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Fedora Weekly News 210

     * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 210
           o 1.1 Announcements
                 + 1.1.1 FEDORA DEVELOPMENT NEWS
                       # Outage Notification - 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC
                       # Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline 
:: January 26th
                 + 1.1.2 FEDORA EVENTS
                       # Upcoming Events
                       # Past Events
           o 1.2 QualityAssurance
                 + 1.2.1 Test Days
                 + 1.2.2 Weekly meetings
                 + 1.2.3 Improved freeze policy documentation
                 + 1.2.4 Localization testing update
                 + 1.2.5 Privilege escalation policy
           o 1.3 Artwork
                 + 1.3.1 Progress With Fedora 13 Graphics
                 + 1.3.2 Firefox Personas
           o 1.4 Security Advisories
                 + 1.4.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                 + 1.4.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories

-  Fedora Weekly News Issue 210 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 210[1] for the week ending January 
24, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

This issue kicks off with recent announcements from the Fedora Project, 
including a deadline tomorrow for Fedora 13 features, and links to 
Fedora events. In our Quality Assurance beat, detailed coverage of the 
many activities of the QA Team, including discussion and updates around 
AutoQA, improved freeze policy documentation, a proposed privilege 
escalation policy, and news of the first drop of Fedora 13 images. In 
The Art/Design Team beat, updates on Fedora 13 graphics and discussion 
of the new Firefox 3.6 personas theming. Our issue completes with the 
Security Advisories beat, bringing us up-to-date on security patches 
released in the past week for Fedora 12 and 11. Enjoy FWN 210!

We're also pleased to note the availability of Fedora Audio Weekly News 
(FAWN), an audio version in Ogg Vorbis format 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: fedora-news-list@xxxxxxxxxx

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue210
    2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
    3. 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: Rashadul Islam

    1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/
    2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/
    3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Events


----  Outage Notification - 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC ----

Mike McGrath announced,[1]

"There will be an outage starting at 2010-01-21 11:00 UTC, which will 
last approximately X hours. To convert UTC to your local time, take a 
look at[2]

or run: date -d '2010-01-21 11:00 UTC'

Affected Services: Websites, Buildsystem

Unaffected Services: Bodhi, CVS / Source Control, Database, DNS, Fedora 
Account System, Fedora Community, Fedora Hosted, Fedora Package 
Database, Fedora People, Fedora Talk, Mail, Mirror System, Torrent, 
Translation Services

Ticket Link:[3]

Reason for Outage: Lost a switch blade this morning. A replacement is on 
the way.

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

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/UTCHowto
    3. https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/1939

----  Fedora 13 Feature Submission Deadline :: January 26th ----

John Poelstra announced, [1]

"A friendly reminder that the deadline for *submitting new features and 
spins* for inclusion in Fedora 13 is coming soon!

     * Feature Submission: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
     * Feature Freeze: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"At Feature Freeze all new features for the release should be 
substantially complete and in a testable state, including enabled by 
default if so specified by the feature. In the Fedora development 
process, all new feature work is completed by Feature Freeze and tested 
during the test releases: Alpha and Beta."

A summary of other important milestones in Fedora 13 is at this page:[2]

p.s. Please let me know if there are other special milestones or tasks 
you would like to be reminded of.

p.s.s More information on these deadlines and freezes:

     * Feature Submission: [3]
     * Spins: [4]
     * Feature Freeze: [5]"

    2. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Important_Release_Milestones
    3. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Policy
    4. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Spins_Process
    5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Feature_Freeze_Policy


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

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 2010-01-18. The full logs are 
available[2]. James Laska noted that Adam Miller was not present to 
update on the Xfce test day planning. Jóhann Guðmundsson reported that 
he had created a ticket for the LXDE test day[3].

Adam Williamson reported on his and Rui He's progres with documenting 
installation testing as a QA group activity. They had created a draft 
page[4], and planned to have a short paragraph in the QA Joining page[5] 
which would refer to it.

Christoph Wickert reported that an LXDE mailing list had been created by 
the infrastructure team[6].

Adam Williamson reported on the privilege escalation policy topic. He 
and Will Woods had discussed the topic at the most recent FESco 
meeting[7], which had resulted in FESco asking for the QA group to 
provide a draft policy for discussion at a future FESco meeting. Adam 
said that he planned to write an initial draft policy and submit it to 
the QA group for discussion, then take a refined draft to a future FESco 

Will Woods observed that the change to making Rawhide repository 
definitions part of a package which is not installed by default may have 
an impact on QA's Rawhide testing procedures, and Wiki documentation. 
Kevin Fenzi said he was already planning to update the Rawhide wiki 
page[8] to reflect the change.

Kamil Paral announced that he had started sending reports from automated 
rpmguard[9] tests to the autoqa-results list[10]. Reports from rpmlint 
were also enabled, primarily for comparison. He had also started a 
discussion within the AutoQA project on the possibility of creating a 
server which would collate AutoQA test results and provide an API for 
accessing them.

Will Woods reported that he had continued working with Luke Macken on 
the implementation of a post-bodhi-update trigger for AutoQA, and Luke 
would be adding the necessary API calls to the next Bodhi update. Will 
had been working on the logic of a dependency checking test, and was 
close to a solution. His current code is available in git[11]. The test 
is designed to be run with a repository and set of new packages 
specified; it generates the set of changed dependencies in the new 
packages and then checks them for sanity and consistency. James Laska 
passed on the information that Liam Li had been working on a python 
script to automate a virtual installation from a DVD image, as a 
precursor to a full automated installation test. Kamil and Will 
suggested it could be committed into AutoQA git as a branch while Liam 
works on it.

James Laska reported that he was working on revising the autotest-client 
package based on feedback in the review ticket[12]. He had also created 
a Wiki page[13] to chart out the requirements for packaging Google web 
toolkit (gwt), a requirement for packaging autotest.

Will Woods asked when the first drop of Fedora 13 install images was 
scheduled. James Laska replied that this was planned for Thursday 
2010-01-21, and the Rawhide acceptance test plan was scheduled to be run.

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

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20100118
    3. http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-qa/ticket/46
    4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Installation_Test
    5. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Join
    6. http://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/lxde
    8. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/Rawhide
    9. http://fedorahosted.org/autoqa/wiki/rpmguard
   10. http://fedorahosted.org/mailman/listinfo/autoqa-results
   12. http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=548522
   13. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Jlaska/gwt

---  Improved freeze policy documentation ---

John Poelstra announced[1] improved documentation of the Fedora freeze 
policy on the Wiki[2], and requested feedback. None was forthcoming, 
clearly indicating that the pages admit of no possible improvement.

Adam Williamson asked the group[3] to make a special effort to test 
several new X.org 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.

    2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Important_Release_Milestones

---  Localization testing update ---

Igor Pires Soares noted that Noriko Mizumoto was away on vacation, and 
so provided an update on the localization testing project. He had 
updated the wiki page[1] to include a list of instructions for testing 
various packages.

    1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Fedora_13_l10n_Results_Template

---  Privilege escalation policy ---

Adam Williamson posted an initial draft[1] for a proposed privilege 
escalation policy, as the group had been discussing for a while. The 
draft was based on Tom 'spot' Callaway's blog post on the topic[2]. The 
draft provoked a lively discussion with criticisms and suggestions from 
many group members. Adam later provided a second draft[3] which 
attempted to address some of the issues raised, and the revision process 

    2. http://spot.livejournal.com/312216.html

--  Artwork --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

---  Progress With Fedora 13 Graphics ---

In the continual process for gathering idead for Fedora 13 graphics, 
JuanFranciscoFernández referenced[1] a wallpaper design from Debian "I 
would try something abstract, as the Debian 5.0 default wallpaper", 
something which was inspirational[2] for Máirín Duffy "It made me think 
about a potential treatment for the rocket trails idea that I might not 
have thought of otherwise!". Other ideas came from Brian Hurren who is 
trying to receive a rocket blueprint[3] from the Marshall Space Flight 
Center "a Saturn 5 blueprint. it's clean, elegant, simple lines, 
represents cutting edge technology, a milestone in history" and Shreyank 
Gupta who is fascinated by the deep space "I was thinking how black 
holes would fit into the idea of Goddard theme."


---  Firefox Personas ---

With easy theming called 'Personas' available in the recently released 
Firefox 3.6, Max Spevack was wondering[1] about creating such official 
designs "It might be cool for the Fedora Design Team to make some 
official ones for either different versions and/or spins of Fedora" and 
as a tool to attract new contributors "There might be some recruiting 
fodder in here, to invite some of these designers to join the team" and 
one of the people creating such graphics, Sébastien Natroll joined the 
team[2] "I'm one of these artworkers, and I designed the Personas 
'Fedora-fr'. I'll be glad to help the Fedora Artwork Team"


--  Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

---  Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

     * kernel- - 
     * bind-9.6.1-15.P3.fc12 - 

---  Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

     * bind-9.6.1-9.P3.fc11 - 
     * kernel- - 

- end FWN 210 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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