F22 Beta, feedback for Fedora Workstation, security challenge, better Spins website, and PyCon report

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.


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1 Comment

  1. Leslie Satenstein

    Nautilus for Fedora 22 has omitted the [x] checkbox that permitted a permenant delete of marked files. That option is desired from a security perspective. Was it removed for safety? It did not disable the transfer to trash.
    Nautilus for Fedora21 allowed nautilus (files) to click on the icon on the desktop showing a mounted file system. With the right click, I could unmount that file. That has disappeared… I know have to know to expand the file list on the left side of the screen, note which image shows a mounted fire, and unmount it that way.
    It became easier to proceed to terminal and /run/media/mylogon/ and do umount.

    Nautilus needs an integrated easy way to perform a copy and paste. We need two a commander function that allows me to click on files in window 1 and while remaining in that window, perform the paste using a second windowé

    We need a limited directory compare by filename. Show me what’s in one directory that is not in the other. If we choose to include/exclude other than filenames (date/size/permissions/ownership), we should be able to do so.

    More coming.

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