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Fedora Weekly News Issue 183

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 183[1] for the week ending July 5, 2009.

Here are a few highlights from this week's issue. This week is a lighter issue as many of our writers are enjoying some vacation. In announcements, news that Josh Boyer has been appointed to the final Fedora Board seat. From the Fedora Planet, photo collections from the recent FUDCon Berlin, installing Fedora alongside Vista, and much more. In Quality Assurance news, details on the upcoming Fit and Finish project focusing on display configuration, more details on the AutoQA activities with rawhide, bugzappers weekly log, and more. In Design news, a new ticketed request system for Ambassadors' request to the design team, and details on a new custom blog aggregator, to create a .planet file just for the Art team. This week's issue completes with security advisory roundup for Fedora 9, 10, and 11. Enjoy this week's issue!

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson


In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project[1] [2] [3].

Contributing Writer: Max Spevack

Fedora Elections

Last week, we announced that Tom Callaway, Mike McGrath, and Dennis Gilmore were elected to the Fedora Board[1].

This week, Paul Frields announced that Josh Boyer had been appointed to fill the final open Fedora Board seat. Said Frields, "Josh is well known around the Fedora community for his work with release engineering and many other development-oriented groups, as well as his past work with FESCo and as a maintainer of Fedora on PPC architecture."

As we reported last week, Bill Nottingham, Seth Vidal, Kevin Fenzi, Kevin Kofler, and Dennis Gilmore were elected[2] to the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee.

Upcoming Events

Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!

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

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin


FUDCon wound to a close, and Nicu Buceli and Joerg Simon posted[1][2] some goodbye photos.

Daniel Walsh asked[3] (but more importantly, answered) the question "How do I tell if an access was added in the latest policy release?" using the sesearch and audit2why tools from SELinux.

Dave Jones suggested[4] that unreleased kernels could use some extra testing love. "Producing RPM builds of the rawhide kernel for our already released Fedoras...What I’m toying with doing is some devel kernels for Fedora 11 that are built outside of the Fedora build system."

John Babich explained[5] how to install Fedora along-side Vista.

Adam Williamson described[6] the new policies around the "severity" and "priority" fields in Fedora's Bugzilla. Additionally, Adam has been working "to improve and create pages dedicated to explaining how to debug issues in particular components, and how to provide appropriate information when filing bugs on those components" as well as a project called Fit and Finish[7] "to work on the small details that make a polished desktop experience."

Adam John Miller wrote[8] about Firefox and "The progression of popularity and the stigma of the Geek." The post covers the evolution of Netscape to Firefox and today's calls for WebKit everywhere.

Jeroen van Meeuwen proposed[9] that Fedora 12 should be supported with an additional 6-month "Extended Life Cycle" consisting of only security fixes, when the End-Of-Life policy would otherwise be put into place.

As a special bonus, from elsewhere in the blogosphere, Aaron Seigo (of KDE fame) described[10] some issues around processes and decision making at, and how they might be overcome (this being a particularly auspicious time with the combined GUADEC+Akademy Gran Canaria Desktop Summit taking place).


In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Test Days

There was no Test Day last week.

No Test Day is scheduled on the main track next week. However, the new Fit and Finish[1] Test Day track will be holding its first event[2], on display configuration (particularly multiple displays, and projectors). The Test Day page already includes several test scenarios, and a live CD for testing will soon be available. The Fit and Finish project is a great effort to improve the details of the Fedora project, so please show up to support their first event! The Test Day will be held on 2009-07-07 (Tuesday) in IRC #fedora-fitandfinish (note this is not the same channel where main track Test Days take place).

If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 12 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac[3].

Weekly meetings

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-07-01. The full log is available[2]. James Laska reported that he had not yet been able to update the QA Goals page[3], but had started work on it and hoped to have it complete soon. He noted that he had completed his survey of feedback on the Test Day review questionnaire[4].

Will Woods reported that he had added two more test cases to the Rawhide acceptance test plan[5], based on suggestions received to the initial plan: post-install networking and post-install input.

Matthias Clasen reported on the new Fit and Finish project[6], discussed on mailing lists under the topic 'raising the bar'. He explained it would be based on a series of Test Days concentrating on user experience rather than developer-driven 'features', and hoped members of the QA team would come along to help drive testing. Jóhann Guðmundsson suggested that the Test Day pages should provide more instructions on what information to include with bug reports for the Fit and Finish topics.

Will Woods gave a quick further update on the status of AutoQA (which includes the rawhide acceptance testing discussed earlier). He noted that the test plan was complete and seven of twelve test cases had been written. The next step is to start automating cases, which is waiting on the packaging of autotest. This is being tracked in a ticket[7]. James Laska and Jesse Keating are working on this together, and making good progress. Will hopes that by next week, all test cases will be written and one will be automated. He also noted he was working on how to allow manual test result reports, as there will inevitably be cases that cannot be automated.

James Laska reported on behalf of Liam Li, on his draft for a installation test event SOP[8]. This is intended to document the procedure for running an event where multiple people work together in real time to test installation. James reported that Liam had produced an initial draft, and it had been revised with help from Christopher Beland and Niels Haase.

Finally, Jóhann Guðmundsson reported on his project to improve the quality and quantity of information contained in bug reports[9]. He had filed an RFE[10] to improve the interface of abrt (the automated bug reporting tool). Matthias Clasen suggested asking the Design team for help in further refining the interface, and James Laska pointed out they had come up with good suggestions for the SELinux troubleshooting GUI design[11].

The Bugzappers group weekly meeting[12] was held on 2009-06-30. The full log is available[13].

Brennan Ashton reported on the status of the triage metric project. He had got FAS integration and component grouping implemented, but adding some features requested by James Laska had caused significant breakage which he was working on.

Niels Haase provided an update on his efforts to update the triage critical component list. He had written a draft[14] for a list based on the critical path component list being developed for that proposal, and proposed to add components from this list to the existing list[15]. The group approved this in principle, but pointed out several components that should be removed as they do not make sense from the triage perspective, and also noted that any packages which the components in the list depend on should be considered for addition as well. Niels promised to provide a list of these dependencies for the next meeting.

Adam Williamson reported on the project to improve (and create) pages explaining how to debug problems in particular components, and what information to include when reporting bugs in these components. This had grown out of Jóhann Guðmundsson's 'improve reporting' proposal[16]. He encouraged all group members to contribute to the page for their triage components, and create a page if there is not yet one. The page for[17] was cited as a good example or template. Niels Haase mentioned a page for NetworkManager[18] currently in draft status. Adam also mentioned he had received a proposal from Ubuntu's James Westby for the distributions to work together on combining their pages of this type, and contributing them to the original upstream projects. The group agreed this was a good idea in principle and they would wait for further information from James, relayed via Adam.

Matej Cepl reported that the latest rewrite of the triage team GreaseMonkey script was nearly complete, and appealed for volunteers to help test it.

Adam Williamson reported that the project to implement use of the severity and priority fields in Bugzilla was now more or less complete, and asked all triagers if they had not already to begin assessing the severity of bugs when triaging them. He referred to the instructions on this in the Triage Guide[19] on how to assign severity appropriately.

The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-07-08 at 1600 UTC in #fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-07-07 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.

Test Day survey results

James Laska posted[1] a round-up of the results of his survey on the Fedora 11 cycle Test Days. It provides an overview and summary of the feedback received both publicly and privately in response to the survey.


In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team[1].

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

New Request System for the Design Team

After Frank Murphy asked[1] on @fedora-design about forwarding design requests and inquiries from the users list "Occasionnally, the other lists get Q? re . Fedora provided Image apps\formats. Would it be ok, for me to forward those. Without throwing the teams work-flow" Máirín Duffy pointed[2] to the new created ticket system[3] "I created a new ticket type 'materials for ambassadors' in the design-team trac ticket queue. So please encourage the ambassadors to open up tickets for requests like these". Ian Weller moved[4] all the existing requests from the old wiki page[5] to the new system and also a mailing list was created[6] for notifications about tickets.

A Custom Blog Aggregator

Máirín Duffy raised a call[1] for all the members of the Fedora Design Team owning blogs to submit their data for a blog aggregation, something that was planned for long time "We need to put together a .planet file so Seth can create a planet just for our team. I need your help, though: If you think you should/shouldn't be on this list can you let me know?" and later she figured out[2] everyone can to it by themselves "Take the chunk of the planet config that pertains to your blog, and copy it into a file in your home directory on". With the help of Seth Vidal from the Infrastructure Team, the aggregator was put up and running[3], so those interested in a Fedora Design Team Planet[4] can read it without much additional noise.

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: David Nalley

Fedora 11 Security Advisories

Fedora 10 Security Advisories

Fedora 9 Security Advisories

Note: Fedora 9 is nearing EOL; Per FESCo support for Fedora 9 will be discontinued on July 10th 2009