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21st November 2014, 02:32 PM
I am starting a new news thread - for the next 5 "Five Things in Fedora This Week" so that one doesn't have to scroll all the way down :D


Reposted from http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2014-11-19/

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that
goes on. This series highlights interesting happenings in five
different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just
quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for
November 19th, 2014:

Vote now in the first-ever Fedora Council elections!

The election for the two representative seats on the new Fedora
Council is in progress! Fedora Magazine has email-based interviews
with the five candidates to help you make an informed decision:

- Rex Dieter
- Haïkel Guémar
- Michael Scherer
- Pete Travis
- Langdon White

Voting is open to all Fedora Contributors, and closes promptly at 00:00
UTC on November 26th. That’s the afternoon or evening of the 25th in
timezones to the west of the Prime Meridian, so don’t delay — read the
interviews, and then vote now.

* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Council
* http://fedoramagazine.org/council-elections-interview-with-rex-dieter-rdieter/
* http://fedoramagazine.org/council-elections-interview-with-haikel-guemar-number80/
* http://fedoramagazine.org/council-elections-interview-with-michael-scherer-misc/
* http://fedoramagazine.org/council-elections-interview-with-pete-travis-randomuser/
* http://fedoramagazine.org/council-elections-interview-with-langdon-white-langdon/
* https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting

We’re frozen for F21 final

We are now in the “Final Freeze” for Fedora, the last polishing period
before the release. This means that packages updates are only allowed
via a special exception process, as we work to deliver a solid, stable
release to our users on December 9th.

If you’re curious, you can read more on the wiki, or even better, as
*release candidates* come out, help the Fedora Quality Assurance
team take them through the validation process. You could be one of
Fedora 20’s Heroes of QA!

Or if not, that’s cool — just a few more weeks and we’ll release what
I’m confident will be the best Fedora yet.

* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Milestone_freezes
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:SOP_compose_request#Release_candidates
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/SOP_Release_Validation_Test_Event
* https://kparal.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/the-heroes-of-fedora-19-final-testing/

Atomic Test Day

Speaking of testing… Fedora 21 will feature an experimental new cloud
image called Fedora Atomic, based on the Project Atomic patterns.
Tomorrow (Thursday — possibly *today* by the time you’re reading this!),
the Fedora Cloud SIG is running a test day for Fedora 21 Atomic,
looking specifically to get this into best possible shape for the

* http://www.projectatomic.io/
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Cloud_SIG
* http://fedoramagazine.org/fedora-21-atomic-test-day-this-thursday/

Screenshots needed!

Another easy way to help is to contribute to the Fedora 21 Screenshots
Library. Everything is pretty well explained at the link — install
the beta (or a release candidate), update it, and take some

> We’d particularly like screenshots that show new features in Fedora 21
> and that have an interesting composition. We need screenshots of
> Fedora 21 Workstation as well as each spin (KDE, Xfce, LXDE, etc.).

(And if you can figure out a good way to take a screenshot of Fedora
Cloud… awesome.)

* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F21_screenshots_library
* http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease

Fedora and Mozilla advertising

In an effort to reduce funding reliance on search engine companies
(check it out — after 10 years, they just switched their default search
provider from Google to Yahoo), Mozilla just introduced a new thing
into Firefox which they call “enhanced tiles“, and this includes paid
advertisements by default. Compared to most web advertising, Mozilla is
certainly making efforts to be minimal about data collection — read
technical details, and Mozilla’s blog post about trust, transparency,
and control in advertising.

Nonetheless, many Fedora users and contributors have expressed concerns
about this, to varying degrees, in a long thread on the devel list. (As
always with monster threads, there’s really no need at this point to
add more unless you’ve definitely got something new and unique to say,
but new insights and constructive discussion are always welcome.) This
resulted in a few media reports suggesting that we’re going to drop
Firefox. The concerns are real — privacy, the implication of
endorsement *by Fedora*, and a dislike and distrust of advertising in
general. It seems likely that we’ll need to work on new policies, not
least so upstream project know what we expect — as ads seem to rule the
world today, this won’t be the last such situation. But we’re a long
way off from making any drastic moves. Instead, we’ll work as a
community, including with our friends over at Mozilla, to figure out an
approach we can collectively accept.

* https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/11/19/promoting-choice-and-innovation-on-the-web/
* https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/tiles/
* https://wiki.mozilla.org/Tiles/Data_Collection
* https://blog.mozilla.org/advancingcontent/2014/08/21/a-call-for-trust-transparency-and-user-control-in-advertising/
* https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel/2014-November/204272.html

4th December 2014, 02:25 PM
Fedora 21 release on track; new leadership and thanks to the old; counting users

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for December 2nd, 2014:

Fedora 21 on track for Dec. 9!

Things are looking good for our scheduled December 9th release. We’re in the process of validating release candidates, and everything seems in great shape.. (And it’s not too late to join in: see the announcement on the test list if you’re interested in helping.) Assuming no unexpected showstoppers, we’ll approve this as official at the Thursday “Go / No-Go” meeting, and then it’ll be off to the mirror network for release next Tuesday morning!

Presenting the New Fedora Council

With the conclusion of the first round of elections, the new Fedora Council is in place! If you’ve missed it (perhaps you’re just coming by to see what’s up with the new Fedora 21 release and this happened while you weren’t watching), read up on it on the Fedora Council wiki page.

Five of the six full-vote members are in place:

Elected Representative: Rex Dieter
Elected Representative: Langdon White
Engineering Representative: Josh Boyer
Outreach Representative: Christoph Wickert
Fedora Project Leader: Matthew Miller

The sixth seat is the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator, which will be a full-time position hired and funded by Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards group. (More on this job opening here).

The council also includes a number of auxiliary seats. As the Council charter explains:

They are intended to have significant positive impact on the project as a whole, but in order to minimize the overall influence of appointed positions vs. those selected by the community, their votes in the consensus process are expected to be related to the scope of the respective role.

One of these is the Fedora Program Manager — Jaroslav Resnik. Another is the Diversity Advisor, a position for which we will be appointing a search committee shortly. And finally, the Council will select Objective Leads — more on that here.

Thanks to the Outgoing Board

I want to offer a huge personal and also official thank you to all previous members of the Fedora Project Board, whose care and dedication have been instrumental in guiding Fedora to where we are today.

And I particularly want to thank the most recent board members — Christoph Wickert, Garret Holmstrom, John Rose, Matthew Garrett, Eric Chrstensen, Josh Boyer, Haïkel Guémar, and Neville Cross — and all other project contributors who provided ideas, feedback, wisdom, and significant effort in constructing the new governance model.

Fedora EMEA Gets Ready for F21

Jiří Eischmann has a blog post about getting the physical manifestation of the Fedora release ready for the Europe / Middle East / Africa region.

I’ve been using Fedora 21 on my home computer since alpha, so it’s really nothing new for me, but I’m really excited about the release. In my opinion, it will be the most significant release since Fedora 7 when Core and Extras got merged. It’s also been the most stable release of Fedora I’ve used.

While Fedora QA guys are working on the final polishing as that F21 can meet the final criteria, ambassadors are getting ready for the release. …

In addition to background notes about stickers, Jiří includes a preview of the awesome F21 DVD sleeves designed by Alexander Smirnov (a.k.a. “inkscaper”).

How many users does Fedora have?

Alec Leamas started an interesting discussion on the Fedora Devel list *, asking, “How many users does Fedora have?“. The answer is… we don’t really know. This is notoriously hard to count, and Fedora has always opted for more privacy-preserving options, something many in our contributor community care very strongly about. Stephen Smoogen is working on coming up with some graphs based on mirror traffic, but that’s only part of the picture, and an imperfect one.

Finding useful metrics for progress towards project goals and then iteratively acting to improve them is a powerful tool for making sure that our effort goes towards what we want to do in the most effective way. Ben Cotton started a sub-thread about asking the right questions, which reminded me of ticket #1 for the Fedora Council (copied over from previous work by the Board). Let’s keep this discussion going. (And, one more plug here… helping get these metrics right is a job for our future Community Action and Impact position!)

* This topic is probably better for the Fedora Council Discuss mailing list, (renamed from board-discuss and, before that, advisory-board), since it’s not strictly about Fedora development, but, eh, not everyone is aware of that list. Next time. :)

6th December 2014, 07:34 PM
I missed the request for screenshots. I'm not sure these would be useful anyhow since I have customised MATE-COMPIZ from the default setup and theme. Anyhow I thought I'd share them if anyone wanted to see what F21 looks like in the real world for me.

If you like what you see, here is the recipe:

Theme: Blue-Submarine
Icons: Gnome Colors Brave
Mint Menu theme: DeLorean Dark
MATE Panel background colour #2c2c2c and height of 22 pixels

I won't be offended if this post gets deleted to keep the thread tidy ;)