September 13th, 2007


stuff to do in ohio in september

Ohio Linux Fest is in about two weeks, on September 29th.

I am giving the opening keynote speech at 9:00 AM, but I am not the only Fedora Project speaker who will be there.

At 2:15 PM, Karlie Robinson is giving a talk entitled FOSS and How Developers Pay the Bills.

At 4:50 PM, Nayyar Ahmad is giving a talk entitled A Perspective on Free Software in Africa.

If you are interested in attending, you should register for a free pass and if you are part of the Fedora community, add yourself to the OLF page on the Fedora wiki.

fedora 8 test 2 is released

Fedora 8 Test 2 is available for download.

We've got just under two months until the final release, so it's not yet time for my "here is the stuff that I think is most exciting and why you should care about it" essay.

But I do want to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work that has gone into Fedora 8 so far. For what was initially thought to be a quick release cycle and more or less a "let the dust settle" kind of release, the Test2 release notes show that it is anything but that.

We have the same set of spins that were released for Fedora 7 -- the GNOME and KDE spins. Additionally, Fedora 8 Test 2 previews two new spins being worked on: one for software developers and one for folks who are working on electronics.

Many of the proposed features have landed in this test release, so this is the opportunity for all the early adopters out there to file bugs, give us feedback, and help us make Test3 and the final release as solid as possible.

I would particularly like to give some public thanks to John Poelstra whose leadership with regard to the feature process, schedule process, and overall technical expertise has really made a difference in this release, and also made my own job a whole lot less stressful. I believe that John has also just become a new dad, so congratulations to him and his family. Zod is an excellent name, I hear.


Every now and again, a hiring manager will email me and say "Max, we've got some job openings and we're trying to find good people. Does the Fedora community have any good people who need jobs?"

My answer is always that the Fedora community is full of brilliant people, and that there's almost certainly at least a few of them who would be willing to read about Red Hat job openings.

Here's one. (Actually they need to hire a few people for the same job, located in various places throughout North America). I am not the hiring manager for this job. I have absolutely no control at all over any part of the process, other than the part where I mention on my blog that the job opening exists.