Just a friendly reminder: If you are a Fedora account system account
holder, and haven't changed your password and uploaded a new ssh key
since we announced the mandatory change, you best do so NOW. The
deadline is 2011-11-30 (only 2 days away).
If you don't, you may no longer have access to groups you currently do
(like packager, or sysadmin or ambassador).
Go take a few minutes, read the announcement and security information
linked to it, and change your password and upload a new ssh public key.
If you aren't a Fedora contributor, the information linked in our
announcement is still a great read and may just help you be more secure
on your machines. :)
The Fedora Board consists of five elected seats and four appointed
seats. In this elections cycle, there will be two openings for
appointed Board seats and two openings for elected Board seats. As
part of the normal Board succession process, one Board appointment
is made before Board elections and the other is made after the
election cycle has ended.
I'm happy to announce that Toshio Kuratomi has agreed to serve in his
appointed Board seat for another term. He has served well for the
past year, and I look forward to serving with him in the year to come.
Toshio currently serves in seat A1 (see the Board History for a
list of the seats).
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have
served on either the Board or the various steering committees. You
help make the world of free and open source software better with your
Elections for the Fedora Board, FAmSCo, and FESCo will begin on
November 23rd at UTC 0001, as shown on the Fedora wiki's Elections
page. All community members are encouraged to cast their vote
until the elections close at the end of the day (UTC time) on December
5th. Within a week or two of the end of elections, another
appointment will be made for the remaining Board seat (seat A2). If
you are interested in serving on the Fedora Board, please don't
hesitate to contact me directly to indicate your willingness.
Fedora Project Leader
A few updates on the upcoming FUDCon in Blacksburg, VA in January 2012:
* We will be having our second subsidy meeting on Wednesday, November
23rd. This meeting will be for evaluating and processing any available
subsidy monies for international attendees, as well as processing any
new North America-based subsidy requests. If you are requesting a
subsidy, please ensure that your Trac ticket for requesting subsidies is
complete, particularly and especially with detail to what you plan to
accomplish / do while at FUDCon. With more than ten international
requests, and limited funding, it is especially important for the people
attending the meeting to have a clear picture of your plans in order to
make a decision on funding.
The subsidy meeting is open for anyone to attend. Please feel free to
participate, especially if you have requested funding, so that we may
ask questions and get answers in a timely manner. The meeting occurs
this Wednesday (during the normal FUDCon planning meeting time) at 17:00
UTC in #fedora-meeting on irc.freenode.net (9am Pacific, Noon Eastern).
For more information on applying for a subsidy, please read
* Pre-registration for FUDCon is open. If you are planning to attend,
please visit the event wiki page at
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Blacksburg_2012 to add your name to
the registration list.
* Rooms at the hotel for FUDCon can be booked now. The block is open
until December 28, 2011. Details on booking your room can be seen here:
* As always, your participation is welcomed, and your help is
appreciated. Signing up on the fudcon-planning mailing list is a great
way to find out how you can help, and to get more details about FUDCon
as the event draws near. Sign up at
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fudcon-planning to get
on the list.
Thanks, and I hope to see you at FUDCon! :)
I wanted to pass along a quick update on upcoming Fedora elections for
seats on FAmSCo, FESCo, and the Fedora Board.
Candidate answers the election questionnaire have been posted at
are divided by elected body and then appear in the order of the
nominations. Please take a moment to look over the candidate's answers
to better prepare for the upcoming elections. I would like to thank
the nominees who took the time to answer the questions.
I have also consulted with the candidates and scheduled the following
town hall meetings, to give you an opportunity to interact with the
nominees and get to know them better:
FAmSCo Town Halls
Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 UTC
Tuesday, November 22 at 01:00 UTC
FESCo Town Hall
Monday, November 21st at 18:00 UTC
Fedora Board Town Hall
Thursday, November 17 at 23:00 UTC
Tuesday, November 22 at 21:00 UTC
You can join #fedora-townhall-public to ask questions of the
moderators, and these questions will be posed and answered by the
candidates in #fedora-townhall. More information is available at
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections#How_to_Join. A summary and
the irc log will be posted and linked from the wiki after each town
hall meeting, if you're unable to participate during the meeting.
I'm also looking for volunteers to help moderate the town hall
meetings. If you're interested, please contact me and let me know.
Fedora Project Leader
The Cooperative Bug Isolation Project (CBI) is now available for Fedora
16. CBI (http://research.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/) is an ongoing research
effort to find and fix bugs in the real world. We distribute specially
modified versions of popular open source software packages. These
special versions monitor their own behavior while they run, and report
back how they work (or how they fail to work) in the hands of real users
like you. Even if you've never written a line of code in your life, you
can help make things better for everyone simply by using our special
We currently offer instrumented versions of Evolution, The GIMP, GNOME
Panel, Gnumeric, Liferea, Nautilus, Pidgin, Rhythmbox, and SPIM.
Download at <http://research.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/downloads/>. Or just
download and install
to automatically configure your system to use the CBI repository.
It's that easy! Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! The more of
you there are, the more bugs we can find.
We still offer CBI packages for earlier releases as well, going all the
way back to Fedora 1. When and if you decide to upgrade to Fedora 16,
we'll be ready for you. Until then, your participation remains valuable
even on older distributions.
-- Dr. Ben, the CBI guy
As part of the release of Fedora 16 (Verne) today, I am proud to
announce the launch of Ask Fedora at http://ask.fedoraproject.org. Ask
Fedora is a community knowledge base and support forum for the Fedora
community. You can ask any questions related to Fedora and you do not
need to a separate id to post questions or answer them.
You can use any openid to login including Google or Wordpress. You can
use your Fedora identity as well (fasname.id.fedoraproject.org). Refer
for more details,
Ask Fedora is powered by Askbot (http://askbot.org), a Django based web
application and upstream developers, especially Evgeny Fadeev, Adolfo
Fitoria, NoahY and several others have very helpful and deserve special
credit for being very responsive, collaborating with us regularly by
fixing bugs, adding features and reviewing changes.
The goal of Ask Fedora is to be the best place for community support in
Fedora and integrate tightly with the rest of the Fedora infrastructure.
Refer to https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ask_fedora and get involved. If
you are a Python/ Django programmer, we would love to have your
participation. Join us!
Thanks to everyone who helped out including Prasad.J.Pandit (PJP),
Kevin Fenzi, Toshio Ernie Kuratomi, Matthias Runge, Praveen Kumar, Arun
SAG, Ratnadeep Debnath, Lakshmi Narasimhan, Jitesh Shah, Sayan
Chowdhury, Raghu Udiyar, Jishnu, Hrishi and Rag Sagar for helping in
packaging, fixing bugs and implementing new features and setting up the
infrastructure. We couldn't have done without your enthusiastic
The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 16
Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that
continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new
release about every six months. Fedora 16 brings exciting new features
for desktop users, for system administrators, and for developers.
Highlights of these features can be found below. If the mere mention of
Fedora 16 is all you need, download options can be found at:
For detailed information, see the release notes:
During the preparation of Fedora 16, the computing world lost one of its
great contributors: Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie co-invented Unix and the C
language. He also co-authored The C Programming Language, a book that
taught many programmers just at the time personal computing was
exploding. Without Ritchie computing would be nothing like it is today.
A humble man, not well-known outside his field, Dennis will always be
remembered by those of us who practice the craft. Thank you, Dennis.
== What's New in Fedora 16? ==
For desktop users: a journey to the center of the desktop...
* GNOME 3.2, the latest update to the most popular desktop environment,
brings new features, including:
o System Settings gains an "Online Accounts" panel, which provides
a central point for managing online accounts like Google, Facebook, etc.
o A new contact management application is integrated with Empathy,
Evolution and the new "Online Accounts" settings panel
o A new document management application provides a simpler
alternative to traditional file management for both local and "in-cloud"
* KDE 4.7, the most recent version of this feature-rich desktop
environment, brings substantial updates, including:
o DigiKam 2.0 adds face detection and recognition, geotagging and more.
o An updated Plasma Workspaces window manager (KWin) makes KDE
better suited for mobile devices, and also adds improvements for desktop
o A new shutdown dialog allows users with multiple operating
systems to select the OS to boot next.
For developers: Twenty thousand lines in C...
* Perl 5.14, a new version of Perl, brings many enhancements, including
Unicode 6.0 support.
* GCC Python Plugins extend GCC with Python 2 and 3, without dealing
with the C internals of GCC.
* D2: Fedora 16 is the first Linux distribution to include the newest
version of D, a systems programming language combining the power and
high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern
languages such as Ruby and Python.
For system administrators: around the world in eighty columns...
* GRUB2: This leap forward allows better configuration options and
better support for non-x86 architectures.
* New system account ID numbering: Fedora 16 starts user IDs at 1000,
providing more room for system accounts and making it easier for
administrators not have services run as root. This improves
interoperability with other Linux distributions that start user IDs at 1000.
* Chrony: Chrony provides network time protocol (NTP) client and server
pieces which are more tolerant of unstable clocks and Internet
connections which are not always on.
* ext4 driver mounts ext2 and ext3: Fedora 16 uses the ext4 driver to
mount ext2 and ext3 file systems, reducing the size of the kernel code.
* Improved virtualization tools:
o Fedora 16 provides improvements to virtual networking, making
large deployments easier.
o Virt-manager guest inspection is a unique-to-Fedora tool allowing
read-only access to guest file systems, applications, and Windows registry.
o Fedora 16 provides locking of virtual disks to prevent a disk
being used by multiple virtual machines simultaneously.
* Cloud goodies galore:
o Aeolus, a cross-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
platform, which consists of a web-based user interface and tools for
managing cloud instances across heterogenous clouds.
o OpenStack, another IaaS platform, which takes form as a
collection of services for setting up and running a cloud compute and
o Pacemaker-cloud, which provides application service high
availability for cloud environments.
o HekaFS, a cloud-ready version of GlusterFS, which extends the
filesystem to be suitable for deployment by a cloud provider by adding
in stronger authentication and authorization, encryption, and multi-tenancy.
This is only a taste of what is included in Fedora 16. A more detailed
list can be found at:
== Download and Upgrade ==
Fedora 16 is not science fiction. It is here right now:
To launch Fedora 16 instances in the cloud, refer to:
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:
Fedora 16 full release notes and guides for several languages are
Fedora 16 common bugs are documented at:
== Fedora Spins ==
Fedora spins are alternate version of Fedora, tailored for various types
of users via hand-picked application set or customizations. They can be
== Contributing ==
There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting. You can help
translate software and content, test and give feedback on software
updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help with
all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use
by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit
== Contact information ==
Journalists and reporters can find additional information at:
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This is a reminder email about the end of life process for Fedora 14.
Fedora 14 will reach end of life on 2011-12-08, and no further updates
will be pushed out after that time. Additionally, with the recent
release of Fedora 16, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 14
Please see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DistributionUpgrades for more
information on upgrading from Fedora 14 to a newer release.
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Greetings and salutations,
It is time for yet another edition of.... "Robyn's Fedora Public Service
I'd like to give you a friendly reminder that the nomination period for
the upcoming Fedora elections will be closing promptly TOMORROW,
Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 23:59:59 UTC (US 19:59:59 EDT, 16:59:59 PDT).
Full information about the elections, including the elections schedule,
and links to where one may nominate, can be seen here:
This election cycle will fill the following seats for a one-year period:
* Fedora Board: 2 elected seats, as well as 2 appointed seats
* FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee): 4 elected seats
* FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee): 7 elected seats
Running concurrently with the nomination period (and, hence, closing at
the end of the nomination period), the elections questionnaire is also
open for adding questions which will be posed to candidates. Following
the closing of the questionnaire, candidates will be asked to answer
questions relevant to the position for which they are seeking election.
Questions may be added here, and, again, will also close on Saturday,
November 5, 2011:
If you are planning on seeking election to one of these bodies, please
remember to complete your self-nomination *prior* to the deadline.
Additionally, if you have a fellow contributor who had indicated
interest and has not yet self-nominated, be a Friend and remind them to