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Fedora Insight is a Drupal-based website that serves as a place to publish and share news, articles related to Fedora and Fedora marketing materials in various formats. Insight makes it easy for users, developers, and journalists -- people who aren't yet a part of the Fedora contributor community -- to keep up with recent highlights without following a dozen different blogs and mailing lists.

This wiki page is for people interested in working on and contributing to Fedora Insight itself.

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Project details

IRC Channel fedora-mktg
Mailing List logistics
Meetings Weekly at #fedora-meeting-1[?], Monday at 3:00pm US Eastern time
Current issues fedora-infrastructure Trac
Project planning Insight project plan
Development site
Uses FakeFAS for authentication. To access via SSH you must be in the sysadmin-test FAS group.
Production site
Uses FAS for authentication. Access via SSH only for trusted sysadmin team members.
Related pages

Meeting agenda

  • Review previous action items -- Previous meeting
  • Drupal status
    • Cron status (stickster)
    • Make a regex for Upstream Release Monitoring (asrob)
    • What's left to do for production?
    • Development (Peter, Pascal, Andrea)

How to help

Personal Information
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Decide what you want to do

I want to work on the theme and appearance of Insight. Join the Design team, and look at our page on How to work on the Insight theme.
I want to help develop and maintain the Insight system. Introduce yourself to the team (see below), and look at our page on How to develop for Insight.
I want to represent Fedora in the Drupal community. Join the Ambassadors team -- being a Fedora representative is more than just being a fan. We would love to have you on our team once you are versed in how the project works.

Become part of our team

  1. Join the logistics mailing list and introduce yourself. Let us know:
    • Your name
    • Your skills/experiences/interests -- Even if you're active within another Fedora team, there may be other Fedora folks who haven't had the chance to meet you yet, so let them know who you are and that you're around!
    • The first task or ticket you plan to work on (see "Current issues" above) -- if you want to work on something else, tell us what it is
  2. (optional) Check out any other #Communications channels that you might be interested in.

Teams involved


In order to help with the theme, you'll have to first set up a local copy of Drupal on your computer. Once you have a local copy of Drupal set up, you'll need to check out the current theme files. The repo is located at git://

You can checkout the theme anonymously using

git clone git://

Alternatively, people who are a part of the (FAS) group gitfedora-insight-theme can check out using the SSH method:

git clone ssh://

Once you have checked out the files for the theme, install the theme as follows:

  1. Copy the "fedora" folder within the checkout you just downloaded into the /etc/drupal/all/themes folder in your local Drupal sandbox install.
  2. Log into your local Drupal sandbox instance as the site administrator.
  3. Go to Administration > Layout > Theme, then select the Fedora theme.

To contribute patches back, you can either email your patches to the logistics mailing list, or you can apply for the git group for the theme in the Fedora Account System to commit to the repository.

If you are fixing a Trac ticket with your patch, you should update that ticket and email the logistics list to let people know what you've worked on. This helps keep everyone informed, but it also lets the list know about your contribution to the team so you can be recognized appropriately for your assistance.


The Infrastructure team is helping us get Fedora Insight up on production (and keep it running there).

The master ticket is at Infrastructure Trac #1615, but if you're looking to help out, it's best to see our the Trac query.


The Marketing team will be publishing its release deliverables on Fedora Insight, and will be the second users of the platform after #FWN.

We're currently figuring out additional content (other than our release deliverables) that would go into the #Content_workflow. Our current thinking is several ideas that have been filed as multiple tickets in the Marketing trac instance.

If you want to help with the Marketing side of things, do the following:

  1. Join the Marketing team (if you aren't already a member).
  2. Email the marketing list saying you're interested in helping with Fedora Insight.
  3. Do this in addition to following the instructions in the #How to help section of this page.


We could always use packaging help for Drupal and related modules. Here are the things we currently need work on:

Content workflow

This is the current content workflow envisioned for the first version of Fedora Insight.

 +-------------------------+    +-----+ +-------+ +-------------+ +-----------+
 |Things that automatically|    |Press| |The Web| |Fedora Planet| |Original FI|
 |get sent to the moderator|    +-----+ +-------+ +-------------+ |content    |
 |queue for annotation     |        |       |           |         +-----------+
 +-------------------------+        |       |           |               |
 | * Board meeting minutes |        +-------+-----+-----+---------------+
 | * FESCo meeting minutes |                            |
 | * FAmSCo meeting minutes|                            |
 | * etc.                  |                            |
 +-------------------------+              +----------------------------+
             |                            | Discovered by interested   |
             |                     +----->| person, or submitted by    |   
             |                     |      | original author into...    |   
             |          resent to  |      +----------------------------+   
             |          submitter  |                    |                            
             |          with rationale                  |                             
             |                     |          +------------------+                        
             +---------------------+--------->| Moderator  Queue |         
                                   |          +------------------+         
                                   |          | Selects content  |         
                                  <NO>--------| and annotates    |          
                                              | selected content |
 +-------------------------+                  +------------------+
 |Things that automatically|                           |
 |get published (no mod)   |----+                    <YES>      
 +-------------------------+    |                      |             
 | * Fedora Weekly News    |    |       +----------------------------+
 | * Fedora-announce-list  |    +------>| Published in Fedora Insight|
 | * etc.                  |            +----------------------------+
 +-------------------------+                           |           


For a history of the project and some of the rationale behind it, see Fedora Insight history.


Fedora Insight Workflow