Flock 2016: Save the Date

Flock 2016 will be held in…

After four bids (again this year!) and months of comparisons and research, the Flock Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Flock 2016 will be held in Krakow, Poland from Tuesday August 2nd, through Friday August 5th.

The City of Krakow

The city of Krakow is the second largest city of Poland and is the country’s former capital. Krakow is the top tourist destination in Poland. The city basks in the glory of its long history and it greatly treasures its reputation as the culture capital of Poland.

Krakow’s seven universities plus almost twenty other institutions of higher education make it the country’s leading center of science and education. Krakow is the metropolis of southern Poland and the capital city of the Malopolska Province. The city has about 755,000 permanent residents and the Krakow conurbation totals some 1.5 million people.

Thank you Bidders!

Flock wouldn’t be possible without participation by community members careful researching bids. Even when they are not selected, bids help to shape the conversation around the conference, and set the bar for future bids, this year, and beyond.

Thank you to Pingou, Eseyman, Daja, and Chris for contributing your detailed and competitive bids in Paris, Toulouse, and Vienna.

The Krakow bid was submitted by Brian Exelbierd and Dominika Bula, and will continue to be updated as the Planning Committee confirms more details about the conference and its associated social events.

Register and submit talks now!

Information is coming soon about CFP deadlines, hotel lodging, and more. But you don’t have to wait! You can submit your talks along with your registration right away. Visit the official website for Flock 2016 now, where you can register and submit a talk.

Send any questions to flock-planning@lists.fedoraproject.org (and join that list if you’d like to help plan future Flock events.)

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Mailing List Migrations: Hyperkitty, Mailman3

Fedora <3 Hyperkitty

Hyperkitty is here

The Fedora Engineering team has been working on a new system for our mailing lists. Mailman 3 came out earlier this year and it has a new shiny web UI: Hyperkitty.

The Fedora Hosted lists will be migrated on November 16th, and the Fedora Project lists later in the week. After migration you should be able to use the new Hyperkitty UI to post and read the lists if you choose or continue to get emails in the traditional way.

Changes in headers and other features

There may be some changes in some headers, so if you filter your list emails be ready to adjust your filters. See wiki page below for details:

Some lists using mailman2 features not yet available in mailman3 will be migrated later. More information as well as current lists migrated, being migrated and deferred for migration can be found at:

Hyperkitty migration help

If you have any questions, feel free to ask on the Infrastructure list.

If you find a problem or issue, please file a Fedora Infrastructure ticket and we will work to fix things for your case or bug.

— The Fedora Infrastructure team

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FOSDEM 2016 Distro Devroom: Call for Participation

FOSDEM 2016 – Distributions Devroom Call for Participation

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The FOSDEM Distro Devroom will take place 30 & 31 January, 2016 at FOSDEM, in room K.4.201 at Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels, Belgium.

As Linux distributions converge on similar tools, the problem space overlapping different distributions is growing. This standardization across the distributions presents an opportunity to develop generic solutions to the problems of aggregating, building, and maintaining the pieces that go into a distribution.

We welcome submissions targeted at developers interested in issues unique to
distributions, especially in the following topics:

  • Cross-distribution collaboration issues, eg: content distribution and documentation
  • Vendor relationships (eg. cloud providers, non-commodity hardware vendors etc )
  • Future of distributions, emerging trends, evolving user demands of a platform
  • User experience management ( onboarding new users, facilitating technical growth, user to contribution transitions etc )
  • Building trust and code relationships with the upstream components of a distribution
  • Solving problems like package  and content management (rpm/dpkg/ostree/coreos)
  • Contributor resource management, centralised trust management, key trust etc
  • Integration technologies like installers, deployment facilitation ( eg. cloud contextualisation )

Submissions may be in the form of 30-55 minute talks, panel sessions, round-table discussions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions or lightning talks.


  • Submission Deadline: 10th Dec 2015
  • Acceptance Notification: 15th Dec 2015
  • Final Schedule Posted: 17th Dec 2015

How to submit

Visit https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM16

  1. If you do not have an account, create one here
  2. Click ‘Create Event’
  3. Enter your presentation details
  4. Be sure to select the Distributions Devroom track!
  5. Submit

What to include

  • The title of your submission
  • 1-paragraph Abstract
  • Longer description, including the benefit of your talk to your target audience
  • Approximate length / type of submission (talk, BoF, …)
  • Links to related websites/blogs/talk material (if any)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the devroom organizers:
distributions-devroom at lists.fosdem.org

This message brought to you by

Karanbir Singh (twitter: @kbsingh) and Brian Stinson (twitter: @bstinsonmhk) for and on behalf of The Distributions Devroom Program Committee

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Last call for Flock 2016 bids

Flock 2016 bids needed – submit now!

Flock 2016 planning is in progress! Flock is the annual conference for Fedora contributors to come together, discuss new ideas, work to make those ideas a reality, and continue to promote the foundations of the Fedora Community: Freedom, Friends, Features, and First.

Each year, project leadership works with community members who submit bids to bring Flock to their city. Flock alternates between a North American venue and an European venue each year. More Europe proposals are needed soon for next year’s event. So far, there are two bids in France, but for budget reasons, it does not seem like they will be possible. There is another bid in progress for Vienna, Austria.

It’s not too late to get a proposal in for another city! You can also look at the winning proposal for the city that hosted Flock 2015. If you want to send in a bid, two important things to focus on are cost and convenience. One popular feature of the 2015 site was that the hotel and convention center were in the same building. This would be a major boost to any 2016 bid.

If you are interested in bringing Flock 2016 to your city, you can find information on that process on the Fedora Wiki.

Send any questions to flock-planning@lists.fedoraproject.org, the official mailing list for all planning and coordination for organizing Flock every year.

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Fare Thee Well ROC City

It is with both a heavy and hopeful heart that I am here to tell you the news Rochester. I am proud of what has been accomplished here, what has been built here--personally and professionally--and I am going to miss you very much when I move to Raleigh in early 2016.

This will come as a shock to some of you who have seen me as more-or-less a fixture in the Upstate NY Hacker community for well over a decade now (Sans a few campaign seasons in the Capitol and NYC.) For others, it will be no surprise at all.

I remember the moment it changed for me. It was really nothing all that monumental, all I did was take my employee badge and swipe through a turnstyle, but I might as well have walked through the door in the back of the wardrobe. It was the first time that I had felt like a Red Hatter, walking into Red Hat. I felt like I belonged. It felt like home.

I cannot wait to open the book on this new chapter. Thank you ROC City, you will always have my heart.

Fedora 21 End Of Life on December 1st

With the recent release of Fedora 23,  Fedora 21 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on December 1st, 2015. After December 1st, all packages in the Fedora 21 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix or enhancement updates, and no new packages will be added to the Fedora 21 collection.

Upgrading to Fedora 22 or Fedora 23 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 21.

Looking back at Fedora 21

Fedora 21 was the first release to ship the Workstation, Server and Cloud editions when it was first released in December 2014. Fedora 21 Workstation was when users could first test GNOME Wayland, which is slated to be the default display server come Fedora 24. On the Server, Cockpit and Rolekit both made their debut in Fedora 21, and Fedora Cloud introduced the Fedora Atomic Host for the first time in Fedora 21.

Screenshot of Fedora 21

Fedora 21 Workstation

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project provides updates for a particular release up until a month after the second subsequent version of Fedora is released. For example, updates for Fedora 22 will continue until one month after the release of Fedora 24, and Fedora 23 will continue to be supported up until one month after the release of Fedora 25.

The Fedora Project Wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle, from development to release, and the post-release support period.

Celebrating Software Freedom Day 2015

“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business — in short, everywhere!”

Each year, Software Freedom Day (SFD) events are organized by volunteers in dozens of cities worldwide. These events each take on their own character, but typically involve some sort of address from the organizers, demos and presentations from community members, and installfests and hackathons. Each venue and organizer will have their own agenda and timeline, and there were specific things that Fedora pitched to local attendees at a number of events this year.

You can read more about the competitions and activities that attendees participated in here on the SoftwareFreedomDay page on the Fedora Wiki.

Fedora Badge-a-thon

For 24 hours over the weekend, participants had a chance to compete for cred, glory, and swag, to see who could accumulate the most Fedora Badges.

“Fedora Badges is a fun website built to recognize contributors to the Fedora Project, help new and existing Fedora contributors find different ways to get involved, and encourage the improvement of Fedora’s infrastructure.”

Participants who weren’t sure where to start were pointed toward Ralph Bean’s expertly crafted Fedora Sorting Hat at https://whatcanidoforfedora.org — a great place to match the things you are interested in with the activities that Fedora needs help with. In proper FOSS fashion, this resource is a fork of the asknot project originally built and used by our good friends over at Mozilla for their own contributor sorting hat, available at http://whatcanidoformozilla.org.

Photo of Fedora Badge-a-thon Winners

Left to Right: Aiden Kahrs, Justin W. Flory, and Eric Siegel

Justin W. Flory is a first year Network Security and Systems Administration major at Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of his course of study, he is a member of Nexthop, and RITLUG. Justin runs Fedora workstation on his Desktop and his laptop, and also has an old netbook he uses to run Fedora Server.


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Badges Total: jflory7 has earned 33 badges (11.3% of total)..

Q: What was your Badge-a-thon Strategy?
“For the most part, I went through http://whatcanidoforfedora.org. I was eyeing
the writing section, and I emailed the mktg list about contributing to
magazine. I also did a bunch of package tagging. I was in the wiki workshop at
FLOCK, and I picked up where we left off on the last day, cleaning up from the
migration in 2008, recategorizing pages, stuff like that.”

Q: What is your advice to future participants?
“The Biggest thing, “I don’t know how to write code” doesn’t mean you cannot
contribute. There are plenty of ways to help: testing builds, writing
articles, tagging packages. Just because you can’t write code, doesn’t mean
you are worthless, and it is not as scary as it might seem.”

Aidan Kahrs is a 2nd year Network Security and Systems Administration major at Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of his course of study, he is a member of the RIT Linux User’s Group (RITLUG). He runs Fedora workstation on his laptop, and another machine in his home.

Badges Total: abkahrs has earned 11 badges (3.8% of total)

Q: What was your Badge-a-thon strategy?
“Because I’m new, I wasn’t sure what to do. I started by making a proper
wiki page, and tried to contribute in ways that wouldn’t break anything. I
was nervous about what I was doing.”

Q: What is your advice to future participants?
“I would say http://whatcanidoforfedora.org is a really useful site. I liked
that that existed as a way to find out where to start doing things. There were
a couple of wiki pages too that had info on how to start contributing to the

Eric Sigel is an alumni of the RIT Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, who concentrated in Computer Engineering and Computing Security. He was also a member of the RIT Robotics Club, and NextHop. Eric’s main desktop is a Gentoo machine, and he just reinstalled Debian on his netbook. He has another fileserver at home that is also Debian, and he runs Arch on his laptop, connected to the internet via OpenWRT on his router.

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badges total: nticompass has earned 6 badges (2.1% of total)

Q: What was your Badge-a-thon strategy?
“I started looking through the badges, trying to find out how to contribute to websites. Through
http://whatcanidoforfedora.org I found “hey look, website stuff. I can write Javascript.” It wasn’t a normal HTML file, there was a compiler that generated docs, so I got started looking into how to get involved in website team. I was mostly hacking on my router, making it into a filesharing service, experimenting, because I could.”

Q: What is your advice to future particpants?
“I’m working on becoming a Fedora dev. Work on something you can hack on. Fix a
typo. Add a comment. You can push to just about anything, just find something.
There is enough out there.”



Software Freedom day is an annual world-wide celebration of Software Freedom that you can participate in next year. Thank you to our organizers and participants on campuses and cities around the world. If you have a story or photos from your local event, or if you want to organize a Fedora-specific event in your region, then just drop us a line at commops@lists.fp.o.


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Everyonceinawhile, you realize you've been brute forcing your way around some tool that you use every day. Too often, for me, that tool ends up being vim...

While I was mass editing the transcripts I used to create the FSF30 wordclouds, I realized I was doing too much manual movery to get to the next misspelled word. In a moment of clarity, I was like "hey, I bet vim has a way to properly do this!" And of course it did!


]s = move cursor to next misspelled word
[s = move cursor to previous misspelled word


The word 'harry' is a proper word, and the word 'potter' is a proper word, but if they are right next to eachother, likely you are not talking about someone persistently accosting a claysmith...

Luckily, vim will let you visually select the words together 'v2e', and then type 'zw' to mark the duo as a "wrong" word. You can then add the correctly capitalized duo of "Harry Potter" to your local dictionary by typing 'v2ezg'.

This will make "harry the potter" not show any misspellings, but "harry potter" will come up as misspelled, and when you spellcheck it, will give the proper caps.