I am going to plan to do 2 classes coming up:
First, on 2010-09-30 (evening of the 29th in north america) at 01:00
UTC I will be doing a class going over the Fedora 14 feature list.
Information about upcoming features and cool things to look forward to
in this next Fedora release.
Then, on 2010-10-03 at 18:00 UTC, I will doing a class on Web browsers
and web tools in Fedora. There's many alternative web browsers and some
handy web tools out there, this class will go over some of them and
I hope everyone can join me for these classes.
Just installed fedora 13 on my Dell Latitude D610 and wanted to say to the development team that it was a very pleasant experience. Everything works, and works well. I run mostly RHEL servers at work and am not accustom to the GUI interface. Configuring the wireless network was the most challenge; it took about 5 min to find the icon to enable the wireless. Once that was done I downloaded Google Chrome and ran the install. It needed a few rpm's, which was automatically downloaded during the install process. No problems.
Thanks^2 for a great experience
PS. Thanks to Tech Republic for a write up on the new fedora 13 OS. Without the write-up, I wouldn't have consider fedora. Ubuntu and Mint are excellent Linux distros, but I prefer the Red Hat type distro.
(this is a followup to the class advertised at
Thanks to everyone who came yesterday! I was... honestly, stunned by how
well it went. Lots of participation, lots of questions, lots of insight
for me to digest in terms of how to teach these things better in the
future. Here's the promised (first) followup email.
As is common for so many of us, I immediately got hosed with life and
work *right* after running yesterday's classroom session on distributed
collaboration tools. BUT: the first rule of followup is "release early,
release often." Get *something* out within 24 hours, no matter what it
is - perfection can come later.
Thanks to Zodbot, I can send this in just a few minutes because we've
already got logs and minutes from the session:
- so those of you looking for notes and for what happened (the full log
is, imo, worth reading - lots of great questions in there)
I'll be following up with a longer email on Thursday and individual
pings for the folks who asked questions - feel free to shoot questions
to the lists and/or my way.
PS: Mike and Michal, can you ship this to the Red Hat lists you
advertised on for the watercooler? Thanks!
I just sent an announcement to Planets Fedora and TOS about this one
but I'll repost a bit here for those who don't read Planet.
This is meant to be a Classroom session for interested people who are
not *yet* Fedora (or FOSS - this generalizes to other open source
communities as well!) contributors and want to start seeing how,
exactly, these thousands of people from all over the world work
together. I'm trying to log it in a way that will make it usable for
introducing these tools to students in the future. It's based on the
1st-day curriculum of POSSE, for those of you who've been through one.
Feedback and comments and such welcome, and if Fedora Classroom people
can help me get this into the right places on the wiki I'd be very
I’ll be running a Fedora Classroom on basic distributed communication
tools and practices on Tuesday, September 14, at 1600 UTC in
#fedora-classroom on irc.freenode.net. These (open source, of course)
tools aren’t coding-specific – in fact, our design, marketing, etc.
teams use them as well – so anyone interested in distributed communties
I’m going to assume basic knowledge of IRC, because that’s how the
session is going to be taught, but if you’re interested in this and new
to IRC let me know ahead of time and I’d be happy to help you get set up
prior to the session.
1. Fedora Classroom – we have a channel (#fedora-classroom on
freenode) set aside for learning experiences, so if someone needs to
teach somebody else something in a structured way, they go there, and
other people can then overhear it. This is where I will be teaching the
2. Running realtime meetings and synchronous conversations on IRC
with zodbot – we have a logging bot that sits in the classroom channel
(and in other channels for meetings). Using inline conversation tags
like “#action” or “#topic” or “#agreed”, it produces meeting notes and
full logs. Never take meeting notes again! Side note: log archives make
for educational reading sometimes, because they’re the times in the
channel that others deemed interesting enough to log.
3. Collaborative text editing with gobby and Etherpad – we’ll be
using this to take notes on the classroom session being held in IRC. I
like getting hands-on as early as possible when I’m teaching. :)
4. Sharing what you’ve done (asycnchronously) afterwards: For
Fedora, this is a mailing list; you say things like “I’ll be teaching a
packaging class on Tuesday” or “I taught packaging class on Tuesday,
here are the logs.” Individual participants in that class (especially if
it’s a multi-class experience) tend to blog their reflections to Planet.
All these things promote accidental learning – the chances of someone
who’s not already involved stumbling across these people thinking out
loud about what they’re doing is very high, so learning groups tend to
snowball into functionality very quickly, and people generally have a
high degree of peripheral awareness as to what’s going on.