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. Here are the five things for June 12th, 2015:
FUDCon in Pune, India
Every year, Fedora holds FUDCon events in the Asia/Pacific and Latin American regions. (North America and Europe’s previous FUDCons are replaced by Flock.) These Fedora User and Developer Conferences are a great way for community members to get together and talk about Fedora, and to spread Fedora to new users.
Red Hat Summit
Also upcoming is the Red Hat Summit, from June 23rd to 26th in Boston, Masschusetts. This is not a Fedora event, of course, but Red Hat will have a big “Community Central” area for all of the projects they sponsor, including Fedora. This year, there will be a dedicated room, and as the name applies, it’s not off in a corner somewhere — so we expect a lot of traffic. There’s also a stage for presentations, and I’ll be giving a brief talk on Wednesday morning — “Follow (and Influence) the Future with Fedora”.
If you’re going to be at Summit, please come by, either for the talk or to visit us in the Fedora booth!
2015 Release Engineering FAD
A FAD is a Fedora Activity Day — a planned event where we bring contributors together to hack on specific goals tied to the Fedora mission and our objectives. Last week, we had a big one, the 2015 Release Tools and Infrastructure FAD.
This hackfast focused on getting the tooling we use to get bits from developers to users, and particularly on some of the pain points around delivering innovation in those tools. Adam Miller (a.k.a. maxamillion) wrote a summary of the event from his point of view, and expect more updates to come on the rel-eng mailing list
The State of QA
On Monday, the Fedora Council (Fedora’s leadership body) hosted a presentation by Mike Ruckman (a.k.a. roshi) on the State of Fedora Quality Assurance, covering current state, future plans, and areas where help is needed. Watch it here:
Definitely a useful thing to watch if you’re interested in how Fedora makes sure that the bits we ship actually work — including if you’re looking for an easy way to get involved in making Fedora better. During the presentation, I promised to highlight Fedora Easy Karma, a simple tool for providing feedback on software which is in the testing queue — built, but not in the main updates stream yet. If you’ve got a moderate familiarity with the Linux command line, this is a very easy way to contribute significantly with a low time commitment.
Environments & Stacks Working Group Election
I mentioned last week that nominations for the Fedora Council and for FESCo, the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, are now open. But I missed that our Env & Stacks group is also holding a election and accepting nominations. In all three cases, the nomination period is open through June 14th — but note that midnight UTC comes in the early evening in the United States, so if you’re interested, don’t delay.
The Environments and Stacks working group is charged with developing new ways for language stacks — like Python, Ruby, or Go can sit on top of the base OS in a way that’s friendly to application developers, and with integrating new ideas for runtime environments like Docker or xdg-apps into Fedora, particularly as part of Fedora.next. If that sounds interesting to you, get involved (even if you’re not ready to self-nominate for the working group itself yet).