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The Design Suite is a (project in progress) Fedora Spin targeted towards professional designers, specifically the Fedora Design Team.


Under discussion - please discuss/edit! First round of targets comes from Martin Sourada.

  • target 1: showcase of design team work (perhaps customise the looks of the spin, add more wallpapers, include echo icons?)
  • target 2: typesetting -- fonts, inkscape, TeX, color profiles
  • target 3: general art/design work -- gimp, inkscape, color profiles, brushes, perhaps our echo-artist helper scripts...
  • target 4: video editing -- something for screencasting, something to grab raw video from video camera, pitivi or kino or something like that for cutting, perhaps an app for sound editing/recording, include dirac/schrodinger codec (I think theora, vorbis, flac, etc. are already in), perhaps some app (subtitleeditor, etc) for subtitling
  • target 5: desktop publishing -- + templates, scribus


The latest image is available at:

How to contribute

Current tasks

  • #Download the current version and test it (at this point, you may want to do so in a VM (virtual machine)). Send feedback to the design-team mailing list.
  • Help us fill in our list of #Packages - what would you like to see on a Design Studio Spin and why?

Upcoming milestones

The list below is taken directly from the Fedora 13 schedule - milestones specific to this project should be added in.

  • 2010-02-09 - Fedora 13 is branched from Rawhide
  • 2010-03-02 - Alpha public availability
  • 2010-04-06 - Beta public availability
  • 2010-04-28 - Bug Complete (No More Changes)
  • 2010-05-11 - Fedora 13 GA release

Design concepts

This section needs to be filled out.

What are the design concepts we've agreed on for this? Possible examples include:

  • select 'best of breed' apps vs "include as much as possible"
  • restrict to graphics vs also go for audio/video
  • include data vs not including data

Technical requirements

  • Based on: Fedora 13
  • Size: CD size? 2GB USB sticks?


To suggest a package we should include, add it to the #Under consideration table.


  • What do we do with brushes?
  • Will we get our own spin design?
  • Which gimp plugins do we include?
  • What about a comps group for the spin?
  • What makes it into a bookmarks package?
  • Will we get great inkscape tutorials packaged [1]?


These are packages that have been chosen for inclusion in this release. They may still need packaging help.

Package Status Rationale
graphics group
agave packaged initial selection
blender packaged initial selection
cinepaint packaged initial selection
entangle review required remote acquisition from dSLR cameras
fontforge packaged *the* editor for font files
fontmatrix packaged initial selection
gimp packaged initial selection
GREYCstoration-gimp packaged small one; user request
ImageMagick packaged *the* tool for batch-processing images
inkscape packaged initial selection
mypaint packaged initial selection
nautilus-image-converter packaged initial selection
optipng packaged initial selection
pinta review required (#569038) nice painting tool
postr packaged initial selection
rawtherapee packaged (#569204) sweet tool, recent addition
scribus packaged initial selection
shotwell packaged initial selection
synfig packaged (#479527) initial selection
ufraw packaged initial selection
xournal packaged initial selection
office group
abiword packaged openoffice replacement
dia packaged initial selection
evince packaged pdf files - yay
gnote packaged initial selection
gnumeric packaged openoffice replacement
hamster-applet packaged initial selection
pdfmod review required (#537640) initial selection
internet group
empathy packaged initial selection
evolution packaged initial selection
firefox packaged initial selection
audio & video group
jokosher packaged audacity replacement
pitivi packaged initial selection
rhythmbox packaged initial selection
totem packaged initial selection
system group
gnome-utils packaged initial selection
gtk-recordmydesktop packaged recording tools are good to have


These are packages that were suggested but turned down for this release due to size, code maturity, or other reasons.

Package Rationale
name of package Why we're not including it
gthumb replaced by shotwell
koffice-krita pulls a lot of kde stuff in
pngcrush duplicates optipng simply too big simply too big
gnash possibly not mature enough
gwibber pulls in couchdb and erlang
audacity duplicates jokosher
tracker-search-tool it's a live media
vino we don't really need a vnc server
vinagre same goes for a vnc client
openclipart this is way too big
istanbul duplicates gtk-recordmydesktop
hugin pulls in too many deps right now; reconsider at a later date
fyre had issues adding it to the package set; reconsider at a later date
alchemy feature set duplicates that of other/better applications already included
nathive feature set too small. pinta is better suited

Under consideration

Packages we have not yet made a decision on. If you'd like to suggest something for inclusion in the Design Studio, add it to the table below.

Package Status Rationale Proposer
mw not packaged makes VCS access to MediaWiki easier Sebastian Dziallas
phatch not packaged Easily batch process images and edit metadata loboorgen
openshot not packaged Create and edit videos and movies loboorgen
screenruler not packaged Screen Ruler loboorgen
add yours here packaged or not why should we include it your name


Some places to get ideas from: