Friendly Fedora Election reminder: FESCo Town Hall is today.

Why, hello there, election fans.

I’m here today to remind you of the FESCo town hall for the upcoming election.  The IRC town hall is TODAY, May 31, 2011, at 1800 UTC. (FESCo is the short way of saying Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, in case you’re curious.)

The town hall will be occuring in #fedora-townhall on  Non-candidates should also join #fedora-townhall-public — this is the channel where you, THE VOTER, can post questions, and then our friendly town hall moderator will take those questions to the moderated #fedora-townhall channel for the candidates to answer, in the order in which they were received.

You can read all about the FESCo candidates here.  Additionally, nominees previously answered some questions in the Candidate Questionaire — be sure to check this out if you’re interested in their responses.

If you’re not sure when 1800 UTC is, I suggest that you consult a time zone converter.

Town halls are an excellent way to get involved in the elections process, and an opportunity to get to know the candidates. I encourage you to attend if you have the time.

The elections themselves will be running June 2 – June 8, and I’m sure I’ll be giving yet another wiki reminder on that in the future.

Friendly Fedora Election Townhalls Reminder: Fedora Board Townhalls are today.

Hey there, awesome people,

This is your friendly reminder that today, May 30, 2011, at 1900 UTC, the IRC town hall for the Fedora Board election takes place.  Town halls are the part of the elections cycle where you get the opportunity to ask questions of all the candidates in what is essentially a “live” way (as opposed to a delayed way, which would be when the candidates answer the questions listed in the Candidate Questionaire via email to the questionnaire coordinator) – on IRC, in real time.

The town halls will be occuring in #fedora-townhall on  Non-candidates should also join #fedora-townhall-public — this is the channel where you, THE VOTER, can post questions, and then our friendly townhall moderator will take those questions to the moderated #fedora-townhall channel for the candidates to answer.

If you’re not sure when 1900 UTC is, I suggest that you consult a time zone converter.

Not sure who the candidates are? Read all about them here.

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.


(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? 😀

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. 🙂