Fedora N-1 Upgrades Approved, F24 June 7, F25 Nov 8

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 23, 2016

At tonight's FESCo meeting, it was decided to go with a three week delay rather than two. Adam Williamson's N-1 upgrades were approved as an officially supported path and Fedora 25 is penciled-in for November. Elsewhere, Jamie Watson was quick to testdrive Kali's new rolling edition and another Linux trojan was identified by researchers.

The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee held their regular Friday evening meeting to discuss several important topics. The first major decision was to delay Fedora 24 by three weeks instead of two. This will make Fedora 24 public release on June 7, 2016. This will also push Fedora 25 to November 8, 2016, also decided tonight. The next was a bit of good news for users. FESCo has decided to officially support upgrading from a previous release to the next without having to go through current (N-1 upgrading, skip-release upgrading, or FN to FN+2 upgrading).

A discussion of Firefox was needed because version 44 requires extension signing and can't be turned off. This messes up system-wide extension implementation and ideas were to block Firefox 44 from repositories. There is no compelling security reason to upgrade from 43.0.2 to 44, but 44 is already in Rawhide. So now the plan is to write Mozilla and see if they can turn that off or allow turning that off. They will allow updates to the latest upstream versions until they get an answer from Mozilla.

Last night we mentioned that Kali had launched a new rolling edition and today Jamie Watson was on it. He said this "qualifies as very good news." Its base is Debian Testing rather than Stable and comes with functional UEFI support (thanks to the "routine" Debian installer said Watson). Kali's GNOME desktop is pretty and default software is impressive. He summed up his experience by saying, "The new Kali release is here, it's beautiful, it works, even on UEFI firmware. You owe it to yourself to take a look."

Sam Varghese commented today on Jim Zemlin's response to the community uproar from removing individual developers' right to vote in leadership election at the Linux Foundation. He called the statement "disappointing" and "spin." Varghese said Zemlin set up straw men and arguments and didn't respond directly to the real complaint. After point-by-point analysis, Varghese concluded, "The community is the centre of gravity, nothing else. Disregard that at your peril."

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