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This is a reminder email about the end of life process for Fedora 15.
Fedora 15 will reach end of life on 2012-06-26, and no further updates
will be pushed out after that time. Additionally, with the recent
release of Fedora 17, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 15
Please see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DistributionUpgrades for more
information on upgrading from Fedora 15 to a newer release.
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The Cooperative Bug Isolation Project (CBI) is now available for Fedora
17. We currently offer instrumented versions of Evolution, The GIMP,
GNOME Panel, Gnumeric, Liferea, Nautilus, Pidgin, and Rhythmbox.
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 17,
we'll be ready for you. Until then, your participation remains valuable
even on older distributions.
-- Dr. Ben, the CBI guy
As you have (hopefully) heard by now, elections for the Fedora Board,
FESCo, and FAmSCo are quickly approaching.
In each election cycle, a series of town hall meetings is held to give
community members and opportunity to ask candidates questions - and hear
their answers - via IRC.
The town hall schedule for the upcoming election is as follows:
Fedora Project Board:
* Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 17:00 UTC
* Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 20:00 UTC
FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee):
* Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 17:00 UTC
* Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 20:00 UTC
FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee):
* Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 16:00 UTC
* Monday, May 28 at 17:00 UTC
Not sure what time that is? Use a handy-dandy time zone calculator to
find out when to show up:
Important information about how you can participate in the town halls
via IRC, as well as the details of each town hall meeting, can be seen
on the wiki here:
Additional details about the upcoming elections, including who the
candidates are and the schedule for elections, can be seen here:
IRC town halls are a great and interesting way to get to know the
candidates for the various bodies. I encourage you to come and
participate, and bring your questions!
"At the heat of a thousand hot dog cookers, the seventeenth release of
Fedora shall be forged by contributors the world over, and it will be
known as: Beefy Miracle. The mustard shall indicate progress.
For six months, participants in the Fedora Project shall freely
contribute to the release of the distribution, in the spirit of the Four
Foundations -- Freedom, Friends, Features, and First -- and moreover,
they shall relish in Fun, as a community without Fun would be like a day
Upon release, a free and open source operating system shall be available
to all, catering to a variety of tastes -- those of end-users, systems
administrators, and developers, with a common thread that binds them
all: No, not their love for hot dogs, silly, as we certainly know that
Fedora shall be created and used by those whose dietary preference could
be either Beefy or Leafy. Freedom, my friends, Freedom is the Great
Condiment, which shall enable all users of the Beefy Miracle to Create,
Share, and Do."
-- The Book of Sauerkraut, Chapter 12, Verse 529
The Beefy Miracle hath arrived. Behold, for it is available to download now:
And lo, detailed information about this release can be seen in the
== Condiments ==
Frankly, we believe this is the beefiest release ever -- chock full of
condiments, more commonly known as Features, to customize your
experience to your tastes. We take pride in our toppings, and in our
fine ingredients; Fedora 17 includes both over- and under-the-bun
improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing
state of free (range) software.
On the desktop: GNOME 3.4 introduces many user experience improvements,
including new search capabilities in the activities overview, improved
themes, and enhancements to the Documents and Contacts applications. A
new application, GNOME-boxes, provides easy access to virtual machines.
Additionally, GIMP 2.8, the newest version of the GNU Image
Manipulation Program, brings new improvements, such as single-window
mode, layer groups, and on-canvas editing.
For developers: You never sausage a great array of development tools!
Fedora 17 includes a pre-release of Juno, the release of the Eclipse
SDK expected in June 2012. Java 7 (and OpenJDK 7) is the default Java
runtime and Java build toolset, and GCC 4.7.x is now the primary
compiler in Fedora. Other language refreshes include shipping Ruby
1.9.3, the latest stable version of the Ruby language; PHP 5.4, the
latest PHP stack; an update of Erlang to the R15 release; and the D
language has been updated to the 2.058 release.
Under the hood, and in the cloud: Serving up hot dogs all day long?
Increase your reliability and versatility with the new enhancements to
the clustering stack in Fedora 17. Load balancing and high availability
improvements have been made, allowing systems administrators to deploy
Fedora in environments requiring greater availability and clustered file
systems. JBoss Application Server (AS) 7 has also been added to Fedora
17; this fast, lightweight, and modular application server allows you to
run full Java EE applications. oVirt, a server virtualization management
system with advanced capabilities for hosts and guests, is also
included. The automatic multi-seat feature enables multiple, concurrent
end-users to utilize a desktop from a single machine, which any systems
administrator can relish. And we couldn't possibly write this without
talking about our foray into Hot Dogs as a Service (HDaaS)... oh, just
kidding, we just had to make a cloudy joke. In all seriousness, though,
OpenStack, a collection of services that can be used to set up and run
cloud compute and storage infrastructure, has been updated to the latest
release, 2012.1 (Essex), in Fedora 17.
Ketchup with the full list of features for Fedora 17 here:
=== Download and Upgrade ===
Fedora 17: It's bun-believable. Get it now: http://get.fedoraproject.org
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:
Fedora 17 full release notes and guides for several languages are
Fedora 17 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
== Behold, the history of His Meatiness ==
Who is this Beefy Miracle character? Ketchup on his history:
== Contact information ==
Journalists and reporters can find additional information at:
Cheers, and enjoy.
On Wed, May 09, 2012 at 09:36:56AM -0400, Brian Proffitt wrote:
> Could you provide the link to that wiki page you referred to?
Hmm... That would help wouldn't it? ;-)
> Brian Proffitt
> On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 4:39 AM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> At the last Board Meeting, the Board looked at the poll results asking
> whether people felt like continuing to name releases. The results seemed
> to show that many people do like having a name associated with Fedora
> releases. However, the discussion before and after has shown there is
> a desire to improve upon the current method of selecting the names.
> The Board decided that it would be worthwhile to come up with a new
> procedure for selecting the name for the Fedora 19 release and beyond to
> attempt to solve some of the issues that have been brought up. The Board
> is looking for volunteers who would like to do two things:
> (1) Answer the following questions:
> * What benefits does the Project get from the current release naming
> * What changes do people want to see in a revised process?
> (2) Come up with at least one proposal and analyze it according to the
> answers to the previous questions.
> If anyone is interested in coming to a weekly meeting to work on this,
> please feel free to contact me. If anyone would like to champion this,
> please contact me ASAP so I know whether there is someone else who's going
> to champion this or if I need to lead the effort.
> I've put up a wiki page that tries to summarize the answers to the first
> questions that I've seen circulated on the advisory-board mailing list and
> link to the only proposal I currently know of (mizmo's proposal to use
> a single theme for all of the new Fedora releases).
> announce mailing list
> Brian Proffitt
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At the last Board Meeting, the Board looked at the poll results asking
whether people felt like continuing to name releases. The results seemed
to show that many people do like having a name associated with Fedora
releases. However, the discussion before and after has shown there is
a desire to improve upon the current method of selecting the names.
The Board decided that it would be worthwhile to come up with a new
procedure for selecting the name for the Fedora 19 release and beyond to
attempt to solve some of the issues that have been brought up. The Board
is looking for volunteers who would like to do two things:
(1) Answer the following questions:
* What benefits does the Project get from the current release naming
* What changes do people want to see in a revised process?
(2) Come up with at least one proposal and analyze it according to the
answers to the previous questions.
If anyone is interested in coming to a weekly meeting to work on this,
please feel free to contact me. If anyone would like to champion this,
please contact me ASAP so I know whether there is someone else who's going
to champion this or if I need to lead the effort.
I've put up a wiki page that tries to summarize the answers to the first two
questions that I've seen circulated on the advisory-board mailing list and a
link to the only proposal I currently know of (mizmo's proposal to use
a single theme for all of the new Fedora releases).
I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Garrett Holmstrom to the
Fedora Board. In this election cycle, three Board seats are open for
election, and two Board appointee seats are open; the first appointee,
Garrett, is being appointed prior to nominations opening, and the second
will be appointed after elections are completed.
Garrett (aka: gholms) has been involved in the Cloud SIG since the
"early days" (early 2010, to be more precise), as the maintainer of the
euca2ools package. As the group has progressed, he's taken on a number
of tasks, doled out much advice and opinion, and has shown himself to be
an excellent leader and communicator. He's also a regular in the
#fedora-devel channel, willing to help out and answer questions as he
can. I'm delighted that he has agreed to serve on the Board; I believe
that, as a community, we should constantly strive to nurture and grow
new leadership, and I think that Garrett's communication skills and
positive attitude will be a fantastic asset to the Board as Fedora
continues to evolve.
Garrett will be taking seat A3, previously held by Rudi Landmann. (And a
big thank you to Rudi for his contributions as a Fedora Board member --
your time and efforts are greatly valued!)
I'd also like to remind everyone of the ongoing elections process;
today, May 8th, is the last day to submit questions to the elections
questionnaire. Beginning tomorrow, May 9th, nominations for the Board,
FESCo, and FAmSCo will be open, closing on May 15th.
Additional information about Elections can be seen here:
A complete history of Board Members is available here: