As I mentioned in the earlier thread, I'm going to try and put
together a series of pieces about Fedora 8's features.
As far as the plan goes for now, I intend to do e-mail interviews with
the developers behind each of the features, and where applicable do a
"preview" of it with either screencasts or screenshots.
I'm working through
sending e-mails to the feature owners and asking them if they'd like
to take part. So far I've done the first three and they've all agreed.
Once they've agreed I'm writing questions and sending them along as a
text file for them to fill their answers in. I'm aware as well that it
will be good to get in touch with art/trans/docs as well and get their
input at some point along the line.
Any feed back on this plan? Where will be the best place to put these
online - a page on the wiki perhaps?
Also, if anyone wants to help me out immediately, the BuildID feature
is pretty technical and if I ask the questions I'm going to struggle
to make them interesting or relevant! Any takers to write 5/6
questions Re: this feature?
A hurriedly written glimpse of Fedora 8 test 2.
"We decided to have a quick look at the new Fedora Core 8. With its
GNOME Desktop we found this distribution easy to install. Check out our
short Flash Video about Fedora Core 8!"
As requested, I uploaded my GITEX 2007 Presentation, which was quickly
done as an exercise in code reuse, in this case, Greg's Linux Asia
2006 slides. Thanks, Greg!
I did, however, update it for Fedora 7 and added a few pithy insights
of my own. I put in transitions to show off OpenOffice.org Impress. I
also think it's important to explain that this was produced completely
in OOo Impress on a Fedora 7 system, especially at a commercial ICT
The intended audience is the open-minded, non-FOSS ICT professional.
Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice.org, not explicitly mentioned in the
presentation, are two FOSS apps which are an excellent bridge from
using a certain proprietary OS to switching to Fedora. I used them as
examples in my talk, I think, to good effect.
The wiki page link is http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Presentations.
and the title under the OVERVIEWS section is
"All About Fedora (GITEX Edition), John Babich".
I wanted to thank Fedora for posting a live cd for PPC of F8 Test 2!
I plan to review it for my site and try to convert more regular folks into
linux users.... That is one of linuxglobe's main goals!
When I purchase my Imac in early November, I will also have on it, VMware''s
Fusion so I can install Fedora 8 on my MAC, running alongside
Leopard 10.5! :D I will have Fedora 8 hosting my linuxglobe site, writing
with OpenOffice Writer, publishing with Scribus, creating short podcasts
with Audacity, and doing some artwork with GIMP!
Keep on creating GREAT free software, Fedora!!! :D
I am back from vacation and I love the slogan "Infinite Possibilities" for
When I think of that I keep thinking of that VAST image of the Jedi Library
from Episode 2, it's like the biggest Library in the world, at least in the
Star Wars universe. Libraries has always been the best FREEST resource for
expanding your world. I truly think, Fedora 8, 9, or 10 should be targeting
Libraries all over the world, since both Fedora and a Library represent
infinite possibilities and truly FREE resources to expand your knowledge and
Don't just show images of horizons, but of libraries of books that encompass
so many ideas and thoughts.
I keep seeing in my mind a Library of images representing ideas converging
into a dark blue horizon, almost like a sunset.
You may think that sounds crazy but I love these images appearing in my mind
now. So I thought share them here...
Mark McLaughlin - linuxglobe.wordpress.com
"The first step would be for Spevack (and other distribution project
managers) to admit that Ubuntu has done something right. The second
would be to recognise that popularity isn't "fanboyism." It's all very
nice to say in an interview that "our distribution is the best and that
people will eventually notice." The uneasy truth is, however, that
people aren't choosing Fedora, Mandriva or openSUSE, they are choosing
Ubuntu. And while it's great to see so much enthusiasm for a Linux
distro, I feel uneasy about the growing dominance of one sole project,
no matter how good, user-friendly or innovative it is."
Good morning everyone.
I received the email below and I was wondering if any of you know of non-tech businesses using OSS?
If so, could you please contact Mr. Eckenrode directly?
While this seems to be an Ubuntu related project It could be an opportunity to expand the scope beyond Ubuntu and show the flexibility of OSS.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Enquiry from On-Disk.com
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 01:15:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nathan Eckenrode <n8k99(a)newyork-ubuntu.com>
To: On-Disk.com <on-disk(a)on-disk.com>
I am looking for people who are involved in businesses in New York,
preferably non IT related businesses who have switched to using Free and
Open Source Software. If you know of anyone who fits this description
who would be willing to share their experience with the United Nations
on Oct 16, would you please facilitate communications between us so that
arrangements can be made for this to happen.
In any linux event, contributors from various distributions talk about
their particular distribution. No one talk about opensource projects
for electronic simulation. In fact it can be considered as a minority
in the opensource world. It is sad but it is the truth.
However I want to push (with your help) these projects forward in
terms of marketing and distribution.
For the moment, Fedora is the Leader in terms of distribution of
opensource electronic CADs. (thanks to various fedora contributors)
If one is familiar with proprietary electronic CADs he/she will notice that:
* open source CADs lacks many features
* proprietary electronic CADs companies are changing various
languages such as VHDL, verilog implementations and standards in order
to protect their property.
* 98% of proprietary electronic CADs built and shipped their products
under RHEL. Their Installation manuals includes RHEL as well. In other
words, RPM distros are well known for electronic simulations.
* proprietary electronic CADs are installed on RHEL/fedora or its clones.
* Proprietary electronic CADs are expensive and those using them
having more that 20 computers running these CADs. Thus at least 20
computers running RPM based distributions.
As for the open source projects for electronic simulations, their
developers are neither geeks nor full time software developers but
electronic engineers and university lecturers. There are very few
developers. These days, projects such as gEDA and gnucap are active
and paving their way to attract professional designers/engineers.
If one will follow gEDA user mailing list, he/she will notice most of
them are fedora users. As for their developers are some individuals
scattered around the world. They can't not afford to prepare a booth
for an event and talk about their product.
Thus I'm asking everyone reading this mail, please take some time to
think and tell me how can fedora help these projects knowing that more
than 60% of their user base is fedora users.
I'm proposing during any event that Fedora is present, we could let
some individuals (upstream of these electronic simulators) stay at our
booth and talk about their product. Possibly if fedora lacks
contributors to give speech, we can allocate some time to them.
Surely, we give fedora contributors the priority first and use fedora
banners at our booth.
In the past, in Germany(Chemnitz), we let Centos distribute their
flyers at our booth and share good relationships with Centos. Perhaps
we can do the same for the minority projects.
If everyone agrees, we could propose something like:
every fedora ambassador preparing an event decide whether he/she is
willing to let upstream to join his/her team at the booth.
Things that I think we shouldn't do is:
* using fedora money to pay the hotel/voyage of those upstream
* print flyers for upstream
Many opensource advocates the use of opensource file formats or
implementations. 90% of the time, they talk about microsoft
office/OOO, mp3/ogg, png ...
But everyone forgets the Hardware Description Languages such as
VHDL,verilog and SystemC. If one google verilog, he/she will find
various verilog from various vendors. Why ? I think you can figure it
out by yourself.
Fedora talks about innovation. Can Fedora Marketing/ambassadors afford
a little innovation in terms of spreading the word about opensource ?
I understand that it is a fair new subject for many of you here. I'll
try to find time and prepare some notes and OOO presentations of these
languages/softwares before F8's release.
The developers of active opensource electronic cads (I know of) are
* 2 from France: (piklab&alliance)
* 1 from Germany/Swiss german, next to Gerold :) (gEDA)
* 4 from USA (gEDA & gnucap)
Lately, I've been promoting the next "Fedora Electronic Lab" livecd
near these upstream. Most of the university lecturers (the developers)
said that they will recommend it to their students.
Thus we will not only expand the fedora user base, but will also have
upstreams do the marketing for fedora.
Meanwhile, I'll wait for your suggestions on how we can proceed,...