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Fedora Weekly News 209

From:  Pascal Calarco <>
Subject:  Fedora Weekly News 209
Date:  Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:50:17 -0500
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Fedora Weekly News Issue 209
           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA ANNOUNCEMENTS
                       # Open Xange 2010
                       # Fedora's LWN subscription
                 + 1.1.2 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
                       # Outage Notification - 2010-01-13 22:00 UTC
                       # %cmake macro usage, dropping 
                       # Outage Notification - Fri Jan 15 
10:30:00 UTC
                       # f13 boost-1.41.0 upgrade: pushed
                       # Request for Fedora 13 Feature Page 
Status Update
                 + 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.2 Ambassadors
                 + 1.2.1 FAmSCo chair, vice-chair named
                 + 1.2.2 Fedora 12 is here
           o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.3.1 Test Days
                 + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.3.3 update testing request
                 + 1.3.4 Desktop validation testing update
                 + 1.3.5 Contact with Symbian QA group
                 + 1.3.6 Updated gnome-shell available for testing
           o 1.4 Translation
                 + 1.4.1 Submission Branches for Anaconda
                 + 1.4.2 virt-viewer Added to
                 + 1.4.3 Errors in owners.list File
                 + 1.4.4 New Members/Coordinators
           o 1.5 Artwork
                 + 1.5.1 Continual Brainstorming for Fedora 13 Graphics
                 + 1.5.2 The Design Suite Spin Approved
           o 1.6 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                 + 1.6.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 209 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 209[1] for the week ending January 
17, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This issue starts with announcements from the project, including 
availability of Open Xange 2010, a Fedora + KDE distro, a change in 
cmake macro usage, and some feature update pings for Fedora 13. In 
Ambassador news, details on the FAmSCo chair, vice-chair named. In 
Quality Assurance news, lots of detail from this past week's QA Team 
meetings, plus details on an testing request, desktop validation 
update, and an updated gnome-shell available for testing.In Translation 
news, a request for submission branches for Anaconda, notice that 
virt-viewer has been added and is available for translations, and a new 
coordinator of the Brazilian Portuguese translation team. In Art/Design 
Team news, notice of the approval of the new Design Spin for Fedora, and 
updates to the Fedora 13 theming and graphics. This week issue wraps up 
with the latest security advisories for Fedora 11 and 12. We hope you 
enjoy Fedora Weekly News 209!

We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News 
(FAWN), an audio format in OGG for the past few FWN issues that one of 
our contributors has begun. Find it on the Internet Archive[2] and have 
a listen!

If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see 
our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson


--  Announcements --

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco



----  Open Xange 2010 ----

A. Paulo Santos announced[1] the availability of Open Xange 2010[2], "a 
Fedora + KDE base distro, only with Open Source software."


----  Fedora's LWN subscription ----

Max Spevack announced[1] to the Fedora community, "I've done my 
once-every-six-months-or-so cleanup of the Fedora LWN[2] subscription, 
pruning any accounts that haven't logged into LWN since September 1, 2009.

We've got about 20 subscriptions that we can enable, so if you are a 
Fedora community member and would like to be able to access LWN's 
subscriber-only content, please send me an email with your LWN account 
name, and I'll make it so.

If you're not sure whether or not you are already part of Fedora's group 
subscription, log into LWN. If it says "Fedora Project group" on the top 
of the left-hand status bar, you are."



----  Outage Notification - 2010-01-13 22:00 UTC ----

Mike McGrath notified[1] the list: "There will be an outage starting at 
2010-01-13 22:00 UTC, which will last approximately 4 hours.

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

date -d '2010-01-13 22:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

Fedora Hosted

Unaffected Services:

Buildsystem CVS / Source Control Database DNS Fedora People Fedora Talk 
Mail Mirror System Torrent Translation Services Websites

Ticket Link [3]

Reason for Outage: (the primary fedorahosted host) has been 
throwing memory errors so we have a ticket open to fix it. There is a 4 
hour window for them to work on it though it's not likely to be down 
that whole time so the actual outage should be much smaller.

Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin in or respond to this email 
to track the status of this outage."


----  %cmake macro usage, dropping -DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH:BOOL=ON ----

Rex Dieter informed[1] the list that "If you're the maintainer of a 
cmake-based package, and use the %cmake macro, be aware I just 
implemented a change in rawhide (to cmake-2.8.0-2) to drop the usage of 
-DCMAKE_SKIP_RPATH:BOOL=ON as previously discussed[2].

If you want or need to continue with the old behavior, use %cmake 

NOTE: At the time of writing this, kde4 packages that use the 
%cmake_kde4 macro still use %{_cmake_skip_rpath} by default (at least 
until we can sort out other rpath-related issues in kde4's buildsystem)."


----  Outage Notification - Fri Jan 15 10:30:00 UTC ----

Mike McGrath notified[1] "There will be an outage starting at Fri Jan 15 
10:30:00 UTC, which is ongoing.

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

date -d 'Fri Jan 15 10:30:00 UTC'

Affected Services:

Fedora People

Unaffected Services:

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

Ticket Link[3]

Reason for Outage:

The xen host fedorapeople is on is currently not responding to pings. 
I've contacted the hosting provider but have not heard back yet. It is 
unclear when this host will be back online.

Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin in or respond to this email 
to track the status of this outage."


----  f13 boost-1.41.0 upgrade: pushed ----

Benjamin Kosnik announced[1] that "The boost maintainers have updated 
the boost package to the current release (1.41.0) in rawhide for F13. 
More info[2].

Rebuilds for devel packages that require boost are mandatory, as SONAME 
was bumped. Help from package maintainers with rebuilding packages with 
boost dependencies is appreciated."


----  Request for Fedora 13 Feature Page Status Update ----

John Poelstra requested[1] feature owners update those needing updates.

"Thanks for all the great work you are doing to make Fedora 13 our best 
release ever.

I just did a quick review of the accepted pages we have so far for 
Fedora 13 and there are a few that have not been updated since November 
2009 or before. I made this determination based on the information in 
the "Current Status" section of your feature page.

Would you be so kind as to take a couple of minutes to update your page 
with with the latest status information so we all have a better idea how 
your feature is doing?"



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]


--  Ambassadors --

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

Contributing Writer: Larry Cafiero


---  FAmSCo chair, vice-chair named ---

During the last FAmSCo meeting, Joerg Simon was elected as the new 
FAmSCo chair and Max Spevack was elected as the new FAmSCo vice-chair.

---  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], as the QA 
group and the Fedora project in general awaken from its holiday slumber!

Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson


---  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].


---  Weekly meetings ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2010-01-11. The full logs are 
available[2]. Adam Miller reported that he had begun working with 
Christoph Wickert and Kevin Fenzi to plan the Fedora 13 Xfce test day. 
They had started a new mailing list for Xfce issues and discussed 
whether to commit to including Xfce 4.8 in Fedora 13.

Jóhann Guðmundsson had agreed with Christoph Wickert that a Fedora 13 
LXDE test day would be a useful event. He promised to work on writing 
test cases and picking a date for the test day. He also suggested an 
LXDE mailing list may be a good idea.

James Laska said he had spoken to Matthias Clasen about the possibility 
of Fit'n'Finish test days for the Fedora 13 cycle, but Matthias thought 
this would likely not happen. James had also added some ideas about test 
days for the Fedora 13 cycle to the wiki talk page[3].

James had also posted a request to the mailing lists[4] for reviews of 
packages needed for the AutoQA project, but he was still looking for 
people to review the packages.

Will Woods gave an update on the AutoQA project. He had been filing 
tickets to plan out future work on automated installation testing, 
organized under a milestone[5]. However, the next priority was to work 
on dependency check tests, organized under another milestone[6]. This 
requires the creation of a post-bodhi-update hook; Will had been working 
with Luke Macken to decide on the best method of doing this. He also 
noted that rpmguard had now been merged into AutoQA's master branch. 
Kamil Paral noted that he had written a blog post[7] on the recent 
changes to rpmguard and the creation of an rpmguard wiki page[8]. He was 
now thinking about how to improve rpmguard's reporting method. James 
Laska provided an update on the status of packaging the AutoQA 
components into Fedora: autotest-client is awaiting review[9], autoqa 
and autotest are packaged, and he is working on a plan for packaging 
gwt, which has a large amount of Java dependencies. He was considering 
having a sprint to work on that.

There was no BugZappers meeting during the week due to the absence of 
several members.


--- update testing request ---

Adam Williamson asked the group[1] to make a special effort to test 
several new and graphics-related candidate updates, due to the 
significant impact they could have if approved as stable updates. Many 
group members responded with valuable feedback, which helped the X 
developers promote the updates to stable status with confidence.


---  Desktop validation testing update ---

Adam Williamson updated the status of the desktop validation testing 
project: he had now created a draft test matrix[1] to organize desktop 
validation testing for the Fedora 13 cycle, and asked for the group's 
comments on it, and opinions on whether it should be merged with the 
installation testing matrix, or made into a separate page. Rui He 
thought[2] it should be a separate page. James Laska suggested[3] 
separate pages with a read-only master page which would transclude the 
separate pages.


---  Contact with Symbian QA group ---

Symbian's Mike Kinghan asked[1] if the group was interested in helping 
Symbian's fledgling community QA group with the benefit of its immense 
wisdom and experience. Once the laughter had died down, Jóhann 
Guðmundsson suggested that Mike could post his questions to the list for 
feedback from all group members, and/or contact Adam Williamson, the 
community QA lead.


---  Updated gnome-shell available for testing ---

Adam Miller announced[1] that he had updated Rawhide's gnome-shell 
package to a recent upstream git snapshot, and asked the group to help 
test it and send feedback and bug reports upstream to the GNOME project.


--  Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee


---  Submission Branches for Anaconda ---

Anaconda developer David Cantrell requested the Fedora Translation team 
to submit translations only to the development branch of anaconda and 
not to a released branch, since post-release the translation updates 
would ideally not be used[1]. In this case, the f12-branch. Piotr Drag 
closed the submissions to this branch temporarily[2], however they were 
reopened again[3] after Milo? Komar?evi? pointed out that localized 
spins/remixes of released versions may require the updates[4]. At 
present, a warning message has been posted on the anaconda submission 
page, to inform translators about pushing submissions to the 'master' 
branch for the next release of Fedora[5].


---  virt-viewer Added to ---

The virt-viewer module has been added to and 
is now ready to accept translation submissions[1].


---  Errors in owners.list File ---

Incorrect information in the owners.list file, relating to Bugzilla 
account entries for Simplified and Traditional Chinese translation teams 
are generating errors from Buzilla[1][2]. This was reported by Piotr 


---  New Members/Coordinators ---

Taylon Silmer took over the coordinatorship of the Brazilian Portuguese 
translation team from Igor Soares Pires[1].


--  Artwork --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei


---  Continual Brainstorming for Fedora 13 Graphics ---

The brainstorming for the conceptual phase of the Fedora 13 artwork 
continued with a sketch[1] by Máirín Duffy "the concept is really along 
the lines of what all of our sketches have, I think. But the visual 
style I'd want to go for is like this Modest Mouse album" which made 
everybody think about rocket trails and a "digital" concept[2] from 
Hristo Petkov "In my view it should be something digital to show the 
power of the computer"


---  The Design Suite Spin Approved ---

Sebastian Dziallas announced[1] the Board approval for the Design Suite 
as an official spin for Fedora 13 "* QUESTION: Does the Board approve 
the use of Fedora trademarks for this spin? * Board grants trademark 
usage for this spin"


--  Security Advisories --

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

Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

     * openttd-0.7.5-1.fc12 -
     * GraphicsMagick-1.3.7-4.fc12 -
     * pidgin-2.6.5-1.fc12 -
     * DevIL-1.7.8-4.fc12 -
     * sssd-1.0.1-1.fc12 -
     * transmission-1.77-1.fc12 -
     * krb5-1.7-18.fc12 -
     * ruby- -
     * php-ZendFramework-1.9.7-1.fc12 -
     * systemtap-1.1-1.fc12 - 

---  Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * trac-0.11.6-1.fc11 -
     * DevIL-1.7.8-4.fc11 -
     * GraphicsMagick-1.3.7-4.fc11 -
     * pidgin-2.6.5-1.fc11 -
     * sssd-1.0.1-1.fc11 -
     * gif2png-2.5.1-1102.fc11 -
     * openttd-0.7.5-1.fc11 -
     * krb5-1.6.3-23.fc11-
     * ruby- -
     * php-ZendFramework-1.9.7-1.fc11 -
     * transmission-1.77-2.fc11 -
     * systemtap-1.1-1.fc11 - 

-- end FWN 209 --

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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