Fedora Bi-Arch, Multi-Desktop LiveDVD

I am writing this post while sitting at the Cloudstack booth at the Southeast LinuxFest. Immediately prior to SELF our demo hardware (an Apple iMac) was at a show in New York, and the Fedora 14 LiveCD I normally run to demo CloudStack’s UI appeared to be missing. The contributors manning the Fedora booth at at SELF had arranged to get the brand new, hot off the press, Fedora 15 media delivered just in time for the expo floor to open on Saturday morning, and were able to deliver a Bi-arch (x86/x86_64) Multi-desktop (Gnome, KDE, LXDE, XFCE) Live DVD for me to boot the machine. This caught me somewhat by surprise as I knew that Cristoph’s original vision was being enhanced and transitioned into Python. Spot, stopped by to check on progress (did it properly detect the architecture, did it boot properly, etc.) and told me that he finished the python script to generate the DVD just in time. A number of Fedora contributors including the inimitable Paul Frields gathered around the iMac to witness the awesomeness that is the Fedora 15 Multi Desktop Live DVD.

Kudos to Christoph Wickert and others who came up with and worked on the initial vision for this and got something working, and Tom Callaway and the other RelEng guys who refined and brought it to fruition. It’s awesome, and it does wonders for showing off some of the diversity that is important to Fedora.


Elections: Notice of change in voting period and correction of eligibility in the Board election.

Hi folks,

Wanted to make you aware of a situation that was discovered last night and responded to this morning.

A number of people caught an issue in the eligibility configuration for voters in the Board Election. Per the Board’s Succession Planning[1] document this election is open to any person in the Fedora Accounts System who has completed the CLA. I mistakenly configured this election for CLA+1 which means that in addition to completing the CLA a person would have to be a member of an additional group. Members of the infrastructure team noted this and created a ticket in the Board’s trac system late last night (no link as it’s not visible to non-board members). That mis-configuration has now been corrected, and to ensure that we have not unduly disenfranchised any potential voters, the Board election period only has been extended by 24 hours from 08 June 23:59:59 to 09 June 23:59:59. Please note that the election period for the FESCo election remains unchanged.

I apologize for mis-configuring the election app, and thank the vigilant members of our community and infrastructure team who caught the issue so early in the process and helped to correct the problem in a timely manner.



David Nalley

Fedora Elections – almost open

In just a few hours the Fedora elections for FESCo and the Board will open and you be able to vote

There’s been a good turn out of nominees, and some lively town halls. I encourage you to go vote for those you feel should be responsible for the future of Fedora.

Elections open at 00:00:01 UTC on June 2nd 2011, and will close at 23:59:59 UTC on June 8th 2011.

Many people often claim that they don’t know the candidates well enough to make an informed decision, hopefully the following links will give you that information:

F16 Election Questionnaire

Fedora Board Town Hall Meeting Logs

FESCo Town Hall Meeting Logs


Reminder: Nominations for the Fedora Board and FESCo are open

Just a quick reminder for planet readers, that nominations are currently open for the Board and FESCo, the nomination period closes on the 15th, so nominate early and often. Please consider your involvement in Fedora and whether you wish to take on the responsibilities of one of these positions.

For more details see the announcement here:


POSScon, Indiana Linux Fest, Texas Linux Fest, oh my.

I just realized that I’ll be travelling a lot in the next few weeks.

First up is POSScon, which is March 23-25. They’ve been conned into letting me speak again this year (and I am speaking on Thursday afternoon for those of you who wish to avoid it 🙂 ). It should be a good time, if you are in the Carolinas or Georgia, it’s relatively easy to get to and you should check it out.

I have to leave POSScon essentially after I get done speaking on Thursday (and miss the last day of that conference) to head to Indianapolis for the the Indiana Linux Fest the 25-27th. On the ‘pre-conference’ day there’s Build An Open Source Cloud Day which will be featuring, I *think*,  Puppet Labs, CloudStack, OpenStack, DynDNS and Arista Networks (they have this really cool Linux-managed network switch, and the switch runs Fedora incidentally, which delights me to no end, I am desperately trying to figure out a justification for replacing my Cisco 2948G with one of their 10Ge switches so I can put a ‘powered by Fedora’ sticker on it). I likewise have conned the ILF organizers into letting me speak on Saturday, and am really excited about this first year conference that seems to be very well organized.

I’ll then fly home to do laundry and repack and it’ll be time to head out to Austin for the Texas Linux Fest where I get to speak again. My wife, who grew up in Texas, has been looking forward to this event all year (and was upset she didn’t get to attend last year) so she can have beef brisket and TexMex. There will be Build An Open Source Cloud Day there as well, with Gluster joining the lineup from Indiana.

What I’ve been up to of late.

My blog has gone silent of late and I figured with the pi day celebrations now behind us, and the Beefy Miracle wiener roast still several weeks off that I’d give an update.
Around a month ago I accepted a job as the Community Manager for Cloud.com‘s open source project CloudStack, which is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud management application. Since them I’ve been working to try and ensure that we are working towards doing things the open source way. A lot of that has been setting up scaffolding like IRC channels (#cloudstack on irc.freenode.net) and mailing lists. Other things have been dabbling in documentation, QA, and release engineering-related tasks for an upcoming release. (Did I mention a lot of hats were included with this job) Things are a bit nascent at the moment, and there’s still a long way to go, but keep watching to see things continue to improve.
So today is the first release I’ve been present for, and I am excited about it. Multi-hypervisor, high-availability, multi-tenant compute cloud that’s GPLv3. CloudStack is actually a relatively mature project from a software standpoint, it’s been under development for 3 years, though only recently open sourced. It’s also appears to be widely adopted, including some recent adoptions by Tata Communications and Logicworks.