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Fedora Weekly News Issue 246

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 246[1] for the week ending October 6, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue opens with news from the Marketing team's list discussion over the past week, with much work around Fedora 14 marketing tasks. We have one press piece in Fedora In the News this week, focusing on a recent interview with Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith. In Fedora Ambassadors news, a summary of list discussion from this past week, as well as coverage of FAmSCo traffic and some new Ambassadors! Quality Assurance brings us up to date with recent Test Days outcomes on systemd, anaconda translations, graphics test week, and the upcoming Test Day on OpenLDAP with the NSS security library. Also in this issue, a summary of Fedora 14 beta testing, proven testers, and work on some new release criteria. In Translation news, a revuew of upcoming Fedora 14 tasks, several changes in modules for translation, and new members and sponsors for the Fedora Localization Project. In Design team news, work on an icon set from a new contributor, a summary of release graphics, and a change in leadership for the Design Suite. This issue rounds out with security advisories released in the last week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14. Enjoy!

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 the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-09-29 to 2010-10-05.

Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Rejaul Islam[1] contributed[2] with a summary of Fedora 14 features.

Ankur Sinha[3] suggested[4] that we need a easy way to pass the "in the news" media hits to and twitter

Paul W. Frields[5] was looking[6] to coordinate features profiles articles with Red Hat press blog. Kara Schiltz pointed out[7] some openings for October 21 and 28. Robyn Bergeron[8] pointed out[9] that EC2 and mini-SIG are under work, but also expressed need for some one to make a feature profile on developer tools. Paul said[10] he was already working on it.

Paul W. Frields[11] indicated[12] that Red Hat is undertaking press release for Fedora 14. If anybody wants to pitch in can look at the wiki page[13] for collaborating.

Fedora In the News

"Fedora 14 will mark the first time that Fedora will concurrently release all its usual spins and a new Amazon EC2 image. That's great news for those using Amazon's cloud hosting to run Fedora machines.

Until now, the most recent Fedora release available for EC2 users has been Fedora 8 - if you wanted a more recent version of Fedora on an EC2 instance you'd have to install it yourself. Thankfully, once Fedora 14 is finalized and released, that will no longer be the case."

"This release will also see the expansion of Fedora's netbook "spin" - as the Fedora project calls them - integrating MeeGo for mobile devices. For most users that means netbooks, though MeeGo is designed to support multiple platforms - think in-dash car systems, handsets and more."



This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[2].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

Welcome New Ambassadors

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members joining.

Giulio from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck

Christian Jantz from Germany mentored by Robert Scheck

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Christoph Wikcert posted [1] initial thoughts around media production for Fedora 14 release in the EMEA region

Rejaul Islam posted [2] about the features that have been accepted by FESCo as part of Fedora 14 release [3]

Sascha Thomas Spreitzer announced [4] the availability via torrent [5] of the i686 F13 Live with GNOME, KDE, LXDE and XFCE on one disk. This was in context of the thread [6] from the previous month

Saadeddine AlSaidi posted [7] an off topic mail about Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) introduced in the US

Sascha Thomas Spreitzer wondered [8] if it would be a good idea to replace the current 4 CDs of Desktop Spin with a single DVD that contains all the spins. Sascha cited possible savings due to mass production. There was further discussion on the thread [9] about this idea along side discussion on re-spins.

David Ramsey posted [10] meeting notes from the APAC meeting on 2010-10-03

John Poelstra posted [11] about upcoming tasks around Fedora 14

Scott McBrien reminded [12] the NA Ambassadors about the meeting on 2010-10-06. David Ramsey provided information [13] about updates to the agenda

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

David Nalley posted [1] the meeting minutes from the last FAmSCo meeting [2] along with the meeting minutes from the meeting on 2010-09-20 [3]

Max Spevack announced [4] about his inability to attend the FAmSCo meeting for 2010-10-04

Joerg Simon mentioned [5] that he would return from vacation on 2010-10-06


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].

The QA section returns this week after a month's absence, for which I apologize! At first I was busy with Fedora 14 Beta work, and for the last two weeks I simply missed the deadline. If anyone would like to help write the QA beat so this doesn't happen in future, please do get in touch, I'd welcome the help.

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Test Days

Since the last issue, there have been Test Days for systemd[1] (recap[2]), anaconda non-English translations and keyboard layouts[3] (recap[4]), virtualization[5], and the Graphics Test Week, including nouveau[6], radeon[7], and intel[8] (recap[9]). See the recaps for details on each event, but they were all broadly successful in exposing bugs to be fixed for the Fedora 14 release.

Next week's Test Day[10] on 2010-10-14 will be on the use of OpenLDAP with the NSS security library - the use of NSS with OpenLDAP is new in Fedora 14, replacing the previous use of OpenSSL. The Test Day will focus on ensuring that OpenLDAP with NSS behaves exactly as OpenLDAP with OpenSSL did. If you're an OpenLDAP user, please come along to the Test Day and help ensure there are no nasty surprises with OpenLDAP in Fedora 14! As always, the Test Day will run all day in the #fedora-test-day IRC channel. You can help out with testing using a virtual machine, so there's no need to alter your main system.

This will be the last Test Day of the Fedora 14 cycle. If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for the Fedora 15 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or file a ticket in QA Trac[11].

Fedora 14 Beta testing

The group has been busy for the last month or so with Fedora 14 Beta validation and testing. We performed validation testing on TC1[1], RC1[2], RC2[3] and RC3[4], with many community members contributing extensive testing. Eventually we declared that RC3 had passed installation validation testing and desktop validation testing (including all four primary desktops), and along with the development and release engineering groups, approved the release of RC3 as Fedora 14 Beta at the go/no-go meeting of 2010-09-22[5].

Proven testers

Adam Williamson announced[1] a proven testers procedure clarification[2]: if an update does not fix a bug it claims to fix, but otherwise works correctly and has other changes which do work, proven testers should not file negative karma against that update.

Release criteria

James Laska proposed some new release criteria[1] defining when artwork should be ready for each Fedora release. John Dulaney and Adam Williamson responded positively, so James pushed the change to the Wiki[2].

Adam Williamson proposed a new release criterion[3] requiring there to be no unintentional conflicts or unresolved dependencies in the entire package repository frozen for release. This was proposed on behalf of release engineering following discussion at a blocker meeting. Some felt this was too high a standard to aim for. After some discussion, Bill Nottingham stated that "I'd be willing to extend/change this such that trees are tested for broken dependencies, all broken dependencies are filed, and these tickets are attached to the nice-to-have tracker".

Nice-to-have bug process

Adam Williamson submitted a proposal[1] for a formal process for handling nice-to-have bugs; those bugs that do not block a given release but for which fixes will be taken during the freeze period for that release. James Laska responded with some suggested modifications[2].


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

Fedora 14 Tasks

John Poelstra informed[1] the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 14. As per the schedule, translation of Final Release Notes and all guides is currently underway.

Changes in Modules for Translation

'Python for You and Me'[1], 'Storage Administration Guide (Fedora 14)'[2] have been added to to accept translations. Additionally, translations have been opened for Fedora 14 branch of the Accessibility Guide[3] and Installation Guide[4] and translations into the Fedora 13 branch of the 'Security Guide'[5] has been stopped.

Seapplet Translations Require Updations

A patch submitted by Ville-Pekka Vainio fixed a problem that prevented the seapplet to use the available translations. An update in the PO files and this patch has added a few more strings for which translations need to be updated[1].

Delay in Website Translation Start Date Requested

Sijis Aviles from the Fedora Website team has requested to delay the start of Fedora Website translations as the team is still finalizing the content for[1].

New Members and Sponsors in FLP

[[User:Lenormand | Guillaume Bonnoron] (French)[1], Tomasz Karpowicz (Polish)[2], Antonio Trande (Italian)[3], Anatolyi Romsa (Ukranian, Russian)[4], joined the Fedora Localization Project recently. Also, the Russian team has a new coordinator Misha Snurapet, who takes over from Yulia Poyarkova[5].


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Icon Design

When Bryan Nielsen, as a new contributor, tried his hand [1] at a first task[2] "I was looking for a simple ticket item that I could tackle and ticket #99 does not have an owner and looked like something I could handle", Jakub Steiner, the team's guru in icon design, stepped in[3] with useful advices "Indeed, the workflow goes like this - create the highres, scale it down for 48x48, remove all the detail that won't render. Get rid of all the mask tricks, put 1px strokes in place. Make sure everything snaps to the pixel grid (snap to bounding box in inkscape). Once 48x48 is down, repeat for smaller sizes. Once done, edit the icon name and context in the baseplate layer, hide the baseplate layer and render the icon with ./ icon-name" and after a number of iterations Bryan achieved[4] a good result.

Release Graphics

Media artwork (CD/DVD sleeves and labels) are one of the lasts items needing to be done before the Fedora 14 release so Alexander Smirnov proposed[1] a design "It's my proposal for create DVD/CD sleeve artwork. This concept based on our new branding font Comfortaa and Cantarel." After a suggestion[2] by Máirín Duffy he removed the GNOME logo and improved[3] the text layout. Alexander even created[4] physical products and provided photos "I created real sleeve for preview (photo from my mobile phone)." Marc Stewart built his own version[5] on Alexander's layout "I am indebted to Alexander for posting his designs. Up until a few hours ago, I felt there was something missing from mine, and have shamelessly stolen the overlay and front logo, and moved the front details from the bottom-left over to the right as a consequence of incorporating these elements."

Alexander Smirnov also created[6] the countdown banner[7] for the Fedora 14 release "I ended make translate version my countdown banner" and Máirín Duffy forwarded[8] it to the websites list.

Design Suite Leadership

Chris Jones announced[1] his resignation as a co-maintainer of the Fedora Design Suite "This is by no means good bye for me and my Fedora and Fedora Design Suite Spin Development contributions. It's simply a change of position to something more suited to my current choices and availabilities", Nicu Buculei made the case[2] for a better collaboration "I think it would have been helpful if all of you sat down together (at the weekly IRC Design Team meetings would be a perfect opportunity), talk and fine tune your vision", Pierros Papadeas acknowledged[3] his share "I really feel that I should apologize for not being responsive the past couple of months, as I have tremendous pressure from my school and job. I am feeling deeply sorry about that" and Chris reiterated[4] talk did happen, but not in public "I should probably have mentioned that all three of us did have email contact and our own meetings away from the mailing list and out of public discussion."

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