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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


William Jon McCann has been working[1] to unify the various "micro-forks" of libnotify and notification-daemon by developing a single specification that everyone can work against: "Everyone on the planet that was shipping libnotify and notification-daemon shipped them with a different set of patches. This meant we had lots of different micro-forks of both the implementation and specification. We even had a hard time agreeing on the version numbers for the specification. Version 0.10 happened after version 1.0 was published."

Richard W.M. Jones mentioned[2] that libguestfs can now write to Windows Registry files and rename LVs and VGs, and there now exist C# bindings as well as new Indian translations.

Máirín Duffy's Inkscape course at a Boston-area middle school continued with Days 5[3] and 6[4].

Jonathan Dieter described[5] how to set up a netboot server using Fedora and CentOS to automatically image and administer a computer lab.

Nicu Buceli signed[6] the Public Domain Manifesto[7]. "As skeptical as I am about such a document being ever officially accepted (there are so many interests and such powerful lobbyists...) I couldn't stop promoting it further. The Open Clip Art Library is an excellent use case for PD, the manifesto is all about we are doing there."

Jan Wildeboer responded[8] to some recent news about Android's Linux Kernel patches being removed. "Now adding new features to the kernel is quite OK. If the changes are sound, stable and help Linux in general, the kernel community will gladly accept such changes upstream. I was sure Google was well aware of this process and according to their promises, I was also sure that they clearly understood that Upstream Is King. This seems to be wrong. It is up to Google to fix this problem. Google hackers should make sure this situation is solved for the best of upstream ASAP."

Josh Bressers reminded[9] everyone that password security should be on everyone's mind, especially in the wake of a number of Twitter account compromises. "If you're like most people, and use a couple of passwords everywhere, please stop doing that. Find a good password generating tool, and either use a piece of paper or something like password safe to store them. The other big advantage to using not your brain to store passwords, is that it's much easier to change them. How many of you have been using the same password for five years, because it's too annoying to think up a new good password? Lots of us do that, it's hard to change."

Karsten Wade introduced[10] a book about community, written by a community. "This is a handbook for creating and nurturing communities of contributors. It was originally thought of as a cookbook to provide recipes for enacting community the open source way." The book is called The Open Source Way[11].