Fedora Weekly News: Issue 294

Rashadul Islam rashadul at fedoraproject.org
Sun Apr 29 13:07:34 UTC 2012

[image: FWN Header.png]Contents

   - 1 Fedora Weekly News : Issue
      - 1.1 Announcements<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#Announcements>
         - 1.1.1 Breaking News of the
            - New FAmSCo election
               - More
               - Easier filling of vacant
               - Wider
            - Fedora Elections: General information, and
         - 1.1.2 Fedora Development
            - exiv2-0.23 coming
            - Announcing
         - 1.1.3 Fedora
            - Upcoming Events (March 2012 - May
            - Past
            - Additional
          - 1.2 Fedora In the
         - 1.2.1 Will Fedora End Linux Distro
         - 1.2.2 Five Best Linux

 Fedora Weekly News : Issue 294

Welcome to the Fedora Weekly News End of April 2012 Issue

The Issue 294 covers the tide of the *Fedora Election 2012* and the
community awareness about the involvement at the election with few fresh
set of rules and guidelines. The schedule of the election has been
announced by the project leader. More over the nomination period will be
open soon after the bunch of the burning question for the candidates will
be submitted by May 8, 2012. At the development precinct of Fedora, the
outstanding news covers the new of exiv2-0.23 and easyfix project.

Fedora in the news- the residence beat of trade press and Fedora Marketing
list wrap up with the news *Will Fedora End Linux Distro Naming?* and *Fedora-
one of the Five Best Linux Distributions* where it seems that Fedora
Community need extra attention at the census.

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Fedora Project is the right place for you and you can simply show your
interest in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page
[3] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-2>. We welcome
reader feedback: news at lists.fedoraproject.org

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal
Adam Williamson <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Adamwill>, Rashadul
Islam <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Rashadul>

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-0>
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-1>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-2>


Fedora Announcements are the place where you can find the major coverage
from the Fedora Project including general
development announcements[2]<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-4>and
Fedora Events
[3] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-5>.

Contributing Writer: Rashadul

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-3>
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-4>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-5>

 Breaking News of the Week New FAmSCo election guidelines

Christoph Wickert
Thu Apr 26 11:19:10 UTC 2012 announced
[2] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-7>,

"after months of - sometimes controversial - discussion I am am happy to
announce the new FAmSCo election guidelines
For those of you, who did not follow the discussion, here is a brief
summary of the three most important changes:
 More continuity

Instead of electing all seats once a year, we follow the example of the
Fedora Board and FESCo and elect half of the committee every 6 months or
with every release of Fedora. FAmSCo will not change over sudden and new
members can easily catch up with their new duties by learning from others.
 Easier filling of vacant seats

Every committee is in danger of members becoming inactive. This can happen
to all of us for various reasons such as our dayjobs or personal problems.
Under the old guidelines
we had to wait until only 3 members left - even with 2 left the committee
is hardly operational - and then call a supplementary election - which
never happened even though we had only 4 active members. Now we are filling
vacant seat when necessary, either with runner-up candidates from the
previous elections or by appointing new members.
 Wider electorate

The ambassadors represent the whole Fedora Project, this is why now not
only ambassadors are eligible to vote for FAmSCo, but everybody who has
signed the Contributors License Agreement and is member of (at least) one
other group in the Fedora Account System (FAS) is allowed to vote. This
will not only strengthen FAmSCo's position but also help candidates who are
active in other groups of the Fedora project.

Last but not least the guidelines have been massively cleaned up.

We think that the new guidelines are a big improvement and want them to
come into effect as soon as possible. Therefor we will have a special
election for Fedora 18 (the next regular elections were scheduled for F19).
All 7 seats in FAmSCo are open for election. In order to make the
transition to the new alternating terms, the top 4 vote-getters will serve
2 Fedora releases, the bottom 3 will have to run for re-election after one

More about the upcoming ambassadors elections to come later this week as
part of the general Fedora 18 elections announcement. Please help us
getting a better, stronger and more active FAmSCo by casting your votes.

If you have feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are
looking for your input on the Fedora ambassadors mailing

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-6>christoph.wickert
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-7>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-8>
   4. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-9>
   5. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-10>

 Fedora Elections: General information, and questionnaire opening.

Robyn Bergeron <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Rbergero>-Fedora
Project Leader[1]
<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-11>on Fri Apr
27 11:52:50 UTC 2012 announced
[2] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-12>,

"It is once again time for election season to begin. As noted in the
elections schedule[3]<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-13>,
the elections questionnaire is now open to populate with questions for
candidates, and will close on May 8th. The elections nomination period will
begin AFTER the questionnaire period has closed.

You may add your burning questions for candidates to answer here:

The following seats are available in this election:

   - *Fedora Project Board: 3 seats*
   - *FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee): 5 seats*
   - *FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee): 7 seats*

Please take note of the following changes for this election:

   - All questions for the questionnaire must be submitted by May 8th,

prior to the beginning of nominations. As seen in the schedule above, the
nomination period does not start until May 9th.

   - As noted on
   FAmSCo is electing all 7 seats this

cycle, with the goal of having staggered elections similar to the Board and
FESCo. Additionally, voting eligibility has been widened to allow anyone
who has signed the FPCA AND is a member of at least one additional
non-FPCA/CLA group. (In other words: No longer just ambassadors, but those
part of other teams as well.)

Full election information may be seen here:

Participating in these bodies are one of many ways to contribute to Fedora;
I encourage you to consider running, or to urge those you believe are
excellent candidates to run. Additionally, your contributions are welcomed
in helping to keep the elections running smoothly; volunteers are needed to
help collect questionnaire answers from candidates, as well as for
scheduling and moderating town halls. If you are interested in helping with
those efforts, please contact John
[7] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-17>.

And a big thank you! to John for coordinating the elections thus far, your
efforts are very much appreciated."

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-11> rbergero
   at redhat.com
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-12>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-13>
   4. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-14>
   5. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-15>
   6. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-16>
   7. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-17>

 Fedora Development News

The Development
is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora

*Acceptable Types of Announcements*

   - Policy or process changes that affect developers.
   - Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
   - Tools changes that affect developers.
   - Schedule changes
   - Freeze reminders

*Unacceptable Types of Announcements*

   - Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
   - Discussion
   - Anything else not mentioned above

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-18>

 exiv2-0.23 coming soon

Rex Dieter <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Rdieter>[1]<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-19>on
Wed Apr 25 13:07:31 UTC 2012 announced
[2] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-20>,

"I plan on importing exiv2-0.23 into rawhide soon'ish. It includes an ABI
bump, so dependent packages will require rebuilding, including:

   - calligra
   - darktable
   - entangle
   - geeqie
   - gipfel
   - gnome-color-manager
   - gnome-commander
   - gpscorrelate
   - gthumb
   - gwenview
   - hugin
   - immix
   - kde-runtime
   - krename
   - libextractor
   - libgexiv2
   - libkexiv2
   - luminance-hdr
   - merkaartor
   - oyranos
   - pyexiv2
   - rawstudio
   - strigi
   - ufraw

I'll take care of kicking off a round of rebuilds for these."

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-19> rdieter
   at math.unl.edu
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-20>

 Announcing easyfix

Pierre-Yves Chibon
Thu Apr 26 09:12:28 UTC 2012 announced
[2] <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-22>

"Good news everyone (© Farnsworth),

The easyfix project is now live:

As a new-comers, you will be able to find a list of projects which have
bugs/requests considered to be easy to work on (ie: you do not need a deep
understanding of the project to fix/implement it). The projects are divers
and the tickets broad : from fixing typo, add a link in a template (dev) to
add a node to nagios monitoring (sysadmin) via making the
fedoraproject.orgpage w3c valid (websites). So everyone should be able
to find for his

As upstream, you will have a way to attract new-comers to your project and
fixing easier tasks while you focus on the harder/more complex one ;-)

Easyfix gathers the tickets from fedorahosted and bugzilla. If your project
hosted on fedorahosted.org and you would like to have it included, the
instruction are on the wiki:
[4]<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_note-24>If you
have bugzilla ticket which you consider easy to fix (remember, easy
for a new-comer != easy for you!), feel free to add the 'EasyFix' keyword
to the bugzilla ticket. Hope this helps..."

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-21> pingou at
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-22>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-23>
   4. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-24>

 Fedora Events

The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to
identify responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out
by quarter and by region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for
budget planning. Events can be added to this page whether or not they have
an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner are not eligible for funding,
but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of the event and
make it eligible for funding. In plain words, Fedora events are the
exclusive and source of marketing, learning and meeting all the fellow
community people around you. So, please mark your agenda with the following
events to consider attending or volunteering near you!
 Upcoming Events (March 2012 - May 2012)

   - North America
   - Central & South America (LATAM):
   - Europe, Middle East, and Africa
   - India, Asia, Australia

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-25>
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-26>
   3. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-27>
   4. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-28>

 Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-29>

 Additional information

   - Reimbursements <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Reimbursements> --
   reimbursement guidelines.
   -  Budget<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/SteeringCommittee/Budget>--
budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
   -  Sponsorship<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Sponsoring_event_attendees>--
how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community members.
   -  Organization<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/Organization>--
event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
   - Event reports <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Event_reports> --
   guidelines and suggestions.
   -  LinuxEvents
<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/LinuxEvents>-- a
collection of calendars of Linux events.

  Fedora In the News

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is
re-posted to the Fedora Marketing


Contributing Writer: Jason

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-30>

 Will Fedora End Linux Distro Naming?

Jason Brooks <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Jasonbrooks>

"Linux distro names started to get 'weird' when Ubuntu arrived on the
scenes with Weirdly Wacky African-inspired Animal names. Other distros,
notably Fedora have taken a more democratic approach where community
members vote on the release name, but that could soon change.

"'This cycle, the Board is also asking contributors to let us know if we
should continue to have release names for future Fedora releases,' Fedora
developer Toshio Kuratomi wrote."

The full article is available

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-31>
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-32>

 Five Best Linux Distributions

Jason Brooks <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Jasonbrooks>
results of a recent Lifehacker reader poll:

"Fedora updates every six months, much like some of the other popular
distros, but you'll find the community behind Fedora tends to stay on the
cutting edge when it comes to platform updates, driver updates, and
application updates. it's fast and it's stable—but be ready to start
troubleshooting when something you've just installed breaks down."

The full article is

   1. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-33>
   2. ↑ <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWN/Issue294#cite_ref-34>
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