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[[DanielBerrange|Daniel Berrange]] explained<ref>http://berrange.com/posts/2010/02/15/guest-cpu-model-configuration-in-libvirt-with-qemukvm/</ref> how <tt>libvirt</tt> deals with different CPU models and passing on their capabilities to guests. "Every hypervisor has its own policies for what a guest will see for its CPUs by default, Xen just passes through the host CPU, with QEMU/KVM the guest sees a generic model called "qemu32" or "qemu64"VMWare does something more advanced, classifying all physical CPUs into a handful of groups and has one baseline CPU model for each group that’s exposed to the guest...libvirt does not like to enforce policy itself, preferring just to provide the mechanism on which the higher layers define their own desired policy...In the 0.7.5 release that will be in Fedora 13, there is finally a comprehensive mechanism for controlling guest CPUs."
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[[User:Kwade|Karsten Wade]] wrote<ref>http://iquaid.org/2010/02/22/improving-the-floss-legal-landscape/</ref> ways to improve the FOSS legal landscape. "At the close of SCALE 8x I caught a presentation by my colleague Richard Fontana, who was talking on Improving the Open Source Legal System.  Richard’s proposal is to consider FLOSS licensing and legal landscape as its own international legal systemThis is instead of how we do it now, which is to try mapping license terms to local law, or ignoring the problems that arise from that." [[User:Jstanley|Jon Stanley]] added<ref>http://blog.jds2001.org/random_thoughts/2010/02/comments-on-the-open-source-legal-environment.html</ref> comments "on some old news that people may or may not be aware of, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits 2008 ruling in Jacobsen v. Katzer. Interestingly, the case was recently resolved with a settlement in favor of Jacobsen (the OSS author)."
  
[[User:Nicubunu|Nicu Buceli]] displayed<ref>http://nicubunu.blogspot.com/2010/02/braking-for-alpha.html</ref> the different concepts for Fedora 13 artwork.
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[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] attended<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/misc-notes-from-gnome-ux-hackfest-tuesday/</ref> the GNOME London UX Hackfest. Topics that Máirín covered include "Painless accessibility tips for GNOME designers and developers"<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/painless-accessibility-tips-for-gnome-designers-and-developers/</ref>, a "GNOME Vision Brainstorm"<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/gnome-vision-brainstorm/</ref> and usability reports and possible improvements for Empathy<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/charlines-empathy-usability-report/</ref> and Totem<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/adding-chapters-to-totem/</ref>. [[BastienNocera|Bastien Nocera]] was there too, and shared<ref>http://www.hadess.net/2010/02/were-removing-settings-again.html</ref> a discussion about removing preferences from GNOME, replacing them with a "TweakUI" type interface called "GNOME Plumbing".
  
[[User:Poelstra|John Poelstra]] discussed<ref>http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/getting-fedora-out-of-the-if-then-loop/</ref> the value of having a target audience for Fedora, as well as concerns with stagnant download numbers for the distribution.
 
  
[[User:Smooge|Stephen Smoogen]] looked at<ref>http://smoogespace.blogspot.com/2010/02/fedora-and-its-many-audiences.html</ref> and its many <i>different</i> target audiences. "Looking through the long conversations, it is clear that some people are talking about Fedora the distribution, others are talking about Fedora the community, Fedora the websites, Fedora the desktop, or even Fedora the hat. Very few people go into what they are talking about and everyone seems to assume that the other person knows exactly what is going on in their heads."
 
 
[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] revamped<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/authconfig-gtk-ui-revamp/</ref> the <tt>authconfig-gtk</tt>/<tt>system-config-authentication</tt> dialog, described as "a box of chocolates GUI, meaning 'you never know what you’re going to get'" since, among other issues, it "allows you to check off as many and whatever identity and authentication methods you desire, even if the combinations make no sense."
 
 
[[User:Mjc|Mark J Cox]] disclosed<ref>http://www.awe.com/mark/blog/20100216.html</ref> some interesting statistics for security flaws in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. "During the creation and review of the list we spent some time to see how closely last years list matched the types of flaws we deal with at Red Hat. We first looked at all the issues that Red Hat fixed across our entire product portfolio in the 2009 calendar year and filtered out those that had the highest severity. All our 2009 vulnerabilities have CVSS scores, so we filtered on those that have a CVSS base score of 7.0 or above."
 
 
[[User:Brejc8|Charles Brej]] described<ref>http://brej.org/blog/?p=346</ref> how you can update your system BIOS without having to use Windows or a USB stick.
 
 
[[JoshBressers|Josh Bressers]] examined<ref>http://www.bress.net/blog/archives/181-I-am-an-Infinite-Monkey.html</ref> an MSDN Blogs post titled "Microsoft's Many Eyeballs and the Security Development Lifecycle". Josh concludes "The original article I'm mostly disagreeing with here concludes with the usual old data that Microsoft releases fewer security advisories than Open Source does. This is of course a red herring meant to distract the reader. They've been caught multiple times only releasing one advisory for multiple flaws. With closed source, there isn't a good way to tell what's all getting fixed. In Open Source, we can't hide anything, it's all there. This keeps us honest."
 
 
Although probably only a coincidence (Planet Fedora generally doesn't usually spend very much time being hostile to Microsoft), [[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] explained<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/why-the-windows-registry-sucks-technically/</ref> "Why the Windows Registry sucks ... technically".
 
 
[[User:Lennart|Lennart Poettering]] created<ref>http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/speaker-setup.html</ref> a new utility, <tt>gnome-speaker-setup</tt>. "The tool should be very robust and even deal with the weirdest channel mappings."
 
 
[[User:Zoltanh721|Zoltan Hoppar]] announced<ref>http://el-camino-in-linux.blogspot.com/2010/02/announcing-project-osmocombb-open.html</ref> "OsmocomBB:  A Free and Open Source software project to create a Free Software GSM baseband firmware"
 
  
 
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Revision as of 14:06, 1 March 2010

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora[1] - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition covers highlights from the past three weeks.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

General

Karsten Wade wrote[1] ways to improve the FOSS legal landscape. "At the close of SCALE 8x I caught a presentation by my colleague Richard Fontana, who was talking on Improving the Open Source Legal System. Richard’s proposal is to consider FLOSS licensing and legal landscape as its own international legal system. This is instead of how we do it now, which is to try mapping license terms to local law, or ignoring the problems that arise from that." Jon Stanley added[2] comments "on some old news that people may or may not be aware of, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits 2008 ruling in Jacobsen v. Katzer. Interestingly, the case was recently resolved with a settlement in favor of Jacobsen (the OSS author)."

Máirín Duffy attended[3] the GNOME London UX Hackfest. Topics that Máirín covered include "Painless accessibility tips for GNOME designers and developers"[4], a "GNOME Vision Brainstorm"[5] and usability reports and possible improvements for Empathy[6] and Totem[7]. Bastien Nocera was there too, and shared[8] a discussion about removing preferences from GNOME, replacing them with a "TweakUI" type interface called "GNOME Plumbing".