5tFTW: Vote now for Council, F21 final freeze, screenshots needed, Fedora Atomic, and Mozilla/Firefox ads (2014-11-19)
mattdm at fedoraproject.org
Thu Nov 20 01:59:16 UTC 2014
Reposted from <http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2014-11-19/>.
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
November 19th, 2014:
Vote now in the first-ever Fedora Council elections!
The election for the two representative seats on the new Fedora
Council is in progress! Fedora Magazine has email-based interviews
with the five candidates to help you make an informed decision:
- Rex Dieter
- Haïkel Guémar
- Michael Scherer
- Pete Travis
- Langdon White
Voting is open to all Fedora Contributors, and closes promptly at 00:00
UTC on November 26th. That’s the afternoon or evening of the 25th in
timezones to the west of the Prime Meridian, so don’t delay — read the
interviews, and then vote now.
We’re frozen for F21 final
We are now in the “Final Freeze” for Fedora, the last polishing period
before the release. This means that packages updates are only allowed
via a special exception process, as we work to deliver a solid, stable
release to our users on December 9th.
If you’re curious, you can read more on the wiki, or even better, as
*release candidates* come out, help the Fedora Quality Assurance
team take them through the validation process. You could be one of
Fedora 20’s Heroes of QA!
Or if not, that’s cool — just a few more weeks and we’ll release what
I’m confident will be the best Fedora yet.
Atomic Test Day
Speaking of testing… Fedora 21 will feature an experimental new cloud
image called Fedora Atomic, based on the Project Atomic patterns.
Tomorrow (Thursday — possibly *today* by the time you’re reading this!),
the Fedora Cloud SIG is running a test day for Fedora 21 Atomic,
looking specifically to get this into best possible shape for the
Another easy way to help is to contribute to the Fedora 21 Screenshots
Library. Everything is pretty well explained at the link — install
the beta (or a release candidate), update it, and take some
> We’d particularly like screenshots that show new features in Fedora 21
> and that have an interesting composition. We need screenshots of
> Fedora 21 Workstation as well as each spin (KDE, Xfce, LXDE, etc.).
(And if you can figure out a good way to take a screenshot of Fedora
Fedora and Mozilla advertising
In an effort to reduce funding reliance on search engine companies
(check it out — after 10 years, they just switched their default search
provider from Google to Yahoo), Mozilla just introduced a new thing
into Firefox which they call “enhanced tiles“, and this includes paid
advertisements by default. Compared to most web advertising, Mozilla is
certainly making efforts to be minimal about data collection — read
technical details, and Mozilla’s blog post about trust, transparency,
and control in advertising.
Nonetheless, many Fedora users and contributors have expressed concerns
about this, to varying degrees, in a long thread on the devel list. (As
always with monster threads, there’s really no need at this point to
add more unless you’ve definitely got something new and unique to say,
but new insights and constructive discussion are always welcome.) This
resulted in a few media reports suggesting that we’re going to drop
Firefox. The concerns are real — privacy, the implication of
endorsement *by Fedora*, and a dislike and distrust of advertising in
general. It seems likely that we’ll need to work on new policies, not
least so upstream project know what we expect — as ads seem to rule the
world today, this won’t be the last such situation. But we’re a long
way off from making any drastic moves. Instead, we’ll work as a
community, including with our friends over at Mozilla, to figure out an
approach we can collectively accept.
Matthew Miller mattdm at mattdm.org <http://mattdm.org/>
Fedora Project Leader mattdm at fedoraproject.org <http://fedoraproject.org/>
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