In this section, we cover the highlights of Planet Fedora - an aggregation of blogs from Fedora contributors worldwide.
Contributing Writer: Adam Batkin
Colin Walters attended a PyGTK hackfest. "There are two major orthogonal changes happening simultaneously..." Python 3 and Introspection. Dave Malcolm had more to say on the introspection front. "In the old GTK approach to binding native libraries for use by other language runtimes (such as Python's), a .defs file provided metadata on the API, which had to be kept in-sync with the code...In the new approach, "gobject-introspection" defines a simple textual format for source-code comments, containing similar information to a .defs file, but (I hope) rich enough to handle more of the special cases. This is scraped from the source into an XML file (e.g. Foo.gir), then compiled into an efficient binary format (e.g. Foo.typelib) which can be mapped into memory at runtime using a library (libgirepository.so)."
John Poelstra posted suggestions for the Fedora release schedule. "We need to accept that unforeseen regressions and late changes have consequences. Slipping the full Fedora release schedule when we don’t meet our release criteria is a good way to show that and maintain a baseline of quality for our releases. Working backwards from important milestones and starting earlier is how we ship on time...If we really want our releases to be on time we must give interim milestones and tasks just as much value as the big ones..."
Dan Williams examined the "two major mobile broadband technology families: GSM/UMTS (which three quarters of the world uses) and CDMA/EVDO (used by the rest)." The rest of the post outlines the progress in making various broadband chips work under Linux and why you should "buy Sierra stuff. It’s top quality and they actually care about open-source...And guess what? They actually listened, did the work, and put the documentation under a Creative Commons license too."
Richard W.M. Jones ordered some of the newly-opened Ordinance Survey (UK) datasets. " The format is really open — TIFF for the maps, and CSV files for most of the other data. Full marks to the OS for releasing this under a CC-compatible license."