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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

  1. http://planet.fedoraproject.org

General

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[1] 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[2] some more thoughts, specifically about one of the personas. "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[3] and Jon[4] further clarified themselves, before a few other people jumped in too.

Richard Hughes[5], Nelson Marques[6] and Adam Williamson [7] added their input too. All of the posts were well-mannered, and will hopefully serve to bring about an even better Fedora..

John Poelstra outlined[8] the "end-game" schedule as the Fedora 14 beta quickly approaches.

Juan Rodriguez Moreno parodied[9] Windows 7 (not that it is such a hard task), since the usability leaves a bit to be desired, comparing it to the much friendlier alternative of Fedora.

Peter Hutterer updated[10] us on the status of Wacom tablets under Linux.

Máirín Duffy has been working[11] on the fedoraproject.org website redesign, which is coming along nicely.

If you recently received an e-mail from the Red Hat/Fedora Bugzilla about having votes removed from bugs, Kevin Fenzi explained[12] what happened and why you don't need to worry.

Richard W.M. Jones compared[13] spinner/status/progress bars. But the interesting thing is that they are all console-based, using only Unicode characters.

Danishka Navin summarized[14] 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[15]: "How can a computer scientist do research without using and producing only free and open source software?" and continued by explaining why Open Source is necessary for any true scientific inquiry.

Mel Chua has been working[16] on a MeeGo-based Fedora spin. There have been some small technical/legal complications, but it should see the light of day soon. Mel requests that 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.

Máirín Duffy continued[17] as the board stenographer and wrote-up two Fedora Board meetings (3 and 8 September 2010) for the price of one.

Lennart Poettering published[18] Part 2 of "systemd for Administrators".

  1. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/a-story-about-updates-and-people/
  2. http://www.jonmasters.org/blog/2010/09/01/on-updates-and-people/
  3. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/sweet-caroline/
  4. http://www.jonmasters.org/blog/2010/09/02/what-i-want-from-computer/
  5. http://blogs.gnome.org/hughsie/2010/09/07/linux-and-application-installing/
  6. http://nmarques.digitalwhores.net/2010/09/04/about-caroline/
  7. http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/09/02/on-updates-and-user-experiences-and-so-forth/
  8. http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/fedora-14-beta-end-game/
  9. http://proyectofedora.org/mexico/2010/09/06/my-windows-7-experience/
  10. http://who-t.blogspot.com/2010/09/wacom-support-in-linux.html
  11. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/fedoraproject-org-redesign-update/
  12. http://scrye.com/wordpress-mu/nirik/2010/09/02/bugzilla-bugs-and-voting/
  13. http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/best-unicode-spinner-and-progress-bar/
  14. http://danishkanavin.blogspot.com/2010/09/oracle-veep-backs-software-revolution.html
  15. http://iquaid.org/2010/09/13/understanding-computer-scientists/
  16. http://blog.melchua.com/2010/09/11/student-project-opportunity-meego-based-fedora-spin-marketing-and-design-help-needed/
  17. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/2447/
  18. http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd-for-admins-2.html