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Outreachy 2017: Meet the interns!

The results of Outreachy are out! Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program that helps traditionally underrepresented people in tech make their first contributions to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities. Fedora is participating in this round of Outreachy as a mentoring organization. We have two interns for this round which started on December 5 and goes until March 5, 2018. We found some time to interview both of Fedora’s Outreachy interns!

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Fedora 27 Release Party – Bengaluru

Poster

Poster

I have been a part of Fedora community for last 4 releases and have seen a lot of changes. Among things that have not been changed, Fedora Release Party in Bangalore is one of them.

Thanks to a bunch of very active contributors and an ambassador & mentor (Sumantro Mukherjee), it has now become a custom to celebrate Fedora Release Party in  Bangalore.

Different venues, different topics, different cakes but similar faces joining us and sharing their experiences in Fedora community to encourage new contributors to continue their noble work, and users to start contributing. The success story of a student who got an internship in a big company then became an employee always boosts the energy of college students.

Last RP, we tried to on-board few students for QA contributions and this time they came with a lot of reports. They are now active contributors and they introduced themselves to others. I invited my juniors to be a part of RP so that we can help them see the benefits of Open Source contributions.

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Fedora Women Day in Lima, Peru

Fedora Women Day in Lima, Peru

On September 30, 2017, we celebrated the Fedora Women Day in Lima, Peru at PUCP from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Acknowledged with Thanks

I’ve just wrapped up and I wanted to say thanks for the support throughout the process in having a nice place. Thanks to the staff of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru: Giohanny, Felipe Solari, Corrado and Walter. Congrats to the initiative of the Fedora Diversity team to foster more women involve in Linux. In addition, thanks to the help of Chhavi in the design and Bee for the help in planning the event. These were our FWD speakers:

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My week #49 in Fedora

Lets summarize some of events from the past week or two:

F27 Server release

On Thursday December 7th, 2017 we held Go/No-Go meeting for F27 server edition.  During the meeting we run into some infrastructure issues due to datacenter move, so even the meeting minutes were not completely recorded, we successfully finished the meeting. At the end of the meeting we have agreed to release the Fedora 27 RC 1.6 compose as the Fedora 27 release. The release date is set on December 12th, 2017.

Elections

On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 we started Voting period for Mindshare and Council. We have also postponed start of FESCo Voting period for three days due to low number of nominees.  This went mostly fine, unfortunately we run into an issue with the mandatory interviews, required by a new election rule, where majority of nominees have not completed their interview by the deadline. After a brief chat with other Council members we have agreed to run the Elections even the new rule  was not fulfilled. As this decision caused a lot of tension in the community, it has been finally decided to cancel these elections and organize a new run with clarified rules. To be as transparent as possible there is a Council ticket #156, where Council wants to agree on the way how to deal with interviews as part of elections. FESCo has also opened a ticket #1800, to discuss the Election topic.

The new run of elections is preliminary planned on January 2018, where exact schedule is going to be published during this (#50) week.

F27 Release Engineering Retrospective

On Monday, December 4th, Kate organized F27 Release Engineering Retrospective meeting. During the meeting people provided their pros & cons they experienced during the F27 release and then we had a discussion on these topics. There is a video recording available from the meeting as well as notes we were discussing. For me, personally, this was very useful meeting allowing me to understand some issues more deeply as well as see these issues from different point of view.

Fedora Release cycle & Changes Policy

FESCo has approved update of Fedora Release cycle & Changes Policy. The update consist mostly changes based on the following :

People who are dealing with scheduling are requested to check these updates, so they can reflect these changes in their own work.

Mandatory Release notes

Collecting Release notes for a release from Change owners is a long term issue. To help our Documentation team with this issue FESCo has approved Mandatory Release notes for all the Changes going into a release.  If you are a Change owner, please make sure you are aware of this decision. And of course, I am looking forward to work with Change owners to get the Release notes ready and on time.

Datacenter move

I should also mention a big Datacenter move which happened during the week #49 (from December 4th to December 8th). Even I do not know much of it, as all the systems seems to be working fine and outages during the past week were minimal, I guess this is a big success. Thank you Infra team for the work you have done.

 

For more information what is going on in the Fedora community, please subscribe to one of the mailing list Fedora people are contributing to.

 

Heroes of Fedora (HoF) – F27 Final

Hello and welcome to this issue of Heroes of Fedora focused on Fedora 27 Final release! The purpose of Heroes of Fedora is to provide a summation of testing activity on each milestone release of Fedora. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

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Updates Testing

Test period: Fedora 27 (2017-10-17 – 2017-11-14)
Testers: 100
Comments1: 436

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Fedora returns to HackMIT 2017

Every year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosts an annual hackathon, HackMIT, for students around the world. Students gathered again for HackMIT 2017 on the weekend of September 16-17, 2017. During the weekend, students form teams with other students and work on projects to compete in various categories. Participants often release their projects under open source licenses at the end of the hackathon.

The Fedora Project participated as a sponsor for the second year in a row. Justin W. Flory and Mike DePaulo attended as Fedora Ambassadors to represent the project and the community.

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LISA17 Event Report

Why attend LISA17?

LISA is the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. The LISA17 program will address the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, and offers a highly curated program around three topics: architecture, culture, and engineering.

Who attended LISA17?

Our main booth staff were Nick Bebout (nb), Ricky Elrod (codeblock), and Beth Lynn Eicher (bethlynn). Karsten Wade (quaid) was also at the event, representing both CentOS and Fedora.

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Fedora Autumn Elections 2017

As Fedora 27 has already been released, we run Fedora Autumn Elections 2017 electing members to three main leadership groups in Fedora: the Fedora Council, the Fedora Mindshare Committee, and the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo).

The Fedora Council is the top-level community leadership and governance body. The Council is a mix of representatives from different areas of the project, named roles appointed by Red Hat, and a variable number of seats connected to medium-term project goals. Decision-making is a consensus process, where the Council works together as a common team to find shared solutions and address concerns, with a focus on giving voice than on balance of power.

Additionally, the Fedora Mindshare Comittee represents the outreach leadership in Fedora. Mindshare aims to help outreach teams to reach their targets in a more effective way, by unifying and sharing their working process through an optimized and standardized communication. It consists of mostly appointed, but also elected members.

Lastly, the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, or FESCo, provides technical leadership and guidance in Fedora. Furthermore, FESCo handles the process of accepting new features, accepting new packaging sponsors, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and SIG Oversight, the packaging process, handling and enforcement of maintainer issues and other technical matters related to the distribution and its construction. All of the FESCo seats are also elected by the community.

Elections schedule and open seats

  • Oct 24 – Nov 20: Collection of questions for Questionnaire
  • Nov 21 – Dec 04: Nomination & Campaign period
  • Dec 05 – Dec 18: Voting period
  • Dec 19: Result Announcement

The Collection of questions for Questionnaire has already passed and we collected pretty good list of questions for interviews. Currently we are in Nomination & Campaign period when we accept nominations of people to:

The nomination and Campaign period is open until December 4th, 2017 at 23:59:59 UTC.  On December 5th, we will publish interviews with candidates and we will start the  Voting period.

 

My week #47 in Fedora

Even I am referring to week #47 in the title of this blogpost, I am going to highlight also some activities from week #46 as well.

At first you might notice I changed the title of this post-series to something shorter an hopefully more readable. I have received mostly positive feedback on this series, however some people were complaining about the title, which were too long and not very readable. Hopefully the new title fixes this issue.

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Kernel 4.14 Test Day 2017-11-30

Thursday, 2017-11-30, is Kernel 4.14 Test Day! Although Fedora 28 will be using 4.15 , we want to test it across all architectures and different
variants of Fedora 28.

Why test the Kernel now?

Test Day will focus on testing the new kernel, as the 4.14 kernel has just released, we would like to get a test day in before we push the rebase to stable releases.
We will have ISOs for USB images so that users can test on bare metal or in VMs, and the kernel will be available in the stabilization repo for users who wish to install it on existing systems.

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 on #fedora-test-day Freenode IRC.

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