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Fedora Weekly News Issue 243

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 243[1] for the week ending September 15, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue begins with announcements from the Fedora Project, including much detail on the upcoming FUDCon in Tempe, AZ, January 28-30, 2011, Fedora 14 beta blockers and other status updates, and upcoming Fedora-related events. In news from the Fedora Planet, more thoughts from the community on how to improve Fedora, updates on the site redesign, and work on a MeeGo Fedora spin. In Fedora Ambassador news, a summary of this week's past list discussion, and a summary of FAmSCo list discussion. In Design Team news, a summary of the final work leading to Fedora 14 beta. Our issue completes with updates on the security-related patches released for Fedora 12, 13 and 14 this past week. Enjoy!

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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: Rashadul Islam

Fedora Announcement News

The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. Please, visit the past announcements at[1]

FUDCon Tempe update -- includes lodging info!

Paul W. Frields[1] on Thu Sep 9 13:34:12 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"Here's an update on the FUDCon in Tempe, AZ coming January 29-31,2011.


The FUDCon Tempe planning group has established a group rate at the Marriott Courtyard Tempe Downtown. The rate for single or double occupancy[3] is $99/night, and the core dates for this rate are the nights of January 28-30. However, a significant number of dates surrounding these nights have been reserved, and more should be available if needed.

All attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The deadline for reserving rooms is November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05). A credit card is required for your reservation, and at check-in to cover incidentals.

If you've been approved for a lodging subsidy, typically 50% of projected room costs, you should also find a roommate who can cover the other half. (It's often easiest to find someone else who's getting a lodging subsidy, and room with them.) Please mark your room sharing arrangements on the wiki: just put your roommate's name in the "Roomshare" column.

To make hotel reservations, use the handy URL provided on the wiki:[4]

Dates are pre-filled using this link, but you can adjust them as necessary. If you have any problems, make your reservation for the provided dates, and call the hotel at the phone number provided on the wiki to make adjustments.


It's now open on the main FUDCon wiki page:[5]

Remember that although you're not required to pre-register, when you do pre-register for the event you're eligible to receive a special gift at the sign-in desk at FUDCon. There will probably be a limit to the number of people we can pre-register, so sign up today.

But don't worry -- if you miss pre-registration, remember that FUDCon as always is *free and open* for anyone to attend. We are happy to have anyone attend, learn, participate, and contribute. Please encourage your friends, co-workers, and colleagues to attend!


It's not too late to request a travel subsidy, although funding is going fast. Remember, marking the wiki is not sufficient to get a subsidy. You need to follow the instructions here:[6]

  • NOW* is the time to start adding content information. Many people use the preview information of content to decide whether to attend the event. Help us show the community how much great information there is at a FUDCon event! Simply add your information to the FUDCon wiki. Remember, everyone is welcome to deliver content at FUDCon. Add your topics here:

[7] [8]


The organizers have reserved a separate king suite at the conference hotel for around the clock hacking. We know there are a few intrepid souls who bid a fond farewell to sleep during these events to fit in more keyboard time. We hope you'll feel free to make use of the hack suite for this purpose.


If you require any documentation for entry, such as a passport or visa, please make those arrangements as soon as possible. If you require a letter of invitation or any other paperwork from the organizers, please file a ticket in the FUDCon Planning issue tracker: [9]


We aim to make the planning process of FUDCon as easy to participate in as possible. Edit the wiki pages and let us know what you would like to see, join the discussion list at[10], and join us every Monday at 3:00pm US Eastern (currently 1900 UTC) in IRC Freenode at #fudcon-planning for FUDCon planning meetings.

You can help publicize FUDCon on and Twitter with the hashtag #fudcon, and feel free to tag other relevant groups thoughtfully. Thanks for helping!"

Board IRC Meeting :: Fri 2010-09-10 at UTC 18:00 in #fedora-board-meeting

Jared K. Smith[1] on Fri Sep 10 14:58:59 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"The Fedora Board is holding an IRC meeting today in #fedora-board-meeting at UTC 18:00 (2:00pm EDT, 11:00am PDT).

We'll follow the same protocol as we did for the previous two IRC meetings, as is explain here:[3]. The entire meeting will be dedicated to Questions and Answers. We're going to limit any single question to eight minutes, so that we can cover as many questions as possible in the 60 minutes we have available. In the interest of rapid responses, the Board members will be encouraged to respond at will to questions, as we did in the previous meeting."

Fedora Development News

The fedora development news list is intended to be a low traffic announce-only list for Fedora development.[1]

  • Acceptable Types of Announcements

- Policy or process changes that affect developers. - Infrastructure changes that affect developers. - Tools changes that affect developers. - Schedule changes - Freeze reminders

  • Unacceptable Types of Announcements

- Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule) - Discussion - Anything else not mentioned above

Reminder: Rebuild all translated packages

Noriko[1] on Wed Sep 8 03:22:37 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"Dear package maintainers

This is kind reminder. It was software translation deadline on 2010-09-07, and many languages translation have been updated or completed 100%. Please make sure latest translation are picked up for rebuilding packages. It is expected to rebuild all translated packages between 2010-09-07 and 2010-09-14. This ensures that all translation work will be included in Beta and GA releases.

Thank you!"

sip-4.11.x (and PyQt stack) coming to rawhide

Rex Dieter[1] on Wed Sep 8 19:41:29 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"Another sip, another abi bump, affected pkgs include:

  • repoquery --repoid=rawhide --whatrequires 'sip-api(7)'
  • PyKDE-0:3.16.6-4.fc14
  • PyKDE4-0:4.5.1-1.fc15
  • PyQt-0:3.18.1-7.fc14
  • PyQt4-0:4.7.4-2.fc14
  • PyQwt-0:5.2.0-8.fc14
  • avogadro-libs-0:1.0.1-6.fc15
  • qedje-python-0:0.4.0-7.fc14
  • qgis-python-0:1.5.0-3.fc15
  • qscintilla-python-0:2.4.4-2.fc14
  • qzion-python-0:0.4.0-9.fc14
  • sems-0:1.2.1-6.fc15

I'll hopefully start in on rebuilding all this sometime tomorrow (Thu Sep 9)"

Unresolved Fedora 14 Beta Blocker Bugs

John Poelstra[1] on Thu Sep 9 04:38:34 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"It's that time again! The Fedora 14 Release Candidate is scheduled for creation one week from this Thursday on 2010-09-16. That task cannot be completed if we have open blocker bugs (listed below). The sooner we address these bugs the greater the likelihood we have of having time to fix last minute bugs closer to the RC and ship the Fedora 14 Beta one time.

If you are the owner of any of the bugs listed below, your prompt attention and feedback with your assessment and plans in the bugzilla comments would be most helpful.

629719 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: FormatCreateError: ('invalid device specification', '/dev/md127p3') :: [3]

623524 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: Err during filesystem check after upgrading bootloader :: [4]

628239 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: Fedora 14 Alpha "reduced graphics" creates vesa-using xorg.conf but doesn't blacklist nouveau :: [5]

608992 :: NEW :: livecd-tools :: David Huff :: Add "Boot system with basic video driver" option at the initial screen :: [6]

630781 :: NEW :: systemd :: Kernel Maintainer List :: systemd hangs on "Clocksource tsc unstable" error and causes the system to freeze after cpu-scaling detection :: [7]

630490 :: NEW :: systemd :: Lennart Poettering :: disabled units still get bus activated :: [8]

631620 :: NEW :: systemd :: Lennart Poettering :: systemd is not starting haldaemon for KDE :: [9]

628241 :: NEW :: firstboot :: Martin Gracik :: Fedora 14 Alpha, post reboot installation steps not working :: [10]

621027 :: NEW :: fedora-logos :: Tom "spot" Callaway :: Graphical screen in anaconda shows F-13 :: [11]

627014 :: ASSIGNED :: systemd :: Lennart Poettering :: systemd provided telinit does not work as advertised :: [12]"

Fedora 14 Beta Blocker Meeting :: Friday, 2010-09-10 @ 16:00 UTC (12 PM EDT)

John Poelstra[1] on Fri Sep 10 00:19:02 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"When: Friday, 2010-09-10 @ 16:00 UTC (12 PM EDT) Where: #fedora-bugzappers on

Without these bugs fixed we can't compose the Fedora 14 Beta Release Candidate on 2010-09-16.

We'll be discussing these bugs to determine if they meet the criteria, should stay on the list, and are getting the attention they need:

629719 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: FormatCreateError: ('invalid device specification', '/dev/md127p3') :: [3]

628239 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: Fedora 14 Alpha "reduced graphics" creates vesa-using xorg.conf but doesn't blacklist nouveau :: [4]

608992 :: NEW :: livecd-tools :: David Huff :: Add "Boot system with basic video driver" option at the initial screen :: [5]

630781 :: NEW :: systemd :: Kernel Maintainer List :: systemd hangs on "Clocksource tsc unstable" error and causes the system to freeze after cpu-scaling detection :: [6]

630490 :: NEW :: systemd :: Lennart Poettering :: disabled units still get bus activated :: [7]

631620 :: NEW :: systemd :: Lennart Poettering :: ordering cycles exist (+ breaking them deletes wrong services) :: [8]

621027 :: NEW :: fedora-logos :: Tom "spot" Callaway :: Graphical screen in anaconda shows F-13 :: [9]

If you are the owner of any of these bugs, kindly update the comments with your feedback as to whether you believe it is a blocker and what your plans for fixing the bug are.

Do you have an issue you believe should be fixed before the Fedora 14 Beta ships? Please consider the following criteria when escalating an issue: [10]

The command used to generate the list of bugs above is: $ bugzilla query --blocked=611991 \


    --outputformat="%{bug_id} :: %{bug_status} :: %{component} :: 

%{assigned_to} :: %{summary} :: %{url}"

NOTE: It this command doesn't work on Fedora 14."

Today is the LAST DAY to fix bugs for the Fedora 14 Beta

John Poelstra[1] on Wed Sep 15 16:32:45 UTC 2010 announced[2],

"The Fedora 14 Beta RC compose is scheduled for tomorrow.

ALL open bugs on Fedora 14 Blocker list ( MUST BE FIXED TODAY or we risk delaying the release. In other words we are very short on time to address the remaining bugs.

Here is the current state of things based on the comments in each bug:

629719 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Anaconda Maintenance Team :: FormatCreateError: ('invalid device specification', '/dev/md127p3') :: [3] Need to make a decision as to whether this bug should remain a blocker based on testing feedback

634205 :: NEW :: bluez :: Bastien Nocera :: Bluetooth always disabled on startup. :: [4] New bug. Need assessment and a fix (if applicable) from maintainer ASAP

628239 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Brian C. Lane :: Fedora 14 Alpha "reduced graphics" creates vesa-using xorg.conf but doesn't blacklist nouveau :: [5] Need additional confirmation that this bug still exists, but most likely will be dropped.

633234 :: NEW :: anaconda :: Brian C. Lane :: Previous grub entry is not overwritten after upgrade with creating new bootloader :: [6] Being researched by anacconda team. Could someone from the anaconda team add a current status to the comments of the bug?

633315 :: NEW :: NetworkManager :: Dan Williams :: Connections not editable in nm-c-e in anaconda :: [7]New bug. Need assessment and a fix (if applicable) from maintainer ASAP

632510 :: MODIFIED :: anaconda :: Chris Lumens :: Installer exited abnormally when starting network in rescue mode :: [8] Need update submitted to Bodhi ASAP so this bug can change to ON_QA

632489 :: MODIFIED :: anaconda :: Radek Vykydal :: Fail to read package metadata after specifying repo= :: [9] Need update submitted to Bodhi ASAP so this bug can change to ON_QA"

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 (Sept 2010 - November 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


Back in FWN Issue 241, there was an across-the-Planet(-Fedora) discussion about ways that Fedora could be improved, and the posts are still continuing. Máirín Duffy started[1] the discussion with the tales of four typical personas that may use Fedora. Jon Masters, who was the one that originally had kicked off the series of posts and added[2] some more thoughts, specifically about one of the personas. "Caroline is the kind of person who is accurately described in the current User base documents on the Fedora Project wiki. She is also represented in a lot of the cosmetic GUIness we see in distributions like Fedora – graphical package updates and configuration, removal of advanced options, the general direction of the GNOME desktop, and so forth." Though not everyone is a Caroline. "What I want to see is a fundamental shift toward having a stable 'Platform'..." Máirín[3] and Jon[4] further clarified themselves, before a few other people jumped in too.

Richard Hughes[5], Nelson Marques[6] and Adam Williamson [7] added their input too. All of the posts were well-mannered, and will hopefully serve to bring about an even better Fedora..

John Poelstra outlined[8] the "end-game" schedule as the Fedora 14 beta quickly approaches.

Juan Rodriguez Moreno parodied[9] Windows 7 (not that it is such a hard task), since the usability leaves a bit to be desired, comparing it to the much friendlier alternative of Fedora.

Peter Hutterer updated[10] us on the status of Wacom tablets under Linux.

Máirín Duffy has been working[11] on the website redesign, which is coming along nicely.

If you recently received an e-mail from the Red Hat/Fedora Bugzilla about having votes removed from bugs, Kevin Fenzi explained[12] what happened and why you don't need to worry.

Richard W.M. Jones compared[13] spinner/status/progress bars. But the interesting thing is that they are all console-based, using only Unicode characters.

Danishka Navin summarized[14] a talk by Michael Bemmer, the Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Office, and other speakers, at the annual international Conference. "Although Bemmer did not divulge details of his company's future strategy he made it clear that the inexorable rise of will continue in the years ahead..."

Karsten Wade questioned[15]: "How can a computer scientist do research without using and producing only free and open source software?" and continued by explaining why Open Source is necessary for any true scientific inquiry.

Mel Chua has been working[16] on a MeeGo-based Fedora spin. There have been some small technical/legal complications, but it should see the light of day soon. Mel requests that if you are "a marketing student looking for a project so you can try out some of the things you've been learning about brand positioning, or someone with an interest in learning about trademark issues, or you have an interest in design and usability and have started to play around with graphics in your spare time", get in touch and you can help out.

Máirín Duffy continued[17] as the board stenographer and wrote-up two Fedora Board meetings (3 and 8 September 2010) for the price of one.

Lennart Poettering published[18] Part 2 of "systemd for Administrators".


This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

Welcome New Ambassadors

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project did not have any new members joining.

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Hans 'hanx' Cruz Buchelli wrote [1] about being unable to give time to The Fedora Project due to family issues and hoped that the current situation would allow more time to the project. Hans also informed that it is almost certain that in 2011 the local municipality and schools will use Fedora

[Beat writer's note: I used available online translation tools to try and obtain a passable English translation for the actual mail]

Carlos Carreno posted [2] about an event - Fedora Party 2010 at the University Ricardo Palma and requested ideas for topics that could be interesting to the audience.

David Ramsey informed [3] about a Test Day for Systemd [4] on 2010-09-07

Danny Stieben ideated [5] about a site similar to OMG ! Ubuntu [6] with the notion that it would be of use to people who are not complete geeks. The subsequent thread had discussions on the hosting providers and need for designing the site etc

Truong Anh. Tuan informed [7] about a short presentation at Software Freedom Day [8] organized by the HanoiLUG

Ben Williams informed [9] ambassadors attending the Ohio Linuxfest to sign up for booth time [10]

Justin O'Brien initiated [11] a discussion about the #fedora IRC channel and registering the IRC nickname. Tristan Santore explained [12] that the registration process followed by Freenode is independent of the Fedora Project or, any other FOSS project using their IRC servers. And, suggested that a wiki page with screenshot might help new users find their way around the process.

Gerold Kassube posted a question [13] "Do you think, I'm a valuable, trustful Fedora Contributor / Ambassador; also as Founder, Memeber and President of the association Fedora EMEA e.V.?" The subsequent thread had inputs from a few Fedora Ambassadors and a few queries about the context of the question

Frank Murphy announced [14] the intention of leaving the Ambassadors Group and desired guidance on the correct method for doing so. Joerg Simon responded [15] with the appropriate URL [16] which outlines the steps

Gerold Kassube updated [17] the FUDCon 2010 / Switzerland page with details.

Paul W Frields asked [18] if any Ambassadors in the Los Angeles/Anaheim/CA area are considering attending 2010 Renesas DevCon conference [19]

David Ramsey reminded [20] about the meeting for APAC Ambassadors to be held on 2010-09-19 at 0300 UTC

John Poelstra posted [21] about upcoming tasks around Fedora 14 release


Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Joerg Simon informed [1] that he would be traveling and was not sure about the data connectivity. He pointed out that the report for August [2] needs to be completed, preferably by 2010-09-18 1800 UTC

María Leandro added [3] that the section for LATAM was complete

Max Spevack sent out a reminder [4] for a meeting on 2010-09-20 and asked if everyone was agreeing to that date.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Preparing for Beta

With the Beta freeze in sight, the Design Team worked on putting together all the needed pieces: Máirín Duffy made a Beta wallpaper[1] "Just a reminder this is so we have something updated in the beta, not necessarily going to be the final!" that was packaged by Martin Sourada, while even a bit late for the release Emily Dirsh proposed[2] a different approach on the same concept "Unfortunately, I didn't get them done in time for the meeting today, or to get into beta, but I did want to share them with everyone. :)".

Martin also packaged[3] the supplemental wallpapers[4] "I've finally found some time to work on the supplemental wallpapers package" and then updated the package with the addition of a couple more images for which author's confirmation was received with a little delay[5]. An improved version of the package is submitted to F14 updates-testing, waiting for karma.

Emily Dirsh centralized[6] the submitted splashes and banners in a wiki page [7] " So, if anyone wants to go look and submit feedback in preparation for the meeting tomorrow [...] you can see the wallpapers" and they were included for the Beta release. It was an opportunity for Máirín Duffy to write[8] a tutorial for preparing GRUB backgrounds[9]

Based on the current default wallpaper proposal Alexander Smirnov created[10] a release countdown banner for the website "I sending to wiki my proposal for countdown banner based on Máirín's wallpaper."

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories

Fedora 12 Security Advisories