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Fedora Weekly News Issue 209

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 209[1] for the week ending January 17, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This issue starts with announcements from the project, including availability of Open Xange 2010, a Fedora + KDE distro, a change in cmake macro usage, and some feature update pings for Fedora 13. In Ambassador news, details on the FAmSCo chair, vice-chair named. In Quality Assurance news, lots of detail from this past week's QA Team meetings, plus details on an testing request, desktop validation update, and an updated gnome-shell available for testing.In Translation news, a request for submission branches for Anaconda, notice that virt-viewer has been added and is available for translations, and a new coordinator of the Brazilian Portuguese translation team. In Art/Design Team news, notice of the approval of the new Design Spin for Fedora, and updates to the Fedora 13 theming and graphics. This week issue wraps up with the latest security advisories for Fedora 11 and 12. We hope you enjoy Fedora Weekly News 209!

We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News (FAWN), an audio format in OGG for the past few FWN issues that one of our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet Archive[2] and have a listen!

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: Pascal Calarco


Open Xange 2010

A. Paulo Santos announced[1] the availability of Open Xange 2010[2], "a Fedora + KDE base distro, only with Open Source software."

Fedora's LWN subscription

Max Spevack announced[1] to the Fedora community, "I've done my once-every-six-months-or-so cleanup of the Fedora LWN[2] subscription, pruning any accounts that haven't logged into LWN since September 1, 2009.

We've got about 20 subscriptions that we can enable, so if you are a Fedora community member and would like to be able to access LWN's subscriber-only content, please send me an email with your LWN account name, and I'll make it so.

If you're not sure whether or not you are already part of Fedora's group subscription, log into LWN. If it says "Fedora Project group" on the top of the left-hand status bar, you are."


Outage Notification - 2010-01-13 22:00 UTC

Mike McGrath notified[1] the list: "There will be an outage starting at 2010-01-13 22:00 UTC, which will last approximately 4 hours.

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

date -d '2010-01-13 22:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

Fedora Hosted

Unaffected Services:

Buildsystem CVS / Source Control Database DNS Fedora People Fedora Talk Mail Mirror System Torrent Translation Services Websites

Ticket Link [3]

Reason for Outage: (the primary fedorahosted host) has been throwing memory errors so we have a ticket open to fix it. There is a 4 hour window for them to work on it though it's not likely to be down that whole time so the actual outage should be much smaller.

Contact Information:

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

%cmake macro usage, dropping -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH:BOOL=ON

Rex Dieter informed[1] the list that "If you're the maintainer of a cmake-based package, and use the %cmake macro, be aware I just implemented a change in rawhide (to cmake-2.8.0-2) to drop the usage of -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH:BOOL=ON as previously discussed[2].

If you want or need to continue with the old behavior, use %cmake %{?_cmake_skip_rpath}

NOTE: At the time of writing this, kde4 packages that use the %cmake_kde4 macro still use %{_cmake_skip_rpath} by default (at least until we can sort out other rpath-related issues in kde4's buildsystem)."

Outage Notification - Fri Jan 15 10:30:00 UTC

Mike McGrath notified[1] "There will be an outage starting at Fri Jan 15 10:30:00 UTC, which is ongoing.

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

date -d 'Fri Jan 15 10:30:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

Fedora People

Unaffected Services:

Buildsystem CVS / Source Control Database DNS Fedora Hosted Fedora Talk Mail Mirror System Torrent Translation Services Websites

Ticket Link[3]

Reason for Outage:

The xen host fedorapeople is on is currently not responding to pings. I've contacted the hosting provider but have not heard back yet. It is unclear when this host will be back online.

Contact Information:

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

f13 boost-1.41.0 upgrade: pushed

Benjamin Kosnik announced[1] that "The boost maintainers have updated the boost package to the current release (1.41.0) in rawhide for F13. More info[2].

Rebuilds for devel packages that require boost are mandatory, as SONAME was bumped. Help from package maintainers with rebuilding packages with boost dependencies is appreciated."

Request for Fedora 13 Feature Page Status Update

John Poelstra requested[1] feature owners update those needing updates.

"Thanks for all the great work you are doing to make Fedora 13 our best release ever.

I just did a quick review of the accepted pages we have so far for Fedora 13 and there are a few that have not been updated since November 2009 or before. I made this determination based on the information in the "Current Status" section of your feature page.

Would you be so kind as to take a couple of minutes to update your page with with the latest status information so we all have a better idea how your feature is doing?"


Fedora events are the 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

  • 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]


In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

FAmSCo chair, vice-chair named

During the last FAmSCo meeting, Joerg Simon was elected as the new FAmSCo chair and Max Spevack was elected as the new FAmSCo vice-chair.

Fedora 12 is here

With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an announcement of your event on Fedora Weekly News can help get the word out. Contact FWN Ambassador correspondent Larry Cafiero at lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with announcements of upcoming events -- and don't forget to e-mail reports after the events as well.


In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1], as the QA group and the Fedora project in general awaken from its holiday slumber!

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Test Days

There was no Test Day last week, and no Test Day is currently planned for this week. If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 13 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac[1].

Weekly meetings

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2010-01-11. The full logs are available[2]. Adam Miller reported that he had begun working with Christoph Wickert and Kevin Fenzi to plan the Fedora 13 Xfce test day. They had started a new mailing list for Xfce issues and discussed whether to commit to including Xfce 4.8 in Fedora 13.

Jóhann Guðmundsson had agreed with Christoph Wickert that a Fedora 13 LXDE test day would be a useful event. He promised to work on writing test cases and picking a date for the test day. He also suggested an LXDE mailing list may be a good idea.

James Laska said he had spoken to Matthias Clasen about the possibility of Fit'n'Finish test days for the Fedora 13 cycle, but Matthias thought this would likely not happen. James had also added some ideas about test days for the Fedora 13 cycle to the wiki talk page[3].

James had also posted a request to the mailing lists[4] for reviews of packages needed for the AutoQA project, but he was still looking for people to review the packages.

Will Woods gave an update on the AutoQA project. He had been filing tickets to plan out future work on automated installation testing, organized under a milestone[5]. However, the next priority was to work on dependency check tests, organized under another milestone[6]. This requires the creation of a post-bodhi-update hook; Will had been working with Luke Macken to decide on the best method of doing this. He also noted that rpmguard had now been merged into AutoQA's master branch. Kamil Paral noted that he had written a blog post[7] on the recent changes to rpmguard and the creation of an rpmguard wiki page[8]. He was now thinking about how to improve rpmguard's reporting method. James Laska provided an update on the status of packaging the AutoQA components into Fedora: autotest-client is awaiting review[9], autoqa and autotest are packaged, and he is working on a plan for packaging gwt, which has a large amount of Java dependencies. He was considering having a sprint to work on that.

There was no BugZappers meeting during the week due to the absence of several members. update testing request

Adam Williamson asked the group[1] to make a special effort to test several new and graphics-related candidate updates, due to the significant impact they could have if approved as stable updates. Many group members responded with valuable feedback, which helped the X developers promote the updates to stable status with confidence.

Desktop validation testing update

Adam Williamson updated the status of the desktop validation testing project: he had now created a draft test matrix[1] to organize desktop validation testing for the Fedora 13 cycle, and asked for the group's comments on it, and opinions on whether it should be merged with the installation testing matrix, or made into a separate page. Rui He thought[2] it should be a separate page. James Laska suggested[3] separate pages with a read-only master page which would transclude the separate pages.

Contact with Symbian QA group

Symbian's Mike Kinghan asked[1] if the group was interested in helping Symbian's fledgling community QA group with the benefit of its immense wisdom and experience. Once the laughter had died down, Jóhann Guðmundsson suggested that Mike could post his questions to the list for feedback from all group members, and/or contact Adam Williamson, the community QA lead.

Updated gnome-shell available for testing

Adam Miller announced[1] that he had updated Rawhide's gnome-shell package to a recent upstream git snapshot, and asked the group to help test it and send feedback and bug reports upstream to the GNOME project.


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

Submission Branches for Anaconda

Anaconda developer David Cantrell requested the Fedora Translation team to submit translations only to the development branch of anaconda and not to a released branch, since post-release the translation updates would ideally not be used[1]. In this case, the f12-branch. Piotr Drag closed the submissions to this branch temporarily[2], however they were reopened again[3] after Miloš Komarčević pointed out that localized spins/remixes of released versions may require the updates[4]. At present, a warning message has been posted on the anaconda submission page, to inform translators about pushing submissions to the 'master' branch for the next release of Fedora[5].

virt-viewer Added to

The virt-viewer module has been added to and is now ready to accept translation submissions[1].

Errors in owners.list File

Incorrect information in the owners.list file, relating to Bugzilla account entries for Simplified and Traditional Chinese translation teams are generating errors from Buzilla[1][2]. This was reported by Piotr Drag[3].

New Members/Coordinators

Taylon Silmer took over the coordinatorship of the Brazilian Portuguese translation team from Igor Soares Pires[1].


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Continual Brainstorming for Fedora 13 Graphics

The brainstorming for the conceptual phase of the Fedora 13 artwork continued with a sketch[1] by Máirín Duffy "the concept is really along the lines of what all of our sketches have, I think. But the visual style I'd want to go for is like this Modest Mouse album" which made everybody think about rocket trails and a "digital" concept[2] from Hristo Petkov "In my view it should be something digital to show the power of the computer"

The Design Suite Spin Approved

Sebastian Dziallas announced[1] the Board approval for the Design Suite as an official spin for Fedora 13 "* QUESTION: Does the Board approve the use of Fedora trademarks for this spin? * Board grants trademark usage for this spin"

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 12 Security Advisories

Fedora 11 Security Advisories