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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


Michael Tiemann thanked[1] Google for VP8 and WebM, the royalty free, newly opened (standard) video codec.

John Palmier continued[2] the discussion about VP8/WebM and the problem that software patents may *still* pose to supposedly patent-free codecs.

Michel Salim noticed[3] that the Free Software Foundation Europe's logo involves a cross, and compared the FSFE to certain Christian ideals.

Kyle Baker wants[4] to make Linux a better place for artists and designers. "In order to make Fedora grow in to an OS that looks as good as it functions, we need to better bridge these worlds of design and development. The open source community can not do this alone. We need help from everyone who has colored a pretty picture or dreamt of doing so."

Toshio Kuratomi discussed[5] some of the issues and bottlenecks involved with getting people involved in the Fedora infrastructure process.

Máirín Duffy announced[6] that Fedora Board elections are open up soon, though by the time you read this, it may already be too late. Included are links to information about each candidate.

Sami Wagiaalla linked[7] to an article[8] by Stormy Peters titled "12 tips to getting things done in open source". "Most people used to the proprietary software world, with no experience in open source software, are amazed that anything gets done. (And lots gets done in the open source, way more than in most proprietary software companies!) And people new to open source are usually at a loss as to where to start. Often they come with a great idea, tell a couple of people who confirm it’s a great idea, and then … well, and then they don’t know what to do and the great idea fades."

Ben Boeckel showed off[9] a ZSH with version control system (git/CVS/SVN) integration built in to the prompt, similar to Jesus Rodriguez's "git branch in shell prompt"[10].