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===Breaking News of the Week===
 
===Breaking News of the Week===
  
====New FAmSCo election guidelines====  
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====Fedora 18 release name====
[[User:Cwickert|Christoph Wickert]]<ref>christoph.wickert at googlemail.com</ref> on Thu Apr 26 11:19:10 UTC 2012 announced<ref>http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003063.html</ref>,
 
  
"after months of - sometimes controversial - discussion I am am happy to
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Robyn Bergeron robyn.bergeron at gmail.com
announce the new FAmSCo election guidelines <ref>https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAmSCo_election_rules</ref>. For those of you, who
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Mon Apr 30 13:51:00 UTC 2012
did not follow the discussion, here is a brief summary of the three most
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http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003067.html
important changes:
 
  
=====More continuity=====
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"Thank you to everyone who participated in voting for the Fedora 18
Instead of electing all seats once a year, we follow the example of the
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release name. The name for Fedora 18, the follow-up to Beefy Miracle,
Fedora Board and FESCo and elect half of the committee every 6 months or
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is:
with every release of Fedora.  FAmSCo will not change over sudden and
 
new members can easily catch up with their new duties by learning from
 
others.
 
  
=====Easier filling of vacant seats=====
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      Spherical Cow
Every committee is in danger of members becoming inactive.  This can
 
happen to all of us for various reasons such as our dayjobs or personal
 
problems.  Under the old guidelines  <ref>https://fedoraproject.org/w/index.php?title=FAmSCo_election_rules&oldid=269322  </ref>, we had to wait until only 3
 
members left - even with 2 left the committee is hardly operational -
 
and then call a supplementary election - which never happened even
 
though we had only 4 active members.  Now we are filling vacant seat
 
when necessary, either with runner-up candidates from the previous
 
elections or by appointing new members.
 
  
=====Wider electorate=====
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Voting period:  Friday 2012-04-20 00:00:00 to Friday 2012-04-27 00:00:00
The ambassadors represent the whole Fedora Project, this is why now not
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Number of valid ballots cast:  429
only ambassadors are eligible to vote for FAmSCo, but everybody who has
 
signed the Contributors License Agreement and is member of (at least)
 
one other group in the Fedora Account System (FAS) is allowed to vote.
 
This will not only strengthen FAmSCo's position but also help candidates
 
who are active in other groups of the Fedora project.
 
  
Last but not least the guidelines have been massively cleaned up.
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Using the range voting method, each candidate could attain a maximum
 +
of (429*8) = 3,432
  
We think that the new guidelines are a big improvement and want them to
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Results:
come into effect as soon as possible.  Therefor we will have a special
 
election for Fedora 18 (the next regular elections were scheduled for
 
F19).  All 7 seats in FAmSCo are open for election.  In order to make
 
the transition to the new alternating terms, the top 4 vote-getters will
 
serve 2 Fedora releases, the bottom 3 will have to run for re-election
 
after one release.
 
  
More about the upcoming ambassadors elections to come later this week as
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Votes :: Name
part of the general Fedora 18 elections announcement.  Please help us
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-------------------------------
getting a better, stronger and more active FAmSCo by casting your votes.
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1359 :: Spherical Cow
 +
1087 :: Halva
 +
1072 :: Chamoy
 +
1035 :: Pamukkale
 +
964 :: Tandoori Chicken
 +
930 :: Frankfurter
 +
821 :: Pop Soda
 +
536 :: Ketchy Ketchup"
  
If you have feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to askWe are
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looking for your input on the Fedora ambassadors mailing list<ref>https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/ambassadors</ref>."
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 +
====Formally announcing FUDCon: Paris and FUDCon: Lawrence.====  Robyn Bergeron
 +
 
 +
Robyn Bergeron rbergero at redhat.com
 +
Tue May 8 14:06:41 UTC 2012
 +
http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003068.html
 +
 
 +
"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 [1].  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) [2], 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 sourceI 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 [3], at the University of
 +
Kansas.  While you can peruse the bidding page [4] 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 [5].
 +
 
 +
Cheers,
 +
 
 +
Robyn
 +
 
 +
[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Paris_2012
 +
[2] http://www.openworldforum.org/
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[3] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Lawrence_2013
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[4]
 +
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Bid_for_Lawrence_2013#About_Lawrence
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[5] http://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fudcon-planning"
  
 
<references/>
 
<references/>
  
====Fedora Elections: General information, and questionnaire opening.====   
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====Appointment to the Fedora Board, and Elections Reminder====  Robyn Bergeron
[[User:Rbergero|Robyn Bergeron]]-Fedora Project Leader<ref>rbergero at redhat.com</ref> on Fri Apr 27 11:52:50 UTC 2012 announced<ref>http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003065.html</ref>,
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 +
Robyn Bergeron rbergero at redhat.com
 +
Tue May 8 17:29:41 UTC 2012
 +
http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003069.html
 +
 
 +
"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.
  
"It is once again time for election season to begin.  As noted in the
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Additional information about Elections can be seen here:
elections schedule<ref>http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections#Committee_Elections_Schedule</ref>, the elections questionnaire is now open to
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections
populate with questions for candidates, and will close on May 8th.  The
+
 
elections nomination period will begin AFTER the questionnaire period
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A complete history of Board Members is available here:
has closed.
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/History
 +
 
 +
Cheers,"
 +
 
 +
<references/>
  
You may add your burning questions for candidates to answer here:
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====The Future of release names====  Toshio Kuratomi
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F18_elections_questionnaire<ref>http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F18_elections_questionnaire
 
</ref>
 
  
 +
Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
 +
Wed May 9 08:39:18 UTC 2012
 +
http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003070.html
  
The following seats are available in this election:
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"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.
  
* '''Fedora Project Board: 3 seats'''
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The Board decided that it would be worthwhile to come up with a new
* '''FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee): 5 seats'''
+
procedure for selecting the name for the Fedora 19 release and beyond to
* '''FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee): 7 seats'''
+
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:
  
Please take note of the following changes for this election:
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(1) Answer the following questions:
  
* All questions for the questionnaire must be submitted by May 8th,
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* What benefits does the Project get from the current release naming
prior to the beginning of nominations. As seen in the schedule above,
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  process?
the nomination period does not start until May 9th.
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* What changes do people want to see in a revised process?
* As noted on announce-list<ref>http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003063.html</ref>, FAmSCo is electing all 7 seats this
 
cycle, with the goal of having staggered elections similar to the Board
 
and FESCo. Additionally, voting eligibility has been widened to allow
 
anyone who has signed the FPCA AND is a member of at least one
 
additional non-FPCA/CLA group. (In other words: No longer just
 
ambassadors, but those part of other teams as well.)
 
  
Full election information may be seen here:
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(2) Come up with at least one proposal and analyze it according to the
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections<ref>http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections</ref>
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    answers to the previous questions.
  
Participating in these bodies are one of many ways to contribute to  
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If anyone is interested in coming to a weekly meeting to work on this,
Fedora; I encourage you to consider running, or to urge those you
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please feel free to contact meIf anyone would like to champion this,
believe are excellent candidates to runAdditionally, your
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please contact me ASAP so I know whether there is someone else who's going
contributions are welcomed in helping to keep the elections running
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to champion this or if I need to lead the effort.
smoothly; volunteers are needed to help collect questionnaire answers
 
from candidates, as well as for scheduling and moderating town halls. 
 
If you are interested in helping with those efforts, please contact [[User:Inode0|John
 
Rose]]<ref>http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Inode0</ref>.
 
  
And a big thank you! to John for coordinating the elections thus far,
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I've put up a wiki page that tries to summarize the answers to the first two
your efforts are very much appreciated."
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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)."
  
 
<references/>
 
<references/>

Revision as of 17:03, 11 May 2012

Announcements

Fedora Announcements are the place where you can find the major coverage from the Fedora Project including general announcements[1], development announcements[2] and Fedora Events[3].

Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam

Breaking News of the Week

Fedora 18 release name

Robyn Bergeron robyn.bergeron at gmail.com Mon Apr 30 13:51:00 UTC 2012 http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-April/003067.html

"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:

     Spherical Cow

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

Results:

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.==== Robyn Bergeron

Robyn Bergeron rbergero at redhat.com Tue May 8 14:06:41 UTC 2012 http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003068.html

"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 [1]. 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) [2], 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 [3], at the University of Kansas. While you can peruse the bidding page [4] 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 [5].

Cheers,

Robyn

[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Paris_2012 [2] http://www.openworldforum.org/ [3] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Lawrence_2013 [4] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Bid_for_Lawrence_2013#About_Lawrence [5] http://lists.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fudcon-planning"


====Appointment to the Fedora Board, and Elections Reminder==== Robyn Bergeron

Robyn Bergeron rbergero at redhat.com Tue May 8 17:29:41 UTC 2012 http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003069.html

"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

  1. 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: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections

A complete history of Board Members is available here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/History

Cheers,"


====The Future of release names==== Toshio Kuratomi

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com Wed May 9 08:39:18 UTC 2012 http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-May/003070.html

"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)."


Fedora Development News

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exiv2-0.23 coming soon

Rex Dieter[1] on Wed Apr 25 13:07:31 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"I plan on importing exiv2-0.23 into rawhide soon'ish. It includes an ABI bump, so dependent packages will require rebuilding, including:

  • calligra
  • darktable
  • entangle
  • geeqie
  • gipfel
  • gnome-color-manager
  • gnome-commander
  • gpscorrelate
  • gthumb
  • gwenview
  • hugin
  • immix
  • kde-runtime
  • krename
  • libextractor
  • libgexiv2
  • libkexiv2
  • luminance-hdr
  • merkaartor
  • oyranos
  • pyexiv2
  • rawstudio
  • strigi
  • ufraw

I'll take care of kicking off a round of rebuilds for these."

Announcing easyfix

Pierre-Yves Chibon[1] on Thu Apr 26 09:12:28 UTC 2012 announced[2]

"Good news everyone (© Farnsworth),

The easyfix project is now live: [3]


As a new-comers, you will be able to find a list of projects which have bugs/requests considered to be easy to work on (ie: you do not need a deep understanding of the project to fix/implement it). The projects are divers and the tickets broad : from fixing typo, add a link in a template (dev) to add a node to nagios monitoring (sysadmin) via making the fedoraproject.org page w3c valid (websites). So everyone should be able to find for his taste.


As upstream, you will have a way to attract new-comers to your project and fixing easier tasks while you focus on the harder/more complex one ;-)


Easyfix gathers the tickets from fedorahosted and bugzilla. If your project hosted on fedorahosted.org and you would like to have it included, the instruction are on the wiki: [4] If you have bugzilla ticket which you consider easy to fix (remember, easy for a new-comer != easy for you!), feel free to add the 'EasyFix' keyword to the bugzilla ticket. Hope this helps..."

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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 (March 2012 - May 2012)

  • North America (NA)[1]
  • Central & South America (LATAM): [2]
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)[3]
  • India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)[4]

Past Events

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  • Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
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  • Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
  • Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
  • LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.