Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. 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 April 17th, 2015:

Fedora 22 Beta is Go!

The Thursday before a planned Fedora release (whether alpha, beta, or final), we hold a meeting with key groups including engineering, quality assurance, and release engineering to decide if the release is “Go” or “No Go” — last week, it was the latter, but with the remaining blocker bugs ironed out, Fedora 22 beta is now Go. Expect to see it Tuesday morning!

Flock Conference Update

Flock (our big annual planning and development conference for contributors) will be held in Rochester, New York this August 12-15. Registration is open now, so if you haven’t already, please sign up. The conference is free and open to all, thanks to funding from our sponsors. Also, if you have something to share about Fedora development and ideas for our future, please submit a talk proposal. (We do have a limited budget available for travel for speakers in need of assistance.)

Fedora and Linux 4.0

The latest Linux kernel release has been getting a lot of hype in the press the last few days, primarily because of the big version number switch. (I know a lot of you are excited about it from the traffic and comments on our Fedora Magazine article on the topic earlier this week.) On his blog, Fedora Kernel team member Josh Boyer breaks down what this means for Fedora. In short, don’t get too excited over the version, as it’s just a number not really meant to signify any big change. That includes the “live patching” functionality, which, as Josh explains, is not a very useful fit for Fedora, since we update to the newest kernel release frequently.

Fedora 23 Already

I know Fedora 22 isn’t even out the door yet, but the calendar marches on. Jan Kurik (working with Fedora Program Manager Jaroslav Resnik) has put together a preliminary schedule proposal for Fedora 23 for FESCo (the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) to review. This targets an October release, in keeping with our general plan to keep on a “Mother’s Day / Halloween” release cadence. Of particular note to Fedora developers, that means that the submission process for Fedora Changes opens this coming Tuesday, right after the F22 beta ships, with a deadline in about two months. So, if you have an idea that didn’t quite make F22, or a new one brewing, the window is open again.

Diversity Advisor Search Team

Last month, I announced our plan to form a search committee to help us find the right person for the Diversity Advisor role on the Fedora Council. I’m happy to say that we got substantial interest in participation and to announce the formation of the search team. See that message for details, and stay tuned for more updates as the group begins its search.