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== Planet Fedora ==
 
== Planet Fedora ==
  
In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora<ref>http://planet.fedoraproject.org</ref> - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide. This edition of the Planet Fedora covers the past two weeks.
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In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora<ref>http://planet.fedoraproject.org</ref> - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
  
 
Contributing Writer: [[User:Abatkin|Adam Batkin]]
 
Contributing Writer: [[User:Abatkin|Adam Batkin]]
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=== General ===
 
=== General ===
  
[[VenkateshHariharan|Venkatesh Hariharan]] wrote<ref>http://osindia.blogspot.com/2010/05/open-source-offers-more-to-cios-open.html</ref> an article entitled "Open Source offers more to CIOs" for IT Next magazine in India's "Moneywise" column.
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[[MichaelTiemann|Michael Tiemann]] thanked<ref>http://opensource.org/node/521</ref> Google for VP8 and WebM, the royalty free, newly opened (standard) video codec.  
  
[[User:Lennart|Lennart Poettering]] attended<ref>http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/when-pa-and-when-not.html</ref> the Linux Audio Conference 2010 in Utrecht and came away with some interesting ideas about how to make the two work well together. "even many pro audio folks are not sure what Jack does that PulseAudio doesn't do and what PulseAudio does that Jack doesn't do; why they are not competing, why you cannot replace one by the other, and why merging them (at least in the short term) might not make immediate sense. In other words, why millions of phones on this world run PulseAudio and not Jack, and why a music studio running PulseAudio is crack."
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[[User:Johnp|John Palmier]] continued<ref>http://www.j5live.com/2010/05/21/lets-get-this-staight-mpeg-las-and-x264-developers/</ref> the discussion about VP8/WebM and the problem that software patents may *still* pose to supposedly patent-free codecs.
  
Lennart also mentioned<ref>http://0pointer.de/blog/projects/systemd-website.html</ref> that <tt>systemd</tt> now has its own website, mailing list, Bugzilla component and new git repositories.
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[[MichelSalim|Michel Salim]] noticed<ref>http://hircus.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/fsfe-and-the-cross-we-bear/</ref> that the Free Software Foundation Europe's logo involves a cross, and compared the FSFE to certain Christian ideals.
  
[[DavidLutterkort|David Lutterkort]] offered<ref>http://watzmann.net/blog/2010/05/augeas-append-users.html</ref> a top for using <tt>augeas</tt> to add users to a group.
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[[User:Kybaker|Kyle Baker]] wants<ref>http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/kybaker/2010/05/21/creative-open-sorcery/</ref> to make Linux a better place for artists and designers. "In order to make Fedora grow in to an OS that looks as good as it functions, we need to better bridge these worlds of design and development. The open source community can not do this alone. We need help from everyone who has colored a pretty picture or dreamt of doing so."
  
[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] shared a number of tips, including how to collect and use core dumps<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/quick-tip-learn-to-love-core-dumps/</ref>, using <tt>guestfish</tt> to extract ISO images without needing to be root<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/tip-ways-to-extract-an-iso-without-needing-root/</ref> and using git's <tt>cherry-pick</tt> carefully apply individual fixes or patches to a codebase<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/git-cherry-pick-wins/</ref>.
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[[User:Toshio|Toshio Kuratomi]] discussed<ref>http://anonbadger.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/mailman-fedora-infrastructure-and-involving-non-software-developers-in-open-source-part-i/</ref> some of the issues and bottlenecks involved with getting people involved in the Fedora infrastructure process.
  
[[DanielBerrange|Daniel Berrange]] wrote<ref>http://berrange.com/posts/2010/05/04/provisioning-kvm-virtual-machines-on-iscsi-with-qnap-virt-manager-part-1-of-2/</ref> a<ref>http://berrange.com/posts/2010/05/04/provisioning-kvm-virtual-machines-on-iscsi-with-qnap-virt-manager-part-2-of-2/</ref> series<ref>http://berrange.com/posts/2010/05/05/provisioning-kvm-virtual-machines-on-iscsi-the-hard-way-part-1-of-2/</ref> of<ref>http://berrange.com/posts/2010/05/05/provisioning-kvm-virtual-machines-on-iscsi-the-hard-way-part-2-of-2/</ref> articles on provisioning KVM virtual machines on iSCSI, both using QNAP and virt-manager and "the hard way" (without).
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[[MairinDuffy|Máirín Duffy]] announced<ref>http://mairin.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/its-fedora-election-season/</ref> that Fedora Board elections are open up soon, though by the time you read this, it may already be too late. Included are links to information about each candidate.
  
The Red Hat Press Office posted<ref>http://press.redhat.com/2010/05/05/red-hat-enterprise-linux-6-kernel-an-overview-and-genealogy/</ref> a piece giving an overview of some of the major changes being introduced to the kernel as part of RHEL 6. [[User:Lkundrak|Lubomir Rintel]] added<ref>http://v3.sk/~lkundrak/blog/entries/rhel6-beta.html</ref> a request for people to help test the beta.
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[[SamiWagiaalla|Sami Wagiaalla]] linked<ref>http://wagiaalla.com/2010/05/19/12-tips-to-getting-things-done-in-open-source/</ref> to an article<ref>http://stormyscorner.com/2009/02/12-tips-to-getting-things-done-in-open-source.html</ref> by Stormy Peters titled "12 tips to getting things done in open source". "Most people used to the proprietary software world, with no experience in open source software, are amazed that anything gets done. (And lots gets done in the open source, way more than in most proprietary software companies!) And people new to open source are usually at a loss as to where to start. Often they come with a great idea, tell a couple of people who confirm it’s a great idea, and then … well, and then they don’t know what to do and the great idea fades."
  
[[GregDeK|Greg DeKoenigsberg]] has decided<ref>http://gregdekspeaks.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/hold-on-loosely/</ref> to leave Red Hat to join the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) as their CTO. Greg added "I’ll still be around Fedora, don’t worry about that; you can't get rid of me that easily."
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[[User:Mathstuf|Ben Boeckel]] showed off<ref>http://cledwyn.benboeckel.net/one-soap-box/2010/05/19/vcs-in-shell-prompt/</ref> a ZSH with version control system (git/CVS/SVN) integration built in to the prompt, similar to [[JesusRodriguez|Jesus Rodriguez]]'s "git branch in shell prompt"<ref>http://zeusville.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/git-branch-in-shell-prompt/</ref>.
 
 
[[User:Skvidal|Seth Vidal]] believes<ref>http://skvidal.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/dissidents/</ref> that he is one of the dissidents mentioned in Greg's outgoing blog post, and wrote about some of the ways in which these "dissidents" can be used to help or hinder Fedora.
 
 
 
[[User:Smooge|Stephen Smoogen]] continued<ref>http://smoogespace.blogspot.com/2010/05/target-audiences.html</ref> the discussion of "target audiences" in Fedora.
 
 
 
[[JakubHrozek|Jakub Hrozek]] explained<ref>http://jhrozek.livejournal.com/1755.html</ref> how to use <tt>MALLOC_PERTURB_</tt> to help find memory-management bugs.
 
 
 
[[DanWilliams|Dan Williams]] wrote<ref>http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2010/05/07/eat-burgers-on-the-short-bus/</ref> a D-Bus-for-beginners style writeup. "Every so often I get questions about D-Bus and I end up giving a mini-lesson on what D-Bus is and how it’s used.  It took me a while to wrap my head around D-Bus long ago so I don’t expect everyone to pick up D-Bus like Yo-Yo Ma sight-reading.  So this is D-Bus, simplified."
 
 
 
[[KarelZak|Karel Zak]] described<ref>http://karelzak.blogspot.com/2010/05/4096-byte-sector-hard-drives.html</ref> how Linux and its partitioning and file system creation tools handle hard disks 4096-byte sectors.
 
 
 
[[User:Kwade|Karsten Wade]] applauded<ref>http://iquaid.org/2010/05/13/applause-for-how-to-ask-foss-developers-for-features-post/</ref> a post to the Fedora developer list about how to send sensible e-mails.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 14:18, 25 May 2010

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 Tiemann thanked[1] Google for VP8 and WebM, the royalty free, newly opened (standard) video codec.

John Palmier continued[2] the discussion about VP8/WebM and the problem that software patents may *still* pose to supposedly patent-free codecs.

Michel Salim noticed[3] that the Free Software Foundation Europe's logo involves a cross, and compared the FSFE to certain Christian ideals.

Kyle Baker wants[4] to make Linux a better place for artists and designers. "In order to make Fedora grow in to an OS that looks as good as it functions, we need to better bridge these worlds of design and development. The open source community can not do this alone. We need help from everyone who has colored a pretty picture or dreamt of doing so."

Toshio Kuratomi discussed[5] some of the issues and bottlenecks involved with getting people involved in the Fedora infrastructure process.

Máirín Duffy announced[6] that Fedora Board elections are open up soon, though by the time you read this, it may already be too late. Included are links to information about each candidate.

Sami Wagiaalla linked[7] to an article[8] by Stormy Peters titled "12 tips to getting things done in open source". "Most people used to the proprietary software world, with no experience in open source software, are amazed that anything gets done. (And lots gets done in the open source, way more than in most proprietary software companies!) And people new to open source are usually at a loss as to where to start. Often they come with a great idea, tell a couple of people who confirm it’s a great idea, and then … well, and then they don’t know what to do and the great idea fades."

Ben Boeckel showed off[9] a ZSH with version control system (git/CVS/SVN) integration built in to the prompt, similar to Jesus Rodriguez's "git branch in shell prompt"[10].