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Fedora Weekly News Issue 270

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 270[1] for the week ending April 6, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

In announcements this week, voting for the Fedora 16 release name is open through April 11, 2011! Also notification of some serverbeach outages on April 12, and notification of the intention to rebase poppler in the rawhide tree. With Fedora In the News this week, four articles from the trade press and blogosphere on Fedora-related topics, including an in-depth interview with SELinux Red Hat policy maintainer, Dan Walsh. In Ambassador news, a summary of traffic on the Ambassador and FAmSCo mailing lists, as well as event reports from the Indiana Linux Festival. In Translation news, more tasks and details related to Fedora's move to for translation activities, and new members of the German, Hungarian and French localization teams, as well as establishment of a new Latvian translation team. This week's issue wraps up with the latest security-related package releases for Fedora 13, 14 and 15 this past week. 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!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson


In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and Events[3].

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

Fedora Announcement News

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

Vote for your favorite Fedora 16 release name

Jared K. Smith, Fedora Project Leader, on Mon Apr 4 14:04:41 UTC 2011 announced[1] the Vote for your favorite Fedora 16 release name. The details of the announcement are as follows.

"The time has come to vote for the release name for Fedora 16. The Fedora community has submitted quite a few suggestions for the Fedora 16 release name, and that list has been narrowed down to the final nine candidates. Now you can vote on these names and assist in the final selection for the successor of Fedora 15 "Lovelock".

This vote begins 5 April 2011 and runs until 11 April 2011 at 23:59:59 UTC. Other important facts:

  • We are using the Range Voting method([2])
  • Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System at[3]
  • If this is the first time you've used the voting system, you might want to read the Fedora Elections Guide, currently located at [4]
  • To vote, you must have a valid Fedora Contributors License Agreement (CLA) and be a member of at least one non-CLA group

To vote, visit: [5]

Thank you to everyone who helped by contributing names for consideration, and reviewing the names for the final ballot."

Outage: hosted servers 2011-04-12 04:00 UTC

Stephen John Smoogen on Wed Apr 6 17:16:42 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"There will be an outage starting at 2011-04-12 04:00 UTC, which will last approximately 6 hours.

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at [2]

or run: date -d ' 2011-04-12 04:00 UTC'

Reason for outage:

Serverbeach (our service provider for our hosted and other servers) are upgrading switches in their San Antonio (SAT) Datacenter. The outage for our systems are supposed to be 15 minutes but can be anywhere within that 6 hours.

Affected Services:
  • Email system
  • Fedora Hosted - [3]
  • Fedora People - [4]
Unaffected Services:

Most services should stay up, however various items depending on fedorahosted will be affected (which may then affect other services, etc etc.)

Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin in or respond to this email to track the status of this outage."

Fedora Development News

The Development Announcement[1] 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

poppler soname bump in rawhide

Marek Kasik on Fri Apr 1 16:13:45 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"I plan to rebase poppler in rawhide to poppler-0.17.0. There are several API changes and 2 soname bumps ( to and to You can test it against your package with this scratch-build: [2] I'll do chain-build of poppler and packages requiring it next Friday (8th of April)."

Fedora Events

The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to identify responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out by quarter and by region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for budget planning. Events can be added to this page whether or not they have an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner are not eligible for funding, but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of the event and make it eligible for funding. In plain words, 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 (March - May 2011)

  • North America (NA)[1]
  • Central & South America (LATAM): [2]
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
  • India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]

Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

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.

Fedora In the News

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is re-posted to the Fedora Marketing list[1].

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Update on Fedora 15 Development - GNOME 3 Shell Updates (

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a posting on Gnome 3 shell experience in Fedora 15:

"I've been using the GNOME 3 Shell more and I really like the changes they've made since the Fedora 15 Alpha release. These changes include larger icons in the Applications list and auto-managed virtual desktops. Some people call this a "dumbing down" of the interface but I prefer to call it streamlining. If you have a lot of previous GNOME 2.x experience you might perceive it to be counter-intuitive... but give it a little while. The streamlining really makes the new environment easy to learn and use. It is elegant, and as one blogger put it... "it looks expensive"."

The full article is available[2].

Fedora introduces new top-level directory for runtime data (Network World)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] another upcoming feature in Fedora 15:

""Fedora 15 will come with a lot of new features and interesting changes — including a whole new top-level directory in the form of /run for runtime data.

This may sound trivial to many, but top-level directories tend to be a touchy topic in some circles. Consider that there's an entire standard that was hashed out years ago, it's surprising to see a top-level directory casually introduced.

But Poettering says that he already has buy-in from the other major distributions."

The full article is available[2].

Linux distributions to include /run/ directory (The H Online)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] another posting about the new /run directory in Fedora 15:

"Poettering says that the introduction of the new directory wasn't just his own idea but that it has been discussed among the Debian, Fedora, Suse and Upstart developers; Colin Watson said that he is happy to support the use of the new directory in Ubuntu. Poettering indicated that many developers working in this area may have wanted something like /run for quite a while, but that they may have feared the potential political consequences and discussions"

The full article is available[2].

FLOSS Weekly 156: SELinux

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] an interview with SELinux Red Hat policy maintainer Dan Walsh.

The full podcast is available[2].


This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

Welcome New Ambassadors

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had no new members joining.

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Manuel Escudero commented [1] on being put under mentoring. Joerg Simon responded [2] providing further clarifications.

Joerg Simon forwarded [3] a mail from the FAmSCo list [4] urging about the discussions for the FUDCon EMEA bid. Pierros Papadeas requested [5] bid owners to be present for the meeting.

David Ramsey posted [6] notes from APAC Ambassadors meeting [7] and also provided a summary [8]

In a separate mail [9] David Ramsey pointed out the agenda of the upcoming meeting on 2011-04-16 [10]

Joerg Simon posted [11] the meeting logs from the FAmSCo meeting of 2011-04-02 [12]

David Ramsey updated [13] the F15 Release Events page [14] with the release parties in Tokyo [15]

Paul W Frields initiated [16] a discussion around planning [17] for the Red Hat Summit 2011 [18]

David Ramsey urged everyone [19] to vote for the favorite Fedora 16 release name [20]


Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list

Pascal Calarco reported [1] on the Indiana Linux Festival 2011 [2] where Fedora was a Bronze level sponsor

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Jared Smith requested [1] scheduling of the meeting to determine the winning bid for FUDCon EMEA. He agreed to participate [2] in the IRC meeting of the FAmSCo

Joerg Simon posted [3] the meeting logs from the FAmSCo meeting of 2011-04-02 [4] Pierros Papadeas followed up [5] with the updated agenda [6]

Pierros Papadeas informed [7] about Milan being the FAmSCo recommendation for the FUDCon EMEA based on the strength of the community and the determination of the team towards realization of an excellent FUDCon

Summary of traffic on Campus Ambassadors mailing list

The mailing list did not have any traffic this week.


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

New Module Categories

Two new categories have been created on 'Fedora Upstream Projects'[1] - for modules that do not restrict themselves to Fedora, and 'Websites'[2] - for all the Fedora Website modules. The creation of the first category now allows language teams to use one single team for all each projects. Earlier, it was necessary for language teams to be created for each of these projects[3] [4].

Faulty Error Checks on

Miloslav Trmač reported that a few translated files pulled from, for his packages contained gettext errors which were not detected during submissions[1].

Fedora Modules Missing

A few Fedora modules like smolt[1] and system-config-services[2] were not migrated to and are not available for translation at present.

New Members and Teams in FLP

Mike Leitner (German)[1], Béla Begre (Hungarian) [2], Stéphane Arnold (French) [3] joined the FLP recently. A new team for Latvian has been created and is going to be led by Rūdolfs Mazurs [4].

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 15 Security Advisories

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories