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Fedora Weekly News #170
Tue Apr 14 02:00:59 2009
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 170 for the week ending April 5, 2009.
In this week's issue, we're proud to include the Fedora Weekly webcomic
by Nicu Buculei, who has been producing this regularly for some time. We
think you will enjoy Nicu's art and humor. Other selected content includes:
* Detailed coverage in the announcements and infrastructure
sections on the August 2008 Fedora security intrusion, and updates on
the upcoming FUDCon Berlin.
* News from the Fedora Planet includes updates on the fourth grade
math project for Sugar/OLPC, reviews of Songbird and Flock, amongst
other birds of a feather.
* In the Developments beat, the mysteries of Fedora & OpenSolaris
dual-boot is revealed.
* Translation: updates on F11 release note translations, and new
members of the Fedora Localization Project
* An interview with three members of the Art Team in this week's
* April Fools and the Conflicker worm, in this week's Security Week
* Security updates for Fedora 9 and 10 over the past week
* Updates on the state of virtualization in Fedora, with a view
towards F11 feature rollup
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see
our 'join' page. We welcome reader feedback: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
1. ↑ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Oisin Feeley, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project.
Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
--- Fedora Board ---
Paul Frields reminded the community that the Fedora Board will be
"holding its monthly public meeting on Tuesday, 7 April 2009, at 1800
UTC on IRC Freenode."
Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.
Join #fedora-board-public to discuss topics and post questions. This
channel is read/write for everyone.
Paul also mentioned a change in the procedure for the meeting. "We're
trying something new (albeit in a minor way) in this meeting. The
moderator will still be available to gather input from the
#fedora-board-public channel, but will voice people, one at a time, in
the queue in the #fedora-board-meeting channel."
--- Security ---
Paul Frields also issued a detailed, and final report to the Fedora
community regarding the August 2008 intrusion. Because of the detailed
nature of the announcement, rather than summarize it here, your
correspondent encourages people to read the full link.
1. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Pfrields
--- Fedora 11 ---
Jesse Keating announced the release of Fedora 11 Beta on March 31.
More details about this release will appear later in this week's FWN.
1. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/JesseKeating
--- FUDCon Berlin 2009 ---
Max Spevack reminded the community about FUDCon Berlin 2009,
including registration, lodging, and speaking opportunities.
1. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/MaxSpevack
3. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Berlin_2009
4. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Berlin_2009_attendees
5. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Berlin_2009_lodging
6. ↑ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon_Berlin_and_LinuxTag_2009_talks
--- Upcoming Events ---
April 15: NYLUG in New York, New York, USA.
April 17-19: Summer Geek Camp 2 in Antipolo City, Phillipines.
April 18: BarCamp Rochester in Rochester, New York, USA.
April 19-22: Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit in Malta.
April 24-25: FLISOL, all over the LATAM region.
April 25: Trenton Computer Festival in Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
April 25-26: Linux Fest Northwest in Bellingham, Wasthington, USA.
1. ↑ http://nylug.org/
2. ↑ http://fedora.bluepoint.com.ph/index.php?entry=20090204000843
3. ↑ http://barcamprochester.org/
4. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Red_Hat_EMEA_Partner_Summit_2009
5. ↑ http://tcf-nj.org/
6. ↑ https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LinuxFest_Northwest_%28LFNW%29_2009
-- 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 ---
Silas Sewell wrote a tutorial on using the Qpid implementation of The
Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) on Fedora using Python.
Greg DeKoenigsberg provided an updated on the Fourth Grade Math
project for the Sugar Project.
Ankur Sinha posted a bunch of photos from a Linux Open Week event.
Joseph Smidt discussed some thoughts on Intellectual Property in
"Open Source Is The Pinnacle Of The Free Market".
Adam John Miller gave a talk about Fedora Infrastructure and posted
the key points as well as the slides.
John Poelstra announced Fedora 12! Not really. But he did announce
that the Features process for Fedora 12 has been started and a draft
Bryan Clark tested Right-to-Left localization in Thunderbird, and now
you can too!
Scott Williams reviewed Songbird (media player using the Mozilla core
technologies) and Flock, a socially-enabled web browser based on Firefox.
Eelko Berkenpies announced that KDE 4.2.2 is now available in the
Testing repository for Fedora 10, but also provided information on how
to easily install it early if you like to live on the edge.
Paul W. Frields discussed some of what the Fedora Infrastructure
project does, and included a link to a presentation from PyCon 2009 on
James Antill posted "Why trusted third party repos. will always be a
2. ↑ http://gregdek.livejournal.com/49272.html
6. ↑ http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/fedora-12-is-next/
7. ↑ http://clarkbw.net/blog/2009/04/02/testing-rtl-in-thunderbird/
8. ↑ http://vwbusguy.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/review-songbird-and-flock/
9. ↑ http://blog.berkenpies.nl/2009/04/03/fedora-10-and-kde-422/
10. ↑ http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1580
11. ↑ http://illiterat.livejournal.com/6716.html
-- Developments --
In this section the people, personalities and debates on the
@fedora-devel mailing list are summarized.
Contributing Writer: Oisin Feeley
--- Noarch with pkconfig Files ---
Peter Robinson asked for help building his
<package>gupnp-vala</package> package as noarch. The complication was
that it contained a pkgconfig file.
Several helpful responses, such as Michael Schwendt's suggested
installing pkgconfig files into /usr/share/pkgconfig instead of one of
the /usr/lib directories. Toshio Kuratomi thought that the problem
was that the package did not use the new noarch-subpackage feature but
instead tried to be a regular noarch package.
Ville Skyttä ran the rpmlint check and confirmed that it warned
exactly of this misuse of a libdir macro.
In response to a subsidiary question Jesse Keating explained that the
noarch packages merely appeared to be present in each of the different
architecture trees because they were hard-linked.
--- Fedora and OpenSolaris Dualboot Issue Solved ---
After Ahmed Kamal reported that a ZFS formatted partition seemed to
be causing a Fedora 11 Beta installation failure there was a quick
response. Eric Sandeen noted that a patch had already been
produced by Dave Lehman to merely log the problem instead of raising
an error. The bugzilla entry suggested that the root problem was due
to udev failing to recognize ZFS properly.
4. ↑ https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=494070
--- fallocate(2) Preferred Glibc Interface for Preallocation ? ---
James Ralston noted the adoption of the ext4 filesystem in Fedora 11
and suggested that in order to use its preallocation features more
efficiently it would be useful to patch applications. This could help
avoid the current "double write" penalty currently incurred by
preallocation in which the reserved space is first filled with nulls.
James wondered whether there was a better interface to do this than
glibc's posix_fallocate() which first attempts the allocation and then
falls "[...] back to writing nulls to fill up the requested range if
Eric Sandeen suggested using fallocate(2) which is present in the
glibc version in rawhide and provided a test program to investigate how
well this would work.
--- Rawhide Report Glitches Resolved ---
After a few "Rawhide Reports" were missed Alex Lancaster asked what
was going on. Josh Boyer answered that pungi for i386 was failing.
Rawhide Reports resumed on 2009-04-04.
--- XULRunner Committable by non-Provenpackagers ---
The summary of the 2009-04-03 FESCo meeting indicated that
"Firefox/Thunderbird/XULRunner" are open for commits by those who do not
have "provenpackager" status. Also discussed and declined for such
changes were: popt; initscripts; ethtool; lvm-related packages; and hwdata.
Jon Stanley also noted that he was going to shoulder the burden of
providing his excellent summaries of FESCo meetings.
--- Provenpackager Policies ---
Also discussed in the 2009-04-04 FESCo meeting were several requests for
"provenpackager" and "sponsor" status. This followed on the heels of
work done by Patrice Dumas to codify some meanings and processes around
A general concern was expressed in the IRC meeting that the ability
of a provenpackager to modify others' packages should not be used
lightly. David Woodhouse warned that "provenpackagers who commit to
other packages without even _trying_ to coordinate with the owner should
expect censure" and Jon Stanley posted a helpful link to a wiki entry
on "Who is allowed to modify which packages".
2. ↑ http://bpepple.fedorapeople.org/fesco/FESCo-2009-04-03.html
--- Python3K Planning ---
Toshio Kuratomi reported on a PyCon talk on Python 3
incompatibility which he had attended. LennartRegebro's "Python 3
Compatibility" talk stimulated Toshio to consider how to port older
python code to python-2.6's py3 compatiblity layer.
When Jochen Schmitt suggested a compatibility package Tom Callaway
replied that this would just be a crutch that perpetuated upstream
projects unwillingness to move to Python 3. Tom preferred that Fedora
developers would "[...] help port such applications to Python 3, and do
so in a way that they detect the version of python at runtime and set
defines appropriately. That way, we can have applications ready for
Python3 before we actually make the switch."
There seemed to be rough agreement between Toshio Kuratomi and James
Antill that some way of allowing python3 modules and an interpreter in
parallel to python-2 would be necessary.
Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams linked to video of all the PyCon 2009 sessions.
2. ↑ http://us.pycon.org/
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- Transifex version updated ---
The transifex instance for translate.fedoraproject.org has been updated
to v 0.5.2 to resolve problems related to the submission of a few
files. Earlier during the week, transifex was updated to v 0.5.1 and
the submission problems were promptly reported by NorikoMizumoto. The
issues were resolved in the newer 0.5.2 release.
--- Translation submission for yum, ibus and Virtuzalization modules ---
Translations for yum, ibus and the virtualization-modules would
not be possible via the submission interface at
translate.fedoraproject.org at present. Individual bugs have been filed
to collect the translations for all languages for ibus and
virtualization-modules. For yum, at present there is no central
bug to collect the translations, however the main module page has the
notification and template link to allow translators to file a bug for
5. ↑ https://translate.fedoraproject.org/tx/projects/yum/
--- Fedora 11 Preview Release Notes Translation ---
KarstenWade announced the availability of the Fedora 11 Preview Release
Notes for translation. The last date to send translations for Fedora
11 Preview Release Notes in April 14th 2009. However, translations can
be continued until May 8th 2009 for the Final version of the Fedora 11
--- Fedora Module Categorization for Translation ---
As part of re-organization of translation module categories, a help
page is being put up by Piotr Drąg to categorize the various
modules available for translation via translate.fedoraproject.org.
1. ↑ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N/GUI
--- New Members/Co-ordinators in FLP ---
Mohsen Saeedi takes over co-ordinatorship of the Persian Team from Ali
Majdzadeh. Tamas Szots (Hungarian), João Diogo Ferreira
(Portuguese), Behdad Pournader (Persian) joined the Fedora
Localization Project last week.
-- Infrastructure --
This section contains the discussion happening on the
Contributing Writer: Huzaifa Sidhpurwala
--- Intrusion update ---
Mike McGrath sent a link  to the list about the intrusion which was
sent to the fedora-announce-list earlier.
Mike said that he was waiting to discuss authentication mechanisms for
the fedora-servers, Since passwords+ssh keys are not the most secure
authentication mechanism. Also it seems that fedora does not have the
budget for any RSA token like system for authentication.
There was a lot of discussion on this thread, with various people
proposing different authentication mechanisms which could be used.
DennisGilmore started a similar thread about Auth Mechanims on which
he discussed using etoken or Yubikey for authentication. It was a two
factor authentication and therefore was more secure than passphrase or
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Artwork Project.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
--- Meet the Lion ---
After the first reactions following the inclusion of a new wallpaper
concept in Rawhide for the Beta release, more members of @fedora-art
endorsed the proposal made last week by Samuele Storari for a new
concept and Máirín Duffy concluded: "I have to agree with this.Would
anyone be especially opposed to going with Samuele's Lion idea, seeing
that both Samuele and Charlie have committed to helping out with it?".
The work on the new concept advanced with a few Plymouth proposals
from Charles Brej and an anaconda splash  Samuele Storari.
--- Interview with the Art Team ---
The Fedora Art Team reveived the request to participate in an
interview for the Linux Graphics Users forum and a few members of the
team replied: Nicu Buculei, Luya Tshimbalanga and Maria Leandro
2. ↑ http://linuxgraphicsusers.com/
--- A Mascot for Fedora? Better Not! ---
Ashiqur Rahman Angel asked on @fedora-art about a mascot "Is there
any possibility of a new mascot based on recent versions of Fedora?".
Wile some tried to design a cute character, Nicu Buculei noted the
past abandon of such an initiative "The general opinion of the larger
community was that we don't need a mascot, so we didn't pursue the
effort" and [[User:pfrields|Paul W. Frields] went further, arguing
strongly against "A mascot would be brand diluting at this point, so my
inclination is against having one."
-- Fedora Weekly Comic --
Many of you may already follow the regular weekly Fedora comic that Nicu
Buculei produces. Starting this issue, we will begin including Nicu's
comic in FWN. Please give Nicu and your editors some feedback on the
This week's installment: Ctrl + Alt + Backspace
-- Security Week --
In this section, we highlight the security stories from the week in Fedora.
Contributing Writer: JoshBressers
--- April Fools! ---
Probably the biggest not story this week was the Conficker Worm not
ending the world on April 1. From a security perspective, designing the
worm to activate on April 1 was brilliant. The Internet is probably 90%
nonsense on any given day, but April 1 pushes that dial to an 11. If you
want to do something and not get the word out, do it on April 1. Had the
worm actually done something interesting, would anyone believe the story?
--- April Fools? ---
The other biggest non April Fools story is probably OpenSSL 1.0.0 Beta 1
 being released on April 1. Openssl has been at version 0.9 for as
long as most people can remember. It's great to see it nearing version 1.0.0
1. ↑ http://www.openssl.org/source/
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce.
Contributing Writer: David Nalley
--- Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---
* seamonkey-1.1.15-3.fc10 -
* moodle-1.9.4-6.fc10 -
--- Fedora 9 Security Advisories ---
* seamonkey-1.1.15-3.fc9 -
* glib2-2.16.6-3.fc9 -
* moodle-1.9.4-6.fc9 -
-- Virtualization --
In this section, we cover discussion on the @et-mgmnt-tools-list,
@fedora-xen-list, @libvirt-list and @ovirt-devel-list of Fedora
Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley
--- Fedora Virtualization List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.
---- Fedora Virtualization Status Report ----
Mark McLoughlin's status report this week reminds us that the final
development freeze for Fedora 11 is coming up on April 14, 2009, and
"there's a huge pile of bug-fixing and polish work to do".
"If you're looking to help out, there's no better place to start than
the F11VirtBlocker and F11VirtTarget tracker bugs."
Read on for more coverage of virtualization developments in the past week.
1. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-April/msg00006.html
2. ↑ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ReleaseEngineering/DevelFreezePolicy
---- Using kvm-autotest to test Fedora KVM ----
Mark McLoughlin explained "upstream KVM developers are working hard
on a suite of regression tests for KVM. It would be hugely helpful if
people could run kvm-autotest on their own machines to try and catch
as many KVM issues as possible." Mark also provided a howto.
1. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-April/msg00007.html
2. ↑ http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/KVM-Autotest
3. ↑ http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Testing_KVM_with_kvm_autotest
--- Fedora Xen List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-xen list.
---- Experimental Dom0 Kernel Update ----
Michael Young announced his repository "is up to kernel
2.6.29-1.2.18.fc11. This one is based on push2/xen/dom0/master rather
than xen/dom0/hackery which should be closer to what is proposed for the
2.6.30 merge. It also has CONFIG_HIGHPTE=n (for x86), but my attempts to
add squashfs 3 in addition to squashfs 4 didn't work as it seems you
can't build both."
1. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-xen/2009-March/msg00084.html
2. ↑ http://fedorapeople.org/~myoung/dom0/
3. ↑ http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/jeremy/xen.git;a=summary
--- Libvirt List ---
This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.
-- New Release libvirt 0.6.2
Daniel Veillard announced a new image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt
release, version 0.6.2.
"This is mostly a bug fix release, though it also includes a few new
features and some improvements:"
* support SASL auth for VNC server (Daniel Berrange)
* memory ballooning in QEMU (Daniel Berrange)
* SCSI HBA storage pool support (Dave Allan)
* PCI passthrough in Xen driver (Daniel Berrange)
* get CPU usage info for LXC (Ryota Ozaki)
* fix domain RNG to add ac97 and tests (Pritesh Kothari)
* OpenVZ support for non-template filesystem root (Florian Vichot)
* improve arch capabilities generation (Daniel Berrange)
* modularization of spec file (Ryota Ozaki)
* better error reports in SEXPR generation (Daniel Berrange)
* support for vifname parameter in VIF config (Daniel Berrange)
* localtime handling for new xen (Daniel Berrange)
* error reporting/ verification of security labels (Dan Walsh)
* add --console arg for create and start virsh commands (Daniel
* refresh volume alloc/capacity when dumping XML (Cole Robinson)
This release comes one month after the release of 0.6.1.
Daniel Veillard referred to the scheduling conversation last week
(FWN#169) when reitterating the plan for a feature freeze around
April 17th and a release of 0.6.3 around April 24th.
"Plannned so far for 0.6.3 are:
* API for physical host interface
* the VirtualBox driver if in shape and in time
but that's not an exhaustive list and there is a couple of drivers
submitted I need to look at (OpenNebula for example)."
1. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2009-April/msg00084.html
3. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2009-April/msg00085.html
---- First Release netcf 0.0.1 ----
Less that 3 months since compsing the RFC(FWN#159) David Lutterkort
announced, the release of image:Echo-package-16px.pngnetcf 0.0.1.
This is "the initial release of a library for managing network
configuration in a platform agnostic manner. If I were into code names,
this would be the 'what have you been waiting for' release."
"Netcf does its work by directly modifying the 'native' configuration
files of the host it is running on; this avoids a whole class of
problems caused by similar approaches that do network configuration
behind the back of the native mechanisms. The API allows listing of
configured interfaces, defining the configuration of an interface,
retrieving the same (regardless of whether the interface was initially
configured with netcf or not), and bringing interfaces up and down. This
functionality is needed both by image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt and
image:Echo-package-16px.pngNetworkManager, so it seemed only logical to
move their common needs into a separate library."
Laine Stump is already working on patches to add the netcf calls in
the libvirt API.
Read the announcement for more information such as the new mailing list
for netcf development discussion and where to find the test builds for
2. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2009-April/msg00068.html
3. ↑ http://fedorahosted.org/netcf/
4. ↑ http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2009-April/msg00050.html
=== end FWN 170 ===
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