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Mission to understand: Fedora Diversity FAD 2017

Team picture of the Diversity Team members (left to right: Brian Exelbierd, Amita Sharma, Radka Janek, Jona Azizaj, Bhagyashree Padalkar, Justin W. Flory)

Team picture of the Diversity Team members (left to right: Brian Exelbierd, Amita Sharma, Radka Janek, Jona Azizaj, Bhagyashree Padalkar, Justin W. Flory)

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.

Logic model used for preliminary planning and mapping out the activities and impact of the Fedora Diversity FAD 2017

Logic model used for preliminary planning and mapping out the activities and impact of the Fedora Diversity FAD

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Elections Retrospective, January 2017

The results are in! The Fedora Elections for the Fedora 25 release cycle of FESCo, FAmSCo and the Council concluded on Tuesday, January 17th. The results are posted on the Fedora Voting Application and announced on the mailing lists. You can also find the full list of winning candidates below. I would also like to share some interesting statistics in this January 2017 Elections Retrospective.

January 2017 Elections Retrospective Report

In this election cycle, the voter turnout is above its average level. It is great news as it shows increased interest of the Fedora people in community affairs.

This election cycle was hit by some planning issues as we were running the Elections over Christmas 2016 period. At the beginning I was worrying about the turnout due to the Christmas, but fortunately this was odd and we are more than good from this point of view.

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Flock Stories 2016, Episode 5: Haïkel Guémar

Flock Stories by Chris WardPackage maintainer, developer, contributor, mentor, and diversity advocate Haïkel Guémar challenges the Fedora audience to help make on-boarding for new Fedora users simpler. He talks us through example actions we can take to increase diversity in the Fedora Project community.

LISTEN: soundcloud.com/chris-ward-908424795/flock-stories-2016-haikel-guemar

I’m Chris Ward. @kejbaly2 on Twitter, Facebook, and even… Brno. Send me a postcard!

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Flock Stories 2016, Episode 4: Matthew Miller

Flock Stories by Chris WardToday’s guest is Matthew Miller (mattdm)! He’s a long-time Fedora user and contributor, as well as the founder of Boston University Linux. However, perhaps most important of all, he is the current Fedora Project Leader! In this interview, we ask Matthew questions like…

  1. How did you get to where you are today?
  2. What are some of the areas you’re focused on improving in the Fedora community now?
  3. And while we’re here, who else is making waves in the Fedora Project?

LISTEN: soundcloud.com/chris-ward-908424795/flock16-mathew-miller-r3-2016-10-16-chris-ward-flock-stories

I’m Chris Ward. @kejbaly2 on Twitter, Facebook, and even… Brno. Send me a postcard!

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Flock Stories 2016, Episode 3: Brian Exelbierd

Flock Stories by Chris WardWhat can you do to get the most out of your time at events like Flock? Today, we hear from one of the main organizers of this year’s Flock conference, Brian Exelbierd. Brian is a multi-disciplinary Fedora contributor who dabbles in community building, documentation writing, and technical problem solving. Most recently, Brian took up his new role as the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator (FCAIC). He also has some humble advice for folks looking for hints on how to give their Fedora contribution powers a boost!

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-908424795/flock-stories-2016-brian

I’m Chris Ward. @kejbaly2 on Twitter, Facebook, and even… Brno. Send me a postcard!

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Flock Stories 2016, Episode 2: Jonathan Dieter

Flock Stories by Chris WardIt would be pretty amazing if your school ran Fedora for their computer classes, wouldn’t it? Of course it would! And for that, I’m proud to present to you, Jonathan Dieter. Jonathan is an active Fedora Ambassador and a true Fedora evangelist. He is an incredible inspiration to young students at the Lebanon Evangelical School in Beirut, Lebanon, where he has used Fedora for over 10 years! In the interview, Jonathan tells us a bit more about his school and other interesting projects he is following these days.

LISTEN: soundcloud.com/chris-ward-908424795/flock-stories-jonathan-dieter

I’m Chris Ward.  @kejbaly2 on Twitter, Facebook, and even… Brno. Send me a postcard!

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Flock Stories 2016, Episode 1: Redon Skikuli

Flock Stories by Chris WardIf you were wondering where Flock 2018 might be, today’s guest Redon Skikuli might just have your answer! Redon is not just a Fedora community contributor, he’s a Fedora community creator. I ask Redon what he’s up to these days and why he thinks we should also consider joining future Flocks.

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-908424795/flock-stories-redon-skikuli

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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.

Elections Retrospective, July 2016

The results are in! The Fedora Elections for the Fedora 24 release cycle of FESCo and the Council concluded on Tuesday, July 26th. The results are posted on the Fedora Voting Application and announced on the mailing lists. You can also find the full list of winning candidates below. I would also like to share some interesting statistics in this July 2016 Elections Retrospective.

2016 Elections Retrospective Report

In short, voter turnout is approximately on its average level (well, slightly below).

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New guidelines for Fedora Ambassadors and Design

This week, some Ambassadors, CommOps, and Design Team members collaborated on improving and redefining the guidelines for how to request artwork and other art assets. As the advocates and representatives of Fedora across the globe, the Ambassadors often need many tools and resources for demonstrating Fedora. Examples of this might be fliers, banners, tablecloths, stickers, badges, and more. Until recently, the process for requesting artwork assets was not well-defined and somewhat unclear. This can cause problems when Ambassadors need something designed for an event. Sometimes it can draw out the request or end up in an accident, such as purple DVD media covers!

Creating official guidelines

To help more clearly communicate the most effective way for Ambassadors to request artwork, an official set of guidelines were written and proposed based on discussion with Design Team members. The official guide walks through all the steps necessary to help make sure requests receive quick responses and all the information needed is available. This not only helps the Design Team understand a request, but it also benefits the Ambassadors by helping getting a faster turnaround on a deliverable. An announcement about the new guide appeared on the Ambassadors list.

Read the new guidelines about requesting artwork here!

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