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[[DeepakBhole|Deepak Bhole]] joined the blogging world (welcome!) by explaining<ref>http://dbhole.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/the-future-of-icedtea-plugin/</ref> changes that the IcedTea Java web browser Plugin will be undergoing in order to continue functioning after some ancient APIs (LiveConnect and OJI) are removed from Gecko (Mozilla-based projects) in the coming months.
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[[MichaelDeHaan|Michael DeHaan]] wrote<ref>http://michaeldehaan.net/2009/05/17/oss-pitfalls/</ref> an essay "Recognizing and Avoiding Common Open Source Community Pitfalls" such as that "contributors appear overnight out of the woodwork, that users grow on trees, and that it’s possible to direct community members as if they were employees."
  
Eclipse Linux Tools has released version 0.2 of their Eclipse plugin, and [[User:Overholt|Andrew Overholt]] described<ref>http://overholt.ca/wp/?p=130</ref> some of the new features along with the requisite eye candy.
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[[User:Thl|Thorsten Leemhuis]] asked<ref>http://thorstenl.blogspot.com/2009/05/what-questions-would-you-like-to-ask.html</ref>: "What questions would you like to ask the Fedora Board or FESCo Candidates?" for the upcoming Fedora Board and FESCo elections. "Hence we need to prepare a few good questions that we can send to the candidates once the nomination period ends. And that's where I need *your help*"
  
<code>Dracut</code> is a new tool, designed to generate an initramfs and replace all of the different methods currently employed by various distros. [[User:Harald|Harald Hoyer]] appealed<ref>http://www.harald-hoyer.de/personal/blog/dracut</ref> for anyone interested in helping contribute, noting that it is one of the Features slated for Fedora 12.
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[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] announced<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/virt-inspector/</ref> the first proper version of <code>virt-inspector</code>, "a command line tool that tells you what’s in a virtual machine. You just point it at a disk image or a libvirt domain" and it can discover a number of pieces of information about the installed VM.
  
[[User:Pfrields|Paul W. Frields]] linked<ref>http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1631</ref> to a fedora-devel post by [[User:Jkeating|Jesse Keating]] explaining how to configure a system to ensure that a Fedora 11 pre-release properly transitions onto the stable Fedora 11 repositories once it has been released (or how to stay on rawhide if that is your plan).
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[[User:Mrtom|Thomas Canniot]] posted<ref>http://blog.mrtomlinux.org/index.php?post/HowTo-run-a-successful-IP</ref> a How-To about running a successful release event. "Fedora 11 is going to be released at the end of the month and very soon, our massive army of ambassadors will want to spread how proud they are of their Fedora 11 release to the masses."
  
[[User:Jkeating|Jesse Keating]] was interviewed<ref>http://jkeating.livejournal.com/69319.html</ref> for a podcast, about the upcoming Fedora 11 release. Jesse also announced<ref>http://jkeating.livejournal.com/69477.html</ref> some discussions that the Fedora Advisory Board has had about the hostility that sometimes surfaces on the fedora-devel list and ways that it might be dealt with. "This is the "warning shot". Our hopes is that folks will start to figure out what is and is not allowed to happen on the list and things will tone down a bit".
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[[User:Jspaleta|Jef Spaleta]] calculated<ref>http://jspaleta.livejournal.com/42464.html</ref> new Fedora usage statistics that combined the Smolt and MirrorManager logs to come up with some very interesting new numbers.
  
[[AdamWilliamson|Adam Williamson]] noted<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/05/15/packaging-standards-again/</ref> a number of reasons that there can never be a common Linux Package format, but suggested that "what others want is something that would actually be achievable, which is a unified system to make it easier for third parties to independently provide self-contained software packages for various distributions...If you want to do it really snazzily, though, what you want to do is design the App Store for Linux, or Steam for Linux, or something like that." Jesse Keating responded<ref>http://jkeating.livejournal.com/69726.html</ref> that a potential complication might be "that user buy in is going to be hard when you take a software platform (such as RHEL or Fedora) that uses one tool to manage updates for the entirety of your software set (yum, PackageKit, whatever frontend) and suddenly add one or more tools to specifically manage one or two software bundles".
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[[User:Pfrields|Paul W. Frields]] responded<ref>http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1653</ref> to the recent discussions about the new fedora-devel moderation policy. "There’s simply no place in free software, and certainly not in Fedora, for that kind of abuse. Of course harsh words aren’t the end of the world. When we let them become the noise that drowns out the signal, though, we’re putting the project at risk. If contributors feel their time in community discussions are wasted, they will either hold them elsewhere, or simply go away."
  
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[[User:Jack|Jack Aboutboul]] interviewed<ref>http://jaboutboul.blogspot.com/2009/05/sound-of-fedora-11.html</ref> [[User:Lennart|Lennart Poettering]] ("Red Hat Desktop Team Engineer and resident audio guru") about Pulse Audio and audio in Fedora.
  
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[[User:Laubersm|Susan Lauber]] wrote<ref>http://travelingtrainer.laubersolutions.com/2009/05/revisiting-wiki-search-and-cleanup-part.html</ref> about "how can you - a Fedora contributor - assist in making the wiki more useful for everyone?" For anyone wondering how they can start contributing to Fedora, this is a great way to start, without any long-term commitments.
  
Event reports and photos of FOSSComm in Greece by [[DimitrisGlezos|Dimitris Glezos]]<ref>http://dimitris.glezos.com/weblog/2009/05/12/fosscomm-recap-2</ref> and [[User:Ppapadeas|Pierros Papadeas]]<ref>http://pierros.papadeas.gr/?p=24</ref>.
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[[User:Nicubunu|Nicu Buceli]] reported<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/05/preamble-to-eliberatica.html<ref> from eLiberatica 2009<ref>http://www.eliberatica.ro/2009/</ref> in Bucharest, Romania.
  
[[User:Acedip|Anirudh Singh Shekhawat]] posted<ref>http://acedip.blogspot.com/2009/05/countdown-to-fosjam-day-0.html</ref> photos<ref>http://acedip.blogspot.com/2009/05/preparing-for-fosjam.html</ref> and descriptions of the setup for FOSJAM in India (which included the setup of Fedora 10 on 80 machines!).
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[[JeffSheltren|Jeff Sheltren]] discussed<ref>http://sheltren.com/students_in_oss</ref> "Why Students should get Involved in Open Source". Jeff says that "from my experience, open source experience has given our student employees an enormous boost when looking for their first jobs out of college."
  
[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] attended an ACM SIGCHI panel on "User Experience in Open Source" and posted<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/notes-on-the-user-experience-in-open-source-panel-at-sigchi-boston-april-2009/</ref> detailed notes on the topic.
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[[AdamWilliamson|Adam Williamson]] mentioned<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/05/22/fedora-11-common-bugs-page/</ref> the [[Common F11 bugs]] wiki page, and how <i>you</i> can help: "It’s really easy - everything you need to know to add an issue to the Common Bugs page is right there in the page source, as a comment. If you edit the page you’ll see a few chunks of comments which explain how to add an issue (including a template entry), and what else to do when adding one..." [[User:Jlaska|James Laska]] also suggested<ref>http://jlaska.livejournal.com/5561.html</ref> that there are still some high priority defects that could use some extra testing in preparation for the imminent Fedora 11 release.
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[[User:Thl|Thorsten Leemhuis]] explained<ref>http://thorstenl.blogspot.com/2009/05/fedora-11-kernel-pae-and-what-it-means.html</ref> that "There is one small change in Fedora 11 that I guess will confuse Fedora and RPM Fusion users with x86-32 (aka i386/ix86) systems quite a lot, but afaics did not get enough attention yet: By default, the PAE kernel will be used on 32-bit hardware, where appropriate."
  
 
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Revision as of 11:19, 24 May 2009

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

General

Michael DeHaan wrote[1] an essay "Recognizing and Avoiding Common Open Source Community Pitfalls" such as that "contributors appear overnight out of the woodwork, that users grow on trees, and that it’s possible to direct community members as if they were employees."

Thorsten Leemhuis asked[2]: "What questions would you like to ask the Fedora Board or FESCo Candidates?" for the upcoming Fedora Board and FESCo elections. "Hence we need to prepare a few good questions that we can send to the candidates once the nomination period ends. And that's where I need *your help*"

Richard W.M. Jones announced[3] the first proper version of virt-inspector, "a command line tool that tells you what’s in a virtual machine. You just point it at a disk image or a libvirt domain" and it can discover a number of pieces of information about the installed VM.

Thomas Canniot posted[4] a How-To about running a successful release event. "Fedora 11 is going to be released at the end of the month and very soon, our massive army of ambassadors will want to spread how proud they are of their Fedora 11 release to the masses."

Jef Spaleta calculated[5] new Fedora usage statistics that combined the Smolt and MirrorManager logs to come up with some very interesting new numbers.

Paul W. Frields responded[6] to the recent discussions about the new fedora-devel moderation policy. "There’s simply no place in free software, and certainly not in Fedora, for that kind of abuse. Of course harsh words aren’t the end of the world. When we let them become the noise that drowns out the signal, though, we’re putting the project at risk. If contributors feel their time in community discussions are wasted, they will either hold them elsewhere, or simply go away."

Jack Aboutboul interviewed[7] Lennart Poettering ("Red Hat Desktop Team Engineer and resident audio guru") about Pulse Audio and audio in Fedora.

Susan Lauber wrote[8] about "how can you - a Fedora contributor - assist in making the wiki more useful for everyone?" For anyone wondering how they can start contributing to Fedora, this is a great way to start, without any long-term commitments.

Nicu Buceli reportedCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag in Bucharest, Romania.

Jeff Sheltren discussed[9] "Why Students should get Involved in Open Source". Jeff says that "from my experience, open source experience has given our student employees an enormous boost when looking for their first jobs out of college."

Adam Williamson mentioned[10] the Common F11 bugs wiki page, and how you can help: "It’s really easy - everything you need to know to add an issue to the Common Bugs page is right there in the page source, as a comment. If you edit the page you’ll see a few chunks of comments which explain how to add an issue (including a template entry), and what else to do when adding one..." James Laska also suggested[11] that there are still some high priority defects that could use some extra testing in preparation for the imminent Fedora 11 release.

Thorsten Leemhuis explained[12] that "There is one small change in Fedora 11 that I guess will confuse Fedora and RPM Fusion users with x86-32 (aka i386/ix86) systems quite a lot, but afaics did not get enough attention yet: By default, the PAE kernel will be used on 32-bit hardware, where appropriate."