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Fedora 18 release name by Robyn Bergeron published on Mon Apr 30 13:51:00 UTC 2012
News on Announcement Desk,
"Thank you to everyone who participated in voting for the Fedora 18 release name. The name for Fedora 18, the follow-up to Beefy Miracle, is:
Voting period: Friday 2012-04-20 00:00:00 to Friday 2012-04-27 00:00:00 Number of valid ballots cast: 429
Using the range voting method, each candidate could attain a maximum of (429*8) = 3,432
Votes :: Name
- 1359 :: Spherical Cow
- 1087 :: Halva
- 1072 :: Chamoy
- 1035 :: Pamukkale
- 964 :: Tandoori Chicken
- 930 :: Frankfurter
- 821 :: Pop Soda
- 536 :: Ketchy Ketchup"
Formally announcing FUDCon: Paris and FUDCon: Lawrence by Robyn Bergeron published on Tue May 8 14:06:41 UTC 2012
News on Announcement Desk,
"As many of you know, FUDCon is the abbreviation for Fedora Users and Developers Conference, an event we typically hold 4 times per year in various regions of the world. These events are proposed and arranged largely by Fedora contributors, and are designed to be events where contributors and those new to Fedora can learn, share, hack, and participate in various aspects of the Fedora Project.
It is with great pleasure that I am formally announcing two upcoming FUDCons:
FUDCon for the EMEA region in 2012 will be held in Paris, France, October 13-15, 2012 . This particular event will be held over those days in two locations; the first day, Saturday the 13th, will be held at the Eurosites Georges V facility, in conjunction with the Open World Forum (OWF) , and on the 14th and 15th at Universcience. I'd like to thank Kevin Raymond and the rest of the FUDCon Paris team for putting together this bid, and for working with OWF to procure space during that event for the first day of FUDCon; I think that this will be an interesting opportunity to showcase Fedora to a captive audience that is passionate about open source. I would also like to thank the other teams who submitted bids for the EMEA region.
The next FUDCon for North America will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, on the 18th through 20th of January, 2013 , at the University of Kansas. While you can peruse the bidding page  for details, I'd like to note that Lawrence is home to many awesome things: It is the birth place of the Django Project, was pinpointed as the "center of the earth" in Google Earth, was the home of William Burroughs, is the location of the awesomely-named Free State Brewing Company, has been named a top-ten college town, and most importantly, is the collegiate location of our resident Wiki Czar and Doer of Stuff, Ian Weller, who, as you may have guessed, was also the author of this FUDCon bid. A big thank-you! to Ian for volunteering to put this together.
FUDCon planning continues, in grand tradition, to be open to everyone for participation; if you are interested in contributing to the discussion or lending a helping hand, I encourage you to subscribe to the FUDCon planning mailing list .
Appointment to the Fedora Board, and Elections Reminder by Robyn Bergeron published on Tue May 8 17:29:41 UTC 2012
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"I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Garrett Holmstrom to the Fedora Board. In this election cycle, three Board seats are open for election, and two Board appointee seats are open; the first appointee, Garrett, is being appointed prior to nominations opening, and the second will be appointed after elections are completed.
Garrett (aka: gholms) has been involved in the Cloud SIG since the "early days" (early 2010, to be more precise), as the maintainer of the euca2ools package. As the group has progressed, he's taken on a number of tasks, doled out much advice and opinion, and has shown himself to be an excellent leader and communicator. He's also a regular in the #fedora-devel channel, willing to help out and answer questions as he can. I'm delighted that he has agreed to serve on the Board; I believe that, as a community, we should constantly strive to nurture and grow new leadership, and I think that Garrett's communication skills and positive attitude will be a fantastic asset to the Board as Fedora continues to evolve.
Garrett will be taking seat A3, previously held by Rudi Landmann. (And a big thank you to Rudi for his contributions as a Fedora Board member -- your time and efforts are greatly valued!)
I'd also like to remind everyone of the ongoing elections process; today, May 8th, is the last day to submit questions to the elections questionnaire. Beginning tomorrow, May 9th, nominations for the Board, FESCo, and FAmSCo will be open, closing on May 15th.
Additional information about Elections can be seen here: 
A complete history of Board Members is available here: 
The Future of release names by Toshio Kuratomi published on Wed May 9 08:39:18 UTC 2012
News on Announcement Desk,
"At the last Board Meeting, the Board looked at the poll results asking whether people felt like continuing to name releases. The results seemed to show that many people do like having a name associated with Fedora releases. However, the discussion before and after has shown there is a desire to improve upon the current method of selecting the names.
The Board decided that it would be worthwhile to come up with a new procedure for selecting the name for the Fedora 19 release and beyond to attempt to solve some of the issues that have been brought up. The Board is looking for volunteers who would like to do two things:
(1) Answer the following questions:
- What benefits does the Project get from the current release naming process?
- What changes do people want to see in a revised process?
(2) Come up with at least one proposal and analyze it according to the answers to the previous questions.
If anyone is interested in coming to a weekly meeting to work on this, please feel free to contact me. If anyone would like to champion this, please contact me ASAP so I know whether there is someone else who's going to champion this or if I need to lead the effort.
I've put up a wiki page that tries to summarize the answers to the first two questions that I've seen circulated on the advisory-board mailing list and a link to the only proposal I currently know of (mizmo's proposal to use a single theme for all of the new Fedora releases)."
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Fedora 17 Change Freeze by Dennis Gilmore published on Tue May 1 18:30:02 UTC 2012
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"the fedora 17 schedule lists the final change freeze as 2012-05-07 this means that you need to make sure that any changes you want in Fedora 17 final must be submited for stable in Bodhi before 2012-05-07 there will be a small window on monday where you can get your build in still but it is not assured. after this time only blocker bugs will be accepted to be pushed for stable. please work on testing and ensuring anything you want in final has the appropriate karma. If you have questions please drop by #fedora-releng on freenode"
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