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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

Michael Tiemann reported[1] on a victory for the Open Source Initiative. "This week, Google announced that Google Code was going to treat all OSI-approved licenses as equal. Which is great news."[2]

Vincent Danen explained[3] how to properly (and improperly) distribute new PGP/GPG keys. "It is ridiculous that an organization supposedly as secure as CERT can have such poor distribution mechanisms for alerting users of their new GPG keys. It is really important that, when you update GPG keys and distribute the public key that you can easily establish trust of the new key."

Matthew Garrett compared[4] the "parallels between the Android/upstream scenario and Canonical's approach to upstream." Matthew continued:" Forking because you believe that your approach is better is a completely valid development model, but in the long run can cause problems if you don't have a long-term strategy for how to resolve that fork. For all we criticise Google's ability to get Android code into the mainline kernel, they've put orders of magnitude more effort into doing so than Canonical have in terms of getting Ayatana's code into mainline Gnome."

Kevin Fenzi looked back[5] at the development around systemd, now that its inclusion has been pushed back, out of Fedora 14 (but Kevin thinks "systemd is on track to be very solid for Fedora 15").

Karsten Wade announced[6] that Red Hat is opening up the Fedora Students Contributing/Summer Coding program to greater involvement from the community. "Rather than taking total control of this program forevermore for the Red Hat brand, we are convinced that applying the principles of the open source way to community events management is the right way to do such a program in the name of a community. In addition to inviting all Fedora users, enthusiasts, and participants to join in organizing this event, I want to specifically call out to the organizations – corporate, academic, non-profit, etc. – to join with some of their staff/members."

Máirín Duffy summarized[7] the Fedora Board meetings of September 10 and 13, 2010. One of the items of business was trying to convince Jared Smith (Fedora Project Leader) to blog more, so hopefully we will have more posts to report on from Jared soon.

Stephen Smoogen called out[8] for help compiling a list of statistics (such as number of source packages, kernel, glibc, gcc and X versions) from a number of Linux distributions. Any Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, Mandrive or SuSE historians out there?

  1. http://opensource.org/node/546
  2. http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2010/09/license-evolution-and-hosting-projects.html
  3. http://linsec.ca/blog/2010/09/14/how-not-to-update-gpg-keys/
  4. http://mjg59.livejournal.com/127355.html
  5. http://scrye.com/wordpress-mu/nirik/2010/09/15/fesco-features-and-systemd/
  6. http://iquaid.org/2010/09/16/running-a-student-contributing-program-the-open-source-way/
  7. http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/fedora-board-meetings-10-sept-2010-13-sept-2010/
  8. http://smoogespace.blogspot.com/2010/09/need-help-from-other-distros-and-old-rh.html