Fedora Weekly News #157

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Dec 22 19:58:53 UTC 2008

-- Fedora Weekly News Issue 157 --

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 157 for the week ending December 
21st, 2008.


In our last issue of 2008, Announcements reminds you of FWN's holiday 
schedule and presents the gift of the Omega distro, Planet is chock full 
of tasty tidbits from the Fedora blogosphere, Developments invites you 
to warm your hands over a "Nautilus Spatial-mode Flamewar", 
Documentation invites you to a "Holiday Hackfest", Translations reports 
on the re-organization of "Sponsors for cvsl10n", Artwork unwraps some 
shiny "Creation Highlights", SecurityAdvisories lists some ways to avoid 
a lump of coal from Santa, and the usual sleigh-load of Virtualization 
goodies includes instructions on "Building oVirt from Rawhide." We would 
like to thank our readers for their interest and attention and all our 
contributors for producing the goods week after week. May you all have a 
happy and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing you again in 
January 2009.

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[1]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Oisin Feeley, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala

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-- Announcements --

In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project.



Contributing Writer: Max Spevack

-- FWN Holiday Break --

Fedora Weekly News will be on vacation for the next two weeks. Our next 
issue will be published on January 12th. Happy holidays!

-- FUDCon Boston 2009 --

FUDCon Boston 2009 is January 9-11. It is not too late to register[1].

[1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon/FUDConF11

-- Fedora Remixes --

Rahul Sundaram announced[2] the General Availability of Omega 10, "a 
Linux based operating system and a community Fedora Remix for desktop 
and laptop users."

Sundaram added, "It is a installable Live CD for regular PC (i686 
architecture) systems. It has all the features of Fedora 10 and a number 
of additional multimedia players and codecs. You can play any multimedia 
including MP3 music or commercial DVD's out of the box."

For additional information, and to download Omega or view the kickstart 
used to create it, please read the full announcement.


-- Planet Fedora --

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an 
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.


Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

-- General --

Máirín Duffy said[1] it best: "ZOMG Stickers!!!!11"

Rex Dieter announced[2] a new fedora-kde mailing list

Harald Hoyer analyzed[3] the Fedora 10 boot process on an EeePC 901 with 
a solid-state disk, including some easy optimizations

Casey Dahlin wrote a series[4,5,6,7] on a new internal state machine 
driving the Upstart service manager

Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay discussed[8] some of the commonly overlooked 
difficulties of the commonly overlooked process of internationalization 
(i18n) and localization (l10n)

Warren Togami had[9] some problems netbooting old PowerPC Macs as Thin 
Clients (and is open to suggestions)

Tim Waugh posted[10] a tutorial on preventing a Python/GTK+ application 
from appearing to freeze while performing CUPS operations

Abhishek Rane summarized[11] his thoughts on "Best of FOSS and Linux in 

Dimitris Glezos described[12] Transifex and their new startup company 
built around it

Christoph Wickert embedded[13] a video interview with Mario Behling 
talking about LXDE

Jef Spaleta offered[14] a number of retrospective questions at the end 
of his tenure on the Fedora Board

Sébastien Bilbeau posted[15] the "25 Best Linux Desktop Customization 

Yaakov Nemoy mused[16] about the relationship between the Open Source 
development process and anarchy

[1] http://mihmo.livejournal.com/65838.html

[2] http://rdieter.livejournal.com/11262.html

[3] http://www.harald-hoyer.de/personal/blog/fedora-10-boot-analysis





[8] http://sankarshan.randomink.org/blog/2008/12/16/and-here-we-go-again-2/

[9] http://wtogami.livejournal.com/29574.html

[10] http://cyberelk.net/tim/2008/12/17/cups-gtk-python-and-threading/

[11] http://www.abhishekrane.com/2008/12/17/best-of-foss-and-linux-in-2008/

[12] http://dimitris.glezos.com/weblog/2008/12/17/chasing-a-dream


[14] http://jspaleta.livejournal.com/29998.html



-- Events --

Fedora Release Party in Milan[17]

Fedora Day at Menoufiya Universty, Egypt[18]



-- Developments --

In this section the people, personalities and debates on the 
@fedora-devel mailing list are summarized.

Contributing Writer: Oisin Feeley

-- Nautilus Spatial-mode Flamewar --

The tired, old topic of whether nautilus should use "spatial-mode" as a 
default was re-opened[1] by MarkG85 in the form of a request for list 
subscribers to "vote" on the mailing list for a reversion to 
"browser-mode". In spatial-mode nautilus opens a new window for each 
directory unless one middle-clicks or holds the shift key down.

It was pointed out by several contributors that voting "+/- 1" was not a 
recognized way to achieve change within the Fedora Project. Chris Adams 
asked[2] if he and his friends "[...] should [...] all spam fedora-devel 
with `+1' and `metoo' to change the default background color? What if it 
is 20 friends, or 100, or 500?" A similar point was made[3] by Jef Spaleta.

Dimi Paun expressed[4] frustration with what he charcaterized as "lame 
community involvenment" and several personal attacks were made on both 
the maintainer and other contributors who had deprecated the attempt to 
take a mailing list vote. After tempers had flared Jeff commented[5]: 
"Noone has figured out how to write a markup language for human 
intention...and as a result any passionate discussion degrades severely 
as we are wired to read intention but without body language and vocal 
ques...we absolutely do it wrong when relying solely on written 
language. Even more so with English! If we mandated everyone encode 
thought into Lisp we'd be having more constructive discussions (and less 
of them). The productivity of the list would be through the roof."

In response to a challenge to detail some advantages of spatial-mode 
Tomas Torcz was among those who offered[6] that the persistent screen 
placement of directory windows was a major advantage. He also suggested 
a way to avoid leaving multiple windows open: "When I open new window 
and don't want parent directory open, I just open with middle button. 
Some people prefer Shift+click in this situation. I never has to use 
`Close all parent folder' (ctrlshift-w), but I aware it exist." Joonas 
Sarajärvi confirmed[7] the persistence as an advantage: "[...] the state 
of each folder is persistent. Every window opens in the same view that 
it had when I reopen them. I can have appropriate zoom levels and views 
for every directory I commonly use."

Very much later in the thread, after he had been referred to several 
times, the package maintainer Alexander Larsson replied[8] that he was 
unconvinced both by the tone and content of the argument that there was 
a case to be made for changing the default.

It is possible to choose which behavior one wants by at least two 
methods. One can either use the GUI

Nautilus -> Preferences -> Behavior -> Always open in browser windows

or else change the GConf setting using

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set 
/apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_browser true

As part of the argument involved a desire to be able to replicate these 
settings automatically and possibly distribute them to others Matthias 
Clasen suggested[9] that anyone wishing to make permanent change to the 
default settings could create a sabayon profile.










-- Font Package Naming Guidelines --

Nicholas Mailhot ensured[1] that everyone was made aware of the new font 
package naming rules for Fedora 11. These will help break up large font 
packages in order to allow users to obtain fonts from desired families 
without imposing a large download burden.


-- How to become a Co-Maintainer --

Ray Van Dolson asked[1] for some information on identifying the current 
(co)maintainers of the proftpd package, the procedure to become a 
co-maintainer and the abilities to push bugfixes which this would confer 
upon him if the primary maintainer were absent.

A full answer was provided[2] by Patrice Dumas with links to PackageDB 
and the policies on the wiki regarding non-responsive maintainers.



-- Proposed Package Re-Naming Guidelines --

Feedback was requested[1] by Kevin Fenzi on a draft guideline concerning 
the re-naming of packages either as a result of upstream action or 
locally to adhere to the NamingGuidelines.

Patrice Dumas and Dennis Gilmore remembered[2] that a re-review followed 
by EOL of the old package was the current practice.

Jason Tibbitts[3] and Jesse Keating[4] referenced IRC discussions of the 
practice and its advantages in checking the Obsoletes and Provides in 
discussion with Jochen Schmitt. Jochen was concerned[5] that the process 
be kept lightweight as opposed to a full review.






-- Exiv2 Bump in Rawhide --

Rex Dieter announced[1] that a bump to exiv2-0.18[2] would occur soon 
including a soname bump. Jon Ciesla offered to help and Rex produced[3] 
a quick list of dependent applications.

When Matej Cepl struggled with some odd results Michael Chudobiak 
answered[4] that the API had changed a good deal.


[2] Exiv is a command-line utility for examining EXIF and IPTC metadata 
of images.



-- wxGTK2 to wxGTK Re-name --

Michael Schwendt discovered[1] that a rename had been performed[2] some 
time ago so that there was no wxGTK2-devel package available. Dan Horák 
explained[3] that only audacity was affected. There was[4] some 
discussion about whether versioned Provides should be kept indefinitely.





-- RFC: Description Text in Packages --

Follow-up action (see FWN#153[1]) was requested[2] by Richard Hughes for 
packagers to fix "isane descriptions" in their package summary text. 
Enlightenment was singled out as an example of an undesirable multi-page 
description. Richard also asked for comments on how bullet-points should 
be represented and the use of UTF-8.

A heated discussion followed[3] in which Nicolas Mailhot deprecated the 
possible development of a "broken application-side transcoding system". 
He advocated the use of UTF-8 over ASCII for several reasons including 
supporting the default Asian locales. Paragraph boundaries and lists 
were also mentioned[4] as a special area of concern.

This is a long and painful thread to read which expresses a conflict 
between constraints imposed by PackageKit and how things are currently 
done. Packagers should probably skim it to determine what final 
decisions are going to be made. Richard Hughes seemed[5] to decide to 
implement what seemed to him to be sane changes to gnome-packagekit in 
which "If you're [g]oing to use [UTF-8 representations of 
skull-and-crossbones and radiation-hazard symbols] in a spec file, then 
the text box is going to look rubbish and be all on one line. If you use 
a description longer than a few hundred words, gnome-packagekit will 
truncate it."






-- Documentation --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Documentation Project.


Contributing Writer: Jason Taylor

-- Holiday Hackfest --

This year there is going to be a Virtual Hackfest[0] with the goal of 
getting Fedora Documentation Project Guides up to date and ready for 
publication. Karsten presented a ToDo list[1] this week. The dates for 
the Hackfest are December 27, 2008 through January 4, 2009.

[0] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs_Project_Holiday_Virtual_Hackfest


-- Translation --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n) 


Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

-- Sponsors for cvsl10n --

The discussion about reorganizing the cvsl10n sponsorship process was 
restarted by KarstenWade[1], highlighting the long queue of new entrants 
waiting for sponsorhip. Currently, the policies governing the 
sponsorship process for the cvsl10n group do not ensure notification to 
the language team's co-ordinator of a new entrant, unless informed by 
the latter. As a result of a precaution taken by the current sponsor 
against arbitrary approval, the waiting queue has been growing. 
Suggested changes include, providing all the co-ordinators with 
sponsorship rights.

KarstenWade also suggested the renaming of the admin group to "l10n" 
instead of "cvsl10n".


-- Kudos for the Serbian Translation Team and FLP --

OisinFeeley and PaulFrields informed[2] about the prompt work done by 
the Serbian contributors of the Fedora Localization Project, as part of 
Serbian Government's initiatives to localize open source software. An 
article in LWN[3] (available publicly after Dec 25th 2008) says that 99% 
work of the Fedora Translation was completed on time.


[3] http://lwn.net/Articles/310740/

-- Transifex Outage --

An unplanned outage of the Transifex instance, on 
http://translate.fedoraproject.org occurred last week, alongwith koji, 
wiki and smolt outage[4].


-- Artwork --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Artwork Project.


Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

-- Perspective and the Echo Icons --

Martin Sourada called for a decision[1] on @fedora-art "we need to make 
final decisions about the new perspective to Echo and update the 
guidelines appropriately" with his proposal being "We will start new 
Echo Perspective icon theme which will * be developed in parallel to the 
current Echo * until it reaches good enough coverage, it will fallback 
to current Echo and gnome-icon-theme * use same Perspective Projection 
as in tango/mango for 32x32 icons and bigger, and in cases where it 
helps icon distinction in smaller sizes as well, Flat Perspective will 
be used for the rest * allow small amount of glows/glazes/shines in 
256x256 version to achieve better realistic look * use ~ 1 px thick 
solid borders at all sizes"


-- The FUCCon Boston 2009 T-shirt --

In a message addressed to both @fedora-art and @fedora-marketing Máirín 
Duffy asked for a vote[1] for the design of the official T-Shirt for the 
upcoming FUDCon in Boston "I made the design two-color so hopefully 
it'll be cheaper to print [...] There's two main designs that are just 
different in the treatment of the back portion of the shirt" and the 
majority of the respondents opted for one of them[2], which at the time 
of this writing should be already going to print.



-- Creation Highlights --

This week a few members of the community shared with @fedora-art some of 
their latest works:

     * María Leandro continued her work[1] on a promo video[2] (warning: 
streaming Flash content);
     * Susmit Shannigrahi started[3] a leaflet[4] to be handed at Fedora 
     * Mola Pahnadayan created[5] a cool looking 3D composition Blender, 
pretty much in his style famous form the Fedora Core 6 DNA wallpaper.


[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od8Utt6anLw


[4] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Image:Leaflet.png


[6] http://mola-mp.deviantart.com/art/Fedora-10-106577570

-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: David Nalley

-- Fedora 10 Security Advisories --

     * dbus-1.2.6-1.fc10 - 
     * squirrelmail-1.4.17-2.fc10 - 
     * clamav-0.94.2-1.fc10 - 
     * syslog-ng-2.0.10-1.fc10 - 
     * java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
     * awstats-6.8-3.fc10 - 
     * vinagre-2.24.2-1.fc10 - 
     * cups-1.3.9-4.fc10 - 
     * gallery2-2.3-1.fc10 - 
     * drupal-6.7-1.fc10 - 
     * roundcubemail-0.2-4.beta.fc10 - 
     * phpMyAdmin-3.1.1-1.fc10 - 

-- Fedora 9 Security Advisories --

     * squirrelmail-1.4.17-1.fc9 - 
     * syslog-ng-2.0.10-1.fc9 - 
     * java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
     * dbus-1.2.6-1.fc9 - 
     * vinagre-0.5.2-1.fc9 - 
     * awstats-6.8-3.fc9 - 
     * cups-1.3.9-2.fc9 - 
     * phpMyAdmin-3.1.1-1.fc9 - 
     * drupal-6.7-1.fc9 - 
     * roundcubemail-0.2-4.beta.fc9 - 
     * gallery2-2.3-1.fc9 - 

-- Fedora 8 Security Advisories --

Fedora 8 is nearing EOL
Per FESCo support for Fedora 8 will be discontinued on January 7th 2009 

     * squirrelmail-1.4.17-1.fc8 - 
     * syslog-ng-2.0.10-1.fc8 - 
     * awstats-6.8-3.fc8 - 
     * vinagre-0.4-2.fc8 - 
     * cups-1.3.9-2.fc8 - 
     * drupal-5.13-1.fc8 - 
     * roundcubemail-0.2-4.beta.fc8 - 
     * phpMyAdmin-3.1.1-1.fc8 - 
     * gallery2-2.3-1.fc8 - 

-- Virtualization --

In this section, we cover discussion on the @et-mgmnt-tools-list, 
@fedora-xen-list, @libvirt-list and @ovirt-devel-list of Fedora 
virtualization technologies.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley

-- Libvirt List --

This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.

-- sVirt 0.20 Patch Request for Comments --

James Morris announced[1] "the release of v0.20[2] of sVirt, a project 
to add security labeling support to Linux-based virtualization. I'm 
hoping to be able to propose an initial version for upstream merge 
within the next few minor releases, tasks for which are being scoped out 
in the new TODO list[3]."

"If the current release passes review, the next major task will be to 
add dynamic MCS labeling of domains and disk images for simple isolation."

Daniel P. Berrange said "this patch all looks pretty good to me from a 
the point of view of libvirt integration & XML config representation."

[1] http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2008-December/msg00260.html


[3] http://selinuxproject.org/page/SVirt/TODO

-- Latest libvirt on RHEL and CentOS 5.2 --

Marco Sinhoreli needed[1] image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt 0.5.x for 
testing oVirt on RHEL 5.2. Marco wondered what was necessary to update 
from the 0.3.x version available for RHEL.

Soon after, Daniel P. Berrange "uploaded[2] a set of patches[3] which 
make libvirt 0.5.1 work with RHEL-5's version of Xen. Basically we have 
to tweak a few version assumptions to take account of fact that RHEL-5 
Xen has a number of feature backports like the new paravirt framebuffer 
and NUMA support."

"Of course running a newer libvirt on RHEL-5 is totally unsupported but 
hopefully these will be usful to those who absolutely need this newer 
libvirt and don't mind about lack of support."

[1] http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2008-December/msg00218.html

[2] http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2008-December/msg00298.html

[3] http://berrange.fedorapeople.org/libvirt-rhel5-xen/

-- oVirt Devel List --

This section contains the discussion happening on the ovirt-devel list.

-- Building oVirt from Rawhide --

Perry Myers posted[1] instructions for building[2] and installing[3] 
oVirt from rawhide.

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