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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


Jack Aboutboul interviewed[1] Eric Sandeen, "renown file system hacker, Red Hat Engineer and Fedora Contributor" about ext4, Linux filesystems and Fedora 11.

Bryan Clark created[2] a Jetpack[3] (the new extension framework for Firefox) addon to detect mid-air collisions in Bugzilla before hitting the submit button.

Udit Sharma collected[4] more than 70 Firefox-themed wallpapers from around the interwebs, for your viewing pleasure.

Peter Hutterer continued[5] his series on XI2, the new X11 Input API. "In this part, I will cover how to query and modify the device hierarchy." Sample code included.

Mel Chua has worked[6] to bring "open-source educational technology to the Philippines. The OLPC and Sugar projects serve as convenient starting places for this." Along the way, objections were raised, to which Mel posted[7] "Responses to objections on transparency" which can serve as a starting point for other projects experiencing similar issues.

Andreas Thienemann traveled[8] to Amsterdam, and ended up having a productive conversation with airport security:

"I was asked to take my notebook out of my bag and put it on the belt by itself. Easily done. Usually the security guys ask you to switch it on for a moment. No idea why that is though.

Anyway, this time it was a bit different, the security guy asked me if the notebook sporting the Linux advertisement (lovingly applied by Alex Maier) is actually running Linux. After confirming this and stating that it's only natural as I've been with Red Hat in the past, was wearing my Spacewalk Hacker shirt and am still doing Fedora work, the guy was very happy as he seemingly could vent his frustration with Linux at someone knowledgable."

Peter Gordon wrote[9] about some of his favorite new features in Fedora 11, including Presto: "Size of all updates downloaded from Presto-enabled repositories: 14M Size of updates that would have been downloaded if Presto wasn't enabled: 128M This is a savings of 89 percent"

Ryan Lerch mentioned[10] that in Fedora 11, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace no longer immediately and forcibly kills the X server, but posted instructions for how to easily re-enable such functionality.

Matthew Garrett hacked[11] the new Palm Pre to see what goes on behind the scenes and also noted that "It's recognisably Linux in a way the Android isn't."

Michael DeHaan wondered[12] about the "Just Works" philosophy in operating systems, and whether Fedora should go after OS X in this respect.

Matt Domsch [13]

Steven Moix [14]