Working in the new Release Engineering world

There is a new position opened up in Red Hat for someone to help in Release Engineering,  you can find the job details here.  The role will be working inside of Red Hat as well as in Fedora. It is based in Westford, MA, however there are some more jobs opening up soon that are in other parts of the world. I will be posting updates as the other Jobs open.  If you are interested and have further questions contact me and ask, or just go and apply.

Fedora Releng demo

In Fedora Release Engineering land we have been undertaking some big changes in how we work.  Most of these changes have been quieter than they should have been.  We had the latest demo of our work today, you can watch the video on youtube.

We are using an instance of taiga hosted in fedora space to be able to work smarter and more efficiently, as well as to enable more visibility into what we are doing and what we have planned. The ultimate goal is to make it easy for anyone to know what we are doing, and to contribute as they can. The contribution may be writing code, or just helping to make sure that requirements are fully documented.

I intend to take some time and write about the different things we are working on and help to generally make our work more visible to everyone. If you have any questions you want answered by releng you could ask in a comment here,  but better would be to ask on the mailing list or in #fedora-releng on freenode


FUDCon LATAM started this morning in Managua Nicaragua. The turnout is great and there is a high level of anticipation of what is to come in the next few days.  The organisers have done a really good job in planning. I for one am looking forward to seeing what is new in the Fedora world in LATAM.

The LATAM Fedora community is very passionate about Fedora and growing every day.  I will be writing more about the happenings over the next few days

Great turnout for FUDCon Latam


Underway is FUDCon LATAM

The 2013 edition of FUDCon LATAM is underway, the host Cusco, Peru has done a fantastic job organising the event. There had to be at least 500 people at the opening event. There was 65 talks proposed, with the barcamp voting being an interesting experience. Cusco the host city is beautiful, the part of the city where FUDCon is help is really old and well cared for. there is big old Churchs, open green spaces, and some great architecture.

huge crowd in Peru for FUDCon LATAM

Fedora 17 gcc-4.7 Mass rebuild

starting immediatly there is going to be a mass rebuild of rawhide for gcc-4.7 that landed yesterday.

as approved by FESCo packagers will have just over a week, until Thursday Jan 12 to build packages themselves. After that date releng will kick off an automated mass rebuild of everything else.

So please get building as Fedora 17 branching is less than 5 weeks away. we need all built by then

Genesi and customer Service

I got a smartbook from genesi a couple of weeks back. after about a week it accidently fell out of my bag. i had it sitting in an open pocket and when i adjusted my bag it fell, i was sad and contacted Genesi to see about buying a replacement case as all the plastic around the power switch broke off. they said that they had no replacement cases but offered to replace the system. Which absolutely floored me.

The device itself runs fedora pretty well. ive been running fedora 13 beta for arm on it with XFCE. ive been very impressed. and i get ~6-7hrs battery. wireless works. i was just running from a sd card but once the replacement is here ill be putting it on the on board 16gb storage. its very exciting times in fedora and arm land. there is still work to be done on alot fo different issues, but exciting times

Once I sort out the issues, im planning to post a couple fo files that will let you get quickly started on running fedora xfce on a smartbook

Fedora 15 mass rebuild the first 24 hours

so the mass rebuild is 24 hours in we have completed ~45% of the builds and are at 365 packages failed to build the total number of builds in the mass rebuild is 10404 we are churning along nicely. i expect to complete the first pass sometime in the next 24 hours. so far i think its going pretty well

some web pages to look at unbuilt packages and Failed builds these 2 pages are updated ~ every 10 minutes. Please drop into #fedora-devel on freenode if you have any questions.

witstech a81e tablet

Last week i got a witstech a81e tablet. It came installed with android 2.2. most of the documentation for it seems to be tied up in about half a dozen different forums. I really dislike forums so im not entirely happy about that but oh well. There is a project to get regular linux running on the device. ill have to keep tabs on how they go. my ultimate hope is to get fedora up and running with XFCE.

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor	: ARMv7 Processor rev 3 (v7l)
BogoMIPS	: 798.87
Features	: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3
CPU implementer	: 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant	: 0x1
CPU part	: 0xc08
CPU revision	: 3

Hardware	: OMAP3 EVM
Revision	: 0020
Serial		: 0000000000000000

It has 256MB ram and 256MB nand flash so ill be running fedora off of a microsd card. It has GPS bluetooth. But no camera or microphone, a tablet version of android would be useful for it since the phone stuff is just kinda weird. it has a resistive 7″ touch screen that does 800×480 pixels. the android os it ships with is very buggy. battery meter doesnt work. wifi goes wonky, with wpa_supplicant hogging cpu then causing oom kills of random things, usually the whole gui. Media playback is ok, i have yet to work out how to use hardware assisted playback. its first life is to be an entertainment device for my daughter when we travel.

creating a sdcard that i could use for flashing etc has been a fun exercise that ill document in a blog post soon. it applies to the beagleboard as well and probably some other arm boards out there.