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  * 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 248
o 1.1 Planet Fedora
+ 1.1.1 General
o 1.2 Fedora In the News
+ 1.2.1 Root privileges through vulnerability in GNU C loader - (The H)
+ 1.2.2 Fedora Uses YubiKey for Strong Two-Factor Authentication - (IT 
News Online)
o 1.3 Ambassadors
+ 1.3.1 Welcome New Ambassadors
+ 1.3.2 Summary of traffic on Ambassadors mailing list
+ 1.3.3 Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 Fedora 14 Tasks
+ 1.4.2 Alternative Process to Submit Fedora 14 Release Notes
+ 1.4.3 Proposal to Revive the FLP Meetings
+ 1.4.4 Fedora Website Files Set for an Update
+ 1.4.5 New Document for Translation
+ 1.4.6 New Members and Sponsors in FLP
o 1.5 Design
+ 1.5.1 F14 Release Poster
+ 1.5.2 Website Redesign
+ 1.5.3 Design Ninjas
o 1.6 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
+ 1.6.3 Fedora 12 Security Advisories

- Fedora Weekly News Issue 248 -

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 248[1] for the week ending October 
20, 2010. What follows are some highlights from this issue.

Our issue kicks off with news from the Fedora Planet, including details 
on upcoming features in Fedora 14, how to convert a virtual machine from 
VirtualBox to KVM, a new website for virtualization tools, and Atari 
8-bit and 16-bit Atari emulators coming to Fedora. We have two articles 
for Fedora In The News, including a recent discovery of a security 
vulnerability in the GNU C compiler that affects Fedora and RHEL, and a 
piece on Fedora's adoption of YubiKey's two-stage authentication for 
high-security scenarios. In news from the Fedora Ambassadors, new 
members to the Ambassador team from Brazil and Kosovo, a wonderful 
summary of discussion on the busy Ambassador list for the past week, and 
a summary of discussion on the Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee list 
as well. In Translation team news, development of an alternative process 
for submitting Fedora 14 release notes, restarting Fedora Localization 
Project, and a new version of the amateur radio guide that is ready for 
translation, as well as a new member of the FLP from Italy. In news from 
the Design team, work on a Fedora 14 poster,more details on the upcoming 
Fedora Project website redesign and an update on the Fedora Students 
Contributing t-shirt design contest winner. Our issue reaches completion 
with updates of security-related packages from the past week. Enjoy!

The audio version of FWN - FAWN - is back! You can listen to existing 
issues[2] on the Internet Archive. If anyone is interested in helping 
spread the load of FAWN production, please contact us!

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

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson

1. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue248
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 ---

The Red Hat Press office highlighted[1] one of the new features in the 
upcoming Fedora 14: SCAP. "SCAP is a line of standards managed by the 
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It provides a 
standardized approach to maintaining the security of systems, such as 
automatically verifying the presence of patches, checking system 
security configuration settings, and examining systems for signs of 

Richard W.M. Jones announced[2] the new http://virt-tools.org/ website. 
Already, the website is filled with useful documentation and articles. 
While on the topic of virtualization, Richard described[3] a new on-disk 
format that is being developed for for VMs, QEMU Enhanced Disk format 
(QED). And if your VM is taking up too much space, but it is mostly 
empty, you 
make your VM disk sparse.

Jesus Rodriguez explained[4] how to convert a VM from VirtualBox to KVM, 
and included lots of shiny Virtual Machine Manager screenshots.

Roozbeh Pournader mentioned[5] that Unicode 6.0 has been released.

Caolan McNamara compared[6] the performance of STLPort with gcc's 
built-in STL.

"Some of you will remember 8-bit and 16/32-bit computers produced in the 
80-ties and early 90-ties by a company called Atari. " Dan Horák is 
packaging[7] some required emulators and supporting software to bring 
the 80's into the 21st century.

Chris Lumens started[8] a series of posts about Anaconda. Among other 
things, Chris explained why Fedora and Red Hat can't switch to Ubuntu's 

Jef van Schendel created[9] a set of keyboard shortcut cheat-sheets for 
Inkscape, with nifty keyboard key images.

4. http://zeusville.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/virtualbox-kvm/
5. http://www.advogato.org/person/roozbeh/diary.html?start=163
7. http://sharkcz.livejournal.com/6424.html

-- 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/

--- Root privileges through vulnerability in GNU C loader - (The H) ---

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] a brief article on security vulnerabilities 
found recently in the GNU C loader, which affect Fedora and other 

"According to the developer's tests, at least glibc versions 2.12.1 
under Fedora 13 and 2.5 under Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 are 

The full article is available[2]


--- Fedora Uses YubiKey for Strong Two-Factor Authentication - (IT News 
Online) ---

Jonathan Nalley forwarded[1] a posting on YubiKey authentication in Fedora:

"The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open 
source collaboration, has integrated support into its infrastructure 
services for YubiKey, the open source authentication key by Yubico. The 
YubiKeys are also used by Fedora’s core team members for securing access 
to high security hosts....One of the fundamental principles of the 
Fedora Infrastructure team is their dedication to Fedora's stance on 
freedom. In short, the team only uses, produces, and deploys 100% free 
and open source software for these services. Fedora contributors are 
thus able not only to have immediate access to free software services, 
but are also able to contribute to their continual improvement.

'The YubiKey is backed by a free software stack and can be used 
agnostically with other free software, making it well-suited for the 
rest of the Fedora team's processes,' says Mike McGrath, Red Hat 
engineer and leader of the Fedora Infrastructure team."

The full article is available[2]


-- 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 ---

This week the Fedora Ambassadors Project had a couple of new members 

Thiago Peixoto from Brazil mentored by María Leandro

Gent Thaçi Kosovo mentored by Bert Desmet supported by Robert Scheck

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

A Mani posted [1] about a magazine [2] and suggested that the milestones 
of Fedora Print Magazine [3] be an online edition first and a print 
edition later.

Neville A Cross posted [4] about the Fedora 14 Countdown banner for 
blogs and requested all to spread the word

Jon Stanley informed [5] that CPOSC [6] and he would be manning the booth

John Poelstra posted [7] about upcoming Fedora 14 tasks pertaining to 
Release Parties and Regional IRC sessions

Gerold Kassube posted [8] about the FAD at Rheinfelden and followed it 
up [9] with a link for registration [10]

Max Spevack posted [11] his round-up of budget updates and, planning for 

Sascha Thomas Spreitzer posted [12] on the outcome of checking the 
feasibility of putting more than one live-cd on one disc and provided a 
proof of concept [13] The resulting thread [14] has extensive 
discussions about doing the media production at EMEA

Robert Scheck posted [15] a review of the Szabad Szoftver Konferencia 
2010 in Szeged, Hungary

Pascal Calarco put out [16] a Call for Participation on Fedora Insight 
by calling upon those who have intermediate to advanced Drupal 6 skills 
and some time at hand.

Ahmed M Araby wrote about [17] Software Freedom Day [18] at Menoufya 
University, Egypt

David Ramsey posted [19] meeting notes for APAC meeting on 2010-10-17

Gent Thaçi asked [20] about existing communities for the Balkans. The 
thread [21] has inputs from others on the need to form such communities

Christoph Wickert asked [22] about legal requirements for the 
Multi-Desktop Live media which is being proposed to be produced by 
ambassadors at EMEA. Later, Christoph also followed up [23] with the 
Board meeting recap, 2010-10-18 which had the disc-of-spins as an agenda 
item. Máirín Duffy had a few additional questions and suggestion [24] on 
the disc-of-spins item

Gent Thaçi posted [25] about an article on The Fedora Project in PCWorld 

Carlos Carreno informed [26] about Fedora Party 2010 at Lima, Peru to be 
held on 2010-11-06 at Ricardo Palma University

2. http://pclosmag.com/
3. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_print_magazine
6. http://cposc.org/
10. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAD_EMEA_2010
13. http://sspreitzer.fedorapeople.org/torrents/
18. http://sfd.mufix.org/site/

--- Summary of traffic on FAmSCo mailing list ---

Christoph Wickert posted [1] the FAmSCo Meeting Minutes [2] of 
2010-09-27 and asked [3] the the FAmSCo meeting for 2010-10-04 was 
indeed adjourned

Christoph Wickert also pointed out [4] the need to discuss the EMEA 
media production budget [5] Sascha Thomas Spreitzer mentioned [6] that 
the cost/budget for F14 would remain the same as F13 [7] Max Spevack 
responded [8] to Christoph's mail stating that it was "very easily 
within budget"

Joerg Simon posted [9] FAmSCo Meeting Minutes 2010-10-11 [10]

Joerg Simon informed [11] that he would not be able to attend the FAmSCo 
Meeting on 2010-10-18 and requested that the FAmSCo Report [12] be completed

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000370.html
3. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000371.html
4. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000372.html
5. https://fedorahosted.org/famsco/ticket/91
6. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000373.html
7. http://sspreitzer.fedorapeople.org/mediaquotes/F14/
8. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000375.html
9. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000376.html
11. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/famsco/2010-October/000379.html
12. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_report_2010-09

-- 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] in the list about the upcoming tasks for 
Fedora 14. As per the schedule, review and correction of the Final 
Translated Guides (i.e. daily build htmls) and Website content is 
currently underway.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008167.html

--- Alternative Process to Submit Fedora 14 Release Notes ---

Due to persistant problems in submitting the Fedora 14 Release Notes 
translation via translate.fedoraproject.org, teams can send in 
translations via a bug or to other translators who have git-commit 
access for the document directly to meet the Fedora 14 Release Notes 
translation deadline[1]. This problem is expected to be resolved when 
the transifex instance is updated sometime after the release of Fedora 14.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008171.html

--- Proposal to Revive the FLP Meetings ---

Shankar Prasad from the Kannada team proposed to restart the IRC 
meetings of the FLP[1]. Noriko Mizumoto suggested a few topics for 
discussion including - upgrading the transifex instance and FLSco 

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008150.html
2. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008189.html

--- Fedora Website Files Set for an Update ---

The text in the Fedora Website files have been rewritten in a simpler 
and shortened format. Paul Frields sought a straw poll from the FLP to 
update the POT and PO files that would allow the translators to update 
their translations in accordance with the redesigned website[1]. After a 
few more additional changes, the files were committed.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008161.html

--- New Document for Translation ---

The Amateur Radio Guide has been added to translate.fedoraproject.org 
and translations for this guide can now be submitted[1].

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008155.html

--- New Members and Sponsors in FLP ---

Francesco D'Aluisio (Italian) [1] joined the FLP recently.

1. http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/trans/2010-October/008205.html

-- Design --

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

Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

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

--- F14 Release Poster ---

Emily Dirsh posted[1] a first version of the probably last missing piece 
before the Fedora 14 release party poster "I made up a (slightly) new 
poster based on the feedback I got at the meeting today."


--- Website Redesign ---

One of the goodies brought by the Fedora 14 release is going to be a new 
and improved version of the Fedora Project website, a joint development 
of the Websites and Design Teams, so Jef van Schendel posted[1] an 
update about the current status[2] "Now we want to check everything and 
make sure it's all in tip top shape and ready to be released."

2. http://stg.fedoraproject.org/

--- Design Ninjas ---

Máirín Duffy wrote[1] on her blog the third Design Bounty Ninja, 
Christian Brassat "Christian responded to our third Fedora Design 
Bi-Weekly Bounty – a t-shirt design for the Fedora Students Contributing 
program. Christian put together a most excellent T-shirt design for the 
program, using Inkscape and Nicu’s Open Clip Art T-shirt template, 
collaborating with the Fedora Design Team throughout the process, then 
prepping the final design for print using Scribus. He came up with a 
very nice concept for the T-shirt – it’s summery and fun with its 
tropical flowers, and relates to free software and mentorship with its 
sprouting-seed design – and carefully adhered to all of the Fedora 
branding guidelines. He also provided all of his source work!"


-- Security Advisories --

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


Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco

--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---

* glibc-2.12.90-17 - 
* tuxguitar-1.2-3.fc14 - 
* postgresql-8.4.5-1.fc14 - 
* java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
* rekonq-0.6.1-1.fc14 - 
* poppler-0.14.4-1.fc14 - 
* php-pear-CAS-1.1.3-1.fc14 - 
* krb5-1.8.2-6.fc14 - 
* ardour-2.8.11-5.fc14 - 

--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---

* freetype-2.3.11-6.fc13 - 
* webkitgtk-1.2.5-1.fc13 - 
* php-pear-CAS-1.1.3-1.fc13 - 
* postgresql-8.4.5-1.fc13 - 
* java-1.6.0-openjdk- - 
* poppler-0.12.4-6.fc13 - 
* ardour-2.8.11-5.fc13 - 

--- Fedora 12 Security Advisories ---

* php-pear-CAS-1.1.3-1.fc12 - 
* postgresql-8.4.5-1.fc12 - 
* poppler-0.12.4-5.fc12 - 
* webkitgtk-1.2.5-1.fc12 - 
* ardour-2.8.11-5.fc12 - 
* ghostscript-8.71-16.fc12 - 

- end FWN 248 -

Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA

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