Fedora Weekly News Issue 263
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 263 for the week ending February 16, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.
In announcements from the Fedora Project, details of Planet Edited, mass rebuild and mass rebranching status updates, and pointers to Fedora events globally. In Ambassador news, coverage of traffic from the Ambassador and FAmSCo lists, and pointers to the most recent FAmSCo board minutes. In Quality Assurance news, details of the most recent Test Day on FreeIPA v2, and upcoming Test Day on Xfce 4.8, as well as outcomes from an AutoQA workshop in Brno, Test Day SOP improvements, and Fedora 15 Alpha preparations. In Translation news, details of a recent meeting to decision moving the Fedora Translation infrastructure to Transifex.net, a call for contributors to work on Fedora Insight translation, and new members of the Fedora Localization Project. Our issue wraps up with the latest in security advisories for Fedora 13 and 14. Enjoy!
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Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
Fedora Announcement News
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Planet Edited is UP!
"Here some bits from the wiki page available at:
Planet Edited was born having one idea in mind: setting up a blog aggregator software that should contain only Fedora-related material and posts. The adjective edited came from the fact that this planet will be maintained and edited by a group of people (the editors), that will make sure appropriate and relevant content gets posted.
Edited is now available at the following URL. It obviously contain no feeds at the moment, but we are now ready to make it rock by adding some fresh new content.
Thanks in advance and see you on Edited!"
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
Mass Rebuild and Mass branching status update
"The first pass though the mass rebuild has been completed
the couple I've looked at so far are due to unsupported macro use.
We have also mass branched everything. you will now need to use bodhi to push updates in.
Thanks for your patience, please bring up any issues that you see."
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): 
- 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.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project.
Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
Welcome New Ambassadors
This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had no new members join.
Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
Tristan Santore responded  to a thread about a single DVD of Desktop Spins vs 4 CDs of Desktop Spins expressing a personal wish to see dual layer media in line with the availability and affordability of DVD drives with dual layer write capabilities.
Christoph Wickert explained  the long delay in obtaining approval for the multi-desktop DVD and informed about the current efforts with the media production company to enable availability in around 3 weeks. In response to questions raised further in the thread , Christoph provided an URL  containing details about this effort
Vinzenz Vietzke informed  about the availability of OLPC hardware in connection with a Linux event in Souther Germany. Christoph Wickert provided  details about those who have an OLPC with them.
Joerg Simon wrote  about the role of the Ambassador Group and FAmSCo especially as seen within The Fedora Project. The thread  has feedback and suggestions from Ambassadors around the ideas expressed by him.
Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list
Nilesh Vaghela reported  on the Open Source | Linux | Fedora Installation Workshop at SAL Engineering College, Ahmedabad
Shakthi Kannan reported  on the GNUnify 2011 event at Pune, India
Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
No Test Day took place last week due to the delay of the FreeIPA Test Day. This week two Test Days are taking place.
Tuesday 2011-02-15 was FreeIPA v2 Test Day. IPA is an identity server, and 2.0 is a major revision due to land in Fedora 15. The Test Day focused on checking that all the major changes work as intended. A small group of testers attended the event and exposed several issues, which the developers are now working on.
Thursday 2011-02-17 is Xfce 4.8 Test Day, where we are testing out all the new features of this major Xfce release and ensuring there are no regressions. A full report on the event will be printed next week.
Test Day SOP improvements
Adam Williamson proposed an update to the Test Day management SOP, adding a paragraph recommending the creation of a 'how to debug' page for the component being tested. This was the result of a suggestion at the previous weekly meeting by Jóhann Guðmundsson.
Fedora 15 Alpha preparation
Preparation for the release of Fedora 15 Alpha began in earnest this week. The first test compose was released and the first blocker review meeting took place. TC1 testing identified some major issues in both installation and desktop areas.
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) Project.
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
FLP Infrastructure to Move to Transifex.net
Members of the FLP, Fedora Infrastructure, Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith and Paul Frields met on 15th February 2011 to discuss about the proposal to move the Fedora Translation infrastructure to Transifex.net. It was unanimously accepted that the current infrastructure cannot be maintained at present due to the lack of administrative resources and the move to Transifex.net accepted. Further meetings with the other affected groups - Fedora Devel, Fedora Documentation team have also been scheduled. Dimitris Glezos would be leading the migration effort with other members of the FLP pitching in for the additional tasks.
The migration has been marked as a major priority to be put in place for Fedora 15 Translation. As the string freeze date coincided with the meeting date, there are fears that the translation time may be reduced for the translators.
Concerns were also raised by several members. FLSCo member Noriko and Runa suggested that an exit plan be also put in place to keep open the option to host the infrastructure on Fedora Servers again in future.
Full meeting log is here.
Insight Translation Proposal
Andrea Veri from the Fedora Insight team has requested volunteers from Fedora Localization Project to help with the translation of the contents on the portal. At present, this content cannot be translated using the Transifex instance on translate.fedoraproject.org due to technical reasons.
Proposal for a FAS Group for Experienced Translators
Piotr Drąg has put forward a proposal to create a new FAS group for translators with advanced experience, who would be allowed to commit directly into the backend repositories for the Fedora Packages. This would allow members from the FLP to quicky fix L10n related problems.
New Members 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
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-184.108.40.206-220.127.116.11.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054134.html
- nbd-2.9.20-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054083.html
- abcm2ps-5.9.21-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054015.html
- openssl-1.0.0d-1.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054007.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053934.html
- kernel-126.96.36.199-83.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053901.html
- mod_auth_mysql-3.0.0-12.fc14 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053899.html
Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- openoffice.org-3.2.0-12.35.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054137.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054115.html
- nbd-2.9.20-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/054071.html
- java-1.6.0-openjdk-220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053926.html
- mod_auth_mysql-3.0.0-12.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053903.html
- postgresql-8.4.7-1.fc13 - http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/package-announce/2011-February/053888.html