Election Results: Fedora Board, FESCo, and FAmSCo

Greetings, all:

The elections for the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) and the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAmSCo) have concluded, and the results are shown below.

In addition to the election results, there were also 2 candidates for 2 open seats on the Fedora Project Board. As the candidates were unopposed, voting was not held. Therefore, Neville A. Cross (FAS: yn1v) and Haïkel Guémar (FAS: number80) are both elected to the Fedora Board for a full two-release term.

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FESCo is electing 4 seats this cycle. A total of 265 ballots were cast, meaning a candidate could accumulate up to 1590 votes (265 * 6). The result of the FESCo election is as follows:

# votes |  name
- ——+———————————-
952 | Dennis Gilmore (FAS: ausil)
947 | Toshio Kuratomi (FAS: abadger1999)
905 | Stephen Gallagher (FAS: sgallagh)
849 | Miloslav Trmač (FAS: mitr)
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768 | Marcela Mašláňová (FAS: mmaslano)
649 | Kyle McMartin (FAS: kyle)

Therefore, Dennis Gilmore, Toshio Kuratomi, Stephen Gallagher, and Miloslav Trmač are each elected to FESCo for a full two-release term.

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FAmSCo is electing 3 seats this cycle. A total of 173 ballots were cast, meaning a candidate could accumulate up to 692 votes (173 * 4). The result of the FAmSCo election is as follows:

# votes |  name
- ——+———————————-
435 | Neville A. Cross (FAS: yn1v)
396 | Jon Disnard (FAS: masta)
379 | Truong Anh Tuan (FAS: tuanta)
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291 | Marcel Ribeiro Dantas (FAS: mribeirodantas)

Therefore, Neville Cross, Jon Disnard, and Truong Anh Tuan are each elected to FAmSCo for a full two-release term.

Congratulations to all.

-Robyn

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Announcing the release of Fedora 20

Greetings!

We can say with great certainty the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 20 (“Heisenbug”), which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project.

Download this leading-edge, free and open source operating system now:
http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora

Detailed information about this release can be seen in the release notes:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/20/html/Release_Notes/index.html

*** Dedicated to Seth Vidal ***

On July 8, the Fedora Project lost Seth Vidal, a dedicated, tireless, and brilliant contributor. Seth was a lead developer of Yum and the Fedora update repository system. He worked to ensure that the technical and community infrastructure of Fedora worked well and consistently for users and contributors around the world. Seth touched the lives of hundreds of Fedora contributors directly and millions of others indirectly by improving the experience of using and updating Fedora.

The Fedora Project dedicates the Fedora 20 release to Seth and asks that you join us in remembering his generous spirit and incredible work that helped make Fedora what it is today. We miss you, Seth.

*** 10 Years of Fedora ***

The Fedora 20 release coincides with Fedora’s tenth anniversary. The first Fedora release (then called Fedora Core 1) came out on November 6, 2003. The Fedora Project community has grown into an active and vibrant one that produces a new version of this leading-edge, free and open source operating system around every six months.

*** Desktop Environments and Spins ***

The Fedora Project strives to provide the best desktop experiences possible for users, from desktop environment to application selection. We also produce  nearly a dozen spins tailor-made for desktop users, hardware design, gaming, musicians, artists, and early classroom environments.

Spins are available for download here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/Spins

== GNOME 3.10 ==

Fedora 20 comes with GNOME 3.10, which has several new applications and features that will please GNOME-lovers. This release includes a new music application (gnome-music), a new maps application (gnome-maps), a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution.

== KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11 ==

The Fedora KDE SIG has rebased to KDE 4.11 for Fedora 20. This release includes faster Nepomuk indexing, improvements to Kontact, KScreen integration in KWin, Metalink/HTTP support for KGet, and much more.

== Spins ==

Spins are alternate versions of Fedora.  In addition to various desktop environments for Fedora, spins are also available as tailored environments for various types of users via hand-picked application sets or customizations.

See all of the Fedora 20 Release Spins here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/Spins

*** ARM as a Primary Architecture ***

While Fedora has supported a number of hardware architectures over the years, x86/x86_64 has been the default for the majority of Fedora users and for the Linux community in general.

ARM, however, has been making massive strides. It already dominates the mobile market, is becoming a go-to platform for hobbyists and makers, and is showing enormous promise for the server market as well.

In keeping with Fedora’s commitment to innovation, the Fedora community has been pushing to make ARM a primary architecture to satisfy the needs of users and developers targeting the ARM platform.

*** Cloud and Virtualization Improvements ***

The Fedora 20 release continues the Fedora tradition of adopting and integrating leading edge technologies used in cloud computing. This release includes features that will make working with virtualization and cloud computing much easier.

== First-Class Cloud Images ==

The Fedora Cloud SIG has been working hard to provide images that are well-suited for running as guests in public and private clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack.

If you’re using public or private cloud, you should grab one of the downloadable Cloud Images or find a supported EC2 image, here:
http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options#clouds

== VM Snapshot UI with virt-manager ==

Taking VM snapshots is now much easier. Though qemu and libvirt have all the major pieces in place for performing safe VM snapshots/checkpoints, there isn’t any simple, discoverable UI. This feature will track adding that UI to virt-manager and any other virt stack bits that need to be fixed/improved, including adding functionality to libvirt to support deleting and rebasing to external snapshots.

== ARM on x86 with libvirt/virt-manager ==

You can now run ARM VMs on x86 hosts using standard libvirt tools: libvirt virsh, virt-manager and virt-install.

*** Big Data ***

The Fedora 20 release includes all the packages you need to run Apache Hadoop 2.2.0. Hadoop is a widely used, increasingly complete big data platform with a strong, growing community and ecosystem. The Hadoop packages included with Fedora 20 will provide a foundation for immediate use of Hadoop and a base for the rest of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.

*** Developer Goodness ***

As always, Fedora 20 includes new features and updated packages that will be of interest to all manner of developers.

== WildFly 8 ==

WildFly 8 is the next version of the application server previously known as JBoss Application Server. With WildFly 8, it’s possible to run your Java EE 7 applications with unparalleled speed.

WildFly 8 boasts a optimized boot process that starts services concurrently to eliminate unnecessary waits and taps into the power of multi-core processors. At the same time, WildFly takes an aggressive approach to memory management and keeps its memory footprint exceptionally small compared to other JVMs.

== Ruby on Rails 4.0 ==

This update supports Ruby on Rails developers by providing system-packaged Ruby on Rails of the latest version. Apart from that, Rails 4.0 also brings improved functionality, speed, security, and better modularization.

*** Maturity and Advanced Features ***

Sometimes it’s not the big, new features that make a user’s experience better; it’s the little enhancements or long-awaited tricky features that really help make a new release the bee’s knees.

== NetworkManager Improvements ==

NetworkManager is getting several improvements in Fedora 20 that will be welcome additions for power users and system administrators.

Users will now be able to add, edit, delete, activate, and de-activate network connections via the nmcli command line tool, which will make life much easier for non-desktop uses of Fedora.

NetworkManager is also getting support for bonding interfaces and bridging interfaces. Bonding and bridging are used in many enterprise setups and are necessary for virtualization and fail-over scenarios.

== No Default Sendmail, Syslog ==

In the interests of paring down services that are generally not used on desktop systems, Fedora 20 removes and replaces some services that many users find unnecessary from the Live Desktop DVD. They will remain available as installable packages for users who might need them.

The systemd journal now takes the place as the default logging solution for minimal and other selected installation methods, such as the Live Desktop DVD, having been tested and able to manage persistent logging in place of syslog.

Also, Sendmail will no longer be installed by default, as most Fedora installs have no need of a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA).

*** Even More Changes ***

Fedora prides itself on bringing cutting-edge technologies to users of open source software around the world, and this release continues that tradition. No matter what you do, Fedora 20 has the tools you need to help you get things done.

A complete list with details of each new change is available here:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/ChangeSet

*** Documentation ***

Read the full release notes for Fedora 20, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/

Fedora 20 common bugs are documented here:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F20_bugs

This page includes information on several known non-blocker bugs in Fedora 20; please be sure to read it before installing!

*** Contributing ***

We hope that you’re excited to have Fedora 20 in your hands and are looking forward to using it and exploring its new features and many improvements over Fedora 19. But that’s not all! Fedora never stands still, we’re always working towards a new and better release and sharing our work with the world. Want to be part of the fun? It’s easy to get involved!

There are many ways to contribute to Fedora, even if it’s just bug reporting. You can also help translate software and content, test and give feedback on software updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help with all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit http://join.fedoraproject.org today!

Cheers,

-robyn

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Announcing the release of Fedora 20 Alpha!

The Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” alpha release has arrived with a preview of the latest fantastic, free, and open source technology currently under development. Take a peek inside:

http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease

*** What is the Alpha Release? ***

The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 20 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 20 is expected in early December.

We need your help to make Fedora 20 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.
(See the end of this announcement for more information on how to help.)

*** Changes ***

Fedora prides itself on bringing cutting-edge technologies to users of open source software around the world, and this release continues that tradition. No matter what you do, Fedora 20 has the tools you need to help you get things done.

To see how Fedora 20 is evolving from Fedora 19, see the accepted changes here:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/ChangeSet

== 10 Years of Fedora ==

The Fedora 20 release coincides nicely with the 10th anniversary of Fedora. The first Fedora release (then called Fedora Core 1) came out on November 6, 2003.

Since then, the Fedora Project has become an active and vibrant community that produces nearly a dozen “spins” that are tailor made for desktop users, hardware design, gaming, musicians, artists, and early classroom environments.

== ARM as a Primary Architecture ==

While Fedora has supported a number of hardware architectures over the years, x86/x86_64 has been the default for the majority of Fedora users and for the Linux community in general.

ARM, however, has been making massive strides. It already dominates the mobile market, and is becoming a go-to platform for hobbyists and makers, and is showing enormous promise for the server market as well.

In keeping with Fedora’s commitment to innovation, the Fedora community has been pushing to make ARM a primary architecture to satisfy the needs of users and developers targeting the ARM platform.

*** Maturity and Advanced Features ***

Sometimes it’s not the big new features that make a users’ experience better, it’s the little enhancements or long-awaited tricky features that really help make a new release the bee’s knees.

=== NetworkManager Improvements ===

NetworkManager is getting several improvements in Fedora 20 that will be welcome additions for power users and system administrators.

Users will now be able to add, edit, delete, activate, and de-activate network connections via the nmcli command line tool, which will make life much easier for non-desktop uses of Fedora.

NetworkManager is also getting support for bonding interfaces and bridging interfaces. Bonding and bridging are used in many enterprise setups and are necessary for virtualization and fail-over scenarios.

=== No Default Sendmail, Syslog ===

Fedora 20 removes some services that many users find unnecessary, though (of course) they will remain available as installable packages for users who might need them.

The systemd journal now takes the place as the default logging solution, having been tested and able to manage persistent logging in place of syslog.

Also, Sendmail will no longer be installed by default, as most Fedora installs have no need of a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA).

== Cloud and Virtualization Improvements ==

The Fedora 20 release continues the Fedora tradition of adopting and integrating leading edge technologies used in cloud computing. This release includes a number of features that will make working with virtualization and cloud computing much easier.

  • OS Installer Support for LVM Thin Provisioning: LVM has introduced thin provisioning technology, which provides greatly improved snapshot functionality in addition to thin provisioning capability. This change will make it possible to configure thin provisioning during OS installation.
  • VM Snapshot UI with virt-manager: This change will make taking VM snapshots much easier. qemu and libvirt have all the major pieces in place for performing safe VM snapshots/checkpoints, however there isn’t any simple discoverable UI. This feature will track adding that UI to virt-manager, and any other virt stack bits that need to be fixed/improved. This includes adding functionality to libvirt to support deleting and rebasing to external snapshots.
  • Role based access control with libvirt: Libvirt role based access control will allow fine grained access control like ‘user FOO can only start/stop/pause vm BAR’, but for all libvirt APIs and objects.
  • ARM on x86 with libvirt/virt-manager: This change will fix running ARM VMs on x86 hosts using standard libvirt tools libvirt virsh, virt-manager and virt-install.

== Developer Goodness ==

As always, Fedora 20 will include several new features and updated packages that will be of interest to all manner of developers.

  • Ruby on Rails 4.0: This update will keep Fedora up-to-date and will ensure that the current Ruby on Rails developers stay with us as they will get support for system-packaged Ruby on Rails of the latest version. Apart from that, Rails 4.0 also bring improved functionality, speed. security and better modularization.
  • Perl 5.18: Perl 5.18 will be shipped in Fedora 20. Perl doesn’t get as much attention these days, but it’s still a vital part of many production and development environments. Fedora will deliver the most up-to-date Perl release so its users will be able to stay current with the latest Perl.

*** Desktop Environments and Spins ***

= GNOME 3.10 =

Fedora 20 Alpha will have a preview of GNOME 3.10, GNOME 3.9.90. GNOME 3.10 will have a number of new applications and new features that will please GNOME-lovers in the Fedora 20 release. This release includes a new music application (gnome-music), a new maps application (gnome-maps), a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution.

There is also preliminary support in this release for running GNOME-shell as a Wayland compositor, though Wayland may not be in the default packages for the final Fedora 20 release.

= KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11 =

The Fedora KDE SIG has rebased to KDE 4.11 for Fedora 20. This release includes faster Nepomuk indexing, improvements to Kontact, KScreen integration in KWin, Metalink/HTTP support for KGet, and much more.

= Spins =

Spins are alternate versions of Fedora. In addition to various desktop environments for Fedora, spins are also available as tailored environments for various types of users via hand-picked application sets or customizations.

To see all of the Official Fedora 20 Release Spins, visit the Fedora 20 Release Spins page:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/Spins

Nightly composes of alternate Spins are available here:
http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes

*** Note on Performance ***

Fedora development releases use a kernel with extra debug information to help us understand and resolve issues faster; however, this can have a significant impact on performance. Refer to the kernel debug strategy page for more details:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/KernelDebugStrategy

You can boot with slub_debug=- or use the kernel from nodebug repository to disable the extra debug info.

*** Issues and Details ***

Heisenbug Alpha is a testing release. To report issues encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the test mailing list or in #fedora-qa on freenode.

As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Fedora wiki:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F20_bugs

For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read “How to File a Bug
Report:” http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_file_a_bug_report .

You can join the Fedora QA team mailing list here:
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/test

** Contributing ***

There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting. You can help translate software and content, test and give feedback on software updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help with all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit
http://join.fedoraproject.org today!

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The Next Fedora 20 Release Name would be “Heisenbug”

Greetings!

Voting has concluded for the Fedora 20 release name, and the results are now available for viewing.

The Fedora 20 release name is: Heisenbug

Voting period: Friday 2013-08-16 00:00:00 to Friday 2013-08-30 23:59:59
Number of valid ballots cast: 361

Using the range voting method, each potential name could attain a maximum of (361*8) = 2,888 votes.

Results:

Votes :: Name
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1549 :: Heisenbug
1291 :: Eigenstate
961 :: Félicette
879 :: Superego
826 :: Cherry Ice Cream
808 :: Chateaubriand
750 :: Santa Claus
653 :: Österreich
1 :: 20

-Robyn

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Announcing the release of Fedora 19!

The Fedora Project is delighted to announce the release of Fedora 19 (“Schrödinger’s Cat”). Open the box and take a look for yourself!

Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months.

Download it now:
http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora

Detailed information about this release can be seen in the release notes:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/19/html/Release_Notes/

** What’s New in Fedora 19? **

The Fedora Project takes great pride in being able to show off features for all types of use cases, including traditional desktop users, systems administration, development, the cloud, and many more. But a few new features are guaranteed to be seen by nearly anyone installing Fedora and are improvements that deserve to be called out on their own.

A complete list with details of each new feature is available here:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/FeatureList

== Make new things ==

Would you like to play? Whether you’re a developer, maker, or just starting to learn about open source development, we have what you need to bring your ideas to reality. Here’s a peek at some of our new tools:

* Developer’s Assistant is a tool for new developers that helps you to get started on a code project by offering templates, samples, and toolchains for a variety of languages. And when you’re finished, you can publish directly to GitHub!

* 3D modelling and printing are supported with OpenSCAD, Skeinforge, SFACT, Printrun, RepetierHost, and other tool options. Get printing without having to download binary blobs or run Python code from git.

* OpenShift Origin makes it easy for you to build your own Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) infrastructure, allowing you to enable others to easily develop and deploy software.

* node.js is a popular Javascript-based platform for those building scalable network applications or real-time apps across distributed devices.

* Ruby 2.0.0 moves into Fedora but keeps source-level backwards compatibility with your Ruby 1.9.3 software. We’re also giving you a custom Ruby loader to use to easily switch interpreters.

* MariaDB offers a truly open MySQL implementation and is now the default MySQL option in Fedora.

== Deploy, Monitor, and Manage ==

You don’t have to work so hard when your machines are doing it for you. Regardless of how many you have, Fedora 19 helps you boot-manage your systems and gives you the tools you need for diagnosis, monitoring, and logging.

* systemd Resource Control is one of many systemd enhancements in this release. It lets you modify your service settings without a reboot by dynamically querying and modifying resource control parameters at runtime.

* Kerberos administrators no longer need their clients to sync their clocks or to have reverse DNS records carefully setup for services. Fedora 19 also includes Kerberos-enabled, LDAP replicated, two-factor authentication for FreeIPA.

* Checkpoint & Restore lets you checkpoint and restore a process. It is useful for issues like process failure or moving a process to another machine for maintenance or load balancing.

* OpenLMI is a common infrastructure for the management of Linux systems that makes remote management of machines much simpler.

== Desktop Environments and Spins ==

GNOME 3.8 brings new applications such as clock and improvements to the desktop including privacy and sharing settings, ordered search, frequent applications overview, and additionally provides the ability to enable GNOME Classic (“classic mode”) for a user experience similar to GNOME 2 built out of a collection of GNOME Shell extensions.  Refer to https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.8/ for more details.

KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10: A modern, stable desktop environment, KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10 includes new features for printing and screenlocking, better indexing of files, and improved accessibility features.  Refer to http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.10/ for more details.

MATE Desktop 1.6 introduces a large number of improvements to this traditional, GNOME 2-like desktop interface. Refer to http://mate-desktop.org/2013/04/02/mate-1-6-released/ for more details.

== Spins ==

Spins are alternate versions of Fedora.  In addition to various desktop environments for Fedora, spins are also available as tailored environments for various types of users via hand-picked application sets or customizations.

Interest-specific Spins include the Design Suite Spin, the Robotics Spin, and the Security Spin, among others. Other available desktop environments, in addition to the GNOME 3.8 desktop which is shipped in the default version of Fedora 19, as well as those highlighted above, Xfce, Sugar on a Stick, and LXDE.

To see all of the Official Fedora 19 Release Spins, visit:
http://spins.fedoraproject.org

Nightly composes of alternate Spins are available here:
http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes

*** Downloads, upgrades, documentation, and common bugs ***

Start by downloading Fedora 19:
http://get.fedoraproject.org/

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrading

Fedora now includes FedUp in order to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 19.

*** Documentation ***

Read the full release notes for Fedora 19, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/

Because of the number of changes to the installer, we particularly suggest taking a peek at the Installation Guide:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/19/html/Installation_Guide/index.html

Fedora 19 common bugs are documented at:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F19_bugs

This page includes information on several known bugs in the installer, so we recommend reading it before installing Fedora 19.

*** Contributing ***

We can’t build Fedora inside a box. We need your help! Bug reports are especially helpful–if you encounter any issues, please report them!

Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you can contribute, including documentation, marketing, design, QA, and development.

To learn how to help us, visit:
http://join.fedoraproject.org/

*** Fedora 20 ***

Fedora 20 has been in active development for several months already. We plan to release it in November 2013, though the final schedule is part of the planning process and subject to change:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/Schedule

*** Contact information ***

If you are a journalist or reporter, you can find additional information here:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Press

Enjoy!

-Robyn Bergeron

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