FUDCon, Spotlights and F11 Alpha

February 5, 2009

by Fedora Team

The great thing about the Fedora community is that when there’s work to be done, people roll up their sleeves and pitch in. That’s exactly what happened at the most recent Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDCon) in Boston a couple weeks ago, where volunteers banded together to provide audio streaming and video recording of some of the proceedings. You can find all the proceedings linked here in the schedule, in the totally free Ogg format. The Linux Foundation has kindly made Flash versions available of some talks as well.

But if you thought that was all the video goodies available these days, think again!

Hop over to the Fedora wiki and check out the list of systems and features Fedora contributors at Red Hat work on every day. So much of what just works in Fedora and Linux is due to the hard work and brilliance of contributors building the free software on that list.
Fedora community members work directly with upstream communities so that the features produced in Fedora don’t just stay in Fedora. That wouldn’t be much of a collaboration, now, would it? Instead, we work with GNOME, KDE, freedesktop.org, the kernel, the information security community, and many others - to lead the way on features and ensure the future of open source is one of sustainability, steady growth, and participation. That work also enhances the stability, maintainability, and value of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which sits downstream from Fedora.

To highlight this innovative work, Red Hat has created a video series that “Spotlight” these features and the community members behind them. The “Spotlight On” series helps shine a light on the work done in Fedora by a group of dedicated and talented engineers.

If you travel over to this page, you’ll see where Red Hat has kindly built a one-stop shop where you can find all the fascinating “Spotlight On” videos. But that’s not the only way to check out these video feeds - there’s also a YouTube channel where you can find “Spotlight On” videos as well as a lot of other exciting media.

Additionally, the Fedora 11 Alpha version was released today, according to our published schedule. The Alpha is a test release that allows developers and community members to see a sanitized snapshot of our development work, experience the early phase of our feature development, and find and report bugs so we can provide a more effective Beta release next month. Fedora 11 promises to be better and more agile than previous versions, and the whirlwind of activity around the release already includes a number of compelling features that have been accepted. Stay tuned for more updates and info on Fedora 11, or you can always go to tour weekly newsletter, Fedora Weekly News, for a detailed accounting of what’s going on in our project and our community.

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