Hello and welcome to this issue of Heroes of Fedora focused on Fedora 26 Alpha 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!
The Latin American Free Software Installation Festival (FLISoL, in Spanish “Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre”) is the biggest event for the dissemination of Free Software in Latin America.
It has been carried out since 2005 and it has 2 primarily objectives:
To that end, various communities of free software (in each country in each city / locality), simultaneously organized events where is installed, free of charge and completely legal, free software in computers that carry the audience. Furthermore, in parallel, will offer lectures, presentations and workshops on topics of local, national and Latin American Free Software works, across their range of expression: artistic, academic, business and social.
In its first edition, it was carried at 106 cities, within 13 countries. In 2014, almost 300 cities across 20 countries confirmed that FLISoL was carried out. This year there are 18 countries confirmed and 300 cities, you can check the countries in the wiki for this year, and that’s why is called the greatest event in Latin Amreica. The date of the event is set to the 4th Saturday of April every year, so this year it will be on April 22nd.
This event has been a great impulse in Latin America to attract, not only users but contributors to all kind of projects, including Fedora Project of course. This year we have confirmed presence in 7 countries within 12 cities, making installations, talks, demonstrations and a lot of fun activities:
FLISoL is a great party in all Latin America: Join Us!
Thursday, 2017-04-20, is the Fedora Media Writer Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 26, we need your help to test Fedora Media Writer!
Today’s installment of Fedora Test Day will focus on Fedora Media Writer. Fedora Media Writer, is used for creating bootable flashdrives on different operating systems and architectures. The tool is intended to be provided as the primary download option for Fedora 25, with the aim of lowering the barrier for potential users to try and install Fedora. In this test day, we aim to test both Fedora 25 and Fedora 26 Pre-Release boot-media creation on Windows, OS X, and Fedora, specifically targeting creation of ARM-bootable media.
Two years ago, we decided to write a handbook that would help new users start with Fedora. The original handbook was written in Czech by Lukáš Kotek, but in the end it was a work of a community of people (proofreaders, typesetters, designers,…). The handbook was released in Czech only as a pilot project. If it’s successful let’s translate it to English and then to other languages and make it a global project. That was our plan.
The reason why we wrote the handbook is that we have very few giveaways at our booths that convey any information about Fedora. Yes, we have stickers, badges, case badges,… But those only convey the brand, thus are great for those who already know Fedora and want to show affiliation on the project, e.g. by placing a Fedora sticker on their laptop. We don’t really have something we can give to someone who is not familiar Fedora at all. DVDs served partly well for that case, but they’re going away as well.
That’s why we came up with a handbook with limited scope: it should get a person who is not familiar with Fedora from our booth to an installed system. It should tell why to choose Fedora, where to get it, how to install it, and how to start using it.
We had really positive feedback about the handbook in the Czech community, but sadly we haven’t found much time to internationalize the project. Until now. I picked it up again and start pushing it forward. The project has been moved to Pagure and I’m looking for people who can help me with that.
On 16th March’17, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore invited Red Hat to be the part of there ongoing CSI fest, Technologix. Red Hat was the premium sponsor of the fest. The event was a success with fresh energy. Most of the students were sophomores and were aware about Fedora, Linux and open source.
Four speakers, including me, decided to go and talk about different technologies used at Red Hat extensively. We traveled from Bangalore to Mysore in a car, with made the journey more exciting. It took us nearly 3.5 hours to reach our destination. On reaching there, Vishnupriya, a student from SJCE, welcomed us and guided us to the guest rooms.
The session started at 2:30 pm with about 150-200 students waiting to learn about technologies used in industry. The CSI members welcomed us with flower bouquet and inspiring words.
The Fedora Council met for an in-person FAD for three days from 26-28 March in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Almost the entire Council was able to attend. Josh Boyer, Brian Exelbierd, Robert Mayr, Matthew Miller, and Langdon White, were present, and unfortunately, Jan Kuřik and María Leandro could not make it. We chose Grand Rapids to accommodate one of the two members with travel challenges and to reduce overall travel costs for the rest of us.
We set a full agenda and managed to discuss the topics over the three full days.
With the great success of our collaboration during Fedora 24 and Fedora 25 to improve localization, this is the time to make it even better for Fedora 26. Since this is the third consecutive sprint, I am sure what more formal introduction is required. Let’s see the details on how to participate.
The Fedora Diversity FAD (a.k.a. Fedora Activity Day, or a sprint) took place during the weekend of DevConf, 27-29 January. The original planning for this FAD started in August 2016, after the Flock 2016 conference. At Flock, the Diversity Team held a panel with open discussion about diversity and inclusion efforts in Fedora. Based on the feedback received during and after the panel, it was a priority for us to continue working on the objectives we had established before Flock. For the FAD, a majority of the Fedora Diversity Team was present along with a few others.
We made significant progress in accomplishing our larger objectives and to contribute to the Fedora Project mission and goals. The primary objectives we established for our FAD were completing plans for the demographic survey, building a campaign based on those results, and analyzing our Code of Conduct to find ways to better impact the community. This report covers each of these objectives, what we accomplished, and what we plan to do next.
Thursday, 2017-04-06, is the Anaconda BlivetGUI Test Day! As part of this planned Change for Fedora 26, we need your help to test Anaconda BlivetGUI!
We’ll be testing the new, detailed, bottom-up configuration screen that has been long requested by users. Inclusion of
blivet-gui into Anaconda finally makes this a reality. On the other hand, it adds a new option without changing the existing advanced storage configuration so users that prefer the top-down configuration can still use it. We hope to see whether it’s working well enough and catch any remaining issues.
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