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Fedora Weekly News Issue 264

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 264[1] for the week ending February 23, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This week's issue begins with details on this week's Graphics Test Week and how to participate. In Development announcements, an update from the Docs team in Fedora 15 alpha release notes readiness, and the decision to let the release of Fedora 15 Alpha slip one week. Two articles in this week's Fedora In the News include German coverage of Fedora 16's inclusion of btrfs for volume management, and coverage of the decision to package SQLNinja in Fedora. In Ambassador news, notice of two new Ambassadors, to the Italian and Sri Lankan teams, a wonderful summary of conversation on the Ambassadors and FAmSCo lists this past week, and several events from Ambassadors around the globe. More details on the Fedora Localization Project move to open this week's Translation team news, along with new members and teams of the FLP. Our issue wraps up with a review of 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 at[1]

This week is Graphics Test Week

Adam Williamson on Mon Feb 21 05:06:03 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"Hi, Fedorans. Please be informed that this week is Fedora Graphics Test Week. Tuesday 2011-02-22 is Nouveau Test Day [2], Wednesday 2011-02-23 is Radeon Test Day [3] and Thursday 2011-02-24 is Intel (graphics) Test Day[4].

Testing is very easy and can be done entirely with a live image, there's no need to install F15 or Rawhide; full instructions are available on the Wiki pages. QA folks and graphics developers will be in #fedora-test-day during the events. These test days are super-important this release because we'll be checking out the support for GNOME Shell, one of the major features of F15; we really need to get a good idea of the state of hardware support for the Shell, so PLEASE do come out and help test if you have any spare time this week! Also please help spread the word anywhere you can - your local enthusiast community, any news websites you know, particularly ones in non-English languages (as I'm not great at covering those).

There's a longer write-up on my blog[5]. Please get in touch with me directly or the test mailing list if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks!"

Fedora Development News

The development list[1] 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

Alpha Release Notes Prep

Zach Oglesby on Sun Feb 20 18:54:43 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"The docs team is preparing the Alpha release notes, we would like to ask that developers check their feature pages[2] to make sure it contains the most up to date information. We use these pages to create the release notes so it's important that the information is up to date, and no one knows about developing features more than the developers themselves. We appreciate your help and the time spent making Fedora so great. Thanks!"

Fedora 15 Alpha Go/No-Go Meeting Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 22:00 UTC

Robyn Bergeron on Mon Feb 21 20:22:01 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"Join us on #fedora-meeting for this important meeting.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @22:00 UTC (17:00 EST/14:00 PST)

"Before each public release Development, QA and Release Engineering meet to determine if the release criteria are met for a particular release. This meeting is called the: Go/No-Go Meeting."

"Verifying that the Release criteria are met is the responsibility of the QA Team."

For more details about this meeting see: [2]

In the meantime, keep an eye on the Fedora 15 Alpha Blocker list: [3]

Talk to you Wednesday!"

notification-daemon autostart changes

Matthias Clasen on Tue Feb 22 03:51:32 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"I'm going to build notification-daemon 0.7.1 as an F15 update; this release changes the way the daemon is started.

In the past, it was bus activated on the session bus and exited after some idle time. This was causing a race condition with gnome-shell taking the same bus name at session start to support notifications.

Starting with 0.7.1, the notification daemon is no longer bus activated, and does not exit on its own. Desktop environments that use it to provide notifications have to ensure it gets started in some way; gnome-session will start it as a required component of the fallback session."

Fedora 15 Alpha to slip by one week

Robyn Bergeronon Thu Feb 24 00:45:44 UTC 2011 announced[1],

"Today at the Go/No-Go meeting[2] we decided to slip the Alpha by one week.

The slip is due to a blocker bug affecting a number of non-US keyboard layouts, including German and French[3], which does not currently have a fix or a reasonable workaround. All other blocker bugs are currently in VERIFIED, or alternately, have workarounds documented in F15_Common_bugs.

At this time, we are not adjusting later milestone dates.

We will continue with the F15 Alpha readiness meeting tomorrow, as previously announced on the logistics mailing list, and will have another F15 Alpha Blocker Bug meeting Friday.

Thanks for your understanding. We will meet again next week for another GO/NO-GO meeting."

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)

  • 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.

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 diskutiert über Btrfs als Standard-Dateisystem (

Vinzenz Vietzke forwarded[1] two links to discussion of Fedora 16's expected change to btrfs:

"Für Josef Bacik von Fedora ist das im Herbst kommende Fedora 16 eine mögliche Gelegenheit, auf Btrfs als Standard-Dateisystem umzustellen. Da Btrfs über ein eingebautes Volume Management verfügt, sollte die Unterstützung für LVM aufgegeben werden. Schon seit Fedora 11 ist Btrfs verfügbar, in der kommenden Version Fedora 15 wird es auch ohne besondere Boot-Optionen zur Nutzung bereitstehen."

The full article is available[2], as well as a related post in a German Fedora blog[3].

Fedora to include hacking tool Sqlninja after all (H Online)

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] an an article in The H Online about the decision to include sqlninja in the Fedora distribution:

"As recorded in the minutes of the most recent meeting of the Fedora board, the Fedora Project is to integrate hacking tool sqlninja into its Linux distribution. The minutes record that Tom 'spot' Callaway, member of the Fedora board and Fedora Engineering Manager, met with Red Hat's legal team who said they considered there was no risk involved in including sqlninja. The Fedora board voted unanimously to lift the block on the application"

The full post is available[2].


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.

Alessandro Lorenzi from Italy mentored by Robert Scheck

Sureshkumar Packiyarajah from Sri Lanka mentored by Gerard Braad

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Igor Pires Soares reminded Ambassadors [1] about the need to post event reports on the Events Wiki Page [2]

Larry Cafiero informed [3] about FAmNA meeting on 2011-02-15 [4] and later posted [5] the Minutes [6]

Bert Desmet wondered [7] about Fedora drinks based on a blog post [8] There was a lot of discussion around this on the thread [9]

Arthur Buliva requested [10] swag for a GNOME 3 Release Party at Nairobi. Pierros Papadeas pointed [11] to the EMEA Swag Tracking Trac instance [12]

Pierros Papadeas posted [13] the Fedora 15 Ambassadors Schedule

John Rose posted a proposal [14] on "Broadening how we empower community action - opening a dialog for change" with a context around budget creation, allocation, approval and disbursement processes in community activities not limited to Ambassadors. The thread [15] includes replies from current FAmSCo members and Ambassadors discussing about the need to streamline the process for identifying a requirement for budget, approval thereof and, disbursal that allows proper tracking.

Igor Pires Soares posted [16] the FAmSCo Report for January 2011[17]

Adam Miller informed [18] that the CfP for the Texas Linux Fest 2011 [19] has been extended

John Rose started [20] a thread [21] about planning for SXSW [22]

David Ramsey posted [23] Meeting notes from APAC Meeting on 2011-02-19 [24]

Pierros Papadeas posted [25] Meeting Minutes [26] of FAmSCo meeting on 2011-02-19. Max Spevack provided some clarity [27] by answering a few questions raised on the thread [28] around budget for community activities

David Ramsey informed [29] about upcoming Fedora 15 Test Days [30]

John Rose informed about being contacted [31] by organizers of the MAGNet Con 2011 [32] and asked for show of hands from those interested in participating

Joerg Simon reminded [33] the EMEA Ambassadors that the FUDCon EMEA bidding was now open [34]


Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list

Ilyes Gouta posted a report [1] on FOSDEM 2011

Shakthi Kannan posted a report [2] along with photographs [3] on the EFY Expo 2011 at New Delhi, India [4]. He also included a link to his presentation [5] on "Free/Open Source Hardware - What it means to Design Engineers"

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Pierros Papadeas posted [1] Agenda for 2011-02-20 meeting of FAmSCo [2]

Robyn Bergeron requested [3] FAmSCo representation at the Alpha Readiness meeting on 2011-02-24 at 1900 UTC. Pierros Papadeas confirmed [4] about joining in.

Max Spevack asked for help [5] from someone familiar with LATAM Fedora Ambassadors to understand the context of an expenses ticket [6]. Igor Pires Soares followed up [7] providing the information needed.

Joerg Simon forwarded [8] a mail from Mahay Alam Khan adding himself as a Regional Mentor for APAC and added his observations. Susmit Shannigrahi answered [9] a question from Larry Cafiero about who Mahay Alam Khan was. He further suggested [10] asking on the fedora-bd list about the need for a Mentor for Bangladesh.


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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

FLP Infrastructure to Move to

Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith made the official announcement of the migration of the Fedora Translation Infrastructure from Fedora Servers to[1]. The move has been met with a mixed response. Members of the Fedora Infrastructure team have welcomed the move citing that it would provide a more stable system for the FLP. Translators and members of the Fedora Documentation team have both welcomed as well as expressed anguish at the loss of the key infrastructure element from Fedora's self-hosted space. Some members have also expressed that the move could have been postponed until the release of Fedora 15 and alternatives plan to better maintain the current self-hosted system evaluated during that time[2].

The Translation Team coordinators have been requested to create their Fedora Translation teams on[3]. Translators would be required to join the teams as members and also re-sign the CLA[4].

Ricky Zhou has highlighted the benefits that Developers (control how and when the translated content can be integrated), System Admins (stability ensured by the main developers of the system) and Translators (stable system with translations held in upstream repository) will be able to enjoy due to the move[5].

Fedora Documentation team member, Ruediger Landmann volunteered to help stabilise the current system[6]. Domingo Becker informed the current status of the upgradation process[7]. However, it has been expressed that since transifex-client would not be used on the Fedora Servers, it runs the risk of not being maintained as a Fedora package either[8].

Hebrew team coordinator Oron Peled put forward some important points that include fully understanding why the Fedora Infrastructure team found it more difficult to maintain the Transifex system. Also he highlights that due to a lack of consumption, interaction about technical issues with the upstream maintainers may reduce and result in a loss for transifex to better stabilize itself as a product[9].

As a response to the suggestions for a future exit plan, Jared Smith informed that it would be re-evaluated if a stable system and software is available that justifies the transition[10]. However, this option would not be explored before the release of Fedora 15[11].

Unlike the transifex versions used on until now, the new version used on does not commit the translations directly into the devel-repositories of the main package. Instead it holds the translations in a self-hosted repository and developers can pull the translations from this repository into the main devel-repository[12].

Copyright Information and Comments Deleted from .PO files on

Finnish team member Ville-Pekka Vainio informed about a bug in the submission system on, due to which the Copyright information and other comments in a submitted .PO file is erased after submission[1]. This bug is being traced on transifex bug tracking system.

New Members and Teams in FLP

Tian Shixiong [1] and Mahay Alam Khan [2] are the new co-ordinators of the Simplified Chinese and Bengali Teams respectively. Mate Gelei (Hungarian)[3] 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