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FUDCon signup update.

We should have hotel information available very soon, which will be posted to the wiki and notifications made everywhere there’s free space.

I wanted to ask people, even if they have already signed up for FUDCon, to revisit the page and make sure all the columns are filled out. I added spaces so we can make sure to get enough vegetarian meals for people who want/need them, and find out shirt sizes.

The signup sheet is located here.

FUDCon dates set.

January 9-11, 2009.

These are the dates when the North American Fedora community will gather in Boston, Massachusetts to host another in a long line of very successful, mostly self-organizing conferences where we gather to talk about hot new developments, assess and kick off work on the next release, and generally enjoy a weekend full of nuttin’ but Fedora.

I know folks have had a bit of a wait to get the final dates. We’re still getting the last kinks worked out of the exact location in the Boston area, but the dates are set in stone. Promise. One way or another, we will have FUDCon on these dates. Thanks for your patience while we remodel, and all that.

Please feel free to sign up on the wiki page in the meantime and make travel plans. We’ll have hotel and other location information finalized very soon. I am waiting on final word from MIT on space at their facilities, thanks to a little help from Mako and Walter Bender at Sugar Labs. Word on those facilities may not come for a couple weeks, but we have a backup plan if that falls through. Again, the dates are good to go.

You can also sign up on the wiki to lead or request a session or hackfest. I hope community members will take advantage of the meeting of so many open minds to teach, learn, and participate. Have a topic that’s near and dear to your heart? Code to show off? Ideas to bring to a brainstorming session? Come to Beantown and tell us all about it.

And of course FUDCon is, as always, free and open to everyone to attend. Hope to see you there in January!

By the way, I just noticed this is my (2^10 + 1)th post on my blog since I started it in 2002. Pretty cool.

Calendar blues.

With the recent slippage in the Fedora 10 Beta release phase, we’re at a November 25 release for the final Fedora 10 release.

Part of the slippage is obviously due to the August intrusion — we lost about three weeks due to all the infrastructure rebuilding that had to take place. As I’ve said before, the community working on those rebuilds did a magnificent job, and our release engineering team has come back up to speed as quickly as possible. Therefore, we’re really only two weeks off a “normal” schedule, not counting that three week period of lost time. The actual lost time is not a reflection on anyone’s efforts — it’s phenomenal it wasn’t longer.

Here’s the tricky part, though. If we have any further slippage in the release cycle, we’re looking at a minimum of a two-week slip in GA, because of the USA Thanksgiving holiday on November 27. There simply wouldn’t be time enough to get composes done and shipped to mirrors for a December 2 release, so we’d then be at December 9. Obviously no one is aiming for this, since we like to make the dates when we can.

So why am I writing here about the slip? Well, in large part because it impacts on FUDCon planning, which is something I’m handling for the North American F11 powwow. Had we settled on December 5-7 for FUDCon F11 Boston already, we’d be looking at a very strange situation if the GA does slip to December 9. Having FUDCon for the next release before the current one’s out the door? Hm, that would be weird all right. Even a December 12-14 FUDCon might be optimistic. So for right now, we’re targeting January 9-11, 2009 for FUDCon F11 Boston.

To make things more complicated. I’m working with a few friends to make this FUDCon a little special. I don’t want to blow the horn quite yet, but it’s definitely timely and will excite a lot of people. But the coordination effort is definitely higher than your average event!

And on top of all this, we still have another strange issue to resolve — a Fedora 11 Alpha freeze of January 13, meaning FUDCon would come a little late in the cycle. I’ve raised this schedule conundrum on the rel-eng list, but wanted to give the wider community a chance to ponder it too. Cutting to the chase: we need to consider the schdule for Fedora 11 in the context of these other slips, and the time we need to accomplish some of the technical features and community enablers that won’t quite make it to F10.

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