In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Back in FWN Issue 241, there was an across-the-Planet(-Fedora) discussion about ways that Fedora could be improved, and the posts are still continuing. Máirín Duffy started the discussion with the tales of four typical personas that may use Fedora. Jon Masters, who was the one that originally had kicked off the series of posts and added some more thoughts. "Caroline is the kind of person who is accurately described in the current User base documents on the Fedora Project wiki. She is also represented in a lot of the cosmetic GUIness we see in distributions like Fedora – graphical package updates and configuration, removal of advanced options, the general direction of the GNOME desktop, and so forth." Though not everyone is a Caroline. "What I want to see is a fundamental shift toward having a stable 'Platform'..." Máirín and Jon further clarified themselves, before a few other people jumped in too.
Danishka Navin summarized a talk by Michael Bemmer, the Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Office, and other speakers, at the annual international OpenOffice.org Conference. "Although Bemmer did not divulge details of his company's future strategy he made it clear that the inexorable rise of OpenOffice.org will continue in the years ahead..."
Karsten Wade questioned: "How can a computer scientist do research without using and producing only free and open source software?" and continued by explaining why the Open Source is necessary for any true scientific inquiry.
Mel Chua has been working on a MeeGo-based Fedora spin. There have been some small technical/legal complications, but it will hopefully see the light of day. If you are "a marketing student looking for a project so you can try out some of the things you've been learning about brand positioning, or someone with an interest in learning about trademark issues, or you have an interest in design and usability and have started to play around with graphics in your spare time", get in touch and you can help out.