Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
Fedora Sri Lanka Community and Mailing list
"Dear Sri Lanka Contributors at the Fedora Project,
I am happy to announce that lk.fc.o is active now. Please contact us so that we can create an account for you and you can start posting. Please join with the Sri Lankan community group so that any request can be made and ideas can be discussed.
Regards, Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera(bckurera) Fedora Ambassador Sri Lanka Event Liaison - Design Team"
GPG keysigning event at FUDCon Blacksburg 2012 (and CAcert Assurance Event)
"We are planning a GPG Key Signing event at FUDCon Blacksburg, which will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1600 (4pm). If you are interested in participating, please add your info so we can compile a list of participants and keys. So far we have 22 keys signed up and we hope to have even more. That wiki page also has more information about how we will conduct the event.
I intend to print copies of the GPG key list on either Monday or Tuesday, I will probably be waiting until Tuesday, but please sign up as early as you can. I will also publish on my fedorapeople site a gpg signed copy of the key list. The current version and the signature will both be updated after the final list is generated.
If you don't get signed up in time, you can still participate, just bring printed slips with the output of 'gpg --fingerprint YOURKEYID' printed on them to hand out at the event.
We will also be hosting a CAcert assurance event immediately following/in conjunction with the GPG keysigning event. Please see https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Blacksburg_2012_CAcert_Assurance_Event for more information and a place to sign up for that. We will have enough assurers present for you to receive well over the 100 points that you need in order to qualify to become an assurer yourself. Please note that if you intend to participate in the CAcert event, the name in your government issued photo ID must match the name recorded in your CAcert account.
For more information on either event, feel free to contact me at nb at fedoraproject.org or nb at cacert.org
Thanks and see you at FUDCon!
Wireless Access at FUDCon Blacksburg
"If you are attending FUDCon:Blacksburg next week (January 13-15), you need to request a guest internet access account in order to use the guest wireless access on the Virginia Tech campus. It is requested that you sign up for this account PRIOR to your arrival at FUDCon. Pretty please.
Directions for obtaining wireless access are listed on the FUDCon Blacksburg wiki page
However, since I'm really nice, I'll spell it out in this email as well:
1. Go to the guest wireless registration page, here:
2. Enter start date: 1/13/2012, for example
3. Enter end date: 1/15/2012, for example
4. Sponsoring Department: Select "Mathematics"
5. Contact Person: Enter "Ben Williams" (our awesome, gracious host and
contact at VT)
6. Purpose: FUDCon
7. Click the "Create Request" button
8. Enter email address and select "New Guest"
9. Fill out form including secret questions, password boxes, and agree
to the Acceptable Use Policy
10. Click "Create Account"
11. Receive email in your inbox and verify your request.
Thanks, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next week in Blacksburg! :)
FUDCon Blacksburg activity: Try my keyboard!
Sometimes, even the most hard working programmer/system administrator/graphic designer/packager needs to take a break and do something fun. So this FUDCon, let's plan on taking some time on Friday to do something that's fun for computer enthusiasts of all ages -- try out other people's hardware! Specifically, their keyboards, mice, graphics tablets, and other human to computer input devices.
In typical barcamp style, the devices present will depend on the attendees. I'll be bringing a couple of mechanical switch keyboards (yes, they still make those ;-) and some of the design team members will be bringing some graphics tablets. If anyone has an IBM Model M, a Kinesis Pro, an MS explorer trackball, or any other input device that feels "just right" to you we'd love to have you bring it along to share (and sign up on the wiki so we know to track you down when the time is right.)
Fedora Development News
The Development Announcement list is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora development.
Acceptable Types of Announcements
- Policy or process changes that affect developers.
- Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
- Tools changes that affect developers.
- Schedule changes
- Freeze reminders
Unacceptable Types of Announcements
- Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
- Anything else not mentioned above
Packages with inactive owners orphaned and inactive comaintainers removed
"As part of the announced cleanup after the mass password and ssh key reset, packages that had owners who were inactive at this time were orphaned. comaintainer who were inactive were likewise removed from packages.
The list of orphaned packages is here:
The list of packages that lsot comaintainers is here:
The perl-* packages owned by cweyl were reassigned ownership to mmaslano, one of the comaintainers under the assumption that this was what the perl team would desire. If that assumption was wrong, some of those packages may be orphaned in the next few days as well:
The ticket with all the details is here:
Inactive package maintainers cleanup on 2012-01-10
Kevin Fenzi announced:
Last year we asked everyone to change their fedora account system password and upload a new ssh public key. The deadline for this was 2011-11-30. Those who had not uploaded a new key or changed their password were marked 'inactive' in the fedora account system.
Some subset of those inactive users were/are package maintainers. On 2012-01-10, we are going to remove these inactive users from package acls. This will result in some packages being orphaned and available for other maintainers. Any packages not owned prior to Feature Freeze for Fedora 17 (2012-02-07) will be retired.
A full list of users and packages and acls affected as of 2012-01-06 can be found at:
If you know a user who is currently inactive and affected by this process and have a way to contact them, please ask them to change their password and upload a new ssh key and they will continue to hold their package acls.
The purpose of event is to build a global Fedora events calendar, and to identify responsible Ambassadors for each event. The event page is laid out by quarter and by region. Please maintain the layout, as it is crucial for budget planning. Events can be added to this page whether or not they have an Ambassador owner. Events without an owner are not eligible for funding, but being listed allows any Ambassador to take ownership of the event and make it eligible for funding. In plain words, Fedora events are the exclusive and source of marketing, learning and meeting all the fellow community people around you. So, please mark your agenda with the following events to consider attending or volunteering near you!
Upcoming Events (December 2011 - May 2012)
- North America (NA)
- Central & South America (LATAM): 
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
- India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
Archive of Past Fedora Events
- Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
- Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
- Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community members.
- Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
- Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
- LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.