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Fedora Weekly News Issue 274

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 274[1] for the week ending May 4, 2011. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

In announcements this week, we begin with details on the next FUDCon North America. Also notification that FESCo and Fedora Board elections will be coming soon, and notice of the Fedora 15 final change freeze. Ambassadors overviews the discussion this past week on the Ambassador and FAmSCo mailing lists, as well as new Ambassadors globally. Our issue winds up with security advisories this past week for Fedora 13, 14 and 15. Enjoy FWN 274!

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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: Pascal Calarco

Fedora Announcements

FUDCon North America 2012 will be in Blacksburg, VA

Jared K. Smith, Fedora Project Leader, announced[1] the results of site selection for FUDCon 2012:

"I am pleased to announce that the FUDCon conference in the North American region in 2012 will be held from January 13th through 15th, 2012 on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. We had two excellent bids for the North American FUDCon (Blacksburg, VA and Needham, MA) and both were excellent proposals. It was a difficult decision to make, and I'd like to personally thank all those who took the time to submit bids and to help in the decision-making process.

Jared Smith, Fedora Project Leader"

Outage: FAS and dependent web apps - 2011-05-02 21:00 UTC

Toshio Kuratomi announced[1]:

"There will be an outage starting at 2011-05-02 21:00 UTC, which will last approximately 1 hour.

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at[2] or run:

date -d '2011-05-02 21:00 UTC'

Reason for outage:

Performing an upgrade of the Fedora Account System (FAS) which will require database schema changes. This requires taking down FAS while the schema is updated. While FAS is down, the dependent web application services will be unavailable.

Affected Services:

Additionally, the following services will be available for reading but not available for making changes:

Unaffected Services:


Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin in or add comments to the ticket for this outage above.

Toshio Kuratomi"

Fedora Development News

The Development Announcement[1] 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)
  • Discussion
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Board and FESCo elections soon - Nominations open imminently

David Nalley announced[1]:

"Hi folks,

Just a quick reminder that the nomination period for this election cycle will open on 7 May 2011, and will close promptly on 15 May 2011 at 23:59:59 UTC.

This election cycle will fill 3 seats for the Board, and prior to the election the FPL will announce the first of two appointed seat in this cycle, with the second appointment announcement to follow after the election. For more information on nominations, and the process see:

This cycle will also see 5 seats for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee to be elected. For information on the nominations and elections:

Additionally the nomination period also serves as the time for the community to present questions to be posed of candidates. If you wish to ask questions to be answered by candidates, you can add them here[2] Candidates will have the questions posed to them and responses made available to the community.

Please take time to consider yourself for one of these positions, and how you want to continue contributing to Fedora.

David Nalley"

Fedora 15 Final change freeze

Dennis Gilmore announced[1]:

"Hi All,

A heads up that change freeze for the Fedora 15 is Monday May 9th. after this point only accepted blocker bugs will be pulled in. Please limit your changes to try and avoid unintended breakages.



Adam Williamson added[2] that this included blocker and NTH bugs[3]

Outage: (unplanned) - 2011-05-04 21:50 UTC to ?

Kevin Kenzi announced[1]:

"There is an outage starting at 2011-05-04 21:50 UTC, which will last an unknown amount of time.

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at[2] or run:

date -d '2011-05-04 21:50 UTC'

Reason for outage: and the xen host it runs on became unreachable at approx 21:50UTC today. A ticket has been filed to have on site personel to investigate and fix the outage. No ETA is known at this time. Please follow the ticket below for ongoing investigation. We will restore service as soon as we are able.

Affected Services:
Unaffected Services:

Ticket Link[3]

Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin in or add comments to the ticket for this outage above."

Fedora Events

The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to identify responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out by quarter and by region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for budget planning. Events can be added to this page whether or not they have an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner are not eligible for funding, but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of the event and make it eligible for funding. In plain words, 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 (March - May 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.


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.

Luis Bazan from Panama mentored by Daniel Bruno

Jiří Eischmann from the Czech Republic mentored by Joerg Simon

Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list

Nathaneal Lee informed [1] about an upcoming online event organized by the Fedora Community in China in line with the Fedora 15 launch

Robyn Bergeron reminded [2] the decision around NA FUDCon to be taken at the Ambassadors meeting. Jared Smith followed up [3] by posting the Meeting Minutes [4] and informing that Blacksburg was preferred over Olin. In the same thread [5] John Rose pointed out the difficulties of selecting a FUDCon location when a lot of high quality and intensive effort goes on towards creating a good bid for a FUDCon, often leading to disappointment.

David Ramsey announced [6] the Cloud SIG Test Day [7]

Igor Pires Soares reminded [8] about the LATAM Ambassadors meeting on 2011-04-28 [9]

David Ramsey informed [10] that till date there are 14 Fedora Release Events around Fedora 15 planned at APAC [11]. The Meeting Minutes from the APAC Ambassadors meeting on 2011-04-30 [12] were also posted [13]

Buddhika Kurera informed [14] about the Fedora APAC Magazine [15] discussed during the APAC Ambassadors meeting.

Pierros Papadeas posted [16] Meeting Minutes of FAmSCo meeting [17] of 2011-04-30 [18]

David Ramsey informed [19] about the set of special APAC weekly meetings that have been requested and asked participants to use a survey [20] to decide on a reasonable time. Further along the thread [21] it appeared that 1000 and 1100 UTC are the preferred times for the participants.


Summary of events reported on Ambassadors mailing list

No events were reported on the Ambassadors mailing list

Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list

Caius Chance wanted to confirm [1] the time of the meeting and also proposed to sponsor cnblue/Haowei/Nathaneal Lee as a Mentor for the Fedora Community in China

Summary of traffic on Campus Ambassadors mailing list

The mailing list did not have any traffic this week.

Security Advisories

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

Fedora 15 Security Advisories

Fedora 14 Security Advisories

Fedora 13 Security Advisories