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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. This edition covers highlights from the past three weeks.

Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin


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".

Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been named[9] as one of the "25 Decade Shaping Technologies" by eWEEK.

Mel Chua summarized[10] the Fedora 13 "talking points" that have been chosen. And, "if you know cool things about a talking point that should be mentioned, good resources on it to link to, or otherwise have something to chip in, please add it to the wiki page; we’ll be cleaning up the final display next week right before the Alpha goes out."

Daniel Walsh explained[11] why there is an audit2allow but not audit2dontaudit tool: There should be. And now there is. "In Fedora 12 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, I added a new flag to audit2allow, -D or --dontaudit. This option tells audit2allow to generate dontaudit rules rather then allow rules."

Max Spevack presented[12] a talk at FOSDEM 2010 on Open Source Governance (video).

Tom Callaway noted[13] that after a brief absence, Chromium packages are back, but for Fedora 12 only (for now).