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FUDCon Phnom Penh 2016 – day 2

While the first day was a great success, the second day didn’t have the same number of attendees and interest. Unfortunately it was sunday and although the rain season was over, it was raining in the morning.

And last but not least, my websites workshop was the first talk this day, not the best conditions to get a lot of people. And indeed, there were just a few persons in the room, so I decided to change the workshop a bit and sit down with them to explain how the websites development is done and how we build the websites in Fedoraland. I knew network connections were critical and I would never been able to build getfedora.org locally without a connection, so I prepared USB sticks with the websites repo on it and also a patch to apply to the repo to be able to build the websites without data from outside.

At the end probably we won’t get new contributors for the websites team, but never say never. Some guys were very interested and started also to do some work on easy fixes. It was very useful also for me, because their questions made me understand where people encounter difficulties and where we need to improve our docs.

IMG_20161106_103032The next talk was about Localization, yes I call it still localization but I was also told we have Globalizations now. Well, Tommy He did a good job to introduce people in translations, although some aspects where probably too deep for new users. As a maintainer on Zanata I wanted to understand how we can do better Internationalization and what translators need most to get their work done faster.

Tommy was able to touch some good and interesting points within the translation process and showed also how the teams are working actually. It’s always a good thing to get these kind of stuff directly from a very experienced translator.

After lunch I decided to attend some minor talks, some of them not directly related to Fedora, but where I spoke to the attendees about our Operating System, handing also out some DVDs for those who didn’t get one the day earlier.

The evening was FUDPub time! Yeah, not as normal, but we had almost the whole restaurant for us, because all volunteers participated, even from the barcamp. Food was good and beer too. All key volunteers got a nice price and were mentioned publicly during a sort of victory ceremony, with live music.

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The combination with the Barcamp first and then also with all the volunteers at the end of FUDCon for the FUDPub was a good choice, we had a lot of fun and personally I also learned a lot more about APAC in general. It’s a very interesting region with big opportunities, specially in countries like Cambodia. Thank you for inviting me and a big hug to the organizers and volunteers who made this event happen.

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FUDCon Phnom Penh 2016 – day 1

The first day of FUDCon was probably one of the best FUDCon days I have seen, so many attendees were reached only in Beijing. In both cases FUDCon was co-hosting with another event, Gnome Asia in Beijing and here in Phnom Penh it was a Barcamp. Well organized and with a lot of other people exposing their open source projects and products.

Fedora played a primary player during the barcamp and we were invited by the organizers to the podium for a group Photo, and everyone of us got a present from the University with a special khmer krama. Brian Exelbierd presented the key notes and I think he did it very well, and focused on the users/contributors to get as much interest as possible.

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After the keynotes I headed downstairs to talk to some people, which were looking around to get informations, and then went to Alex’s Eng talk about Zanata. I’m the maintainer of the websites project on Zanata, so it was interesting also for me to hear the plans and the features we will hopefully have in the near future.

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Alex answered all the questions very well and translators got a good insider view about the whole project. I think this was very useful specially for L10n folks, means for Fedora contributors.

After a quick lunch I followed a Python workshop, where Kushal did a really nice session for beginners. In Cambodia Python is not taught at Universities, therefor people started immediately to have this oooh and ahhh effect Python gives you when you see it the first time. I love Python for its simplicity (which does not mean you can write also very very complex scripts) and for its speed.

I guess the same feeling I have about Python, Kushal was able to transmit to the attendees of his workshop. It was very user focused, but he also talked a lot about the opportunities, also job opportunities, Python can give you nowadays.

Then it was my turn, I submitted a talk about the Council, which was intended to get together the leading folks of the APAC region and present what the Council is doing, what we are aiming to and to discuss with them the budget.next, which is still very new for all. A sort of “meet your Council” we are used to have at FLOCK, but in a smaller form. Brian, as FCAIC and Council member was so kind to assist me and to add more overviews about the budgeting process.

The discussion was an interesting one, and even the next day people told me they were very happy to get all these information about budget etc. I think it was very important to transmit to APAC folks how the process has changed and what they need to do from now on, while in the past some activities were less important. Reporting will become a key factor for all, and we need to improve the communication between regions and the Council/FCAIC in terms of budget planning, objectives and reporting.

First day was over and after a short shower we went to an original Khmer barbecue very near to our Hotel. We got meat, fish and vegetables and some beers….. :)

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It was a very nice evening and a good end for a very useful day for Fedora.

FUDCon Phnom Penh 2016 – day 0

After a long trip through Venice, Dubai and Saigon I finally arrived to Phnom Penh and the first thought I had was: wow, so hot and humid, that will be fun! At the exit of the airport a Tuk Tuk driver was waiting for me with a nice Fedora banner. He took my luggage and ten seconds later were in the middle of Phnom Penh’s rush hour. I think there is not really a word for it, you need to see the traffic with your eyes to understand that. Although I’m italian and I was several times to Naples and other cities of South Italy, it is nothing compared to Phnom Penh.

We reached the hotel where Sirko was already waiting, and after a bit also Bryan showed up and we decided to take a shower and go to a Khmer ‘all you can eat’ barbecue. So we took another Tuk Tuk and started a discussion about Fedora world, ideas, plans, etc. It was a very nice and useful discussion, and we did it on a cool Tuk Tuk. The barbecue was really awesome, Sirko showed us how to cook and we had a great evening.

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The next day was still partially free, so we decided to do some sightseeing with Ryan, Alex and Noriko. We went to the Royal Palace, got some food and then got separate directions. I decided to change my “Public Transport” and took a Mototaxi to the Russian Market. It’s cheaper and faster, and from that moment I always chose Mototaxis.

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The Russian Market is great, something like the Zoo Market in Beijing, but instead of having it in a building it’s located on a square. I got some souvenirs for my kids and then got back to the Hotel. We had some more beers and then went to sleep.

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Expecting FUDCon Phnom Penh

This year was a bit heavy for me and unfortunately I was not able to attend any event, but I’m going to FUDCon APAC now and I’m really happy I could plan this.

I’ll give a talk about the Fedora Council, where I’d like to explain the changes we did time ago, the budget.next thing and our plans for the next months.  Furthermore I’ll give a workshop for Websites, where I want to show our workflow, how we develop the websites and what we are planning in the near future. I hope we will have time also to work on something specific, maybe some tweaks for the upcoming Fedora 25 final release. I think it’s going to be an interesting session, so don’t miss it.

Phnom Penh will be also the occasion to meet many friends again, and I’m really happy to attend FUDCon this year.  Looking forward to see you all, I feel this is going to be a great FUDCon in APAC :)

Test Chromium 50

Russian Fedora Chromium 50.0.2661.75 is out for testing for both architectures.

This release returns to older behaviours, and some Fedora release specific instructions have been dropped. System ffmpeg and GTK3 for F24 have been disabled.

RPMs for F22-F23-F24 and rawhide (F25) are on COPR, just look or configure the experimental or testing repository:

https://copr.fedoraproject.org/coprs/churchyard/chromium-russianfedora-experiments

https://copr.fedoraproject.org/coprs/churchyard/chromium-russianfedora

Feedback is welcome before pushing it to stable.

Enjoy!

Fedora 24 Alpha released

So we have F24 Alpha since a few days, but it’s worth to recall the announcement if anyone missed it during his dayjob :)

The Fedora 24 Alpha is here, right on schedule for our planned June final release. Download the prerelease from our Get Fedora site:

What is the Alpha release?

The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 24’s editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 24 is expected in June.

If you take the time to download and try out the Alpha, you can check and make sure the things that are important to YOU are working. Every bug you find and report doesn’t just help you, it improves the experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide!

Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free software as a whole.

Fedora-Wide Changes

Under the hood, glibc has moved to 2.23. The update includes better performance, many bugfixes and improvements to POSIX compliance, and additional locales. The new library is backwards compatible with the version of glibc that was shipped in Fedora 23, and includes a number of security and bug fixes.

We’ve also updated the system compiler to GCC 6 and rebuilt all packages with that, providing greater code optimization and catching programming errors which had slipped past previous compilers.

Workstation

  • Workstation features a preview of GNOME 3.20, which was released just after the Alpha was cut. The GNOME 3.20 release is already available in the Fedora 24 update stream. Once you install Fedora 24 Alpha, you can use Software or dnf to update. GNOME 3.20 will of course be part of Fedora 24 Beta and the Final release.
  • We have decided not to make Wayland, the next generation graphic stack, the default in Fedora 24 Workstation. However, Wayland remains available as an option, and the Workstation team would greatly appreciate your help in testing. Our goal is one full release where the non-default Wayland option works seamlessly, or reasonably close thereto. At that point we will make Wayland the default with X11 as the fallback option.
  • There have been many changes to theming in GTK+ 3, where a stable API has not been declared. As a result, applications that use custom CSS theming, for example, may show issues with their appearance. This may include default applications that come with Fedora 24 Alpha Workstation. Users are asked to try out their favorite GTK+ 3 based applications and report bugs upstream so they might be addressed in time for the final release.

Server

  • FreeIPA 4.3 (Domain Controller role) is included in Fedora 24. This version helps streamline installation of replicas by adding a replica promotion method for new installs. A new topology plugin has also been added that automatically manages new replication segment creation. An effective replica topology visualization tool is also available in the webUI.
  • More packages have been removed from the default Server edition to make the footprint of the default installation smaller.

Cloud

  • For Fedora 24, we’re working hard to make Fedora the best platform for developing containers, from the base Fedora container images to a full-featured PaaS to run and manage them.
  • We’re packaging OpenShift Origin for Fedora to make it easy to run on Fedora. OpenShift Origin is a distribution of Kubernetes optimized for enterprise application development and deployment. Origin embeds Kubernetes and adds powerful additional functionality to deliver an easy to approach developer and operator experience for building applications in containers.

Spins and Labs

Fedora Spins are alternative desktops for Fedora that provide a different desktop experience than the standard Fedora Workstation edition. Fedora Workstation is built on the GNOME desktop environment and aims to provide a compelling, easy-to-use operating system for software developers, while also being well-suited to other users. Our spins showcase KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXDE, Mate-Compiz, Cinnamon, and Sugar on a Stick (Soas) on the same Fedora Base.*

Fedora Labs are collections of software for specific purposes — Games, Design, Robotics, and so on. They are pre-selected sets of Fedora software and are ideal for events or audiences with the corresponding specific interest. Fedora 24 comes with a new lab, the Astronomy Spin, a set of tools for astronomers and astrophysicists.

*: Note that the SoaS spin and Security, Games, and Design Suite labs are missing from the Fedora 24 Alpha release. We plan to fix this for the Beta release.

ARM

ARM images are available as usual for several usecases. Fedora 24 ships Desktop images, such as Spins and Workstation, but also provides a Server image. A minimal Fedora image completes the wide set of install options for you ARM board.

Atomic Host

Fedora Atomic Host releases on a two-week schedule, and each release is built on the latest overall Fedora OS. This schedule means the Atomic Host is currently built on Fedora 23, but will switch to Fedora 24 when we’re out of Beta. There currently is no Fedora Atomic Host built on Fedora 24 Alpha, but we plan to have that for the Beta.

However, you can try one of the newer features with recent Fedora Atomic Host builds today. Since Fedora 23 was released, Atomic Host has added a “developer mode” that gives a better developer experience overall. When running in DEVELOPER MODE, the host will download and start Cockpit and fire up a TMUX session to make it easier to work at the console and obtain necessary information (like the root password, IP address, etc.).

Issues and Details

This is an Alpha release. As such, we expect that you may encounter bugs or missing features. To report issues encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the mailing list or in #fedora-qa on Freenode.

As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F24 Bugs page.

For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read “how to file a bug report.”

Release Schedule

The full release schedule is available on the Fedora wiki:

The current schedule calls for a beta release towards the beginning of May, and the final release in early June.

Be aware that these dates are development targets. Some projects release on a set date regardless of feature completeness or bugs; others wait until certain thresholds for functionality or testing are met. Fedora uses a hybrid model, with milestones subject to adjustment. This allows us to make releases with new features and newly-integrated and updated upstream software while also retaining high quality.

Flock 2016: Krakow, Poland

If you’re a contributor to Fedora, or interested in getting more involved, one way to engage with our community is through Fedora premier events.

The annual North American/European conference for Fedora contributors is Flock, which takes place August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now open athttps://register.flocktofedora.org.

For more information about our Latin American and Asia-Pacific Conferences, stay tuned for announcements on the Fedora Community Blog:

Last week to submit your FLOCK talk!

FLOCK in Krakow is coming in august, but the submission deadline for talks is april 8th!!!If you like to attend FLOCK this year, specially if you are a contributor from Europe, you should submit your talk within this week.

The Council is particularly interested in talks that address any of the current Council Objectives as well as discussions around new Objectives people would like to see. Of course, innovation happens outside of Fedora itself and we’d love to hear about that as well. If you’ve been using Fedora as a foundation for other interesting Free and Open Source software and/or community work, consider submitting a talk or workshop around it.

See you in Poland!

Chromium 49 available for testing

Russian Fedora Chromium users of both architectures (32 e 64 bit), release 49.0.2623.87 is available for testing now!

There have been some changes in the last 3-4 releases and ffmpeg now has been included  and patched differently to the older versions. Also, vaapi and pdf support have been disabled and the build is done with clang again, as gcc 6 was the reason why chromium began to crash. GTK3 support has been enabled.

RPMs for F22-F23 and rawhide (F25) are on COPR, just look or configure the experimental repository:

https://copr.fedoraproject.org/coprs/churchyard/chromium-russianfedora-experiments/

No worries, we will have F24 packages once rebuilding it for the stable repository. As always, feedback is welcome before pushing it there.

Enjoy!

Torbrowser-launcher 0.2.4

Recently the launcher application for TOR browser has been updated to 0.2.3, but upstream immediatley released an important security fix and bumped the release to 0.2.4.

The update fixes a possible signature verification bypass attack, reported by Jann Horn, and should go to stable as soon as possible. If you want to help please test the package for your Fedora release version (22-23-24) and leave karma:

If you like to update your actual package to the latest release, which contains the fix:

# dnf –enablerepo=updates-testing update torbrowser-launcher

Thank you.

3 weeks left to submit your talk for FLOCK 2016

Flock in Krakow is still far away, but if you’d like to attend and submit a talk you should do it very soon. The deadline for submitting talks is april 8th!

Flock talk ideas

The Council is particularly interested in talks that address any of the current Council Objectives as well as discussions around new Objectives people would like to see. Of course, innovation happens outside of Fedora itself and we’d love
to hear about that as well. If you’ve been using Fedora as a foundation for other interesting Free and Open Source software and/or community work, consider submitting a talk or workshop around it.

Get Flock talks submitted!

Remember, without your contributions we cannot have Flock. Let’s work together to make it great.

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