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[[User:rbergero|Robyn Bergeron]] described<ref>http://wordshack.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/one-wor/</ref> Fedora, in a word. "One of the recurring themes that we’ve been discussing (at the Fedora Marketing FAD) is how people outside the community – who are potential contributors, or even, potential users – perceive Fedora. How would they describe it, in one word?"
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[[JanWildeboer|Jan Wildeboer]] pointed out<ref>http://jan.wildeboer.net/2010/03/competition-is-fine-if-facts-stay-facts/</ref> that "IBM has chosen KVM via Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to run their IBM Cloud", though it supports both RHEL and SuSE as guests.
  
[[User:Sgallagh|Stephen Gallagher]] provided<ref>http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/sgallagh/2010/03/16/how-not-to-run-a-community/</ref> an example of how NOT to run a community. "As you probably know, I am generally in favor of community-driven software development. I think being able to work alongside others of similar (or different!) goals can result in excellent progress in many different directions. It’s a great boon to development to not be forced to reinvent the wheel in order to move forward. However, sometimes the naysayers have it right. There are times when, no matter how much you try to be a good citizen of a community, they <i>just won’t let you</i>."
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[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] released<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/new-tool-virt-resize/</ref> a new tool, <tt>virt-resize</tt> to resize virtual machine disks and asked<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/quick-quiz-resizing-vms/</ref> "what features would you like to see?" for version 2.0? Rich also explained<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/guestfish-i-thats-inspector-not-interactive/</ref> how some of <tt>libguestfs</tt> and <tt>guestfish</tt> works.
  
Stephen also explained<ref>http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/sgallagh/2010/03/17/why-you-should-use-talloc-for-your-next-project/</ref> why you should use <tt>talloc</tt> instead of raw <tt>malloc</tt>.
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[[User:Sdz|Sebastian Dziallas]] announced<ref>http://sdziallas.com/blog/sebastian/2010/03/fedora-mini-has-a-mailing-list.html</ref> that there is now a Fedora Mini mailing list<ref>https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/mini</ref> to discuss Fedora on platforms such as Sugar, Moblin and Maeon (MeeGo).
  
[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] mocked up<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/a-rich-web-interface-for-mailing-lists/</ref> a new style of web interface for mailing lists. [[LuisVilla|Luis Villa]] chimed in<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2010/03/17/lists-parties/</ref> with agreement, adding "it seems like software that helped mailing lists function more like parties could really help mailing lists cope better with anti-social people."
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The Red Hat JBoss team posted<ref>http://press.redhat.com/2010/03/24/jboss-enterprise-middleware-a-world-class-reference-architecture/</ref> an update on the status of JBoss Enterprise Middleware releases.
  
[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] described<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/create-a-partitioned-device-from-a-collection-of-filesystems/</ref> how to "create a partitioned device from a collection of filesystems", gave<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/gllug-talk-on-libguestfs-18th-march-2010/</ref> a talk on <tt>libguestfs</tt> (using<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/every-time-you-use-powerpoint-edward-tufte-kills-a-kitten/</ref>  Techtalk PSE, since "Every time you use Powerpoint Edward Tufte kills a kitten") and mentioned<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/libguestfs-now-works-on-mac-os-x/</ref> that libguestfs now works on Mac OS X.
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[[User:Threethirty|Justin O'Brien]] mentioned<ref>http://numberedhumanindustries.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/paul-frields-to-step-down-as-fedora-project-leader/</ref> that [[User:Pfrields|Paul W. Frields]] will be stepping down as Fedora Project Leader and that the election process will be coming up soon.
  
[[User:Overholt|Andrew Overholt]] announced<ref>http://overholt.ca/wp/?p=154</ref> the 0.5.0 release of Eclipse Linux Tools, along with pretty screenshots.
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[[LuisVilla|Luis Villa]] stepped<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2010/03/25/patent-101/</ref> in to the mess of software patents and and their applicability to h264 and Ogg. "Let this be a friendly public service announcement: patent law says that anyone who uses a patent, not just the manufacturer or licensor of the patent-infringing good, can potentially be dragged into court on a charge of patent infringement." Luis followed-up<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2010/03/26/more-patent-101-and-some-patent-licensing-201-advanced-class/</ref> with some clarifications. "More patent lessons- first on submarine patents (basics!) and then on how patent pools are licensed. I don’t really want to continue this series, but the past few days have been a good reminder that there is a lot of misinformation out there around patents."
  
Red Hat also announced<ref>http://press.redhat.com/2010/03/19/red-hat-enterprise-linux-earns-new-common-criteria-certification/</ref> that RHEL 5.3 has earned a new Common Criteria certification to EAL 4.
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[[CaseyDahlin|Casey Dahlin]] suggested<ref>http://screwyouenterpriseedition.blogspot.com/2010/03/why-you-should-be-using-libnih.html</ref> that instead of using <tt>talloc</tt> (see [[FWN/Issue218#General|FWN Issue 218]]), <tt>libnih</tt> might be an even better alternative.
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[[User:Kwade|Karsten Wade]] wrote<ref>http://iquaid.org/2010/03/28/a-better-way-to-use-wikipedia-in-the-classroom/</ref> about better ways to use Wikipedia in the classroom. "Where Wikipedia is a useful information source and starting place for deeper exploration beyond it’s reference-focused world, there is so much more that can be done with it to help teach the open source way.  
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In fact, you can teach all of the basics of joining a collaborative free and open source software community without ever getting more technical than how to get an account and edit a wiki page."
  
 
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Revision as of 14:41, 28 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

Jan Wildeboer pointed out[1] that "IBM has chosen KVM via Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to run their IBM Cloud", though it supports both RHEL and SuSE as guests.

Richard W.M. Jones released[2] a new tool, virt-resize to resize virtual machine disks and asked[3] "what features would you like to see?" for version 2.0? Rich also explained[4] how some of libguestfs and guestfish works.

Sebastian Dziallas announced[5] that there is now a Fedora Mini mailing list[6] to discuss Fedora on platforms such as Sugar, Moblin and Maeon (MeeGo).

The Red Hat JBoss team posted[7] an update on the status of JBoss Enterprise Middleware releases.

Justin O'Brien mentioned[8] that Paul W. Frields will be stepping down as Fedora Project Leader and that the election process will be coming up soon.

Luis Villa stepped[9] in to the mess of software patents and and their applicability to h264 and Ogg. "Let this be a friendly public service announcement: patent law says that anyone who uses a patent, not just the manufacturer or licensor of the patent-infringing good, can potentially be dragged into court on a charge of patent infringement." Luis followed-up[10] with some clarifications. "More patent lessons- first on submarine patents (basics!) and then on how patent pools are licensed. I don’t really want to continue this series, but the past few days have been a good reminder that there is a lot of misinformation out there around patents."

Casey Dahlin suggested[11] that instead of using talloc (see FWN Issue 218), libnih might be an even better alternative.

Karsten Wade wrote[12] about better ways to use Wikipedia in the classroom. "Where Wikipedia is a useful information source and starting place for deeper exploration beyond it’s reference-focused world, there is so much more that can be done with it to help teach the open source way. In fact, you can teach all of the basics of joining a collaborative free and open source software community without ever getting more technical than how to get an account and edit a wiki page."