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 24th, 2015:
Fedora 22 Beta released
In case you missed it, Fedora 22 Beta was released this week, and we’re well on our way to the planned final release at the end of May. This release seems pretty solid, so if you are interested in seeing what’s coming, check out the known common bugs list and then either install fresh or upgrade using FedUp. Note that once you’ve got the beta running, regular updates will put you on track for the final release — you won’t need to reinstall or follow a special procedure.
Your feedback feeds Fedora Workstation
Fedora Workstation contributor Christian Schaller posted Fedora Workstation: More than the sum of its parts, explaining some of the ongoing work in Fedora development, and he concluded with a question: especially if you are using GNOME on another distribution than Fedora, what are we still missing at this point for you to consider making a switch to Fedora Workstation?
This prompted a long and still-ongoing conversation in the comments. Join in if you have something to add!
Meanwhile, Jiří Eischmann wrote about a more specific issue: the state of instant messaging in Fedora Workstation, with an eye towards finding what our users want and need and the best way to support Fedora’s mission of the advancement of free and open source software. See also part 2 and a followup on the desktop list.
Fedora Security Team’s 90-day challenge
Fedora Security team member Eric Christensen (a.k.a. Sparks) blogged about the Fedora Security Team‘s 90-day challenge to close all outstanding critical and important known security issues in Fedora. Eric invites anyone interested in helping to get involved.
Fedora @ PyCon
PyCon is the annual conference for the Python programming language, which we use heavily in Fedora for infrastructure software and for many utilities in the distribution itself. Therefore, we tend to have a few Fedora hackers every year, this year including Aurelien Bompard, Kushal Das, Luke Macken, Pierre-Yves Chibon, Ralph Bean, and Remy DeCausemaker. Ralph provides a brief report — part 1 and part 2.
Redesigned Fedora Spins page
For Fedora 21, we launched a the new getfedora.org site, which showcases our three primary editions: Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server, and Fedora Workstation. But, of course, there’s more to Fedora than that, and for the upcoming release, Robert Mayr (a.k.a. robyduck) and Máirín Duffy (mizmo) are working on a redesign of the Spins page. “Spins” are alternate versions of Fedora provided for several different cases, and represent the strength and depth of our contributor commmunity. On her blog, Mo breaks down the different types of spins, and presents ideas for the new design — along with a big call for help and feedback.
Do you use a Fedora spin? Do you work on one? If so, take a look at this post and contact the Websites team with your feedback.