Vote on the Fedora 11 release name!

January 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm (PlanetFedora) (, , )

I want to encourage all Fedora contributors to cast your vote for the Fedora 11 release name.

Join me in making your mark on the name of Fedora 11.

Here is a table with the name candidates and a brief definition of each:

Blarney Same logic as “Orcher” (Orcher is a castle) but a cooler name and infinitely more themeable.
Brasília Brasilia and Cambridge are counted among the greatest and most respectable University in their countries.
Claypool Actors in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (Ed Cambridge, Les Claypool).
Duchess Is a theatre in London’s West End.
Euryalus Is the name of a British Royal Navy ship that (to add a bit more historical interest) served as flagship to admirals that served under Horatio Nelson at major actions. (Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, who fought alongside Nelson at Trafalgar, transferred his flag from the Royal Sovereign to the Euryalus briefly after the Royal Sovereign was taken under tow and Admiral Sir Thomas Graves, who fought alongside Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen, used the Cambridge as his flaghip during the Spanish armament).
Indomitable Like Cambridge, Indomitable was the name of a warship of the royal navy. I think it best describe the unstoppable spirit of Fedora (and linux in general).
Leonidas Was a ship in the Union navy.
Zampone Type of sausage.

Cast your vote by going to this URL:
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/relnamef11

The complete listing of names can be found here:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Name_suggestions_for_Fedora_11

Voting ends and will be tallied at: 23:59:59 January 9, 2009 UTC.

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Just voted for the Fedora 10 codename.

July 22, 2008 at 10:10 am (PlanetFedora) (, )

Wow, that was exciting.

I just stopped by and voted for the Fedora 10 codename.  There are plenty of really interesting choices to choose from.  Remember, this is Range Voting; so you are able to vote for all nine possible names.  This allows you to assign a value to each name.

Have you signed the Fedora CLA and are you a member of at least one other Fedora group within the Fedora Account System?  Great!  Then you are qualified to cast your vote too.  This is a great way to play a quick and easy role in what Fedora will look like in the next release.  A few minutes of your time will help have an impact on an untold number of people.

So join me and head over to the voting booth that can be found here:  https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting/about/10

And if you have not signed the CLA, or if you have and you still don’t belong to at least one other Fedora group in FAS…what are you waiting for?  Get off the fence and pick a group to join and contribute a little where ever you can.

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Help test recent xulrunner updates.

July 21, 2008 at 6:07 pm (linux, PlanetFedora) (, )

Recently there were problems with a new version of xulrunner being sent as an update to Fedora 9. Several packages that are built against xulrunner were not rebuilt to the new version and submitted to the repositories before xulrunner was. This issue would cause a dependency issue resolving error that might look like this:

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * livna: mirrors.tummy.com
 * fedora: mirror.anl.gov
 * updates: mirror.anl.gov
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 for package: Miro
--> Processing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 for package: gnome-python2-gtkmozembed
---> Package pilot-link.i386 2:0.12.3-14.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package rsync.i386 0:3.0.3-0.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package totem-mozplugin.i386 0:2.23.2-5.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package xulrunner.i386 0:1.9.0.1-1.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package system-config-language.noarch 0:1.3.1-2.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package selinux-policy.noarch 0:3.3.1-78.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package nfs-utils-lib.i386 0:1.1.1-5.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package xen-libs.i386 0:3.2.0-14.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package binutils.i386 0:2.18.50.0.6-4.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package totem-gstreamer.i386 0:2.23.2-5.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package qemu-img.i386 0:0.9.1-6.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package selinux-policy-targeted.noarch 0:3.3.1-78.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package libvirt.i386 0:0.4.4-2.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package qemu.i386 0:0.9.1-6.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package cpio.i386 0:2.9-8.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package yelp.i386 0:2.22.1-4.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package nspluginwrapper.i386 0:1.1.0-3.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package libvirt-python.i386 0:0.4.4-2.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package device-mapper-multipath.i386 0:0.4.7-16.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package firefox.i386 0:3.0.1-1.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package dmraid.i386 0:1.0.0.rc14-8.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package totem.i386 0:2.23.2-5.fc9 set to be updated
---> Package kpartx.i386 0:0.4.7-16.fc9 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
gnome-python2-gtkmozembed-2.19.1-16.fc9.i386 from installed has depsolving problems
  --> Missing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 is needed by package gnome-python2-gtkmozembed-2.19.1-16.fc9.i386 (installed)
Miro-1.2.4-1.fc9.i386 from installed has depsolving problems
  --> Missing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 is needed by package Miro-1.2.4-1.fc9.i386 (installed)
Error: Missing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 is needed by package gnome-python2-gtkmozembed-2.19.1-16.fc9.i386 (installed)
Error: Missing Dependency: gecko-libs = 1.9 is needed by package Miro-1.2.4-1.fc9.i386 (installed)

There is an update in Bodhi to correct this dependency issue. However, this update needs people to download, install, and test it. Then report on Bodhi what the results were. Usually either that it worked great or that there was issues.

Here are the steps to do the test and report to Bodhi the results:

  1. Run
    yum update
  2. From the output determine what packages are missing for you, you are looking for dependencies that could not be resolved. For this issue they should all be related to Miro and gnome-python2
  3. In a web browser go to the Bodhi page for this update: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F9/pending/Miro-1.2.4-2.fc9,gnome-python2-extras-2.19.1-17.fc9
  4. Towards the top of the page you will see a section called Builds:. Open a new browser tab/window for each build listed. This will take you to the test build for each package in Koji.
  5. On the Koji page, look for the section called RPMs. Look for each package of the right architecture that you need.
  6. Create a temporary directory to download each of these files to. In my case I created a directory called testingUpdates:
    [jfenner@localhost Download]$ mkdir testingUpdates
    [jfenner@localhost Download]$ cd testingUpdates/
  7. Download all of the RPMs that you need from Koji into the temporary directory. I used wget to do this because I think it’s the easiest way. However, use whatever method works best for you.
  8. Once you’ve done that, then localinstall all of the packages in the temporary directory.
    [jfenner@localhost testingUpdates]$ sudo yum --nogpgcheck localinstall *
  9. Note: You have to turn off the gpg signing check above, because at this stage the packages have not been signed yet. This will happen once they’ve been pushed to stable.
  10. Assuming that you were able to install all packages with no errors, now run a normal yum update. This should also run with no more dependency errors.
    [jfenner@localhost testingUpdates]$ yum update
  11. Excellent! Now do a test run of Firefox and Miro, if you have them installed and make sure that they appear to be working right.
  12. Now you have concluded testing this pending update. The last step is to submit your findings to Bodhi to help get this update sent to the world. Go back to this update’s page on Bodhi. At the bottom of the page, enter your name and click on the appropriate radio button for your findings. If everything worked fine click on Works for Me. Enter a brief comment if you’d like. Fill out the captcha and click Add comment.

That’s all there is to it. You just helped improve QA for the Fedora community. The test you conducted and feedback you provided will help this update go out to all the Fedora repositories fast and of higher quality. I encourage you to check back often at Bodhi and test other packages that appy to your system and provide your feedback. The more of the community that does this, the higher the quality of the updates we receive will be.

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Go vote in the FESCo election!

July 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm (linux, PlanetFedora) (, )

I just went and voted in the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee election.  This is the first FESCo election where the number of seats have been changed from 13 to 9.  This decrease is meant to create greater competition for seats on this committee.

Numbers have been reported as being low in past Fedora elections.  That is why I encourage to take a few minutes out of your day and read over the nominations.  Jot down the names of people who interest you with a score next to each.  Remember, that Fedora uses range voting; this means that you will vote for each candidate using a numerical score.  In the end all scores are summed up and the candidates with the highest scores are the winners.  This is really cool, because it means that you can vote for all the candidates if you want to.

Once you have written down the names with the scores, simply head over to the voting booth and place your votes.  It’s both fun and educational to do.  Not to mention, voting on FESCo is a quick and simple way for you to get involved with the future of Fedora in a very real way.

So join me, and cast your vote today!

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Good review of Fedora 9 Beta

April 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm (linux, PlanetFedora) (, )

I ran across this great review of Fedora 9 Beta.

The author does a good job describing many of the new things in Fedora 9 Beta.  I especially like this paragraph:

The Fedora Project attracts a lot of interest from the Linux faithful. While there are perhaps more newbie-friendly, corporate-friendly, or special-interest-focused distributions, Fedora continues to wear the innovation hat.

The word play of Fedora wearing the innovation hat is pretty clever.  However, the article makes it clear that not only is that statement clever…it is also literally true.

The review certainly makes KDE 4 sound interesting to this GNOME user.  I just may need to give it a try when I upgrade to Fedora 9.  The new NetworkManager sounds exciting.  However, the two new features that are most exciting to me are:

  1. Option to have encrypted disks upon install.
  2. USB Live Image persistence.

Speaking of USB Live images that feature persistence, have you seen how easy it is to create these sticks?

# ./livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb  1200 /path/to/iso /path/to/stick

Where the ‘overlay-size’ is the size of space on the USB that you would like to use as persistence drive space on the USB key.  For a more thorough explanation of this feature please see this great interview with Jeremy Katz.

USB persistence is such a cool feature!  It’s literally like having a tiny computer in your pocket.  I would like to know if in the future, we will be able to create a persistent USB live image with disk encryption.  In other words, where the live image on the USB key can store it’s persistent data in an encrypted file system.  Now THAT would be really cool!

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Event Report: Fedora at Notacon 5

April 9, 2008 at 2:56 am (PlanetFedora, Technology)

The Notacon 5 event took place April 4th – 6th 2008 in Cleveland Ohio. The Fedora table was in operation all day on Saturday, April 5th. Notacon is a new but growing technology conference. This year, the conference saw the largest turn out yet. The final count of attendance (including presenters, staff and participants) was about 350 people. There are two presentation rooms in operation during most days of the event. Including tables/booths, such as Fedora’s, as well as many workshops, demonstrations, etc.

This was the first year that Fedora had a presence at Notacon. We were provided an excellent table location to use. I had three 3′ x 2′ full color/glossy posters printed. The posters were, Infinity, Freedom, and Voice. I hung these on the wall behind the table. The table featured pamphlets about Fedora, Fedora stickers, Fedora Live CDs, Fedora DVDs, Fedora Ambassador business cards, a lava lamp, and free brownies. There was also a sign posted stating that source code was available upon request or via download from http://www.fedoraproject.org. I also had about eight DVDs of the source code on hand should anyone have asked for a copy.

The Fedora table enjoyed much attention. We met people that ranged from not knowing what Fedora was at all to being a Fedora package manager. One person who came up to the table stated that they had Fedora installed but had decided to over write it with Ubuntu. However, he was unhappy with Ubuntu and wanted to switch back to Fedora. He was prevented from doing so because he could not get the Fedora install to complete. We told him to bring his laptop over and we’d help him fix the issue. A few minutes later he came back to the table with his laptop and we were able to correct the problem, and in minutes he had a new shiny install of Fedora…he was very pleased. It’s fun spreading Fedora goodness.

I tried to mention to all people stopping by that if they had a USB stick with enough free space we’d be glad to create a live image on it for them. One person took me up on the offer. He got to choose the Fedora 8 live image or the Fedora 9 Beta live image, he chose the beta. He gave me the USB stick and came back in ten minutes to pick it up. He seemed quite impressed that we offered this service. Several people voiced interest in this option but did not have a USB stick with them that could be used. It think we’d see great success in the future if we had USB sticks with a Fedora label on them that we could give to people with a Live image on them.

By the end of the day, the Fedora table had distributed the following items:

  • Ambassador business cards: 11
  • Fedora pamphlets: 5
  • Fedora Live CDs: 42
  • Fedora DVDs: 52
  • Fedora stickers: 100
  • Total amount of media distributed: 94 units

We saw many opportunities to answer questions regarding Fedora and explain a bit about the community and the distribution itself. Some of the questions I found myself answering most often are listed below:

  • What is Fedora? (The pamphlets came in handy for this question.)
  • What version of Fedora are you giving out?
  • What new features will be in Fedora 9? (Two features that people really liked were the encrypted disks and auto partition/resize of NTFS on install.)
  • When will Fedora 9 be released?
  • How often do new releases of Fedora come out?
  • What is Fedora’s relationship to Red Hat?
  • How much do the disks cost? (Yes, believe it or not, some people actually thought that we were selling the disks or that somehow Fedora had a price to it.)
  • Who do you work for?

The last question is particularly interesting in that some people thought that we were being paid to sell or rep Fedora by some company. It was a nice feeling to be able to explain to them that we were just volunteers and trying to help out the community. This helped to drive home the point that Fedora truly is a community centric project.

In conclusion, I believe that the Fedora table was a great success in it’s first year at Notacon. Surely, many new installations of Fedora have occurred from the media that we distributed. Through answering the questions of the table’s visitors, people have an increased knowledge of Fedora and what the project is all about. Next year I hope to have an even larger presence. Some ideas for next year include sponsoring a presentation room by hanging a Fedora banner behind the podium or including a fedora sticker or media in each guest’s gift bag, etc.

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for…here are some pictures of the Fedora table at the event.

Special thanks to:

  • ‘Froggy’ and ‘Tyger’ of the Notacon staff for generously providing the table for Fedora’s use.
  • Jeff ‘iWolf’ Tadlock for all of his assistance and encouragement in organizing the Fedora table for this event.
  • Matt Kovach and Martin Hebrank for assisting in staffing the table.

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