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FOSDEM 2016 was held in Brussels on the 30th and 31st of January. We also had our Annual General Assembly and managed to get out for a nice dinner and a few beers, putting some faces to new contributors and renewing friendships from years gone by.
The Fosdem organisation had decided to make the stands smaller, so that many more projects could get a stand. We were very happy to see many more projects and the growth in the opensource community.
There was a downside, it meant that our stand was too small to serve as natural meeting place for all Mageians who were around and not attending talks or busy communicating with upstream projects, so we were less of a group of Mageia contributors and users, but more individuals. However, the General Assembly and the dinner did help to have group bonding It was great to see many of our contributors again, and to see others for the first time, like Akien and hviaene, of course, we missed those who couldn’t come.
The stand was very popular, many interested visitors left with a flyer and/or one or more Mageia goodies There were stickers as usual, new pens with Mageia logo and the usual t-shirts in many sizes. The flyers were in English, French & Dutch. We also had pretty wooden USB sticks with Mageia 5 live images on them.
As in other years, there were plenty of interesting lectures to attend. Of course many of us attended the talk given by Mageia contributor Bruno Cornec, about building Linux distribution packages with Docker. There was a dev room available for all who wanted to get away from the turmoil, it had plenty of power outlets to connect your laptop to and proved a great place to help people install Mageia.
During Fosdem, Hacker Public Radio did an interview with Mageia Contributor Chris Denice, or eatdirt, you can hear it here.
We also had our General Assembly, there was a review about the teams, which was incomplete because not all team leaders were able to attend. The most important thing that happened though, was that while reviewing sysadmin team, it was decided to have a sysadmin meeting immediately after the General Assembly. That meeting led to big improvements: a sysadmin trainee was accepted during that meeting and he started right after Fosdem (To that end, we would like to introduce danf, Dan Fandrich, an experienced sysadmin and existing Mageia packager, who only needs training to get familiar with how our sysadmin team and our infra work), and our infra is moving away from “full sysadmin access to everything or no access at all” to “some have access to everything, but other sysadmins only to e.g. forums, bugzilla, wiki or one or more other parts of Mageia”. This has already led to LpSolit (Frédéric Buclin a Mageia user from upstream Bugzilla, who has helped with good advice on maintaining our Bugzilla since the beginning) now improving things in our Bugzilla directly himself and also to him committing needed changes to our git for the Bugzilla upgrade.
Apart from that, an announcement about ARM development was made during the General Assembly. The ARM build is getting closer, we have build nodes set up with Scaleway and can extend the number as required. Hopefully this will be usable soon. It was also discussed that new people come and have to be welcomed and introduced to our processes and discussions (via IRC / ML). Weekly meetings are not that easy to maintain when things do seem to be stuck, though discussions with people available are sometimes sufficient (more people is better: just come to watch/read afterwards at least, meetbot is still active) For the lack of contributors helping BugSquad, ovitters suggested to let contributors earn points when helping in Bugzilla, like in a game. He had seen great results when doing that for Gnome.
Firebird 3.0 is officially there and I packaged it for CentOS 7, Mageia and Fedora.
The packages for Mageia are in Mageia repositories for Mageia Cauldron (the version that will become soon Mageia 6). To not break Libre Office that still rely on Firebird 2.5 embeded, I made a separate package for libfbembed2.
The packages for CentOS 7 and Fedora 23 are in my Fedora Copr repository.
I will update it regulary so you could have Firebird 3.0 packages in CentOS 7.
Official Epel for CentOS 7 will stay with Firebird 2.5.
Unfortunately, Firebird 3.0 don't build yet with gcc 6, as you can see in CORE-5099, so no Firebird 3.0 yet for Fedora 24.
The call for papers and call for tools for the WSL – Workshop de Software Livre (Workshop on Free Software), the academic conference held together with FISL – Fórum Internacional de Software Livre (International Free Software Forum) is open!
WSL publishes scientific papers on several topics of interest for free and open source software communities, like social dynamics, management, development processes, motivations of contributors communities, adoption and case studies, legal and economic aspects, social and historical studies, and more.
This edition of WSL has a specific call for tools to publish papers describing software. This specific call ensures the software described was peer-reviewed, is consistent with the principles of FLOSS, and the source code will be preserved and accessible for a long time period.
All accepted and presented papers will be published in WSL open access repository. This year we are working hard to provide ISSN and DOI to the publications.
The deadline is April 10. Papers can be submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
See the official WSL page to get more information.
After the delays caused by upgrading the major parts of the base system and switching to the Plasma 5 Desktop Environment, we are very happy to announce that the first development milestone of Mageia 6 has been released and is ready for testing by the community.
Note that only the classical ISO images have been released, those being the i586 and x86_64 DVD images. The live ISO images are not quite ready. If the live images can be made functional soon, they may also be released, otherwise they will come with the next milestone release.
The extra time we have had has allowed for newer versions of Plasma, GNOME, and other major components. Also, it has allowed us to provide support for newer hardware thanks to an updated kernel.
Mageia 6 dev1 will ship with the following:
- Kernel 4.4.5
- Glibc 2.22
- Plasma 5.5.95
- GNOME 3.19.2
- Mate 1.13.0
- Cinnamon 2.8.6
- LibreOffice 22.214.171.124
- Firefox 45
- Chromium 49
- Updates to all of the other major applications and tools
Also note that at the time of release, our online repositories already provide updates to Plasma 5.6.0 and GNOME 3.20.0.
If you would like to test these ISO’s, you can find a link to download them from your preferred mirror on the Mageia website. Please keep in mind that this is still an early development snapshot. We would appreciate any feedback on how this release works for you. Reports can be made in the Mageia Bugzilla. As always, the ISO’s have been fully tested by our QA team to ensure that they are as usable as possible. If you would like to help with this task or any other parts of Mageia development, please have a look here to find out about ways to get involved. We always welcome new contributors.
In other development news, the ARM port is close to being ready for use, so watch out for an announcement about that soon. We have also hired a graphic designer to help refresh the look of the Mageia tools. Finally, work on DNF, mirrorbrain, other features and goodies continues.
Mageia made it to SCaLE 14x for the first time in sunny California, with one of our dedicated QA deputy leaders to man the booth.
Bill Kenney, or wilcal as he is known here, did an amazing job running the Mageia booth at SCaLE. This is an extract from his report on the event.
The Mageia booth was located right in the centre of the Pasadena Convention Center on January 22nd – 24th. Friday saw the highest traffic, Saturday was quieter, but lots of families came down to see the exhibits, which is always nice to see.
Our booth was next to SUSE’s, and sharing the running of the booths was a great show of community and cooperation between Linux projects.
We had Hewlett Packard Enterprise as neighbors; they were running an almost continuous magic and tricks show which always ensured a big crowd in front of the Mageia booth. I made the decision not to give away some kind of “swag” and that was a good decision as I would have needed thousands of items. Also, I opted to put the Mageia literature (English and French) in displays rather then giving pieces of paper away. Again a good decision, as most people just took pictures of the literature if they wanted a copy.
The principal thrust here was to show the Mageia flag, sharing its history and talking about the present and future status. That was the right message. There were lots of people who simply already knew about the Mandrake → Mandriva → Mageia fork tree and most of the time was spent reminiscing about old times with Mandrake. Many indicated that Mandrake was their first Linux distro.
The organizers of SCaLE 14x were appreciative of Mageia making a presence at SCaLE and are certainly open to us returning next year.
Here’s a picture of the Mageia stand with Bill there.
Here’s an 8 min video that Bill shot of the show. Most of the “footage” was shot before show hours. At times this venue was packed with Linux geeks. Enjoy the show: