Okay! The summer is over, and travel and vacation fading into distant memory. The kids’ school is starting up again, and routine is falling back into place: including 5tFTW, of course.

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for September 2nd, 2014:

F21 Alpha Release Status

Soooooo, we’re still in the test compose phase and do not have Fedora 21 alpha Release Candidates ready. This means that the schedule is looking more like a Thanksgiving release than the planned pre-Halloween one. No single huge thing is causing the problem; it’s mostly working out differences in the tooling to make separate Fedora Cloud, server, and Workstation, plus a handful of other things. I’m knocking on wood as I say this, but I don’t think we’ll slip further.

If you’re curious about the details, see the Fedora 21 Alpha Blocker Bugs list. And, as always, the updated F21 schedule is on the Fedora Project wiki at Releases/21/Schedule.

Upcoming Test Days

As we get these Fedora releases out the door, there are a series of Test Days, for coordinated testing of specific features. See the current Test Day schedule in Fedocal; some of the upcoming ones are:

  • September 16th: Cockpit
  • September 18th: ARM
  • September 23rd: Translations (L10n)
  • September 25th: Virtualization

If you’ve got something you’d like to organize a Test Day around, see the wiki on How to Propose a Test Day.

Fedora Workstation Activiy

The Fedora Workstation Working Group has been very active lately, with a lot of positive discussion on the desktop mailing list and IRC meetings — see minutes and logs of those for 2014-08-27 and 2014-09-03.

As one would expect, a lot of this is focused on the upcoming release, hashing out details of hardware requirements, marketing plans, and release notes — check the logs and join the list if you’re curious.

New DNF, with “yum-cron”

DNF is a new command-line tool for installing and updating software in Fedora, targeted to replace traditional Yum in next year’s Fedora 22. One discssion point around that plan was the lack of a “yum-cron” feature — a background update system which can be used on Fedora servers, lab machines, or similar. Now, that’s been implemented, and is available in the 0.6.1 release. (Documentation to come!)

FPL in the Media

I did a number of interviews in August in connection with our Flock contributor conference and LinuxCon North America. Here’s a few of ’em: