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Fedora Weekly News Issue 290

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 290[1]. The Fedora Weekly News team is being streamed the major highlights of March 2012. FWN 290 covers the major announcement from Announcement Beat and In the News Beat.

The major announcement for the week are: APAC FUDCon will be happened in Kuala Lumpur on May 18-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Fedora Project has been accepted for the GSoC 2012 program, and mentioning the time for the community to choose the name of Fedora 18. Meantime, the outage of has been announced in the development along with the announcement of LION QA Test and BODHI's comment emails issue. The events page also being populated and updated on the issue.

In the News Beat, Tom's Hardware Review of F16 and GNOME 3 has been privileged by the new upcoming contributor.

Recent issues of FWN are now being published to Fedora Insight[2]. Insight offers RSS features, multimedia capabilities and more, beyond the mailshot/wiki FWN you have come to know and love. Try it out, and we'd love to hear your feedback!

Fedora Project is the right place for you and you can simply show your interest in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson, Rashadul Islam


Fedora Announcements are the place where you can find the major coverage from the Fedora Project including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and Fedora Events[3].

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

Breaking News of the Week

FUDCon APAC 2012 will be in lovely Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Robyn Bergeron[1] on Mon Mar 5 12:55:23 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"I'm delighted to announce that the APAC FUDCon for 2012 will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thanks to all of those who submitted bids for this FUDCon - I am very happy to see so much interest, and I believe the recent APAC FUDCon in Pune truly helped to show the high interest in having ongoing FUDCons in this region of the world.

Please stay tuned for further announcements clarifying the details of attendance, including dates/times/places, registration, as well as information for those seeking subsidies for attendance.


FUDCon Kuala Lumpur travel subsidy requests are now open

Robyn Bergeron[1] on Thu Mar 15 14:41:44 UTC 2012 announced[2],


As you may know, there is a planned APAC FUDCon in Kuala Lumpur coming up soon, May 18-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[3].

If you are planning to attend FUDCon Kuala Lumpur and need a travel subsidy, the ticketing system is currently open for requests. Requests will be accepted through March 27, 2012. Please note that funding requests without a ticket will not be considered. The travel budget is limited, and preference will be given to attendees from the APAC region who are actively contributing to Fedora, and have detailed their participation plans for FUDCon in their subsidy request.

To place a subsidy request, please follow these steps:

1: Pre-register at[4]

2: Put an X in the $$$ column

3: Read about the funding request process and place a funding request ticket in the FUDCon-planning ticket tracker here[5]:

Thank you!"

Fedora is featuring on GSoC 2012

Fedora Ambassador from Srilanka - Buddhike Kurera[1] on Fri Mar 16 19:10:32 UTC 2012 announced broadly[2] the GSoC 2012 program with the following details,

"I am delighted to announce that the Fedora Project has been accepted for the GSoC 2012 program[3]. This would be the 7th time where the Fedora project represents the program since 2005.

The students' application procedure and other relevant information will be published soon. If you are interested in joining with the Fedora project as a student or a mentor please explore following URLs.

First of all subscribe for the summer-coding mailing list[4] and explore the Idea list[5], feel free to contact us for more information."

It is time for another episode of: NAME THAT FEDORA RELEASE

Robyn Bergeron[1] on Tue Mar 20 06:08:07 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"Oh, Beefy Miracle, I have relished your name for months, but as your day for widespread consumption (release day) approaches, it is time for the community to choose the name of Fedora 18. This process begins with *you,* dear readers and contributors, as potential names are accepted for submission over the course of the next week, beginning now, March 20th, and ending March 27th (at 23:59:59 UTC, for those of you who can't mustard up any ideas until the last possible second).

Frankly, I'm expecting an a-bun-dance of suggestions, and not just from people who cannot take my punni-ness any longer. Rules and guidelines for suggestions, as well as the location in which you may make your name suggestions, are on this wiki page:[3]

A quick word on details:

You *must* follow the guidelines at the page listed above for your name to be considered. These guidelines include the following items:

  • There must be an "is-a" link between the name "Beefy Miracle" (the name of F17) and your suggested name.
  • That link must be different from any previous links between release names.
  • Names of living people and well-known trademarks will likely be rejected as well.

Schedule details for release naming are also shown on the F18 naming wiki page.

I know that it may be hard to *top* Beefy Miracle (ahahahaha, get it? As in toppings!) but I do have every bit of faith that many of you have already thought of name suggestions that may or may not be more mature, or more neutral with regards to dietary restrictions. :) I do look forward to seeing your suggested names and recommend, as always, to have fun.


Outage: - 2012-03-26 21:00 UTC

Kevin Fenzi[1] on Wed Mar 21 22:17:27 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"Outage: - 2012-03-26 21:00 UTC

There will be an outage starting at 2012-03-26 21:00 UTC, which will last approximately 2 hours.

To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at[3]

or run: date -d '2012-03-26 21:00 UTC'

Reason for outage:

We are moving the main host to another site. This site will allow us to provide additional group storage for various groups that need download space, as well as being closer to our backup server to allow for quicker backups.

Affected Services:
Contact Information:

Please join #fedora-admin or #fedora-noc on or add comments to the ticket for this outage above."

Fedora Development News

The Development Announcement[1] list is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora development.

Acceptable Types of Announcements

  • Policy or process changes that affect developers.
  • Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
  • Tools changes that affect developers.
  • Schedule changes
  • Freeze reminders

Unacceptable Types of Announcements

  • Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
  • Discussion
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Please pull latest translation, re-package and push to koji for L10N QA test

From Fedora Localization Project Noriko Mizumoto[1] on Thu Mar 1 02:37:44 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"Hi Fedora package maintainers

Could you please pull latest translation for your package, re-package with it and push to koji for L10N QA test by 2-Mar? We will have a live image to be composed for this particular test on 5-Mar. The focus is to test translations availability and accuracy in desktop applications. This test covers all Fedora packages. This is only one chance for translators to check translation quality. It is highly appreciated your help."

Bodhi comment emails issue fixed

Kevin Fenzi[1] on Sat Mar 10 23:40:00 UTC 2012 announced[2],


In the last week or so, there was an issue with bodhi sending emails to update submitters when comments were left on their updates. Note that this issue did not effect bodhi comments (ie, pushed to testing, pushed to stable, being pushed, etc), only comments left by users / autoqa.

This issue has been corrected, so any comments left should now email correctly.

Maintainers may wish to look over their pending updates for any comments they may have missed.

Sorry for the trouble,"

Fedora Events

The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to identify responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out by quarter and by region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for budget planning. Events can be added to this page whether or not they have an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner are not eligible for funding, but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of the event and make it eligible for funding. In plain words, Fedora events are the exclusive and 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 (December 2011 - May 2012)

  • 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]

Additional information

  • Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
  • Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
  • Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community members.
  • Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
  • Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
  • LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.

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: Jason Brooks

Tom's Hardware Review of F16 and GNOME 3

Karin Bakis posted[1]:

"Although Fedora 16 holds its own against Ubuntu with regard to performance, as a rule, Fedora is not an end-user-friendly Linux distro. Verne is no exception. Only enthusiasts firmly entrenched in the Linux world will try to convince you otherwise. With that said, I have never encountered an un-fixable issue with the Fedora distribution, and I use the KDE spin on a semi-regular basis.

"If you're already into Linux, there is no reason to stay away from this distribution. Then again, if you're already into Linux, Fedora needs no introduction by us."

The full review is available[2].