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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


Julian Aloofi explained[1] how to create your own system branding when building Fedora.

Martin Sourada rewrote[2] the GTK Nodoka theme engine from scratch. Video included! Goals include wanting "to support wider configurations in the engine (with future in mind), develop more consistent, usable and pleasing look and feel and write the drawing code in a way that would be independent on the toolkit."

Matt Jadud wrote[3] a tutorial titled "the busy student’s guide to project blogging" with all kinds of useful tips and ideas.

Richard Hughes investigated[4] some of the causes behind one of the more common F11 bugs: random display blanking. No solution just yet, but lots of information in the post and linked bugzilla reports.

Mark J Cox detailed[5] "How the Kaminsky SSL talk at Black Hat affects various OSS libraries". A number of vulnerabilities in various SSL implementations were exposed at the conference, some of which affect OpenSSL, GnuTLS and NSS (including Firefox).

Here is a fun summer project: Simon Wesp apparently lasercut[6] the Fedora logo onto a stainless steel plate (and explained how to do it).

James Laska posted[7] a note to Rawhide Watch[8] with instructions on how to upgrade to Rawhide if you are getting the error "Unable to update to rawhide – rpmlib(PayloadIsXz)".

James Antill hates[9] "quick benchmarks" and so should you. "The summary of the problem is that quick software benchmarking often involves taking a huge amount of differences between two applications and have a single number result. Then you compare just the numbers, and come to a conclusion. So X gets 3 and Y gets 5 for problem ABCD ... therefore Y is 66% worse than X at ABCD. Except that might be a highly misleading (or worse) conclusion..."

Max Spevack recapped[10] his time living in Amsterdam, now that it is time to move back to the US.