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[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] has been working<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/fedora-installation-user-experience-improvements-syslinux/</ref> on improving the Anaconda and syslinux User Experience. It's the first thing that anyone sees when they try to install Fedora or boot from live media. But don't worry, you can help too. "I wrote up some instructions on how you can try this prototype out on your own. It’s really, really easy."
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Starting us off this week is a blast from the past: [[JesusRodriguez|Jesus Rodriguez]] running<ref>http://zeusville.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/os2-warp-4-in-virtualbox/</ref> OS/2 Warp 4 (in VirtualBox).
  
In "This Week in Anaconda #6", [[User:Clumens|Chris Lumens]] updated<ref>http://www.bangmoney.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/159-This-Week-in-Anaconda-6.html</ref> us on some other happenings in the Anaconda world. Probably the most interesting discussion was over the possibility of updating Anaconda after a release. "The basic problem is that after a Fedora release, anaconda never gets updated though various other tools that anaconda does use do get updated. This isn't a problem on most installation media because we never remake the media. It is, however, a problem for people doing livecd respins. What'll happen is that anaconda will assume a particular library call for NetworkManager (just to pick on a component at random) that exists when the release happens, but changes in an update."
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As part of the process to review Anaconda's user experience, [[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] noted<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/reinitializing-will-cause-all-data-to-be-lost/</ref> that the "REINITIALIZING WILL CAUSE ALL DATA TO BE LOST!" dialog is both unnecessarily scary and complicated. And this week in Anaconda (#7), [[User:Clumens|Chris Lumens]] also discussed<ref>http://www.bangmoney.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/161-This-Week-in-Anaconda-7.html</ref> the storage component, specifically how it is tested and using hard disks with different sector sizes.
  
[[User:Lennart|Lennart Poettering]] summarized<ref>http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd-update-2.html</ref> a number of the recent improvements to <tt>systemd</tt>. If you aren't so sure what systemd is, in part 4 of "systemd for Adminstrators", Lennart explained<ref>http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd-for-admins-4.html</ref> how killing of system daemons works.
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While on the topic of disks, [[User:Sundaram|Rahul Sundaram]] outlined<ref>http://fedoranext.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/buttering-up-fedora-15/</ref> where btrfs is going (hint: one day you will likely see it as the default filesystem in Fedora). And the days of naming ethernet interfaces <tt>ethX</tt> may be coming to an end<ref>http://fedoranext.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/a-lesson-in-persistency/</ref>. "Starting in Fedora 15, Ethernet ports on servers will have a new naming scheme corresponding to physical locations, rather than ethX."
  
If you have been having trouble getting Fedora 14 to boot as LiveUSB media, [[User:Fergatron|Marc Ferguson]] has<ref>http://www.fergytech.com/2010/11/getting-fedora-14-liveusb-to-boot/</ref> the answer.
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[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] explained<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/tip-uploading-and-downloading/</ref> how you can use libguestfs, guestfish and its toolset to easily move files between host and guest systems.
  
[[RichardHughes|Richard Hughes]] created<ref>http://blogs.gnome.org/hughsie/2010/11/22/gnome-control-center-in-gnome-3/</ref> mockups of new <tt>gnome-control-center</tt> power management configuration pages.
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[[User:Adamwill|Adam Williamson]] reported<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/12/03/unity-on-fedora-possibly/</ref> that you may soon be able to install Unity on Fedora. "Why? Well, a few reasons. Mainly, Unity’s an interesting project. I want to look at it and compare it to GNOME Shell and I think quite a few others do too, so it seems nice to package it so you can run both on Fedora..." Adam followed-up<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/12/08/unity-hardware-failures-and-f15-qa/</ref> with some more technical details.
  
If you are interested in helping TeX Live in Fedora, [[TomCallaway|Tom Callaway]] offered<ref>http://spot.livejournal.com/316126.html</ref> ways that you can help. "One of the remaining big ticket items for legal audit in Fedora is TeX Live. A few years ago, we got a version of TeX Live into Fedora, and after the fact, we discovered that the licensing on much of it was confusing or non-free."
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[[BryanClark|Bryan Clark]] mentioned<ref>http://clarkbw.net/blog/2010/12/08/thunderbird-conversations/</ref> that there is now an experimental Thunderbird extension that can display conversations in a similar way to Gmail.
  
[[User:Alexh|Alex Hudson]] analyzed<ref>http://www.alexhudson.com/2010/11/26/copyright-changes-ahead-for-the-uk-sas-v-wpl-goes-to-europe/</ref> an interesting legal case that is currently unfolding,  SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Limited. "The basic story is that the Judge in this case is deeply unsure of the boundary of copyright. For those who don’t know, SAS is a statistical package which is both popular and influential, and to a large extent can be thought of as a programming development environment. WPL, the defendants, wrote software which could interpret SAS programs...If nothing else, this highlights that no law is truly ever settled, and possibly portents to more movement in this area in the future: I’ve described before how the UK Government is making noises about revisiting intellectual property laws..."
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[[User:Jcm|Jon Masters]] suggested<ref>http://www.jonmasters.org/blog/2010/12/15/opinion-fedora-needs-an-architect/</ref> that perhaps the Fedora Project needs a Technical Architect. "FESCo should appoint a person as their technical representative who speaks for overall system architecture concerns. The person in this role should actively seek out compatibility or integration problems but should also be a “go to” person for concerns that arise in the interests of distribution cohesion."
  
[[User:Mjc|Mark J Cox]] published<ref>http://www.awe.com/mark/blog/20101130.html</ref> an updated piece on "Vulnerability and threat mitigation features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux."
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The Fedora Board had its 13 December meeting and posted<ref>http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/board/?p=3</ref> the minutes on their new blog site.
 
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[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] wondered<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/half-baked-ideas-git-commit-dependency-analysis/</ref> about a potential new feature for git, automating dependency analysis of patches:
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"The half-baked idea is whether we can write an automatic tool which can untangle these dependencies from the raw git commits? (Or whether such a tool exists already, I cannot find one)
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There would be one important practical use for such a tool. When cherry picking commits for the stable branch, I would like to know which previous commits that the commit I’m trying to apply depends on. This gives me extra information: I can decide that applying this commit is too disruptive — perhaps it depends on an earlier feature which I don’t want to add. I can decide to go back and apply the older commits, or that a manual backport is the best way."
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Revision as of 05:26, 16 December 2010

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

  1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

General

Starting us off this week is a blast from the past: Jesus Rodriguez running[1] OS/2 Warp 4 (in VirtualBox).

As part of the process to review Anaconda's user experience, Máirín Duffy noted[2] that the "REINITIALIZING WILL CAUSE ALL DATA TO BE LOST!" dialog is both unnecessarily scary and complicated. And this week in Anaconda (#7), Chris Lumens also discussed[3] the storage component, specifically how it is tested and using hard disks with different sector sizes.

While on the topic of disks, Rahul Sundaram outlined[4] where btrfs is going (hint: one day you will likely see it as the default filesystem in Fedora). And the days of naming ethernet interfaces ethX may be coming to an end[5]. "Starting in Fedora 15, Ethernet ports on servers will have a new naming scheme corresponding to physical locations, rather than ethX."

Richard W.M. Jones explained[6] how you can use libguestfs, guestfish and its toolset to easily move files between host and guest systems.

Adam Williamson reported[7] that you may soon be able to install Unity on Fedora. "Why? Well, a few reasons. Mainly, Unity’s an interesting project. I want to look at it and compare it to GNOME Shell and I think quite a few others do too, so it seems nice to package it so you can run both on Fedora..." Adam followed-up[8] with some more technical details.

Bryan Clark mentioned[9] that there is now an experimental Thunderbird extension that can display conversations in a similar way to Gmail.

Jon Masters suggested[10] that perhaps the Fedora Project needs a Technical Architect. "FESCo should appoint a person as their technical representative who speaks for overall system architecture concerns. The person in this role should actively seek out compatibility or integration problems but should also be a “go to” person for concerns that arise in the interests of distribution cohesion."

The Fedora Board had its 13 December meeting and posted[11] the minutes on their new blog site.

  1. http://zeusville.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/os2-warp-4-in-virtualbox/
  2. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/reinitializing-will-cause-all-data-to-be-lost/
  3. http://www.bangmoney.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/161-This-Week-in-Anaconda-7.html
  4. http://fedoranext.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/buttering-up-fedora-15/
  5. http://fedoranext.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/a-lesson-in-persistency/
  6. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/tip-uploading-and-downloading/
  7. http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/12/03/unity-on-fedora-possibly/
  8. http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/12/08/unity-hardware-failures-and-f15-qa/
  9. http://clarkbw.net/blog/2010/12/08/thunderbird-conversations/
  10. http://www.jonmasters.org/blog/2010/12/15/opinion-fedora-needs-an-architect/
  11. http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/board/?p=3