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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


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