I will be happy to distribute/mail Fedora 8 Live CD (the day after it is on
the servers) if 100 people out here in New England USA request it. As part
of linuxglobe's (linuxglobe.wordpress.com) mission to make Linux known in
USA, I will be honored to take up the task! CDs are very inexpensive and
Live CD's are the way to go to introduce Fedora without ruining a Windoze
PC! :D So PLEASE put my e-mail (hudsonman35(a)gmail.com) address on your
Free Media Distribution List, I don't know how that works anyway, ha ha! I
hope I can be a worthy Fedora Ambassador via linuxglobe!
We are discussing with Red Hat Legal the possibility of linking to the
free software portion of the repository for codec buddy and in our
documentation. I am hopeful that this will happen.
"The RPM Fusion Project was announced this week. Three repositories,
Dribble, Freshrpms and Livna will merge to provide Fedora and Red Hat
Enterprise Linux users with add-on software packages."
"This will actually be separated into two repositories. One for free and
the other for non-free software (as defined by the Fedora Packaging
Guidelines). The free repository, presumably hosted outside the U.S.,
will contain software that cannot be packaged by Fedora because of U.S.
restrictions (patents), but is considered free in other parts of the
world. The current thought is that it should be possible for Fedora to
link to this repository from the main Fedora site, although I don't
think that the Red Hat legal department has had its final say."
This article covers the ongoing efforts on making it easier to create
new spins with missing out potentially important new effort that is
ongoing to make it easier to do rebranding of Fedora via a generic logos
Amoung the points made in the conclusion in a positive way is a
statement that Fedora has had a reputation for not working in the
community. I would be interested to hear from contributors and users if
they have indeed felt that way and why.
"It remains to be seen if any of these spins become popular, but it may
be a good way to introduce new users to Fedora. It is unlikely that
power users will find a spin that covers all of what they use, but they
just might find one that serves as a good starting point. They can
either customize their own spin from there or use the usual repository
tools to grab whatever extras they need. For a distribution that, until
recently, had a reputation for not working with the community, this
effort may go a long way towards erasing that history."
A nice detailed review of revisor in Fedora 7. Note that revisor now
supports a command line interface, RHEL 5 too and is in the EPEL
"I was skeptical about Fedora 7 when it first came out, but the Revisor
tool removes any of the skepticism brought about by the idea of "spins."
Revisor will allow you to truly create your own version of Fedora: you
can create KDE-only, GNOME-only, or no-GUI-server-only. I was very close
to dropping Fedora as my OS of choice, but Revisor has, well, revised
Do we have anything like an official brand book? Could someone answer
the following questions (and tell me how we're promoting others to do them?)
1) Should we refer to ourselves as "Fedora" or the "Fedora Project"?
2) When someone asks "What is Fedora" what is our official answer?
3) How do we know our ambassadors are sending a consistent message? Do
we even want them to?
4) When someone asks about the Fedora Project's relationship with Red
Hat what do we say?
5) When someone asks about Fedora's relationship with RHEL what do we say?
I'm sure I could come up with a whole list of questions but you get the
idea. I may be missing some history there too as I'm not normally
active in marketing (because I have no background/training in it :)
As the organizer of Fedora's first presence at GITEX - now that I have
had a week or so to reflect on (recover from) the show - what went
well and what can we do better?
WHAT WENT WELL
* PLANNING: By giving Red Hat plenty of advance notice, Red Hat
graciously provided us with a demo pod and HP desktop. The desktop
with integrated Intel graphics allowed us to wow the passers-by with
wobbly windows and rotating cubes - eye candy, but eye-catching,
important at a large show. A special thanks to Veronique Borel, who
organized Red Hat's presence at GITEX.
* BLOGGING: Posting about the Fedora Project at GITEX was well worth
the effort. Incidentally, we were the top page rank for GITEX on
Google for quite a few weeks. Thanks to the Fedorans who encouraged me
* ONE-ON-ONE: Lloyd Almeida and I, as Fedora Ambassadors, spoke to
dozens of people about Fedora and FOSS. Lloyd, who works in Dubai,
made contacts for the linux user group he hopes to start up soon.
Thanks, Lloyd, for your invaluable help and enthusiasm.
* MEDIA (CDs and DVDs): All told, we distributed hundreds of media to
the crowds. Red Hat shipped about 400 Fedora 7 DVDs to the show, which
were put to good use. Red Hat and the RH partners were very helpful in
spreading the word about Fedora. They gladly handed out Fedora DVDs
and Live CDs. Thank you to my fellow RedHat EMEA, OpenNet MEA,
Margirus, AMD and IT University booth dwellers.
* BROCHURE: The Fedora Project flyer in both English and Arabic was a
great tool. The excellent artwork gave a very positive impression of
the Fedora Project. Thanks, Ahmed Kamal, for your bilingual design.
* OLPC: The OLPC XO laptop was well-displayed and caused quite a stir.
I was able to speak to several VIPs about this significant educational
project. Yes, the technology is cool, too. Thank you to the Red Hat
and Fedora people involved in the OLPC project.
* BUDGET: On a personal note, I stayed within my modest budget in a
very expensive city. Thanks, Bill, for putting me up and putting up
WHAT WE CAN DO BETTER
* I personally printed the two-sided flyers on a deskjet printer at
Bill's villa. Next time, I'll get them professionally printed.
* More Fedora ambassadors would be very welcome. Lloyd and I could
only cover 3 out of 5 days of the show. (We did have some ambassadors
who volunteered, but were unable to attend due to the prohibitive cost
of flights and hotels in Dubai.)
* I would like to present a booth talk on the One Laptop Per Child,
perhaps in a more official capacity.
Going to the GITEX commercial exhibition, with a little help from my
friends, was definitely worthwhile. I believe we, as Fedora
Ambassadors, were able to inform people about the advantages of free
and open source software. I found it personally rewarding to
demonstrate the OLPC XO laptop and to introduce people to the Fedora Project.
While the how to is related to marketing in a sense. What I found most
surprising was that it was on the front page of Digg. I haven't seen a
lot of Fedora info on the front page of Digg (linux/unix) so I thought I
would post this to the list to just point this out. Seems like Fedora
is being significant inroads in the contribution of the tools for Xen.
Good work to the devs.
How does one upgrade to GNOME 2.20 on Fedora 7?
Will F8 Test 3 be using GNOME 2.20 and will it be under 700 MB?
I couldn't test out Test 2 of F8 so I hope Test 3 will run better as
a Live CD on PPC machines as well as Installations on the other
linuxglobe is always looking for Fedora and RHEL Users/Developers
who are willing to share their experiences...
Mark McLaughlin - linuxglobe.wordpress.com
Following the suggestion of Mo I've put all my stickers on the Wiki.
I hope you like them. Obviously critics/comments/suggestions are
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