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Fedora Weekly News Issue 224

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 224[1] for the week ending May 5, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This issue begins with Project announcements, including another Fedora Community Gaming session this weekend, details on an upcoming Fedora Board IRC meeting, and opening of voting for naming Fedora 14. In news from the Fedora Planet, thoughts on a Fedora Kiosk spin, a report on Sugar-on-a-Stick testing, and what you don't know about NetworkManager. In Marketing team news, an update on the Allegheny Team and their accomplishments, report on some work for the F13 spins website, and an upcoming blog posting on hardware enablements in F13. One post from Fedora In the News this week, from Linux Gazette, covering some of the exciting aspects of Fedora 13 beta. In Design Team news, a new owner for Hackergotchis request service, and Security Advisories rounds out this issue with security-related Fedora packages released this past week for F11, F12 and F13. Read on!

Unfortunately, as Kamisamanou Burgess is busy with study, the audio version of FWN - FAWN - is on hold until early May. You can still listen to old issues[2] on the Internet Archive, though. 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], selected announcements to the Fedora user list[2], development announcements[3] and Events[4].

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora Community Gaming Session 2

Bruno Wolff III announced[1]:

"There will be another Fedora Community Gaming session this weekend. We will be playing Wesnoth as a team or teams (with the game(s) ending on first human elimination). Depending on the number of participants we may have humans on both sides or just one team versus the AI.

We will be starting at: UTC: 0100 Saturday May 8, 2010 EDT: 9pm Friday May 7, 2010

Since unlike last week (with bzflag) drop ins are not easily accommodated, please be on time.

I'll be following the #fedora-games IRC chat room before we get started. We will meet in the "fedora" room in the official Wesnoth lobby.

Players will need a 1.8 or 1.8.1 version of Wesnoth. Currently F14 has 1.8.1, F13 has 1.8 (but will probably have 1.8.1 in at least testing by Friday). For F13, F12, and F11 I have made 1.8.1 scratch builds available for F13[2], F12[3], and F11[4]

You can also use a nightly compose of the games spin live image which will have either 1.8 or 1.8.1[5]

There is additional information on the Community Gaming page[6]

Reminder: Fedora Board IRC meeting 1600 UTC 2010-05-06

Paul W. Frields reminded the community of the next Fedora Board meeting[1]:

"The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode. For this meeting, the public is invited to do the following:

  • Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.
  • Join #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and post questions. This channel is read/write for everyone.

The first portion of our meeting, which we'll limit to 30 minutes, will be an open discussion with the Websites team. Following that, we'll shift to a community Q&A session.

The moderator will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the #fedora-board-meeting channel. We'll limit time per voice as needed to give everyone in the queue a chance to be heard. The Board may reserve some time at the top of the hour to cover any agenda items as appropriate. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!"

Fedora 14 release name voting information

Paul W. Frields announced[1]

"It is now time to choose the release name for Fedora 14. The Fedora community submitted suggestions for the Fedora 14 release name, and that list has been narrowed down to the final six candidates. Now you can vote on these names and assist in the final selection for the successor of Fedora 13 "Goddard".

This vote runs until 10 May 2010 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[3]
  • If this is the first time you've used the voting system, you might want to read the Fedora Elections Guide[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."

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Bring your current problems and share them with a group of people as passionate and smart as you are in a comfortable, private dining room setting. Get answers and make connections that last beyond the evening.

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Fedora Development News

Outage: PHX2 outage - 2010-05-04 22:13 UTC

Mike McGrath announced[1]

There was an outage starting at 2010-05-04 22:13 UTC, which lasted approximately 1 hour.

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

date -d '2010-05-04 22:13 UTC'

Reason for outage:

While trying to recover from this last major outage (see ticket for reference) it seems some network gear failed causing an outage to some of our storage devices and to the Internet. Stay tuned to the ticket for more info.

Affected Services:

Unaffected Services:

Ticket Link:

Contact Information:

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

Outage Notification: Red Hat Bugzilla 2010-05-04 16:00UTC - 16:40 UTC

Stephen John Smoogen announced[1]

Outage Notification: Red Hat Bugzilla

Red Hat Bugzilla has currently an planned outage that is taking longer than expected, and is causing various Fedora services not to be functional. We are working with upstream on recovering services as fast as possible

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

date -d '2009-01-09 HH:MM UTC'

Affected Services:

  • fedora community
  • fedora pkgdb

Fedora Events

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 (March 2010 to May 2010)

  • 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.

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


In "Rethinking PID 1", Lennart Poettering sketched[1] out the design and rationale for a new replacement of init and Upstart, and the entire boot process.

Richard W.M. Jones explained[2] how to get a Windows VM to run a batch file at boot time, as well as install[3] a Windows service and install[4] a device driver, all remotely, using libguestfs.

Adam Williamson described[5] the development and QA processes around the latest X server and GLX releases (which resulted in an unstable latest Ubuntu release).

Jesus Rodriguez announced[6] that Spacewalk 1.0, the upstream of Red Hat Network Satellite, has been released.

Yaakov Nemoy explained[7] one way of building a minimal desktop using xmonad and slock.

Dan Williams posted[8] "What you don't know about NetworkManager".

Daniel Walsh introduced[9] the Fedora Kiosk spin. "Imagine a machine sitting at a library, that had no operating system on it, except a livedvd..."

Mel Chua mentioned[10] that the next Sugar-on-a-Stick release is being smoke tested daily. "We need to come up with a better way of doing this for v.4.0, so better test cases, test case/reporting management systems, and Activity criteria (read: tests, please) are extremely welcome – that’s all long-term, though."

Siddhesh Poyarekar found[11] a way to find out how to trace network connections to a process, in real time. "The obvious answer was netstat/lsof, but the problem was that this application would be up for merely seconds and he did not know when/where it started up. All he had was his telnetd log telling him about the connections. So I decided to go the SystemTap way..."

Bastien Nocera "Discussed[12] as part of the GNOME-Shell design plans, and at the Usability hackfest we had in London earlier this year, we wanted to have icons that would only draw attention to themselves when needed."

Justin O'Brien corrected[13] the Fedora 11 EOL notice. Fedora 11's end of life is currently scheduled for June 18, 2010, which is 30 days from the release of Fedora 13.


In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-04-28 to 2010-05-04.

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Paul W. Frields announced that Red Hat press blog will include an entry concerning Hardware Enablements in Fedora 13[1] and Robyn Bergeron make sure that the content on Fedora wiki related to Hardware Enablements were wiki friendly[2]

Mel Chua gave us an update on Allegheny Team status[3] and also wrote a wiki page to keep everything ordered[4]. Allegheny Students are planning a early F13 release party[5] as their term is coming to and end.

Nelson Marquez started an article for Gnome Journal[6] in which he will focus the synergy among Fedora and Gnome. Nelson also started a thread very complex[7] about Fedora Project in Portuguese. This is a passionate topic and passionate comments were shared, but Mario Torre[8] and then Paul W. Frields[9] tried to keep this as a productive debate.

Mel Chua did a lot of work for F13 spin websites[10], later on she announced that F13 spin website were ready[11]

As usual Marketing meeting happened and logs are avaliable[12]

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

A quick look at what's coming with Fedora 13 (Linux Gazette)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[2] an insightful article with screenshots about Fedora 13 beta highlights.

"My wish was to give you a quick first-hand look at the changes that most users will start noticing right from the installation process. You can take a more in-depth look at the major features coming out with Fedora 13 at: and read its Release Notes draft. Be aware that we are dealing with a beta version here, so expect issues and problems. I am not even recommending that you install this beta version, but, if you do, keep an eye on Fedora 13's Common Bugs page for workarounds and known issues."

The full post is available[3]


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Spin Websites

Mel Chua reported[1] the remaining task of finishing the new spin web pages "Freeze is Tuesday, so I believe that is the deadline we are shooting for" then she reported[2] the task completion "All right - it's freeze day, and I *believe* we're good to ship" and asked for a sanity check "Fresh eyeballs welcome; I've been staring at these pages way too long."


Papadeas Pierros, who recently took ownership of the hackergotchi request service[1] proposed a size change for those images used on Planet Fedora[2] "Considering that most people nowadays use big resolutions on their screens I am proposing to change that 80x80 to 100x100 or even better on 120x120". Nicu Buculei, who used to take care of those, pointed out that most of the images are larger than the minimum size "All those years I made the hckergotchis at 96x96 :p " and agreed with an increase, so Pierros updated[3] the specification "OK, if we are ok on that I shall change the recommendation to 100x100 ~ 120x120 :)"

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories

Fedora 11 Security Advisories