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Fedora Weekly News Issue 291

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 291[1]. The Fedora Weekly News team is being streamed and dedicated the major highlights of last week of March 2012.

The breaking news of the week is the announcement of opening student application of Google Summer Code and the Fedora 17 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The Trade Press and Marketing news covers the Fedora Audio Spin: Creating Music With Fedora, Fedora 18 planning, and Fedora on Raspberry Pi expressively.

The thoughtful article about What Follows a Fedora Linux Miracle? has been beautifully integrated in the news along with the Fedora naming process and its uniqueness.

Recent issues of FWN are now being published to Fedora Insight[2]. Insight offers RSS features, multimedia capabilities and more, beyond the mailshot/wiki FWN you have come to know and love. Try it out, and we'd love to hear your feedback!

Fedora Project is the right place for you and you can simply show your interest in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page[3]. We welcome reader feedback:

FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson, Rashadul Islam


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

GSoC : Students application period started

Fedora Ambassador - APAC region and Event Liaison - Design Team: Buddhika Chandradeepa Kurera[1] on Mon Mar 26 17:53:07 UTC 2012[2] announced to the Fedora community specially to those who are students about the Google Summer of Code: Students application period started.

"The students application period will be open[3] from today, 26th March 1900 UTC. Interested students can start submitting their applications (proposals) to the Fedora project and google-melange.

Please make sure you complete following on or before the deadline, 06th April, 1900 UTC. Do not wait till the last minute, no late proposals will be entertained by gsoc program admins or Fedora project.

Complete how-to guide on submitting proposals [4] to the Fedora project can be found at wiki [5] and each and every proposal should be submitted via the as well. (get registered with the program if you dont) You should create your proposal on the wiki[6] and send the link to the summer-coding mailing list. One student can submit more than one proposal[7] but bare mind the quality matters than the quantity.

A template of the application[8] should be followed. Every question should be answered on the application template. Feel free to add anything important and related except the questions noted on the application template. But make sure all the questions on the application template will be answered.

If anything is not clear please do contact me or admins or your mentor. Further please keep in touch with the summer-coding mailing list and GSOC 2012 wiki page[9], important notifications/ notices will be forwarded/ displayed.

Happy Summer Coding !!!"

Fedora Development News

The Development Announcement[1] 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)
  • Discussion
  • Anything else not mentioned above

Fedora 17 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting, Wednesday, March 28, @17:00 Eastern

Fedora New Project Leader, Robyn Bergeron[1] on Mon Mar 26 13:25:12 UTC 2012 announced[2],

"Please join us on in #fedora-meeting-1 for this important meeting. Will the Beefy Miracle live up to the latter half of its name? Attend this meeting and find out! :)

  • Wednesday, March 28, 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:[3]

In the meantime, keep an eye on the Fedora 17 Beta Blocker list:[4]

Ongoing Beta RC test results can be seen here:[5]

Cheers! (And do note that we will be in #fedora-meeting-1!)"

Fedora Events

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

Past Events

Archive of Past Fedora Events[1]

Additional information

  • 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.

Fedora In the News

In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is re-posted to the Fedora Marketing list[1].

Contributing Writer: Jason Brooks

Fedora Audio Spin: Creating Music With Fedora

Rahul Sundaram posted[1]:

"The Fedora Audio spin will be targeted at both enthusiasts and professionals alike. We are also see the Live CD's for new users who have always wanted to try out Linux Audio but weren't sure where to start. Hopefully the live CD can also serve as a backup portable studio with all the packages you need!"

The full interview is available[2].

Fedora 18 Planning: Name suggestions, system log and ARM support

Rahul Sundaram and Henrik Heigl posted[1]:

"While the Fedora developers are working on the beta of Fedora 17, which is due to be released in two weeks, first plans are already being made for the Fedora 18 distribution which is expected to arrive this autumn – these include name suggestions, a greater significance of the ARM port, and a proposal to switch logging to the journal that is part of Systemd."

The full article is available in English[2] and in German[3].

Additional coverage on Fedora 18 planning, in German[4].

What Follows a Fedora Linux Miracle?

Rahul Sundaram posted[1]:

"The Fedora naming process is like no other. Community members suggest and vote on names, there is no benevolent dictator that chooses these names. The only catch is that the name needs to somehow/somewhat be related to the previous release name."

The full article is available[2].

Fedora on Raspberry Pi

Rahul Sundaram posted[1] a handful of articles about Fedora on Raspberry Pi:

"The operating system, which comes as an SD card image 'includes a little over 640 packages, providing both text-mode and graphical interfaces (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE)/ XFCE) with an assortment of programming languages, applications, system tools, and services for both environments. There are over 16,000 software packages available from the Fedora ARM repositories which can be easily installed using the Internet to customize your system to meet your needs and interests (again, using either command-line or graphical tools).'" (ZDnet)

The coverage includes articles from OStatic[2], ZDnet[3], The H[4], and The Inquirer[5].