Fedora Weekly New 207

Pascal Calarco pcalarco at nd.edu
Mon Dec 21 18:02:58 UTC 2009

     * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 207
           o 1.1 Issue Summary
           o 1.2 Announcements
                 + 1.2.1 Fedora Mailing lists migration
                 + 1.2.2 Omega (Boxer) Fedora Remix
                 + 1.2.3 FUDCon Toronto: Five-Minute Survey
                 + 1.2.4 Fedora 10 End of Life
                       # Fedora Outage Notification
                 + 1.2.6 FESCo Election Results
                 + 1.2.7 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.3.1 Test Days
                 + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.3.3 Increasing the grub timeout
                 + 1.3.4 X.org server testing
           o 1.4 Security Advisories
                 + 1.4.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                 + 1.4.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 207 -

--  Issue Summary --

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 207[1] for the week ending December 
20, 2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Welcome to the final Fedora Weekly News of 2009! We will be taking a 
break after this issue and return with issue 208 on January 11, 2010. 
Have a wonderful holiday season how ever you celebrate it! In this 
issue, we kick off with announcements including a reminder of Fedora 10 
end of life, FESCo election results, and notification of Fedora mailing 
lists migration. In news from the Fedora Planet, several posts covering 
FUDCon Toronto, a continuation of the Plymouth Theming Guide, and 
details on the source control move from cvs to git, as well as several 
posts around virtualization. In Quality Assurance news, a recap of the 
weekly QA team meetings, increasing grub timeout, and X.org server 
testing. Our issue finishes with Security Advisories for Fedora 11 and 
12. We hope you enjoy FWN 207!

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/Issue207
    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

----  Fedora Mailing lists migration ----

Jon Stanley wrote[1]:

"Over the last several years, there has been some contention about 
having Fedora mailing lists hosted on Red Hat infrastructure. As 
previously announced[2], there was an effort to migrate the mailing 
lists onto Fedora infrastructure, however, due to a variety of factors, 
it has been very much delayed.

I'm pleased to announce that we've selected a date(s) for this migration 
project, and are ready to implement it. On January 9 and 10, 2010, all 
Fedora related mailing lists that are currently hosted at redhat.com 
will be migrated to lists.fedoraproject.org. Red Hat has agreed to 
forward the mail for the old list name to the new list names, and 
continue hosting the archives at their current location. Additionally, 
all archives will be copied over to the new location as well. All new 
archives will only be present at the new location.

We've decided to do this in one fell swoop rather than gradually as 
originally planned because we feel it to be in the interest of our 
community to have much pain at one point, rather than small amounts of 
pain spread out over a long period of time. All of your mail filters 
that rely on the List-ID header will break on these days, and 
adjustments on your part will be required. We apologize for the 
inconvenience. For your convenience, I've posted a mapping of old list 
names to new list names[3] as well as a PDF version[4]

After the migration, you are welcome to file tickets for new mailing 
list creation and problems with old ones in the Fedora Infrastructure 
trac instance[5].

    3. http://jstanley.fedorapeople.org/mlmigration.ods
    4. http://jstanley.fedorapeople.org/mlmigration.pdf
    5. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/

----  Omega (Boxer) Fedora Remix ----

Rahul Sundaram wrote[1]:

"Omega is a completely free and open source Linux based operating system 
and a Fedora remix suitable for desktop and laptop users. It is a 
installable Live image for regular PC (i686 architecture) systems. It 
has all the features of Fedora and number of additional software 
including multimedia players and codecs by default. Omega plays any 
multimedia content (including MP3) or commercial DVD's out of the box. 
It also has the full Openoffice.org office suite plus extra utilities 
and games.

Omega (Boxer) release is a remix of Fedora 12 and includes all the 
updates till Monday 14th of December 2009 from Fedora, RPM Fusion and 
Livna repositories. Adobe repository is also enabled by default for 
convenience but no software is installed from that repository by default.

It is a 1.3 GB Live image and you can simply use dd in Linux or the 
cross platform Fedora Live USB creator to create a Live USB.

Download it from


Thanks to the entire Fedora community.


----  FUDCon Toronto: Five-Minute Survey ----

Mel Chua wrote[1]:

"FUDCon Toronto[2] is over - our largest FUDCon yet! We'd love to get 
your thoughts on how it went, so:

     * If you attended FUDCon Toronto, either in-person or remotely via 
Fedora Live, please take this survey and tell us what you thought.
     * If you didn't attend FUDCon Toronto but wanted to, please take 
this survey and tell us how we can help you get to the next one.
     * If you didn't want to go to FUDCon Toronto, please take this 
survey and tell us why - it's anonymous. ;-)

The survey is available[3].

There are 29 questions, most of the yes/no variety; the survey takes 
less than 5 minutes to complete (I just timed myself). A special thanks 
to Robyn Bergeron, Yaakov Nemoy, and the rest of the Fedora Marketing 
team for designing the survey so it *can* be completed in less than 5 

Questions are previewable[4]. The survey will be active from 12/16/2009 
through 1/8/2010, and we'll be analyzing and announcing the results 
shortly after it closes. If you're curious about the process, interested 
in helping us analyze the results, or have any questions in general, 
join the conversation on the Fedora Marketing mailing list[5]."

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Toronto_2009
    3. http://fedoraproject.limequery.org/index.php?sid=34266&lang=en
    4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_survey
    5. https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-marketing-list

----  Fedora 10 End of Life ----

Paul W. Frields wrote[1]:

"This announcement is a reminder that as of 2009-12-17, Fedora 10 has 
reached its end of life for updates. As planned, last update pushes to 
Fedora 10 were made in advance[2][3] of this date, to accommodate the 
move of some Fedora 

Fedora 11 will continue to receive updates until approximately one month 
after the release of Fedora 13.



----  Fedora Outage Notification----

Mike McGrath wrote[1]:

"There will be an outage starting at 2009-12-18 02:00 UTC, which will 
last approximately 2 hours.

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at 
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/UTCHowto or run:

date -d '2009-12-18 02:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

Buildsystem CVS / Source Control Database Fedora Hosted Mail Mirror 
System Translation Services Websites

Unaffected Services: Torrent DNS Fedora People Fedora Talk

Ticket Link:


Reason for Outage: We have a lot of temporary solutions in place from 
the move, we're moving things back to their more permanent solutions. 
The main outages won't last the full two hours. The vpn setup should 
only takes 10-20 minutes. The db1 migration will take at least an hour 

Contact Information: Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or 
respond to this email to trackthe status of this outage."


--- FESCo Election Results ---

Paul W. Frields wrote[1]:

"Election Results for FESCo - Fedora 13 Cycle

Voting Period: 05 December 2009 00:00:00 UTC to 16 December 2009 
23:59:59 UTC


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


As defined in the election text, the four (4) candidate(s) with the 
greatest number of votes will be elected for full 2 release term.


At close of voting there were: 216 valid ballots

Using the Fedora Range Voting method, each candidate could attain a 
maximum of 1512 votes (7*216).


1. Adam Jackson (ajax)                       1028
2. Christoph Wickert (cwickert)               934
3. Peter Jones (pjones)                       820
4. Matthew Garrett (mjg59)                    753

     * * * * *

5. Robert Scheck (rsc)                        663
6. Justin M. Forbes (jforbes)                 535
7. Richard June (rjune)                       415

As such, Adam Jackson, Christoph Wickert, Peter Jones, and Matthew 
Garrett are elected to FESCo for a full 2 release term."



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

--  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 ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-12-14. The full log is 
available[2]. Adam Williamson reported that the note on 
hardware-dependent issues as relating to the release criteria which he 
had promised to write was done, and added to the blocker bug FAQ[3].

James Laska reported that he was still working on a list of 
recommendations based on the Fedora 12 retrospective, but expected to 
have it finished within the next few days.

Adam Williamson gave an update on the release criteria improvement 
process. As planned, a group had gathered to finalize work on the new 
criteria at FUDCon, and the new criteria were now officially in 
place[4]. No-one felt there was significant additional work to do on the 
criteria themselves for the Fedora 13 cycle.

Adam Williamson gave an update on the privilege escalation policy topic. 
He had not received any practical feedback or suggestions from the Red 
Hat security group, so intended to escalate the issue to FESCo without 
an actual proposed policy. Will Woods noted that he had had some 
discussions at FUDCon about how to implement AutoQA tests for builds 
which added or removed setuid binaries, consolehelper configuration 
files, or PolicyKit policies.

Will Woods and Kamil Paral reported on the progress of the AutoQA 
project. Will mentioned that he had given a talk on AutoQA at FUDCon, 
and pointed to the slides[5]. He had returned with several good ideas 
for future improvements to AutoQA suggested by other participants, and a 
clearer plan for implementing the much-needed dependency checking test. 
Kamil said that he had been working on integrating rpmguard as an AutoQA 
test, and this initial work was available in the 
'kparal/rpmguard-integration' git branch. He had posted an email 
announcement[6] of this, containing some example output.

James Laska noted the work [User:Rhe|Rui He]] and Liam Li had been doing 
on the 'is anaconda broken?' proposal[7]. He also said he was planning a 
release sprint to revise the release validation test plans for the new 
release criteria.

The Bugzappers group weekly meeting[8] was held on 2009-12-15. The full 
log is available[9]. Matej Cepl reported that he was planning to replace 
the current GreaseMonkey script used to enhance Bugzilla pages for the 
benefit of triagers with Jetpacks[10]. He asked for volunteers to test 
the initial versions of the Jetpacks, available from his space[11].

The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-12-21 at 1600 UTC in 
#fedora-meeting. The next Bugzappers weekly meeting will be held on 
2009-12-22 at 1500 UTC in #fedora-meeting.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20091214
    4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Release_Criteria
    5. http://wwoods.fedorapeople.org/files/AutoQA-FUDCon-Toronto-2009.odp
    7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Is_anaconda_broken_proposal
    8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings
   10. http://jetpack.mozillalabs.com/
   11. http://mcepl.fedorapeople.org/scripts/install.html

---  Increasing the grub timeout ---

Scott Robbins started a long thread[1] with the suggestion to increase 
the default timeout for the Fedora boot loader from its current default 
setting of 0 (which causes the boot loader menu never to be shown at 
all). There were many opinions on this idea, but the general response 
was positive enough for Scott to file a feature request[2] on the idea, 
where some compromises were suggested. Richard Ryniker suggested having 
the system detect unclean shutdowns and force the boot menu to be 
displayed on the next boot (much as Windows does). Stewart Adam 
suggested having grub initially installed with a non-zero timeout, and 
have firstboot change it to zero on the assumption that a system that 
can get to firstboot must have a properly configured bootloader.

    2. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=541315

---  X.org server testing ---

Adam Williamson posted a request[1] for group members to test a recent 
Fedora 12 X.org server build provided by the Fedora X development team, 
to provide some assurance that it worked acceptably before it would be 
submitted as a candidate update. Many members submitted useful reports 
in response, with a generally positive character. However, one potential 
issue with the nouveau driver emerged thanks to the report of Mike 
Chambers[2], and was passed back to the developers for investigation.


--  Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

     * gtk2-2.18.5-3.fc12 - 
     * rubygem-actionpack-2.3.4-3.fc12 - 
     * postgresql-8.4.2-1.fc12 - 
     * blam-1.8.5-21.fc12 - 
     * xulrunner- - 
     * gnome-web-photo-0.9-4.fc12 - 
     * perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc12.10 - 
     * galeon-2.0.7-19.fc12 - 
     * firefox-3.5.6-1.fc12 - 
     * Miro-2.5.2-7.fc12 - 
     * mozvoikko-1.0-7.fc12 - 
     * gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-14.fc12 - 
     * seamonkey-2.0.1-1.fc12 - 
     * tomcat-native-1.1.18-1.fc12 - 
     * coreutils-7.6-8.fc12 - 
     * drupal-6.15-1.fc12 - 
     * httpd-2.2.14-1.fc12 - 
     * merkaartor-0.14-2.fc12 - 

--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * drupal-6.15-1.fc11 - 
     * postgresql-8.3.9-1.fc11 - 
     * rubygem-actionpack-2.3.2-4.fc11 - 
     * tomcat-native-1.1.18-1.fc11 - 
     * pcmanx-gtk2-0.3.8-11.fc11 - 
     * xulrunner- - 
     * chmsee-1.0.1-14.fc11 - 
     * epiphany-2.26.3-7.fc11 - 
     * blam-1.8.5-17.fc11 - 
     * evolution-rss-0.1.4-9.fc11 - 
     * galeon-2.0.7-19.fc11 - 
     * gnome-web-photo-0.7-9.fc11 - 
     * gnome-python2-extras-2.25.3-10.fc11 - 
     * Miro-2.5.2-7.fc11 - 
     * hulahop-0.4.9-11.fc11 - 
     * google-gadgets-0.11.1-4.fc11 - 
     * kazehakase-0.5.8-4.fc11 - 
     * monodevelop-2.0-8.fc11 - 
     * mozvoikko-0.9.7-0.10.rc1.fc11 - 
     * yelp-2.26.0-10.fc11 - 
     * perl-Gtk2-MozEmbed-0.08-6.fc11.8 - 
     * epiphany-extensions-2.26.1-9.fc11 - 
     * ruby-gnome2-0.19.3-5.fc11 - 
     * firefox-3.5.6-1.fc11 - 
     * coreutils-7.2-5.fc11 - 
     * merkaartor-0.14-2.fc11 - 

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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