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Teaching metrics and contributor docs at Flock 2017

The Fedora Community Operations (CommOps) team held an interactive workshop during the annual Fedora contributor conference, Flock. Flock took place from August 29th to September 1st in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Justin W. Flory and Sachin Kamath represented the team in the workshop. CommOps spends a lot of time working with metrics and data tools available in Fedora, like fedmsg and datagrepper. Our workshop introduced some of the tools to work with metrics in Fedora and how to use them. With our leftover time, we discussed the role of contributor-focused documentation in the wiki and moving it to a more static place in Fedora documentation.

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What I have found interesting in Fedora during the week 41 of 2017

After a week I would like to share some activities which happened during the past week:

Fedora 27 Server Beta is No-Go

On Thursday, 2017-Oct-12, we had Go/No-Go meeting for the delayed F27 Beta release of the Server (modular) edition.  Result of the meeting is No-Go due to missing Release Candidate compose. We are going to run another round of the Go/No-Go meeting on Thursday, 2017-Oct-19 at 17:00 UTC, where we are going to determine the readiness of the F27 Server edition for Beta release. On Friday 2017-Oct-13 FESCo has allowed use of the Rain/Target date scheduling for the F27 Server Beta, so even we slip the F27 Server Beta for one week, the Final F27 Server release is not affected, for now.

New OpenStack SIG

Haïkel has announced a new SIG focused on OpenStack.

Firefox 57 update

Planned update of Firefox browser to version 57 seems to has provoked interesting discussions on devel@ mailing list (“Why is Fx 57 in Updates Testing?“, “Call for testing – Firefox 57“) and was even broad to FESCo. Reading the whole discussion reminds me how difficult is to balance on the edge of the latest updates and stability.

And of course, the list above is not exhaustive and there is much more going on in Fedora community. The list above just summarizing some tasks which has drawn my attention.

 

What I have found interesting in Fedora during the week 40 of 2017

Interesting events or issues I was involved in or I noticed in the Fedora project and community which happened during the last week:

Fedora 27 Beta Release

On Tuesday October 3rd, we have released the F27 Beta Release. For more information please check the Announcement. To download the Beta please go to GetFedora page.

Fedora 27 Beta Freeze is over

As a subsequent step after the F27 Beta release, the freeze applied on updates has been lifted. The Final freeze is planned on October 17th.  For more information please check the F27 Schedule.

A new “batched” state in Bodhi

Randy Barlow has announced a new state implemented in Bodhi called “batched”. The purpose of this state is to have a state for packages waiting for weekly batch update push.  This will help in gating of updates if needed, so we might have a choice on planning of updates.

“What can I do for Fedora” is back

Thanks to Ralph and Patrick we have back the “What can I do for Fedora” application.  Anyone, interested in helping with Fedora, can now find some work more easily.

And of course, the list above is not exhaustive and there is much more going on in Fedora community. The list above just summarizing some tasks which has drawn my attention.

Flock Event Report for nb

I had the opportunity to attend Flock this year.  It was a great event.

One of the talks I found particularly interesting was the Windows Subsystem for Linux talk.  At the university I work at, we are mostly all a Windows place, although a few of us use Linux on our workstations.  I think WSL is nice, and am really looking forward to being able to run Fedora on top of Windows, so I can run it on my Surface Pro 4 from work.

I also feel we had some very productive discussions about Fedora Ambassadors and about the new ways of aligning our efforts to the council’s objectives.  David Cantrell and I also came up with some great plans for SELF2017 about showing off what Fedora can do with Ham Radio and possibly some live demos.  I think this will be popular given that SELF2017 has a good number of hams at that conference.

I also enjoyed the Fedora Legal talk.  Spot’s talks are always interesting.  It was interesting hearing about how the Fedora Legal rules came to be, and the reasoning behind them.

I also organized the Amateur Radio test session and the GPG key signing.  We had one person, mianosm, who earned his Technician class amateur radio license at Flock.  We also had several people participate in the key signing.

The evening event at Professor Wackenhammer’s Arcade was great.  It was nice that we could keep going back and getting more tokens.  A lot of people ended up with a lot of tickets since we could just keep playing games over and over again for the whole evening.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in Flock and hope to go again next year.

What I have found interesting in Fedora during the week 39 of 2017

I was asked whether I can share sort of a report about interesting events or issues I was involved in or I noticed in the Fedora project and community which happened during the last week. So here is my first post:

Delayed delivery of Fedora 27 Server

This is actually two weeks old decision made by Fedora Council, however it has an overlap to the last week as well. For those who do not know, Fedora Council has decided to support Modularity initiative driven by Modularity WG and Server SIG to deliver the Fedora 27 Server edition as the Modular one. To give this initiative some spare time to be able to deliver the content in high quality the Fedora 27 Server edition is going to be delivered a bit later then the rest of the Fedora 27 release. During the last week there was done work on scheduling of this edition and the currently planned target date for Fedora 27 Server GA is 2017-11-28 having the rain date planned on 2017-12-12. See the details on Langdon’s personal page.
Beside of the scheduling there is of course hard work in progress, delivering for example lorax templates to be able to build images, and  lot more.

Fedora 27 Beta release is GO

On the Go/No-Go meeting held on Thursday 2017-09-28 the representatives of FESCo, RelEng, QA and PgM has concluded the Fedora 27 Beta build 1.5 is GOLD and can be delivered as the official F27 Beta release.

i10n freeze policies

For some time already there are discussions how to deal with “string freezes” during the Fedora Release Cycle. The last week Randy Barlow, as a FESCo representative, has requested a feedback on the current policies. Please check it out and respond, if you have anything to add.

Flock 2018 Bidding Open

Bex has opened bid process for the next Flock 2018. I am personally glad to see the bid process started so early.

Update of Election Application

Justin has took the initiative and together with Ryan Lerch, working on the UI, have requested a deploy of an Election Application update. Hopefully, we will see more fluent flow of upcoming Elections thanks to this update.

New Election schedule

On Fedora Council we were working on scheduling and overall organization of Elections. Finally, we have a new schedule which, as we believe, helps to solve some of the issues and complaints we were facing during the past election cycles.

Fedora 27 talking points

During the last week we have also realized, we have an issue collecting Talking Points for Fedora 27 release. I would like to ask anyone who can contribute here, to do so. And thanks Gabriele to lead this initiative.

And of course, the list above is not exhaustive and there is much more going on in Fedora community. The list above just summarizing some tasks which has drawn my attention.

Flock 2018 Bidding Open

It is time to start the bid process for this year’s Flock. Flock 2018 will be held in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. If you’d like to help host the event in your city, it’s time to start putting together a bid.

The bid process has changed this year to be easier to complete and more streamlined.  To propose a city, please visit the Flock Pagure Repository and open a new issue using the bid-2018 template.  The template will guide you through 10 questions that the bid committee needs to know the answers too.  You don’t have to contact or confirm things yet with a venue, this just gets us started.  You’re of course free to go ahead and contact venues if you would like.

Bid submissions are due on 29 October 2017.

Once the submissions are in, the committee will read them and pick a few to explore in detail.  At that point we will begin contacting venues and making firmer plans.

While we have tried to make bidding easier, it is still something you will need to put some thought into, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Also, take advantage of the Pagure issue format and solicit feedback on your proposal and update your original post as you get information.

Tips and advice for Flock 2018 planning

Keep in mind that committing to help plan a conference is a lot of work and shouldn’t be approached lightly. It’s a big time commitment, and as the local contact, you’re critical to the success of the event. Flock has been held successfully on college campuses and in hotels. We need to make sure that the space will work for both the conference and be affordable. Every dollar we spend on activities, rooms, etc. is a dollar we cannot spend on funding travel for Fedora contributors.  Therefore keep costs in mind as you think about potential locations.  You may find checking the Flock budget from last year helps you understand how money gets spent.  Note: All 2017 costs have not yet been posted.

Not sure where to begin? You can view some of the previous winning bids (that used the old system) for past years as a reference point for building your own bid. Check out some of these for examples:

Feel free to ask questions or request help getting your bid together on the flock-planning email list.  If you’re not already subscribed to that list, you should do so.

 

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Fedora 27 Gnome 3.26 Test Day 2017-09-28

Friday, 2017-09-28, is the Fedora 27 Gnome 3.26 Test Day! As part of changes Gnome 3.26  in  Fedora 27, we need your help to test if everything runs smoothly!

Why Gnome Test Day?

We try to make sure that all the gnome features are performing as they should. So it’s to see whether it’s working well enough and catch any remaining issues.
It’s also pretty easy to join in: all you’ll need is Fedora 27(which you can grab from the wiki page).

We need your help!

All the instructions are on the wiki page, so please read through and come help us test! As always, the event will be in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC.

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Kernel 4.13 Test Day 2017-09-27

Monday, 2017-09-27, is Kernel 4.13 Test Day! As Fedora 27 will be using 4.13 , we want to test it across all architectures and different
variants of F27.

Why test Kernel?

Test Day will focus on testing the new kernel , we although have couple of known bugs. Feel free to explore and triage them too for the compose.
We will also appreciate , testing for F28/4.14 as most of you know, with ‘No-Alpha’ Rawhide should be of Alpha Quality.The regression reports will help us too.

We hope to see whether it’s working well enough and catch any remaining issues.

We need your help!

All the instructions are on the wiki page, so please read through and come help us test! As always, the event will be in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC.

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Using the WordPress App with the Community Blog

Occasionally the CommBlog has had an issue with the WordPress interface that allows you to edit articles. The visual editor gets stuck and the interface stops working. I use the WordPress Desktop App. This application allows you to edit and manage a wordpress.com blog, but it also allows you to edit and manage a self-hosted WordPress blog through JetPack. This app will allow you to post on the CommBlog from your laptop without any problem. The requirement is to have a wordpress.com account.

Installation

There is no package or installation required, just download the binary and run it. First download the latest version of the app from the wordpress desktop app site. Choose the tar.gz file. At this moment, the latest version is 2.7.1

After downloading the file, unpack it:

tar xzf wordpress-com-linux-x64-2-7-1-tar.gz

This will give you a folder called WordPress.com-linux-x64, which has the binary app called WordPress.com inside of it.

Wordpress Folder Content

WordPress Folder Content

You also need to have the dependency, libXss.so.1, that is provided by libXScrnSaver. This is available via a dnf install:

sudo dnf install libXScrnSaver

Finally, you just need to excecute the WordPress.com file.

Configuration

To configure it, just execute the app and follow the steps shown on the screen.

Login:

WordPress.com App Login Screen

WordPress.com App Login Screen

You will be prompted to use the My Sites widget to add a new site:

My Sites changer widget

My Sites changer widget

Click on “Add New Site” and in the next screen select “Add an existing WordPress site with Jetpack” and write communityblog.wordpress.com:

Jetpack association

 

You will prompted to login with your fas account (in the default browser) and then it will make the link between your wordpress.com account and the Jetpack plugin in the CommBlog. After a few minutes you will see the blog configured in the app:

Final Screen with Blog added

Final Screen with Blog added

You will need to close your browser and then you can use the app to write and manage the CommBlog without any problem.

The Cons

Right now the only failure I found is that I can’t upload media to the Media Library. My solution has been to upload the media files from the browser and then switch to the app to write the articles.

Documentation and Modularity at Flock 2017

If I had to choose one buzzword for Flock 2017 at Cape Cod, it would be ‘modularity’. Modules, module building, module testing, and module explaining seemed to be all over the place. I attended to give a workshop (with Aneta ŠP) about a proposed way to inject new life into the Fedora Documentation Project. Continue reading

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