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Fedora Weekly News Issue 160

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 160 for the week ending January 25th, 2009.


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FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Oisin Feeley, Huzaifa Sidhpurwala

[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/NewsProject/Join

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.


Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin


Thorsten Leemhuis expressed[1] some concern over important communication and decisions taking place over synchronous/real-time mediums (like IRC or conferences like FUDcon) without the ability for people unable to attend to participate. Michael DeHaan agreed[2] and used a personal example of trying to maintain software that runs on EL-4 through Fedora 11 to explain the importance. "I have to use the old libraries and mostly only get to see new releases as things that break API compatibility or bring new bugs...I care about the environment more than the technology." Michael continued, "While many developers see Fedora is about technology, as a mostly "upstream" guy, the joy I find in it is really just about collaboration and working with people all over the globe."

Jef Spaleta continued[3] a disagreement with Mark Shuttleworth over the fact that Canonical has yet to open source some of the community-related components of Launchpad.

Dave Jones mentioned[4] an upcoming change to the p4-clockmod driver. "It no longer exports a cpufreq interface to sysfs. This will no doubt have some people complaining that they can no longer change their CPU frequency. The thing is, they never could." He then explains why such a feature ever existed.

Harish Pillay compared[5] the new White House[6] website copyright policy with that of a number of nations.

Sebastian Dziallas and the Fedora Education SIG[7] announced[8] the preview of an unbranded Education Remix. "As this is still based on F10, the main purpose is to gather feedback concerning the spin for F11."

Michael DeHaan wrote[9] about some of the advancements being made in order to support the provisioning of large datacenters and large-scale virtualization setups under Fedora.

Máirín Duffy showed off[10] some new mockups of screens for the Fedora Community Project[11].

[1] http://thorstenl.blogspot.com/2009/01/communication-is-important.html

[2] http://www.michaeldehaan.net/?p=825

[3] http://jspaleta.livejournal.com/33352.html

[4] http://www.codemonkey.org.uk/2009/01/18/forthcoming-p4clockmod/

[5] http://harishpillay.livejournal.com/135485.html

[6] http://www.whitehouse.gov/

[7] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/Education

[8] http://sdziallas.joyeurs.com/blog/2009/01/fedora-edu-a-remix-and-more-to.html

[9] http://www.michaeldehaan.net/?p=830

[10] http://mihmo.livejournal.com/68603.html

[11] http://johnp.fedorapeople.org/fedora-community/


James Morris explained[1] how to work around an issue where MacBooks have trouble talking to projectors over the VGA output.

John Poelstra started[2] an interesting thread[3,4,5,6,7,8] (only some of which was serious) about disabling the system bell. Who knew that such an ancient component (a relic of computers from decades ago when soundcards had yet to be invented) could be so interesting?

Tom Waugh described[9] how to transfer e-mail and addresses from Evolution to Thunderbird

[1] http://james-morris.livejournal.com/38392.html

[2] http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/disabling-the-fedora-10-system-bell/

[3] http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1429

[4] http://kanarip.livejournal.com/8662.html

[5] http://thecodergeek.com/post/84

[6] http://www.chruz.com/2009/01/25/pcspkr-be-gone/

[7] http://skvidal.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/speaker/

[8] http://jwboyer.livejournal.com/29470.html

[9] http://cyberelk.net/tim/2009/01/24/switching-mail-clients/


Fedora Infinity Day 2009, at Presidency University, Dhaka[1]

Lots of videos[2,3] of various Fedora and Red Hat events

[1] http://angel.linux.org.bd/?p=8

[2] http://domsch.com/blog/?p=27

[3] http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1421


In this section, we cover the Fedora Artwork Project.


Contributing Writer: Nicu Buculei

Fedora 11 Release Banner

With the Alpha release of the upcoming Fedora 11 approaching fast, Paolo Leoni created[1] a banner[2] to be used on various websites for the announcement "Since we are still in a initial session for the official F11 theme, I've used a simple image to point the birth of a new fedora version".

[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2009-January/msg00061.html

[2] http://pleoni.altervista.org/fedora11-banner-alpha5c.png

Artwork for the Education SIG

Following a request[1] from Sebastian Dziallas for updated graphics for the Education SIG, Maria Leandro posted[2] a couple of very cute graphics, with one of them[3] being the favorite of the team. She still to add some improvements, incorporating the feedback received.

[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2009-January/msg00070.html

[2] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2009-January/msg00080.html

[3] http://tatica.fedorapeople.org/EduSig/thumb_wallpaper3.jpg

Wallpaper Survey

Máirí­n Duffy reported[1] on @fedora-art about the results of an informal survey she ran on her blog[2] about the wallpapers used by various people "So far as I've been able to read through them, they seem to fit into 3 categories: #1 stick with the default (distro default or desktop env default) or flat solid color #2 personalized no matter what (photos they took themselves or photos of family members) or a photo of an interest hobby (racecars, bikes, hometown, etc) #3 beautiful pictures of nature, usually with some depth". Máirí­n is trying to use this data so the Art Team can come with more useful wallpapers "we should think about these wallpapers that folks are actually using and try to create something that they will like having as their desktop background as much as possible".

[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2009-January/msg00088.html

[2] http://mihmo.livejournal.com/68292.html