Fedora Board and FESCo Election Nomination Period closes Soon.

Nominations for the Fedora Board and FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) will close on May 15 at 23:59:59 UTC.  That’s just a few days away.  You may self-nominate.

Current nominations can be seen on their respective wiki pages:

Additionally, if you have questions that you would like to ask of candidates, you have until May 15 to add your questions to the questionnaire.

More information on the Elections process can be seen on the Elections wiki page.

For those of you who are curious, the rest of the elections schedule looks like this:

  • May 7-15 Collect Questions for Questionnaire
  • May 7-15 Nominations Open (nomination period closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on 15th)
  • May 15-22 Organize/Schedule Town Halls
  • May 22 Deadline for questionnaire response
  • May 25 Publish Questionnaire Responses
  • May 26 – June 1 Town Halls
  • June 2-8 Voting Period

There are a number of open seats for each body; I encourage everyone to consider running for a position if it interests them.

I left my Beefy Miracle in Vegas

Well, it looks like I have some sad, sad news.  As some of you know, I submitted a bid to have FUDCon in Vegas early next year.  And I have to withdraw it.

Here’s the scoop, in brief: While cheap rooms are a-plenty, transportation is relatively easy, and there are abundant food options – meeting space is just ridiculous.  Meeting in a hotel either requires (a) paying through the nose, or (b) having a 15-30k+ food/beverage catering minimum.  The one hotel that I found that was reasonable both in price as well as costs for rooms, like nearly every other hotel I talked to, uses an outside vendor for their meeting space “technical” needs – meaning we work with an outside, non-negotiable business for things like projectors, power, projector screens, and wireless costs.  Projectors were something like 600 bucks, per day, PER ROOM, and throw in wireless costs on top of that – and we’re suddenly looking at $10k+ just for facilities.

Which really doesn’t fit into budget.

And, moreover, SUCKS.

Anyway, sorry to dash y’all’s dreams of FUDCon in Vegas.

Of course, there is always the option of the non-Fedora sponsored, Fedora Friends summer weekend in Vegas. Early August? Anyone? :D

From the news department: You never sausage a campaign.

The vote is in. He may not be the inspiration for the F16 name, but the Beefy Miracle truly captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Including our pals in the news world. From Sean Michael Kerner’s blog: “It’s a real shame that it didn’t win.” And Zonker says, “To be frank, I don’t relish reporting this at all. The Beefy Miracle movement, if I may call it that, had a lot of momentum behind it — something that’s a good boost for any FOSS project.”

Ah, well. Good times were had.  And you know what they say about publicity. :)

F16 Name voting ends VERY VERY SOON

This is your friendly reminder:

If you haven’t voted on the F16 name yet, you should go do so. The naming vote ends tonight at 23:59:59 UTC, which is just a bit more than 2 hours from right this second. (Not sure what time it is? You can either check a UTC timezone or, uh, go and vote, and if you’re too late, it won’t let you.)

If you’re not sure what to vote for, well, I’m not sure what to tell you at this point. Perhaps you’re just waiting for a sign.

Oh, look, a sign!

If you’re feeling extra miraculous, the F16 Board and FESCo elections cycle is coming up very soon, and volunteers are needed to help wrangle that process. If you’re interested, please read about what you can do to help out.

FUDCon North America – Bidding time is closing soon!

This is a friendly reminder to those of you out there who might be considering putting in a bid to organize the next great North American FUDCon.

Bids are due by the end of the day (UTC time) on April 8.

FUDCon NA 2011/2012 should be held in the 4th quarter of Red Hat’s fiscal year, because that is the quarter in which budget is allocated.  This time frame runs from December 2011-February 2012, though having it during December or January is very much encouraged, since things need to get reimbursed and paperwork needs to get filed by the end of the year, and I’m sure that Max can attest to the fact that this paperwork is not an overnight endeavour.

And now I bring you… informational links!

My best wishes go out to those of you submitting bids! It is a lot of hard work putting on a FUDCon, but totally rewarding. :)

Fedora 15 “Lovelock” Alpha is now available.

You heard it here (or possibly here): The Alpha release of Fedora 15, “Lovelock,” is now available for everyone to gloriously download and test. This release offers a preview of some of the latest and greatest in free and open source software innovation.

What is the Alpha release?

The Alpha release contains all the beefy features of Fedora 15 in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete, and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 15 is due in May.

We need your help to make Fedora 15 the best release yet, so please: Ketchup with what we’ve been working hard on.  Download and try out the Alpha, and make sure that the things that are important to you are working.

Features

You want ‘em, we got ‘em.  Think of them like condiments for your hot dog: A delicious variety of toppings that make something great even better.

  • Updated Desktop Environments. Fedora 15 will ship with GNOME 3, the next major version of the GNOME desktop. If you’re interested in other experiences, KDE and Xfce will also be showcasing the latest and greatest in desktop technology from their respective projects.
  • System and session management. Previously available as a technology preview in F14, systemd makes its full-fledged debut in Fedora 15. systemd is a smarter, more efficient way of starting up and managing the background daemons relied on by services we all use every day – such as NetworkManager and PulseAudio.
  • Cloud. Looking to create appliances for use in the Cloud? BoxGrinder creates appliances (virtual machines) for various platforms (KVM, Xen, EC2) from simple plain text appliance definition files for various virtual platforms.
  • Updated programming languages and tools. Fedora 15 features new versions of Rails, OCaml, and Python. GDB and GCC have also been updated. (Fedora 15 was built with GCC 4.6.0, too!)
  • Productivity Applications. LibreOffice is filled with tools for everyday use, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
  • Consistent Network Device Naming. Server management just got even easier. Fedora 15 uses BIOS-provided, non-arbitrarily given names for network ports, taking the burden off of system administrators.
  • Dynamic Firewall. Fedora 15 adds support for the optional firewall daemon, that provides a dynamic firewall management with a D-Bus interface.
  • Ecryptfs in Authconfig. Fedora 15 brings in improved support for eCryptfs, a stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux. Starting with Fedora 15, authconfig can be used to automatically mount a private encrypted part of the home directory when a user logs in.
  • DNSSEC for workstations. NetworkManager now uses the BIND nameserver as a DNSSEC resolver. All received DNS responses are proved to be correct. If particular domain is signed and failed to validate then resolver returns SERFVAIL instead of invalidated response, which means something is wrong.
  • Go Green. Power Management improvements include the PowerTOP tool, which identifies the software components that make your computer use more energy than necessary while idle. Automatic tuning of power consumption and performance helps conserve on laptop battery usage, too!
  • Business Management tools. Tryton is a three-tier high-level general purpose application platform, providing solutions for accounting, invoicing, sale management, purchase management, analytic accounting, and inventory management.
  • New Package Suite Groups. The Graphics suite group has been renamed to the Design group, and the Robotics SIG has created the Robotics Package Suite, a collection of software that provides an out-of-the-box usable robotic simulation environment featuring a linear demo to introduce new users.

A more comprehensive list of Features is available to devour (much like one would a tasty, beefy, miraculous hot dog).  Additionally, there are nightly composes of alternate spins available for you to “take for a spin,” including desktop environments such as KDE, LXDE, and Xfce,

Issues, Details, and Contributing

This is an Alpha – we may still be working things out, but fortunately, a lot of the kinks have been smoothed over, thanks to great things like the Fedora Alpha Release Criteria.

However, if you’re looking for more information, the Fedora 15 Alpha Release Notes are a great place to start.  This document contains *great* stuff, including information on common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule.  The Common 15 Bugs page is also a great resource if you are thinking about testing things out.

Bug reports are helpful, especially for Alpha. If you encounter any issues please report them and help make this release of Fedora be, quite frankly, the best ever!