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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 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:

Feedback is welcome before pushing it to stable.


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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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 at

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:

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


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.



Chromium 47 available for testing

Chromium users of both architectures (32 e 64 bit), release 47.0.2526.80 is available for testing now. There are no major updates, you will probably notice the bookmark folders now are black instead of yellow. This can make them unreadable if you are using a dark theme. Developers are aware of that, if you want to follow the discussion just look at this ticket.

RPMs for F21-F22-F23 and rawhide are on COPR, just look or configure the non-stable repositories:

Any feedback is welcome before pushing it to the stable repo.


Running for the Council

No it’s not a joke, I really decided to run for the Council and actually the voting period is still open.

The main reason why I’m running for it is to give more community ideas to the actual body, which is composed mainly by US guys and RedHat employees or at least RH involved. I had the great opportunity in the last couple of years to attend all main events in our regions, from Beijing to Managua, through Rochester and Cordoba. This gave me the chance to get in contact with all local communities, much more than it’s possible just by writing mails or chatting on IRC. Furthermore I’m the founder of the italian Fedora community ten years ago, so I feel when it comes to end users I have many stories I can tell.

End users should always remain our main focus and Fedora did a lot of things for them during the last years, now we need to get out the news better and in a more innovative way. Budgeting will be very important and the key decisions will tell us in which direction we want to go in the next years.

You can read my full interview in our Community Blog, voting period is still open and will close promptly at 23:59 of december 14th. Good luck to all candidates!

Two week Atomic images now on

One of the tasks websites team had for the final F23 release were the two week atomic images. In fact, for the past two Fedora releases, we’ve included an Atomic Host cloud image as a non-blocking deliverable. However, upstream Atomic is moving very fast — by the end of the alpha, beta, final stabilization cycle Fedora uses, the released artifact is basically obsolete. Additionally, the Project Atomic team at Red Hat wanted to do their ongoing development work in the Fedora upstream, and the six-month release cycle does not lend itself to that.

So we worked on an automated solution to pull automatically the updated atomic images through fedimg. Ralph Bean aka threebean did a really great work on it and after some delays from the Cloud WG we were finally able to start the new Atomic release cycle this week. All is going really fine now and we also added a short message in the Atomic download page about the age of the image users will get.

Thanks to all involved in this task, but mainly to Ralph!

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