Fedora Weekly News Issue 259
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 259 for the week ending January 19, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In announcements, we have the release of EPEL 6! The Ambassadors group welcomed two new member this weeks, both representing the USA. The Ambassadors were looking at Test Days and Fedora Classroom, and FAMScO at updating its FAQ, and an upcoming meeting with the Board. Quality Assurance reports on the first Fedora 15 Test Day, and a busy week of AutoQA development. The Translation team has been working on organizing the Localization and Internationalization Test Day for Fedora 15, and welcoming some new members and teams. Our issue wraps up with details on the security-related packages released this past week for Fedora 13 and 14. Enjoy!
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Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
Fedora Announcement News
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Announcing EPEL 6
The Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) project is happy to announce the release of EPEL 6 today!
EPEL 6 is a collection of add-on packages available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and other compatible systems, maintained by the community under the umbrella of the Fedora Project. EPEL 6 is designed to supplement RHEL 6 by providing additional functionality and does not replace any RHEL 6 packages. As a community project, EPEL is maintained and supported by volunteers via Bugzilla and mailing lists. EPEL is not commercially supported by Red Hat, Inc.
Included are over 2500 source packages that build into over 5600 binary packages. We are always seeking volunteers eager and willing to help maintain new packages. Refer to the URL below to join us!
- rt3 - The Request Tracker Bug and Ticket tracking system, as well as its 90 perl packages dependencies.
- trac - Project management system, along with many plugins.
- haproxy, varnish and lighttpd proxies and web servers.
- BackupPC, rdiff-backup and other backup clients.
- A large stack of Ruby packages.
- Spamassassin plugins, clamav and other mail server and filtering solutions.
- rkhunter and chkrootkit security scanners.
- collectd, munin, nagios and cacti monitoring solutions.
- Over 600 perl packages.
- And many more...
To use EPEL 6
To join us, or for more information on the EPEL project
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): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29
- Central & South America (LATAM): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_2
- India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ): http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events#FY11_Q4_.28Dec._2010_-_Feb._2011.29_3
Archive of Past Fedora Events: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/PastEvents
- 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.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors to The Fedora Project
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members joining.
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
Igor Pires Soares pointed  to a FAQ entry for Ambassadors regarding "I want to contact the local Red Hat office ..." which is currently without an answer and suggested the need to identify the contact points. Rahul Sundaram suggested  an appropriate response to the question.
Susmit Shannigrahi brought up  the topic of a ticket on the APAC Trac  which has not been re-imbursed yet. Gerard Braad pointed out  that he was unaware of the specific instance of the trac being discussed.
Igor Pires Soares cleaned up  the Ambassadors FAQ  and posted the link asking for review. Pierros Papadeas suggested  that the section concerned with "I am leaving ..." should be part of the SOP  . The thread  includes comments from other FAmSCo members who have put forth suggestions for other sections of the FAQ.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
Next week sees the first Fedora 15 Test Day, on network device naming changes upcoming in Fedora 15. On compatible systems, Fedora 15 will use biosdevname to name the network interfaces; this provides a fully deterministic naming scheme on such systems, as opposed to the current system, where you cannot be sure that a given interface's name in Fedora will reflect its physical location or label. The Test Day will ensure this system is working correctly and also that it does not override existing preferred names on upgrades, so if you want to make sure this change has no unexpected consequences for you, make sure to come along to the Test Day! The testing involved will be easy and possible from a live image, and the Test Day page has instructions to find out if your hardware is involved in this change.
Package-specific and critical path test case process
Adam Williamson announced that the process for categorizing package-specific and critical path test cases had gone live, and called for QA and development group members to help out with contributing new test cases and converting existing ones to the new system.
Testing Xen dom0 support
Steven Haigh tested out Michael Young's side repo containing kernels intended to add (technically, restore) Xen Dom0 support to Fedora, and reported his findings. He was not able to get the kernel to boot correctly.
It was a busy week in AutoQA. Kamil Paral simplified the test object template and claimed that a three year old could now write an AutoQA test object...as long as the three year old had a grasp of basic Python!
Chris Lumens added a git-post-receive hook, which triggers every time a new commit is made into a git repository. He also submitted three new tests, including one to automate many of the installation test matrix tests.
Josef Skladanka submitted a new implementation of the koji watcher for review. There was some debate, but overall consensus that the new approach was an improvement and when fully implemented should improve the speed, accuracy and thoroughness of the watcher.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
Fedora 15 Test days for Localization and Internationalization
In a joint effort between Fedora QA, Internationalization and Localization teams, a test day for Fedora 15 will be hosted on Tuesday 2011-03-01. Test cases pertaining to the l10n and i18n aspects of installation and desktop will be prepared over the next few days. Taking the lead, Igor Pires Soares from the Brazilian Portuguese team has called for more suggestions from FLP members.
im-chooser moved to git.fedorahosted
The repository for the im-chooser module has been moved from github to the git repository on Fedorahosted.
New Members and Teams in FLP
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce from the past week.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora 14 Security Advisories
- pcsc-lite-1.6.4-3.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053079.html
- ccid-1.4.0-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053076.html
- Django-1.2.4-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053072.html
- wireshark-1.4.2-2.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053042.html
- subversion-1.6.15-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053230.html
- sudo-1.7.4p5-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053263.html
- perl-Convert-UUlib-1.34-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053269.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053276.html
- wordpress-2.8.6-4.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053289.html
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- ccid-1.3.11-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053097.html
- pcsc-lite-1.5.5-5.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053095.html
- wireshark-1.2.13-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053061.html
- Django-1.2.4-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053041.html
- evince-2.30.3-2.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/052995.html
- bip-0.8.6-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/052992.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053288.html
- perl-Convert-UUlib-1.34-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053290.html
- wordpress-2.8.6-4.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-January/053293.html