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Fedora Weekly News Issue 252

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 252[1] for the week ending November 17, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Starting off with announcements, a welcome to new Fedora Program Manager Robyn Bergeron (yay Robyn!), who takes over from John Poelstra. Tim Burke of Red Hat also thanks the Fedora community for their contributions to a very successful Fedora 14 and RHEL 6 release. In Development news, a couple changes to the packaging guidelines, and announcement of a FESCo Townhall on Nov.18. In news from the Planet Fedora, news of a Fedora QA Team lead position opening, another issue of "This week in Anaconda", a summary of the two most recent Fedora Board meetings and calling libguestfs from a C program. Fedora In the News brings another whopping 10 articles/posts from the trade press and blogosphere about Fedora. In Ambassador news, pointers to the two recent FAmSCo town hall IRC meetings with candidates, new Ambassadors this week, and summarizes of list traffic on the Ambassador and FAmSCo lists. In Translation team news, finding a new meeting time for the team and new members to the Fedora Localization Project. The Design team offers an update on their latest IRC meeting, brainstorming ideas for F15 theming. Our issue completes with security packages released over the past week for Fedora 12, 13 and 14. Read on!

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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: Pascal Calarco

Fedora Announcement News

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

Welcoming New Fedora Program Manager Robyn Bergeron

John Poelstra announced[1]:

"Jared Smith made an announcement in his blog[2] about some upcoming personnel changes in Fedora. I wanted to make a specific announcement to the Fedora lists as well.

Through the end of 2010 and a little bit beyond, I will be working along side Robyn Bergeron to transition my official Fedora responsibilities to her. This will include getting the Fedora 15 team schedules into shape, feature wrangling, bugzilla maintenance, and any number of other things. Robyn and I are committed to making this transition as smooth, complete and timely as we can, and expect the transition to be completed before the Fedora 15 feature submission deadline. Said a different way, if you've already been working with me on something, I'll continue to help you with it. For all new topics, please contact Robyn directly and we will work together as necessary to get them done.

One of the luxuries of my position was keeping tabs on most of the teams in Fedora via their mailing lists. I won't have as much time for this going forward so I'll be scaling back the number of mailing lists I watch and contribute to. If I posted to a list in the past, please don't assume I'll automatically see your message there in the future. Also please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you feel the need to do so.

Fedora, it's been a great ride. We've made great progress in the past three years and I'm thankful you let me be a part of it. Here's to wishing only the best to Robyn in her new role serving the Fedora community!


p.s. I'm still looking forward to and rooting for an on time Fedora 15 release. :)"

Thanks Fedora crew - F14 & RHEL6 releases

Tim Burke posted[1]:

"Following on last week's successful F14 launch that we did together. This week, Red Hat launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. This is an exciting event not only for RH-ers but also for our co-contributors in Fedora.

For this reason, I wanted to deliver some personal kudos directly to the Fedora community. Lots of Fedora contributors can see their direct influence in shaping and co-developing of the best Linux in the world. We are proud to be able to work side-by-side with our community members in Fedora. The benefits of open source collaboration converge in Fedora where the confluence of upstream, community and industry come together.

This is the first Fedora -> RHEL major release in which the community members have had full access to all areas of the distro. This level of transparency has resulted is our most feature complete and robust release to date. Not only is RHEL stronger for it, but Fedora and its community directly benefits also. A win-win situation.

Take a look at free video drivers for instance. Since demanding Fedora users have so many variations in hardware, and participated in reporting issues, the drivers improved far faster than would be possible in RHEL. The same applies to more enterprise type features like virtualization. Common tools that apply across many different types of user or workload have come a long way, because of community participation. We're proud to keep working alongside the community to keep making these features stronger.

Thank you, Fedora contributors, users and fans worldwide. You are an awesome team and its great fun to be doing it together.

Tim Burke Vice President, RHEL Engineering"

Extending election nominations until November 13th

Jared K. Smith announced[1]

"As you may be aware, there has been a lot of confusion with regards to the deadlines for election nominations for this election cycle. (In general, this election cycle hasn't been the smoothest, the blame for which falls squarely on my shoulders as the FPL.) FESCo, in particular, had several nominations that happened after the deadline, and has asked the Fedora Board to render a verdict on how to proceed. After careful thought and deliberation, we've decided to extend nominations for all three elections (FESCo, FAmSCo, and the Fedora Board) to November 13th at 23:59 UTC.

Please note that we are not changing any other part of the election schedule. We'll be sticking to the schedule as outlined below:

November 13-19 Town Halls Meetings

November 20-28 Voting Period

Please note that this decision does not intend to set precedent for future elections. Any changes to the scheduling or logistics for future elections will be discussed and decided after this election cycle.

Please help spread the word about the extension of nominations, so that we can try to eliminate any additional confusion. Thanks again for your efforts in Fedora!

Jared Smith

Fedora Project Leader"

Fedora Development News

The development list[2] is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora development.

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

Changes to the Packaging Guidelines

Tom "Spot" Callaway announced[1][2]:

"Here are the list of recent changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:

D Packaging Guidelines have been added:


The Java Packaging Guidelines have been revised:



The Guideline that explains how and when to require base packages has been substantially revised. The old language focused on -devel packages and left other subpackages to the imagination of the reader. The update has more generic advice and uses -devel and -libs packages as examples.


The perl guidelines have been updated with additional examples and clarifications. Specifically, the Directory ownership, requires and provides, and testing sections have seen wording changes:


A guideline was added explaining the %pretrans scriptlet and requiring that if used it must be written in Lua.


A note was added about additional checks obtained by running rpmlint on installed packages.


These guidelines (and changes) were approved by the Fedora Packaging Committee (FPC).

Many thanks to Alexander Kurtakov, Jonathan Mercier, Stanislav Ochotnicky and all of the members of the FPC, for assisting in drafting, refining, and passing these guidelines.

As a reminder: The Fedora Packaging Guidelines are living documents! If you find something missing, incorrect, or in need of revision, you can suggest a draft change. The procedure for this is documented[3]



"Here are the list of this week's changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:

The FPC has taken over evaluating exceptions to the Bundled Library Guidelines. A list of standard questions to be answered to give the FPC information on whether to grant exceptions has been added to the Guidelines:

An exception was added to the Guidelines concerning use of %{_sourcedir}, specifically, when there is an available list of supplementary source files, it is permissible to use this list in conjunction with %{sourcedir} to simplify operations on those supplementary source files."

FESCo Election IRC Town Hall (2010-11-18 1500UTC)

Kyle McMartin announced[1]

"Hi folks,

Just announcing that there'll be an IRC town hall with the FESCo election candidates on Thursday, October 18th, at 1500UTC (1000 US/Eastern.)

You can join #fedora-townhall-public to ask questions of the moderators, which will be posed and answered by the candidates in #fedora-townhall.

More information is available here[2]

A summary and the irc log will be posted and linked from the wiki after the discussion, if you're unable to watch it live.

Thanks in advance for your interest,


PS: I'd like a volunteer to help me moderate the questions, or at least, help pick out the really good ones for our limited time (1 hr.) If you'd like to help out, please let me know."

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


Now that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been released, Mark J Cox explained[1] why there is a new package signing key, and the new layout for its key GPG files.

Will Woods is leaving[2] the position as Fedora QA Lead. "But I’m not going real far – I’m moving to Red Hat Engineering, and joining the Installer team." And that means that there is a job opening within the Fedora Project.

In "This Week in Anaconda #5" Chris Lumens discussed[3] some future plans for the installer. In particular, the user interface (and usability) is being evaluated and btrfs will be an option (though not the default) in Fedora 15.

XKB's mouse emulation has been disabled by default in X, as Peter Hutterer explains[4]. "Like so many other things, it is a low level feature that has virtually zero desktop integration. The only way to find out whether it is on or not is to hit a key and see the mouse cursor move...If you've accidentally enabled it the only thing you may notice is that your keypad stopped working." Don't worry, you can still turn it back on.

Luis Villa asked[5] (and tried to answer) do “open UIs suck”? or do “UIs without vision suck”?

Máirín Duffy summarized[6] the Fedora Board Meetings on the 12th and 15th of November, 2010.

Richard W.M. Jones wrote[7] some sample code using libguestfs from a C program. "You might have forgotten that libguestfs is really a C library that just happens to have a lot of high level wrappers around it. But you can use the C API directly and (for a C API) it’s not too hard."

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

Fedora bars SQLNinja hack tool (The Register UK)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an article on the Fedora Board discussion on inclusion of a SQL Server vulnerability penetration tool, SQLNinja:

"The decision came during the same meeting that the board unanimously decided to add a new statement to Fedora's legal guidelines concerning the inclusion of hacking tools....Smith said the language is intended to clarify its stance on a class of software that can be used both to secure and penetrate protected networks.

“It's very much a gray area, and as a Board we wanted to ensure that we were careful and deliberate about the kinds of tools we choose to put in Fedora,” he explained.

For the record, Fedora already includes a host of other hacking tools, including Jack John the Ripper, Ettercap, Dsniff, Yersinia, Nessus and Nikto, to name a small few."

The full article is available[2].

Fedora Board likely to reconsider SQLNinja, but should they? - (Network World)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a followup on the SQLNinja packaging question for Fedora 15:

"The chorus crying about the exclusion of SQLNinja has nothing at stake, nothing at risk if Fedora ships SQLNinja. On the other hand, Fedora as a project under Red Hat's wing can expose the parent company to legal risk — not to mention risk to its reputation. Imagine for a moment the headlines about Red Hat shipping a SQL Server takeover tool in Fedora 15, especially if it actually is *used* to conduct an attack of any magnitude. If you want to get on the slippery slope, Red Hat and the Fedora Board have very good reasons for rejecting SQLNinja."

The full article is available[2]

Fedora 14 mini-review (Linux In Exile)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] another blog review of Fedora 14:

"As you know, Fedora 14 released this week. I prefer Fedora as my Linux distro, so I downloaded the new version right away. Here is my mini-review. I freaking love it."

The full post is available[2]

Ubuntu vs Fedora: which is best? (Tech Radar)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a comparison of the latest versions of Fedora and Ubuntu:

"Ubuntu goes out of the way to make things easier for the user, who often couldn't care less if they are 'tainting' their system, whereas Fedora goes out of its way to do the right thing."

The full post is available[2]

Fedora 14: Who is Reviewing the Reviewers? (Montana Linux)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1]

"Distrowatch had a review of Fedora 14 as a feature of their weekly edition. In it they had some background information, mentioned that the Fedora Project has a new website, had a mini-interview with Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith, and then proceeded to go through the actual Fedora 14 release.

They didn't find Fedora to be perfect (it isn't nor is any Linux distribution) nor did they find any major flaws. The reviewer mentioned what he thought Fedoras strengths were as well as some of areas that need additional attention. I thought it was a reasonable review and that the reviewer had actually put a considerable amount of time and effort into it... trying to be an information resource for the reader."

The full post is available[2]

Fedora Welcomes in New Management (

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] a post covering recent Fedora Project personnel changes:

"Jared Smith, Fedora Project Leader, has announced some personnel changes within the Fedora project that show, as Smith says, "every person in the Fedora community is a potential leader." According to Smith, Fedora's "policies of rotating leadership help ensure that everyone who is so inclined has a chance to lead and serve."

The full post is available[2]

Red Hat's Fedora 14 Boasts Updated Development Tools, New Virtualization Technology (eWeek)

Kara Schlitz forwarded[1] a review of Fedora 14 from eWeek:

"Fedora 14, the latest release of Red Hat's fast-moving, community-supported Linux distribution, hit the Internet earlier this month bearing its typical crop of updated open-source software applications, with a particular focus on updated developer tools, such as the latest versions of the Eclipse and Netbeans Integrated Development Environments. As far as new features are concerned, Fedora 14 is a fairly modest release, particularly when compared to the latest from Fedora's chief Linux rival, Ubuntu.

The Fedora feature that most caught my eye was the addition of software packages to enable Spice, the remote desktop protocol that Red Hat picked up in its 2008 acquisition of Qumranet, the creator of Red Hat's KVM open-source hypervisor. While KVM was fairly quickly digested into the distributions of Red Hat and other Linux vendors, Spice has proven more of a challenge, due in large part to the fact that it started out as a proprietary technology[2].

The full post is available[3]

Fedora To Eventually Move to Wayland, Too (OSNews)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] a message on Fedora's future adoption of Wayland to replace

"It turns out that Ubuntu isn't the only Linux distribution who took a left turn off the highway, now driving on a road that will eventually lead to replacing with Wayland. Fedora's 'graphics cabal', as they call themselves, have explained themselves on Fedora's devel mailing list. They also explain how network transparency can be added to Wayland in a number of different ways, making the mailing list thread intriguing reading material."

The full post is available[2]

Fedora Scholarship Program to Proliferate Open Source Technology (InfoTech Spotlight)

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] a post on the the Fedora Scholarship program:

"The Fedora Project announced the opening of the 2011 Fedora Scholarship program, an award that recognizes the contributions of college and University students toward the project. It is awarded to one high school senior annually to assist in college or university education. This is the fourth year since this particular scholarship program has taken off.

Jared Smith, Fedora project leader at Red Hat, said that the scholarship is recognition of talent in the young in the pursuit of innovation, and hopes to encourage and foster future technologists to develop and contribute technology openly."

The full post is available[2]

Did Ubuntu disrespect Fedora Linux with openrespect?

"To be fair, I have not contacted Bacon for his side of this story, but the fact that Fedora has publicly posted this as part of their Board notes gives me some confidence of the validity of the statement....The other thing that must happen for respect in open source communities to occur, in my view is the oversight of a neutral third party. Openrespect as an effort led by Jono Bacon, will always be suspect for Ubunutu bias and ultimately that will render the effort marginally useless."

The full post is available[1]


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

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

Welcome New Ambassadors

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

Marios Isaakidis from Cyprus mentored by Paul Mellors

Henrik Nordström from Sweden mentored by Robert Scheck

Viji V Nair from India mentored by Shakthi Kannan

luke martinez from Australia mentored by Heherson Pagcaliwagan

Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Candidate IRC Townhalls

Two townhalls were recently held on IRC for candidates to respond to questions from the Fedora community, and the log for the first Townhall is available[1].

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Joerg Simon announced his decision [1] to withdraw his self-nomination in the upcoming FAmSCo elections

Neville A. Cross wrote on behalf of Alejandro Perez extending invitation [2] to FUDCon LATAM [3] to be held at Panama.

Heherson Pagcaliwagan posted an event report [4] for the F14 Release Party

Abdel G. Martínez L wrote about [5] the Fedora 14 Release Party [6]

Chris Tyler asked [7] about Town Halls arranged for the upcoming FAmSCo elections especially if there was an organizer for the Town Halls. Susmit Shannigrahi responded [8] about the work done so far

Buddhika Kurera asked for help [9] related to OpenSUSE for the FOSS User Magazine

Caius 'kaio' Chance announced [10] about his request to create a mailing list for Fedora Australia [11] with the objective of getting this working as a general and main mailing list for Fedora folks in Australia and NZ.

Arif Tri Waluyo wrote [12] about wanting to become an ambassador and requested someone to be a mentor. Bert Desment pointed out [13] the relevant page [14] . The thread [15] contains additional inputs from mentors on this issue including a proposal [16] from Caius 'kaio' Chance to be considered as a mentor

Dichi Al Faridi also wrote in [17] with a similar request about looking for a mentor

Caius 'kaio' Chance posted news [18] about a Fedora Meetup at Beijing [19]

Robert Scheck posted [20] an in-depth review of FSCONs 2010 at Gothenburg, Sweden and provided link to some photographs of the event [21]

Susmit Shannigrahi sent out a call for volunteers for the FAmSCo Townhalls [22] pointing out the need to have two meetings to accommodate all the candidates. Buddhika responded to the call informing about the preferred date [23].

Truong Anh. Tuan reported about a Fedora 14 Release Party at Ho Chi Minh City [24] which was also attended by Pierros Papadeas from Greece [25]

Gerard Braad talked [26] about the need for mentors to point out the mailing lists to new Ambassadors and encourage signing up and initiating discussions

Marios wrote [27] about the Fedora 14 Release party at Cyprus along with the 2 billion Firefox celebrations [28]

Neville A. Cross reported [29] about the Fedora 14 Release Event at Managua, Nicaragua. Event photographs [30] [31] were subsequently made available

Pascal Calarco followed up [32] on the initial Call for Participation on Fedora Insight by providing the details about participating those who have demonstrated interest.

David Ramsey informed [33] about new release events and, requested feedback about preferences on the APAC Ambassador meeting times

Xavier Naldo reported on the Laredo Linux Users Group Fedora 14 Release Party [34]

Susmit Shannigrahi posted the logs [35] from the FAmSCo Townhall Meeting 01

Konstantinos Antonakoglou reported [36] about the Athens Digital Week 2010 [37]

Max Spevack requested help [38] around getting Fedora resources to Kosovo for the Fedora 14 Release party. Collaboration with Gerold Kassube [39] was a step forward in ensuring that the resources reach in time for the event

Larry Cafiero reminded about FAmNA meeting on 2010-11-16 at 2100 Eastern [40] and subsequently posted the meeting logs [41]


Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Max Spevack asked for help [1] so that Fedora project contributors at Kosovo can receive monies for event [2]

Joerg Simon reminded [3] about the FAmSCo meeting on 2010-11-15 at 1800 UTC and added that he would not be able to attend


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

Troubles With Transifex Instance for Fedora

Petr Pisar informed the list about the project catalogue being unavailable on[1]. Translation commits have also been affected. Piotr Drąg cleared the cache but also mentioned that the Transifex instance needed to be without delay[2]. Domingo Becker mentioned that the automated method of clearing the cache is not functioning and suggested that additional information could be included in the Fedora Wiki to allow translators to look for help when they encounter these problems[3]. Domingo has also been working to build and maintain the packages that are necessary to upgrade Transifex[4].

Ruediger Landmann from the Fedora Docs team informed that translators can request direct access to the git repo if they face problems while committing translations via

FLP Meeting Proposal

Noriko Mizumoto has sent out a proposal to identify a suitable time for the next FLP Meeting[1]. Teams can update their agenda items in the Meeting page[2].

New Members and Sponsors in FLP

Fernando Navarro (Spanish)[1], Cleiton Lima (Brazilian Portuguese)[2], and Niclas de Faire (Swedish)[3] joined the FLP recently.


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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

IRC Meeting

Máirín Duffy posted[1] the minutes[2] from the latest IRC meeting of the Design Team where the brainstorming for theming Fedora 15 began " Let's start cranking out some awesome ideas", the schedule for F15 was approved "We approved the schedule Martin put together - great work!", the FUDCon T-shirt design was discussed "We have a few mockups to go through" and Máirín reported on the installer experience improvement "started a conversation with the developers on their mailing list, anaconda-devel."

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