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Fedora Weekly News Issue 229

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 229[1] for the week ending June 9, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

In announcements this week, another appointment to the Fedora Board, news that with Fedora 13, live spins will be moving to rawhide, and a wonderful variety of postings to the fedora-user list. In news from the Fedora Planet, early feedback on the Gnome 3.0 related projects, thoughts on openness and the Design team, and news on a new release of Virtaal -- a Computer Aided Translation Tool (CAT) package. Fedora In The News brings us a range of postings from the trade press and blogosphere about Fedora 13. In Quality Assurance news this week, details on impending Fedora 11 bug closure, a report on a triage class on real-life bugzapping, and updates from the AutoQA team's activities. Ambassadors this week features several event reports from Ghana, Guatemala and India. In Artwork/Design Team news, some discussion on switching fonts used for Fedora branding and a new initiative to attract contributors "a bi-weekly blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community..." This issue finishes up with Security Advisories, covering security-related packages released in the last week. Enjoy FWN 229!

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 and/or Pascal Calarco

Fedora Announcement News

Final Board appointment

Paul W. Frields, Fedora Project Leader, announced[1], "I'm pleased to announce that Stephen Smoogen will join the Fedora Project Board. He'll be seated along with the other newly elected and appointed Board members at our next regular meeting in June, which will be an IRC public meeting. Stephen brings many years of experience with the Fedora Project in a variety of areas, and as a volunteer contributor and a Red Hat employee at various times. This appointment completes the normal succession process for the Board for this term. We're currently working out the meeting schedule between the new members, and we'll send it out via normal channels, such as the advisory-board list, well in advance of the first meeting."

Fedora Development News

Nightly live spins moving on to rawhide

Kevin Fenzi announced[1]: "With the release of Fedora 13, the nightly live composes will start tracking rawhide as of today (2010-05-31). See [2] for logs, images and more information."

Package maintainers -- want test results by mail?

James Laska announced[1], "Greetings package maintainers, Want to get notification of any breakage in your just-built koji packages? This includes results of rpmlint [2], rpmguard [3] and, if applicable, initscript [4] tests. Good news, you can now opt-in to receive test results by mail!

All you have to do is:

  • 1. Login to # ssh
  • 2. Run the command: autoqa-optin <package> [<release>]

That's it! Thanks to Seth Vidal for the autoqa-optin script and proposed changes to enable this feature."

Outage: VPN Work - 2010-06-04 14:00 UTC

Mike McGrath[1] announced [2],"There will be an outage starting at 2010-06-04 14:00 UTC, which will last approximately 1 hours.

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

or run: date -d '2010-06-04 14:00 UTC'

Reason for outage: Updating some vpn settings. I hope this will be a blip lasting a few seconds. This is mostly a "just in case" notice. There's a deadline to meet to have it done by the end of the day which is why it is happening earlier in the day instead of after hours.

Affected Services:

  • Bodhi - [4]
  • Email system
  • Fedora Account System - [5]
  • Fedora Community - [6]
  • Fedora Hosted - [7]
  • Fedora Talk - [8]
  • Mirror List - [9]
  • Mirror Manager - [10]
  • Package Database - [11]
  • Smolt - [12]
  • Translation Services - [13]
  • Wiki - [14]

Unaffected Services:

  • BFO - [15]
  • Buildsystem - [16]
  • CVS / Source Control
  • DNS -,
  • Docs - [17]
  • Fedora People - [18]
  • Main Website - [19]
  • Spins - [20]
  • Start - [21]
  • Torrent - [22]

Ticket Link: [23]

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

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.

The most highlighted topics on the list are:

  • [2]problem with awk by Adel ESSAFI
  • [3] FC12 and intel fortran 11.1 Saeid Jalali
  • [4] preupgrade 12-13 and not enough disk space for /var/cache Anne Possoz
  • [5]Installing F13 Rahul Sundaram
  • [6]FC13 infofeed RSS coming? Rahul Sundaram
  • [7]Ntpd problems FC13 Jim
  • [8] Why are the _nightly_ builds build once in a ... week??? Kevin Fenzi
  • [9] MultiMedia suggestions? jack craig
  • [10] Problems with SELinux and cronjobs Daniel J Walsh
  • [11] RPMs in FC13 with wrong or missing release Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [12]Problems with fetchmail Mats
  • [13] Who sees massive flickering? Tom Horsley
  • [14] Correct instructions for installing NVidia proprietary driver on Fedora 13? Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [15] Network Manager, WPA, "available to all users" Steven Stern
  • [16] NMI error with kernel Steven Stern
  • [17] Correct instructions for installing NVidia proprietary driver on Fedora 13? (WORKAROUND!) Steven P. Ulrick
  • [18]Community Gaming session 5 - bzflag Bruno Wolff III
  • [19] Fedora 13 Upgrade Going Badly philbrog
  • [20] Unwanted space preceeding cursor in Konsole Steven P. Ulrick
  • [21]Ugly little hand [Solved] fred smith
  • [22] FC13 and kqemu again William John Murray
  • [23] Saving VLC snapshots Anne Wilson
  • [24] can't set Okular as helper pdf app in Firefox Claude Jones
  • [25]Removing/Cemsoring bad Fedora mirrors? Daniel B. Thurman
  • [26] ssh into kvm-clients brizly vaan van Ulciputz
  • [27] USB to parallel port printer adapter does not work anymore. (F13) Mick M.
  • [28] F13 installation: successful with small problem and larger one. Bruno Wolff III
  • [29] Relabeling all audio files on a server Phil Meyer
  • [30] Installing Flash Robert Posey
  • [31] twin display f12 pankaj singh
  • [32] Why are 0 karma updates still being released? Mike Fedyk
  • [33] fnfx trouble on Toshiba Yogesh
  • [34] F13 installation: successful with small problem and larger one. Richard Shaw
  • [35] Moving a virtual machine Matthew Saltzman
  • [36] Printer selector in F13 Matthew Saltzman
  • [37] Fwd: Fedora Weekly News 228 Frank Murphy
  • [38] Evolution new mail notification gone in F13? Matthew Saltzman
  • [39] twin display f12 pankaj singh
  • [40] FC13, Installing 32 bit Libs on a 64 bit box Jim
  • [41] F13: kvm guest screen resolution Christoph A.
  • [42] GDM slow to accept password Robert Arkiletian
  • [43] Fedora as Xen/CentOS guest? Greg Woods
  • [44] F13: screensaver problem after upgrade from F12 Kevin T. Likes
  • [45] Desktop doesn't wake up from suspend Alex
  • [46] System Hangs with online Video Yogesh
  • [47] Does ccsm work with nouveau? Sam Varshavchik
  • [48] strange NFS behaviour after upgrade to F13 Julian C. Dunn
  • [49] Network Speed issues on Fedora 12 alan
  • [50] [mythtv-users] installing MythTV 0.23 as non-root - almost agraham
  • [51] Setting default pdf reader Fedora13 David A. Paredes Rios
  • [52] Failed attempt installing AdobeReader_enu.i486 Steven P. Ulrick
  • [53] BerkeleyTIP Join June Global Free SW HW Culture Mtgs via VOIP or in Berkeley giovanni_re
  • [54] How To use a HP iPAQ serie hx2700 Pocket PC Dario Lesca
  • [55] Turning the touchpad off Timothy Murphy
  • [56] gtk stock icons missing N James Bridge
  • [57] Network crash in F13 Clodoaldo Neto
  • [58] Networking doesn't start on boot Alex
  • [59] NFS Issue Phil Meyer
  • [60] Resizing virtual display on virtual machine Dale J. Chatham
  • [61] Sound server gone - Solved Mike McCarty
  • [62] F13 - goodnewws and bad news Aaron Konstam
  • [63] Setting gnome-terminal size Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [64] help with upgrading fed 12>13 and boot size/ lvm dale kain
  • [65] F13 Can't start sshd with Selinux enforcing mode Clodoaldo Neto
  • [66] Managing debuginfo repos and packages Suvayu Ali
  • [67] ant with jdk5 fernando at
  • [68] Monitor disconnects (?) in F13 Patrick O'Callaghan
  • [69] Fedora 13 installation Mark Ryden
  • [70] Setting gnome-terminal size Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [71] Hi + i945 external monitor problem Fabio Alessandro Locati
  • [72] Is there still yum repository is not configured for grouplist ? in fedora 13 Sukhdev Jadhav
  • [73] How do I associate *.jnlp files to Java Webstart (javaws) on GNOME? Andre Costa
  • [74] Preupgrade F11 to F13. DBUS issues, gdm shows empty user list, pulse doesn't work. Gilboa Davara
  • [75] F13 Sadly Unusable Brian C. Huffman
  • [76] Improving the list climate [was Re: Fwd: Fedora Weekly News 228] davidbriley at
  • [77] Looking for multi-DVD spanning archiver Robert G. (Doc) Savage
  • [78] Installing and configuring USB Wireless for rt2870? Daniel B. Thurman
  • [79] Audacity-1.3.12 vs Fedora-13 Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [80] question about NSFv4 and FC13 Gerhard Magnus
  • [81] Evolution oddities in F13 Matthew Saltzman
  • [82] pdf paper format Bill Davidsen
  • [83] No terminal bell in compiz Sam Varshavchik
  • [84] phpMyAdmin & FC13 Alex
  • [85] Traffic Shaping / Bandwidth Throttling Thom Paine
  • [86] FC13 won't start Yogesh
  • [87] OT (maybe) print server Mick M.
  • [88] Omega live - Rahul Sundaram
  • [89] [F13, Nvidia] Nvidia drivers for Nvidia GF FX5200 Boris Glawe
  • [90] Ufraw seems strange to me and to my brand new camera Antonio M
  • [91] Omega boot time on an old EeePC Beartooth
  • [92] Ufraw seems strange to me and to my brand new camera antonio montagnani
  • [93] Xplane Michael Miles
  • [94] [Fwd: Re: F13 - goodnewws and bad news]-addendum Aaron Konstam
  • [95] A question on OCR for bad old document? mike cloaked
  • [96] Fedora 12 Cups and Canon IP3000 from command line Javier Perez
  • [97] Googleearth segfault on startup using nvidia kmod driver Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [98] preupgrade 12 to 13 error Alan J. Gagne
  • [99] Goodbye Fedora XDMCP and VNC Robert Myers
  • [100] More nvidia kmod strangeness Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [101] Invoking a nonexistent application in F13 causes a pause Jonathan Ryshpan
  • [102] VDO File Format Frederick Abrams
  • [103] Problem - Preupgrade to F13 Anaconda Freeze Curt Stauffer
  • [104] F13: RealPlayer Frank Elsner
  • [105] preupgrade 12 to 13 error Alan J. Gagne
  • [106] preupgrade 12 to 13 error Alan J. Gagne
  • [107] F13: screensaver problem after upgrade from F12 John Horne
  • [108] {Disarmed} RE: preupgrade 12 to 13 error Alan J. Gagne
  • [109] Wireless T61 Problem Ray Curtis
  • [110] Unwanted package removal? Yogesh
  • [111] nvidia driver strangeness Matthew Saltzman
  • [112] KDE fedora 12 - how to switch to gnome. mafeusek at
  • [113] FlashPlayer-10.1.X86_64 RPM ? Jim
  • [114] Problems with DL380 Kleber Rocha
  • [115] F13 KDE: phonon audio playback device does not work Andrea
  • [116] jython failure in F13 Eric Brunson
  • [117] pppoe on boot without NetworkManager Roman Makurin
  • [118] Extract file from tar home/ Bob Goodwin
  • [119] F13 freeze Kleber Rocha
  • [120] No subject Sateesh kumarb
  • [121] Gthumb in F13 Peter Langfelder followed by Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak
  • [122] f13: new mount error after boot (/etc/rc5.d/S25netfs) Dario Lesca
  • [123] system-monitor applet does'nt show disk usage info chenh
  • [124] SELinux context conflict -- default_ versus samba_share_t Julian C. Dunn
  • [125] F13 doesn't let me customize install John Aldrich
  • [126] German keyboards and the tilde (~) character Joachim Backes
  • [127] Fedora on netbook with 2GB of storage? Valent Turkovic
  • [128] Native ZFS in Fedora? Valent Turkovic
  • [129] RHEL5 binaries Roger K. Wells
  • [130] fgrep,grep and egrep Kaushal Shriyan
  • [131] ant with jdk5 fernando at
  • [132] Fedora on netbook with 2GB of storage? Suvayu Ali
  • [133] labeling swap partitions Gene Heskett
  • [134] transferring gnotes Aaron Konstam
  • [135] [OT] if you've ever wanted to dabble in kernel programming, here's your chance Robert P. J. Day
  • [136] Dual display settings not saved from KDE Barry Scott
  • [137] F13 and Sipwitch - Anyone got this working agraham
  • [138] sssd and ldap config Michael Cronenworth
  • [139] Bash issues on reinstall Bob Kinney
  • [140] Help required Pallav Jain

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


Ian MacGregor revisited[1] the Gnome 3 Shell. "I could go on and on about how impressed I am with gnome shell..." Matthias Clasen noted[2] that It IS Coming. "But GNOME consists of well over a hundred modules, so there is naturally a lot of work left. There are a number of things where you can help."

On the design front, Máirín Duffy discuessed[3] the importance of "an open and inclusive process" to the Design Team. "We want folks to use open formats and collaborate in an open way, using open source tools, sharing sources and working together rather than in competition. An ongoing goal for the team is to get greater community participation in creating artwork for Fedora." Máirín also announced[4] the Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty. "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to polish up the design and layout of the Fedora 13 Feature Profiles print document."

Mel Chua looked[5] back at the history of the Fedora and Sugar on a Stick releases to figure out where the project could go in the future.

Martin Sourada decided[6] to use the Midori Webkit-based web browser. "So here're some highlights of what you can get with the latest and greatest stuff that's in Fedora 12 (and a bit of customizing)..."

Jesus Rodriguez explained[7] how to (and how not to) move a large volume of data from one system to another by physically removing one drive from an madadm RAID-1 array and putting it into another system.

Mohammed Morsi announced[8] the release of "a Fedora 12 based appliance complete w/ a stack of rpms built against and related to Ruby 1.9.1."

Richard W.M. Jones started[9] work on a reporting package for Bugzilla using the command line python-bugzilla interface.

Dwayne Bailey wrote[10] about what is new in Virtaal 0.6.1. "For those not in the know, Virtaal is our Computer Aided Translation Tool (CAT) that we've been developing as part of the ANLoc project."

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

Review of Fedora 13 on my ThinkPad thingy (

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[2] a posting from a blog from 2010-06-04:

"Firstly, kudos to the Fedora team for continuing to reduce their dependency on Mono! Fedora 12 implemented the beautiful Gnote in place of Tomboy, and with 13 they replaced F-Spot with Shotwell. I have to admit I’d never heard of the Vala language until I read up about Shotwell, it looks really interesting and the perfect antidote to Mono which has always made me feel uneasy. Could Gnome finally be able to compete with KDE and Qt in this regard now?

And of course I’m delighted that a fully featured Python 3.0 stack is now available in the default install! Granted my primary Python haunt is Django, but my personal scripts have been running on 3.0 on my Mac for a long while now, so it’ll be great to port them over."

The full post is available[3].

Fedora 13 review (

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] user highlights with screenshots on Fedora 13:

"Fedora 13 is a very stable update. If you want to play with advanced features that are not available on other distributions, such as installing to Storage Area Networks (SANs) or disks attached to mainframes, then you should give it a try."

The full post is available[2]

Distributionstest Fedora 13

Henrik Heigl forwarded[1] a German review of Fedora 13:

"Fedora 13 ist am 25. Mai 2010 erschienen und wartet mit aktualisierten Desktops und einer Vielzahl von neuen Funktionen auf. Dieser Artikel versucht einen Eindruck von der Distribution mit Schwerpunkt auf den Neuerungen zu geben."

The full post is available[2].

Fedora 13 Review (Software Latest Releases)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] another review of Fedora 13:

"Fedora 13 is especially a turning point in terms of installation method. The BFO project allows you to download an ISO of smaller size and launching an installation via Internet. This is undoubtedly one of the most demanding features. The choice of default applications seems also far more consistent than Ubuntu. For example Pino instead of Gwibber (which is much easier to use) Shotwell instead of Gthumb and Fspot.

In short, Fedora 13 leaves once again a good impression. For professionals, has better performance than other popular distributions and for home users Ubuntu or Linux Mint which are perhaps more intuitive to begin working with Linux. Only regret, too long and unworthy startup time of a modern Linux distribution. But in the world of Linux, personal taste matters more."

The full post is available[2].


In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1]. For more information on the work of the QA team and how you can get involved, see the Joining page[2].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Fedora 11 EOL bug closure

John Poelstra requested[1] help from the group in checking his planned procedure for closing Fedora 11 bugs at Fedora 11 EOL, 2010-06-25. Michael Cronenworth couldn't see any problems[2], while Dave Malcolm suggested a small change[3].

AutoQA initscript testing

Josef Skladanka explained[1] that the AutoQA team is working on creating tests of LSB compliance in Fedora initscripts, and asked the group for help in validating the tests, and even in creating new ones. He pointed to a wiki page[2] which provided details on how to help out.

Real life Bugzapping class

Vedran Miletić mentioned[1] that he was again planning to focus on triage during one of his university classes. Adam Williamson offered to be around on IRC during the class to help[2]. The class eventually went ahead successfully on 2010-06-07.

Proven testers policy finalized

Adam Miller announced[1] that the "proven testers" policy/process had been finalized and published[2]. He noted that the form of the mentoring process had not yet been decided, and asked applicants to have patience while the group worked it out. James Laska asked[3] "are we ready to start processing these requests?" Adam Williamson suggested[4] first agreeing on what mentors should teach applicants, and proposed that the overall aim be to test that critical path updates do not break the tasks which are defined as the basis of the critical path policy[5]. James posted in broad agreement[6].

Triage scripts

During the Bugzappers weekly meeting of 2010-06-01[1], Matej Cepl outlined his plans for the currently Jetpack prototype-based triage assistance scripts[2]. He explained that the Jetpack prototype had been discontinued by Mozilla in favour of the Jetpack SDK, which carries the same name and has similar goals but is a completely different design, being an SDK which facilitates the creation of regular Firefox extensions, rather than being an extension in its own right on which scripts are run. Matej intends to rewrite the triage scripts on top of the Jetpack SDK, over time and as the SDK becomes more mature. This has the benefit of making it easier and safer to install and run the scripts, and potentially making them easier to port to other browsers.


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

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

Fedora at Idlelo 4 in Ghana

Isaac Sanni-Thomas reports on the recent IDLELO 4 event in Ghana and Fedora's participation in that African expo.

Issac reports:

  • Idlelo reported over 100 participants from around the world. Among them was Ben Konrath from GNOME project with whom we had a joint Exhibition booth. We also had John 'Maddog' Hall with us who proudly shared Live Fedora 12 CD's. We can proudly say that our booth had the largest visitors. At a point we had to share responsibilities in order to be able to handle the crowd that our booth had.
  • Since this was Fedora's first major event in Ghana/West Africa we had lots of interest as more people wanted to know what Fedora was coming to offer Ghanaians as well as what Fedora was all about. We also had some visitors from Ivory Coast who said they did not have an ambassador and hence didn't know much about Fedora.
  • The general question that seem to hit us at almost every second was "What is the difference between Fedora and Ubuntu?". This was coupled with people wanting to know features we had in Fedora that Ubuntu did not have.
  • We received a lot suggestions about how to make our presence felt in Africa. The most recurrent one was about Free Media. All our visitors emphasized the fact that the reason why they are used to Ubuntu and know more about Ubuntu is because of the Free CD program Ubuntu has. Ubuntu hasnt held any event in Ghana but the Free CD program alone has won the hearts of over 90 percent of Linux users in Ghana.
  • We were privileged to have Ben Konrath from GNOME using Fedora mainly and people were happy to see GNOME 3 in action on his laptop.
  • Fedora had a translation session which was held by Pierros teaching how people can contribute to translating Fedora to the Akan language. There was also a panel discussion led by Pierros to discuss the organizational structure of Fedora.
  • We gave away lots of live CDs and helped some people to format their laptops to start using Fedora. We gave away some t-shirts and badges. The most popular swag was the badges and the Live CD's. We were so happy to see lots of people wear the badges around the Conference. It showed how involved they want to be in Fedora.
  • Lots of people were interested in the OLPC as Pierros demonstrated how its run on Fedora.
  • We are happy to introduce a new incoming member who was with another distro by name Kennedy Kasina. He was glad to receive some swag from us as that also motivated him a lot. He is being mentored by Pierros in translation of Fedora to Swahili for Kenya and East African countries speaking Swahili.
  • Fedora was the only distro that showed up and made a lot of presence and impact during the event. A lot of thanks goes to Maddog who took sharing of the Fedora 12 media upon himself during his talks. Since the CD was coming from Maddog, a lot of people felt inspired to start using Fedora immediately.

Isaac said, "In all we had a pretty successful event. Currently we have some action points for Ghana for the next few months and especially next year when we will have expanded our user base."

Fedora 13 release party in Guatemala

Neville Cross reports on a Fedora 13 release party in Guatemala on his blog here. The Spanish version is on top and the English is below. Neville addressed around 80 attendees on Fedora's behalf and established a Fedora presence in Guatemala.

Fedora Activity Day in Pune, India

Rahul Sundaram reports on the recent Fedora Activity Day in the Red Hat office in Pune, India. It was a two day event. You might have seen the blog posts on that over this week in Planet Fedora and we have a roundup here.

Rahul reports that there was a variety of projects and tasks that was tackled during the event. Here is a quick summary:

  • OLPC/Sugar: Sayamindu who works for OLPC joined hands with Kushal Das to package up a accessibility tool of interest to OLPC and a Sugar activity called Pathagar which is a book server. Sayamindu also gave a talk on life as downstream of Fedora.
  • Fedora Tour: A clutter based app with whiz bang effects that aims to provide a friendly welcome screen for new users on first login. Ankur Sinha is leading this effort. Ankur has also helped out in packaging reviews and submitted a few new review requests. The latest being a dependency of Shotwell.
  • Fedora Medical Spin: Susmit is a leading an effort to create a medical spin for the next release. Many of us are helping out. Harsh Varma participated in some packaging tasks and is helping with this spin as well.
  • Systemd, WebM support etc: I reviewed a few packages, approved one and worked on packaging up systemd, updating webkitgtk in Fedora 12 for WebM support, fixing a E-V-R issue that broke Deluge, qbittorrent etc., for users upgrading to Fedora 13 from Fedora 12.
  • Package Reviews: A number of us including Rangeen Basu, Ankur Sinha, Kushal Das and me participated in doing package reviews.
  • Autootools workshop: Siddesh who works for GSS gave a introductory workshop on autotoolizing a project.
  • Repository wide fixes: Rakesh Pandit working on fixing several security bugs and Imran who couldn't make it to the event due to some last minute disruption came up on IRC and filed patches that fixed all of the pending E-V-R issues between Fedora 12 and Fedora 13. Rakesh will be committing and doing the builds to resolve them today. We hope to be tackling source url issues, desktop file fixes, FTBFS and other similar issues via a online FAD sometime later.
  • gFotoStat: Kishan and Meejan worked on a tool for statistics of photos for professionals. This tool can run against a set of pics and provide all sorts of interesting info based on the metadata. They fixed a number of bugs and added some new features in a new release.
  • wordGroupz: Ratnadeep worked on a new project which is a vocabulary builder and he also took on some packaging tasks.
  • Shreyank Gupta worked on packaging Sup, a popular gmailish mail client written in Ruby and several of the Ruby module dependencies. He has just been sponsored yesterday.
  • Salim Ansari hacked on Anjuta including a symbol browser and some new search capabilities and Satya continued her work on Beacon, a web based docbook xml editor
  • Runa ported the help in the new mallard format from Tomboy to Gnote for GNOME 3 readiness.

Rahul says, "At the end of the event, we had a discussion about what went well and what we could improve and about organizing a FUDCon next year in India."

Let us know about your Fedora 13 activities

Fedora 13 has now launched and Ambassadors are encouraged to hold release events. If you are planning to hold an event, let Fedora Weekly News know. Drop a line to lcafiero=at=fedoraproject-dot-org with the details and we'll get it in FWN.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

The Complementary Font

Máirín Duffy proposed[1] a branding change for the complementary font used with the Fedora logo[2] "our secondary font, MgOpen Modata, doesn't have basic accent marks (I can't even write my own name in it.) Do we want to consider switching to a different font that does?" and made a proposal "I found this font that has a similar rounded look (it's a wider and more widely-spaced font, but I think that's okay) and it seems to cover all the basic accents including acute, grave, umlat, circumflex, etc. It's called Quicksand."

Not everybody was happy with the new proposed font, like Fabian A. Scherschel[3] "Personally, the lower-case 'a' in that font gives me a headache. I think it's not 'modern' enough looking for Fedora" or Paul W. Frields[4] "Speaking only for my tastes, this font seems more excentric than Modata. The wider spacing could have a negative impact on content where we can effectively use Modata now."

Máirín also outlined[5] the lack of an official body text "We don't actually have an official body text font (I tend to use Liberation Sans when laying out body text), maybe we should pick a specific one and add it to our brand guidelines" and Ian Weller made a proposal[6] "We could use either Liberation or Droid. It matters not to me", with a good number of the team members supporting Droid.

Bi-Weekly Bounties

Máirín Duffy wrote on her blog[1] and then on the Fedora Design mailing list[2] about a new initiative to attract contributors "a bi-weekly blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project." She presented the task, the rules, the tools and also the rewards and a couple of people responded [3] [4]

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