Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on. 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 October 7th, 2014:

Fedora Project Board finalizes Fedora Council

The Fedora Board and others in the community have been working on a proposal to rearrange the highest level of project governance and leadership. As board member John Rose notes in a message sent to several key mailing lists, “the primary motivation in doing this is to create a system of governance that includes a much more active leadership responsibility”. This proposal is now in its final draft, and the Board will be voting this week on whether to adopt it or go back to the drawing board. You can read it at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/MatthewMiller/council-draft. If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to discuss!

Flock 2015 locations narrowed down to NY or CO

Short story: while all of the bids are great, last week’s survey indicates that Rochester and Colorado Springs are the leading options. Flock organizer Ruth Suehle breaks down the details in a post on the Flock planning list, and notes that the Flock planning team will be working on cost analysis and choosing final dates for next summer’s big Flock to Fedora contributor conference.

What’s coming in Workstation

Christian Schaller blogs about progress on Fedora Workstation, noting specifically progress on Wayland (a new display technology that hopes eventually to be the successor to X11), new upstream Human Interface Guidelines, and the improved software installation GUI. Christian concludes:

[…] as we go towards Fedora Workstation 22 the pace of innovation and progress will only pick up. So great things are ahead and I hope that once Fedora Workstation 21 is released regardless of if you are a long time Fedora users, a lapsed former Fedora users or someone who has never tried Fedora before you will be willing to give it a try and hopefully become as excited about it as we are.

Testing Fedora 21 in Rackspace Cloud

Interested in trying the Fedora 21 alpha (and upcoming beta) but aren’t ready to put it on your own hardware? Fedora contributor and Rackspace hacker Major Hayden posted an Ansible playbook which converts a Fedora 20 instance running on Rackspace Cloud into a Fedora 21 test system. Cool!

Rawhide: getting better all the time

Fedora Infrastructure team lead (and FESCo member, and many many other roles in Fedora) Kevin Fenzi posted This week in rawhide, the early October edition. Rawhide is the always-changing development branch that runs ahead of even the alpha and beta releases — so right now, it’s a long-removed preview of next year’s Fedora 22. Kevin notes some important changes in the works, including signed packages (currently, only the packages in the release branches are signed), and the goal of making “test composes” every night. Currently, test composes are kicked off by Release Engineering manually, and every six months there seems to have been enough change that the process needs tweaking, sometimes leading to delays. Having that be continuous will make sure we’re always ready to go and is a big step forward towards more agile distribution development.