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 18th, 2014:

Fedora 21 Alpha Coming Tuesday

At today’s Go/No-Go meeting, engineering, release engineering, and QA all agreed that the Fedora 21 alpha release candidate is in sufficiently good shape to ship! So, with a few bits of rel-eng magic, it’ll be going out to mirrors and available to try on Tuesday, September 23.

As Fedora Program Manager Jaroslav Reznik says in announcing the decision to ship: “That’s one small step for mankind but one giant leap for Fedora — the first release on the way towards Fedora.Next!”

Fedora UK Videos

The Fedora UK video has started a video podcast, which will be broadcast every two weeks. Take a look at the first episode, appropriately titled S01EP01.

(No word yet on what the Scotland decision might mean for this podcast….)

Flock Bids Due Saturday!

Proposals for the 2015 edition of Flock, our annual contributor conference, are due Saturday. If you’re working on one, please get send it in. (Remember, of course, that hosting Flock is a lot of work — as Paul Frields notes, writing a bid is the easy part.)

This conference alternates between Europe and North America, and with last year’s very successful event in Prague, we’re back to the NA side of the Atlatic this time.

Fedora Store Coming Soon

I’m excited by the prospect of an official Fedora merch store — something we haven’t ever had before due to various red tape. Heroic tape-cutter Ruth Suehle tells us that we’re getting close. It’s not ready yet, but we’re looking for ideas for what you’d want — what you think would sell, and what you would buy. This won’t be a money-maker for us — it’s about getting Fedora-labeled stuff into the Fedora community’s hands. (It’s not possible to have too much!)

Fedora Badges Update

Fedora Badges are a fun ultimately-meaningless but still wonderful way to show off your contributions in Fedora — and to find new areas where you can help. For example, you can help with contributing to badges itself — there’s a badge for that, of course. On his blog, Fedora hacker Ralph Bean announces a mailing list to coordinate ongoing work (but disappointingly, also tells us that there’s no badge for just subscribing to the list).

Since it’s been quite a few weeks since this ran on a Tuesday, I think I’m going to stop pretending that they always do — but I will keep ’em coming weekly on some day.