Fedora Weekly News 206

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Dec 14 22:46:48 UTC 2009

     * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 206
           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA BOARD, FESCO & FAMSCO ELECTIONS
                       # Fedora 10 final updates cutoff: December 11
                 + 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.2 Ambassadors
                 + 1.2.1 Fedora 12 release party in Athens, Greece
                 + 1.2.2 Fedora 12 release party in Caracas, Venezuela
                 + 1.2.3 Fedora Ambassadors active in Tunisia
                 + 1.2.4 FAmSCo election now open: Vote
                 + 1.2.5 Fedora 12 is here
           o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.3.1 Test Days
                 + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.3.3 FUDCon Toronto
                 + 1.3.4 BugZappers triaged bugs policy change
                 + 1.3.5 Release criteria revision
                 + 1.3.6 Bugzilla 3.4 public beta
                 + 1.3.7 Fedora 13 schedule
                 + 1.3.8 Fedora 13 Alpha release notes
           o 1.4 Translation
                 + 1.4.1 Fedora 13 Schedule Draft Discussion
                 + 1.4.2 FLSCo Election Proposed
                 + 1.4.3 Update About translate.fedoraproject.org Issues
                 + 1.4.4 Mentoring of New Members
           o 1.5 Artwork
                 + 1.5.1 Goddard Ahead
                 + 1.5.2 Improving the Fedora Community Website
           o 1.6 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.3 Fedora 10 Security Advisories

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 206 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 206[1] for the week ending December 
13, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This week's issue kicks off with an announcement that the Fedora-related 
voting has been extended one day due to some infrastructure outages. 
There is still time to vote, if you haven't yet!  In news from 
Ambassadors, details on Fedora 12 release parties in Greece and 
Venezuela, and an Ambassadors update from Tunisia. Also a reminder to 
vote before the end of today in the FAMSco elections. In Quality 
Assurance news, we have a special double issue for you, including 
details from the latest weekly meetings, a report on QA activities at 
FUDCon Toronto last weekend, and early news on Fedora 13 work. In Design 
news, early details on Goddard theming and looks toward updating the 
Fedora community website. Security Advisories brings us up to date on 
the latest security patches for F10 through F12. We hope you enjoy FWN 206!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[2]. We welcome reader feedback: fedora-news-list at redhat.com

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue206
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

-- Announcements --

In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, 
including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and 

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

    1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/
    2. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events


Paul W. Frields announced[1] that elections for the Fedora Board, FESCo 
and FAmSCo would be extended one day, now ending at 2009-12-16 UTC 2359.

As a reminder:

All groups have chosen to use the Range Voting method [2]

Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System at [3]. If this is 
the first time you've used the voting system, please refer to the Fedora 
Elections Guide, currently located at [4].

Fedora Board Election:

This election, the Fedora Board is electing two candidates and will 
appoint another two members.

Vacating the seats on the board this election are elected 
representatives Matt Domsch & Bill Nottingham, and appointed 
representatives Christoher Aillon and Dimitris Glezos[5].

The candidates for this election, in alphabetical order are:

     * Chris Tyler (ctyler)
     * Colin Walters (walters)
     * Matt Domsch (mdomsch)
     * Steven M. Parrish (SMParrish)

To vote, you must have a signed Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

Vote Here: [6]

Town Hall Logs: [7] [8]

Fedora Engineering Steering Committee Election:

For this election, FESCo will be electing four candidates to sit on the 

Vacating the seats on FESCo this election are Jon Stanley, Dan Horák, 
Jarod Wilson, and David Woodhouse.

The candidates for this election, in alphabetical order are:

     * Adam Jackson (ajax)
     * Christoph Wickert (cwickert)
     * Justin M. Forbes (jforbes)
     * Matthew Garrett (mjg59)
     * Peter Jones (pjones)
     * Richard June (rjune)
     * Robert Scheck (rsc)

To vote, you must have a signed Contributor License Agreement (CLA) and 
be a member of another Fedora group.

Vote Here: [9]

Town Hall Logs: [10] [11]

Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee Election:

This election FAmSCo will be electing all 7 seats on the committee.

These seats were previously held by Max Spevack, Joerg Simon, Francesco 
Ugolini, Thomas Canniot, Rodrigo Padula, David Nalley and Susmit 

The candidates for this election, in no particular order are:

     * David Nalley
     * Jean-Francois Saucier
     * Joerg Simon
     * Luca Foppiano
     * Maria Gracia Leandro
     * Max Spevack
     * Robert Scheck
     * Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira
     * Sandro Mathys
     * Scott Seiersen
     * Shakthi Kannan
     * Susmit Shannigrahi

To vote, you must be a member of the ambassadors group in the Fedora 
Account System.

Vote Here: [12]

Townhall Log: [13] [14]

I'd also like to point out the following from Paul Frields' announcement 
for the June 2008 Board Election:

"I'd like everyone voting to remember that this isn't a popularity 
contest, or a reward system. Think about how you'd like to Board to look 
when you vote, the same way you think about how you'd like any 
government body to look when you cast votes for their elections. We have 
a lot of worthy candidates on this list, and you should pick the ones 
that you feel will best represent you in advancing the Fedora Project.

This is one of numerous ways in which our community makes decisions 
about the leadership of Fedora. Your vote counts, and I hope you take 
advantage of it."

This advice is still valid, not just for the Fedora Board election but 
for all three elections.

Thanks also go to John Rose and other volunteers who have helped with 
organising and running Town Hall meetings for these elections.”

    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_voting
    3. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting
    4. http://nigelj.fedorapeople.org/feg/
    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/History
    6. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/boardf13
    9. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/fescof13
   12. https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/famscof13

---- Fedora 10 final updates cutoff: December 11 ----

Josh Boyer reminded[1] the community on the fedora-devel-announce list 
that December 11 would be the final day for any remaining Fedora 10 updates:

"Just a friendly reminder that Dec 11 00:00:00 UTC is the cutoff for F10 
updates submission. Ideally these would just be the final stable 
updates, as pushes to updates-testing would basically be stuck there 

Please take a few moments to review your pending requests, add any final 
stable updates you'd like pushed, and clear out any update requests that 
don't make much sense for a soon to be EOL'd distro."



Fedora events are the 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 ----

     * 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]

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/PastEvents

-- Ambassadors --

In this section, we cover Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors

--- Fedora 12 release party in Athens, Greece ---

Pierros Papadeas reports that on Saturday, December 12, a Fedora 12 
Release party was held in Athens. Many people showed up to learn about 
Constantine and Fedora Project in general. A presentation on Fedora 
Project and Fedora 12 was given and afterwards some hands-on testing was 
done on network sharing, virtualization enhancements, Moblin platform 
and other hints on support!

There was even a birthday cake to go along with the swag given out, as 
well as Live-USB sticks available.

Pierros says thanks to my fellow organizers -- Anastasis, Thalia and 
Pantelis -- and to everyone else who attended.

A report on the event can be found here: 

Photos from the evvent can be found here: 

--- Fedora 12 release party in Caracas, Venezuela ---

Maria Leandro reports that about 30 people attended a Fedora 12 Release 
Party held in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday, December 12.

Guillermo Gomez (gomix) made the official presentation of RPMDEV. 
Several Live CDs along with stickers and tattoos were given out prior to 
everyone having lunch.

Maria also reports that the event exceeded several goals. First, they 
got twice as many people to attend than was expected. Also, some 
ambassadors who had been inactive came back into the fold.

Future plans in Caracas include having a Fedora hacklab every two months 
to teach people to be productive using Fedora and encourage them to join 
the Fedora team.

Special thanks go to Edwind Contreras (Richzendy), who gave an excelent 
RPM workshop; to Guillermo Gómez (gomix), who brings awesome ideas; to 
Wilmer Jaramillo (k0k), who is "coming to town" again encouraging new 
users to be developers like he is; and to Ricardo Fernandez (KOSHrf), 
who cheers us up all at every moment.

Photos, videos, and a report can be found at the links below.




--- Fedora Ambassadors active in Tunisia ---

Zied Fakhfakh reports that while Tunisian Fedora ambassadors have been 
silent for a while, "we are not sleeping."

Zied, Nihed Mbarek and Wael Ammar have started a lobbying strategy 
around Fedora in the nation's universities by creating local "Fedora Clubs."

Two clubs have already been formed -- one in ISET Charguia: 
http://www.isetch.rnu.tn (a public university); and one in ESPRIT: 
http://www.esprit.ens.tn (a private university).

Activities have already taken place at ISET CH, including:

     * A private mirror: created by Zied;
     * A Fedora 12 release party, where the following was presented:
           o What's new in Fedora 12, by Nihed;
           o Virtualization, by Imed Chihi, former Red Hat employee;
           o How to contribute to Fedora, by Zied;
           o Open source software, by our friend Mohamed Nejib Bejar;
           o There was a real celebration, with cake, soda, candy;
     * Soon we are to migrate computers at the school to Fedora or 
CentOS, and
     * The group will start as soon as possible translating and 

--- FAmSCo election now open: Vote ---

Among other elected bodies in the Fedora Project, the Fedora Ambassadors 
Steering Committee (FAmSCo) elections are now open for voting. If you 
haven't done yet visit https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/ to cast 
your vote. Voting ends Monday, December 14, at 23:59:59 UTC. Your vote 
is important and crucial.

--- Fedora 12 is here ---

With Fedora 12 Constantine now here, this is a reminder that posting an 
announcement of your event on Fedora Weekly News can help get the word 
out. Contact FWN Ambassador correspondent Larry Cafiero at 
lcafiero-AT-fedoraproject-DOT-org with announcements of upcoming events 
-- and don't forget to e-mail reports after the events as well.

-- QualityAssurance --

In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team[1].

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA

--- Test Days ---

There was no Test Day last week, and no Test Day is currently planned 
for this week. If you would like to propose a main track Test Day for 
the Fedora 13 cycle, please contact the QA team via email or IRC, or 
file a ticket in QA Trac[1].

    1. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/

--- Weekly meetings ---

As the QA beat was unfortunately not present for Fedora Weekly News 
#205, we will cover two weeks' worth of events below.

A QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-11-30. No meeting was held 
on 2009-12-07 due to many group members being absent at FUDCon or 
elsewhere. The full log of the 2009-11-30 meeting is available[2]. Adam 
Williamson reported that he had started a development mailing list 
conversation regarding the proposed privilege escalation policy[3].

James Laska thanked the group for their feedback on John Poelstra's plan 
to improve the release criteria[4], and asked for comments on the 
planned next steps. John said he was planning to work in all the 
received feedback, send a revised draft of the page to the mailing list 
for comment, and do the final touches in a hackfest at the upcoming 
FUDCon. Adam Williamson volunteered to write a proposed paragraph to 
cover subjective judgment of configuration-dependent problems.

Adam Williamson gave a more detailed update on the privilege escalation 
policy topic. He said the development mailing list discussion had 
generated some useful points and potential issues that should be dealt 
with by any policy, but no clear road forward. With some help from Kevin 
Fenzi, a plan was made for Adam to escalate the issue for consideration 
by FESco with reference to the previous discussion, and possibly a 
proposed policy created with the help of the security team.

James Laska gave an update on the Fedora 12 QA retrospective. He thanked 
the group for their feedback, and outlined his plans. He intends to 
organize the feedback into topic groups to try and identify trends, and 
then discuss what can be improved for the Fedora 13 cycle based on that 

Will Woods and Kamil Paral reported on the progress of the AutoQA 
project. Kamil had written some patches intended to make test 
development easier, providing --help and --dry-run parameters for each 
watcher. He now plans to document these improvements in the wiki once 
they are accepted. He had also worked on integrating rpmguard into 
AutoQA. Will had added --local and --dry-run parameters to the test 
harness so that tests can be run locally by developers. He had fixed 
various watchers to run tests only once when repositories are changed or 
builds are run, even if multiple architectures are changed. He was 
planning to write some notes on AutoQA for Fedora developrs for use at 
the upcoming FUDCon, and help Kamil with rpmguard integration. James 
Laska reported that packaging of the israwhidebroken code was now 
complete, with help from Toshio Kuratomi.

Adam Williamson proposed that Glögg[5] be adopted as the official QA 
team drink. Jesse Keating suggested magic hobo gravy[6] as an 
alternative. No clear consensus was reached on the issue.

A Bugzappers group weekly meeting[7] was held on 2009-12-01. No meeting 
was held on 2009-12-08 due to many members being absent. The full log of 
the 2009-12-01 meeting is available[8]. Richard June noted that updating 
the components and triagers page[9] had been left with Edward Kirk, who 
was not present to report on it. Adam Williamson encouraged all group 
members to make sure they were listed on the page next to the correct 

Adam Williamson started a discussion on the topic of anaconda triage. He 
explained that the anaconda team could benefit from having a triage 
volunteer, as Andy Lindeberg was no longer working on anaconda triage. 
This would take a significant amount of time and require knowledge of 
anaconda, but the anaconda team was prepared to help train volunteers. 
Richard June volunteered to send a mail to the mailing list with details 
of the requirements, to ask for volunteers.

Adam Williamson took another look at the triage metrics situation. 
No-one had heard from Brennan Ashton lately, but Adam would try to check 
in with him at the upcoming FUDCon event. Adam also pointed out the 
fairly new statistics system within Bugzilla[10] as a possibility for 
the group to explore.

Matej Cepl reported that he had completed the agreed plan to add the 
Triaged keyword to all ASSIGNED bugs in Fedora 10 through 12.

The next QA weekly meeting may be held on 2009-11-07 at 1600 UTC in 
#fedora-meeting, although several group members are at FUDCon during 
that time and may not be able to attend. The next Bugzappers weekly 
meeting will be held on 2009-12-08 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    5. http://loupgaroublond.blogspot.com/2009/11/glogg.html
    6. http://hijinksensue.com/2009/11/27/the-special-sauce/
    7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings
    9. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Components_and_Triagers
   10. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/browse.cgi

--- FUDCon Toronto ---

The QA and BugZappers groups were both well represented at FUDCon 
Toronto[1]. James Laska, Will Woods, Adam Williamson, John Poelstra, 
Steven M. Parrish, Brennan Ashton (comphappy) all attended, and a brand 
new BugZapper - Patrick Ian - was welcomed during the event. Steven, 
Will and Adam all gave talks: Steven[2] on effective bug reporting, 
Will[3] on AutoQA, and Adam[4] on getting involved with QA and 
BugZappers. Several group members also posted write-ups of the event: 
John[5], Steven[6], and Adam[7].

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Toronto_2009
    5. http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/fudcon-toronto-trip-report/
    6. http://smparrish.livejournal.com/11639.html
    7. http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/12/10/fudcon-toronto-2009-wrap-up/

--- BugZappers triaged bugs policy change ---

Adam Williamson announced[1] a small modification to the 
recently-implemented triaged bug policy change. To make searching 
easier, triagers should now add the Triaged keyword to all Fedora 11 and 
Fedora 12 bugs when they have been triaged, as well as marking them as 


--- Release criteria revision ---

John Poelstra posted a final request[1] for feedback on the proposed new 
release criteria[2], noting that the pages would be finalized and made 
active at the upcoming FUDCon Toronto. At FUDCon, a group including 
John, James Laska, Adam Williamson, Bill Nottingham and Tim Burke 
revised the pages including all feedback provided from the list, and 
then made further revisions based on feedback by the anaconda and 
desktop teams. Adam announced the changes to the list[3]. Some further 
changes were then made based on suggestions from A. Mani[4] and others.

    2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Release_Criteria

--- Bugzilla 3.4 public beta ---

James Laska passed on an announcement[1] from Red Hat's Bugzilla team 
that a public beta of Bugzilla 3.4 for the Red Hat Bugzilla instance 
(which Fedora shares) is now available[2]. Later, James passed on the 
announcement for the second beta[3].

    2. http://partner-bugzilla.redhat.com/

--- Fedora 13 schedule ---

John Poelstra provided[1] a draft schedule of QA tasks for the Fedora 13 
release. He later provided an updated schedule[2] based on discussion at 
FUDCon Toronto. James Laska requested[3] an extra pre-alpha acceptance 
milestone on 2009-01-21.


--- Fedora 13 Alpha release notes ---

Rahul Sundaram posted[1] a preliminary draft of the Fedora 13 Alpha 
release notes for comment and discussion.


-- Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N

--- Fedora 13 Schedule Draft Discussion ---

In response to the Fedora 13 translation schedule proposed last week[1] 
by John Poelstra, Noriko Mizumoto put forward a review[2][3] 
highlighting changes in dates and duration of tasks. Zoltan Hopper 
suggested the addition of the translation task for Marketing Materials 
and Press Release[4].

Additionally, Noriko would also be attending a meeting with the Fedora 
Documentation team to discuss the Fedora 13 schedule[5].


--- FLSCo Election Proposed ---

After a brief discussion on the mailing list[1], an election for a new 
FLSCo is being currently considered, provided a suitable number of 
candidates volunteer themselves for nomination[2].


--- Update About translate.fedoraproject.org Issues ---

In continuance to the discussion last week about the various issues 
affecting the normal operations of the current infrastructure of 
translate.fedoraproject.org[1], Stickster suggested[2] the Fedora L10n 
Infrastructure team to distribute the tasks in the to-do list for 
upgradation to the new version of Transifex as proposed by Diego. He 
also called for assistance from the Fedora Documentation, Devel and 
Infrastructure teams to assist in the upgrade process.


--- Mentoring of New Members ---

The co-ordinator of the Simplified Chinese team, Yuan Yijun suggested 
the introduction of a mentoring process within the Fedora Localization 
Process, that would help new translators to be made familiar with the 
work flow and allow them to make prolonged contribution within the 
project. He cited the mentoring process currently in place for the 
Fedora Ambassador's group, as a reference[1].


-- Artwork --

In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team[1].

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork

--- Goddard Ahead ---

Luya Tshimbalanga created[1] the wiki page[2] to hold the development 
for the Fedora 13 graphics "Feel free to submit with favorite media 
(sketchs, illustration, photos collage as a long it complies to Fedora 
licensing guideline)". Nicu Buculei invited[3] everyone to contribute 
"Now is the time for everyone to start posting sketches and concepts" 
and Máirín Duffy proposed[4] "I was thinking it might be a good idea to 
hold a hackfest where we could get together and brainstorm some ideas 
and get inspired."

    2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F13_Artwork

--- Improving the Fedora Community Website ---

Máirín Duffy posted[1] some usability observation from the user 
interaction with the Fedora Community website during the Toronto FUDCon 
"there was definitely a lot of confusion shown through the tests - and 
we weren't really 100% happy with it to start" along with a couple of 
improvement mockups and asked for feedback "On the FUDbus back home I 
started trying some of her ideas -on the left, the nav bar could 
slideback and slide out on demand, and I tried making the right navbar 
look more 'navigation-y' rather than like it is little ads or something 
not relevant to the content."


-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

     * nginx-0.7.64-1.fc12 - 
     * kernel- - 
     * nss-util-3.12.5-1.fc12.1 - 
     * kernel- - 
     * ntp-4.2.4p8-1.fc12 - 
     * moodle-1.9.7-1.fc12 - 
     * rt3-3.8.4-7.fc12 - 

--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * nginx-0.7.64-1.fc11 - 
     * kernel- - 
     * moodle-1.9.7-1.fc11 - 
     * ntp-4.2.4p7-3.fc11 - 
     * rt3-3.8.2-12.fc11 - 
     * memcached-1.2.8-2.fc11 - 

--- Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---

     * nginx-0.7.64-1.fc10 - 
     * rubygem-actionpack-2.1.1-5.fc10 - 
     * httpd-2.2.14-1.fc10 - 
     * moodle-1.9.7-1.fc10 - 
     * ruby- - 
     * asterisk- - 
     * mysql-5.0.88-1.fc10 - 
     * kernel- - 
     * rt3-3.8.2-12.fc10 - 
     * ntp-4.2.4p7-2.fc10 - 

- end FWN 206 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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