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Modularity Infrastructure Design

Co-authored by Courtney Pacheco and Ralph Bean

Note: This article is a follow-up to Introduction to Modularity.


Introduction

The purpose of our Modularity initiative is to support the building, maintaining, and shipping of modular things. So, in order to ensure these three requirements are met, we need to design a framework for building and composing the distribution.

In terms of the framework, in general, we are concerned about the possibility of creating an exponential number of component combinations with independent lifecycles. That is, when the number of component combinations becomes too large, we will not be able to manage them. So that we don’t accidentally make our lives worse, we must limit the number of supported modules with a policy and provide infrastructure automation to reduce the amount of manual work required.
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Fedora 24 Release Party in Singapore

As you might know, Fedora released its 24th version at the end of June! Recently, the Fedorans in Singapore had a party to celebrate the release.  The release party was not only to celebrate its release, but also to commemorate Fedora’s open source journey so far. We invited people from different diverse background to join us for a night of fun and open conversations (Singapore is a cosmopolitan country!)

Fedora 24 Release Party in Singapore: Fedora 24 DVDs

Some of the Fedora 24 DVDs and OpenSource.com stickers for the party

We had a RSVP of over 50 folks and expected more to join in. We set up the Fedora banners and were also ready to give out DVDs and stickers. However, on the day itself, there was a dropout rate of 60% and only around fifteen folks turned up. Most of the folks that turned up were students interested in learning more about Fedora. Nevertheless, it was a cozy and warm party that everyone felt pretty comfortable with.

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FOSS Wave: Delhi, India

FOSS Wave in Delhi, India: Getting started for the dayOpen source is the new trend. When major corporations are moving towards open architecture by using open source tools and even pushing their internal projects into open source, it makes your contributions especially worthy. But before starting with contributing, many people face the same common set of questions. How they can start, how should they introduce themselves in the community, and where they can contribute. To answer these questions, I planned a session on free and open source software (FOSS) and Fedora at the Northern India Engineering College in Delhi, India.

During the planning phase, I got in touch with Sumantro, who is himself an open source enthusiast and contributing to various open source projects including the Fedora Project. With his help, we planned the agenda for the session and gathered the resources to conduct the session. On 12th August, 2016, this session on FOSS and Fedora was conducted to:

  • Answer these questions
  • Bring up new people in the open source arena
  • Show where they can contribute, learn and make an impact

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List of Flock blogs and more

If you’d like to get a bigger picture view, you can read a pre-conference interview with a few Flock speakers here or with Thomas Cameron here.

Days 3 and 4 were reserved for workshops. Also, during these 2 days, people continued to split into smaller groups to discuss matters of their own interests, and so did I. However, I caught up with some of the presenters to ask them about the outcome of their sessions and you can read that at the end of this article. But to be fair – if you want to read something about Flock, feel free to browse the blogs that emerged in the first post-Flock week, listed here:

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FOSS wave: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

FOSS virtual meetup, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

A start of a big journey!

Furthering the efforts of some work around building a strong, tight-knit FOSS community around Fedora, I approached a few people from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. I figured out the scope to talk about Fedora and Fedora quality assurance (QA). The target audience was bringing more college students from Bhopal into open source and Fedora.

Talking FOSS and Fedora with Bhopal

The meeting was short and simple. The audience was well-versed with free and open source software (FOSS) and many of them are presently contributing to various FOSS projects. We started off talking about how contributing to FOSS makes contributors industry-ready. As the cog wheel of time revolved, we shifted to “how people can join” the Fedora Project and start contributing!

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Docs Project update from Flock 2016

At Flock 2016 in Krakow, Poland, I had the privilege of updating the community on the status of the Fedora Docs Project.

I made a small presentation and moderated a discussion in the Hackfest: Fedora Docs Learn and Hack panel. Unfortunately, my co-presenter and Fedora Docs Project Lead, Pete Travis, could not attend this year.  Therefore a lot of the conversation reflected my opinions and what I have gleaned from others.

The presentation slides are online. Unfortunately, the session wasn’t recorded or transcribed, so I wanted to try and present the conversation here. I am not attributing any comments in order to avoid mistakes. Additionally, I am working from my memory and the memory of other attendees, so omissions are accidental.

Two focuses for the Docs Project

There was a FAD in May 2016 to formulate ideas for moving the project forward. Two big ideas came out of this meeting:

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Heroes of Fedora 23 bonus: Test Days

Heroes of Fedora 23 bonus: Test Days

Heroes of Fedora 23 bonus content – a quick post on Test Day stats.

I realized that in Heroes of Fedora 23 Alpha I promised statistics on Test Days in the Fedora 23 Final post, but forgot to include them when writing it! The Fedora 24 HoF posts will start up soon, but in the mean time, here are the Fedora 23 Test Day stats as a little bonus!

‘Overall fixed %’ is an approximation of what proportion of the bugs reported as part of Test Day events were ‘fixed’. Calculating it involves some subjective choices that have been discussed on the test@ mailing list before, but it’s a reasonable approximation. These stats are generated by this ‘testdays’ tool.

Events: 6
Tests: 318
Bugs: 29
Testers: 28
Overall fixed %: 56.5217391304

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Women in technology: Fedora campus presence

Screenshot (1110)This week, we kicked off an initiative for engaging more women contributors in Fedora. Sumantro Mukherjee helped me guide new contributors on this Hangouts call. The purpose was to bring in more woman contributors to the Fedora Project and help them be industry-ready. As buzzwords in the industry boom, these meet-ups are focused to generate awareness in the first few rounds. Then, they address fields like the Internet of Things (IoT), ML, and mobile app development, to mention a few.

Keeping in mind, these are done using the leading edge, open source, Linux-based Fedora, which is also the upstream for RHEL. In the first few minutes, we discussed about free and open source software (FOSS) and the participants’ exposure with the industry. After a bit of in-depth discussion, we figured out that little or no guidance is one of the major barriers when the participants wanted to contribute to any FOSS project. Also noted was the lack of on-boarding guides as another major barrier for not being able to contribute to FOSS projects.

In the second half of the meeting, we discussed how Fedora is released. Some common terminologies like bleeding edge, Rawhide, and branched were discussed. The meeting concluded with the suggestion of topics that the audience would like to learn. A weekly follow-up mechanism will be helpful for community growth.

Meeting details can be found in this Etherpad.


Network by Martha Ormiston from the Noun Project.

Flock update Day 2

Day 2 of Flock was just as packed with great content as Day 1.

Akademia Programowania

The first session of the day delivered for me the most interesting and alarming idea. The speaker was Radoslaw Krowiak, the co-owner of Akademia Programowania in Kraków. He’s been involved in teaching kids programming since 2013. The age of his students is 5 years and higher. He noted that skills like communication, commercial awareness, ability to work in a team, or problem solving, are among the top ten skills missing in college graduates.

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Interview with Thomas Cameron – Senior Principal Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat

With the Flock conference being under way, Thomas answers a few questions related to his expertise.

Thomas Cameron:Thomas Cameron

  • Senior Principal Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat
  • Influential in the field of containers, Cloud solutions, JBoss middleware, and more, in the industry since 1993
  • Specializes in cloud security and integration
  • Author of trainings for many Red Hat products
  • Experienced presenter

What would you like to achieve at Flock 2016? (what outcome would you like to see?)

I’d love to show that Red Hat folks outside of the Fedora project are
committed to the greater community. I’d also love to get folks up to
speed on container security (the topic of my presentation).

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