"Paul W. Frields of the Fedora Project, the free and open source arm of
the Red Hat Linux distribution.
Paul W. Frields is the Chairman of the Fedora Project Board, and an
employee of Red Hat. He works on documentation, release notes,
marketing, and was a founding member of the Fedora Project Board."
Blog post from Paul at
Thanks to Jack and Paul for stepping up and really getting the release
announcement built. We, at Docs, have reviewed the final draft and
think we are in consensus that it is complete. Please look over it
and see if anything jumps out at you. If not, this is what we'd like
to go with.
Seeing as that we slipped another week, I don't think we should stop the
barrage of podcast and interviews that are coming out. There are a few
more topics that I think I can cover, and will present them here as a
sort of schedule for next week.
Again, for those of who are interested in doing a non-english podcast,
there were some good ideas and I think we should move ahead with some of
those. If you are seriously interested, please reply all to this email
with a proposal and outline. I will not be around Friday to help, but
will be back online on Sunday. Max, Paul and anyone else should be able
to help you. Paul put together a great tutorial on how to record a
podcast through fedora talk voip which can be found here:
My proposed topics for print interview and/or podcast are as follows:
Ext4 with Eric Sandeen
Thunderbird 3 with Chris Aillon
Fingerprint Auth with Bastein Nocera
20 Second Startup with Harald Hoyer
Please let me know what you think of those and if interested in doing a
I'm Mel Chua*, and I'll be a Max-and-Greg CommArch minion for a few
months. I'm usually in Boston but will also be in Raleigh and San
Fransisco at various points this summer. Among other things, I'm an
open-source-in-education geek with an electrical & computer engineering
background and quite a bit of history in the OLPC and Sugar Labs
projects, which some of you here might know me from.
Fedorawise, I'm still watching and learning and haven't yet jumped on
particular projects, but one of my constant interests is learning how to
spark up the open-source mentality in academia through working on stuff
like http://teachingopensource.org/index.php/POSSE. Fedora is a great
example of a learning ecosystem that's done way better than academic
institutions at creating folks who can Make Real Stuff For Real people,
so figuring out how that happens and how to spread the word of it is the
first thing I'll be hurtling towards. Not sure exactly what that means
yet, but I'll listen for a while and let you know. ;)
Potentially useful skills - feel free to grab me on IRC (mchua) to do
things in the impending release rush:
* mediawiki ninja. I keep/make pages good-lookin', spam-free,
well-linked, content-o-riffic, and push stuff that should be on the
wiki, to the wiki.
* documentation nerd. teach me something and I'll write it up so well
you'll never have to teach it to anyone else again.
* hackathon/event wrangling. I've run unconferences, hackathons,
workshops, and most kinds of grassroots events you can think of, and can
do it well enough to teach others.
* breaking things. I used to be in QA, and my specialty is breaking
things (technology and content) like a very creative newbie might. Point
me towards something and I will get confused and tell you exactly why.
*only my parents call me Mallory. I also go by mchua on IRC.
I was going through the list which I got in today's newsletter and to
my surprise I found FEL in the list along with some other FOSS EDA
tools. Felt like sharing this news.
Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury
It was requested some time ago how to give a small quick demo of a
chip design flow.
Below, _briefly_ I will show you how to do so in less than 1 minute.
We will demonstrate a simplified version of the AMD 2901 integrated circuit.
You will need the example "alliance-run" coming with package "alliance-doc".
== Preparation ==
# yum install alliance-doc
Copy the example to a directory of your choice:
$ cp -pr /usr/share/doc/alliance-doc-5.0/alliance-run/ .
$ cd alliance-run
Disable the design checker, this example is very old and the
technology was updated since.
$ sed -i "s|\$(DRUC|#(DRUC|" Makefile
== Chip design ==
The behavioural model of the IC is described in the file
amd2901_ctl.vbe. This file undergoes several stages to refine the area
and timing of the design and finally converted into hardware.
In this case, we are using a technology of 1 µm. However, we also ship
7 additional technologies up to a feature size of 0.13µm (under the
name of pharosc).
Compile the design (one minute):
View the schematic:
$ make view_ctl_logic
(you can also open the amd2901_chip.vst, and roam through the hierarchies)
View the chip :
$ make graal
To view the pins etc, use the peek function and select the whole chip :
To simulation the chip:
$ make view_chip_simulation
That's it you can use this small demo during your events :)
Tip: you can set the main windows below other windows in order to have
the small dialog boxes on top.
Right click on the window decorator -> Advanced -> Keep below others
Well that's it you have a simplified version of an AMD2901 IC.
We will be having out regularly scheduled marketing meeting today, May
26th 2009 at 20.00 UTC. That's 4 Eastern, 1 Pacific. The meeting will
be taking place in #fedora-meeting. On the agenda is the things we need
to have done for release day next week and their status, things to do on
release day and post-release day discussion.
See you all there,