Fedora Weekly News Issue 239
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 239 for the week ending August 18, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue kicks off with news from the Fedora Planet, including why private browsing isn't as secure as you may think and how SELinux can help, reflections on software advances since 1995, a report from the Education pre-con at LinuxCon, and an experience of using Fedora on a Droid X. In Marketing team news, work on Fedora 14 Talking Points in advance of FUDCon 2011, calls for the F14 release slogan and discussion around it. Two pieces with Fedora In the News this week, one from interviews with kernel developers at LinuxCon, ncluding Fedora's kernel maintainer, Dave Jones, and coverage of Project Harmony, a multi-vendor effort to streamline Linux contributor agreements. We're very pleased this week to welcome a new beat writer for Ambassadors, Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay, who reports on new Ambassadors to the Fedora Project, a great summary of discussion on the Ambassador list, and coverage of July and August FAmSCO meetings. In Translation news, an update on Fedora 14 tasks, work on missing translations for GNOME apps in Fedora 13, and new members to the Fedora Localization Project for Japanese and Low German. In Design team news, a report on the created Fedora balloons, packaging the Cantarell font, and some new contributions for F14 wallpaper. This issue wraps up with details on security advisories issued for F12 - F14 packages over the past week. Enjoy FWN 239!
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In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Luis Villa wrote: "Put yourself in 1995. I’m going to tell the you of 1995 that in 2010, there will be a software platform with the following properties". Luis then listed all of characteristics of the Web as a software platform, then continued "At this point, 1995-you says ‘This sounds too good to be true. There must be a catch..."
Máirín also summarized the August 13, 2010 Fedora Board meeting.
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-08-11 to 2010-08-17.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
Mel Chua made a twits on the topic of Talking Points to make reference to a "upstream marketing" session on FUDCon Tempe. Kind of how to get marketing-shiny on features in F14.
The marketing meeting discussed what will be our Fedora 14 release slogan.
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
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements (ITManagement)
"In a separate session about contributor license agreements, Red Hat attorney Richard Fontana argued that formal contribution agreements are usually bad, suggested that the legal benefits for the project are dubious.
"It also signals a lack of confidence in free software licenses that regular open source licenses aren't good enough," he said.
Fontana added that he is participating in Project Harmony, though he has mixed feeling about the effort."
The full post is available.
LinuxCon: What Is the Future of Linux Development? (LinuxPlanet)
"When we ship Fedora updates the story is more of the same, more drivers and fixes to existing drivers," said Dave Jones, Red Hat's Fedora kernel maintainer. "There are some great features in every release, but it's mostly more of the same from our perspective."
Overall the increasing level of complexity and quality is also making it more difficult for new people to contribute to the kernel. Jones believes that the barrier to entry for kernel developers has been raised in recent years.
"A driver that would have been merged in the early days would now get shot down, with request for re-writes," he said.
Jones noted that there are certain areas where new kernel developers can make more of an impact than others.
"The kernel is big enough and there are whole areas are that are prime areas for people to come and clean up," Jones said.
That said, Jones suggested that new developers not choose to start with what he referred to as janitor patches that help to eliminate needless whitespace.
"Find something that is interesting and useful but at the same time easy enough to understand so you can get involved with it," Jones said."
The full post is also available.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Nilesh Vaghela posted a summary of a Fedora Talk/Seminar at GLS College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The link to the photographs have been provided as well. Fedora 13 features were demonstrated at the workshop.
Zoltan Hoppar requested guidance in getting the domain hu.fedoraproject.org registered as it is part of the Hungarian community's efforts to become official.
Robyn Bergeron requested help in selecting the Release Slogan for Fedora 14 . The themes for the release slogan has a wiki page The Release Slogan SOP is recommended reading. The new slogan ideas are to be provided at the specific wiki page The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, August 17, at 21:00 UTC.
Summary of FAmSCo meetings
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 14 Tasks
John Poelstra informed the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 14. As per the schedule translation of software and documents is currently underway. Noriko Mizumoto suggested changes to the timeline to reflect the 1 week slip in the schedule.
Missing GNOME Translation for Fedora 13
New Members in FLP
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
Cantarell Font Packaged
In the effort of renewing the branding fonts, Luya Tshimbalanga packaged the last missing piece "Design team have recently chosen Cantarell for body text. I have packaged Cantarell fonts for Fedora" and Dave Crossland, the Cantarell's author Fedora user and existing contributor to the Fonts SIG used the opportunity to get involved more in font packaging "I have been saying for probably years now that I want to start packaging fonts for Fedora, and this seems like a great opportunity to actually get stuck in."
F14 Wallpaper Evolution
Federico Cáceres, a new contributor, introduced himself and a few modification proposals for the Fedora 14 wallpaper evolution "I thought I could mix up the current concept and share my experiments with the community." Máirín Duffy showed a bit of unrest about the status "Time is definitely getting short as we need to start working on the banners for beta. :)" and wrote a blog post to increase the feedback.
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- ghostscript-8.71-10.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045500.html
- mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045524.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-184.108.40.206-42.b18.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045471.html
- drupal-6.19-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045464.html
- httpd-2.2.16-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045455.html
- ssmtp-2.61-15.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045407.html
- znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045385.html
- squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045383.html
- openconnect-2.25-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045304.html
Fedora 12 Security Advisories
- ghostscript-8.71-7.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045568.html
- iputils-20071127-12.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045560.html
- mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045496.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-220.127.116.11-40.b18.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045468.html
- drupal-6.19-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045440.html
- ssmtp-2.61-15.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045422.html
- perl-5.10.0-91.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045418.html
- znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045386.html
- squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc12 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-August/045372.html