The Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow" Beta release is rolling! This release offers a
preview of some of the best free and open source technology currently under
We are delighted to announce the availability of the beta release of Fedora
18. Want to get a taste of the future? Download it now:
*** What is the Beta Release? ***
The Beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 18. Only critical
bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading to the general release of Fedora 18
in the beginning of the next year. We invite you to join us in making Fedora
18 a solid release by downloading, testing, and providing your valuable
Of course, this is a beta release, meaning that some problems may still be
lurking. A list of the problems we already know about is found at the Common
F18 bugs page, seen here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F18_bugs
There is a new upgrade system for Fedora 18 making its first appearance in
Fedora 18 Beta. Upgrading via the system installer or the preupgrade tool is
no longer possible. To upgrade to Fedora 18 from Fedora 17, you should use the
new "Fedup" tool. Instructions and information on the new tool are here:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedUp. The tool is still under active
development, please take a look at the FedUp FAQ (in the wiki page) in case of
any issues with the upgrade process, and back up your system before trying the
*** Features ***
This release of Fedora includes a variety of features both over and under the
hood that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free
software. Here are just a few of the new features:
= For users everywhere =
* Fedora 18 offers a brand-new version of the Gnome desktop, version 3.6,
straight from the upstream development process. Updates have also been made to
the KDE Plasma Workspaces, XFCE and Sugar]desktop environments; additionally,
the MATE desktop is available for the first time in Fedora.
* Fedora's new installer user interface enhances the anaconda installer with
improvements in ease of use and installation.
= For developers =
* This release includes several language updates, including the move to Perl
5.16, updating the Python 3 stack from 3.2 to 3.3, Rails 3.2 and updated D and
Haskell programming environments.
= For system administrators =
* Fedora 18 includes the final release of Samba 4, and can be used on an
Active Directory domain member out of the box. An integrated, new native
management software allows you to access data and server information easily.
* OpenStack in Fedora 18 has been updated to Folsom, the most recent release
by the OpenStack community. This Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform
enables the creation and management of cloud infrastructure.
* Eucalyptus 3.1, another IaaS platform, is available in Fedora for the first
time, and includes the major components of Eucalyptus.
* System Storage Management CLI tools simplify the user interface by
providing unified abstraction and interface for multiple storage technologies,
including lvm, btrfs and md raid.
For more Features, please take a look on the complete list:
*** Contributing ***
Great releases like Fedora 18 don't get made in a vacuum. We can't do it
without you! Bug reports are especially helpful as we move from the theory to
the applied physics. If you encounter any issues, please report them!
Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you
can contribute, including Documentation, Marketing, Design, QA, Development,
To learn how to help us, visit:
Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora Project!
You may notice this announcement is a day late! We'd like to apologize to the
community for the delayed announcement and any consequences resulting from the
Voting has concluded for the Fedora 19 release name, and the results are
now available for viewing.
The Fedora 19 release name is: Schrödinger's Cat
I'd like to give a hearty "thank you" to those in the Fedora Project
community who proposed names and participated in voting.
Friday 2012-11-09 00:00:00 UTC
Thursday 2012-11-15 23:59:59 UTC
Number of valid ballots cast: 391
Using the range voting method, each potential name could attain a
maximum of (391 * 8) = 3128 votes.
Votes :: Name
1876 :: Schrödinger's Cat
1620 :: Higgs Boson
1012 :: Tiddalik
960 :: Loch Ness Monster
907 :: Newtonian Dynamics
892 :: Martian Blueberries
722 :: Parabolic Potassium
595 :: Cubical Calf
According to the Google Blog post on Monday (12th Nov), The Fedora
Project has been selected for one of the mentoring organizations for
Google Code In 2012. Fedora featured 7 times in Google Summer of Code
program in 2005 to 2012 except in 2010 but this is the first time
Fedora project is featuring as one of the mentoring organization with
Google Code In program.
Interested mentors and students please do get enrolled with the
program and then the Fedora Project. All required information can be
found on GCI 2012 portal.
The main idea behind getting with this program is to get some
interaction with young students and create some long term relations
with them. We do believe all the contributors with in Fedora project
will support us.
It is a big challenge ahead of the Fedora Summer Coding team to
achieve in this winter, and we should succeed.
Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera (bckurera)
Voting for the release name of Fedora 19 has begun. The pool of names
submitted by the community has been narrowed down to 8 possible names,
one of which will become the release name for the successor to Fedora 18
This vote began on November 9th, 2012, at 00:00 UTC, and will end at
23:59:59 on November 15th, 2012.
* We are using the Range Voting method
* If this is your first time using the voting system, you may want to
read the Fedora Elections Guide, located here:
* In order to vote, you must have a valid Fedora Project Contributor
Agreement (FPCA) on file and be a member of at least one non-CLA group.
Ballots may be cast on the Fedora Elections System here, now!
The nomination period for FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee),
FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee), and the Fedora Board is
now open, and will close on November 13, 2012, at 23:59:59 UTC.
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): 3 elected seats
Full information about the elections, including the elections schedule,
and links to where one may nominate, can be seen here:
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 November 13,
As noted above, there are 2 seats on the Fedora Board that will be
appointed in this cycle, and I'm pleased as can be to announce that
Major Hayden as the first of these appointments. I'm sure that many of
you know Major from IRC (where you may know of him as rackerhacker), or
perhaps from his blog posts about security or OpenStack, or from the
Fedora Cloud SIG. He's enthusiastic, a fountain of knowledge,
passionate about Fedora, and an all-around awesome guy, and I'm certain
that he'll be able to bring some unique perspectives to the Board.
Major will be taking the seat previously occupied by Toshio Kuratomi
(aka: abadger1999). Toshio has served two years in his appointed seat on
the Fedora Board, and I am incredibly grateful to him for
his efforts, dedication, and commitment to the Board, and Fedora in
general. You are a fantastic role model and contributor - thank you,
Further details regarding each body's election follows below. I
encourage everyone to consider running for an elected seat if they have
the interest and desire to do so, and to encourage others that they feel
would be ideal representatives for particular Fedora bodies.
== Fedora Board ==
This election cycle will fill two elected seats for the Board (seats
E1 and E2). Two appointed seats (A1 and A2) will also be filled this
cycle, the first of which is the aforementioned appointment of Major
Hayden; the remaining seat will be appointed following the election. For
more information on nominations, and the process refer to:
== FESCo ==
This cycle will see candidates elected to four open seats in the Fedora
Engineering Steering Committee. For information on the nominations and
== FAmSCo ==
This election cycle will see candidates elected to fill three open seats
on the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee. For more information,
Greetings, Fedora friends, near and far:
There's no place like FUDCon, and you don't want to miss this one! The
2013 North American FUDCon will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, on the
campus of the University of Kansas. If you are planning on attending,
it's never too early to pre-register and start thinking about your
travel plans, and it's never too soon for us to remind you doing these
FUDCon Lawrence will take place January 18-20, 2013.
A few travel-oriented notes:
HOTEL: Rooms at the FUDCon hotel can be booked now. We have a block of
rooms at the Springhill Suites in Lawrence; please book your room by
December 14 to take advantage of the rates, though sooner is always
better. Hotel booking information is on the wiki:
AIRPORT TO LAWRENCE TRAVEL: If you need a ride to Lawrence from the
Kansas City airport, once you know your flight itinerary, add it to our
Then click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Spot's
SuperVan!" ... seriously, though, we will have various people organizing
rides to and from the airport.
* * *
We are now also officially accepting subsidy requests for travel to
Lawrence. Funding requests are accepted between now (November 6) and
November 13. If you are requesting a subsidy, we just have a few steps
that we ask you to follow:
1: Register on the FUDCon Lawrence pre-registration app at:
2: Check the "Need funding?" box.
3: Create a funding request ticket in the FUDCon trac at:
General information about being sponsored can be found at:
Requests are processed in the order they are submitted, though generally
prioritization is giving to local travel over international travel
first. Requests will be reviewed by fellow Fedora community members at
FUDCon subsidy request meetings over the next few weeks.
The first subsidy meeting will take place on Thursday, November 15. The
time and IRC channel will be announced as we approach that day. If
necessary, a second meeting will take place Friday, November 16.
As always, participation both in planning as well as subsidy granting is
ALWAYS welcome. Please join us on the fudcon-planning mailing list for
information about planning meetings, as well as for general FUDCon updates.
Planning mailing list:
Thanks, and I hope to see you in Kansas for FUDCon.
The Fedora ARM team is pleased to announce that the Fedora 18 Alpha release
for ARM is now available for download from:
The Alpha release includes prebuilt images for the Trimslice, Pandaboard and
Highbank hardware platforms as well a Versatile Express image for use with
QEMU. Please visit the announcement page for additional information and links to
We invite you to download the Fedora 18 Alpha release and provide your valuable input
to the Fedora ARM team. Please join us on the IRC in #fedora-arm on Freenode or
send feedback and comments to the ARM mailing list.
On behalf of the Fedora ARM team,