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Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
Breaking News of the Week
New FAmSCo election guidelines
"after months of - sometimes controversial - discussion I am am happy to announce the new FAmSCo election guidelines . For those of you, who did not follow the discussion, here is a brief summary of the three most important changes:
Instead of electing all seats once a year, we follow the example of the Fedora Board and FESCo and elect half of the committee every 6 months or 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
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 , 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.
The ambassadors represent the whole Fedora Project, this is why now not 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.
We think that the new guidelines are a big improvement and want them to 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 part of the general Fedora 18 elections announcement. Please help us getting a better, stronger and more active FAmSCo by casting your votes.
If you have feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are looking for your input on the Fedora ambassadors mailing list."
- christoph.wickert at googlemail.com
Fedora Elections: General information, and questionnaire opening.
"It is once again time for election season to begin. As noted in the elections schedule, the elections questionnaire is now open to populate with questions for candidates, and will close on May 8th. The elections nomination period will begin AFTER the questionnaire period has closed.
You may add your burning questions for candidates to answer here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F18_elections_questionnaire
The following seats are available in this election:
- Fedora Project Board: 3 seats
- FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee): 5 seats
- FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee): 7 seats
Please take note of the following changes for this election:
- All questions for the questionnaire must be submitted by May 8th,
prior to the beginning of nominations. As seen in the schedule above, the nomination period does not start until May 9th.
- As noted on announce-list, 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.)
Participating in these bodies are one of many ways to contribute to Fedora; I encourage you to consider running, or to urge those you believe are excellent candidates to run. Additionally, your contributions are welcomed in helping to keep the elections running 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 John Rose.
And a big thank you! to John for coordinating the elections thus far, your efforts are very much appreciated."
- rbergero at redhat.com
Fedora Development News
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Fedora 17 for Power Alpha Announcement
"Time flies like the wind...
As it's already time again for another Fedora release on Power, this time for Fedora 17 Alpha.
We've hit a couple of bumps along the road to the Alpha, but at long last we're finally at a state where we're ready to release it to the public.
Due to lack of developer time and hardware, Apple hardware support is at this point completely untested. Especially with the switch to grub2 we rely on community feedback and participation to make this work for this release. So if you have the hardware and want it to work, patches welcome! :)
The bits are available from your closest mirror:
More details about this Alpha release can be found here:
One of our focuses in the lead up to the beta of Fedora 17 for Power will be addressing architecture-specific packaging issues in as many packages as possible. If you own a package in Fedora which has ExclusiveArch or ExcludeArch set, please take a moment to verify that the architectures you've excluded or are exclusive to are still correct and sane.
I want to thank everyone involved in making this happen once more. Many Fedora packagers and contributors have again stepped up and helped fix issues that only appeared on Power hardware. Moreover the whole Fedora Secondary Arch team has been doing a fantastic job to get us to where we are now, especially considering that we had a complete switch of builders and hub hardware, mass rebuild and a hub failure along the way!
As usual, you can reach the whole team on the #fedora-ppc IRC channel on FreeNode and via our email list:
And we have our Secondary Arch wiki with (decently) updated information:
For Phil, Karsten, and the entire Fedora for Power team, Thanks & regards, David"
- dwa at redhat.com
Fedora 17 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting, Round 3, Wednesday, April 11, @17:00 Eastern
"Please join us on irc.freenode.net in #fedora-meeting-1 for this important meeting. This will be Round 3 of this meeting for the Beta release of F17.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @21:00 UTC (17:00 EDT/14:00 PDT)
"Before each public release Development, QA and Release Engineering meet to determine if the release criteria are met for a particular release. This meeting is called the Go/No-Go Meeting."
"Verifying that the Release criteria are met is the responsibility of the QA Team."
For more details about this meeting see: 
In the meantime, keep an eye on the Fedora 17 Beta Blocker list: 
Ongoing Beta RC test results can be seen here: 
See you there, Wednesday, in #fedora-meeting-1.
-Robyn, fingers and toes crossed thoroughly"
Fedora 17 Beta is declared GOLD
"At today's F17 Beta Go/No-Go meeting, the Fedora 17 Beta release was declared gold. F17 Beta will be released Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Thanks to everyone involved for pulling this one together and participating in the meetings, things came together well this week. :)
For those interested in the details:
Full minutes follow below.
Fedora-meeting-1: F17 Beta go no go meeting
Meeting started by rbergeron at 21:00:32 UTC. The full logs are available at "
- rbergero at redhat.com
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