Alpha is a go, and so is a short break for me

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.

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