When I packed up my entire life and moved to fair Rollywood this past January to be closer to Red Hat Tower and dive head-first into this role as the first ever Fedora Community Action and Impact Lead, it was an absolute dream for me. Every day, I'm working with some of the most talented, motivated, brilliant hackers, designers, and volunteers that build and ship the operating system at the core of my digital existence--not to mention much of the enterprises and infrastructure around the world. The scale of problems, and the speed at which we are solving them, is still absolutely mind-blowing to me.

I love my job.
I love my team.
I love the Fedora Community.
I love Red Hat.
Thank you, all of you.

Never did I imagine there would ever be another opportunity that could sway me from this path, which I flipped my life upside down to pursue... but then I got the call...

Things are moving quickly, and I don't have all the details yet, but it looks like I'm going to be the first ever Open Source Community Manager for the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

I have to be at campaign HQ in Brooklyn NY ready to hit the ground running on Monday.

I will be spending my last 24 hours as a Red Hatter flipping my entire life upside down, again, and I wanted to give the community one last window to ping me with any outstanding business or questions, and direct you to the appropriate channels thereafter.

After tomorrow, I'm going to be packing up and moving to Brooklyn to work 8 days a week until roughly Thanksgiving ;)

In my absence, here is a list of points of contact for FCL business (cc'd above,) until my replacement arrives.

For all things related to:

  • Fedora Council, Matthew Miller:
  • Fedora Budget, Events, and ambassadors, Joe Brockmeier:
  • Fedora Engineering/Infrastructure, Paul Frields:
  • Community Operations/CommBlog/Mktg/Misc, the Community Operations Team:

I know the timing is less than ideal, with Red Hat Summit next week, and Flock in August, but, I believe this position will bring the most visibility to the work and principles that Red Hat, Fedora, and the FOSS community stand for.

I find strength, purpose, and peace in these words of George Bernard Shaw:

"...I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. ...Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

This is one of those "once in a lifetime" moments in our history, and if the Free and Open Source Software Movement can be part of that, then I'm willing to answer the call.

Happy Hacking,



...replied to an important email thread, which caused me to discover a bug, which I reported, to then catch wind of a possible solution, which to attempt I had to hack my .ssh/config, to add a ProxyCommand, to go through a bastion host (which is more than just a hostname I found out today), to clone an ansible repo, hack on a python config, and wield git format-patch and interactive rebasing to squash commits, to attach a clean patch to a ticket, that got shouted out on the mailing list, and accepted during an infra freeze.

If that garbled mess of jargon didn't make any sense to you, fret not. You should find comfort in that at one point in my life--not even that long ago--it would not have made any sense to me either...

Don't be afraid to ask (lots of) questions.
Don't be afraid to get (very) productively lost.
Don't be afraid to be a (complete) beginner.
Don't be afraid.


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Being born when I was was a privilege.

I feel connected to everyone. I don't feel like I am disconnected from the Greatest Generation entirely, and certainly not the boomers (my parents), nor GenerationX (my aunts/uncles/peers/mentors) or Millennials (the generation which I am on the cusp of.)

The way I feel connected to these generations of folks, is through common experience. That is why I love the internet so much, as one of the great bridges between the minds of all.

Another is Music.

And particularly, Funk.

Funk, before hiphop, and after jazz, was where remix really came into it's own. Bridging generations, smashing genre boundaries, and overall just being the kind of music that no one can deny--if you've got any funk in you, it makes you move when you hear it.

And whenever I think of the Funk I was raised on, there was no other artist that got more play during my childhood than Prince.

I can close my eyes and still see scenes of my father blaring The Hits long into the Summer Evenings, with our entire back patio full of some of the happiest adult faces I saw as a child. This was easily the happiest I can ever remember seeing my parents when they were together.

I will be *forever* thankful for being exposed to all the music and art that my family listened to together, especially the free speech and sex positive messaging of Prince, even as a youngling.

I didn't always agree with Prince's Iron Fisted attitudes on DRM and "piracy," but his music has defined an era of my life that made me who I am today.

Thank you Prince for manifesting common ground between folks of my generation, and the folks who came before us. Thank you for blurring lines and smashing boundaries--musical and otherwise.

Thank you for all the happiness you brought into my life, and my family's life, through your music.

Fedora 24 Alpha released!

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:

Announcing Fedora’s Diversity Adviser

This post was originally shared on the Announce mailing list.


As some of you may recall, Fedora added a new seat to the Fedora Council for a Diversity Adviser.

It is with great pleasure that we do hereby announce, that this seat has been filled by long-time Fedora contributor María “tatica” Leandro!

What is the Diversity Adviser?

The Fedora Diversity Adviser acts as a source of support and information for all contributors and users, especially those from underrepresented populations, so that issues of inclusion and equity can be discussed and addressed with planning and strategy.

The Fedora Diversity Adviser will lead initiatives to assess and promote equality and inclusion within the Fedora contributor and user communities, and will develop project strategy on diversity issues. The Diversity Adviser will also be the point of contact for Fedora’s participation in third-party outreach programs and events.

Interview with María, Fedora’s Diversity Adviser

To help communicate the responsibilities of the position, we asked María a few questions about being the Diversity Adviser and any goals she had as she begins her new position on the Fedora Community Blog. Here is an excerpt.

Q: How would you describe your position as Diversity Adviser in relation to the current situation in Fedora?

A: “Since this is the first time Fedora set a position like this, I see my role more as an informative one. Fedora is a quite diverse community despite what most people think. We have contributors all around the world who gather every day to create fantastic software and spread knowledge; breaking gender, language and distance barriers on a daily basis.

I also want to serve as a mediator, and let our contributors know that Fedora has ears for everyone. It’s no secret that being different is great, but sometimes that puts you on a vulnerable position (as a Latin American, Spanish Speaker and Female contributor, I can relate to some), and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable with the
Fedora family.”

Q: What are some of your goals or vision as Fedora’s Diversity Adviser?

A: “I will start kicking a small survey to know how diverse our community is, as it’s important to me to understand the reach of our contributors, their experiences, needs and culture prior to start any project. It is no secret that to know our future actions we need to know our numbers, and because we are such a worldwide community, sometimes we have a huge lack of information about those who constantly help us be what we are. These actions will allow us to have a yearly report that will show us more in detail how our progress on diversity have worked out. This is not a life-time position, so my main goal is to leave all the needed information ready and available for those who will follow. Everything in Fedora is a team work, and the Diversity Adviser position is no different from others.

As we start to learn more from our contributors we will also be able to create programs to help each minority group. I would like this to be the second stage of the diversity action plan for 2016. Either gather once a week to practice English for about half an hour with some volunteers, to make monthly meetings where one of our contributors enlighten us with something about their culture; the idea is to spread knowledge beyond just technology.

Also having a monthly short meeting to discuss those topics that might need help (revisions on our politics, codes of conduct, an anti-harassment paper, etc.) or just someone that wants to tell their experiences. I’m interested into people knowing that Fedora has an insane cultural background and maybe in a near future, this will open the eyes of those who think that everything in Fedora is plain blue.”

Read more about Diversity Adviser

This interview originally appeared as part of a larger article on the Fedora Community Blog, titled “Women in Computing and Fedora”. You’re encouraged to give it a read and share it with others in and out of the community!

Women in Computing and Fedora

María is available weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30pm UTC in #fedora-diversity on Freenode, where you are invited to stop by and join the conversation.

Congratulations Tatica, and please all join me in giving her a warm welcome to the Council.

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FOSDEM 2016: Event Report

FOSDEM 2016: Event ReportOrganizing the #DistroDevRoom


As a longtime FOSS advocate and conference-goer, I have woefully from afar followed the press and event coverage after FOSDEM for many years, wishing on my lucky stars that someday, I too might be able to attend this premier FOSS event in Europe. And this year, finally, I got the opportunity to not only attend, but to help organize the Distributions DevRoom. Devrooms are a sort of mini-track within the larger conference, and ours focused on the common problems that Linux distributions, packagers, and other developers working at grand-scale community collaboration have to face.

I have participated in talk selection for conferences before, but this was by far the deepest I had delved into a track that was so close to what I see in my role as Fedora Community Lead. Thankfully, much of the day-of technical logistics were handled by the extremely capable and helpful FOSDEM volunteers and staff. As far as the pre-conference organizing, I was not in it alone. Brian Stinson and Karanbir Singh were there through the whole process of sending the CFP, vetting proposed talks, playing scheduling bingo, and making the devroom itself run smoothly.

One of the priorities we had when accepting proposals was a plurality of topics and speakers. To make this happen we did two things: 1) Schedule mostly 20 minute blocks for talks (with very few 60+ minute blocks reserved for particularly meaty topics), and 2) offer up our own local lightning talks in the DevRoom. For the lightning talks, we started with some pre-accepted talks, and but kept an opportunity for folks to sign up ‘day-of’ at the conference itself (more on why that was a good idea later.) We think this was a winning combination, and allowed many people to participate in our track, and many projects to be represented.

Fedora by the Numbers

I wasn’t just the room’s moderator, I was also a speaker at the event! I gave a talk based on metrics gathered by members of the Fedora CommOps and Infra Teams to help describe where the project was at, and tell stories with data. Special shout-out to smooge, mattdm, threebean, and bee2502 for their amazing data gathering and visualization work. You can find many of the tools and scripts used to gather this data on the fedora-stats-tools repo on GitHub.

Fedora Decks and Presos

FOSDEM by the Numbers

This was an interesting bit of data generated during the conference that showed the distribution of operating systems accessing the FOSDEM network. All told, rumor has it there were over 8000 attendees at FOSDEM this year [Citation Needed].

Électricité De France

This was an absolutely mind-boggling presentation to watch. Here are the facts listed in the bullet points below for this Debian-based distro, built by the largest provider in Nuclear Power in the country of France, and in the world.

  • 73 billion Euros in Revenue
  • 38.5 million customers
  • 623 TWh of energy produced annually
  • 136 GW production Capacity
  • 73 Nuclear Reactors, 77% of production Nationally in France
  • 158,000 Employees

Surprise Lightning Talk: Mark Shuttleworth

I was heads down all day, and it turned out that we had somehow removed the “10 minute passing periods” that we had kept during the first day of the devroom from our schedule leading up to the lightning talks. While I was prepping speaker materials and moderating the room, I had a fellow come up to my table and ask me if there were any lightning talk slots left. Glancing quickly at the board, I saw they were full, but, in the spirit of plurality, I knew that we had kept the extra 10 minutes in our lightning talk block, and I offered to give half of it to our prospective speaker. He accepted, and I forgot to ask him for his contact info.

A few hours later, that same fellow comes up at the end of our talk and asks if they can still present. I said sure, and asked him what his name was so that I could introduce him properly. There was a pause, and I looked up from me keyboard to catch him smiling as he walked up to the front of the room and told me his name was Mark Shuttleworth.

Our next speaker, Wookey, is a long time Debian core developer of many, many, years, and he was having a bit of trouble getting his laptop to connect with the projector. Mark, like a pro, kept up his low-tech chalkboard explanation for an extra 10 minutes until the technical issues with Wookey’s laptop were resolved. As soon as the projector stopped glowing blue, Mark thanked the audience and went back to the hallway track for questions.

State of ARM

This may have been one of my favorite talks to truly appreciate how much upstream firepower had gathered into one place. My tweet below is a 140 character attempt to capture that spirit. In a nutshell, Wookey would bring up a slide with a library, tell the audience he wasn’t sure about its status, and within seconds, the maintainer of that upstream library would raise their hand, and say things to the room like “I sent that patch to the list yesterday after talking with so-and-so here at FOSDEM.” It happened at least three times, and each time it gave me even more warm-and-fuzzies to know we were bringing together so many people core to ARM development in one room at FOSDEM.

From the Twitter Stream

Measuring Action and Impact: v1.0

One of the charges of the CommOps team is to help measure the action and impact of investments of time and resources that are made in the FOSS community. This, to a large extent, includes events like FOSDEM. Because events themselves happen ‘IRL’, and not mostly in revision-controlled code repositories, tracking impact can be difficult.

But CommOps Metrics Lead Bee Padalkar is a Python and data wiz, who was glad to take up the challenge. Bee started by looking at attendees who got the FOSDEM 2016 Badge at the Fedora booth at FOSDEM, and then observed their activity on the Fedmsg Bus before and after the conference. Accounts which start at the conference and then become ongoing, active contributors can be counted as measurable conference success! This script is being made generalizable by Bee and the folks in CommOps, so that we can gather pre/post Fedmsg event activity like this in the future! Very exciting and groundbreaking work for our team.


You can read about this on the CommOps mailing list, and stay tuned for more analysis of other conferences, and of course more pretty graphs.


This may have been my first FOSDEM, but I certainly hope it will not be my last. Brussels is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen, and I loved being able to use my French (I did grow up close to Canada after all). FOSDEM was amazing, and I hope to see much more of it next year. I’ll leave you all with my parting tweet.

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Dear Stefanie,

Your response made me want to cheer!


I totally worked my first unpaid internships in a large expensive east coast city post-undergrad, and failed at a few startups before finding my way back to do the tail-between-legs return to the parents’. I drove a tow-motor with three degrees, until I could afford a really shitty car, that could (barely) drive me to the “big” city nearby, and found my way back into the grind of academia at my alma-mater. I started as a volunteer (for *another* unpaid year), then part-time, then full-time, then double-time (grad skool + full-time) then double-plus-time (adjunct + research/organizing + full-time) and then FINALLY made it into the ideal job with the company I had always dreamed about, after six long years.

It felt great. It still feels good, everyday. I’m forever in debt to the people who helped me get here; my partner, parents, mentors, professors, and all the Free/Open Source developers who were willing to help me, as long as I kept helping everyone else.

Your story is inspiring, and one that everyone — “millennials” to “boomers” — could do to hear.


Your response also brought back a rush of regret and anxiety…

This ‘right of passage’ 

This ‘mythos of rugged individualism,’ 

This ‘academic and professional hazing’ 

That everyone is ‘supposed to go through,’ 

These “comeuppances”

They are still superbly destructive to yourself and others, and we shouldn’t keep wearing them like a badge of honor.

It is not OK to have to work two or three jobs, or give up nearly all of your weekends (not just one day of them occasionally) and many holidays to maybe get a shot at an opportunity to pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps because “hey, that’s life, and that is how everyone else did it, so you gotta do it that way too.”

I did my best to build a talent pipeline for hackers like me, from where I was from, so that they wouldn’t have to work unpaid jobs like I did before they got started. I spend time as a civic hacker — identifying good work for good causes for good money for good people — so that others don’t have to deal with the same kinds of crippling debt and shame.

I don’t have all the answers, but we should do our best to help those who want to help others. There is something to be said for “learning the hard way;” not every student I’ve ever mentored has been able to grow as quickly or effectively as they would when they “hit bottom.”


Some people have had it *rilly* hard already, maybe even seeing what the bottom looks like already, and could use every bit of compassion and help they can get. I know I needed it — and I was more privileged than some of my students.

I admire your gumption, and your willingness to call out entitlement when you see it, but I still don’t wish those six years on anyone else, just because I had to go through it. 

This kind of ‘work ethic’ eventually capsized nearly all of my personal relationships with people outside of that break-neck cycle — including my core partnership at home eventually.

It was hard, and we did it, but it still isn’t OK. 

Hopefully when folks like us make it to the next level, we can follow the “campsite” rule, that is; we can leave the onboarding path to fruitful careers a little bit better than when we walked it — uphill, both ways, in three feet of snow, with no shoes on ;)

Thank you for sharing your story Stefanie.

WiTNY 2016: Event Report

January has been a rather busy month. The Women in Technology New York (WiTNY) conference was my first big conference of the new year. It is also one that falls squarely in line with one of CommOps’ big priorities for this year to increase the involvement of women and underrepresented groups within our project.

Using regular posts to social media, I was able to keep a sort of log of segments of the WiTNY journey.

Pre-WiTNY Arrival

Flying into EWR from RDU was a relatively short one-and-a-half-hour flight from Raleigh, NC.

The pre-conference prep meeting was held at the new Capital One Labs facility in Manhattan, and was the first time I had seen all of the stakeholders in the same place. During the meeting, we got to hear from the facilitators about how to help guide the discussions and workshops, and enjoy a meal with all the other volunteers and speakers.

We also got our first look at the WiTNY Program booklets, which really came out splendidly.

WiTNY: Program Book Layout

WiTNY: The Big Day

Opening Keynote


Branding Yourself with Open Source Panel

WiTNY: Ask Me Anything

Breakout Sessions

Closing Keynote

Snowzilla: The Long Journey Home

Thank You

Thank you to Capital One Labs and the organizers, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers of the WiTNY conference. I got to meet so many inspiring and aspiring women and advocates, and I hope that open source can provide you with both the tools and a direction to empower you. If ever I can be a resource, my inbox is always open.

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