SHIPIT! Also: I PROMISE to learn to proofread what I write

At the Fedora 15 Final Go/No-Go meeting today, the Fedora 15 Final Release was declared GOLD and ready for release on May 24, 2011.

Let me just state: FIFTEEN, FIFTEEN, FIFTEEN, because (again) I typed 14, and clearly, that’s not what I meant.

I promise to learn to proofread. Even if I have to stand at a chalkboard and write it 1000 times, BartSimpsonStyle.

Sigh.

(Edit: Thank goodness for moderation – mails got fixed before they went to most places, except the logistics list.)

Anyway: HOORAY FOR SHIPPING! Thanks to everyone who made this possible. And I know that list is long. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Minutes are available, as are logs,  if you are interested in following the meeting details.

Election Nominations and Election Questionnaire periods are ending imminently.

Nominations for Fedora Board and FESCo close imminently, as in TODAY, May 15, at 23:59:59 UTC.

If you are not sure how your time zone relates to UTC, use a UTC time website, such as this one.

If you are interested in throwing your proverbial Fedora into the elections ring, be sure to visit the Elections wiki page and get your name on the appropriate candidate list.

Now, in an effort to prevent people feeling nonplussed after the deadline, I would like to make the following Public Service Announcements:

  1. Late nominations WILL NOT BE ADDED TO THE BALLOT. Don’t decide tomorrow morning that ohhhhhhhhhhh, maybe I should run, because you’ll be late.
  2. If you have a friend, co-worker, relative, or otherwise whom you know intends to run and HAS NOT ADDED THEIR NAME YET, for any reason up to and including vacations, family business, tragedies,  attending conferences, being hospitalized, eating beefy miracles, or attending royal weddings, PICK UP THE PHONE AND NOTIFY THEM THAT THE TIME PERIOD IS ABOUT TO END AND BEING LATE IS NOT AN OPTION.

Also, please note that I cannot actually enforce #1, being powerless and all, but I am really good at being mad and lecturing about rules. If you have any doubts about my abilities in this area, ask my children.  Additionally, Max Spevack owes me One American Dollar for my usage of the word nonplussed in a sentence.

The Much Less Hyped Questionnaire

Additionally, there is a Questionnaire where community members can pose questions which they would like the candidates to answer.  Questions for this page are also accepted through TODAY, May 15, at 23:59:59 UTC.  After that point, candidates will have until the end of day (UTC) on May 22nd to provide their responses, which will then be published no later than May 25.  If you have burning questions, be sure to add them to the wiki page.

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. :)