As we rapidly hit the last days of Fedora 26 development, the final notches of planning for what Release Engineering can get done in Fedora 27 is coming together. Our priorities are mostly sorted, and we are marking things to target for Fedora 28.
Release Engineering has its backlog in a Taiga instance that is hosted in the fedora infrastructure cloud. As you can see the backlog is very full. We have a limited number of people Mohan, Adam, Randy, Patrick, and Rob have very full plates with day to day work and getting new features done as possible, Kevin and myself do what we can to assist. If there is something you really want to see working with us to get it scoped and getting it implemented ensures the best chance of success.
My role within releng has changed over the last few months, Fedora is no longer my only responsibility, I am now the team lead for Platform Release Engineering inside of Red Hat, I oversee Fedora and RHEL as a result I am less hands on in the day to day doing things. I ran one compose in Fedora 25 and so far in Fedora 26 I have yet to run a production compose. As a result if you ping me directly asking for input I will redirect you to file an issue in pagure, or to mail the releng mailing list, this is not because I do not want to help, but because I want to remove myself as a single point of failure in getting things done. Of course if you feel you are not getting a responsive or appropriate answer please ping and engage with me so I can help resolving the issue.
Lately we have been working with the Workstation Working Group to setup the ability to build and make available a legal h.264 codec for fedora. Cisco has made available a patent grant for the codec, you can find out more about it at the openh264 project. One of the main conditions is that you have to download the binary rpms from Cisco directly. In order to meet this requirement we have blocked downloading the built rpms from koji, and put up a site hosting the repodata. The download of the rpms then comes from Cisco.
if you are using gnome and you go to play media using h.264 you should be prompted to enable the repo and install the rpms. If you are using any other environment or want to just use dnf, follow the following steps:
Enable the repo, it ships disabled with metadata enabled
$ sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled fedora-cisco-openh264
then install the mozilla integration and the gstreamer plugin
$ sudo dnf install mozilla-openh264 gstreamer1-plugin-openh264
Importing GPG key 0x81B46521:
Userid : "Fedora (24) <email@example.com>"
Fingerprint: 5048 BDBB A5E7 76E5 47B0 9CCC 73BD E983 81B4 6521
From : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-24-armhfp
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Fedora 24 openh264 (From Cisco) - armhfp
Last metadata expiration check: 0:02:13 ago on Wed May 11 13:38:09 2016.
Package Arch Version Repository Size
gstreamer1-plugin-openh264 armv7hl 1.6.1-2.fc24 fedora-cisco-openh264 20 k
mozilla-openh264 armv7hl 1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24 fedora-cisco-openh264 295 k
openh264 armv7hl 1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24 fedora-cisco-openh264 290 k
Install 3 Packages
Total download size: 604 k
Installed size: 1.4 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
(1/3): gstreamer1-plugin-openh264-1.6.1-2.fc24.armv7hl.rpm 12 kB/s | 20 kB 00:01
(2/3): mozilla-openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl.rpm 168 kB/s | 295 kB 00:01
(3/3): openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl.rpm 158 kB/s | 290 kB 00:01
Total 322 kB/s | 604 kB 00:01
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Installing : openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl 1/3
Installing : mozilla-openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl 2/3
Installing : gstreamer1-plugin-openh264-1.6.1-2.fc24.armv7hl 3/3
Verifying : mozilla-openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl 1/3
Verifying : gstreamer1-plugin-openh264-1.6.1-2.fc24.armv7hl 2/3
Verifying : openh264-1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24.armv7hl 3/3
gstreamer1-plugin-openh264.armv7hl 1.6.1-2.fc24 mozilla-openh264.armv7hl 1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24 openh264.armv7hl 1.5.2-0.4.git21e44bd.fc24
The repodata for this repo and the rpms are signed with the fedora key. right now we only have the fedora 24 repo up, we will be aiming to finalise the process and get Rawhide and Fedora 23 rpms and repos up this week also.
I would like to thank the Workstation Working group and Cisco for sorting out the agreements for this to be possible.
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.