Maintaining distroblog area on linux.com

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This page documents how to update the distroblog area on the Linux.com site, and criteria for posts to include on that feed.

Contents

Background

The distroblog feed is itself supplied from a single RSS feed. Right now that RSS feed comes from http://fedoraldc.wordpress.com/ but in the future we will feed the distroblog from Fedora Insight.

Criteria

What type of post makes a good candidate for this feed? It should be something well written and generally positive in tone, that:

  1. promotes a Fedora pre-release or final release,
  2. promotes a specific feature or contribution that Fedora makes to free software,
  3. discusses the philosophy of the Fedora Project and encourages people to participate in Fedora, or
  4. provides useful news that has a significant impact on a broad range of users.

A combination of these factors makes a post even more significant. A post that discusses progress on a specific team is just as good as a post concerning the Fedora Project in general, provided that the information is explained well and encourages participation and contribution.

Procedure

Access rights

  1. Get a WordPress.com account. It is free and of course the software running WordPress.com is free as well. This is a temporary measure and will not be required once we use Fedora Insight for this purpose.
  2. Notify a current maintainer so that your new WordPress account can be added to the list of maintainers for the FedoraLDC WordPress blog. You will need to provide the email address used for your WordPress account.
  3. Apply for membership to the fedoraldc group in FAS.
  4. Ensure that you have uploaded a SSH public key. You can provide this key, typically saved on your computer as ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub, by editing your FAS account details. More information on making this key is found on this page.
    Note.png
    Short delay possible
    It can take up to an hour for your key to be activated for use on fedorapeople.org, so you may want to perform this step while waiting for your group membership to be approved.

Updating the feed

  1. Login to your fedorapeople.org via SSH, then change directory as shown below:
    ssh fedorapeople.org
    cd ~pfrields/ldc-submitposts
  2. Run the submission program:
    python submitposts.py
    You can approve specific posts based on their title.