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Contributing Writer: [[User:Abatkin|Adam Batkin]]
 
Contributing Writer: [[User:Abatkin|Adam Batkin]]
  
The Planet Fedora beat recently took a short vacation, but is back this week fully refreshed. This issue not only contains posts from the past week, but also a few highlights from the preceding two weeks when there was no coverage.
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=== General ===
  
=== General ===
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[[DanielWalsh|Daniel Walsh]] described<ref>http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/27885.html</ref> some recent changes to the way <code>SELinux</code> deals with unconfined domains and users.
  
[[User:Sparks|Eric Christensen]] announced<ref>http://fedora-sparks.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-policy-for-deleting-wiki-pages-on.html</ref> a new policy for deleting pages on the Fedora Project Wiki.
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[TomCallaway|Tom Callaway]] explained<ref>http://spot.livejournal.com/307318.html</ref> a few intricacies relating to trademarks. He also explained how he worked with a Fedora rebuild to ensure that Fedora's trademarks were protected.
  
[[User:Mso|Martin Sourada]] chronicled<ref>http://mso-chronicles.blogspot.com/2009/04/random-leonidas-goodies.html</ref> a few of the many features that can be expected with the upcoming Fedora 11 (Leonidas): Intel Kernel Mode Setting, faster boot times, better USB camera support, touchpad improvements (and a new tab within the Mouse Preferences applet), PackageKit interface updates, the use of <code>Presto</code> to shrink updates downloads (which could use some additional testing<ref>http://rawhidewatch.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/yum-presto-delta-rpm-support-needs-testing/</ref>, for anyone interested) and more. And with the release of the Synaptics 1.1 driver, [[Peter Hutterer|Peter Hutterer]] described<ref>http://who-t.blogspot.com/2009/04/synaptics-11-and-what-your-touchpad-can.html</ref> some of its new features, including additional details about multi-touch support.
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[[AdamWilliamson|Adam Williamson]] summarized<ref>http://www.happyassassin.net/2009/04/27/the-great-mixer-debate-or-where-did-all-my-sliders-go/</ref> "The Great Mixer Debate" (see also [[FWN/Issue173#PulseAudio:_A_Hearty_and_Robust_Exchange_of_Ideas|FWN173]]) together with nice screenshots. Without going into too many details, the volume control systems in Fedora 11 have been changed and a great debate ensued.
  
[[User:Skvidal|Seth Vidal]] analyzed<ref>http://skvidal.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/patches-per-src-rpm-in-fedora/</ref> the Source RPMS that make up various Fedora releases since F7 to find the average number of patches per RPM. Happily, the numbers have been slowly but steadily decreasing.
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[[HarishPillay|Harish Pillay]] attended<ref>http://harishpillay.livejournal.com/154849.html</ref> a Microsoft Interoperability event in which the topic of software patents was discussed.
  
[[SilasSewell|Silas Sewell]] demonstrated<ref>http://www.silassewell.com/blog/2009/04/22/funcshell-a-shell-interface-to-func/</ref> <code>funcshell</code> a new project to build a shell interface around <code>func</code> with all of the features expected of a shell including tab completion, persistent history and integrated help.
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[[User:Azneita|Heherson Pagcaliwagan]] showed off<ref>http://project.azneita.org/2009/04/29/geek-camp-in-pictures/</ref> some photos from a Geek Camp<ref>http://bluepoint.com.ph/index.php?entry=20090419235900&show=album</ref> in Batangas City, Philippines.
  
[[User:Jwboyer|Josh Boyer]] mused<ref>http://jwboyer.livejournal.com/31668.html</ref> over "The updates conundrum" and the often larger than expected number of updates in released Fedora versions. "When I see a package update submitted that just takes a package to the latest upstream release, I always question it in my head (and sometimes in the update). I realize that upstream releases often fix bugs that effect users, however the update should say that at a minimum and it generally doesn't. Many times there is an update like this that seems to just be 'because it's the newest!'"
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[[User:Rjones|Richard W.M. Jones]] wrote<ref>http://rwmj.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/contributing-a-libguestfs-enhancement-with-examples/</ref> a tutorial explaining how to extend <code>libguestfs</code>.
  
[[LuisVilla|Luis Villa]] questioned<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2009/04/22/a-rumbling-about-x-qa/</ref> whether it might make sense to have a full-time QA person for Xorg with costs shared across some of the many contributor organizations.
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[[User:James|James Antill]] found<ref>http://illiterat.livejournal.com/7125.html</ref> an interesting way of searching for all "the BugZilla tickets which I've looked at 'recently'" (other than archiving all of the bugzilla mails into a giant folder).
  
[[User:Fergatron|Marc Ferguson]] shared<ref>http://www.fergytech.com/2009/04/costello-buys-a-computer/</ref> an Abbot and Costello "Who's on First" parody in which Abbott attempts to purchase a computer from Costello.
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[[User:Katzj|Jeremy Katz]] questioned<ref>http://velohacker.com/fedora-notes/ppc-relevance-in-fedora/</ref> the relevance of PPC as a primary architecture for Fedora.
  
[[VenkateshHariharan|Venkatesh Hariharan]] wrote<ref>http://osindia.blogspot.com/2009/04/reaping-benefits-of-open-source.html</ref> an article that appeared in Network Computing's India edition, titled "Reaping the benefits of open source".
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[[LuisVilla|Luis Villa]] shared<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2009/04/29/me-on-gizmodo-on-the-realdvd-case/</ref> his thoughts on the pending lawsuit between RealNetworks and the MPAA regarding the legality of Real's <code>RealDVD</code> software.
  
[[User:Lkundrak|Lubomir Rintel]] scripted<ref>http://v3.sk/~lkundrak/blog/entries/bashrc.html</ref> a set of bash functions to automatically label terminal windows (and tabs).
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In a later (unrelated) post, Luis Villa posted<ref>http://tieguy.org/blog/2009/04/30/thoughtlessness-in-open-source/</ref> a response to a recent controversy resulting from potentially offensive slides being presented at a conference.
  
[[User:Danielsmw|Matthew Daniels]] summarized<ref>http://danielsmw.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/posscon-summary/</ref> his experiences at POSSCON2009 (Palmetto Open Source Software Conference) in which a number of interesting and prominent people spoke including Red Hat's CIO, Lee Congdon, among others.
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[[User:Poelstra|John Poelstra]] described<ref>http://poelcat.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/fedora-11-rains-test-days/</ref> [[QA/Test Days|Test Days]], their usefulness and recent successes in the run up to Fedora 11.
  
[[AmitShah|Amit Shah]] re-evaluated<ref>http://www.amitshah.net/2009/04/re-comparing-file-systems.html</ref> the performance of a number of Linux filesystem and option combinations.
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[[User:Johnp|John Palmier]] reached out<ref>http://www.j5live.com/2009/04/30/the-gnome-foundation-needs-your-help/</ref> for donations to the GNOME Foundation in order to continue developments and retain their new Executive Director.
  
 
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Revision as of 13:51, 3 May 2009

Planet Fedora

In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.

http://planet.fedoraproject.org

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin

General

Daniel Walsh described[1] some recent changes to the way SELinux deals with unconfined domains and users.

[TomCallaway|Tom Callaway]] explained[2] a few intricacies relating to trademarks. He also explained how he worked with a Fedora rebuild to ensure that Fedora's trademarks were protected.

Adam Williamson summarized[3] "The Great Mixer Debate" (see also FWN173) together with nice screenshots. Without going into too many details, the volume control systems in Fedora 11 have been changed and a great debate ensued.

Harish Pillay attended[4] a Microsoft Interoperability event in which the topic of software patents was discussed.

Heherson Pagcaliwagan showed off[5] some photos from a Geek Camp[6] in Batangas City, Philippines.

Richard W.M. Jones wrote[7] a tutorial explaining how to extend libguestfs.

James Antill found[8] an interesting way of searching for all "the BugZilla tickets which I've looked at 'recently'" (other than archiving all of the bugzilla mails into a giant folder).

Jeremy Katz questioned[9] the relevance of PPC as a primary architecture for Fedora.

Luis Villa shared[10] his thoughts on the pending lawsuit between RealNetworks and the MPAA regarding the legality of Real's RealDVD software.

In a later (unrelated) post, Luis Villa posted[11] a response to a recent controversy resulting from potentially offensive slides being presented at a conference.

John Poelstra described[12] Test Days, their usefulness and recent successes in the run up to Fedora 11.

John Palmier reached out[13] for donations to the GNOME Foundation in order to continue developments and retain their new Executive Director.