Fedora Weekly News Issue 256
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 256 for the week ending December 15, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
Our issue starts off with announcements from the Project, including some revisions to the Fedora packaging guidelines and a call for Fedora 15 Test Days. In Marketing news, a review of the team's activity and list discussion. Fedora In the News brings three trade press articles about Fedora this past week. In Ambassador news, eight new Ambassadors this week, and a summary of discussion on the Ambassadors and FAmSCo mailing lists. In Quality Assurance news, a hands-on bugzapping session at FOSS.in and details on the latest bugzappers meeting. Our issue finishes off with security related packages released in the past week for Fedora 13 and 14.
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Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
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Changes to the Packaging Guidelines
"Here are the latest set of changes to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines:
A new page has been added which describes how to deal with bundled libraries when you find them in your package
Some clarification has been added to the sections dealing with bundled libraries, specifically that:
Also, a note was added to make it clear that multiple licensing scenarios may be a good indicator of a bundled library situation
A section has been added to the Packaging:Guidelines#Changelog entry describing the acceptable methods of having multiple changelog entries per release
A new example of a reason an exception for bundling libraries might be granted has been added to the guidelines. If the library is being bundled because it is a snapshot of a newer release of the library needed for new features, you may have grounds for an exception. See the complete policy for details on when an exception might be granted for this reasoning
Fedora has always implied that the update path from Fedora release to Fedora release and from Fedora release to updates should be maintained but there wasn't an explicit statement in the Guidelines. Well, there is now
The guidelines have been updated to indicate that %doc files must not have executable permissions
The section on Requiring Base Package was clarified, as the original language involving -libs packages may have been confusing
These guidelines (and changes) were approved by the Fedora Packaging Committee (FPC).
Many thanks to Steven Garcia, Nils Philippsen, FESCo 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 here
Fedora Development News
The development list 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)
- Anything else not mentioned above
Call for Fedora 15 Test Days
"Hi, everyone! I've already spoken to some developers with big features for F15 to arrange Test Days, but I just wanted to send out a general call to remind developers that the Test Day process is available for any big changes you have landing for F15 (or even little changes, we're not fussy :>). Test Days are testing events where we co-ordinate a set of test cases, and special test images if this is needed / helpful, and try to get a group of testers plus developers online on IRC around the same time to help do some well-organized testing with a short feedback loop between testers and developers. The QA group can organize the event for you (we just tell you when to show up on IRC), help you organize the event, or get out of the way and let you do it yourself - whatever you like.
Here's how the schedule looks so far
It's quite pencil-y right now, so if you really want one of the already-taken days, we can probably arrange it. We can also run Test Days on days other than Thursday if necessary, but we try not to run too many in a single week, and stick to Thursdays when we can as it's quite a convenient day.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Here's the Test Day SOP, which tells you how to put a test day together"
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 (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
- North America (NA)
- Central & South America (LATAM): none
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
- India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
Archive of Past Fedora Events
- 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.
In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project from 2010-12-08 to 2010-12-14.
Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross
This week Mel Chua opened with a reflection about launching software and openness, pointing to an interesting article.
Pascal Calarco shared what we have gathered with the Fedora Weekly News Readers Survey
Robyn Bergeron pointed to an article comparing Ubuntu vs. Fedora. What started a debate with Misha Shnurapet stating that will be a great idea to take user data in the installation process and skip post installation. Sergey Podushkin pointed that is feasible. Stephen John Smoogen pointed that post install procedure is something that people asked for. Sergey expressed that should be end user option.
Paul W. Frields commented that there is need in the microbloging operations due a change in HootSuite. Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier make the need of teams controlling a single feed and feature request for StatusNet. Jan Wildeboer offered BrdcstIt as a AGPLv3 solution.
As any other Tuesday, Marketing meeting took place and minutes are available to the public
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
Jackass IT: Stunts, idiocy, and hero hacks (Infoworld)
Heherson Pagcaliwagan forwarded a posting on the Unity Desktop possibly coming to Fedora:
"Jackass IT stunt No. 1: Route city services through a laptop. Ever wonder whether you could route an entire city network through a laptop running Fedora? Take a seat. Or better yet, leave the chair for your laptop. You'll need to balance it somewhere to keep city services up and operational through a two-day snowstorm.
After a feverish half-hour configuring the switch and setting up 802.1q trunking and routing on a Dell Latitude running Fedora Linux, the city network was back up and running, with all traffic routing through a single interface on the laptop balanced on a chair in the data center."
The full article is available.
Linux Format magazine article - Ubuntu vs. Fedora: Which is best? (Tech Radar)
Robyn Bergeron forwarded a comparison of current Fedora and other linux distributions:
"The truth is that there is a distro for everyone. If you want some of the latest technologies, especially in terms of underlying system code, virtual machines and other of-themoment tech, Fedora is a good bet. If you want to have a friendlier desktop experience where your every whim is catered for, Ubuntu would be better for your needs.
And, while we're on the subject, if you want to run KDE, you are probably better off with OpenSUSE. There are certainly more than enough Linuxes to go around."
The full article is available
IT Lure Distro Hoppin`: Fedora 14 (IT Lure)
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a recent review of Fedora 14:
"While some users may be turned off by the lack of easy-to-reach proprietary drivers/codecs and the barren default software selection, most will appreciate the true qualities of this distro:
- its focus on developing the community and trying to keep everyone active and contributing in some way or another;
- giving users access to the latest and greatest apps in the open source world;
- its commitment to freedom.
Surely, as always, there is room for improvement, but I found Laughlin to be the most stable and solid version of Fedora I've tried in years. "
The full article is available.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members joining.
summerm from Austria mentored by Fabian Affolter
Francois X LEYTENS from Switzerland mentored by Fabian Affolter
George Chatzipapas from Greece mentored by Pierros Papadeas
Alberto Bonacina from Italy mentored by Pierros Papadeas
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Scott Williams reported  on the need to make decisions about the Fedora Activity Day at SCaLE and provided some suggestions on the possible focus for the FAD
Kévin Raymond asked for feedback  on whether creating a mailing list for EMEA would help coordinate decisions for the region. Within the thread  Caius Chance supported  the idea of copying important information to the local list. Another aspect that was discussed was the judicious and proper usage of tags to specify regions which would find the information interesting
Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo posted  a mail asking "What's really needed to be an Ambassador?" and added a few ideas which can help define this role. The resulting thread  included varied inputs and suggestions including one  by Larry Cafiero expressing support for the list of ideas proposed in the original mail
Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list
This week the Ambassadors list did not have any reports of events
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
Pierros Papadeas posted  a reminder about the FAmSCo meeting on 2010-12-11
Joerg (kital) Simon posted  a mail from the Ambassadors List about "What's really needed to be an Ambassador?" which was originally posted by Maria Gracia Leandro Lombardo. He suggested that it might be a good topic to have on the agenda. Larry Cafiero posted  his response to the list
Pierros Papadeas posted  a list of tasks for individual members of FAmSCo
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
The Fedora 15 Test Day calendar is starting to take shape, and you can see what events are planned so far on the Wiki page. The first Test Day slot is 2011-01-27. 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.
Hands-on Bugzapping session at FOSS.in
Siddhesh Poyarekar announced his intention to run a hands-on introduction to bug triage at FOSS.in, a major F/OSS event in India. The event will take place during the Fedora mini-conference on 2010-12-16. Rahul Sundaram will help him with this effort.
Bugzappers meeting time change
At the first Bugzappers meeting for a while, the group agreed that in the future, meetings would be held bi-weekly from 2011-01-11, at 21:00 UTC.
Bugzappers component prioritization
Also at the Bugzappers meeting, the group agreed it would be beneficial to look at which of the critical path components (the packages Bugzappers aim to work on with the most priority) are actually very commonly subject to bug reports which require triage, and prioritize those components, listing them on the components page in a separate table, to make it easier for new triagers to pick a component which will be practical to work on. Andrew Roth volunteered to work on this.
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
- xfig-3.2.5-25.b.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052247.html
- fontforge-20100501-5.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052201.html
- openttd-1.0.5-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052193.html
- thunderbird-3.1.7-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052110.html
- galeon-2.0.7-36.fc14.1 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052032.html
- gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-26.fc14.1 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052034.html
- perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc14.22 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052030.html
- gnome-web-photo-0.9-16.fc14.1 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052031.html
- mozvoikko-1.0-17.fc14.1 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052033.html
- firefox-3.6.13-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052029.html
- xulrunner-22.214.171.124-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052035.html
- openssl-1.0.0c-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052027.html
- krb5-1.8.2-7.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/051976.html
- bind-9.7.2-4.P3.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/051963.html
- phpMyAdmin-126.96.36.199-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/051942.html
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- thunderbird-3.1.7-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052220.html
- fontforge-20090923-4.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052219.html
- openttd-1.0.5-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052187.html
- galeon-2.0.7-36.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052022.html
- gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-25.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052020.html
- perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc13.20 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052025.html
- gnome-web-photo-0.9-15.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052024.html
- mozvoikko-1.0-17.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052019.html
- firefox-3.6.13-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052023.html
- xulrunner-188.8.131.52-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/052021.html
- krb5-1.7.1-16.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/051999.html
- phpMyAdmin-184.108.40.206-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2010-December/051956.html