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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


Jan Wildeboer pointed out[1] that "IBM has chosen KVM via Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to run their IBM Cloud", though it supports both RHEL and SuSE as guests.

Richard W.M. Jones released[2] a new tool, virt-resize to resize virtual machine disks and asked[3] "what features would you like to see?" for version 2.0? Rich also explained[4] how some of libguestfs and guestfish works.

Sebastian Dziallas announced[5] that there is now a Fedora Mini mailing list[6] to discuss Fedora on platforms such as Sugar, Moblin and Maeon (MeeGo).

The Red Hat JBoss team posted[7] an update on the status of JBoss Enterprise Middleware releases.

Justin O'Brien mentioned[8] that Paul W. Frields will be stepping down as Fedora Project Leader and that the election process will be coming up soon.

Luis Villa stepped[9] in to the mess of software patents and and their applicability to h264 and Ogg. "Let this be a friendly public service announcement: patent law says that anyone who uses a patent, not just the manufacturer or licensor of the patent-infringing good, can potentially be dragged into court on a charge of patent infringement." Luis followed-up[10] with some clarifications. "More patent lessons- first on submarine patents (basics!) and then on how patent pools are licensed. I don’t really want to continue this series, but the past few days have been a good reminder that there is a lot of misinformation out there around patents."

Casey Dahlin suggested[11] that instead of using talloc (see FWN Issue 218), libnih might be an even better alternative.

Karsten Wade wrote[12] about better ways to use Wikipedia in the classroom. "Where Wikipedia is a useful information source and starting place for deeper exploration beyond it’s reference-focused world, there is so much more that can be done with it to help teach the open source way. In fact, you can teach all of the basics of joining a collaborative free and open source software community without ever getting more technical than how to get an account and edit a wiki page."