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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


Robyn Bergeron described[1] Fedora, in a word. "One of the recurring themes that we’ve been discussing (at the Fedora Marketing FAD) is how people outside the community – who are potential contributors, or even, potential users – perceive Fedora. How would they describe it, in one word?"

Stephen Gallagher provided[2] an example of how NOT to run a community. "As you probably know, I am generally in favor of community-driven software development. I think being able to work alongside others of similar (or different!) goals can result in excellent progress in many different directions. It’s a great boon to development to not be forced to reinvent the wheel in order to move forward. However, sometimes the naysayers have it right. There are times when, no matter how much you try to be a good citizen of a community, they just won’t let you."

Stephen also explained[3] why you should use talloc instead of raw malloc.

Máirín Duffy mocked up[4] a new style of web interface for mailing lists. Luis Villa chimed in[5] with agreement, adding "it seems like software that helped mailing lists function more like parties could really help mailing lists cope better with anti-social people."

Richard W.M. Jones described[6] how to "create a partitioned device from a collection of filesystems", gave[7] a talk on libguestfs (using[8] Techtalk PSE, since "Every time you use Powerpoint Edward Tufte kills a kitten") and mentioned[9] that libguestfs now works on Mac OS X.

Andrew Overholt announced[10] the 0.5.0 release of Eclipse Linux Tools, along with pretty screenshots.

Red Hat also announced[11] that RHEL 5.3 has earned a new Common Criteria certification to EAL 4.