o 1.1 Announcements
                + 1.1.1 Fedora 12 Reviews: A Sampling
                + 1.1.2 FEDORA ANNOUNCE LIST
                      # F12 PackageKit root permission change
                + 1.1.3 FEDORA EVENTS
                      # Upcoming Events
                      # Past Events
          o 1.2 Planet Fedora
                + 1.2.1 General
                + 1.2.2 Fedora 12 Roundup
          o 1.3 QualityAssurance
                + 1.3.1 Test Days
                + 1.3.2 Weekly meetings
                + 1.3.3 Improving the release criteria
          o 1.4 Translation
                + 1.4.1 Release Notes Translations Updated for Polish, 
Portuguese and Simplified Chinese
                + 1.4.2 Errors in Release Notes for Chinese and German
                + 1.4.3 Error in Package Name in the Fedora 12 Release Notes
                + 1.4.4 SSSD and MC Translation Request
                + 1.4.5 New Members in FLP
          o 1.5 Security Advisories
                + 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Security Advisories
                + 1.5.2 Fedora 11 Security Advisories
                + 1.5.3 Fedora 10 Security Advisories
          o 1.6 Virtualization
                + 1.6.1 Interviews
                + 1.6.2 Fedora Virtualization List
                      # Fedora Virtualization Status Report
                      # Rawvirt Rawhide Virtualization for Fedora 12
                + 1.6.3 Libvirt List
                      # New Release libvirt 0.7.4

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 203 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 203[1] for the week ending November 22, 
2009. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Fedora 12 "Constantine" was released this past week, and we kick off this 
week's issue with a sampling of reviews from around the globe. Also in 
announcements, details on a change in Fedora 12's PackageKit permissions. In 
news from the Fedora Planet, some details on what's involved with providing 
delta RPMs, a new feature in Fedora 12, a site visit to the new Red Hat 
Computing Lab at Carnegie Mellon, and much more from Fedora contributors. 
Quality Assurance brings us up to date with the recent weekly meetings of the 
QA team which have focused on F12, with lots of interesting detail behind the 
scenes! In Translation news, details on updates and errata for Fedora 12 
release notes, and a couple translation requests from SSSD and Midnight 
Commander. Security Advisories keeps us current with security patches for 
Fedora 10, 11, and 12. In news from the world of Fedora virtualization, 
coverage of a recent interview with virtualization luminaries, a status report 
on Fedora virtualiza
 tion and details on the latest version of libvirt. Enjoy FWN 203!

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

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue203
   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 Events[3].

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 12 Reviews: A Sampling ---

Fedora 12, "Constantine", was released last week to widespread acclaim. A few 
sample reviews:

    * Linux Magazine (USA) "Fedora, still pushing the envelope"[1]
    * ZDNet UK "Saving the "Best" for Last - Fedora 12 (Constantine)"[2]
    * The Register (UK) "Fedora 12 - Its a horse, not a camel"[3]
    * ghacks.net (USA) "Major improvements with Fedora 12"[4]
    * IT Pro (UK) "Fedora 12 tweaks virtualisation, video"[5]
    * TechWorld (Australia) "Fedora Linux 12 arrives, ups multimedia support"[6]
    * TechSpot (USA) "Fedora 12 released, brings multi-touch support, more"[7]
    * Datamation "Building On-Ramps on the Fedora 12 Highway"[8]

   1. http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7618/1.html
   3. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/19/fedora_12_review/
   4. http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/18/major-improvements-with-fedora-12/
   5. http://www.itpro.co.uk/617824/fedora-12-tweaks-virtualisation-video

---- F12 PackageKit root permission change ----

Fedora Project leader Paul W. Frields, announced a change in for Fedora 12's 
PackageKit, which had allowed non-root users to install updates and new 
packages. Frields wrote[1],

"The Fedora 12 release contained changes in the default PackageKit behavior 
that allow installation of packages by users in cases where:

    * the user is logged in on the local console, and
    * is installing packages signed with a previously trusted key, and
    * is using a previously configured and trusted repository

After more discussion and thought, though, the package maintainers have posted 
to the fedora-devel-list mailing list agreeing to provide an update to Fedora 
12's PackageKit. The update will require local console users to enter the root 
password to install new software packages. Details on the changes are found 



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/Events#Past_Events

-- Planet Fedora --

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an aggregation 
of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

   1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

--- General ---

Jonathan Dieter described[1] some of the challenges that were involved in the 
development of deltarpms.

Richard W.M. Jones shared[2] a couple shell tricks for using and modifying the 
shell's history in order to save time and work more efficiently.

Greg DeKoenigsberg visited[3] Pittsburgh for the opening of the new Red Hat 
Computing Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Among the treats was a look at 
OpenISR[4], the Internet Suspend/Resume project. Sound cool? It is.

Devan Goodwin has "been doing some work recently on cobbler4j, a small Java 
library for interacting with Cobbler over XMLRPC based on the work done to 
integrate Cobbler into Spacewalk." [5]

Luke Macken announced[6] that TurboGears 2 is now available in Fedora and EPEL.

Máirín Duffy says: On Tuesday, November 24 there will be a Fedora Interaction 
Design Hackfest[7]. Anyone interested in learning about Interaction Design or 
improving the Fedora user experience should join in on IRC.

A number of folks chimed in with thoughts on some recent changes to the 
PackageKit default permissions in Fedora 12. Seth Vidal explained[8]: "In f12 
the default policy for polkit for package kit is to allow users at the desktop 
to install signed pkgs from repositories enabled on the system." However, 
shortly thereafter it was announced that the default would change in an updated 
package. Ankur Sinha linked to the announcement[9] on fedora-devel.

Steven Pritchard shared[10] some further thoughts in a provocatively titled 
post "Why developers suck as admins".

Greg DeKoenigsberg used the opportunity to discuss[11] "the difference between 
transparency and communication" in relation to the recent PackageKit changes.

John Poelstra looked[12] at Fedora's Release Criteria now that a Target 
Audience has been discussed and agreed upon.

Dave Malcolm introduced[13] 2to3c, "a tool to help people port their C python 
extensions from Python 2 to Python 3."

   1. http://cedarandthistle.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/deltarpm-problems-part-i/
   2. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/tip-and-in-the-shell/
   3. http://gregdek.livejournal.com/56850.html
   4. http://isr.cmu.edu/
   5. http://rm-rf.ca/blog/introducing-cobbler4j
   6. http://lewk.org/blog/TurboGears2-in-Fedora.html
   9. http://dodoincfedora.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/fedora-packagekit-change/
  10. http://blog.stevecoinc.com/2009/11/why-developers-suck-as-admins.html
  11. http://gregdek.livejournal.com/57105.html
  13. http://dmalcolm.livejournal.com/3935.html

--- Fedora 12 Roundup ---

Paul W. Frields[1] and Kulbir Saini[2] answered some of the more common 
questions to do with the new release.

Máirín Duffy announced[3] that the new Fedora Spins site has gone live[4].

Eric Christensen outlined[5] twelve different types of documentation available 
with Fedora 12, from Release Notes to Security and Virtualization guides.

   1. http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=2811
   4. http://spins.fedoraproject.org/

-- 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 

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

--- Weekly meetings ---

The QA group weekly meeting[1] was held on 2009-11-16. The full log is 
available[2]. Adam Williamson reported that Milos Jakubicek had still not yet 
followed up on his idea regarding an event to work on FTBFS problems, and the 
group agreed to table the proposal until he came back with further ideas.

James Laska reported that he had asked Rui He to improve the existing 
preupgrade test cases to make sure they more accurately reflected real-world 
use and would hence catch the disk space issues experienced with Fedora 12.

Adam Williamson started a discussion of preparation for the release of Fedora 
12, which was to happen the day after the meeting. He highlighted the common 
bugs page[3], and James Laska provided a link to a list[4] of issues which were 
awaiting addition to that page. James and Adam agreed to work on updating the 
page. Adam also noted that the Fedora 12 blocker bug should be cleaned up. 
After some discussion, James and Adam noticed that blocker bugs fell under the 
remit of the BugZappers group, and agreed to let the following day's BugZappers 
meeting handle the issue.

James Laska gave a heads-up on his planning for a post-Fedora 12 release 
retrospective. He was planning to send an email to the mailing list asking for 
people to identify potential areas for improvement from the Fedora 12 QA cycle, 
and then sum up the resulting feedback in a wiki page.

Will Woods and Kamil Paral reported on the progress of the AutoQA project. Will 
had been trying to complete the post-koji-build hook which would allow tests to 
be triggered by the completion of a build in Koji. He had also talked with the 
release engineering group about how to create AutoQA tests to help prevent 
broken dependencies in update repositories, and this had identified the need 
for a post-bodhi-update hook which would allow tests to be run when Bodhi is 
used to request a package be added to updates-testing or updates repositories. 
Will asked Luke Macken what resources Bodhi currently provides that would allow 
AutoQA to notice when an update is requested, and Luke said at present only RSS 
feeds are available. Will said he would write a hook that monitored the RSS 
feeds. Will and Kamil also outlined the current plan for rpmguard integration. 
Kamil had posted a proposal[5] on making test development easier, and James 
Laska had derived an AutoQA use cases page[6] from i
 t. James also noted that the updated autotest packages had been tested and 
seemed to be working well.

The Bugzappers group weekly meeting[7] was held on 2009-11-17. The full log is 
available[8]. Edward Kirk announced that the long-planned semantics change 
would now be going into effect, as Rawhide had separated from Fedora 12 and was 
driving towards Fedora 13 development. As previously agreed, all bugs filed for 
Rawhide should be marked as having been triaged by the addition of the Triaged 
keyword, rather than setting the ASSIGNED status. Steven Parrish volunteered to 
send an email to the development list announcing the change. Steven also 
pointed out that the GreaseMonkey script used by most triagers would need 
updating for the change. Chris Campbell volunteered to follow up with Matej 
Cepl about updating the script. Adam Williamson volunteered to update the text 
in the bug workflow page[9] to reflect the change, and Edward volunteered to 
change the image.

Edward Kirk introduced the topic of housekeeping updates. He noted that the 
first release day tasks[10] - including creating the Fedora 14 blocker bugs, 
and closing off the Fedora 12 blockers - needed to be done, and said he would 
take care of that.

The group helped Joerg Stephan with choosing some components to begin his 
triage work.

Matej Cepl asked for some input on the design of the Greasemonkey script with 
regards to the new triaging procedure. The group agreed that a single 'smart' 
button which made the appropriate changes depending on the distribution version 
for which the bug in question was reported would be better than separate 
buttons for pre-Fedora 13 and Fedora 13-and-later bugs would be a better design.

The next QA weekly meeting will be held on 2009-11-23 at 1600 UTC in 
#fedora-meeting, and the next Bugzappers weekly meeting on 2009-11-24 at 1500 
UTC in #fedora-meeting.

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings
   3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F12_bugs
   4. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/Meetings/20091116#Common_F12_Bugs
   5. http://fedorahosted.org/pipermail/autoqa-devel/2009-November/000018.html
   6. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/AutoQA_Use_Cases
   7. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/Meetings
   9. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/BugStatusWorkFlow
  10. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers/HouseKeeping/FirstDayDevel

--- Improving the release criteria ---

John Poelstra submitted a proposal[1] for improving the release criteria[2] for 
future releases. The new proposed criteria [3] splits the old single page into 
an introductory / outline page and separate pages for each public release in 
the upcoming cycle. Adam Williamson[4] and James Laska[5] both replied to 
welcome to idea and post some suggestions for refinement. John plans to further 
refine the proposal and then have a session to discuss it at the upcoming 
FUDCon Toronto.

   2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/ReleaseCriteria
   3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Release_Criteria

-- Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

--- Release Notes Translations Updated for Polish, Portuguese and Simplified 
Chinese ---

Translations for Polish, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese have been rebuilt 
and updated in docs.fedoraproject.org by Ruediger Landmann[1].


--- Errors in Release Notes for Chinese and German ---

John J. McDonough reported tag related errors for Traditional & Simplified 
Chinese[1] and German[2] translations of the Fedora 12 Release Notes. These 
errors were identified during the nightlt builds of the documents. The German 
translation error was fixed by Jens Maucher, while the tag errors in the 
Chinese translations were fixed temporarily by Ruediger Landmann.

Additionaly, John J. McDonough also mentioned that some sections of the 
translated versions of the Release Notes do not display the translated content 
in the built documents, inspite of the translations being present in the .po 
file. Rudi clarified that this is a known issue and often occurs when 
translated .po files are split and merged with the individual component files 
as required by Publican[3].


--- Error in Package Name in the Fedora 12 Release Notes ---

The name of the multimedia-menus package was transcribed as 'multimedia menus' 
in the original english version of the Fedora 12 Release Notes that was handed 
to the Fedora Translation teams. As a result, this was translated into many 
languages. The maintainer of 'multimedia-menus' Orcan Ogetbill brought forward 
this issue[1].


--- SSSD and MC Translation Request ---

Translation requests have been made to the Fedora Localization Project by the 
maintainers of System Security Services Daemon (SSSD)[1] and Midnight Commander 
(MC)[2]. The former is hosted at www.transifex.net to accept translations, 
since the upstream project requires all patches (inlcuding translations) to be 
reviewed by the repository validators. SSSD would be string frozen on the 23rd 
of November 2009.

Midnight Commander currently uses some parts of the Gnome Infrastruture, but 
uses its own git repository. Suggestions to allow easier translation 
submissions, include that the project be listed at translate.fedoraproject.org 
under 'various'[3], hosted on www.transifex.net[4] or be moved to 


--- New Members in FLP ---

Peter V. Khaninyov (Russian)[1], Nikolai Husung (Germany)[2], and Tomasz 
Szczeszak (Polish)[3] joined the Fedora Localization Project last week.


-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

    * wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc12 - 

--- Fedora 11 Security Advisories ---

    * wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc11 - 
    * proftpd-1.3.2b-1.fc11 - 
    * asterisk- - 

--- Fedora 10 Security Advisories ---

    * wordpress-2.8.6-2.fc10 - 
    * proftpd-1.3.2b-1.fc10 - 

-- Virtualization --

In this section, we cover discussion of Fedora virtualization technologies on 
the @fedora-virt and @libvirt-list lists.

Contributing Writer: Dale Bewley

--- Interviews ---

Mel Chua recently interviewed[1] 3 Fedora virtualization luminaries: Richard 
Jones, David Lutterkort, and Mark McLoughlin. Topics included:

    * Richard Jones on guestfish and friends (libguestds and libvirt)
    * Mark McLoughlin on virtual upgrades to your virtual machine
    * David Lutterkort on "Network scripts: complex no more!"
    * How to try out virtualization
    * From etherboot to gPXE
    * qcow2: now with better performance!
    * Virtualization in Fedora: a historical retrospective
    * What's Next? Virtualization in F13 and beyond
    * When they're not hacking...

   1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Virtualization_improvements_in_Fedora_12

--- Fedora Virtualization List ---

This section contains the discussion happening on the fedora-virt list.

---- Fedora Virtualization Status Report ----

The latest virt status report[1] from Mark McLoughlin details the status of the 
latest virtualization related bugs, and relayes behind the scenes drama of "a 
couple of fire-drills with last-minute serious blocker bugs" as Fedora 12 was 
about to go out the door.

   1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-November/msg00045.html

---- Rawvirt Rawhide Virtualization for Fedora 12 ----

Justin Forbes announced[1] "As was done for Fedora 11 users, the tradition 
continues, only the locations have changed.

We've set up a repository for people running Fedora 12 who would like to test 
the rawhide/F13 virt packages. To use it, do e.g."

  $> cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-virt-preview.repo << EOF
  name=Virtualization Rawhide for Fedora 12
  $> yum update

The Virtualization Preview Repository[2] is for people who would like to test 
the very latest virtualization related packages. This repository is intended 
primarily as an aid to testing / early experimentation. It is not intended for 
'production' deployment.

   1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-virt/2009-November/msg00041.html
   2. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Virtualization_Preview_Repository

--- Libvirt List ---

This section contains the discussion happening on the libvir-list.

---- New Release libvirt 0.7.4 ----

Daniel Veillard announced[1] a new image:Echo-package-16px.pnglibvirt release, 
version 0.7.4. "The rate of changes doesn't seems to slow down, though this 
release is more about incremental improvements, bug fixes and cleanups than 
major new features"

New features:

    * Implement a node device backend using libudev (David Allan)[2]
    * New APIs for checking some object properties (Daniel P. Berrange)
    * Fully asynchronous monitor I/O processing (Daniel P. Berrange)
    * add MAC address based port filtering to qemu (Gerhard Stenzel)
    * Support for IPv6 / multiple addresses per interfaces (Laine Stump)


    * Far too many to list here.

Read the full list of changes in the release announcement.[3]

   1. http://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2009-November/msg00674.html
   3. http://www.libvirt.org/news.html

  - end FWN 203 -

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