Fedora Election – I voted

I Voted Fedora

With one week to go in the Fedora election cycle, I encourage all Fedora account holders to participate in this semi-yearly election.  This round, 2 seats on the Fedora Board (including mine), 4 seats on the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, and all 7 seats of the Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee are being elected.

I’m very pleased with the nomination process this time.  We have 7 extremely capable people who volunteered their time to serve on the Fedora Board for the next year.   Each of the other elections also had more candidates than open seats – a sign of strength and depth for the Project.  Good luck to every candidate!

Fedora Election Town Halls – Come one come all!

Fedora is gearing up for its next round of elections.  Three groups are electing members over the next several weeks:

  • Fedora Project Board is electing two members
  • Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) is electing four members
  • Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee (FAMSCo) is electing all seven members

As requested by several Fedora members, the candidates in these elections are participating in a series of Town Hall discussions on IRC.  This is your opportunity to ask them as a group anything you would like.  Want to hear what they think is Fedora’s biggest challenge, and how they will solve it?  Join us and ask!

Schedule is as follows:

  • Friday December 5, 2008 02:00 UTC (9pm US Eastern on Thursday) Fedora Board
  • Friday December 5, 2008 15:00 UTC (10am US Eastern) Fedora Board
  • Friday December 5, 2008 17:00 UTC (12pm US Eastern) FESCo
  • Saturday December 6, 2008 17:00 UTC (12pm US Eastern) FAMSCo

To attend, join the #fedora-townhall and #fedora-townhall-public rooms on irc.freenode.net.   A moderator will be on hand in both rooms to help the conversation flow.  Candidates may speak in #fedora-townhall, while everyone may ask questions in #fedora-townhall-public.  The moderator will copy questions from the -public room into the -townhall room.

Please use these opportunities to educate yourselves about the candidates for office, so that you may make an informed vote.

Voting begins on Sunday, December 7 and runs through Saturday, December 20.

Further details, including the list of candidates and their backgrounds, are available at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Elections.

Fedora 10 Metalinks

As of tonight, metalinks are available for all Fedora CD and DVD ISOs.  Metalinks provide a list of servers which have the same content, as well as checksum information to validate the download is correct.  Tools such as aria2 can be used to retrieve content pointed to by a metalink.

For example, to get the Fedora 10 i686 LiveCD:

$ sudo yum install aria2
$ wget -O metalink.xml \
$ aria2c -M metalink.xml

I’ll work with the websites team to get single-click metalinks added to the get-fedora pages.

How many social networking sites do you use?

Daily I look at Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca, LinkedIn, Yammer, and probably a few more I use far less often.  But what do you do when a friend or colleague invites you to use YASNS (yet another social networking site)?

I’ve been sitting on an invite to Namyz for ages.  It was sent by a friend of mine, and I don’t want to snuff his enthusiasm for this particular site, but I don’t really want yet another of these to keep track of.  Same goes with Plaxo.  I’m sure they’re wonderful, but really, how many can one person be expected to use?  What’s the etiquette for saying “no thanks to Namyz, but if you’d care to send me a LinkedIn invite, I’d accept that?”