* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 188
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 General
+ 1.1.2 Fedora 12 (Constantine)
+ 1.1.3 Upcoming Events
o 1.2 Planet Fedora
+ 1.2.1 General
o 1.3 Marketing
+ 1.3.1 Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-07-04
+ 1.3.2 Marketing F12 schedule
+ 1.3.3 Fedora Insight
+ 1.3.4 Marketing leadership transition
o 1.4 Translation
+ 1.4.1 New Module RHEL-comps Added to
+ 1.4.2 FLP Representation in F-12 Alpha Release
+ 1.4.3 Priority of Fedora Documentation for Translation
+ 1.4.4 Proposal for Translation of docs.fedoraproject.org
+ 1.4.5 Transifex v0.7 to be Available Soon
+ 1.4.6 Translation of Multimedia menus for Fedora Studio
+ 1.4.7 Missing Translations for Policycoreutils-gui in
o 1.5 Artwork
+ 1.5.1 Fedora 12 Wallpapers
+ 1.5.2 A Design Spin?
+ 1.5.3 Constantine Banners
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 188 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 188 for the week ending August 9,
This week's issue begins with some detail on the recent Fedora Classroom
events, and updates on Fedora 12 alpha. In news from the Fedora Planet,
a multi-part series on OCaml internals, a few proposals for a new Fedora
website design, and coverage of a session on Sanskrit and usage in
computing. We're pleased to bring news from the Fedora Marketing team
back to you with a new beat member, Mel Chua. In Marketing news,
pointers to the latest team meeting log, details about Fedora Insight,
and a transition of leadership on the Marketing Team. In Quality
Assurance news, details of the upcoming Test Day on NetworkManager, many
updates on the weekly meetings and availability of a new Xfce spin for
testing. In Translation news, many updates on the progress to Fedora 12
Alpha translation items, a proposal to translate some more pages from
and the landing of Transifex v0.7, a tool used by
the localization teams. This week's issue rounds out with news from the
Art/Design team, with more progress on Fedora 12 wallpapers for the F12
Alpha release, and coverage of a discussion about a Design Spin on the
Art Team discussion list. These are just a few highlights of this week's
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-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project  .
Contributing Writer: Max Spevack
If anyone is interested in taking over this beat, please contact the
Fedora News team.
--- General ---
Luke Macken announced an update to the Fedora Community
codebase. The changes make Fedora Community able to process information
from EPEL, and also provide a variety of other bugfixes and enhancements.
Kevin Fenzi summarized the recent Fedora Classroom sessions that
have taken place. The classes have included introductions to rsync, to
Koji (Fedora's build system), XFCE, and PreUpgrade. Fedora Classroom
continues to be a wonderful source of information, and we encourage all
Fedora users and contributors to either attend or teach a class.
--- Fedora 12 (Constantine) ---
Jesse Keating announced the Fedora 12 Alpha freeze on August 4th.
John Poelstra continued the public announcements related to the
finalizing of Fedora 12 features. This week, feature pages that had not
been updated were flagged for review and potential dropping from the
release. If you are a Fedora 12 feature owner, you should check to
make sure that your features are up to date.
--- Upcoming Events ---
Consider attending or volunteering at an event near you!
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM)
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
-- Planet Fedora --
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an
aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
--- General ---
Richard W.M. Jones posted the first five parts to a
series "A beginners guide to OCaml internals. Topics covered include all
kinds of internal details such as the different heaps and garbage
Luis Villa asked "how do busy people deal with identica/twitter?"
Michael DeHaan shared a humorous "Tech Support Conversation With
Luca Botti wrote a tutorial on installing Sun's Java on Fedora,
without breaking RPM.
Jeroen van Meeuwen wondered about possible solutions to the space
constraints for Fedora Live CDs. Could document or additional locales be
dropped? Should Live CDs be dropped altogether (leaving Live DVDs)?
Venkatesh Hariharan republished an article originally from the
August 2009 edition of Network Computing's India edition, titled "The
Power of Open Source Development".
Peter Hutterer made the case for ZSH (ed: Agreed, ZSH rocks!) while
Mathieu Bridon scripted bash (easily translatable to ZSH) to make
the shell prompt git aware.
Máirín Duffy proposed a few ideas for a new Fedora website design.
Ujjwol Lamichhane presented (at BarCamp Kathmandu 2009) all
about संस्कृत (Sanskrit) and its relation to (and usage in) computing.
--- Marketing ---
In this section, we cover the Fedora Marketing Project.
Contributing Writer: Mel Chua
--- Marketing Meeting Log for 2009-07-04 ---
Meeting logs  and notes  for the 2009-07-04 Fedora Marketing
Meeting were made available. All Marketing meetings and notes are open
to the public. 
--- Marketing F12 schedule ---
The schedule of Marketing milestones for F12 has been finalized. 
Tasks for these milestones are now being tracked in a Marketing trac
; any work requests for the Marketing team should also be submitted here.
--- Fedora Insight ---
As preparations towards F12 Alpha continue, the Marketing Team has
started work on Fedora Insight , a platform for disseminating
outward-facing materials and news about the Fedora community. This
cross-team effort welcomes help. 
--- Marketing leadership transition ---
The Marketing team bid a hearty thank-you and a warm farewell to Jack
Aboutboul, who passed the torch to Mel Chua at the end of July.  We
wish Jack the best of luck in his future adventures.
-- Translation --
This section covers the news surrounding the Fedora Translation (L10n)
Contributing Writer: Runa Bhattacharjee
--- New Module RHEL-comps Added to translate.fedoraproject.org
Piotr Drag announced the inclusion of the RHEL-comps module to
--- FLP Representation in F-12 Alpha Release Readiness Meeting ---
FLSCo member Noriko Mizumoto would be attending the Fedora 12 Alpha
Release Readiness Meeting, on behalf of the Fedora Localization Project.
The meeting would be held on Wednesday 12th August via a conference call.
--- Priority of Fedora Documentation for Translation ---
A request was made by the FLP to the Fedora Documentation team to
suggest a priority order for the translation of the numerous
Guides/Documentation. Eric Christensen suggested an initial order for
assessment by the Fedora Documentation and Fedora Localization teams.
Ruediger Landmann proposed the Installation Quick Start Guide to be
elevated above the Installation Guide, since much of the translations
from the first book can be reused into the latter. Additionally, he also
highlighted the requirement for translation of the Publican common
content and docbook-locales as these provide essential components used
during the compilation of the books.
--- Proposal for Translation of docs.fedoraproject.org
On behalf of the Spanish team, Daniel Cabrera put forward a proposal
to add a few pages from docs.feforaproject.org
for translation on
. The pages form the primary traversal route
for users to reach the documentation pages from the fedoraproject.org
wiki start page in their language. Dimitris Glezos suggested adding
the links in the 'Getting Help' page or translating the
--- Transifex v0.7 to be Available Soon ---
The imminent arrival of Transifex v0.7 was announced by Diego Búrigo
Zacarão. Transifex is the tool currently in use by the FLP
Infrastructure. Diego also made a call for the updation of Transifex
translations for this upcoming release.
--- Translation of Multimedia menus for Fedora Studio ---
Orcan Ogetbill put forward a request for the translation of the
categorized Multilmedia-menu that would be available within the desktop
menu in F-12. This menu would be made available via the optional package
that would be part of the FedoraStudio feature. Currently, Orcan is
being guided  by FLP for converting the source content into a
--- Missing Translations for Policycoreutils-gui in Fedora 11 ---
Runa Bhattacharjee reported missing translations for multiple
languages in the policycoreutils-gui package available with Fedora-11.
-- Artwork --
In this section, we cover the Fedora Design Team.
Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei
-- Fedora 12 Wallpapers ---
Martin Sourada prepared and initial set of packages with wallpapers
for the alpha release "I've just put together initial packages
containing the Constantine wallpapers I consider (based on the feedback
we received) to be 'worth' putting in for Alpha. There is
constantine-backgrounds package which contains tatica's mocaico and Mo's
and Nicu's underwater mosaic, both as slide-show (switching between
those two once twice per hour) and separately. Next there is
constantine-backgrounds-extras package which contains Samuele's 4flowers
and 4horses, Jayme's Constantine Statue, Charlie's bird mosaic and
tatica's pruebas and freedom" as a base for selecting the best default
and after a round of the preliminary feedback, one was moved from
extras-proposals to default-proposals "there seems to be non-ignorable
amount of people who want it in default so I moved it to default for now."
With the process of evolving the wallpapers being continuous, Máirín
Duffy considered the feedback from Paul Frields and proposed an
improved version for one of the concepts "As per Paul's suggestion to
try to modify the perspective of María's mosaico designs to make it
vibrate a little less with icons on the desktop, I did some
experimentation today in Inkscape with perspective."
Martin called for a decisional meeting for wallpapers "I suggest that
people raise their reasons for and against choosing one or another in
this thread and we hold a (hopefully) short IRC session next Monday
(2009-08-10) to make the final decision. Would 16:00 UTC be a good time
--- A Design Spin? ---
With the uproar about the announcement made by Matthias Clasen on the
Desktop list about the removal of GIMP from the Desktop spin, Martin
Sourada asked about the status of an old project of the Design Team
"What has happened to the Art Studio spin (or whatever it was called) we
were trying to make? I've just seen a message on desktop-list proposing
dropping gimp from Desktop Spin (the infamous size issues), so it would
probably make sense to resurrect the idea of having a spin for (not
only) Fedora designers with all the apps we use, like gimp, inkscape,
blender, scribus, etc." and Nicu Buculei bitterly replied about the
inactivity in that area "As far as I know, the spin is on hold, waiting
for someone to take the lead". However, indirect talks on IRC and blog
comments indicate a good level of interest for the project.
--- Constantine Banners ---
In anticipation of the Alpha release, several banner proposals were
advanced: a generic one for the Alpha release by Paolo Leoni, a final
release banner proposal from Maria Leandro, another from Charlie
Brej and finally Paolo's remade banner.
--- end FWN #188 ---
Pascal Calarco, Fedora Ambassador, Indiana, USA