Aurelien Bompard wrote:
Today I spent my first day presenting Fedora at Solutions Linux in Paris.
This is a primary report.
* About Fedora :
- Most people have already heard of Fedora
- Usually people know that Fedora is the successor of Red Hat Linux
- They don't usually know that there Red Hat is still working on it
- They don't usually know that there is also a community behind it now
- They don't usually know about other sub-projects, not even Fedora Extras.
* Technically :
- People have a worse hardware detection experience with Fedora than with
Ubuntu or Mandriva (very popular in France), usually as regards to Wi-Fi
cards. This is (IMHO) because non-official drivers (as in "not in
upstream's kernel) are not included in Fedora, and most WiFi drivers are
still young, thus not included upstream. Hardware detection is still very
important when choosing a distribution
It is very unlikely that Fedora packages especially the kernel would be
heavily patched but there has been Red Hat developers stepping up to do
the right thing which is of course to get a real maintainer for the
wireless drivers in the kernel.
- Most people don't know about SELinux
Daniel Walsh has been working on the wiki recently. Check out
. It should be pretty helpful to
get this information across widely.
- Some people are interested in Xen and virtualization (it seems in
True. This one has a huge amount of potential.
- I've had a very interesting argument with a python developer
fact that there is only one version of python in Fedora, what to do to make
multiple versions installable, and what would the advantages be (mainly two
words : Zope & Plone). I currently maintain Zope and Plone in Extras, and I
confirm its a mess with the very up-to-date version of python that Fedora
ships. I'll post on fedora-devel-list about that, and see if something can
We probably need better packaging guidelines for parallel installation
of packages and not just specific to python. Go ahead and initiate the
- DVDs where distributed very fast, I had to ration visitors
Was this FC4?. I hope they dont run into the garbage bug.
- T-shirts are slower, people don't expect them to be free so they
for it. I'm confident I'll give them all away before tomorrow evening
though. A small "Free T-Shirts" sign should do the trick :)
We arent distributing T-shirts anymore as part of the kit but otherwise
similar banners are handy.
- Beeing on another association's booth is ok, but it's much
much better to
have a Fedora booth.
- The Fedora Ambassadors Project should recruit as much as possible to be
able to correctly man the boothes. Having several ambassadors in the same
zone is not a problem.
Yes. If you are the regional ambassador now hire associates ;-)
- People like the business cards :) We should add the URL on the
What is the font used for the logo by the way ?
Proprietary one. We are getting a Free voice font pretty soon.
I'll post my modified
template for the only business card paper I could find (Canson) after the
I'll post the slides I've made for the event when it's
over (I make small
fixes from time to time). They're in french, and it's a general Fedora
Any chance for a English translation?
If you have questions or things you think I should do tomorrow (last
feel free to ask.
How about a FC5 Preview?. Refer to
for the major changes. Have I missed
Fedora Bug Triaging - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers