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Issue #20 June 2006
- Visionary keynote: Cory Doctorow
- Visionary keynote: Eben Moglen
- Opening keynote: Matthew Szulik
- Mugshot: Get in on the racket
- Collaborate with 108
- The many meanings of 108
- Automated GUI testing with Dogtail
- Fedora fun at the Summit
- Making yourself heard in Music City
- If it's not in Bugzilla, it's not a bug
- Brad Sucks, the open source one-man band
- GnuCash for personal accounting
- Developing web apps: Spring is here
- The Fedora™ Project and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux, part 2
From the Inside
In each Issue
- Editor's blog
- Red Hat speaks
- Ask Shadowman
- Tips & tricks
- Fedora status report
- Podcast (XML)
- Magazine archive
Fedora™ status report, June 2006
edited by Max Spevack
The Fedora Report is an edited version of recent issues of Fedora Weekly News at fedoranews.org. The fedoranews site is edited by Thomas Chung and accepts contributions from anyone in the Fedora community. Articles are reprinted here with their permission. New contributors are always welcome.
In this issue:
- Changing the way that Development lands
- New ticketing system for the Fedora Project
- Fedora Board chair looks ahead
- Documentation leadership grows
- The gift that keeps on giving
- Unofficial FAQ Update: 2006-05-11
- Phoronix: Fedora Rawhide 2006-05-16
- New logo guidelines Available Now
- Application for Google's Summer of Code Ended
- Invitation to Fedora Documentation Translation
- Puplet (Yum Applet) anyone?
- OLPC laptop prototype
- Fedora Core 5 Review with Screenshots
- My desktop OS: Fedora Core 5
- Google releases Picasa for Linux
- Fedora Core 5 Re-Spin 20060523 Released
- Fedora Interview Program was born
- Fedora People at Red Hat Summit 2006
- News Coverage on Red Hat Summit 2006
- Adding new RPM packages to a fedora DVD
- 45 Minutes to a Moodle Education Server
- Red Hat Turns Over Testing Tools To Fedora
- New Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey Released
- Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-05-29
Changing the way that Development lands
Much to the same tune as how I changed the way FC lands on mirrors, I'd like to change how development lands. Development would land much in the same way as Core, it would just be missing some files that Core does. Please see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewDevelopmentLayout for detailed information.
Here is a clarification.
New ticketing system for the Fedora Project
Using the Open Ticket Request System (OTRS), users can now notify the infrastructure team about issues regarding the accounting system, build system, network, email and just about any other Fedora related infrastructure issues. System related feature requests can also be created. Ultimately we will be parsing many of the system/admin email accounts (like email@example.com) through this system.
Fedora Board chair looks ahead
According to recent article published by NewsForge:
"Fedora today is a good example of how to have a project that serves the interests of a company that also is valuable and gives value to community members." So says Max Spevack, chairman of the Fedora Board, the new governing body for the Fedora Project.
Looking beyond the Fedora community, Spevack says he would like to see closer ties with other FOSS communities. He talks, a bit wistfully, of getting representatives of different distributions together to talk about issues such as common package management. After all, he says, "it's the open source mentality that we are all champions of. Different distributions are just different interpretations of that mentality."
Documentation leadership grows
In our meeting today, the Fedora Documentation Steering Committee (FDSCo) voted-in two members of the community as committee members and all that entails.
Bob Jensen is a founder/leader in the Fedora Unity movement, and recently took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Fedora release notes beats. In this role, he is already ahead of our job from last time, learning from our mistakes, and getting an early start on driving the (Documentation) schedule. Bob is found under various *Bob* nicks on #fedora-docs on irc.freenode.net.
Hugo Cisneiros is active in the Software Livre movement in Brazil and a leader of the Projeto Fedora Brasil. His other Fedora roles are as an Ambassador, a writer and translator, and all around organizer. Hugo is Eitch on #fedora-docs.
The gift that keeps on giving
This Sponsored Media initiative is a great way to show your support for the project if you don't have time to give but you've got an extra few dollars burning a hole in your pocket. People are always asking Fedora Project folks, "Can I donate money to Fedora like I do to, say, the Free Software Foundation?" Well, here's the answer. When you give this gift, who knows how many people you're helping? These discs are physical items that can be passed from person to person, used and reused.
Unofficial FAQ Update: 2006-05-11
Since the Fedora Core 5 update of the Unofficial Fedora FAQ, we've had various bits of feedback and improvements to the FAQ. So today we have some updates to the FAQ for you: http://www.fedorafaq.org/ This is mostly a "polish" update, making everything shiny and bright, and revising the instructions to work the best possible...Also, we have some translations that are ready for FC5, now: German, French, Polish, Portuguese, and Vietnamese!
Phoronix: Fedora Rawhide 2006-05-16
New logo guidelines Available Now
The new logo guidelines are out! http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Logo
Please be sure not to violate any of the guidelines.
Fedora Logo Usage Guildlines in HTML is available at: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Logo/UsageGuidelines
Application for Google's Summer of Code Ended
Patrick Barnes announces:
The application and approval phases of the Summer of Code 2006 have ended. No new projects will be accepted for this program. Google will consider future Summer of Code programs after the results of this year's program are in.
The Fedora Project ended up with only five projects. From the awesome proposals received, the following ideas were selected:
Invitation to Fedora Documentation Translation
With FC6 coming we have our docs schedule posted. For FC5 we had only a small handful of translations. I would like to see if we can expand this for the FC6 release now that I have my feet a little more under me. This got me thinking about where I could seek help in this "dream."
If you think you might be interested in helping out with a translation, feel free to drop by #Fedora-Docs on Freenode or join the mailing list. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Core/Schedule  http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DocsProject/Schedule  http://freenode.net/  http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-docs-list
Puplet (Yum Applet) anyone?
The other thing I've been spending a fair bit of actual coding time on is puplet, the new and improved applet to let you know about updates. Seth did some work on a backend daemon which has made it pretty easy to sit an applet to get information. I'm hoping to spend some time on that this afternoon and actually get to where some of the cooler things (such as automatic updates or even just automatic downloading of updates and only notifying you when everything is ready to go) are in place. Then, we'll just want a better set of images than the ones which were used for the old rhn-applet:)
If you're interested in Pupplet (Yum Applet), see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/YumApplet
OLPC laptop prototype
The laptop pictured above is a test machine. The case was created by a machine, but only as a one-off. It is running one of the test OLPC boards, which means it's pretty close to the end laptop. It's booting off an internal flash drive and is running a well-stripped FC5.
More photos available at: flickr.com
Here is a related story: OLPC reaches milestone as OS, hardware comes together
Fedora Core 5 Review with Screenshots
Jon Henshaw submits a story via email:
I love the latest version of Fedora Core 5 and wrote a review on my company's blog. I thought you might be interested.
In conclusion, Fedora Core 5 is a superb operating system with an excellent base of applications. It's the operating system that I've been waiting for in regards to free and usable. I still don't think I'd let my mom install it, but I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have any problems using it on a daily basis as a home or work computer.
My desktop OS: Fedora Core 5
I like playing with the newest software games, toys, and applications. At the same time, I have work to do, and I need a solid, stable platform that I don't have to babysit. As a full-time blogger and part-time Web programmer, I need a wide variety of tools at my disposal, and I frequently need the latest versions of available software. Balancing stability against the bleeding edge is a difficult trick, and that's why Fedora Core 5 is my desktop OS.
Google releases Picasa for Linux
According to NewsForge:
Picasa is a photo organizing and editing tool from Google that does most of what most people need to do with their digital pictures. Now Picasa, previously a Windows-only program, has binaries available for most popular GNU/Linux distributions. The Linux version of Picasa is still a beta release, but it's ready to handle photo storage, organizing, and light photo editing on your Linux computer.Linux version (including RPM) is available at: http://picasa.google.com/linux/ SELinux workaround for Picasa by James Morris First impressions of Picasa by Ravi
Fedora Core 5 Re-Spin 20060523 Released
The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of DVD ISO Re-Spins of Fedora Core 5. These ISOs are based upon Fedora Core 5 and all updates released as of May 23rd, 2006. They are available for i386 and x86_64 architectures as of Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 via BitTorrent. The x86_64 Re-Spin is currently available for testing only.
Fedora Interview Program was born
Fedora Interview program has (a) goal to present quickly the contributors behind Fedora Project. These contributors that you come across on the mailing lists, on irc channels or even on http://www.fedoraproject.org/people explain to you in few words what their role are inside the Fedora Project.
Fedora People at Red Hat Summit 2006Jeremy Katz points out in his blog:
Keep an eye on the Summit video page for them to start showing up there -- right now, there's just Matthew's keynote, but I expect the others to be going up as they're converted.Jesse Keating points out in his blog:
Mugshot's linkswarm gives you the ability to share a link with a predefined group of people, or the entire mugshot world, with a comment about what is cool about the site. You (and others) can see who is browsing to the site, and you can even start an impromptu chat session about the site, and anybody that comes alone will see the history of the chat and can chime in.Tom 'spot' Callaway points out in his blog: Paul W Frields points out in his blog:
a tornado of information about the state and future of a lot of Red Hat initiatives, including Fedora. Max has already blogged about the afternoon's Fedora BoF, after which Chris Blizzard gave a great presentation about OLPC.Max Spevack points out in his blog:
Jeremy and I just finished the Fedora BoF (that's Birds of a Feather -- basically an open conversation and Q&A session). I was pleased with how it went. We touched on many of the usual topics, but with more discussion than we saw at the LinuxWorld presentation.
We discussed the philosophy of the Board -- the community transparency, leadership, and decision making that we are trying to promote from the top down.Many photos from Red Hat Summit 2006 can be found from Jonathan Opp's blog.
News Coverage on Red Hat Summit 20062006-06-02: NewsForge - Red Hat Summit sessions educate, stimulate 2006-06-01: NewsForge - Day 2 keynotes at the Red Hat Summit 2006-06-01: NewsFactor - Red Hat Creates Social-Networking Site 2006-05-31: NewsForge - Second Red Hat Summit gets underway
Adding new RPM packages to a fedora DVD
Adding packages to a custom fedora install is fairly easy, and well documented, with kickstart. But, kickstart is fairly inflexible. What if you wanted to add packages onto the install media and have them in the standard package selection dialog on install. I have documented the basic steps of this process on my blog
45 Minutes to a Moodle Education Server
This beginner article by Mark Rais provides step-by-step instructions for installing Moodle, a Learning Management System, on to a Fedora Linux server. It provides everything necessary to setup a full powered intranet web-server that can support course listings, event calendars, student/teacher communication and much more. Best of all, a prototype server can be functional within about 45 minutes.
Red Hat Turns Over Testing Tools To Fedora
"Dogtail" and "Autobuild" are just two automated certification and testing tools Red Hat will hand over to customers and partners as a way of standardizing the testing process and building consistent, high quality Linux infrastructures, the CEO said.
Initially it will be offered to customers as part of Fedora but could become a commercial value-added service in the future, Szulik said.
New Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey Released
MozillaZine reports:Mozilla Firefox 126.96.36.199 Released to fix security fixes Mozilla Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 Released to fix security fixes SeaMonkey 1.0.2 Released to fix security fixes
Updated RPM packages from Fedora Project are expected to be available soon.
Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-05-29
We have a new effort in place to report The Board news as well as Meeting Minutes from each sub-project for Fedora community to gather information on the happenings in the Fedora universe in a easily digestible and referenceable format.
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