Ohio Linux Fest. Ben Williams confirmed  about such a check and stated that the Red Hat and Fedora exhibits are side-by-side.
Bert Desment wondered  if, looking at past attendee trends, Fosdem could have a structure like FUDCon thus making it easier for people to request sponsorship.
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
This week we take a break from reporting on FAmSCo meetings and instead, post a summary of the traffic on the mailing list.
Mustafa replied  mentioned about his confusion and requesting guidance about procedures.
Paul W Frields suggested  that the Planet be fed with a category/feed specific to Fedora thus allowing Mustafa to use his blog in the manner he is comfortable while at the same time not contravening, however, inadvertently, any guidelines of posting.
Joerg Simon proposed  that the Ambassador Mentors organize a meeting the first Monday every two months starting 06-09-2010 at 1900. An agenda  has also been posted. This is a direct outcome of the Mentoring Survey.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
Last week's Test Day, held on 2010-08-26, was on OpenSCAP, an open implementation of SCAP, which aims to provide a standardized approach to maintaining the security of systems. There was a good turnout for the Test Day, and it was successful in discovering five significant bugs for the developers to work on, one of which has already been fixed.
This week's Test Day on 2010-09-02 will be on preupgrade, the Fedora in-place upgrade system. This is always an important test day as we attempt to ensure the upgrade mechanisms for the next release work as expected. As upgrading is a complex process and highly dependent on the installed system, it would help to have as many testers as possible to help track down any bugs we can find. As always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel. You will need to have an installed Fedora 13 system you don't mind hurting in order to help out with the testing - but remember, testing in a virtual machine is easy and non-destructive!
Next week's Test Day on 2010-09-09 will be on systemd, the new initialization system being introduced in Fedora 14. This is a major change which will affect every user of Fedora 14, so it would help to have as many testers as possible to help track down any bugs we can find. As always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel. You can help out with testing using a live image or a virtual machine, so there's no need to alter your main system. Please drop by and help test systemd if you can!
If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 14 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac.
Fedora 14 Beta blocker review
The first blocker review meeting for Fedora 14 Beta took place on Friday 2010-08-27, and James Laska posted a recap. The group considered the eight open blockers for the Beta release and accepted two, rejected two, and left four on the list without confirming them, pending further information.
Vojtěch Aschenbrenner improved the upgrade path test to run automatically on post-bodhi-hook and to improve the output format.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 14 Tasks
Problems Related to Statistics Display on translate.fedoraproject.org
After multiple complaints (including non-availability of files) on the fedora-translation mailing list about errors in the translation statistics on translate.fedoraproject.org, Diego and Piotr removed the deprecated projects and releases from the list of projects that are refreshed during a translation statistic update. The statistics refresh process was being stalled when it encountered some of these deprecated projects. The list of these packages are still available for historical information.
Earlier, a delayed update of the statistics for initscripts created much confusion about a string freeze break.
Image File for Translation Review Prepared
Fedora Release Engineering team has released an image file, which can be used by the Translators to test the translated messages on the user-interface of software packages lined up for Fedora 14.
Files for The Fedora Documentation Index Page
In response to a query from Noriko Mizumoto and Yulia Poyarkova, Ruediger Landmann from the Fedora Documentation team listed out the files that are to be used by the translators to translate the Index page of Fedora Documentation. However, the translations will not be automatically generated and needs to be published by a member of the the 'doc-publishers' group.
New Members and Sponsors in FLP
Nicolas Maître (French), Tianle Wang, Hervé Marcy (French) and Josep Sanchez (Catalan) joined the Fedora Localization Project recently. Thomas Canniot is now a sponsor for the French team.
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
After the Design Team members voted on their preferred supplemental wallpaper proposal in the previous week, Máirín Duffy summed the votes "Here's the votes I've tallied from the list so far", Emily Dirsh created a "winners" wiki page and Emily and Nicu Buculei started a double-check on the licenses "The next step is to re-check the licenses to ensure we are all OK with the usage." Martin Sourada is taking care on the packaging.
A Slogan for the Website
Paul W. Frields asked the Design Team about polishing the website mockup, in the form of a slogan "Should the Marketing team come up with some text to replace that filler text?" and slide-show "Does the Design team want additional help with the slides seen in the mockups?". As a non-native English speaker Jef van Schendel declined "Since I'm not a marketing guy and English isn't even my native language, it'd be great if Marketing could have a look at it and write some decent text for the page. :)" but Máirín Duffy was enthusiastic "YES!!!!!!! ZOMG yes."
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
- sssd-1.3.0-30.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046899.html
- lvm2-2.02.73-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046866.html
- xulrunner-18.104.22.168-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046862.html
- firefox-3.6.7-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046863.html
- xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-18.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046839.html
- php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046693.html
- bugzilla-3.6.2-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046518.html
- bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046472.html
- kdegraphics-4.5.0-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046448.html
- zabbix-1.8.2-3.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046409.html
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- socat-22.214.171.124-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046686.html
- xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-18.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046674.html
- php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046576.html
- bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046558.html
- bugzilla-3.4.8-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046546.html
- kdegraphics-4.4.5-3.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046524.html
- mapserver-5.6.5-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046434.html
- zabbix-1.8.2-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046316.html
Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- socat-126.96.36.199-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-September/046681.html
- bogofilter-1.2.2-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046590.html
- php-pear-CAS-1.1.2-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046584.html
- kdegraphics-4.4.5-3.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046542.html
- bugzilla-3.4.8-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/046534.html