5tFTW: FESCo Vote, Fedora Swag, Stats, Job Opening, and CentOS & EPEL (2015-02-03)

Matthew Miller mattdm at fedoraproject.org
Tue Feb 3 10:47:04 UTC 2015

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
February 3rd, 2015:

Vote now in FESCo Elections

The election for Fedora 22 – Fedora 23 members of FESCo (the Fedora
Engineering Steering Committee) is now open (through 00:00 February 4th
— note that that’s *today*, Tuesday, February 3rd — and early evening in
the United States). Read interviews with candidates here:

-   Debarshi Ray (rishi)
    * http://fedoramagazine.org/fesco-elections-interview-with-debarshi-ray-rishi/
-   Parag Nemade (paragan)
    * http://fedoramagazine.org/fesco-elections-interview-with-parag-nemade-paragan/

-   Tomas Hozza (thozza)
    * http://fedoramagazine.org/fesco-elections-interview-with-tomas-hozza-thozza/

-   David King (amigadave)
    * http://fedoramagazine.org/fesco-elections-interview-with-david-king-amigadave/

-   Kevin Fenzi (nirik)
    * http://fedoramagazine.org/fesco-elections-interview-with-kevin-fenzi-nirik/

Adam Jackson (ajax) and Alberto Ruiz (aruiz) are also running but no
interviews area available. See the Elections wiki for each candidates’
self-nomination. Read the interviews, and then vote!

(Note that the Environments and Stacks Working Group had a number
candidates equal to the number of open slots, and so decided no
election is necessary for that group.)

  * https://fedoraproject.org/w/index.php?title=Development/SteeringCommittee/Nominations&oldid=401340
  * https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting
  * https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/env-and-stacks/2015-January/000667.html

Get Swag from the Fedora Store!

Thanks to Ruth Suehle, we now have an official store for Fedora-branded
swag. As Ruth explains, we’re leveraging Red Hat’s “Cool Stuff Store”
for this, because it helps us with legal obligations as well as
inventory and financial requirements. This is a sort of trial run, with
four items to start. If it’s successful, we can have more (and possibly
look at expanding to other countries — we are very aware that the
current international shipping prices are… not great).

(I see that many shirt sizes are already out of stock, so that’s a good

Also note: these items are priced at our cost; Red Hat and Fedora
aren’t making any money this way (we really can’t, even if we wanted
to). It’s just an easy way for you to get Fedora-branded gear.

  * https://redhat.corpmerchandise.com/ProductList.aspx?did=20588
  * https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2015-January/003251.html

Fedora Job Opening: Infrastructure Engineer

The Fedora Infrastructure team headed by Paul Frields has a new opening!
See the Red Hat Jobs page for full details, but the quick summary is
that we’re looking for a software engineer / programmer with experience
in continuous delivery to help the Release Engineering team build the
next generation of the tools we use to produce Fedora.

The job listing came out highly slanted towards Project Atomic, as that
is the current hotness, but don’t expect to be pigeonholed there. Do you
have experience as a site reliability engineer? Is your instinct to
develop systems to pass arbitrary condiments? Have you been doing
actual devops for so long that you just sigh about how the term is used
today? Does Fedora’s six-month release cycle seem disturbingly slow —
and you know what to do about it? This may be the job for you!

(Note that the job is listed as in Raleigh, North Carolina, but we are
open to applicants worldwide.)

  * http://jobs.redhat.com/jobs/descriptions/lead-engineer-fedora-project-atomic-infrastructure-raleigh-north-carolina-job-1-5092722
  * http://xkcd.com/974/

Fedora Yum Connection Stats

More on this later, but here’s a chart Stephen Smoogen put together for
my presentations at FOSDEM and DevConf.cz:

> http://fedoramagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/fedora-os-all-mov_avg-1024x363.png

The data counts updates-mirror connections from the same IP address a
single time a day. Smooge notes that a large number of caveats should be
considered, including changing use of NAT over time and increasingly
short DHCP leases. Also, this almost exclusively counts North America
and Europe, where cheap always-on Internet is commonplace. And, of
course, it only counts systems which actually check for updates
regularly; many don’t.

So, with all of those caveats aside, there are some interesting points.

There’s a general third/third/third split in updating: when new Fedora
release comes out, a third of users update almost immediately, another
third update by end-of-life when the “N+1″ release is out, and the final
third are end up as a long tail which persists forever.

The chart basically starts with Fedora 6, and as you can see, Fedora 8
was very, very popular. If you take F8 out, you see a general period of
growth in the peaks from F6 onward, until we hit Fedora 15 (a release
with a lot of change, including systemd and Gnome 3). Those users didn’t
*leave*, though — they just didn’t update, and F15 *never* exceeded F14
during its supported lifetime.

Now, it’s heartening to see Fedora 20 back up to the levels of earlier
releases — and I note that F21 just crossed up over F20 in use, so we’re
off to a great start here, too.

Fedora, EPEL, and CentOS

At the FOSDEM conference in Brussels, we had a very productive meetup
between CentOS project contributors and EPEL and Fedora members, about
increased collaboration — making EPEL more official in CentOS, and
making it easier for CentOS contributors to join in maintaining packages
in EPEL. We also talked about the need for multiple versions of
software, and Software Collections (SCLs) as one possible solution (as
Tom Callaway noted, Fedora guidelines for these *are* approved by the
Fedora Packaging Committee, so it’s no problem to use them in EPEL). I
didn’t take notes, but others did, and there should be more on this soon
on the epel-devel mailing list.

  * https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/epel-devel/

Matthew Miller            mattdm at mattdm.org             <http://mattdm.org/>
Fedora Project Leader  mattdm at fedoraproject.org  <http://fedoraproject.org/> 

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