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  • Fedora Core 7 Plan

    Hey, 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

    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.


    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

    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:

    2. Merge Core and Extras in source control
    Accountable: Jesse Keating, EVERYONE

    Important dates: Leaf packages may start to be moved at <near future>.
    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

    3. Use Pungi for tree building
    Accountable: Jesse Keating

    Must be nearly fully functional by Test 2, as it is a prereq of later

    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:

    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

    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:

    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 H?gsberg

    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!
    Michael Larabel