A few big things in Fedora News. First of all, the Fedora Summit happened recently. They are tackling a lot of things for Fedora Core 7 including blurring the line between Core and Extras (a point of contention for those moved from Core to Extras – they were less important they felt) and finally having a true LiveCD. You can read more about it at Linux.com’s review of the Fedora Summit.
What was more exciting for me, was the following email concerning FC7. Although there isn’t (as of now) a breakthrough technology that I badly want (like XGL/AIGLX, etc), they still have some neat changes on board. Also, it seems to me that they always tend to have less revolutionary stuff on the odd release numbers, although I could be wrong. Exciting for me in this release are the changes to things in the background. They want to improve the boot times, wireless support, firewire, and more. One of the best suggestions, which I hope isn’t a joke, tells the user why MP3s don’t work and how to make it work. This is one of the biggest complaints we always get from new users. Here’s the content of the email (courtesy of LWN):
From: Bill Nottingham To: fedora-advisory-board-AT-redhat.com Subject: F7 Plan (draft) Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 00:59:05 -0500Hey, F7 needs a plan. So here's one. It's not in taskjuggler or MrProject. Nor does it have pretty gantt charts. Those can be added by those that care about such things. Section the First: Schedule Simple stuff. These are availability dates. Freeze dates are minus-1 week. Test1: January 30 Test2: February 27 Test3: March 26 GA: April 24 Special dates: Test2 Freeze == FEATURE FREEZE. If a Feature(tm, see below) of the release is not in a testable state at this point, it goes out. Test2 Freeze == STRING FREEZE. Gotta give the translators something to go with. We know there may be small bits that come later, but the intent is to be frozen at this date. Section the Second: Features (tm) Obviously, there are features that we'd like to have for a release. Here's what we've got, and how it fits in to the schedule. These are the 'defined' features of the release. Sure, there will be other stuff that is part of upstream projects, but this is what we're Trying To Do for F7. Mini-FAQ: Q: How did you come up with this? A: Stuff that's been talked about in one place or another, stuff that I've heard floating around, and stuff that I've made up. Q: Why is there names by these things. How did my name get there? A: Features(tm) need Names Of Accountable People. In other words, these are the people that we come to harass about the state of Features if they don't land. If your name is here, it's because you've mentioned working on it, or you seemed logical. Features without accountable people may be dropped. Q: Hey, you didn't list a date for that feature! A: If not stated, all features must be Testable by test 2, or risk eviction. All features must be fully functional by test 3, or risk eviction. Q: I've got this great feature idea! A: OK. Are you going to work on it? Can you cajole/force someone else to be Accountable? Then we'll add it! (This is going on the wiki eventually, of course.) Q: Who decides what gets evicted, or what may land post-freeze? A: The Committee! TBD, but logical names would be, in no particular order, Will Woods (QA), Jesse Keating (rel-eng), Dave Jones (kernel), Jonathan Blandford (desktop), Rex Dieter (KDE), Bill Nottingham (random bastard), Jeremy Katz (random bastard). Anyways, in no particular order, the feature list... 1. Build System for merged core and extras Accountable: Jesse Keating Important dates: Needs DONE by Test 2. Needs to be TESTABLE by test 1. Welcome to our short runway. More info: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraSummit/NewBuildSystem 2. Merge Core and Extras in source control Accountable: Jesse Keating, EVERYONE Important dates: Leaf packages may start to be moved at . All packages WILL be moved by Test 2, gating on feature #1. Reviews will take place, there will be an automated system to determine what needs review. 3. Use Pungi for tree building Accountable: Jesse Keating Must be nearly fully functional by Test 2, as it is a prereq of later features. 4. A Fedora Desktop spin of F7 Accountable: Jesse Keating (rel-eng), Jonathan Blandford, the Fedora Desktop SIG (what, you say there isn't one?) One of our release targets. Needs defined by Test 2. Test 1 can be an old-style tree. 5. A Fedora Server spin of F7 Accountable: Jesse Keating (rel-eng), YOUR NAME HERE! Another one of our release targets. Needs defined by Test 2. 6. A Fedora KDE spin of F7 Accountable: Rex Dieter Like Fedora Desktop, but with KDE. 7. Fast User Switching Accountable: David Zeuthen We want the ability to easily and quickly switch between user sessions, without logging out. More info: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Desktop/FastUserSwitching 8. Rock Solid Wireless Accountable: Dan Williams, Dave Jones For every wireless card we support, we should have working, tested support - it comes up on boot, it associates, it works with WEP and WPA, all out of the box. A requisite for hitting the laptop market. Drive fixes through NM, wpa_supplicant, kernel. 9. Wireless Firmware Accountable: Fedora-legal, me! For every wireless card we support and can get firmware to, we should work to make it included so things work out of the box. 10. Boot and shutdown speedup Accountable: me!, David Zeuthen, YOUR NAME HERE We do enough Stupid Stuff that we can make easy improvements to startup and shutdown time without large systemic changes. Includes: tagging of scripts that don't need shut down, profiling of boot, potential changes to how we organize disk blocks, and more. Does Not Include: init system changes 11. Init system work Accountable: YOUR NAME HERE Evaluate: upstart, launchd, initng. Compare, contrast, benchmark. Define usage cases, see what fits what, and what is useful. Lots of research. Not much code. 12. rpm/yum enhancements Accountable: Jeremy Katz, Paul Nasrat, Seth Vidal We feel the need for speed. Profile the rpm/python/yum stack. Find the hotspots. Fix them. 13. LobbyBuddy Accountable: Greg DeKoenigsberg Given your locale and timezone, determine where you are, and who your elected representative is. Allow you to easily send them information about how the laws should be changed with respect to patents and other important issues. If it determines you do not have a duly elected representative, offer a special initiative to lobby foreign representative to install a new regime. (I'M KIDDING!) 14. MP3Buddy Accountable: Greg DeKoenigsberg Detect the usage of MP3 without appropriate support. Explain to the user why Freedom Isn't Free, but offer to point them to a site where they can obtain legal MP3 support (or other codecs for which legal support exists.) 15. RandR 1.2 Accountable: Adam Jackson RandR 1.2 is the new black. Even if you don't know you want it, you want it. Potential exists for a backport to the code we will be using, but there are no guarantees. 16. KVM virtualization support Accountable: Dan Berrange, Daniel Veillard Get KVM support, including QEMU, into virt-manager and libvirt. Make it so the same tools can use KVM and Xen. Integrate networking support so the same networking can be used for Xen, KVM, and maybe baremetal. Special bonus: lhype? 17. Fix the dictionary problem Accountable: Caolan McNamara, Chris Aillon, Jeremy Katz, AND YOU Split out hunspell. Make FF use it. Make OO.o use it. Split out the dictionaries. Write an aspell compat layer for those dictionaries. Woo, only one set of dictionaries for the distro! More info: http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=207571 18. Move to using libata for PATA support Accountable: Dave Jones, Peter Jones, potentially other Joneses Make upgrades seamless, because not booting is bad. Must be done by TEST 1. 19. Move to syslog-ng Accountable: YOUR NAME HERE Hey, people ask for this. Evaluate it, package it, make sure there are no regressions. 20. Improved firewire support Accountable: Kristian Høgsberg Make it sane/supportable/etc. 21. Real-time kernel Accountable: Ingo Molnar, Dave Jones Because fake-time kernels are so last year 22. Tickless kernel support Accountable: Ingo Molnar, Dave Jones Saving power is good, mmkay? 23. Fix wakeups across the distribution Accountable: me, EVERYONE Because, without this, having a tickless kernel is pointless. 24. Encrpyted filesystems Accountable: YOUR NAME HERE Encfs, fuse, eCryptfs - Evaluate. Choose. Implement. Deploy. 25. LiveCD Accountable: David Zeuthen, Jeremy Katz, Jesse Keating Get LiveCDs built and shipped as part of the release process. Make them installable. Section the Third: Additions, Constructive Criticism, and Bellyaching Got more? Let me know! Got quibbles with me dropping stuff in your (or your people's) lap? Let me know! _______________________________________________ fedora-advisory-board mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-advisory-board