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[Test-Announce] Fedora 27 Beta Freeze

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Today is an important day on the Fedora 27 schedule[1], with two significant cut-offs. Today is the Beta freeze[2]. This means that only packages which fix accepted blocker or freeze exception bugs[3][4] will be marked as 'stable' and included in the Beta composes. Other builds will remain in updates-testing until the Beta release is approved, at which point the Beta freeze is lifted and packages can move to 'stable' as usual until the Final freeze.

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Red Hat: Microsoft Deal Recalled, New Starter, and Financial News

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Fedora: Flatpaks at Flock 2017, Flock to Fedora 2017, IoT at Flock 2017

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  • Transform applications into Flatpaks at Flock 2017

    The reason why I attended Owen Taylor’s Flatpak talk was to get a little more insight about Flatpak when it comes down to working with RPMs or applications in general. The most obvious way is a container nowadays. We already do this with Home Assistant but it’s adds an hurdle for the end users. There is Docker support for Windows but still, containers are not for end-users. Sandboxing and compartmentalization must be completely transparent from my point of view. If one day Flatpaks are available in the same quantity as RPMs then the users don’t need to care. Flatpaks are also playing the major role with Atomic.

    Flatpaks could fill the gap between RPMs or sandboxed applications and containers. It allows one to run a desktop application and profit from a bunch of features. For example, updates without restart, isolation, and availability when something arrives. The access to the rest of the world is restricted and only allowed through so-called portals. Multiple options for deduplication helps to keep the footprint on the file system small.

  • Flock to Fedora 2017

    This year Flock to Fedora took place in Hyannis, Massachusetts at Cape Cod. It was mostly focused on so called do-sessions or workshops and was therefore action-oriented.

    Marie riecatnor and I did our usual Badges Workshop on day 1. A quick recap: I think (hope) we’re getting better and better each year. We started off with the presentation and went through badge structure and process. Badges have migrated to pagure since last year, so we made quite a few additions to the presentation. Another very welcome change was having a co-presenter: Kanika a2batic, who is working on a symbol library to make it easier to make badges resources. She gave a small presentation during badges intro. You can take a look here. After that we moved on to actual designing and several people finished their badges by the end of 3 hours. Everyone got a Padawan badge for attending – we came up with the idea for it at last year’s Flock.

  • Flock Cape Cod – day 4 and considerations
  • Fedora IoT at Flock 2017

Flock 2017 and Fedora

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Flatpak-Builder Is Now a Standalone Tool for Building Flatpaks from Sources

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Flatpak developer and maintainer Alexander Larsson released earlier today Flatpak 0.9.10, the latest version for the 0.9.x series of the Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework (formerly XDG-App).

While Flatpak 0.9.10 is a hotfix release that addresses a regression from version 0.9.9 in the D-Bus proxy, which made various apps to no longer function properly, Flatpak 0.9.9 (full changelog attached below) was published this past weekend with more enhancements, including the split of the flatpak-builder command into a separate tool that application developers can use to package their apps as Flatpaks.

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Manjaro, OpenStack and Red Hat

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Goodbye, Yum?

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  • Fedora's Yum Could Soon See Retirement

    With the DNF package manager working out well on recent Fedora releases, Yum could soon see retirement on the Fedora front.

    Yum, of course, is still widely used by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 but on the Fedora side, they are looking at formally retiring yum come Fedora 28~29.

  • RFC: retiring yum
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