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FESCo meeting summary for 2009/04/10

Members Present

* Jon Stanley (jds2001)
* Kevin Fenzi (nirik)
* Dan Horak (sharkcz)
* Josh Boyer (jwb)
* Brian Pepple (bpepple)

Members Absent

* David Woodhouse (dwmw2)
* Bill Nottingham (notting)
* Jarod Wilson (j-rod)
* Dennis Gilmore (dgilmore)

This request was approved.

Non-provenpackager committable packages

Lengthy discussion based on questions from the LVM team, see for details of the questions. Answers include:

1) Since very few members of FESCo are privy to full details of the security incident beyond what has been made public (reference for details), FESCo would not be quorate if members that did not have that specific knowledge abstained from voting in this matter. However, the method of attack that was used is a specific threat addressed in the threat assessment that has not yet been made public regarding this decision, which was prepared by an individual not on FESCo that does have full knowledge of the incident. FESCo would like to make this threat assessment public, however, we have delayed a decision on this until the following meeting due to low turnout to this meeting (it took place on a Red Hat holiday).

2) There is fear amongst FESCo that if we grant this exception, based on "no one in provenpackager has reason to touch this package", we start down a very slippery slope that leads us back to where we are today. Note that this is the same reason we declined excpetions to initscripts and hwdata.

3) There was no dissent amongst members present on the above two items.

If the LVM team still has further issues for FESCo, we will invite them to a future meeting for a more interactive discussion.

It was also decided that enough time has passed to open the ACL's on all packages except for LVM items and Firefox/Thunderbird/XULRunner as was decided at previous meetings.



The DebuginfoFS feature was approved for Fedora 12.

Systemtap Static Probes

The Systemtap Static Probes feature was approved for Fedora 12.


FESCo deferred voting on this feature over concerns about the implications for anaconda, and wondering if this was actually a feature at all.


The Multiseat feature was approved for Fedora 12.


FESCo deferred voting on Dracut due to the lack of domain expert availability


FESCo was requested to "order" the Xorg maintainers to enable the functionality of Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to kill the X server, as it has been in previous releases. FESCo declined to intervene in this matter, as it is a configuration option, accessible via either the GUI or a configuration file, to re-enable it, as well as a general belief that the micro-managing of maintainers oni issues such as this should be done only in the most grave and dire of circumstances.

Deactivated maintainers

A final email will be sent this week to all maintainers of packages whose accounts are currently deactivated. If they remain deactivated in 7 days, packages belonging to those accounts will be orphaned.