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Fedora Weekly News Issue 228

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 228[1] for the week ending June 2, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue this week begins with announcements from the Fedora Project, including results from recent Fedora Board and FESCo elections, a thank you to the community of contributors on the success of Fedora 13, and details on a revised draft of the Fedora Contributor Agreement. In Development news, word that Fedora 11 CVS branches closing, putting Fedora 11 in maintenance mode, and a round-up of useful postings from the Fedora User list. Coverage of the Fedora Planet is next, including LightScribe CD/DVD labels for Fedora 13, an interview with Fedora Project leader Paul W. Frields, and a Fedora Lego USB stick! This week's issue continues the many reviews and coverage of Fedora 13 in the trade press, we include a selection of these here. In Translation team news, new members of the Fedora Localization Project, a new Spanish Translation of the Fedora Contributor Agreement, and coverage of lots of clean-up in documentation. The Design team has brief updates including discussion of design team release meetings for the next release and a trip report of the Fedora Design Team at the Libre Graphics meeting in Brussels. This issue wraps up with a long list of Fedora security package releases over the past week for Fedora 11, 12 and 13. We hope you enjoy FWN 228 and the start to your summer!

The audio version of FWN - FAWN - is back! 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], selected announcements to the Fedora user list[2], development announcements[3] and Events[4].

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

Fedora Announcement News

Fedora Board and FESCo Election results

Paul W. Frields[1], Fedora Project Leader, announced[2], "The Fedora elections for the Fedora Project Board and the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) have concluded, and the results follow:

The Board is electing 3 seats this cycle. A total of 229 ballots were cast, meaning a candidate could accumulate up to 1374 votes (229 * 6). The results for the Fedora Board election are as follows:

name                     | # votes
Tom Callaway (spot)      |    1001
Máirín Duffy (mizmo)     |     978
Rex Dieter (rdieter)     |     772
Stephen Smoogen (smooge) |     559
John McDonough (jjmcd)   |     437
Larry Cafiero (lcafiero) |     430

Therefore, Tom Callaway, Máirín Duffy, and Rex Dieter are elected to the Board for a full two-release term.

FESCo is electing 5 seats this cycle. A total of 180 ballots were cast, meaning a candidate could accumulate up to 1260 votes (180 *7). The results for the FESCo election are as follows:

name                         | # votes
Bill Nottingham (notting)    |     937
Kevin Fenzi (kevin)          |     749
Matthias Clasen (mclasen)    |     681
Kyle McMartin (kyle)         |     545
Steven M. Parrish (tuxbrewr) |     516
Bruno Wolff III (bruno)      |     492
Justin M. Forbes (jforbes)   |     460

Therefore, Bill Nottingham, Kevin Fenzi, Matthias Clasen, Kyle McMartin, and Steven M. Parrish are elected to FESCo for a full two-release term.

Congratulations to the winning candidates, and thank you to each of the nominees for running, and our volunteers and team members for their assistance."

Thank-you message from the Board

Paul W. Frields[1] thanked[2] for the successful releases of the Fedora 13 distribution. The full announcement:

"We've had yet another in a long line of successful releases of the Fedora distribution. Now that the furor over the first few release days has passed, we on the Board want to recognize the outstanding efforts of our friends and colleagues in the Fedora Project.

A huge amount of development work has gone into this release, on a variety of features from desktops to drivers, by ambitious engineers. Package maintainers have kept up with myriad upstreams to provide the best of what works today for millions of consumers. Our designers made everything beautiful, cleaning up icons, building thematic web banners, and providing a brilliant backdrop for daily work.

Documentation writers kept track of changes in the distribution and made sure that studious users can find information they need. Translators around the world made Fedora 13 ready for a global user base, working together with developers and writers to localize content into dozens of languages.

Release engineering made sure everything was built according to spec and provided publicly on multiple schedules throughout the release cycle. The bug triage and quality assurance teams repeatedly tested Fedora, identified problems, and helped move them to resolution to make the distro as stable as possible.

The project's system administrators made sure all our bits were in their rightful places and available around the world as easily as possible to the public. Our marketing and Ambassadors teams and the good folks at the Fedora Weekly News continue to work together to spread information and updates about our project and distribution consistently and globally.

In short, from every person who has promoted or provided Fedora, filed or fixed a bug, written or packaged code, labored over writing or translation, gardened the wiki, built or remixed the distro, helped their fellow users and contributors in a positive spirit of free and open source community -- thank you to each and every one of you!

With sincere gratitude, The Fedora Project Board

  • Christopher Aillon
  • Josh Boyer
  • Tom 'spot' Callaway
  • Matt Domsch
  • Paul W. Frields
  • Dennis Gilmore
  • Mike McGrath
  • John Poelstra
  • Chris Tyler
  • Colin Walters"

Fedora Project Contributor Agreement Draft Revision Posted (Replacement for Fedora Individual Contributor License Agreement)

Tom "spot" Callaway[1] from Fedora Legal announced[2],"Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement (FPCA). We listened to your concerns, and have amended the draft slightly.

Here are the key changes that we've made:

  • 1)We removed undefined references to "free".
  • 2) We replaced the term "electronic" with "digital".
  • 3) Most importantly, we made several changes to explicitly address the problem of reuse of default-licensed CC-BY-SA content within GPL-covered works. (Basically, we added a GPL exception.)

The full text of the revised FPCA, along with a FAQ, can be found here:[3]

Fedora Legal wishes to give the Fedora community a window of time for discussion and review of the revised FPCA. Due to the fact that the changes are relatively minor, and the original draft has been open for comments for some time now, this second window is open until June 4, 2010 (2010-06-04). After that point, either another revised FPCA will be released for review, or we will begin the process of phasing in the FPCA and phasing out the Fedora ICLA.

Thanks in advance"

PHX2 Outage

Ricky Zhou and Nick Bebout announced [1][2] that there was an outage of PHX2 (our main datacenter) starting at 2010-04-29 03:45 UTC for the reason "Our main location, PHX2 is unreachable". The full details:

"To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at [3]

or run: date -d '2010-04-29 03:45 UTC'

Reason for outage: Our main location, PHX2 is unreachable.

Affected Services: Bodhi - [4] Buildsystem - [5] CVS / Source Control Email system Fedora Account System - [6] Fedora Community - [7] Mirror List - [8] Mirror Manager - [9] Package Database - [10] Smolt - [11] Translation Services - [12] Wiki - [13]

Unaffected Services: BFO - [14] DNS -, Docs - [15] Fedora Hosted - [16] Fedora People - [17] Fedora Talk - [18] Main Website - [19] Spins - [20] Start - [21] Torrent - [22]

Ticket Link: None

Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in or respond to infrastructure at to track the status of this outage. However, Red Hat's network team will be the main people working on this."

Fedora Development News

CVS branches for F-11 closed

Dennis Gilmore [1] announced[2],"Since Fedora 13 was released today new CVS branches for F-11 will not be allowed.[3] lists the policy in effect this means that F-11 is now in a maintenance only cycle,with EOL fast approaching, the EOL date was set to June 25th by FESCo ([4] )."

Announcements from the Fedora user list

The list provides community assistance, encouragement, and advice for Fedora users. All the topic is important for Fedora and we request you to visit the list[1] for your desired information.

Fedora Community Gaming session 5 - bzflag

Bruno Wolff III posted[2] an announcement for the upcoming fifth Fedora community gaming session:

"There will be another Fedora Community Gaming session this weekend. We will be playing bzflag which is a light tank shoot em up.

We will be starting at: UTC: 1700 Saturday June 5, 2010 EDT: 1pm Saturday June 5, 2010

This game easily handles drop ins and drop outs.

We'll meet pregame in the #fedora-games IRC channel. We'll use the in-game chat once we get started and I'll have Fedora Talk set up for those that want to use that in addition. (It's hard to chat while playing without getting killed.)

New players will definitely are welcome. I can help a little, but still haven't played a lot myself.

A bit more information is aavailable[3]"

Some other selected highlights on the list from this past week:

  • [1]fedora 13 - upgrading from DVD with no /boot by Genes MailLists
  • [2]f13 - gdm fails with no user list by Genes MailLists
  • [3]F13 GDM--WAS: Re: Fedora 11 GDM - unwanted list of all local users and impossible to customize? by fred smith
  • [4]problem booting F13 kernel by Craig White
  • [5]encrypted disk/partition by NiftyFedora Mitch
  • [6]radeon to nvidia to radeon produces pain by Michael Hennebry
  • [7]Regarding Get Fedora page by Ed Greshko
  • [8]Not all kernels show up in Grub boot menu by Steven P. Ulrick
  • [9]DVD Installer on USB...? by Darr
  • [10]How to recover printers on fresh install by Genes MailLists
  • [11]netinst images: What's the point? by Joseph L. Casale
  • [12]What is "nomodeset" SUPPOSED to do? by Steven P. Ulrick
  • [13]Regarding Get Fedora page by Gene Heskett, Jon Stanly
  • [14]Does anyone know how to debug cups and or lpr SOLVED by Mark LaPierre
  • [15][Fedora] 'userdel' irony -- what do you say ? by Sawrub
  • [16]F13 Workspace switxher failing by BeartoothBBB
  • [17]encrypted disk/partition by Bill Davidsen
  • [18]Relabeling all audio files on a server by Tim
  • [19]DVD Installer on USB...? by Tim
  • [20]Chromium by default? by Valent Turkovic
  • [21]Abrt doesn't capture traces for segfault type 6 by Mike Fedyk
  • [22]FC13 and kqemu again by William John Murray
  • [23]f13 - gdm fails with no user list by M A Young
  • [24]Bash History How to? by Frank Murphy
  • [25]FC13 install won't do post-install boot by Doctor Who
  • [26]where does Network-Manager store its VPN settings? by Timothy Murphy
  • [27]Installing F13 by Bruno Wolff III
  • [28]F13: Evolution icons - configurable? by John Horne

Fedora Events

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 (June 2010 - August 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


Ryan Rix created[1] a Fedora Lego USB stick. Neat.

The Red Hat News office introduced[2] some of the "Green" Computing features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Greg DeKoenigsberg started[3] a project to build a collection of tiny browser-based open source educational games.

Luke Macken warned[4] that there is a trojan copy of liveusb-creator in the wild. Please use the official site[5] only.

Mel Chua pointed out[6] an interview with Paul W. Frields on[7]. "I firmly believe that open source principles can help combat what I see as a growing problem: local apathy. Apathy comes from feeling you don’t have a voice or a way of making change, while open source makes the opposite possible… two important and connected tenets of the open source way are (1) not letting the possibility of failure get in the way of doing something potentially great, and (2) recognizing when you’ve failed so you can learn from it and move on."

Richard W.M. Jones added[8] shell tab-completion for guestfish.

Máirín Duffy posted[9] LightScribe CD/DVD labels for Fedora 13 discs.

Sebastian Dziallas announced[10] the availability of Sugar on a Stick v.3, Mirabelle.

Nicu Buculei wrote[11] an Inkscape tutorial on how to create a drawing look as if the viewer has gone into "hyperspace".

Owen Taylor measured[12] the performance of the GNOME Shell. "One of the big goals of the GNOME 3 Shell is to use animation and visual effects for positive good. An animation explains to the user what the connection is between point A and point B. For this to work, the animation has to be smooth - it can't be a jerky sequence of disconnected frames. Performance matters."

Ian MacGregor offered[13] some tips (and scripts) for easier Linux reinstalls. Ian also shared[14] what the experience was like becoming a Fedora contributor. "I became a Fedora contributor after experiencing what I felt was a highly polished distro and outstanding support from the Fedora user community...Becoming a Fedora contributor was easier than I expected."

Peter Hutterer explained[15] how to enable tap-to-click in GNOME. Additionally, Peter mentioned[16] that the next version of evdev (2.5) changes the default middle-mouse button emulation to be off.

Benjamin Otte found[17] that in Fedora 13, Youtube videos in WebM format will Just Work out-of-the-box.

Richard W.M. Jones linked[18] to a BBC article[19] with a Flash treemap breakdown of the top 500 supercomputers in the world (hint: almost all of them run Linux).

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-05-26 to 2010-06-01.

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Larry Cafiero[1] has forwarded a message from one computer store offering Fedora pre-installed, and this seller wanted to be listed on wiki as there are list for other people selling Fedora disks. This has started a thread that probably will lead to distribution pages[2] to be updated.

Paul Frields shared and idea for feature story[3]. This was later picked up by Robyn Bergeron[4] who suggested more ideas, so we can keep a continuous flow of contend. This also is an opportunity for newcomers to participate in marketing team. You can see the list of suggested interviews[5] and start creating a wonderful story.

Lars Delhage brought back the Fedora Marketing Book Club[6]. The book club wants to share one recommendation for reading and then have an IRC discussion. Book List include those that may be helpful for Marketing Open Source projects. The will be one book for every month and June will be “The Starfish And The Spider”. Everybody is welcomed to the book club[7], not just marketing members as was pointed also in another mail by Robyn Bergeron[8].

Marketing team has a new head starting on June 1st. Robyn Bergeron will be now team leader as was announced by Mel Chua[9] last week. We thanks Mel for her unstoppable energy as Marketing leader and welcome Robyn as new leader.

Finally we have MMM – Marketing Meeting Minutes[10], and I think this new name may stick.

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

First look: Fedora 13 from Red Hat (PC World)

Kara Schlitz forwarded[2] an article from PC World from 2010-06-01:

"It seems like a million moons ago that Red Hat announced the demise of Red Hat Linux in favor of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and embraced the Fedora project as the testing ground for its commercial releases. Last week marked the 13th Fedora release[3] in nearly seven years, so the new paradigm must be working well, even though the Linux landscape is vastly different now."

The full post is available[4].

Fedora linux 13 “goddard” mini review (techenclave)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a short review on Fedora 13, with screenshots. :

"I rather like Fedora 13 because it was pretty stable and I found it to be faster than Ubuntu. All my laptop hardware including my Wifi and webcam were supported by default and there were no crashes and bugs or random system freezes which I experienced with Ubuntu 10.04. Fedora 13 is suitable for beginners, intermediate users as well as experienced users. I prefer it over Ubuntu. It is worth installing as a primary operating system or upgrading. Do try it out. As an operating system, Fedora 13 Linux, “Goodard”, is rock solid and stable and moreover its free. What more can anyone ask for?"

The full post is available[2]

Red Hat: Fedora project has no plans to support Xen again (Network World)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an update regarding future support of Xen in Fedora:

"Red Hat has officially gone on record to say that it is not involved in any projects that add Xen support back to Fedora and has no plans to be. Indeed, the spokesperson said that one such 'experimental' project was based on a forked Linux kernal 'with no support from Fedora.'


As a reader pointed out, since this is open source, if you want better support for Xen on Fedora, you are free to built it yourself. But here's hoping that, or the users at are willing to lend a hand."

The full article is available[2].

RedHat releases Fedora 13 OS - (Drivers HeadQuarters)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded [1] an article from Drivers HeadQuarters on Fedora 13:

"The newest release of the Fedora operating system - codenamed Goddard- includes several enhancements including automatic printing and open source drivers.


Ars Technica says the new system also includes significant improvements in simplifying the operating system's installer. The site says Red hat's installation program for its Fedora 11 release had very serious problems, and often crashed, requiring a system restart and re-installation."

The full post is available[2]

Fedora 13 Released With Automatic Printing, Open 3D Drivers - (

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an Australian review of Fedora 13, including:

"All platforms: The Fedora Desktop Project rolled out its lucky number 13 release, adding a few nifty features to the Linux system. Plug-and-go printer support, open drivers for Intel, ATI, and NVidia hardware, and a crafty new desktop shell to try out.

The automatic printing and experimental GNOME Shell support are neat in themselves, but what about “open” 3D drivers? If you’ve ever had to download Nvidia’s proprietary drivers for a Linux system, you’ve felt the compromise — your hardware is recognised and utilised, but your operating system doesn’t have real control over it. Setting up things like dual monitors is a true headache with proprietary drivers, so the more natively supported video hardware available for Linux, the better its chances at becoming a really usable workspace.

Fedora 13 is a free download, and should work on most Intel and PowerPC-based systems. Read the release notes for an overview of the new stuff, and Fedora fans (and newcomers) are encouraged to share tips and favourite features in the comments."

The full post is available[2]

Red Hat introduces Fedora 13 - (Computer Business Review)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] a brief review of Fedora 13:

"The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has introduced version 13 of its open source operating system that combines new open source features with an open and transparent development process."

The full article is available[2]

Fedora 13 Supports NetBeans IDE (

Kara Schlitz forwarded[1] an article from May 26th covering Fedora 13's support for NetBeans:

"The fate of the open source NetBeans[2] integrated development environment (IDE) has been in doubt since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in January. But at least one vendor is continuing to invest in the IDE. Fedora, the free Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution, this week released Fedora 13, which includes support for NetBeans 6.8[3], the first IDE to offer complete support for the entire Java EE 6 specification."

The full post is available[4]


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

Links for Untranslated Books Missing from Language Pages

Domingo Becker informed[1] that links to Fedora books were missing from the individual language start pages on, if the books were not translated for that particular language. He suggested that the links to the English books can be added here to avoid confusion as well as to encourage new translators to join in.

Ruediger Landmann replied[2] that the links are automatically generated based upon the existing versions of the books for a language and this list cannot be modifed manually. As an alternative, all the books can be rebuild for each language, even if they are untranslated or by supressing partial translations, which would allow all the books being listed. But this would result in storing multiple copies of same content in the repository. He has also suggested adding a note on the Welcome page to inform visitors to check the full list of documents by changing to the English page.

Introduction Paragraph of Fedora Live Images Missing

Due to a mismatch in the Publican version used for building .PO files and publishing them, a number of translated strings from the 'Fedora Live Images' document do not show up in the build version of the book[1]. Ruediger Landmann explained that this format was being used to prevent major breakages in the strings that would have happened by using publican 1.6.3 to update the books, ahead of Fedora GA. At present, Rudi can refresh these documents again, this time using publican 1.6.3 as per requests from Language teams[2].

Spanish Translation of FPCA Available

The Spanish translation of the updated Fedora Project Contributor Agreement is now available at . [1]

Missing Strings in Fedora Website Files

Thomas Canniot reported[1] about some missing strings in the master=>fedoraproject .POT file. Although an msgmerge was run by Ricky Zhou, the strings are still missing probably due to them not being marked for translation[2].

Fedora 13 GA Announcement in Italian and Spanish

The Italian and Spanish translations[1] for the Fedora 13 GA Announcement is now available in the main Announcement Page[2].

Suggestion for Detailed Description of Translation Components

Members of the Simplified Chinese translation team suggested[1] adding detailed description about the various components available on, that would help translators identify the context where the strings from the particular component are being finally used.

New Members in FLP

Nuno Miranda (Portuguese)[1], Krzysztof Trzewiczek (Polish)[2], John Fert (French)[3] recently joined the Fedora Localiztion Project.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Design Team Release Meetings

Máirín Duffy proposed[1] organizing regular IRC meetings of the Fedora Design Team "I was wondering if we could revisit this and consider weekly or bi-weekly meetings? We could simply check in with each other, talk about what projects we've been working on, and maybe go through open ticket items in our trac queue" and as the team agreed, the first edition happened[2] and touched the following topics[3]: F14 artwork schedule, Fedora design team at LGM, design collaboration tools, emea tshirts.

Fedora Design Team at Libre Graphics Meeting

The 2010 edition of the Libre Graphics Meeting conference[1] took place in Brussels and a team from the Fedora Design Team, formed by Martin Sourada, Papadeas Pierros and Nicu Buculei attended. Nicu posted a summary[2] of the blog posts from the event, along with a link to a video of the presentation delivered by the team.

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