Schedules for Flock and F23, Atomic & Workstation, DNF — and a Fedora job opening!

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 July 21st, 2015:

Flock to Fedora schedule

Flock to Fedora is our big, annual conference for Fedora contributors and developers. This year, it’s in Rochester, New York, from August 12-15. The schedule of talks is online now; take a look and start planning your agenda.

Note that registration is closed, but we generally do have room for a few extra people if you are in the area and can join us. You won’t get a t-shirt, meals, or evening events, and you’ll have to write your own name tag. (Next time, please do preregister — it really helps with the logistics!)

Fedora 23 timeline

Speaking of schedules, Fedora 23 development is well underway. Last week, Fedora 23 branched from Rawhide, so that we can focus on stabilization and bugfixes for the planned October release while ongoing work on future features — Fedora 24 and beyond! — can continue in the development branch. The Alpha Freeze (where F23 features and changes are supposed to be substantially complete and testable) is scheduled for a week from today, with the actual Alpha release August 11th — the day before Flock starts. The QA team is already working on early test candidates, and Docs has put out a call for help with release notes.

See the F23 schedule wiki for other important dates.

Using Atomic tech for Fedora Workstation?

Project Atomic is a system for running containerized applications, a topic so much in vogue that the Linux Foundation has added “ContainerCon” to this year’s LinuxCon + CloudOpen.

GNOME developer and Fedora Workstation Working Group member Owen Taylor posted a long and interesting exploration of the idea of using these technologies on the desktop. Definitely worth reading if you’re interested in the future of OS design and Linux-based desktop environments.

Fedora Cloud applications programmer opening

Over on his blog, Fedora Engineering manager Paul Frields posted about a new job opening on his team. Red Hat is looking for someone to work full time on our tools for shipping cloud images to various providers, automating our various currently-manual processes, contributing to other Fedora Infrastructure applications, and not at all least, in helping build community around all of that. If this sounds at all interesting to you, you can apply here — or if you know someone who would be a good fit, don’t hesitate to pass this on.

DNF gets a refresh based on feedback

DNF is the new command-line package management tool in Fedora 23, replacing Yum. The new software has a lot of advantages — speed, a more mathematically correct SAT solver for resolving package dependencies, and — probably most crucially — a well-defined and documented API for plugins. But new software is never perfect, and changing DNF from optional to default resulted in a lot of feedback. The DNF team has now released version 1.0.2, addressing a lot of these bugs and feature requests.

The DNF team is very responsive and interested in providing a good experience for users, so please do keep that feedback coming.

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  1. Leslie Satenstein

    Flock is a 5 hour drive from Montreal. I would be interested in attending as an observer. Where more precisely is Flock being held, and what about accomodations (sleeping, etc)

    I am and end-user, a retired business architect (Fedora user since core) and I am not sponsored.

  2. Whether it’s Yum or DNF both have huge repo download size 40+MB; whereas apt-get in ubuntu only takes 2MB… Don’t we have a drpm like drepo for updating the cache?

  3. Leslie Satenstein

    Please advise. Does Flock have an address?
    Is it open or y previously approved invitation list? And what about hotel or other accommodations?

    • Mario Chamorro

      The website is pretty clear. Hyatt Regency Rochester NY.

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