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Fedora Week of Diversity 2024 – With Ankur Sinha

Today marks Day 1 of Fedora Week of Diversity (FWD) 2024! This exciting week-long celebration is dedicated to honoring the diverse voices, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that enrich our vibrant Fedora community. Throughout Fedora Week of Diversity 2024, the DEI Team will be showcasing the incredible stories and journeys of our members through engaging interviews and captivating social media spotlights. Join us in celebrating the unique contributions and talents that make Fedora Week of Diversity 2024 a truly special event!

Contributor Stories

Today’s Contributor Story comes from: Ankur Sinha

What’s your Fedora story? Take us back to your beginnings with Fedora!

In 2008, as an undergrad in India, I discovered Fedora through our university’s Linux users’ group (LUG). Our knowledgeable seniors, already active in many FOSS communities, mentored us as we built Linux from scratch and competed in programming challenges. They also organized numerous events around Linux and FOSS, from installation fests to coursework-related tutorials that benefited all students.

At some point, I ran into seasoned Fedora contributors like Rahul Sundaram and Kushal Das online. Rahul Sundaram did a tutorial on packaging fonts for us newbies to get us started. That was my first session, and a lot of my first packages were fonts. I’ve been a community member ever since.

Fedora’s appeal and your contribution style: Tell us both!

It was a number of things that all came together. We were computer science undergrads and we were learning how our computers worked. But, because we’d been given laptops with proprietary operating systems, we were unable to investigate/study or modify them. It was incredibly frustrating to have paid to own something but not be able to then inspect it to apply all the new knowledge we learned in class. So, Fedora’s strong stress on FOSS and openness was very attractive to me. That, coupled with the awesome community I met was enough to make me want to be involved. I was having great fun just doing lots of Fedora things. People were, and still are, incredibly helpful in the community. So, hanging out in the IRC channels and interacting with everyone there became a hobby, an extension of my social circle.

My motivations remain pretty similar even now. I believe in FOSS. In fact, now that I’m in academia and science, the importance of FOSS is even more prominent. We simply cannot have Open/Free science without FOSS. I’d like to do my bit to promote the philosophy of FOSS, in science and outside it.

Fedora day-to-day: A walk through of your Fedora involvement

I still try and split my time between technical and community contributions. Maintaining my packages, a lot of which are Neuro Fedora packages, generally takes top priority. We’ve accrued more than 300 neuroscience and general science-related packages now. (For folks interested in Neuroscience, we have open meetings every two weeks: please join in). I use Fedora for my work in the lab too, so I keep testing out lots of research tools/software to make sure they work on Fedora. I also try to help out on Ask Fedora a little every day. It’s a great way to learn about what’s going on on the Fedora usage side of things. Ask Fedora now boasts a very strong community of helpers, so I rarely encounter unanswered queries.

On the community side of things, I try and prioritize the Fedora Join SIG’s “Welcome to Fedora” pipeline (the Join SIG turns 12 years old in a few weeks). The idea is to open a ticket for newcomers on Pagure with lots of initial information on what/why/when/where/how Fedora does things, and to use that to connect newcomers with other people in the community. I think I’m still around because I have so many friends in Fedora, even if I haven’t ever met a lot of them in person. The “Welcome to Fedora” process aims to create a more people-centric onboarding experience, rather than a task-centric one. Instead of just jumping into tasks, newcomers build connections with the Fedora community, fostering a sense of belonging and long-term engagement.

I would like to be more involved in lots of other parts of Fedora that I’ve touched on over the years, like Outreach and Marketing, but there are only 24 hours in a day, and with work and life, one has to, unfortunately, pick and choose what they want to do.

Infra and RelEng Update – Week 24 2024

This is a weekly report from the I&R (Infrastructure & Release Engineering) Team. It also contains updates for CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team as the CPE initiatives are in most cases tied to I&R work.

We provide you both infographic and text version of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, just look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in depth details look below the infographic.

Week: 10 June – 14 June 2024

I&R infographic
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Infrastructure & Release Engineering

The purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work.
It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.).
List of planned/in-progress issues

Fedora Infra

CentOS Infra including CentOS CI

Release Engineering

CPE Initiatives

EPEL

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (or EPEL) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Scientific Linux (SL) and Oracle Linux (OL).

Updates

List of new releases of apps maintained by CPE

Minor update of Fedora Messaging from 3.5.0 to 3.6.0 on 2024-06-13: https://github.com/fedora-infra/fedora-messaging/releases/tag/v3.6.0
Minor update of Datanommer models from 1.3.0 to 1.4.0 on 2024-06-12: https://github.com/fedora-infra/datanommer/releases/tag/1.4.0

If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on matrix.

Infra & Releng Update Q1 2024

This is a summary of the work done by Fedora Infrastructure & Release Engineering teams as of Q1 2024. Since these teams are working closely together, we will summarize the work done by both in one blog post.

This update is made up of infographics and detailed updates. If you want to just see what’s new, check the infographics. If you want more details, continue reading.

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Fedora Linux 40 wallpaper talk: Unveiling the art of Open Source and nature

The Fedora Linux wallpaper is always on such a journey 😄. You can explore the creative process behind Fedora wallpapers in my previous F36 blog post.

As I write this, Fedora Linux 40 is live, and being the big four-zero the other Fedora Design Team members and I thought we should do something special. Instead of drawing inspiration from a historical STEM figure with an O last name, we opted for the word “Open” (which conveniently also starts with O!).

We always create a mind map to brainstorm different ways of interpreting the theme we could go with.

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CPE Update Q1 2024

This is a summary of the work done on initiatives by the CPE Team. Every quarter, the CPE team works together with CentOS Project and Fedora Project community leaders and representatives to choose projects that will be worked on in that quarter. The CPE team is then split into multiple smaller sub-teams that will work on the chosen initiatives and day-to-day work that needs to be done. Some of the sub-teams are dedicated to the continuous efforts of the team, while others are created only for the initiative purposes.

This update is made up of infographics and detailed updates. If you want to just see what’s new, check the infographics. If you want more details, continue reading.

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Fedora Ops Architect Weekly

Welcome to June! And this week’s Fedora ops architect weekly. Read on for a roundup of some events, topics and F41 changes happening in Fedora.

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Infra and RelEng Update – Week 23

This is a weekly report from the I&R (Infrastructure & Release Engineering) Team. It also contains updates for CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team as the CPE initiatives are in most cases tied to I&R work.

We provide you both infographic and text version of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, just look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in depth details look below the infographic.

Week: 03 June – 07 June 2024

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Fedora Linux 40 Release Party: Celebrating community & innovation

The Fedora community came together on Friday, May 24th, and Saturday, May 25th, 2024, to celebrate the much-anticipated release of Fedora Linux 40. This virtual Release Party marked a significant milestone for the project, showcasing an array of new features, community initiatives, and a groundbreaking shift to the Matrix/Element platform for a truly open-source and interactive experience.

Fedora Linux 40 represents a significant step forward for the open source operating system. With 53 accepted Changes (28 System-Wide and 25 Self-Contained), it brings a host of new features, improved hardware support, enhanced security, and updated software packages.

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Fedora DEI Team 2024 Q1 Report

This post is a brief summary of the team’s highlights over the course of the first quarter of 2024 (January to March). The new year brought new highlights: 

  • Fedora Council Hackfest
  • Fedora Week of Diversity
  • GNOME Collaboration
  • Marketing Team collaboration
  • Fedora Accessibility Working Group 

These highlights will be summarised below.

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Fedora Ops Architect Weekly

Welcome to my weekly (kind -of) little report on stuff ‘n’ things happening around Fedora!

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