Matthew Miller | 31 Oct 19:22 2014

Fedora Council elections schedule

We have a schedule for the election of the two at-large members for the
Fedora Council. Any Fedora contributor is eligible to run, and all are
eligible to vote. Two seats are currently open. (See the charter at
<> for details of the new Council

These positions are of strategic importance, with a full voice in the
Council's consensus process. The primary function of the Council is to
identify community goals and to organize and enable the project to
achieve them. (See my Fedora Magazine article on planning at
These elected positions are an important avenue for direct community
input into this process, and the selection of good representatives is

The Council will be an active leadership body and all members will have
significant impact, and are expected to participate actively — to keep
up with current community issues, communicate regularly, and be able to
respond within a reasonable timeframe. We recognize that this level of
commitment is difficult for many community members with full-time jobs
not directly related to Fedora, and the intent is not to exclude those
contributors. At the same time, these positions will require a
meaningful commitment of time and responsiveness. If your other
obligations make this impossible, please consider suggesting candidacy
to other community members who you feel would be able to bring your
voice to the table.

Anyway, the schedule:

    November  4-10: Nomination period open.
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Matthew Miller | 15 Oct 20:04 2014

Fedora Council elections coming soon!

Hello everyone! Very shortly, the Fedora Council will replace the
Fedora Project Board as Fedora’s top-level leadership and governance
body, with the particular aim of having more engaged and effective
whole-project coordination and planning.

A friend recently reminded me that the word “governance” is a great way
to make everyone’s eyes glaze over, and that “leadership” can be kind
of vague and empty-sounding. I can’t promise that there won’t be some
boring stuff (“With great power, comes… administration!”), but the
governance part means an opportunity to help decide where Fedora’s
project-level resources are used, and the leadership part means that
we’ll work with the community to identify specific important objectives
— and then empower community leaders to achieve each one.

The council structure <> includes
meritocratic representative positions appointed by long-standed Fedora
bodies. The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) and Fedora
Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAmSCo) are working on selecting those
right now.

Additionally, after those appointments are made, we will hold elections
for two “at-large” representative seats. Any Fedora contributor is
eligible to run, and all are eligible to vote. Because the new Council
will be consensus-based rather than each seat being one vote out of
ten, each of these positions carries a lot of weight. Fedora is an
amazing collaborative community, and I’d like to ask all active members
to think about what you might be able to bring to such a role, and
about who you want to represent you.

(As we get closer, we’ll post a full election schedule and more
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inode0 | 10 Oct 16:17 2014

Fedora Governance Proposal Approved

The Fedora Board has unanimously approved[1] the new governance
proposal[2] with all nine Board members voting in support. The Board
would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this process over
the many months it has been under consideration. A lot of work went
into crafting this proposal and in the spirit of the new Council we
worked hard to reach a consensus.

The current Board will continue to perform its duties while it
oversees an orderly transition. The Board will work with FESCo and
FAmSCo to determine the Engineering and Outreach representatives for
the new Council and will hold elections in the near future to
determine the initial two Elected representatives. Once those four
Council members are determined they will join the Fedora Project
Leader and the Fedora Program Manager to form the initial Council. At
that point the Council will take over the governance and leadership
responsibilities for the Fedora Project.

Red Hat will fill the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator
position at some point in the future and the Council will fill the
rest of the positions within the Council as part of its duty.

I'd like to also thank the current and former members of the Fedora
Board for all their service to the Fedora community over the years.
And I'd like to wish the new Fedora Council all the best. You have an
exciting opportunity. Seize it and make the most of it.


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Kevin Fenzi | 29 Sep 20:19 2014

Planned Outage: System updates/reboots - 2014-09-30 21:00 UTC

 Planned Outage: System updates/reboots - 2014-09-30 21:00 UTC

 There will be an outage starting at 2014-09-30 21:00 UTC, which will
 last approximately 4 hours.

 To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at
 or run:

 date -d '2014-09-30 21:00 UTC'

 Reason for outage:

 We will be updating and rebooting various servers to roll up to all
 current errata. Specific services should only be down for short
 periods of time, but could be up or down anytime in the outage window.

 Affected Services:

 Ask Fedora -

 Badges -

 BFO -

 Blockerbugs -

 Bodhi -

 DNS -,,
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Dennis Gilmore | 23 Sep 16:01 2014

Announcing the release of Fedora 21 Alpha!

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The Fedora 21 Alpha release has arrived, with a preview of the latest
free and open source technology under development. Take a peek inside!

*** What is the Alpha release? ***

The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 21's
products in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by
the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs
are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is
code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and
final release. The final release of Fedora 21 is expected in December.

We need your help to make Fedora 21 the best release yet, so please
take some time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the
things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug, please
report it – every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience
for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make Fedora a
rock-solid distribution. We have a culture of coordinating new features
and pushing fixes upstream as much as feasible and your feedback will
help improve not only Fedora but Linux and free software on the whole.
At the end of this announcement you can find more information on how to

*** Changes ***

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yn1v | 23 Aug 00:34 2014

Call for papers FUDCon Managua 2014

We are extending the dates of call for papers of FUDCon Managua 2014. 
After de first call, we end up with few people all of them ambassadors 
that happen to be in another team like packagers or infra. We count in 
the long lasting interest of Jared Smith on LATAM, as participate from 
Documentation team. The local team organizing the event feels that this 
is not representative of Fedora Project. There is an absence of teams 
like design, translation and QA, among others missing teams. Also there 
is a lack of topics like Fedora.Next and Cockpit that are relevant at 
this time.

The official dates are October, 23rd to 25th. Be aware that we have a 
short budget and traveling to Latin America is expensive, so we will 
have to select people. Don't be surprise if we have to pick only one 
people from those offering similar topics.

So, it will be a requisite to have at least one talk, but we expect more 
from each person. Beyond talks we have a computer lab for workshop. We 
want hand on workshops focus on transferring skills to collaborate to 
Fedora Project. We also will provide space for hacking. We will like to 
have a productive event, so we will favor people that propose activities 
that will produce new collaborators, or get things done. So please 
provide a small description of the talks, workshops, hacking that you 
propose and include your expected outcome.

Request will be handled on Fudcon Planning trac

You can submit your request starting today until August 31st . If you 
already submitted a request feel free to update your ticket before the 
dead line with the information requested. Double room will cost USD 
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Alick Zhao | 16 Aug 12:00 2014

FUDCon Beijing attendees: We need your FAS username to award you a badge!

Hi all,

Thanks to the help of Fedora badges folks, we now have a special badge
for every FUDCon Beijing attendee [1]. But to award it, we need your FAS
usernames, which unfortunately were not collected before hand.
Therefore, we request you to add your FAS username on the wiki page [2]
before **Aug 31, 2014**. We will award the badge in a batch after the
collection period is over. Note the badge information is available in

In case you do not have an FAS account, it is quite straightforward to
create one via the link [3].


Alick Zhao
On behalf of FUDCon APAC 2014 organizing team

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Eric H. Christensen | 30 Jul 17:46 2014

Fedora Security Team

Some people have already heard about the new Security Team making the rounds on BZ trying to clean up
vulnerabilities that still linger within our OS.  Until today I've not said much as I was waiting to see how
successful we'd be at trying to remedy some of these situations.  Turns out I had nothing to fear.  So with
that I formally announce the Security Team to Fedora and open the doors to all that are interested.

== What are we doing? ==
The Security Team's mission is to assist packagers in closing security vulnerabilities.  Once alerted to a
vulnerability on a package, the security team can help work with upstream to obtain a patch or a new release
of a package.  Once we have a patch or a new release we attach it to the vulnerability bug and work with
packagers to get the fix pushed.

== How bad is the problem now? ==
As of a few days ago we had 566 open vulnerability tickets that cover both Fedora and EPEL.  The breakdown of
those bugs by severity looks like this:
* Critical: 3
* Important: 69
* Moderate: 366
* Low: 128

The good thing is that few of these vulnerabilities are considered "bad" (critical and important).  There
are likely bugs in there that no longer apply since the packages have been upgraded but the tickets never
got closed.  Also, a package that is in both Fedora and EPEL will get a ticket for each so from a pure numbers
standpoint there are duplicates in those stats.

== How many people have signed up for the team?  ==
Over twenty so far.

== How can I join/get involved/learn more about the project? ==
Go look at our wiki page[0], which is still being developed but does contain some basic information on the
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Jaroslav Reznik | 23 Jul 15:19 2014

Elections Results for Summer 2014 FESCo Special Election

Greetings, all!

The elections for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo)
Summer 2014 Special Election have concluded, and the results are
shown below.

FESCo is electing 3 seats this time. A total of 195 ballots were
cast, meaning a candidate could accumulate up to 975 votes (195 *
5). The results for the FESCo elections are as follows:

# votes |  name  
- --------+----------------------
    629 | Josh Boyer (FAS: jwboyer, IRC: jwb)
    548 | Kalev Lember (FAS: kalev, IRC: kalev)
    541 | Tomas Hozza (FAS: thozza, IRC: thozza)    
    463 | Lukáš Nykrýn (FAS: lnykryn, IRC: lnykryn)
    362 | David King (FAS: amigadave, IRC: amigadave)

As these elections will fill the seats for the remainder of 
the term, Josh Boyer and Kalev Lember are each elected to FESCo 
until next spring. Tomas Hozza until after the F21 release this

Congratulations to the winning candidates, and thank you all
candidates for running this elections!


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Kevin Fenzi | 19 Jul 21:39 2014

Planned outage: system reboots - 2014-07-24 18:00 UTC

 Planned Outage: system reboots - 2014-07-24 18:00 UTC

 There will be an outage starting at 2014-07-24 18:00 UTC, which will
 last approximately 6 hours.

 To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at
 or run:

 date -d '2014-07-24 18:00 UTC'

 Reason for outage:

 We will be moving hardware in our primary datacenter and rebooting
 systems to updated kernels. While the outage may not mean that
 everything is down for 6 hours there will be rolling 'brownouts' as
 services are down and other services are in standby. We will try and
 keep outages of any one service to a minimum.

 Affected Services:

 Ask Fedora -

 Badges -

 BFO -

 Blockerbugs -

 Bodhi -
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Jaroslav Reznik | 15 Jul 18:10 2014

FESCo Elections restart & voting period will open at 2014-07-16 00:00 UTC

As you probably realized, the FESCo July 2014 elections were closed
prematurely due to mistake in elections setup. To be fair to all
candidates, we have decided to erase all results collected before 
the fix was applied and restart elections.

Voting will be opened from today's midnight 2014-07-16 00:00 UTC
to 2014-07-23 00:00 UTC again.

You can vote at

We're very sorry for this issue, *if you already voted*, please
don't forget to vote again!

Still not sure who to vote for? See candidates answers to  special
July 2014 Elections Questionnaire [1] and also if you missed Town
Hall last Friday, meeting log is available [2].

PS: To vote for FESCo you must have cla_done + one other "non-cla"
group in FAS.


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