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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


Joseph Smidt requested[1] that all Linux distributions report bugs upstream: "Now, assuming each major Linux distribution has hundreds of bugs where the bug triager knows it is an issue with upstream but fails to report it, if all these bugs would get reported I am sure an extra 100 bugs will get fixed over the next six months because of simple things like this."

Mel Chua packaged[2] his first RPM, making notes along the way of where documentation was lacking: "I’m actually quite impressed by how simple the process is, and how helpful the resources are - however, my baseline for “easy process!” is “it’s better than several weeks of blindly trying to install Linux for the first time via stacks of floppies in 2001!” so just because it’s “good enough” doesn’t mean it’s as good as it could be.

How can we improve this experience?"

Jeff Sheltren was interviewed[3] for the FLOSS Weekly podcast.

Dan Williams showed off[4] how easy it is to connect to a mobile broadband connection using NetworkManager. In a later post, he described[5] the differences between NetworkManager and ConnMan.

John Palmier attended[6] the Open Video Conference[7]. "The web was built and exploded around the concept of open technology. Let’s continue to make sure this is the case going forward. The last thing we want is the web to become the domain of a few, with creativity being stifled by restrictions in the non-open parts of the stack."

Adam Jackson explained[8] how computers (try to) identify the capabilities (resolutions, refresh rates, etc...) of monitors by following the EDID standard. And a new partially-compatible standard, DisplayID that is set to replace EDID.

Jack Aboutboul announced[9] Project FooBar. While still in the early stages, there are 5 main goals: "Centralization of Content, well scheduled, recurring and prepared content, design which is consistent with the philosophy of the Design team, standardized "official" feeds for distribution of different forms of content, mechanisms for localization and sharing the media with press or on social news sites."

Matthew Garrett complained[10] about the lack of openness at Intel. While some parts of the company seem committed to Linux and Open Source, other parts (notably EFI and Poulsbo) don't always integrate as nicely with Linux as some might prefer.

Adrian Reber analyzed[11] the Fedora mirror server traffic, for the few days following the Leonidas release. Pretty graphs ensued.

Aaron S. Hawley compared[12] cars to software (though he is certainly not the first to do so) by quoting a post that described the ability to take apart, modify and maintain one's own car, despite the fact that when it comes to software, often that ability is missing.

Aaron also posted[13] a piece about "How the [IT] culture is hostile to women". See also: FUDCon Attendee Photo[14].

Dave Malcolm wondered[15] where the word "codebase" came from.

Joshua Wulf wrote[16] about the challenges involved with "Neologisms and Localization". Is "Parameterized" a word?

James Morris described[17] some of the upcoming changes to the security subsystem in kernel 2.6.30.


Here are a few randomly selected posts (that mostly contain nice photos) from FUDCon/LinuxTag in Berlin: