Reminder: Voting in runoff election for remaining board seat ends June 20th at 00:00:00 UTC (so on Tuesday the 19th in many time zones)

A quick and friendly reminder:

As previously announced, the recent Board election resulted in a two-way tie for the third elected seat, between Nick Bebout and Robert ‘Bob’ Jensen.

The runoff election for this remaining seat has started.  Voting started Tuesday, June 12, at 00:00:00 UTC, and will end Wednesday, June
20, at 00:00:00 UTC, which is actually occurs TODAY, June 19th, in many time zones.

Please refer to a UTC time zone converter if you are unsure of your time zone’s relation to UTC, such as:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System at:
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting

For more general information about the election, including eligibility information, please refer to:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections

As noted in previous announcements for elections, information about the candidates may be seen here:
Fedora Board:
* Nominations and questionnaire answers
* Town Hall Logs

Get your votin’ on, yo!

A different kind of miracle! Join Fedora in a food drive at Southeast LinuxFest for Loaves and Fishes

Planning on attending the always-epic SouthEast LinuxFest this weekend? Stop by the Fedora booth with your canned goods — we’ll be collecting this weekend for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Charlotte, NC.

Their priority list includes canned meats, canned pasta (such as spaghetti’os, ravioli, etc.), cereal, canned fruit, and 100% fruit juice. Nothing in glass, please!

Plus, you’ll get a little surprise in return – I won’t give it away, but as you might have guessed… it’s something that is definitely beefy. :) Hope to see you there!

Bring out your votes!

So for those of you who HAVEN’T voted yet:

Voting ends today, June 7th, 2012, at 23:59:59 UTC. While you can check a handy-dandy time-zone calculator to see how far off that is, I suggest voting now.

Some other interesting tidbits related to voting:

  • If you just want to read about voting and skip my long-windedness, you can read the Elections wiki page for more information.
  • Voting is available for the Fedora Board, Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo), and Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAmSCo). You need to meet certain eligibility requirements to vote, and these vary from body to body.
  • There is a plethora of information available about the candidates, so that you may make an informed vote; I highly encourage you to read these bits of information, which are, again, detailed on the Elections wiki page. These include candidates’ nomination information, including name and brief bio; their answers to questionnaires, which were populated with questions proposed by members of the community; and finally, two IRC town halls were held for each elected group, in which community members could pose questions live for nominees to answer.  Logs for these town halls are available for your reading pleasure. (Log links are appended to the end of each table in the Town Hall Schedule, in case they’re hard to find.  Questionnaire answers have been appended to each candidates’ nomination statement.)

I’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their participation in these elections – whether it’s voting, participating in town halls, contributing to the administration and organization of these elections, or simply helping to remind others that voting is ON. These groups help to steer the direction of Fedora in a variety of ways; be sure to cast your vote to be represented!

From the wayback machine: Tales from LinuxFest Northwest

(Note: things have been a bit hectic since attending this a while back. Teehee.)

I had the pleasure of attending LinuxFest Northwest, in Bellingham, Washington, April 28th and 29th.  This was my second year at the event, and the folks who put on this event continue to impress me with a great show.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m of the opinion that most of the regional, community-grown, Linux fests/cons/expos are just fantastic,  but all in their own individual ways. So here’s a quick wrap-up of what I find awesome about LFNW:

  • Location, location, location.  It’s beautiful up in Bellingham – and the event is held at Bellingham Technical College, which has plenty of rooms, a decently-sized (though increasingly packed with more people) area for booths, and a great outdoor area where they have grilled lunch each day. Despite being 2 hours north of Seattle, they still manage to draw a good-sized crowd, and it’s close enough to Portland and Vancouver (the Canada one, as well as the Washington one) to have people driving or taking the train from out of town. This year’s party was at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, which in itself is worth checking out – absolutely fascinating exhibits there.
  • No keynotes.  Yes, I know some people like keynotes, and I do too, but at a two-day event it feels sometimes like… well, like you’re missing out on the chance to choose from 6 more sessions, more if they do morning and evening keynotes. People get to dig in to what they’re really interested in, which is cool.
  • Awesome booth attendance. Seriously, lots of great questions here – not a lot of drive-bys for free swag, but plenty of good, engaged conversation.  Which made the moment when someone came to the booth and I asked if they had a question, and they looked at me and said, “Oh, it’s a *technical* question,” as they nodded towards Jeff in the other half of the booth, as though I was, you know, somehow incapable of answering those Hard Questions…. well, forgiveable. :)
  • I never feel like it’s a giant sales pitch here – sure, there are vendors with booths, and lots of donations to the raffle, but you never feel like you’re bombarded with overwhelming advertisements for sponsors.

I gave a presentation on Fedora – a general “Who we are, what we do, what’s coming in F17″ presentation – which was well-received, albeit by a slightly small crowd.  Which tends to be the case when you present in one of the last slots on the second day, which is much more lightly attended.  The first day’s sessions were absolutely overflowing; several sessions I tried to attend were literally completely packed, to the point that they were not letting additional folks in due to fire code regulations.  LFNW, at least from my perspective, seems to have a more hands-on, and perhaps slightly more technical, audience, and the session lineup – voted on by the community – reflects that audience.

The booth turned out well this year, despite some last-minute wrangling; a huge thanks to Leslie Hawthorn for driving to someone’s house in Portland and grabbing the reportedly very stained Fedora tablecloth, which was temporarily separated from its event box, washing it, and overnighting it directly to Jeff’s hotel at LFNW (it was beautiful and pristinely clean!).  The famna folks also cobbled together some of the last bits of north american swag, including F16 media, stickers, balloons, pens, and a few XXXL shirts, and got it to the event.

Aside from that – in addition to meeting new people and talking to them about Fedora, it’s always good to get some facetime with other Fedora folks, and I again enjoyed meeting up with Jeff Sandys this year, who organized our booth presence.  Jesse Keating and Greg DeKoenigsberg were also in attendance, and I spent a lovely meal with them catching up on life/work/things, and lots of other good folks were around as well.

 

Fedora 17: The beefiest release yet. With a side of awwwwwwww.

For those who missed this morning’s beefalicious news: Fedora 17, “Beefy Miracle,” has been released into the world, ready for consumption by freedom-lovers everywhere.

You can read the full release announcement here, but that’s not what this post is about, really.

One of the things I truly, ahem, relish about our community is our ability to play well with others.  And I think we’re doing an exceptional job of that lately.  It’s easy to look at a list of features and say, “Woo! We haz something,” but looking at the ties and bonds we are making from the Fedora Project to other communities is what’s really impressive.  When you look at things like having JBoss AS7 in F17, or having the newest version of OpenStack in F17, it’s not just “in” — it’s really apparent that we’re not just packaging something up, but we’re building bridges between communities.  People who have never been exposed to Fedora before may take their first proverbial bite, so to speak, because of their participation in these other communities; conversely, people who have never used JBoss AS7, or any of the other of the number of projects that you see in F17, may finally give it a try, simply because it’s available, and it works.  It’s mutually beneficial, and, well, it’s just rockin’.

And for that, and for so many other things: I thank you all, for being stellar community superstars, for being amazing friends, for embracing others with open arms, for scratching that itch and reaching out to other communities, and for staying up all night (multiple times), and showing the world what the open source way is truly about.

In conclusion: I promise that no corn was harmed in the making of this blog post, despite apparent corniness levels. Corn can be used for corn dogs, who are relatives to the Beefy Miracle. And we wouldn’t want that.

Go out. Download Fedora 17. Enjoy this release.  Lots of mustard — and you know that that means progress. :)

Best wishes to our friends at FUDCon: Kuala Lumpur.

It continues to delight me to see the investments in our APAC region FUDCons pay off in terms of attendance.  Much like FUDCon: Pune late last year, Kuala Lumpur’s attendance — at more than 400 registrants — is just huge, and is a testament not only to the desire to learn about free and open source software in the region, but also to the excellent planning capabilities of the local FUDCon team in Kuala Lumpur.

I’m sad that I can’t be in attendance at this event, but one of the amazing things about FUDCon is that they are truly designed to be shared with the worldwide Fedora community.  I know we are all looking forward to seeing your blog posts throughout the event and social media interactions, and I’m particularly excited by the enthusiasm I have seen for some real time projects, such as the crowd-sourced FUDCon book.  And don’t forget about the #fedora-fudcon channel on IRC – it’s not just a great place to interact with folks onsite, but those of us who are at home as well.

Christoph Wickert, awesome as always, is giving the keynote talk this morning — I am sure that he will have incredibly interesting and inspiring things to say, and I know that the wisdom of his Fedora experiences will be shared with you not just during his talk, but throughout the course of the weekend – and many others of you will do the same as well. FUDCon, in many ways, is truly about sharing – sharing our experiences, our knowledge, our future plans, and a few drinks – be they beer or tea or otherwise – and I hope that everyone makes the best of their shared time together in Kuala Lumpur.  There is a large audience present — let’s be sure to send them home with some great knowledge about free and open source software, a good feeling from a positive experience, and the invitation to come and participate in the Fedora Project if they have never done so before.

Give your hosts a round of applause.  They deserve it!

My best to everyone there.  I hope you all have a lovely time. :)

Are *you* the next Fedora Program Manager?

Many moons ago, in October 2010, I followed in the footsteps of the amazing John Poelstra (also known as Poelstra as a Service) and took a job at Red Hat as the Fedora Program Manager.

As most of you know by now… well, I have a new gig as the Fedora Project Leader, but I am still kind of toting along this job as the Program Manager for Fedora (and other projects) as well. Which means I am incredibly happy to tell everyone that there is now, officially, truly, a job opening for the Fedora Program Manager position!

So, to put this in a nutshell: The bulk of program management in Fedora-land is feeding and nurturing and publishing the schedule, wrangling features and moving them through the feature process, working with the good folks in QA and release engineering as we approach releases to get ducks in rows and do blocker meetings, release readiness meetings, and Go/No-go meetings.  There’s also an element of problem-solving, eliminating bottlenecks, and identifying and fixing broken processes.  The great thing about this position is being able to dive into problems and help people out in fixing them, and being able to do that in a variety of areas in the project. Like John, I also do some program management for other projects within Red Hat, although that was not my primary role right after joining – it was more of something to grow into, and it’s an awesome way to learn how other projects work and do things.

You can read more about the job requirements in the official job posting, but I’ll just point out that actually being part of the Fedora Project community and knowing what the heck we actually do around here is an excellent start, and you probably know more than you think you know. :)  Communication skills, and a dedication to openness and transparency, are also vital. And for those of you wanting to know if you have to be in a certain location, fear not: Candidates can be considered from remote locations, though you’re of course welcome to be in an office as well.

The job posting is here, and  if you think you might be interested or want to know more about the position, feel free to drop me an email at robyn at redhat.com.  But here is a snippet:

This person is held ultimately responsible and accountable for the Program Management side of the Fedora Project. This includes preparing and maintaining release schedules, facilitating cross-functional meetings, providing status to Red Hat, tracking and encouraging the resolution of release-blocking issues. In essence, doing whatever necessary to enable a smooth and efficient running distribution creation and release process through full engagement with the Fedora Community.

As such, this job is exceptionally public-facing and requires a high level of involvement in the Fedora Community to achieve these goals.