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[[PavolRusnak|Pavol Rusnak]] described<ref>http://stick.gk2.sk/blog/2009/10/wrong-usage-of-ld_library_path/</ref> how scripts using <tt>LD_LIBRARY_PATH</tt> can be written to work in a more secure way.
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[[User:Mso|Martin Sourada]] took a look<ref>http://mso-chronicles.blogspot.com/2009/10/mark-difference-ugly-fonts-in-fedora.html</ref> at font antialiasing and what makes fonts look ugly. In a further post, Martin answered<ref>http://mso-chronicles.blogspot.com/2009/10/answer-to-why-is-my-design-blurry.html</ref> the more general question "Why is my design blurry?"
  
[[KonstantinRyabitsev|Konstantin Ryabitsev]] explained<ref>http://blog.mricon.com/2009/10/passwords-in-php-scripts.html</ref> the many reasons why embedding passwords in PHP scripts is a Bad Idea, and possible alternatives.
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In the continuing journey of <tt>libguestfs</tt> [[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] added<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/libhivex-windows-registry-hive-extractor-library/</ref>,<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/hivexget-get-values-from-a-windows-registry-hive/</ref>,<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/virt-win-reg-get-at-the-windows-registry-in-your-windows-guests/</ref> support for working with the Windows registry form a Linux guest. Apparently you can also<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/fuse-support-for-libguestfs/</ref> mount guest filesystems on the host filesystem using FUSE (the example provided even mounts a Windows guest's NTFS filesystem to a Linux host).
  
[[User:Mdomsch|Matt Domsch]] helped<ref>http://domsch.com/blog/?p=107</ref> get some patches integrated so that Linuxes can use embedded TPM chips to feed the entropy pool (and get better/more secure random numbers).
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[[User:Timlau|Tim Lauridsen]] demonstrated<ref>http://fedora.rasmil.dk/blog/?p=167</ref> a new feature of <tt>yum</tt> in Fedora 12: history, "that makes it possible to see what happened in part of a transaction and redo/undo past transactions."
  
[[User:Kparal|Kamil Páral]] created<ref>http://kparal.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/rpmguard-print-important-differences-between-rpms/</ref> a tool, <tt>rpmguard</tt> "for checking differences between RPM packages. It is very similar to rpmdiff, but it prints only important changes, not all. Therefore it can be used every time a new package is built to easily see if something hasn’t went completely wrong."
 
  
[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] has been busy at work on libguestfs. There are a few new tools: <tt>virt-tar</tt><ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/new-tool-virt-tar/</ref> and <tt>virt-ls</tt><ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/new-tool-virt-ls/</ref> as well as a list<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/fedora-virt-commands/</ref> of current (and upcoming) <tt>virt-*</tt> tools. Richard provided some tips too, obtaining<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/tip-get-windows-version-service-pack-number/</ref> the Windows version and service pack number and unpacking<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/unpack-a-mac-dmg-installer-using-guestfish/</ref> a Mac .dmg installer. And lastly, building a supermin appliance using <tt>febootstrap</tt>: Given a Fedora appliance on a Fedora host, "Let’s strip out all those programs and libraries from the appliance, and we’ll add them back from the host just before we launch it."
 
 
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=== Fedora 12 Beta Roundup ===
 
 
Lots of people have downloaded, installed and written up their experiences with the just-released Fedora 12 Beta. Collected here are some of the Fedora Planet blog posts on the topic.
 
 
[[User:Adamwill|Adam Williamson]]<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/10/20/fedora-12-beta-is-go/</ref>, [[User:Red|Sandro Mathys]]<ref>http://blog.sandro-mathys.ch/2009/10/20/f12-beta-on-lenovo-t400s</ref>, [[User:Pfrields|Paul W. Frields]]<ref>http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=2808</ref> and [[User:Ajamison|Andrew Vermilya Jamison]]<ref>http://blogs.andyjamison.com/andy/linux-trials/fedora-12-beta-initial-thoughts-and-a-pre-review/</ref> all installed the Beta and posted their initial thoughts.
 
 
[[User:Nicubunu|Nicu Buceli]] noted<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/10/better-webcam-support.html</ref> F12's better webcam support and threw<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-own-windows-7-party.html</ref> a Windows 7 party to celebrate. And if you want your menu icons back, Nicu can tell<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/10/give-back-my-icons.html</ref> you how to do that too.
 
 
Nicu also reviewed<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2009/10/way-of-dodo.html</ref> the new GNOME Shell, as did [[User:Jcollie|Jeff Ollie]]<ref>http://jeff.blogs.ocjtech.us/2009/10/gnome-shell.html</ref>.
 
 
[[User:Mdomsch|Matt Domsch]] mentioned<ref>http://domsch.com/blog/?p=116</ref> that Fedora 12 is now self-hosting. "What does this mean? Simply put, it means that you can use a copy of Fedora 12 to rebuild, from source, all of Fedora 12 again."
 
 
[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] displayed<ref>http://linuxgrrl.com/blog/2009/10/24/f12-wallpaper-sprinting/</ref> the work so far in developing a new desktop wallpaper background image.
 
 
And finally, some news from off-planet. [http://arstechnica.com/ Ars Technica] took a look<ref>http://arstechnica.com/open-source/reviews/2009/10/ars-takes-a-first-look-under-the-hood-of-fedora-12.ars</ref> at the Fedora 12 Beta release.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 11:50, 2 November 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

Martin Sourada took a look[1] at font antialiasing and what makes fonts look ugly. In a further post, Martin answered[2] the more general question "Why is my design blurry?"

In the continuing journey of libguestfs Richard W.M. Jones added[3],[4],[5] support for working with the Windows registry form a Linux guest. Apparently you can also[6] mount guest filesystems on the host filesystem using FUSE (the example provided even mounts a Windows guest's NTFS filesystem to a Linux host).

Tim Lauridsen demonstrated[7] a new feature of yum in Fedora 12: history, "that makes it possible to see what happened in part of a transaction and redo/undo past transactions."