I know this is an overly-discussed issue, but since I get so many
questions on it I wanted to run this idea past everyone.
A common complaint I hear is that people think Fedora is "broken" when
it doesn't play MP3s. This leads to mailing list and forum traffic,
negative word-of-mouth exposure, and needless confusion.
I think the problem is that when you try to play an MP3 file... nothing
happens at all or you get an ugly codec message -- both of these indeed
seem to indicate something is broken. Why not have a pop up that
explains why Fedora doesn't play MP3s and give a link to the wiki where
it is explained in further detail?
I could file an RFE on this.... I think it would cut down on the
confusion. Has this been previously discussed? Thoughts?
Sam Folk-Williams, RHCE
Global Support Services
The Ohio Linux Fest held this past Saturday, September 30th was a great
success! The booth came together very nicely - we had Fedora T-Shirts,
Stickers, Core 5 DVDs and informational handouts available at the booth.
There were three of us primarily working the booth - Joe Connelly and
Brian Pepple. Tom "Spot" Callaway was also there, originally to hang
out with us at the Fedora booth, but ended up working the Red Hat booth
right next to us - though he was still a great help to us.
The announced crowd was just over 1200 people, between presentations the
aisles were quite packed. Our booth saw lots of foot traffic with
people ranging from new to Linux to having used it since Red Hat 6.x or
earlier and wondering what Fedora was up to.
Nearly all comments were favorable to Fedora, many people were running
Fedora in some fashion - either on their own PCs or on servers for
businesses they worked for. There were a few recurring questions
through the day, some of which where:
* Yum is slow was one of the complaints we kept hearing. It was a
pleasure to let people know that there was an updated yum in Core 6 that
was aimed at taking on any speed issues.
* I had several questions regarding the Fedora Directory Server - mainly
in regards to features it offered. There certainly seems to be interest
* We heard what I thought to be a number of comments alluding to an
animosity between the Fedora Project and Red Hat. I am not quite sure
why that thought is out there.
* There were several questions about who we worked for, etc. It was
nice to reply with we were just members of the Fedora Project community
helping out. I think it really helped reinforce that there is a lot of
room for community involvement in the project.
* And of course there were lots of when is Core 6 coming out and what
new features will be in it.
Later in the afternoon we also had a "Birds of a Feather" session. Tom
Callaway was there and was an excellent and knowledgeable speaker and it
was great to have him there. Some of the items brought up were Fedora
and multimedia (mp3's, DVD playback, etc), Xen and virtualization and
new features and improvements in Core 6.
All in all it was a great show. Lots of fun for everyone involved I
think. I was very happy with how the booth turned out and I think
Fedora was very well represented there. I want to thank all the people
that helped get me the materials and information I needed for this event
- including Max and David Barzilay.
And last but not least, here are some of the pictures from the show (I
may be adding more as I receive them from the others):