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Fedora Weekly News Issue 259

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 259[1] 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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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:

Announcing EPEL 6

Kevin Fenzi announced the release of EPEL 6[1] on Wednesday 2011-01-19:

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!

Some highlights
  • 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

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)

Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora Events:

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.


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

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

David Ramsey posted [1] about a couple of Test Days [2] which would be fun to participate in.

David Ramsey posted [3] the Meeting Notes for APAC Meeting on 2011-01-15 [4].

David Ramsey asked [5] the Ambassadors to propose ideas and suggestions for Fedora Classroom. The Ambassadors responded in the thread [6] with suggestions of SELinux, virtualization and more.

Jesús Franco informed the list [7] about a proposal for an introductory course on Publican aimed at those who want to contribute to Fedora Documentation [8].

Luca Foppiano informed [9] the Ambassadors about his decision to leave the Fedora community [10].

Larry Cafiero reminded [11] the group about the FAmNA meeting and thereafter posted [12] minutes of the meeting [13].

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Igor Pires Soares pointed [1] 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 [2] an appropriate response to the question.

Susmit Shannigrahi brought up [3] the topic of a ticket on the APAC Trac [4] which has not been re-imbursed yet. Gerard Braad pointed out [5] that he was unaware of the specific instance of the trac being discussed.

Igor Pires Soares cleaned up [6] the Ambassadors FAQ [7] and posted the link asking for review. Pierros Papadeas suggested [8] that the section concerned with "I am leaving ..." should be part of the SOP [9] . The thread [10] includes comments from other FAmSCo members who have put forth suggestions for other sections of the FAQ.

Pierros Papadeas reminded [11] the list about the FAmSCo meeting on 2011-01-15 [12] and, thereafter posted [13] the Meeting Minutes [14].

Max Spevack updated FAmSCo [15] about the status of ticket triage.

Pierros Papadeas reminded [16] the group about the meeting with the Board on the topic of goals [17] and, the views from FAmSCo [18].


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].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

Test Days

Next week sees the first Fedora 15 Test Day[1], on network device naming changes upcoming in Fedora 15. On compatible systems, Fedora 15 will use biosdevname[2] 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.

Adam Williamson reported that he had revised the set of X test cases and the Wiki pages for the X Test Week coming in February[3].

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[1], 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[1] containing kernels intended to add (technically, restore) Xen Dom0 support to Fedora, and reported his findings[2]. 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[1] and claimed that a three year old could now write an AutoQA test long as the three year old had a grasp of basic Python!

Chris Lumens added a git-post-receive hook[2], 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[3] tests.

Martin Krizek implemented support for standardized logging[4] and unittest execution[5].

Josef Skladanka submitted a new implementation of the koji watcher for review[6]. 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.

Will Woods submitted his dependency checking test for review[7], and James Laska posted his thoughts on it[8].


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

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[1].

im-chooser moved to git.fedorahosted

The repository for the im-chooser module has been moved from github to the git repository on Fedorahosted[1].

New Members and Teams in FLP

Two new translation teams for Slovenian[1] and Lithuanian[2] are now part of the Fedora Localization Project. Aurimas Černius (Lithuanian)[3] and Kanda Motohiro (Japanese)[4] joined the FLP recently.

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories