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  * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 239
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
o 1.2 Marketing
o 1.3 Fedora In the News
+ 1.3.1 Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements 
+ 1.3.2 LinuxCon: What Is the Future of Linux Development? (LinuxPlanet)
o 1.4 Ambassadors
+ 1.4.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.4.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.4.3 Summary of FAmSCo meetings
o 1.5 Translation
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.5.2 Missing GNOME Translation for Fedora 13
+ 1.5.3 New Members in FLP
o 1.6 Design
+ 1.6.1 Balloons follow-up
+ 1.6.2 Cantarell Font Packaged
+ 1.6.3 F14 Wallpaper Evolution
o 1.7 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.7.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 239 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 239[1] for the week ending August 
18, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue kicks off with news from the Fedora Planet, including why 
private browsing isn't as secure as you may think and how SELinux can 
help, reflections on software advances since 1995, a report from the 
Education pre-con at LinuxCon, and an experience of using Fedora on a 
Droid X. In Marketing team news, work on Fedora 14 Talking Points in 
advance of FUDCon 2011, calls for the F14 release slogan and discussion 
around it. Two pieces with Fedora In the News this week, one from 
interviews with kernel developers at LinuxCon, ncluding Fedora's kernel 
maintainer, Dave Jones, and coverage of Project Harmony, a multi-vendor 
effort to streamline Linux contributor agreements. We're very pleased 
this week to welcome a new beat writer for Ambassadors, Sankarshan 
Mukhopadhyay, who reports on new Ambassadors to the Fedora Project, a 
great summary of discussion on the Ambassador list, and coverage of July 
and August FAmSCO meetings. In Translation news, an update on Fedora 14 
tasks, work on missing translations for GNOME apps in Fedora 13, and new 
members to the Fedora Localization Project for Japanese and Low German. 
In Design team news, a report on the created Fedora balloons, packaging 
the Cantarell font, and some new contributions for F14 wallpaper. This 
issue wraps up with details on security advisories issued for F12 - F14 
packages over the past week. Enjoy FWN 239!

The audio version of FWN - FAWN - is back! You can listen to existing 
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spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue239
2. http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22FWN%22
3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

-- 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 ---

Luis Villa wrote[1]: "Put yourself in 1995. I’m going to tell the you of 
1995 that in 2010, there will be a software platform with the following 
properties". Luis then listed all of characteristics of the Web as a 
software platform, then continued "At this point, 1995-you says ‘This 
sounds too good to be true. There must be a catch..."

Josh Bressers explained[2] why private browsing isn't as secure as you 
may think. But one possible remedy includes running your web browser in 
a confined SELinux sandbox.

Máirín Duffy attended[3] LinuxCon, but more importantly, took copious 
notes at the Education Mini-Summit that preceded LinuxCon.

Máirín also summarized[4] the August 13, 2010 Fedora Board meeting.

Paul W. Frields was quiet happy[5] with the experience of using a Droid 
X with Fedora including the ease of transferring music and other files 
to the device (which isn't easy for an iPhone to do).

2. http://www.bress.net/blog/archives/193-Private-browsing-is-hard.html
5. http://paul.frields.org/?p=3331

-- Marketing --

In this section, we cover the happenings for Fedora Marketing Project 
from 2010-08-11 to 2010-08-17.


Contributing Writer: Neville A. Cross

Mel Chua[1] made a twits on the topic of Talking Points to make 
reference to a "upstream marketing" session on FUDCon Tempe. Kind of how 
to get marketing-shiny on features in F14.

Robyn Bergeron[2] continued with calls for action on release slogan. 
This was followed later for an invitation from Robyn[3] for picking the 
release slogan

Paul Frields[4] invited to the team involved in the microblog feed to 
spread the slip of F14 Alpha. Jonathan Nalley[5] took action.

The marketing meeting[6] discussed what will be our Fedora 14 release 


-- Fedora In the News --

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that 
is re-posted to the Fedora Marketing list[1]


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/marketing/

--- Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements 
(ITManagement) ---

Rahul Sundaram forwarded[1] coverage of Project Harmony, a multi-vendor 
project to streamline and solve the problems associated with contributor 
agreements, with participation by Red Hat Inc.:

"In a separate session about contributor license agreements, Red Hat 
attorney Richard Fontana argued that formal contribution agreements are 
usually bad, suggested that the legal benefits for the project are dubious.

"It also signals a lack of confidence in free software licenses that 
regular open source licenses aren't good enough," he said.

Fontana added that he is participating in Project Harmony, though he has 
mixed feeling about the effort."

The full post is available[2].


--- LinuxCon: What Is the Future of Linux Development? (LinuxPlanet) ---

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] an article on the future of the Linux 
kernel, with interviews of attendees at LinuxCon, including Fedora's 
kernel maintainer, Dave Jones:

"When we ship Fedora updates the story is more of the same, more drivers 
and fixes to existing drivers," said Dave Jones, Red Hat's Fedora kernel 
maintainer. "There are some great features in every release, but it's 
mostly more of the same from our perspective."

Overall the increasing level of complexity and quality is also making it 
more difficult for new people to contribute to the kernel. Jones 
believes that the barrier to entry for kernel developers has been raised 
in recent years.

"A driver that would have been merged in the early days would now get 
shot down, with request for re-writes," he said.

Jones noted that there are certain areas where new kernel developers can 
make more of an impact than others.

"The kernel is big enough and there are whole areas are that are prime 
areas for people to come and clean up," Jones said.

That said, Jones suggested that new developers not choose to start with 
what he referred to as janitor patches that help to eliminate needless 

"Find something that is interesting and useful but at the same time easy 
enough to understand so you can get involved with it," Jones said."

The full post is also available[2].

2. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/7151/1/

-- Ambassadors --

This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Ambassadors Project[1].

Contributing Writer: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay

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

--- Welcome New Ambassadors ---

Edgar Rodolfo joined the Ambassador Project [1] from Peru, mentored by 
Maria Leandro


--- Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list ---

The FAmNA members enthusiastically agreed with the idea of Fedora 
balloons[1] For reference purposes, see the link to the beginning of the 
discussion thread[2].

Nilesh Vaghela posted a summary[3] of a Fedora Talk/Seminar at GLS 
College in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The link to the photographs have been 
provided as well[4]. Fedora 13 features were demonstrated at the workshop.

Zoltan Hoppar requested guidance[5] in getting the domain 
hu.fedoraproject.org registered as it is part of the Hungarian 
community's efforts to become official.

Gerold and Paul Frields had a mail exchange[6] [7] around the need for 
the Fedora EMEA e.V. NPO to rename and, the way forward on that.

Gerold Kassube posted [8] a job offer in Berlin and requested to be 
contacted privately off-list if anyone was interested in taking it up.

Robyn Bergeron requested help in selecting the Release Slogan for Fedora 
14 [9]. The themes for the release slogan has a wiki page[10] The 
Release Slogan SOP[11] is recommended reading. The new slogan ideas are 
to be provided at the specific wiki page[12] The deadline for 
submissions is Tuesday, August 17, at 21:00 UTC.

Fabian Affolter posted[13] a call for an owner for LinuxDay at Dornbirn, 
Austria which has a wiki page[14] available.

Gerold added[15] to Joerg Simon 's call for owner for Software Freedom 
Day, Berlin[16] by pointing out that FUDCon Zuerich begins on the same day.

Joe O'Dell wrote[17] explaining that an upcoming set of study plans 
would not allow full focus on the duties of an Ambassador.

Gerold reminded[18] Ambassadors that online registration for 
FUDCon2010/Switzerland was now open and, provided a link[19] for those 
interested in sight-seeing.

Joerg Simon announced that the FAmSCo meeting for 2010-08-16 was 
cancelled[20] since most of the members were unable to attend.

10. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F14_release_slogan#Themes
11. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Release_slogan_SOP
12. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F14_release_slogan#New_slogan_ideas
14. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/LinuxDay_Dornbirn_2010
19. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Sightseeing_at_CERN

--- Summary of FAmSCo meetings ---

Susmit Shannigrahi emailed Mustafa [1] about copyrighted material being 
posted on his blog and best practices of an Ambassador

Joerg Simon posted [2] the meeting minutes [3] for the FAmSCo meeting on 
Mon Aug 9 19:15:05 2010 UTC The meeting led to creation of action items 
for developing the Ambassador Conduct content

Joerg Simon announced that the FAmSCo Report for July 2010 was ready for 
release [4]. The report included a section [5] about the results of the 
survey sent out to the mentors

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-August/000299.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-August/000302.html
4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-August/000305.html
5. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_report_2010-07#Mentoring_Survey

-- Translation --

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

Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee

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

--- Fedora 14 Tasks ---

John Poelstra informed[1] the list about the upcoming tasks for Fedora 
14. As per the schedule translation of software and documents is 
currently underway. Noriko Mizumoto suggested[2] changes to the timeline 
to reflect the 1 week slip in the schedule.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-August/007904.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-August/007906.html

--- Missing GNOME Translation for Fedora 13 ---

Domingo Becker reported[1] that translations for various GNOME 
applications appear with missing translations in Fedora 13, after 
updates are made.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-August/007887.html

--- New Members in FLP ---

Casey Jones (Japanese)[1] joined the Fedora Localization Project 
recently. Nils-Christoph Fieldler started the Low German Translation 

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-August/007881.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-August/007889.html

-- Design --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

--- Balloons follow-up ---

After the previous week the team created[1] a design for balloons, Ben 
Williams followed[2] with photos showing the final products.


--- Cantarell Font Packaged ---

In the effort of renewing the branding fonts, Luya Tshimbalanga 
packaged[1] the last missing piece "Design team have recently chosen 
Cantarell for body text. I have packaged Cantarell fonts for Fedora" and 
Dave Crossland, the Cantarell's author Fedora user and existing 
contributor to the Fonts SIG[2] used the opportunity[3] to get involved 
more in font packaging "I have been saying for probably years now that I 
want to start packaging fonts for Fedora, and this seems like a great 
opportunity to actually get stuck in."

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

--- F14 Wallpaper Evolution ---

Federico Cáceres, a new contributor, introduced[1] himself and a few 
modification proposals for the Fedora 14 wallpaper evolution "I thought 
I could mix up the current concept and share my experiments with the 
community." Máirín Duffy showed[2] a bit of unrest about the status 
"Time is definitely getting short as we need to start working on the 
banners for beta. :)" and wrote a blog post[3] to increase the feedback.

3. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/fedora-14-artwork-progressing/

-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---


--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---

* ghostscript-8.71-10.fc13 - 
* mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc13 - 
* java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
* drupal-6.19-1.fc13 - 
* httpd-2.2.16-1.fc13 - 
* ssmtp-2.61-15.fc13 - 
* znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc13 - 
* squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc13 - 
* openconnect-2.25-1.fc13 - 

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

* ghostscript-8.71-7.fc12 - 
* iputils-20071127-12.fc12 - 
* mipv6-daemon-0.4-5.fc12 - 
* java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
* drupal-6.19-1.fc12 - 
* ssmtp-2.61-15.fc12 - 
* perl-5.10.0-91.fc12 - 
* znc-0.093-2.svn2101.fc12 - 
* squirrelmail-1.4.21-1.fc12 - 

- end FWN 239 -

Pascal Calarco
Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA
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