Fedora Elections – it starts now

You know it’s election season.  The commercials are unavoidable.  Candidates kissing babies.  “The other guys say…”.  Shameless promotion and pandering.  Division and false dichotomies rule the airwaves.

However, in Fedora-land, the tenor is quite calm, welcoming, and actively non-partisan, even though we have several elections going on.

First (timewise), the code name for Fedora 15.  This is the quirky name that we give each release, that both serves as inspiration for the artwork that our fantastic design team generates, and that ties our releases together, both backwards in history to our Red Hat Linux roots and continuing on with each subsequent Fedora release.  Each code name has a non-obvious link to the predecessor release, while leaving wide open the range of future release names.

After sifting through 50 suggestions, and trimming the list for possible trademark conflicts, we are left with 5 names that any Fedora member can vote for:

- Asturias
- Blarney
- Sturgis
- Lovelock
- Pushcart

Take a moment to reflect on the nature of each of the above, and then vote for your favorite.

Second, we have started the nomination process for the semi-annual election of seats on the Fedora Project Board and the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo), and for the annual election of members of the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAMSCo).  These are important, highly visible, volunteer positions which guide the Project as a whole, the technical details of the “product” of Fedora the distro, and coordinate the activities of our outreach and evangelism teams.  Please consider running for one of these offices by nominating yourself, or, you may nominate someone you would like to see be elected (with their consent of course).

For my part, I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board for the last 5 years since its inception.  We have come a long way during my tenure, from the elimination of the dreaded “Core vs Extras” distinction, to the creation of the Spins and Remixes processes that let anyone, anywhere, use Fedora for any purpose, to the creation of the Stable Updates policy, and finally a Vision Statement we can all get behind.  While there is plenty more to be done, it’s time for me to step aside from policy-making, and assist a new Board in delivering on these visions.  I thank the community for allowing me to serve on the Board thus far, and am counting on you to support the newly elected Board, FESCo, and FAMSco, in continuing to develop and deliver a fantastic distribution.

Linux Plumbers Conference: User-visible Network Issues Mini-Conf

At the Linux Plumbers Conference November 3-5, 2010 in Cambridge,
MA, we have a half-day mini-conference set aside on Thursday
morning (so as to follow immediately, but not conflict with netconf)
to discuss “User-visible Network Issues” – challenges that users face,
that could benefit from both userspace and kernel enhancements to make
their lives easier.

Accepted topics are:

* Challenges in Mobile Networking
Challenges that we have with networking in the mobile space.
Led by Dan Williams

* Network Device Naming
Which of my NICs is eth0?
Led by Matt Domsch

* Scaling techniques in the stack for servers with high connection rates
This talk will describe some techniques for scaling front end
servers. In particular, we will describe the the use of SO_REUSEPORT
in scaling servers for high connection rates with a single listening
port.
Led by Ying Cai

* Simplifying network configuration for VMs by harmonizing multiple Bridging, QOS, DCB and CNA implementations
Led by Shyam Iyer, with John Fastabend

While I’m sure the individual topics will generate great discussion,
it will be vital that members of the netdev community be present to
represent the kernel developers’ perspectives on the problems and to
help brainstorm solutions.  Most of these topics have significant
kernel components to them, and without additional kernel developer
participation, I fear we would just be talking to ourselves, but no
real progress made.  I invite you to attend LPC, and this
mini-conf in particular, and lend your expertise.

If you would attend LPC, except that the conference fee is a burden,
please let me know.  I have at least one pass available for mini-conf
participants.