If you’ve followed my blog for long, you probably know that I tend to blog a lot about my favorite distribution (and community), Fedora. And, as you probably well know, in Fedora we have elections for many things such as seats on the leadership committees and release names. In the most recent round of Fedora elections, we had a tie vote in the elections for a seat on the Fedora Board, so we’re now in the middle of a run-off election. If you have a Fedora account and haven’t yet voted, please do your civic duty and vote in the run-off election. The voting ends Tuesday at the end of the day UTC time, so you have roughly twenty-four hours to get your votes in. As always, I encourage you to vote for the candidate that you think will best represent Fedora and its values.
More details on the run-off election can be found at https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2012-June/003085.html. To vote, login to the Fedora Accounts System and place your votes at https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting.
Let me also add a quick thank you to everyone who has already voted or who has stood up and run for public office. Leadership in Fedora takes time and effort, and I’m always grateful to those who are willing to put their time and energy and passion into doing a fantastic job.
I just wanted to write a quick blog post to publicly thank our Fedora QA team for their awesome work on getting our Fedora 16 Alpha release candidate image tested and validated before yesterday’s Go/No-Go meeting. To everyone who contributed (QA team members, bug reporters, and developers who all went above and beyond the call of duty to get the release candidate in shape), I tip my hat to you.
The result of the Go/No-Go meeting is that the latest Fedora 16 Alpha release candidate was declared “GOLD”. That means we’ll be shipping the Fedora 16 Alpha on Tuesday, August 23rd.
I’m going to take this opportunity to take a short break for a couple of days. I’ll be taking off work tomorrow (Friday) and at least part of the day on Monday to make a long weekend to relax and spend time with some friends. I’ll leave my contact information with the members of the Fedora Board in case something urgent comes up while I’m away.
One of the things I love about Fedora is it’s dedication to transparency. In today’s Fedora Board Meeting, it came to our attention that we haven’t done a good job of letting people know how they can communicate with the Fedora Board. I took the action item to try to rectify that, and one way I can do that is via this blog post.
The best way to ask a question of the Fedora Board is to join the advisory board mailing list. The list is open to all interested parties, and serves as a place where the Fedora Board and the community at large can make suggestions, ask questions, and foster discussion on a wide variety of topics that involve the Fedora Board. Most of the items that the Board gets involved in are discussed on the list. As the chairman of the Board, I also use the topics from the advisory-board list to set the agenda for the our weekly Board meetings.
Another way to interact with the Fedora Board is through our public IRC meetings. The schedule shows the exact dates and times of our IRC meetings, and our meetings typically happen every two weeks or so. The meetings take place in the #fedora-board-meeting channel on the Freenode IRC network.
If you have a question, comment, or concern for the Fedora Board, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We value your input!
 There are a few private matters that aren’t discussed on the advisory-board mailing list. These typically involve situations where important relationships would be damaged if details were made public, such as personnel issues or fiduciary matters. As a Board, we’re very sensitive to these issues, and try to be as open and transparent about them as is reasonable.